Lassina Diabaté

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Lassina Diabaté
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-09-16) September 16, 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Bouaké, Côte d'Ivoire
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Centre-back/defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
CS Louhans-Cuiseaux
Youth career
Olympique Alès
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992-1993 Olympique Alès ? (?)
1993-1995 FC Bourges ? (?)
1995-1997 FC Perpignan 50 (1)
1997-2001 Bordeaux 91 (2)
2001-2002 Auxerre 23 (0)
2002-2003 Portsmouth 16 (0)
2004 Ajaccio 13 (0)
2004-2005 Sint-Truiden 20 (0)
2005-2006 Lausanne-Sport 14 (0)
2007 Cannes
Total 227 (3)
National team
2002-2003 Côte d'Ivoire
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lassina Diabaté (born September 16, 1974 in Bouaké, Côte d'Ivoire) is a former Ivorian football player.He played for Côte d'Ivoire and a few clubs in Europe.

Diabaté played for several clubs in France, including Perpignan, Bordeaux and Auxerre.[1]

He was a participant at the 1998, 2000 and 2002 African Cup of Nations. He is best known for wearing fluorescent orange soccer boots, before such designs became fashionable. During his time in England] with Portsmouth his manager Harry Redknapp described him as being "as hard as iron" and said: "I wouldn't want to be a striker playing against him, he is a wonderfully aggressive player who controls the midfield for us".

He often struggled with injuries at various points in his career, which limited the amount of time he spend at each club. He failed to score a single goal in the last 7 years of his career.


  1. ^ "La fiche de Lassina Diabaté" (in French). L'Equipe. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 

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