Modibo Diakité

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Modibo Diakité
Personal information
Full name Modibo Diakité[1]
Date of birth (1987-03-02) 2 March 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Bourg-la-Reine, France
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Sunderland
Number 21
Youth career
Pescara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Pescara 1 (0)
2006–2013 Lazio 83 (2)
2013– Sunderland 7 (0)
2014 Fiorentina (loan) 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 28, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Modibo Diakité (born 2 March 1987) is a French professional footballer who plays for Sunderland as a defender.

Career[edit]

Diakité plays as a central defender and is a good reader of the play as well as having a strong physical presence.

Pescara[edit]

Diakité made his debut in Serie B on May 28, 2006 for Pescara against Mantova at the Stadio Adriatico. Despite only playing one match for the first team, the 19-year old Pescara youth product was recognized by giants Lazio, who signed him at the end of the 2005–06 season in co-ownership deal for €250,000.[2]

Lazio[edit]

In his first season at Lazio, Diakité made three senior appearances in Serie A. His debut came on a trip to Stadio Friuli, where Lazio beat Udinese 4–2.[3] His first start came against Fiorentina, during that match he also had a goal disallowed.

In Diakité's first season at Lazio, 2006–07, Lazio finished third and thus qualified for the UEFA Champions League. In June 2007 Lazio signed him outright for another €250,000.[4][5][6]

For the promising Diakité, there would be more opportunities in European theater, however he missed the chance to debut in European competition when he broke his tibia in the opening round of the new season. Diakité was involved in a three way collision with teammate Massimo Mutarelli and Torino striker Nicola Ventola. He missed the remainder of the season.[7]

On November 25, 2008, Lazio opted to extend Diakité's contract until 2013 as a sign of faith in his ability.[8]

Just a week later, Diakité played his first competitive match since the leg injury, impressing as Lazio beat Milan 2–1 at the San Siro in the Coppa Italia. He started a week later in Serie A against Inter, scoring an own goal in the 0–3 loss, yet his performance aside was promising and he retained his starting place.[9]

In the next match, Diakité again started, this time away at Udinese and after an hour, the team found itself 3–0 down. In the process of a remarkable fightback to 3–3, Diakité scored his first Lazio and Serie A goal, heading in a corner.[10]

Sunderland[edit]

On 10 June 2013, Premier League side Sunderland announced the arrival of Diakité on a free transfer.[11]

Fiorentina (loan)[edit]

On 31 January 2014, Diakité joined Fiorentina on loan for the rest of the season.[12]

Honours[edit]

Lazio

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 September 2013. p. 32. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "relazione trimestrale al 31.03.07" (in Italian). SS Lazio. 31 March 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  3. ^ channel4.com Udinese 2–4 Lazio
  4. ^ "Comunicato Stampa Campagna Acquisti 07-08" (in Italian). SS Lazio. 3 July 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  5. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20071112084744/http://www.lega-calcio.it/comun/0607/partecipazioni2007-2008.pdf
  6. ^ "Bilancio S.S. Lazio S.p.A. separato e consolidato al 30-06-07" (in Italian). SS Lazio. 18 October 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.channel4.com/sport/football_italia/sa0708/laz-tor.html
  8. ^ Lazio show faith in Diakité
  9. ^ http://www.channel4.com/sport/football_italia/sa0809/laz-int.html
  10. ^ http://www.channel4.com/sport/football_italia/sa0809/udi-laz.html
  11. ^ "Sunderland sign Cabral, Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite". BBC Sport. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Diakité now a Viola player". Viola Channel (in Italian) (ACF Fiorentina). 31 January 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 

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