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 Centre back
Club information
Current team
Deportivo La Coruña
Number 21
Youth career
Sampdoria
2004–2006 Pescara
2006 Lazio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Pescara 1 (0)
2006–2013 Lazio 65 (2)
2013–2014 Sunderland 7 (0)
2014 Fiorentina (loan) 9 (0)
2014– Deportivo La Coruña 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Modibo Diakité (born 2 March 1987) is a French professional footballer who plays for Spanish side Deportivo de La Coruña as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Pescara[edit]

Born in Bourg-la-Reine, Diakité moved to Italy at early age, and joined Sampdoria's youth setup. In 2004 he moved to Pescara, being initially assigned to the Primavera team.

Diakité made his first-team debut on 28 May 2006, in a 0–0 away draw against Mantova for the Serie B championship. 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]

Although spending the vast majority of his first campaign appearing with the youth squad, Diakité made his first-team – and Serie A – debut on 1 April 2007, replacing Guglielmo Stendardo in the dying minutes of a 4–2 away win against Udinese.[3] His first start came late in the month, in a 0–1 home loss against Fiorentina, also having a goal disallowed.[4]

In June 2007 Lazio signed Diakité outright for another €250,000,[5][6][7] and he was handed a starting spot for the first match of the campaign, against Torino. However, he eventually broke his tibia in the 2–2 home draw, missing the remainder of the season.[8]

On 27 November 2008, Diakité extended his link with the Biancazzurri until 2013.[9] He played his first match after returning from injury on 3 December, starting in a 2–1 away win against Milan for the campaign's Coppa Italia.

Diakité scored his first professional goal on 14 December 2008, netting his side's second through a header in a 3–3 away draw against Udinese.[10] He subsequently became a regular starter, appearing in 25 matches and scoring once during the 2011–12 season.

Sunderland[edit]

On 10 June 2013, Premier League side Sunderland announced the arrival of Diakité on a free transfer.[11] A starter under Paolo Di Canio, he was deemed suplus to requirements by new manager Gus Poyet, and was subsequently loaned to Fiorentina in January.

Diakité was released from Sunderland by mutual consent on 1 September 2014.[12]

Fiorentina (loan)[edit]

On 31 January 2014, Diakité joined Fiorentina on loan for the rest of the season.[13] He appeared in nine matches (all starts) for the Viola before returning to Sunderland in June.

Deportivo La Coruña[edit]

On 3 September 2014 Diakité signed for La Liga side Deportivo de La Coruña.[14] He made his debut in the competition on 20 September, starting in a 2–8 home loss against Real Madrid.[15]

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. ^ "Udinese 2–4 Lazio". Channel4. 1 April 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Lazio 0–1 Fiorentina". Channel4. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Comunicato Stampa Campagna Acquisti 07-08" (in Italian). SS Lazio. 3 July 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  6. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20071112084744/http://www.lega-calcio.it/comun/0607/partecipazioni2007-2008.pdf
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "Lazio 2–2 Torino". Channel4. 25 August 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Lazio show faith in Diakité". Channel4. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Udinese 3–3 Lazio". Channel4. 14 December 2008. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sunderland sign Cabral, Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite". BBC Sport. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Diakite leaves SAFC". Sunderland FC. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Diakité now a Viola player". Viola Channel (ACF Fiorentina). 31 January 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Modibo Diakhité cierra el mercado de fichajes del Dépor" [Modibo Diakhite closes Dépor's transfer market] (in Spanish). Deportivo's official website. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat trick as Real Madrid hammer Deportivo". ESPN FC. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 

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