Mohamed Diamé

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Mohamed Diamé
Mohamed Diamé with West Ham United.jpg
Diamé playing for West Ham United
Personal information
Full name Mohamed Diamé[1]
Date of birth (1987-06-14) 14 June 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Créteil, France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 21
Youth career
2000–2003 INF Clairefontaine
2003–2005 Lens
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Lens B 28 (1)
2007–2008 Linares 31 (1)
2008–2009 Rayo Vallecano 35 (1)
2009–2012 Wigan Athletic 96 (5)
2012– West Ham United 69 (7)
National team
2012 Senegal Olympic 4 (0)
2011– Senegal 20 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:46, 17 August 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 June 2014

Mohamed Diamé, also known as Momo Diamé,[3] (born 14 June 1987) is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays for English club West Ham United, as a central midfielder.[4] Born in France, Diamé represents and captains Senegal at international level.

Club career[edit]

Diamé was born in the Paris suburb of Créteil, he was selected to attend the Clairefontaine academy between 2000 and 2003.[5] Diamé began his professional career in 2003 with RC Lens, but left four years later after facing health problems.[6] After a full recovery, he signed for lowly Spanish side CD Linares in 2007,[7] and moved to Rayo Vallecano the following year,[8] helping the Madrid-based team to a mid-table position in the Segunda División, after being promoted in the 2007–08 season. During his time with Rayo it was reported that Spanish topflight giants Real Madrid and Barcelona were interested in signing the midfielder,[9] as well as Premier League side Arsenal.[10]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

In August 2009, Diamé signed a three-year deal with Premier League side Wigan Athletic.[11] The transfer had earlier been temporarily put on hold, after alleged heart problems were found.[12] Diamé made his debut the same day as his transfer, in a 5–0 defeat to Manchester United.[13] He scored his first goal for Wigan against Sunderland on 6 February 2010.[14] At the end of the 2011–12 season he left Wigan after declining their offer to extend his contract.[15]

West Ham United[edit]

On 20 June 2012 he was signed by West Ham United on a three-year contract.[16][17] Diamé made his debut for West Ham on 18 August 2012 in a 1–0 win against Aston Villa.[18] He scored his first goal for West Ham United in the 3–1 defeat to Arsenal on 6 October 2012.[19] His second goal for the club was scored in the 3–1 victory over Chelsea on 1 December 2012.[20] On 9 December 2012, Diamé was injured in a match against Liverpool; it was initially thought he could be out for up to 3 months.[21] In January 2013, after a number of clubs were purported to be interested in signing him, Diamé stated that he wished to stay with West Ham.[22][23] Diamé did not leave the club in the transfer window, and manager Sam Allardyce stated that it was an important decision.[24]

International career[edit]

On 22 March 2011, Diamé was called up to play for Senegal, for whom he qualifies as his father was born in Dakar.[25] Diamé made his international debut later that month.[26]

In July 2012, Diamé was announced as one of three over-age players in Senegal's squad for the 2012 Olympics.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Diamé is a Muslim.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 17 August 2014[7][26][29]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lens B 2005–06 28 1 28 1
2006–07 0 0 0 0
Total 28 1 28 1
Linares 2007–08 31 1 31 1
Rayo Vallecano 2008–09 35 1 35 1
Wigan Athletic 2009–10 34 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 37 1
2010–11 36 1 3 2 1 0 0 0 40 3
2011–12 26 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 3
Total 96 5 5 2 2 0 0 0 103 7
West Ham United 2012–13 33 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 34 3
2013–14 35 4 0 0 6 0 0 0 41 4
2014–15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 69 7 1 0 6 0 0 0 76 7
Career total 259 15 6 2 8 0 0 0 273 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 117. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sevilla track Senegal midfielder Momo Diame". Afrikan Soccer. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Player Profile Mohamed Diame". ESPN. ESPN. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  5. ^ "INF, formateur de talents" (in French). FFF. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Profile" (in Spanish). descubrepromesas. 21 September 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Profile". BDFutbol. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Scouting profile". Sky Sports. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Barcelona, Real Madrid battle for Rayo Vallecano star Mohamed Diame". Tribal Football. 21 December 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "The lowdown on Arsenal target Mohamed Diame". IMScouting. 25 January 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "Wigan complete capture of Diame". BBC Sport. 22 August 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  12. ^ Froilán Mora (14 August 2009). "El corazón de Diamé frena su fichaje por el Wigan" [Diamé's heart halts signing with Wigan]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  13. ^ Chris Bevan (22 August 2009). "Wigan 0 – 5 Man Utd". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  14. ^ "Sunderland 1 – 1 Wigan". BBC Sport. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  15. ^ Jones, Simon (15 May 2012). "Liverpool and Spurs lead chase for Diame with midfielder set to leave Wigan for free". www.dailmaily.co.uk. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Diame deal agreed". West Ham United F.C. 20 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "Mohamed Diame to join West Ham from Wigan on a three-year deal". BBC Sport. 20 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "West Ham 1 – 0 Aston Vila". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "West Ham 1–3 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 6 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "West Ham 3–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 1 December 2012. 
  21. ^ "West Ham: Hamstring tear to sideline Mohamed Diame". BBC Sport. 9 December 2012. 
  22. ^ "Mohamed Diame 'very happy' at West Ham despite Arsenal link". BBC Sport. 24 January 2013. 
  23. ^ David Hytner (24 January 2013). "Tottenham aim to tempt Mohamed Diamé from West Ham for £3.5m". The Guardian. 
  24. ^ "West Ham: It was vital Mohamed Diame stayed – Sam Allardyce". BBC Sport. 1 February 2013. 
  25. ^ "International Rescue!". Wigan Athletic F.C. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  26. ^ a b Mohamed Diamé at National-Football-Teams.com
  27. ^ "Senegal leave Papiss Cisse out of Olympic squad". BBC Sport. 7 June 2012. 
  28. ^ Din, Tusdiq (23 August 2011). "Fasting and football. How do top-flight Muslims cope?". The Independent. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  29. ^ Mohamed Diamé career stats at Soccerbase