|Date of birth||24 January 1989|
|Place of birth||Montfermeil, France|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
(on loan from Queens Park Rangers)
|2012||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||9||(1)|
|2012–||Queens Park Rangers||14||(0)|
|2014||→ Watford (loan)||11||(0)|
|2014–||→ Ittihad FC (loan)||4||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:05, 26 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Samba Diakité (born 24 January 1989) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Saudi Arabian club Ittihad FC, on loan from Queens Park Rangers. Though born in France, Diakité represents the Mali national team at international level.
Diakité was born in Montfermeil, Seine-Saint-Denis.
Diakité played for Le Bourget and Torcy, before joining Nancy in 2007.
On 27 December 2009, he signed his first professional contract after agreeing to a two-year deal with Nancy. He made his professional debut on 27 January 2010 in a Coupe de France match against Plabennec.
Queens Park Rangers
On 29 January 2012, he agreed a deal to join Premier League team Queens Park Rangers on loan for the remainder of the season with a view to a permanent switch in the summer of 2012. He made his debut on 25 February 2012 in a 1–0 defeat, at home against Fulham, where he was sent-off after just 33 minutes for a second bookable offence. Diakité scored his first goal, a winning goal, for Queens Park Rangers in a 2–1 victory over London rivals Arsenal on 31 March 2012.
On 24 January 2012, he made his senior international debut for Mali at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, in the 1–0 victory against Guinea. In total he has made 5 appearances for his country. His form for his country in the tournament helped them reach semi-finals, and helped earn him a move to Queens Park Rangers.
- "Premier League Player Profile Samba Diakité". Premier League. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- "S. Diakité passe pro". Mercato365 (in French). 27 December 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
- "Samba Diakité". AS Nancy (in French). 14 May 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
- "Nancy v. Plabennec Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 27 January 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
- Austin, Simon. "QPR set to add Lazio striker Cisse after doing Diakite deal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
- "QPR 0–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
- "QPR 2–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
- "Diakité Signs R's Deal". QPR F.C. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- "Queens Park Rangers sign Samba Diakité on four-year deal from Nancy". London: The Guardian. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "OFFICIAL: Samba Signs". Watford FC. 31 January 2014.
- Samba Diakité career stats at Soccerbase
- Samba Diakité at National-Football-Teams.com
- Samba Diakité French league stats at LFP.fr (French)
- Samba Diakité – UEFA competition record
- Samba Diakité at L'Équipe Football (French)