Serey Die

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Serey Die
Geoffroy Serey Die - Lausanne vs Sion 02 may 2012.jpg
Serey Die playing for Sion against Lausanne (May 2012)
Personal information
Full name Sereso Geoffroy Gonzaroua Die
Date of birth (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Basel
Number 8
Youth career
1998–2001 Centre Nationale des Sports de Haut Niveau
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 AFC Whip 45 (125)
2002–2003 CO Korhogo
2003–2006 Stade d'Abidjan
2006–2007 EO Goulette et Kram
2007–2008 ES Sétif
2008–2012 FC Sion 115 (4)
2013– FC Basel 43 (3)
National team
2013– Ivory Coast 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 June 2014

Sereso Geoffroy Gonzaroua Die (born 7 November 1984 in Abidjan), known as Serey Die, is an Ivorian football midfielder currently playing for FC Basel in the Swiss Super League.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Serey Die started his football for Centre National des Sports de Haut Niveau in Abidjan.[1] He played one year for Volcan Junior and one year for CO Korhogo before moving to top team Stade d'Abidjan in 2003. Three years later he moved to EO Goulette et Kram in Tunisia. But this was also to remain a short stay, he cancelled his contract himself after just half a year.

ES Sétif[edit]

Then Serey Die was invited for a trial with ES Sétif and therefore moved to Algeria. This adventure nearly started and ended as a farce on the same day. As the club's president saw Serey Die he thought that the wrong player had been hired and sent him home. The coach asked Serey Die to stay for the training, which he did and in a test match was able to convince the club's management to let him stay for a six month trial. During this trial period Serey Die played well and ES Sétif won the 2007–08 Arab Champions League. But he refused to sign the contact that he was subsequently offered.


Between 2008 and 2012 Serey Die played for FC Sion, with whom he won the Swiss Cup twice. During March 2010, Serey Die came under suspicion of corruption in connection with betting manipulation.[2] In May 2012, he was the subject of controversy after cameras filmed him slapping a thirteen year old ball-boy in the face. This was during the away game against FC Lausanne-Sport on 2 May. This assault resulted in an eight match suspension.[3]


On 13 December 2012, FC Basel announced that they had signed Serey Die on a three and a half year contract.[4] Serey Die played his debut for Basel on 10 February 2013 in the 3–0 home win in St. Jakob-Park against his former club Sion.[5] He scored his first goal for Basel, the first goal of the match, in the 4–0 away win against Luzern in the Swissporarena on 1 April 2013.[6] At the end of the Swiss Super League season 2012–13, he won the Championship title[7] and was Swiss Cup runner up with Basel.[8] In the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Basel advanced as far as the semi-finals, there being matched against the reigning UEFA Champions League holders Chelsea, but were knocked out being beaten 2–5 on aggregate.[9]

At the end of the 2013–14 Super League season Serey Die won his second league championship with Basel.[10] They also reached the final of the 2013–14 Swiss Cup, but were beaten 2–0 by Zürich after extra time. In the 2013–14 Champions League season Basel in the group stage finished the group in third position to qualify for Europa League knockout phase and here they advanced as far as the quarter-finals.

International career[edit]

Serey Die played his debut for the Ivory Coast national football team in the 3–0 home win in Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny on 23 March 2013 against the Gambia.

Personal life[edit]

In 2014, during Ivory Coast's match against Colombia, Serey Die was crying from the intensity and excitement he felt while representing his national team. Despite rumors of his emotional feelings was for his father's death, this was inaccurate. His father did not die that day, his father actually died in 2004[11][12]


ES Sétif
FC Sion
FC Basel


  1. ^ Raz, Florian (13 December 2012). ""Voilà, da bin ich!" – FCB holt Serey Die" (in German). tageswoche. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Birrer, Peter M. (22 March 2010). "Sions Serey Die, der Wettverdacht und der neue Porsche" (in German). Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Serey Die für acht Spiele gesperrt" (in German). 15 May 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Der FC Basel 1893 verpflichtet Geoffroy Serey Die vom FC Sion" (in German). FC Basel 1893. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Marti, Caspar (10 February 2013). "Drei wichtige Punkte zum Start ins 2013" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Marti, Caspar (2013). "4:0 gegen Luzern: Der FCB festigt seine Tabellenführung" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  7. ^ Schifferle, Michael (10 June 2013). "Season review: Switzerland". UEFA. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Telegramm Schweizer Cup Final" (in German). Schweizerischer Fussballverband. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Haylett, Trevor (3 May 2013). "Basel take heart after Chelsea defeat". UEFA. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Grossenbacher, Sacha (2014). "Fotos vom Spiel gegen Lausanne sowie den anschliessenden Feierlichkeiten" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  11. ^ "Serey Die plays for Ivory Coast after shedding tears for father". The Guardian. 19 June 20143. Retrieved 20 June 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ "Serey Die explains pre-match crying". ESPN. 19 June 20143. Retrieved 20 June 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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