Serge Dié

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Serge Dié
Personal information
Full name Mhinseia Serge Aristide Dié
Date of birth (1977-10-04) 4 October 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
None
Youth career
1996–1997 Africa Sports
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2001 Reggina 15 (0)
2001 Avellino 13 (1)
2002 Benevento 10 (0)
2002–2005 OGC Nice 45 (2)
2003 Avellino (loan) 15 (0)
2004 FC Metz (loan) 8 (0)
2005–2007 Kayseri Erciyesspor 50 (1)
2007–2008 AC Ajaccio 25 (1)
2008–2010 Iraklis 35 (2)
2010–2011 Kavala 36 (4)
2011–2012 Veria 17 (1)
2012–2013 Kavala 12 (2)
2013–2014 Skoda Xanthi 25 (2)
National team
2000–2005 Cote d'Ivoire 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 March 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Serge Dié (born 4 October 1977 in Abidjan) is an Ivorian footballer who currently plays for Greek side Skoda Xanthi.

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He was born in a family of 9 children and he very fast faced a terrible tragedy, the death of his father, André DIE, at the young age of 14 years old. He found himself alone with his mother, Odette KOIDE and his brothers. He abandoned his studies in order to take care of his family and therefore football became his profession as a mean to fulfill his family's basic needs. He became a member of Africa Sport of Abidjan, where he made his way, from the minor teams, through to the first team of the club. In 1996, his first selection for the national team was announced and he was called to represent his country. From that moment on, his international career begins and in 1998, as he plays for Reggina football club in Italy.

In 2000, he faces the darkest period in his football career, during which, he was a free agent, without a club for one year. That is when he considers the fact he might be finished with football, and the period he agrees to offer his life to God and becomes a Christian. "I was lost and The Lord brought me back", he stated.

Dié along with the rise of his football career in 2001, he meets the love of his life, Lydia DOMORAUD, who becomes his wife a year after on 22 June 2002. Their union will give birth to Manassé Chris-Samuel DIE on 17 January 2006.

In September 2002, Ivory Coast faced a period of political crisis which lasted for almost 6 years. Various events caused great collateral damage to the whole country and especially to the West part, where the football player's motherland is. In the sight of this sad situation his country and his homeland faced, Dié decides to travel to Ivory Coast in June 2005 in order to donate clothes and food to the war victims of the city Guitrozon, suburb of Djuekoué, a city situated on the West part of Ivory Coast. For that purpose, he called up the inhabitants of the city Abidjan to a massive mobilisation, through the media in order to seek help from the economic capital of the country. This initiative had an enormous success and was broadcast on the news all over the country.

In December 2006, Dié participated in an action of support for the inhabitants of Toulepleu, a city located centrally, organized by the First Lady of Ivory Coast, where he donated food to the people.

In December 2007, he was named "World Ambassador of Peace" by the president of the OMPP, a World Organization for Peace, for the donations quoted previously and for those that he made as well, during his visit to the prisoners of the MACA Detention center and those of Abidjan. There he donated food and footballs and he also sponsored one of their football matches, shortly before his appointment. In June 2008, he revisited Ivory Coast again, this time the city of Djuekoué, to observe the damages caused by the crisis personally. There he met the mayor of the city, in order to discuss the needs of the inhabitants and help them in the best way he could. It is after the conclusion of this meeting that he decided to create the “Manassé Foundation” in the same year. The foundation's purpose is to help the widows and the orphans in need and the persons having survival difficulties due to the crisis, through diverse support programs and various projects.

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