Abdoulay Diaby

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Abdoulay Diaby
Abdoulaye Diaby.jpg
Diaby training for Club Brugge in June 2015
Personal information
Full name Abdoulay Diaby
Date of birth (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Nanterre, France
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Sporting CP
Number 23
Youth career
Sedan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Sedan 66 (26)
2013–2015 Lille 3 (0)
2013–2015Mouscron-Péruwelz (loan) 37 (15)
2015–2018 Club Brugge 82 (31)
2018– Sporting CP 12 (1)
National team
2014– Mali 12 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 January 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2018

Abdoulay Diaby (born 21 May 1991) is a French-born Malian footballer who plays for Portuguese club Sporting CP as a striker.[1]

Club career[edit]

Sedan[edit]

Born in Nanterre, France, Diaby began his career at Sedan, having been passed by INF Clairefontaine (French national Football Centre).[2] After progressing through the ranks of Sedan, Diaby made his professional debut on 4 May 2010 against Dijon FCO, where he came on as a substitute for Lossémy Karaboué in the 73rd minutes, in a 3–1 loss.[3] He made another appearances for the side three days later on 7 May 2010, again coming on as a substitute, in a 0–0 draw against AC Arles-Avignon.[4] He went on to make two appearances in the 2009–10 season.

In the 2010–11 season, Diaby didn't make his first team appearance until on 20 November 2010, where he started the match, in a 2–0 win over FC Steinseltz in the seventh round of Coupe de France.[5] On 13 January 2011, Diaby signed his first professional contract with the club, keeping him until 2014.[2] He didn't score his first goal for the club and set up one of the goals, in a 5–3 loss against FC Istres on 11 March 2011.[6] Seven days later, on 18 March 2011, he scored in a follow–up match, in a 1–1 draw against Le Havre.[7] At the end of the 2010–11 season, he went on to make eleven appearances and scoring two times in all competitions.

In the 2011–12 season, Diaby scored his first goal of the season, in a 2–1 loss against Clermont Foot on 12 August 2011.[8] A month later on 16 September 2011, he scored again, in a 3–0 win over Le Havre.[9] He then scored three goals throughout October, scoring against Angers SCO (twice) and Lille.[10] He ended a two months goal drought on 9 March 2012 when he scored in a 1–1 draw against US Boulogne.[11] He was in another goal drought when on 18 May 2012, he scored in a 2–1 win over Nantes.[12] Despite suffering injuries during the 2011–12 season,[13] Diaby went on to make 31 appearances and scoring nine times in all competitions.

In the 2012–13 season, Diaby scored his first goal of the season, in a 3–2 loss against Nîmes Olympique on 17 August 2012.[14] During a 2–0 win over Clermont Foot on 24 August 2012, he was sent–off for a straight red card in the 80th minutes.[15] After serving a match suspension, Diaby returned to the starting line-up and scored in a 3–1 loss against Stade Lavallois on 14 September 2012.[16] After being dropped from the first team for “disciplinary reasons” in early–November, he scored on his return on 9 November 2012, in a 1–1 draw against Gazélec Ajaccio.[17] During a match against Auxerre on 26 February 2013, he scored his seventh goal of the season, in a 1–0 win.[18] Despite suffering from injury and suspension towards the end of the 2012–13 season,[19] Diaby went on to make twenty–eight appearances and scoring seven times in all competitions. However, following the club's relegation to Championnat de France Amateur.[20]

LOSC Lille[edit]

It was announced on 30 July 2013 that Diaby joined Lille on a three–year contract with the club.[20][21]

After his two years spell at Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz came to an end in the 2014–15 season,[22] Diaby signed a two–year contract with Lille, keeping him until 2019.[23] He didn't make his Lille debut on 28 February 2015, where he came on as a late substitute for Divock Origi, in a 2–1 win against Lyon.[24] He went on to make two more appearances later in the season, both coming as a substitute.[25]

Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz (loan)[edit]

Immediately after joining Lille, Diaby moved to France, where he joined Mouscron-Péruwelz.[20][26]

Diaby made his Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz debut, where he came on as a substitute for Antonio Jakoliš in the 74th minutes, in a 2–1 win over RWS Bruxelles on 10 August 2013.[27] It wasn't until on 4 September 2013 when he scored his first goal for the club, in a 3–2 win over Eendracht Aalst.[28] After spending two months not been featured on the first team, he made his return on 29 November 2013, where he started the match, in a 2–0 win over K.S.V. Roeselare.[29] After missing out two matches in mid–January, he scored on his return, in a 2–1 win over Eendracht Aalst on 25 January 2014.[30] Later in the 2013–14 season, Diaby helped the side get promoted to Jupiler Pro League next season.[31] He finished the season, making twenty appearances and scoring four times in all competitions.

It was announced on 12 July 2014 that Diaby re-joined Mouscron-Péruwelz for the second time on loan.[32] In his second season, with Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz in the Jupiler Pro League, Diaby started well when he was on a goal scoring form against Waasland-Beveren, Standard Liège (twice), Zulte Waregem and Cercle Brugge (twice).[33] He later added his tenth and eleventh goal against Lierse and Waasland-Beveren.[34] In January 2015, Diaby returned to his parent club.[22] By the time of his departure, he made twenty–two appearances and scoring 12 times (which he was the top scorer at the time and still was at the end of the 2014–15 season) in all competitions.[35]

Club Brugge[edit]

After announcing his intention to move to Belgium, it was announced on 22 May 2015 that Diaby joined Jupiler Pro League side Club Brugge, signing a four-year contract.[36] The transfer move reported to cost two million euros.[37] Upon joining the club, he said his target in his first season at Club Brugge was to score at least twenty goals.[38]

Diaby made his Club Brugge debut on 16 July 2015, where he started the whole game, in a 1–0 against Gent in the Belgian Super Cup.[39] Two weeks later, on 1 August 2015, he made his league debut for Club Brugge, in a 2–1 loss against Sint-Truidense.[40] In a follow up match against KV Mechelen on 1 August 2015, Diaby scored his first goal for the club, in a 3–0 win.[41] On 30 August 2015, he scored four times, in a 7–1 win over Standard Liège.[42] After two months goal drought, it wasn't until on 28 October 2015 when he scored twice, in a 2–0 win over OH Leuven, followed up by scoring in a 2–0 win over Westerlo.[43] During December, he added four goals, which were against Charleroi, Westerlo (twice) and K.V. Kortrijk.[44] Diaby then scored in both legs against Gent in the semi–finals of the Belgium Cup, which a 1–0 win against them saw them reach the final via away goal.[45] Despite suffering some injuries setback, he eventually played in the final against Standard Liege, but was sent–off for a professional foul on Giannis Maniatis, as Club Brugge eventually lose 2–1.[46] After serving a one match suspension, he returned to the starting lineup on 9 April 2016 against Gent, which saw Club Brugge win 2–0.[47] He then played a vital role towards the end of the 2015–16 season, including scoring twice, in a 4–0 win over Anderlecht to win the league title for the first time in eleven years.[48] Despite facing competitions from Jelle Vossen, Leandro Pereira, Wesley Moraes, Bernie Ibini-Isei and José Izquierdo throughout the 2015–16 season, Diaby went on to make forty–seven appearances and scoring twenty times (thirteen of which was the joint top scorer with Vossen) in all competitions.[49]

In the 2016–17 season, Diaby continued to regain his first team place for the side, playing in the striker position.[50] However, he struggled to score goals as he did last season.[51] To make matters worst, Diaby soon suffered his own injuries concern as a result.[52] It wasn't until on 25 January 2017 when he returned from injury, coming on as a late substitute, in a 2–1 win over Waasland-Beveren.[53] However, once again, he suffered an Osteitis pubis that saw him sidelined for the rest of the season.[54] At the end of the 2016–17 season, Diaby went on to make 20 appearances in all competitions.

At the start of the 2017–18 season, Diaby returned from injury in the pre–season and didn't make his first appearance of the season on 2 August 2017, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round against İstanbul Başakşehir, which saw them lose 3–0, and was eliminated from the tournament.[55] Four days later, on 6 August 2017, he scored his first goal of the season, in a 3–1 win over Eupen.[56] Two weeks later, on 20 August 2017, he scored again, in a 2–1 win over K.V. Kortrijk.[57] Throughout December, Diaby produced a goal scoring form against Lokeren, Anderlecht (twice), KV Mechelen and Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz (twice).[58] By December, he scored nine goals for the side this season.[59] In the league's Championship play-offs, Diaby scored four goals for the side, scoring against RSC Charleroi, Standard Liège (twice) and Anderlecht.[60] However, he suffered ankle injury that saw him sidelined for the rest of the season.[61] Shortly after, the club went on to win the league for the second time for the last two years, as he was among three players to play a role this season to win the Championship.[62] Despite being absent from the first team, due to injuries this season,[63] Diaby continued to remain in the first team despite facing competitions from Vossen and Wesley.[64] At the end of the 2017–18 season, Diaby went on to make forty–one appearances and scoring sixteen goals in all competitions.

Sporting CP[edit]

It was announced on 21 August 2018 that Diaby joined Portuguese club Sporting CP, signing a five–year contract on an undisclosed fee, though it was reported to cost €4 million.[65] The club also inserted a US$70 million release clause on Diaby.[66] Upon joining the club, Diaby said of the move: "I am very happy to be here. Sporting CP is a great club and as soon as I heard about the possibility of coming here I did not hesitate, I know that Portuguese football has great clubs, that are always participating in European competitions."[67]

International career[edit]

In October 2014, Diaby was called up by Mali for the first time; then scoring on his debut, in a 2–0 win over Ethiopia on 11 October 2014.[68] Mali eventually qualified for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after beating Algeria 2–0 on 19 November 2014.[69]

In late–December 2014, Diaby was listed in the national team 35 men provisional squad.[70] After appearing twice as an unused substitute in the first two matches in the tournament, he made his first appearance of the tournament, where he started the match before being substituted, in a 1–1 draw against Guinea on 28 January 2015.[71]

Almost a year later, on 6 September 2015, Diaby scored his first goal in eleven months, in a 1–1 draw against Benin.[72] In the Africa Cup of Nations qualification, Diaby then scored two goals in two matches between 4 June 2016 and 4 September 2016 against South Sudan and Benin.[73] He then ended his two-year goal drought when he scored the first-half penalty, in a 1–1 draw against Japan on 23 March 2018.[74]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 13 May 2018[75][76]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sedan 2009–10 Ligue 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2010–11 10 2 1 0 0 0 11 2
2011–12 28 7 1 1 2 1 31 9
2012–13 26 7 3 0 0 0 29 7
Total 66 16 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 73 18
Lille 2013–14 Ligue 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Royal Excel Mouscron (loan) 2013–14 Belgian Second Division 16 3 0 0 5[a] 1 21 4
2014–15 Pro League 21 12 1 0 22 12
Total 37 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 43 16
Club Brugge 2015–16 Pro League 32 16 5 4 9[b] 0 46 20
2016–17 First Division A 16 0 1 0 2[c] 0 19 0
2017–18 34 15 4 1 3[c] 0 0 0 41 16
Total 82 31 10 5 ~ ~ 14 0 0 0 106 36
Career total 188 62 16 6 2 1 14 0 5 1 225 70
  1. ^ Appearances in the Belgian Second Division promotion play-offs
  2. ^ Four appearances in the Champions League and five in the Europa League
  3. ^ a b Appearances in the Champions League

International[edit]

Scores and results list Mali's goal tally first.[1]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 October 2014 Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  Ethiopia 1–0 2–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 6 September 2015 Stade de l'Amitié, Cotonou, Benin  Benin 1–0 1–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3. 4 June 2016 Juba Stadium, Juba, South Sudan  South Sudan 1–0 3–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
4. 4 September 2016 Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako, Mali  Benin 2–0 5–2 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
5. 23 March 2018 Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège, Belgium  Japan 1–0 1–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club
Club Brugge K.V

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