Bernard Diomède

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Bernard Diomède
Bernard Diomède 2006.jpg
Diomède in 2006
Personal information
Full name Bernard Nicolas Thierry Diomède[1]
Date of birth (1974-01-23) 23 January 1974 (age 45)
Place of birth Saint-Doulchard, France
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
France U19 (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–2000 Auxerre 176 (30)
2000–2003 Liverpool 2 (0)
2003Ajaccio (loan) 15 (2)
2003–2004 Ajaccio 32 (7)
2005 Créteil 12 (4)
2006 Clermont Foot 11 (1)
Total 248 (44)
National team
1998 France 8 (0)
Teams managed
2015–2016 France U17
2016–2017 France U18
2017– France U19
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bernard Nicolas Thierry Diomède (born 23 January 1974) is a French former professional footballer who is the manager of the France U19s. He played as a winger and won the World Cup with France in 1998.

Club career[edit]

Born in Saint-Doulchard, to parents of Guadeloupean descent,[2] Diomède's career began with AJ Auxerre. After playing at the youth level for the Burgundy club, he made his Ligue 1 début in 1992. He played in the first team during eight years, under Guy Roux Auxerre won the Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double in 1996. The winger scored 30 goals in 175 Ligue 1 matches for Auxerre.[3]

In June 2000, Diomède was signed for £3m by then Liverpool F.C. manager Gérard Houllier.[4] Making his debut against Sunderland, Diomède appeared to have scored with an overhead kick, but the goal was not given even though replays showed that the ball had crossed the line.[5] However, he did not settle in England, and only played five games for Liverpool. In January 2003 he was loaned out to AC Ajaccio, newly promoted in France's Ligue 1, until the end of his contract.[6] After his spell at Liverpool had come to an end, he joined the Ligue 2 team Créteil, and then Clermont Foot in the Championnat National (3rd division). As of 18 January 2008, Bernard Diomede has announced his retirement after being without a club for the past 18 months.[7]

International career[edit]

Diomède was capped eight times for the France national team, but never scored. He received his first cap in a friendly against Spain on 28 January 1998. At the 1998 World Cup he started in three games, against Saudi Arabia and Denmark in the group stage and against Paraguay in the round of 16. He was unable to regain his place in the French national team after the 1998 World Cup.[8]


On 18 January 2008, Diomède announced his retirement from the game after being without a club for 18 months.[9]

He now runs the Bernard Diomede Football Academy at the Saint Nicolas high school in Issy-les-Moulineaux, just south of Paris.[10]






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    "Bernard Diomede". BFM Business (in French). Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Top 10 des Guadeloupéens de L1". France Football. 15 January 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Bernard Diomède at AJ Auxerre". Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2006.
  4. ^ "Reds swoop for Diomede". BBC. 7 June 2000. Retrieved 4 December 2006.
  5. ^ "Player Profile". Retrieved 16 January 2008.
  6. ^ "Past Player Profile – Bernard Diomede". Archived from the original on 26 September 2006. Retrieved 4 December 2006.
  7. ^ "Son, lumière, héros". UEFA. 8 November 2006. Archived from the original on 14 February 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2006.
  8. ^ "Bernard Diomède – Liste des matchs joués". Fédération Française de Football. Retrieved 4 December 2006.
  9. ^ "DIOMEDE HANGS UP HIS BOOTS". Football 365. Archived from the original on 20 January 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2008.
  10. ^ "Academie Bernard Diomede".
  11. ^ "Décret du 24 juillet 1998 portant nomination à titre exceptionnel" [Decree of 24 July 1998 appointing on an exceptional basis]. Journal Officiel de la République Française (in French). 1998 (170): 11376. 25 July 1998. PREX9801916D. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Décret du 14 novembre 2013 portant promotion et nomination" [Decree of 14 November 2013 on promotion and appointment]. Journal Officiel de la République Française (in French). 2013 (0265): 18538. 15 November 2013. PREX1326006D. Retrieved 24 August 2019.

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