Cheick Diabaté (footballer)
|Full name||Cheick Tidiane Diabaté|
|Date of birth||25 April 1988|
|Place of birth||Bamako, Mali|
|Height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|2000–2006||Centre Salif Keita|
|2008–2009||→ Ajaccio (loan)||30||(14)|
|2009–2010||→ Nancy (loan)||2||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:32, 22 August 2016 (UTC).
Diabaté was promoted to the senior squad of Bordeaux for the 2008–09 season following a successful season in the CFA, where he made 35 appearances and scored 18 goals. Due to a surplus of more experienced strikers, manager Laurent Blanc loaned him out to the Corsica-based and Ligue 2 club AC Ajaccio to get more playing time.
Diabaté made his debut for Ajaccio in their opening match loss to Châteauroux playing the full 90 minutes. In the second match, he proved beneficial to the club scoring a brace in their 3–1 win over Stade Reims. Three weeks later, he scored another brace, this time in a 4–0 thrashing of Vannes. The following three weeks, he scored one goal in each match with Ajaccio earning wins over Brest and Clermont and drawing with Nîmes.
Diabaté's positive play continued throughout the season scoring important game-winning goals against Guingamp, Lens, Angers, and Boulogne. He also scored a goal in the annual Derby Corse against Bastia with the match finishing in a 1–1 draw. Diabaté finished the season with 14 goals, a team high and 4th among Ligue 2 topscorers, helping the club stave off relegation on the final day of the season.
Despite returning to Bordeaux on 1 July, on 20 July, he was sent on loan again, this time to fellow Ligue 1 club AS Nancy. The striker has spent most of the stint playing in the reserves only featuring twice with the senior team.
Return to Bordeaux
Diabaté had an excellent 2013–14 season in Ligue 1 with Bordeaux, scoring goals against Toulouse FC, FC Lorient, and a brace against Sochaux taking his tally to 8 goals in 19 Ligue 1 outings as well as 2 goals in the French Cup.
Diabaté started out with Mali's national under-17 team where they participated in the 2005 African U-17 Championship. He scored a goal in each of their group stage matches but Mali failed to advance to the knockout round. Less than a month after the tournament, he would get his senior debut against Liberia in a 2006 World Cup qualifier where they won 4–1. He came on as an 85th-minute substitute for Dramane Coulibaly. Diabaté was a member of the Mali side that earned third place at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. He finished the tournament as one of the top scorers, having netted 3 goals in total, including two in the third place play-off against Ghana on 11 February 2012.
- As of match played 22 August 2016.
- Africa Cup of Nations Third Place: 2012, 2013
- Reims v. Ajaccio Match Report. Ligue de Football Professionnel. Retrieved on 22 September 2011.
- Ajaccio v. Vannes Match Report. Ligue de Football Professionnel. Retrieved on 22 September 2011.
- Brest v. Ajaccio Match Report. Ligue de Football Professionnel. Retrieved on 22 September 2011.
- Ajaccio v. Clermont Match Report. Ligue de Football Professionnel. Retrieved on 22 September 2011.
- Nîmes v. Ajaccio Match Report. Ligue de Football Professionnel. Retrieved on 22 September 2011.
- Ajaccio v. Guingamp Match Report. Ligue de Football Professionnel. Retrieved on 22 September 2011.
- Lens v. Ajaccio Match Report. Ligue de Football Professionnel. Retrieved on 22 September 2011.
- Angers v. Ajaccio Match Report. Ligue de Football Professionnel. Retrieved on 22 September 2011.
- Boulogne v. Ajaccio Match Report. Ligue de Football Professionnel. Retrieved on 22 September 2011.
- Ajaccio v. Bastia Match Report. Ligue de Football Professionnel. Retrieved on 22 September 2011.
- Bordeaux: Trois prolongations. Mercato365.com (31 August 2011). Retrieved on 22 September 2011.
- Trois Bordelais à Nancy. L'Equipe. Retrieved on 22 September 2011.
- Díaz Rubio, Julian; Kalumiana, Kalumiana. "African U-17 Championship 2005". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "Match Report: Mali - Liberia". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Agencies. "Mali beat Ghana to finish third". Daily Monitor. Uganda. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
- "Cheick DIABATé - Football : la fiche de Cheick DIABATé (Osmanlispor)". L'Equipe (in French). Retrieved 22 August 2016.