Claude Dielna

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Claude Dielna
Personal information
Full name Claude Pierre Marie Dielna[1]
Date of birth (1987-12-14) 14 December 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Clichy-la-Garenne, France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Sheffield Wednesday
Youth career
000–2006 Caen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Lorient 0 (0)
2008–2012 Istres 62 (1)
2012–2014 Olympiacos 0 (0)
2012–2013 Sedan (loan) 25 (2)
2013–2014 Ajaccio (loan) 22 (0)
2014– Sheffield Wednesday 23 (1)
2015–2016 Slovan Bratislava (loan) 4 (0)
2017 Dinamo București (loan) 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 May 2017.

Claude Pierre Marie Dielna (born 14 December 1987) is a French professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Sheffield Wednesday.


Born in Clichy-la-Garenne, Dielna started his career at Caen before moving to Lorient, where he signed his first professional contract in April 2007, which he described as his greatest sporting joy.[2] However, at Lorient, Dielna struggled to make a breakthrough at Lorient and left the club for Istres.[citation needed]

Dielna was a first team regular during his time at Istres, making a total of 95 appearances for the Ligue 2 team.[3][4]


He signed for Olympiacos in late May 2012 as a free agent on a three-year contract.[3][4] However, Manager Leonardo Jardim placed Dielna on a loan list.[5]

Immediately after joining Olympiacos, Dielna returned to France, where he joined Sedan on a season long loan.[6] Dielna made his debut for the club, days later after joining the club, in a 2-2 draw against Caen. Dielna would go on to make twenty-five appearance and score two goals against Tours[7] and Arles-Avignon[citation needed] for the club.

At the start of the 2013-14 season, Dielna loaned out again to join Ligue 1 side Ajaccio on a season long loan.[8] Dielna went on to make twenty-two appearance for the club, though his spell was overshadowed by claims he fell out with manager Fabrizio Ravanelli.[9] However, at the end of the season, Ajaccio were relegated to Ligue 2 and Dielna announced that he will be returning to Olympiacos.[10] Dielna cited the club's relegation was over injuries.[9]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

On 30 August 2014, Dielna signed a three-year deal with English championship side Sheffield Wednesday.[11] Dielna move to the club was welcomed by Réda Johnson.[12]

Dielna made his debut for the club, where he came on as a substitute for Jacques Maghoma in the last minute, in a 1-0 win over Reading.[13] Then, on 6 December 2014, Dielna scored his first goal for the club after coming on as an 88th-minute substitute and scoring the winner in 93rd minute to win 2-1 over Blackburn Rovers.[14] His good display in the match earned him included Football League Team of the Week for the Championship.[15] Dielna is also nicknamed 'the Gymnast' due to his athletic playing style.

Personal life[edit]

Dielna is a cousin of Ronald Zubar and Stéphane Zubar, who are both professional footballers and also has a Guadaloupe extraction.[16]


  1. ^ "THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE LIMITED CLUB LIST OF REGISTERED PLAYERS AS AT 16TH MAY 2015" (PDF). The Football League. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Les goûts et les couleurs... Claude Dielna" (in French). Lorient Maville. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Noikokyris, Giorgos (26 May 2012). "Στην προετοιμασία κρίνεται ο Ντιελνά (Dielna to be judged during pre-season)" (in Greek). Goal News. 
  4. ^ a b "Στην Αθήνα ο Ντιελνά (Dielna in Athens)" (in Greek). Sport24. 24 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Κίνηση για Ντιελνά ο Λεβαδειακός" (in Greek). Sport24. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Foot - Transferts : Dielna arrive à Sedan" (in French). L'Equipe. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  7. ^ ": Caen, ça repart" (in French). L'Equipe. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Transferts - Dielna à Ajaccio" (in French). 29 June 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "In Depth Interview: Claude Dielna". Get French Football News. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Ντιελνά: "Επιστρέφω στην Ελλάδα στο τέλος της σεζόν"" (in Greek). Sport24. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday sign European defender". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 30 August 2014. Archived from the original on 30 December 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Big move for Claude Dielna says Reda Johnson". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 2 September 2014. Archived from the original on 30 December 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Reading". BBC Sport. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday". BBC Sport. 6 December 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Dielna makes Team of the Week". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 8 December 2014. Archived from the original on 30 December 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "English eyes no Istres ace". Sky Sports. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 

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