Mamadou Diallo

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Mamadou Diallo
Personal information
Full name Mamadou Diallo Sebane
Date of birth (1971-08-28) August 28, 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Dakar, Senegal
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Sotra FC 45 (30)
1991–1993 Port Autonome
1993–1995 Kawkab Marrakech 60 (31)
1995–1996St. Gallen (loan) 21 (14)
1996–1997 Zeytinburnuspor 30 (14)
1997–1999 Lillestrøm 29 (19)
1999MSV Duisburg (loan)[1] 7 (0)
1999Vålerenga (loan) 8 (5)
2000–2001 Tampa Bay Mutiny 50 (35)
2002 New England Revolution 7 (1)
2002 MetroStars 17 (11)
2002 Al-Ahli
2003 IFK Göteborg 13 (3)
2004–2005 Pahang 11 (8)
2006–2007 Djoliba AC 34
National team
1994–2000 Senegal 46 (21)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mamadou Diallo (born August 28, 1971 in Dakar), also known as Big Mama, is a Senegalese former footballer who played as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Diallo played in twelve countries across four continents: United States, Senegal, Morocco, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, South Africa, Mali, Germany, Turkey, Sweden and Norway. A prolific scorer almost everywhere he played, he became a regular for the Senegal national team.

Major League Soccer[edit]

Major League Soccer signed Diallo in 2000 and allocated him to the Tampa Bay Mutiny. Diallo exploded on the MLS scene in his first season, combining well with midfield general Carlos Valderrama. Diallo scored 26 goals, the best in the league since Roy Lassiter had 27 in 1996; he was named to the MLS Best XI and was the league Scoring Champion.

However, Diallo is also remembered for the incident on August 16, 2000 in a game against the MetroStars, where he collided with and stepped on Metro goalie Mike Ammann, breaking his ribs, puncturing his lung, and effectively ending his career in the process. While the referee saw the collision as unintentional contact, and while he was neither fined nor carded for the incident, there were those (including Ammann himself) that considered the contact was intentional.[2]

In 2001, with Valderrama traded in mid-season, Diallo had a down year, slipping to nine goals. The Mutiny was contracted after the season and Diallo was selected by the New England Revolution in the 2002 MLS Allocation Draft. He only spent seven games in New England, and was sent over to the MetroStars in a six-player deal on May 24. He had a four-goal game against the Los Angeles Galaxy in only his second match with the team, but his scoring tapered off and the Metros missed the playoffs.

Later career[edit]

Diallo was sold to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli on October 7, 2002, but was dropped in November after failing to impress.[3] His globetrotting ways took him to the former UEFA Cup winners, the Swedish club IFK Göteborg, then Malaysian club Pahang, the Jomo Cosmos of South Africa and finally with Djoliba AC until he retired.

International career[edit]

Diallo won 46 caps for Senegal, scoring 21 goals, in a career which saw him represent his country at the African Cup of Nations in 1994. He played for Senegal at the 2007 Beach Soccer World Cup, scoring one goal and receiving one red card.


  1. ^ "Diallo, Mamadou" (in German). Retrieved July 9, 2013.
  2. ^ Lincir, Mark. "Mike Ammann Doesn't Mince Words". Retrieved July 9, 2013.
  3. ^ Bell, Jack (December 10, 2002). "Avalanche of Goals In Men's Tournament". The New York Times. Retrieved August 28, 2009.