Mame Biram Diouf

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Mame Biram Diouf
Mame Biram Diouf.jpg
Diouf lining up for Senegal at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Mame Biram Diouf[1]
Date of birth (1987-12-16) 16 December 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Dakar, Senegal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Stoke City
Number 18
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Diaraf
2007–2009 Molde 62 (29)
2009–2012 Manchester United 5 (1)
2009Molde (loan) 12 (4)
2010–2011Blackburn Rovers (loan) 26 (3)
2012–2014 Hannover 96 57 (26)
2014– Stoke City 122 (23)
National team
2009– Senegal 47 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:22, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 June 2018

Mame Biram Diouf (born 16 December 1987) is a Senegalese footballer who plays as a striker for Stoke City and the Senegal national team.

Diouf started his career at Diaraf before moving to Molde in 2007. In his first season with them he won the Norwegian First Division, and gained promotion to the Norwegian Premier League. His performances and goalscoring attracted interest from a number of big clubs, and he eventually moved to Manchester United in 2009, remaining on loan at Molde until January 2010. He scored on his home debut for United and won the League Cup as an unused substitute in the 2010 final. Diouf joined Hannover in January 2012, where he scored 35 goals in 71 appearances, before moving to Stoke City on a free transfer in 2014.

Diouf made his Senegal debut in 2009 in a 2–1 friendly win over Congo DR, and represented the country at the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Club career[edit]

Molde FK[edit]

Born in Dakar, Senegal, Diouf began his career with Diaraf. In January 2007, he joined Norwegian club Molde, having trained with them in March 2006. He expressed his happiness at joining fellow countrymen Pape Pate Diouf (still playing for a contract with Molde at that time) and Madiou Konate at the club. Molde also agreed with Diaraf all considitions concerning the transfer, if Diouf signed a professional contract with Molde.

In his second season at Molde, and the first in Tippeligaen, Diouf did well and scored a total of five goals against Brann in the two matches of the 2008 season, two goals in a 4–3 victory in the Tippeliga-match in Bergen on 31 May and three goals in the 8–0 victory in the Cup on 23 July.[3] These goals lead to some rumours in the Bergen-papers, that Brann would be interested in signing Diouf.[4] He was also linked to Arsenal, Feyenoord, Groningen, West Bromwich Albion and Red Bull Salzburg.[5][6]

In the 2009 season, he scored 16 goals in 29 matches. Even with his strong performance, Molde only finished second in the league and the cup. A highlight of the season was the 5–2 win against Brann on 12 July 2009, where Diouf scored a hat-trick in the first nine minutes of the game, and added the fourth goal in the 27th minute.

Manchester United[edit]

Diouf and Jonny Evans signing autographs for Manchester United supporters in 2011

In May 2009, he received interest from several senior clubs and on 17 July 2009, Molde and Manchester United announced that a transfer had been agreed for the player.[7][8][9] Diouf was loaned back to Molde for the remainder of the Norwegian 2009 season, before joining his new teammates in Manchester in January 2010. "We signed a young player yesterday from Norway, who we've been looking at for two years," United manager Alex Ferguson said. "We weren't intending on signing anyone else after last week – we feel we have a full squad – but the situation accelerated to a point where other clubs started to make bids, so we had to decide whether we acted or didn't act. We decided to act and he'll be the last person we sign."[10] When Norwegian newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad spoke to Diouf about the shock move, he said "playing for Manchester has always been a dream of mine ever since I was a small boy, I hope that when I move in January, I will have a big impact, I am confident of playing very well".[11]

On 23 December 2009, Diouf was granted a work permit making him available to play for Manchester United once the transfer window opened in January.[12] After becoming eligible to play for Manchester United on 7 January 2010, Diouf was registered with the number 32 shirt worn previously by Carlos Tevez,[13] and made his debut in a league match away to Birmingham City two days later; with the scores level at 1–1, Diouf came off the bench for Paul Scholes in the 81st minute, but he was unable to help break the deadlock and the match finished as a draw.[14]

Diouf made his home debut for United in a 3–0 win over Burnley on 16 January 2010, coming on as a 74th-minute substitute for Wayne Rooney. In stoppage time at the end of the game, Diouf scored his first goal for United; after being played in by Antonio Valencia, he looped a header over Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen and celebrated with a flip in front of the Stretford End before pointing to the name on the back of his shirt.[15]

Blackburn Rovers (loan)[edit]

On 6 August 2010, Diouf signed for Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan and was handed the number 41 shirt.[16] Diouf made an immediate impact for Blackburn, scoring within 15 minutes after coming on as a substitute for Nick Blackman in a 1–1 pre-season friendly draw against Hearts in Scotland.[17]

On 24 August 2010, Diouf scored his first goals for Blackburn on his full debut as he netted a hat-trick in a 3–1 home League Cup victory over Norwich City, playing the full 90 minutes at Ewood Park.[18] He then scored his first league goal for Rovers four days later, netting their only goal in a 2–1 home loss to Arsenal on his first ever Premier League start; the assist came from his fellow Senegalese namesake El Hadji Diouf. By the end of his loan at Blackburn, he had made 29 appearances and scored six goals in all competitions.[19]

Return to Manchester United[edit]

Diouf returned to United in the summer of 2011, and he was included in the squad for their pre season tour of America. He came on for Michael Carrick in the second half of their first game, a 4–1 win over New England Revolution. In the second game against Seattle Sounders, he came on at half time for Michael Owen and scored in the 49th minute, making it 2–0. The match finished 7–0 to Manchester United. On 5 August 2011, he scored twice in Paul Scholes's testimonial match against New York Cosmos at Old Trafford. Diouf played in two League Cup matches away at Leeds United and away at Aldershot Town. In both matches, he played on the wing.

Hannover 96[edit]

Diouf playing for Hannover 96 in 2013

During the January 2012 transfer window, Diouf claimed that Wigan Athletic wanted to sign him on loan so he could get more playing time.[20] Also interested in signing Diouf was Hannover 96.[21] Eventually, on 28 January 2012, Diouf signed for German club Hannover 96 on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[22][23] Diouf scored his first goal in the 32nd minute in the match against Stuttgart which Hannover won 4–2.[24] He scored the only goal against Club Brugge on 23 February 2012 when Hannover advanced to the round of 16 of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League.[25] Diouf scored six goals in six games, with a second-half brace in a 4–1 victory over 1. FC Köln on 18 March 2012.[26] In total Diouf played 15 times for Hannover in 2011–12 scoring ten goals including both goals against Atlético Madrid in the quarter final of the Europa League, although Hannover lost 4–2 on aggregate.[27]

In the 2012–13 season Diouf finished as top-scorer for Hannover with 17 goals from 36 matches as they finished in 9th position.[28] In the summer of 2013, Stoke City tried to sign Diouf but were unable to agree a transfer fee with Hannover.[29] In 2013–14, Diouf scored 8 goals in 20 appearances as Hannover finished in 10th position.[30] At the end of the campaign Diouf left Hannover after his contract expired.[31]

Stoke City[edit]

On 11 June 2014, Diouf signed a four-year contract with Stoke City beginning on 1 July 2014 on a free transfer.[32][33] Upon signing for Stoke, Diouf stated that he feels better prepared for the Premier League following his spell in Germany.[34] He made his Stoke City debut on 16 August 2014 in a 1–0 defeat against Aston Villa.[35] Diouf scored his first goal for Stoke on 30 August 2014 against Manchester City, where he ran 70 yards before slotting past Joe Hart to earn Stoke a 1–0 victory at the Etihad Stadium.[36] On 28 December 2014, Diouf scored both goals in a 2–0 win over Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion.[37] In his first season at Stoke, Diouf has been played out of position at right wing by manager Mark Hughes.[38] He scored in wins against Aston Villa, Everton and Southampton.[39][40][41] Diouf played 38 times for Stoke in 2014–15 as the Potters finished in 9th position for a second season running and they ended the campaign with a 6–1 victory against Liverpool with Diouf scoring twice to end the season as top scorer with 12.[42][43]

Diouf began the 2015–16 season well scoring in draws against Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City in August and the winning goal against Bournemouth, in September to secure Stoke's first win of the campaign.[44] However following the death of his mother in September 2015, Diouf lost his form and consequently lost his place as centre forward with Mark Hughes instead using him in a winger role.[45] Diouf even had to fill in a right-back against Bournemouth in February 2016, following injuries to Phil Bardsley and Glen Johnson.[46] He scored a late equalizer against Chelsea on 5 March 2016, earning Stoke their first Premier League point at Stamford Bridge.[47] Diouf ended the season by scoring the winning goal against West Ham United, which secured Stoke 9th position.[48] Diouf dedicated his goal to his mother.[49] In 2016–17 Diouf played in 28 matches, scoring once against Bournemouth on 6 May 2017 as Stoke finished in 13th position.[50][51][52] Throughout the campaign Diouf again played out of position including as a right-wing back.[53]

Diouf signed a new three-year contract with Stoke on 14 September 2017.[54] Diouf was a regular in 2017–18, making 37 appearances, scoring six goals as Stoke suffered relegation to the EFL Championship.[55] He came in for heavy criticism from supporters during the campaign for his poor finishing.[56]

International career[edit]

On 12 August 2009, Diouf won his first cap for Senegal in a 2–1 friendly win over Congo DR in Blois, France. He scored his first goal for Senegal in a 1–0 victory over Cape Verde on 11 August 2010.[57]

On 15 November 2014, Diouf scored in a 1–0 win against Egypt which saw Senegal qualify of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.[58] At the tournament finals, Diouf scored Senegal's equalising goal as they defeated Ghana 2–1 in the team's opening match.[59]

In May 2018, he was named in Senegal's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[60]

Personal life[edit]

Diouf married his girlfriend of four years, Maria Orten, in Molde on 2 July 2011. Diouf went missing for a few days before the wedding, with his fiancée blaming his disappearance on the best man, Molde FK midfielder Pape Paté Diouf. He eventually turned up on 30 June, but Orten was forbidden from revealing the reason for his absence.[61] His brother Mame Mbar Diouf is also a footballer who has played for Molde, Sarpsborg 08 and TSG Neustrelitz.[62] Diouf's mother, Gnilane, died during the 2015 Mina stampede in Saudi Arabia, while his sister survived with small injuries.[63]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 13 May 2018[64][65]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Molde 2007 Norwegian First Division 22 10 0 0 22 10
2008 Tippeligaen 23 7 5 4 28 11
2009 Tippeligaen 29 16 7 8 36 24
Total 74 33 12 12 86 45
Manchester United 2009–10[66] Premier League 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 1
2010–11[67] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[27] Premier League 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total 5 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 9 1
Blackburn Rovers (loan) 2010–11[67] Premier League 26 3 1 0 2 3 29 6
Hannover 96 2011–12[27] Bundesliga 10 6 0 0 5[a] 4 15 10
2012–13[28] Bundesliga 28 12 2 2 6[a] 3 36 17
2013–14[30] Bundesliga 19 8 1 0 0 0 20 8
Total 57 26 3 2 11 7 71 35
Stoke City 2014–15[42] Premier League 34 11 2 0 2 1 38 12
2015–16[68] Premier League 26 5 2 0 2 0 30 5
2016–17[50] Premier League 27 1 0 0 1 0 28 1
2017–18[69] Premier League 35 6 1 0 1 0 37 6
Total 122 23 5 0 6 1 133 24
Stoke City U23 2016–17[50] 1[b] 0 1 0
Career total 284 86 21 14 12 4 12 7 329 111
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearance in EFL Trophy

International[edit]

As of match played 20 June 2018[70]
National team Year Apps Goals
Senegal
2009 3 0
2010 5 1
2011 5 1
2012 1 0
2013 4 0
2014 4 2
2015 7 4
2016 6 2
2017 6 0
2018 6 0
Total 47 10

International goals[edit]

As of match played 28 May 2016. Senegal score listed first, score column indicates score after each Diouf goal.[71]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 August 2010 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Senegal 7  Cape Verde 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2 11 November 2011 Stade Aimé Bergeal, Mantes-la-Ville, France 14  Guinea 4–0 4–1
3 5 September 2014 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Senegal 22  Egypt 1–0 2–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
4 15 November 2014 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt 24  Egypt 1–0 1–0
5 19 January 2015 Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea 27  Ghana 1–1 2–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
6 13 June 2015 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Senegal 31  Burkina Faso 2–1 3–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
7 13 November 2015 Mahamasina Municipal Stadium, Antananarivo, Madagascar 32  Madagascar 1–2 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 17 November 2015 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Senegal 33  Madagascar 3–0 3–0
9 28 May 2016 Amahoro Stadium, Kigali, Rwanda 36  Rwanda 1–0 2–0 Friendly
10 4 June 2016 Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium, Bujumbura, Burundi 37  Burundi 2–0 2–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Manchester United

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