Mame Biram Diouf
Diouf with Hannover in 2013.
|Full name||Mame Biram Diouf|
|Date of birth||16 December 1987|
|Place of birth||Dakar, Senegal|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Current club||Hannover 96|
|2009||→ Molde (loan)||12||(4)|
|2010–2011||→ Blackburn Rovers (loan)||26||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Diouf started his career at Diaraf before moving to Molde in 2007. In his first season with them he won the Norwegian First Division which gained promotion to the Norwegian Premier League. His performances and goalscoring attracted interest from a number of big clubs, he was eventually approached by Manchester United and agreed a move there in 2009. The deal also included that he would remain at his then current club Molde on loan until January 2010, when he then joined up with his new club. He scored on his home debut for United and won the League Cup as an unused substitute in United's 2010 Football League Cup Final victory. Diouf joined Hannover in January 2012.
Diouf made his Senegal debut in 2009 in a 2–1 friendly win over Congo DR. He has so far won 12 caps and scored two goals for his country.
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. These goals lead to some rumours in the Bergen-papers, that Brann would be interested in signing Diouf. He was also linked to Arsenal, Feyenoord, Groningen, Babylon FC, West Bromwich Albion and Red Bull Salzburg.
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.
In summer 2009, Diouf's younger brother, Mame Mbar Diouf, also signed with Molde.
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. Diouf was loaned back to Molde for the remainder of the Norwegian 2009 season, before joining his new team-mates 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." 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".
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. After becoming eligible to play for Manchester United on 7 January 2010, Diouf was registered with the number 32 shirt worn previously by Carlos Tévez, 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.
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.
Blackburn Rovers loan
On 6 August 2010, Diouf signed for Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan and was handed the number 41 shirt. 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.
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. 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.
Return to Manchester United
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.
During the January 2012 transfer window, Diouf claimed that Wigan Athletic wanted to sign him on loan so he could get more playing time. Also interested in signing Diouf was Hannover 96. Eventually, on 28 January 2012, Diouf signed for German club Hannover 96 on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee. Diouf scored his first goal in the 32nd minute in the match against Stuttgart which Hannover won 4–2. 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. Diouf scored six goals in six games, with a second-half brace in a 4–1 victory over 1. FC Köln on 18 March.
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 as he netted the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Cape Verde on 11 August 2010.
|Club||Season||League||Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other[nb 1]||Total|
|Blackburn Rovers (loan)||2010–11||26||3||1||0||2||3||–||–||29||6|
|Senegal national team|
- Manchester United
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.
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
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