Papakouli Diop

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Pape Diop
Pape Diop.jpg
Diop as a Levante player (2013)
Personal information
Full name Papakouli Diop
Date of birth (1986-03-19) 19 March 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Kaolack, Senegal
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 20
Youth career
2004–2006 Rennes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Rennes 1 (0)
2006–2008 Tours 36 (3)
2008–2009 Gimnàstic 43 (4)
2009–2012 Racing Santander 76 (3)
2012–2015 Levante 85 (4)
2015– Espanyol 45 (3)
National team
2010– Senegal 20 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 January 2017

Papakouli 'Pape' Diop (born 19 March 1986) is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club RCD Espanyol as a defensive midfielder.

After starting out at Rennes, he went on to spend most of his career in Spain.

Club career[edit]

Born in Kaolack, Diop moved to France at early age and played youth football for Stade Rennais FC, making his first-team – and Ligue 1 – debut on 5 August 2006, in a 1–2 home loss against Lille OSC. In the 2006 summer he joined Tours FC, being relegated from Ligue 2 in his first season.

On 31 January 2008, Diop signed with Gimnàstic de Tarragona in Spain.[1] After one-and-a-half seasons with the Catalans he moved to La Liga with Racing de Santander, for 1.5 million.[2]

On 12 September 2009, Diop played his first game in the Spanish top level, starting in a 1–1 away draw against Atlético Madrid.[3] His first league goal came on 21 March of the following year, netting the last of a 3–1 success at CA Osasuna.[4]

In the 2011–12 campaign, Diop played all but four matches for the Cantabrians and totalled 2,864 minutes of action,[5] but his team was relegated nonetheless after finishing 20th.[6] Shortly after he joined fellow top-divisioner Levante UD, which paid €100,000 for his services.[7]

On 4 May 2014, Diop appeared to be subjected to monkey chants from a section of Atlético Madrid fans, and provided a unique response by dancing in front of his abusers.[8][9] On 5 June of the following year he left the Granotes, after his contract expired.[10]

On 31 August 2015, Diop signed a three-year deal with RCD Espanyol also in the top tier.[11]

International career[edit]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Senegal's goal tally first.[12]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 21 May 2014 4-Août, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso  Burkina Faso 1–0 1–1 Friendly
2. 23 January 2017 Stade de Franceville, Franceville, Gabon  Algeria 1–1 2–2 2017 Africa Cup of Nations


  1. ^ El Nástic ficha al senegalés Diop (Nástic signs Senegalese Diop); Marca, 31 January 2008 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Diop se va al Racing y el Nàstic ingresará 1'5 'kilos' (Diop goes to Racing and Nàstic makes 1'5 'kilos'); Diario AS, 24 July 2009 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Atletico remain winless; ESPN FC, 12 September 2009
  4. ^ Racing rediscover scoring touch; ESPN FC, 21 March 2010
  5. ^ Diop, el 'fichaje' de enero del Racing (Diop, Racing's January 'signing') Archived 2012-02-14 at the Wayback Machine.; El Diario Montañés, 28 December 2011 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Diop se va al Racing y el Nàstic ingresará 1'5 'kilos' (Diop goes to Racing and Nàstic makes 1'5 'kilos'); Diario AS, 24 July 2009 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ El Levante paga al Racing de Santander 100.000 euros por Pape Diop (Levante pays 100,000 euros to Racing de Santander for Pape Diop);, 19 July 2012 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ "Atletico Madrid fans accused of racist chants by Levante's Diop". BBC Sport. 4 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Senegal's Diop complains of racist abuse from Atletico fans". BBC Sport. 4 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Carta de agradecimiento de Pape Diop tras su estancia en el Levante U.D." [Thankful letter of Pape Diop after his spell at Levante U.D.] (in Spanish). Levante UD. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Pape Diop fitxa per l'Espanyol" [Pape Diop signs for Espanyol] (in Catalan). RCD Espanyol. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "P. Diop – Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 29 January 2017. 

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