Pape Maly Diamanka

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Pape Diamanka
Personal information
Full name Pape Maly Diamanka
Date of birth (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Dakar, Senegal
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Youth career
US Gorée
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 US Gorée
2010–2013 Rayo B 44 (1)
2011–2013 Rayo Vallecano 7 (0)
2012–2013 Vålerenga (loan) 9 (0)
2013–2014 Sestao 33 (3)
2014–2015 Leganés 28 (1)
2015–2016 Zaragoza 25 (3)
2016– Almería 9 (0)
National team
2011 Senegal U23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 December 2016.

Pape Maly Diamanka (born 10 January 1990) is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club UD Almería as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Dakar, Diamanka began his career with local US Gorée. In February 2010 he joined Spanish club Rayo Vallecano, being assigned to the reserves in Tercera División and being a regular in his first full season, starting in 23 games and completing 20 as the Madrid outskirts team retained their Segunda División B status.

On 13 June 2011, Diamanka renewed his contract with Rayo with a 6 million buyout clause, also being promoted to the main squad for the 2011–12 campaign.[1] He spent several months sidelined, because of bureaucratic problems.[2]

Diamanka made his official debut with Rayo Vallecano on 8 January 2012, playing 32 minutes as a substitute in the 2–1 La Liga home win against Sevilla FC.[3] On 23 August he moved on a season-long loan to Norway's Vålerenga Fotball, with the option for a permanent deal.[4]

After being released by Rayo, Diamanka moved to Salamanca AC but, after the club failed to play in any division, he joined Sestao River Club on 26 August 2013.[5] On 18 July of the following year he signed for CD Leganés, newly promoted to Segunda División.[6]

Diamanka scored his first professional goal on 21 September 2014, netting his team's first in a 2–2 home draw against Racing de Santander.[7] On 29 June 2015 he terminated his link, and signed a three-year deal with Real Zaragoza also in the second level.[8]

On 22 July 2016, after 15 starts and 1,334 minutes of action, Diamanka terminated his contract[9] and agreed to a two-year deal with UD Almería in the same division just hours later.[10]

International career[edit]

Diamanka represented Senegal at various youth levels. In August 2011 he was called up by the senior team for a friendly with Morocco in Dakar,[11] but eventually did not make his debut.


  1. ^ Diamanka renueva su contrato con el Rayo Vallecano (Diamanka renews contract with Rayo Vallecano); Rayo Herald, 13 June 2011 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Diamanka ya puede jugar con el Rayo Vallecano (Diamanka cleared to play with Rayo Vallecano); Mundo Deportivo, 5 January 2012 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Reyes fails to shine; ESPN Soccernet, 8 January 2012
  4. ^ "Her signerer Diamanka" [Signing of Diamanka] (in Norwegian). VIF Fotball. 23 August 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "El Sestao ficha al senegalés Diamanka, que jugó siete partidos con el Rayo" [Sestao signs Senegalese Diamanka, who played seven matches with Rayo] (in Spanish). El Correo. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Diamanka, potencia y llegada para el centro del campo" [Diamanka, power and presence for the midfield] (in Spanish). CD Leganés. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "El Leganés evita el primer triunfo de los cántabros justo al final" [Leganés denies the Cantabrians' first triumph right in the end] (in Spanish). Marca. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Pape Maly Diamanka, segunda incorporación del Real Zaragoza 2015/2016" [Pape Maly Diamanka, second addition of Real Zaragoza 2015/2016] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Acuerdo con Pape Diamanka para la rescisión de su contrato con el Real Zaragoza" [Agreement with Pape Diamanka for the termination of his contract with Real Zaragoza] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "El Almería ficha al centrocampista Diamanka y al central Alex Quintanilla" [Almería sign midfielder Diamanka and stopper Alex Quintanilla] (in Spanish). UD Almería. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Senegal call up Mbaye Niang for friendly; African Soccer Weebly, 3 August 2011

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