Samba Diakité

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Samba Diakité
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Personal information
Date of birth (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth Montfermeil, France
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Queens Park Rangers
Number 32
Youth career
2003–2005 Le Bourget
2005–2007 Torcy
2007–2010 Nancy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Nancy 41 (9)
2012 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 9 (1)
2012– Queens Park Rangers 14 (0)
2014 Watford (loan) 11 (0)
2014–2015 Ittihad FC (loan) 7 (1)
National team
2012– Mali 19 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:00, 25 October 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:51, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Samba Diakité (born 24 January 1989) is a French-born Malian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Queens Park Rangers and the Mali national football team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Diakité played for Le Bourget and Torcy, before joining Nancy in 2007.

Nancy[edit]

On 27 December 2009, he signed his first professional contract after agreeing to a two-year deal with Nancy.[2][3] He made his professional debut on 27 January 2010 in a Coupe de France match against Plabennec.[4]

Queens Park Rangers (loan)[edit]

On 29 January 2012, he agreed a deal to join Premier League team Queens Park Rangers on loan for the remainder of the season with a view to a permanent switch in the summer of 2012.[5] He made his debut on 25 February 2012 in a 1–0 defeat, at home against Fulham, where he was sent-off after just 33 minutes for a second bookable offence.[6] Diakité scored his first goal, a winning goal, for Queens Park Rangers in a 2–1 victory over London rivals Arsenal on 31 March 2012.[7]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

On 27 June, it was announced by Queens Park Rangers that they had completed the permanent signing of Diakité on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be £3.5million.[8][9] Up until his loan move to Watford, he made 14 appearances for the R's that season.

Watford (loan)[edit]

On 31 January 2014, Diakité joined Watford on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.[10]

Diakité made his Watford debut as an 88th minute substitute for Cristian Battocchio in the 2-0 win over Brighton on 2 February 2014.[11]

However, on his full debut against Middlesbrough on 15 February 2014, Diakité was shown a straight red card early in the second half for a two-footed lunge on Dean Whitehead.[12]

Ittihad FC (loan)[edit]

On 19 July 2014, Diakité joined Ittihad FC on a season long loan.[13] He was recalled by Queens Park Rangers at the end of the January transfer window, having made seven appearances and scoring one goal, during his time at the Saudi Arabian club.[14]

International career[edit]

On 24 January 2012, he made his senior international debut for Mali at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, in the 1–0 victory against Guinea.[15] In total, he has made nineteen appearances for his country, scoring four goals. His form for his country in the tournament helped them reach the semi-finals, and helped earn him a move to Queens Park Rangers.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 31 October 2014[16]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nancy 2009–10 Ligue 1 3 0 - 1 0 1[a] 0 5 0
2010–11 23 0 - 1 1 1[b] 1 25 2
2011–12 15 0 - 0 0 1[c] 1 16 1
Total 41 0 - 2 1 3 2 46 3
Queens Park Rangers (loan) 2011–12 Premier League 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Queens Park Rangers 2012–13 14 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
2013–14 Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 23 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 25 1
Watford (loan) 2013–14 Championship 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Ittihad (loan) 2014–15 Saudi League 7 1 - 0 0 2[d] 0 9 1
Career total 77 2 0 0 4 1 5 2 86 5
  1. ^ Appearances in the 2009-10 Coupe de la Ligue
  2. ^ Appearances in the 2010-11 Coupe de la Ligue
  3. ^ Appearances in the 2011-12 Coupe de la Ligue
  4. ^ Appearances in the 2014 AFC Champions League

International[edit]

As of match played 9 February 2013[16]
National team Year Apps Goals
Mali 2012 5 0
2013 4 0
Total 9 0

Personal life[edit]

Diakité was born in Montfermeil, Seine-Saint-Denis.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Player Profile Samba Diakité". Premier League. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "S. Diakité passe pro". Mercato365 (in French). 27 December 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Samba Diakité". AS Nancy (in French). 14 May 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Nancy v. Plabennec Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 27 January 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Austin, Simon. "QPR set to add Lazio striker Cisse after doing Diakite deal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "QPR 0–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "QPR 2–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Diakité Signs R's Deal". QPR F.C. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Queens Park Rangers sign Samba Diakité on four-year deal from Nancy". London: The Guardian. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "OFFICIAL: Samba Signs". Watford FC. 31 January 2014. 
  11. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/25900486
  12. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/26094279
  13. ^ http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/12040/9386946/transfer-news-qprs-senegal-midfielder-samba-diakite-joins-saudi-arabians-al-ittihad
  14. ^ http://www.qpr.co.uk/news/article/samba-diakite-al-ittihad-qpr-loan-2244283.aspx
  15. ^ Report
  16. ^ a b "Samba Diakité". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 

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