Yannick Djaló

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is dos Santos and the second or paternal family name is Djaló.
Yannick Djaló
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Djaló playing for San Jose Earthquakes in 2014
Personal information
Full name Yannick dos Santos Djaló
Date of birth (1986-05-05) 5 May 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Mordovia Saransk
(on loan from Benfica)
Number 20
Youth career
1998–1999 Forte da Casa
1999–2001 Estação
2001–2005 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2011 Sporting CP 98 (23)
2005–2006 Casa Pia (loan) 26 (16)
2012– Benfica 3 (0)
2012–2013 Toulouse (loan) 17 (0)
2014 San Jose Earthquakes (loan) 18 (3)
2015– Mordovia Saransk (loan) 15 (2)
National team
2005 Portugal U19 3 (0)
2005–2006 Portugal U20 7 (1)
2006–2009 Portugal U21 13 (1)
2010– Portugal 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 November 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 September 2010

Yannick dos Santos Djaló (born 5 May 1986) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Russian club Mordovia Saransk,[1] on loan from Benfica, mainly as a forward but also as a winger.

He played most of his professional career with Sporting CP after reaching the club's youth system at the age of 15, going on to appear in more than 150 official games and win four major titles. Djaló also represented Benfica in 2012, conquering the Portuguese League Cup.

Club career[edit]

Sporting CP[edit]

Born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, Djaló was brought up through Sporting Clube de Portugal's prolific youth system, and made his top division debut on 16 September 2006, playing the second half of a 0–1 home loss against F.C. Paços de Ferreira. He proved himself a quality player, often coming off the bench, and also appeared in the club's campaign in the UEFA Champions League, renewing his contract during the season until 2013.

On 6 April 2008, after a four-month absence due to injury, Djaló scored both goals in a 2–0 home win over Sporting de Braga, having also scored the previous week as a substitute in a 4–1 away success over Associação Naval 1º de Maio. He finished the season in good form, netting the only goal in a win at Paços de Ferreira which proved crucial in helping the side to retain its second place in the league; in the Portuguese Cup, he scored twice in a thrilling 5–3 semi-final win against city-rivals S.L. Benfica.

On 16 August 2008 Djaló scored both goals in Sporting's win against defending league champions F.C. Porto to claim the Portuguese Supercup for the second year in a row.[2] During 2009–10 he was an everpresent offensive figure, up front or in the wings and, on 2 April 2010, he netted his first career hat-trick, at home against Rio Ave FC (5–0).[3]

On 26 August 2010 Djaló scored in the 90th minute to help the Lions defeat Brøndby IF 3–0 after losing 0–2 at home, thus qualifying for the UEFA Europa League's group stage.[4]

Cancelled transfer to Nice[edit]

On 31 August 2011, the very last day of the summer transfer window, Djaló left Sporting, signing for OGC Nice in the French Ligue 1 for 6 million.[5] On 7 September FIFA ruled that his transfer would be voided due to the move being completed following the closure of the transfer deadline,[6] and Nice officials announced that the club would appeal the ruling.[7]

After FIFA failed to take any action regarding the appeal,[8] on 28 September, Nice executive Julien Fournier announced that the club would take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).[9] Two weeks later Nice's appeal was rejected, which meant Djaló would not be eligible to represent Nice until January 2012; on the following day after the CAS ruling, Fournier confirmed to Portuguese radio station Rádio Renascença that the player would be returning to Sporting.[10]


On 31 January 2012, free agent Djaló signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Benfica.[11][12]


Exactly seven months later, in the last hours of the summer transfer window, he moved to another team in France's top flight, Toulouse FC, joining on loan with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.[13]

Djaló was loaned to Major League Soccer club San Jose Earthquakes on 10 March 2014, until the end of the campaign.[14]

At the end of the 2014 MLS season he returned to Benfica, being assigned to Benfica B on 2 December.[15]

On 26 January 2015, Djaló was loaned to Russian club FC Mordovia Saransk until the end of the season.[16] On 7 August 2015, the loan to Mordovia was extended for the 2015–16 season.[17]

International career[edit]

Djaló chose to represent Portugal internationally, appearing in various youth levels. Twelve days after his 2008 Supercup exploits he was called up to the senior team by manager Carlos Queiroz, but did not make his debut.[18]

In late August 2010 Djaló was called for two UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers, after Porto's Silvestre Varela – his former Sporting teammate – suffered an injury. On 3 September he finally made his debut, playing the last six minutes of the 4–4 home draw against minnows Cyprus after replacing Hugo Almeida.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Guinea-Bissau, Djaló lived most of his life in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. In May 2010 he married singer and TV-personality Luciana Abreu, subsequently taking his wife's surname, and signing as "Yannick Abreu Djaló".[20] The couple welcomed their first child, Lyonce Viktórya, early in the following year, the player having already fathered Christian Martim (born 2008) in a previous relationship.[21]



Sporting CP



  1. ^ http://rfpl.org/players/Dos-Santos-Abro-Dzhalo-Yannik
  2. ^ Djaló double steers Sporting success; UEFA.com, 16 August 2008
  3. ^ "Yannick Djalo fires hat-trick as Sporting destroy hapless Rio Ave". PortuGOAL. 3 April 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sporting come back from the dead to make Europa League group stage". PortuGOAL. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sporting sell Postiga and Yannick". PortuGOAL. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "FIFA rejeita inscrição de Yannick e Nice recorre" [FIFA rejects Yannick's inscription e Nice appeals] (in Portuguese). Económico. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Communiqué: Yannick Djaló" [Announcement: Yannick Djaló] (in French). OGC Nice. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Nice chief slams FIFA". Irish Examiner. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Nice to appeal Djalo ruling". Sky Sports. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Nice devolve Yannick Djaló ao Sporting" [Nice sends Yannick Djaló back to Sporting] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Yannick Djalo signs for Benfica". PortuGOAL. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  12. ^ Djaló: "Estando num clube como o Benfica, o sonho da selecção é possível" (Djaló: "Playing for a club like Benfica, the national team can be reached"); Público, 31 January 2012 (Portuguese)
  13. ^ Yannick rumo ao Toulouse (Yannick heads for Toulouse), Record, 31 August 2012 (Portuguese)
  14. ^ "San Jose Earthquakes land Portuguese winger Yannick Djalo on season-long loan from Benfica". Major League Soccer. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Yannick Djaló inicia treinos no Seixal" [Yannick Djaló starts training at Seixal]. Record (newspaper) (in Portuguese). 3 December 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "ЯННИК ДЖАЛО - ПЕРВЫЙ НОВОБРАНЕЦ «Мордовии»". fc-mordovia.ru (in Russian). FC Mordovia Saransk. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  17. ^ ДЖАЛО И КОБАХИДЗЕ ЗАЯВЛЕНЫ ЗА «МОРДОВИЮ» (in Russian). FC Mordovia Saransk. 7 August 2015. 
  18. ^ Yannick gets first call-up for Portugal
  19. ^ Avraam earns Cyprus a point in Portugal; UEFA.com, 3 September 2010
  20. ^ Luciana Abreu está grávida (Luciana Abreu is pregnant) (Portuguese)
  21. ^ Yannick Djaló já foi pai (Yannick Djaló is a father) (Portuguese)

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