Diouf El-Hadji DIOUF

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Retired
SENEGAL SENEGAL
Full name El-Hadji Ousseynou Diouf
Born Jan 15, 1981
Dakar, SENEGAL
Age 39 years old
Size 1.80 m
Weight 75 kg
Position Forward
Right midfielder
Arrival(s)
Sochaux Sochaux 1999 / M€ 6.1
Lens Lens 2001
Departure(s)
Lens Lens 2000
Lens Lens 2001 / M€ 5.5
Numbers 11
Honours
Meilleur joueur africain de l'année (2001 et 2002)
Selections
Sénégal A
Career
Sochaux Sochaux
Rennes Rennes
Lens Lens
Lens Lens
Liverpool Liverpool
Bolton Bolton
Sunderland Sunderland
Blackburn Blackburn
Glasgow Rangers Glasgow Rangers
Doncaster Doncaster
Leeds Leeds
Sabah Sabah
El-Hadji Diouf arrived in France at the age of 14, and started with the professional squad at Sochaux in 1998. A year - and 15 matches in the First Division - later, the Senegalese striker signed for Rennes for 6.1 Million Euros. Having had an excellent half-season in Sochaux, Diouf was supposed to bring some incisiveness to the Breton attack led by Nonda. Diouf was as baffling to his opponents as he was to his team-mates, and had a good campaign in the Intertoto Cup, including a historic goal in the 2-2 draw with Juventus. Once the Summer had passed, Diouf became better known for what happened off the pitch (turning up late, serious car crash), rather than on it. The strict Manager Le Guen and his Board of Directors didn’t appreciate the behaviour of their striker (with just 1 goal in the league), and paved the way for him to leave in the Summer of 2000. He then joined RC Lens on loan, before being transferred permanently in 2001 for 5.5 Million Euros.