Amara Diané

Amara Salim Diané (born 19 August 1982) is an Ivorian former professional footballer who played as a forward.

Amara Diané
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Diané with Paris Saint-Germain in February 2008
Personal information
Full name Amara Salim Diané
Date of birth (1982-08-19) 19 August 1982 (age 38)
Place of birth Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
ASEC Abidjan
FC Mantes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 US Roye 34 (26)
2003–2005 Reims 69 (27)
2005–2006 Strasbourg 34 (9)
2006–2008 Paris Saint-Germain 71 (20)
2008–2010 Al-Rayyan 53 (29)
2010–2011 Al-Gharafa 11 (5)
2011–2012 Al-Nasr 18 (7)
2012–2013 Al-Dhafra 21 (4)
2014 Tubize 14 (3)
Total 325 (130)
National team
2006–2007 Ivory Coast 8 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Born in Abidjan, Diané started his career training at the famous youth academy at the famous Ivorian club ASEC Abidjan, before moving to the Parisian suburbs, where he joined the French side FC Mantes. Following his spell there, he moved to French fifth-tier club Roye on December 2000. In the 2002–03 season, he found his feet, scored 26 goals in 34 games, and earned a transfer to Ligue 2 club Stade de Reims. After another fine season, he was signed by Ligue 1 club RC Strasbourg. Another impressive season for the young striker followed, and after the eventual relegation of Strasbourg at the end of the season, he was linked with a number of clubs throughout Europe.[1] Eventually, Paris Saint-Germain paid £2,300,000 for his services, signing him on a four-year deal.[2] At the end of the 2007–08 Ligue 1 season PSG came close to being relegated, but on the final day of the season Diané scored twice in a 2-1 win over Sochaux to help secure their Ligue 1 status.[3]

On May 2008, it was reported that English Premiership sides Newcastle United[4] and Portsmouth[5] were interested in signing the Ivorian, who was the season's top scorer at his club in the 2007–08 Ligue 1 season.

In July 2008, Diané was transferred from PSG to Qatari club Al-Rayyan Sports Club for a fee believed to be in the region of €8 million.[6] He signed a contract worth €10 million over four years. Then, he signed a contract with Al Gharafa Sports Club. Diané cited mainly financial reasons for his decision to move to Qatar stating "From now I want to ensure my family's financial future. And only a Qatari club can permit me to do it."[7]

On 26 October 2011, Diané switched team from Gharafa to UAE Pro-League side Al-Nasr SC for Ecuadorian striker Carlos Tenorio.[8]

After a short spell in Belgium's second division Tubize, he retired.

International careerEdit

Diané was called up to the Ivory Coast national team for their friendly against Senegal on 18 August 2006. However, due to a groin injury, he missed out on playing, also missing the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Gabon, where the Elephants won 5–0, with Arouna Koné scoring a hat-trick. He was again called up to the national squad for the friendly against Sweden on 15 November 2006, along with fellow PSG player and former Ivory Coast captain Bonaventure Kalou. However, he was an unused substitute in the game.

In March 2007, he was one of four players to receive a late call-up for the Ivorians to participate in the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Madagascar in Antananarivo, due to injuries to other members of the squad.[9] Amara made his presence felt in the tie against Madagascar with the third goal, and his first for the Elephants, in the team's 3–0 victory. Amara was named in the Elephants provisional squad for the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana, but was left out of the final squad, with the Ivorian's wealth of attacking options limiting his chances.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Ivory Coast's goal tally first.[10]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 March 2007 Stade Municipal de Mahamasima, Antananarivo, Madagascar   Madagascar 3–0 3–0 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 21 November 2007 Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar   Qatar 1–1 6–1 Friendly
3. 3–1

HonoursEdit

Paris Saint-Germain

Al-Rayyan Sports Club

Al-Gharafa Sports Club

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Big Guns eye New Drogba
  2. ^ PSG Make Second Capture
  3. ^ "PSG may never have become giants without Amara Diane's relegation-saving goals". ESPN. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  4. ^ Newcastle chase Amara
  5. ^ "Diane potential for Portsmouth". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
  6. ^ Toon Target Diané Leaves PSG For Qatar
  7. ^ Prem: Diane on future – Setanta Sports
  8. ^ Al Nasr release star striker Bangoura until January gulfnews.com
  9. ^ Late Call-up for Diané
  10. ^ "Diané, Amara". National Football Teams. Retrieved 13 July 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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