Cheick Diabaté (footballer)
Diabaté with Esteghlal in November 2019
|Full name||Cheick Tidiane Diabaté|
|Date of birth||25 April 1988|
|Place of birth||Bamako, Mali|
|Height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|2000–2006||Centre Salif Keita|
|2008–2009||→ Ajaccio (loan)||30||(14)|
|2009–2010||→ Nancy (loan)||2||(0)|
|2017||→ Metz (loan)||14||(8)|
|2018||→ Benevento (loan)||11||(8)|
|2018–2019||→ Emirates (loan)||19||(10)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 February 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:21, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
Diabaté was promoted to the senior squad of Girondins de Bordeaux for the 2008–09 season following a successful season in the CFA, where he made 35 appearances and scored 18 goals. As Bordeaux preferred to field more experienced strikers, manager Laurent Blanc loaned Diabaté out to the Corsica-based and Ligue 2 club AC Ajaccio to enable him to get more playing time.
Diabaté made his debut for AC Ajaccio in their opening match of the 2008–09 Ligue 2 season, in a loss to Châteauroux, playing the full 90 minutes. In the second match, he scored a brace in their 3–1 away win over Stade de Reims. Three weeks later, he scored another brace, this time in a 4–0 home thrashing of Vannes. He scored one goal in each of the following three Ligue 2 matches with Ajaccio earning wins over Brest and Clermont and drawing with Nîmes.
Diabaté's positive play continued throughout the season scoring important match-winning goals in Ligue 2 matches against Guingamp, Lens, Angers, and Boulogne. He also scored a goal in the Derby Corse against SC Bastia, in a 1–1 home Ligue 2 draw. Diabaté finished the season with 14 Ligue 2 goals, which made him the club's top scorer and placed him 4th among the top Ligue 2 scorers of the season; Ajaccio managed to stave off relegation only on the final day of the season.
Diabaté returned to Bordeaux on 1 July 2009. On 20 July, he was loaned out again, this time to fellow Ligue 1 club AS Nancy. The striker spent most of the season playing for the reserve team, playing only three matches (two matches in Ligue 1 and one match in the Coupe de la Ligue) for the first team.
Return to BordeauxEdit
Diabaté had an excellent 2013–14 Ligue 1 season with Bordeaux, registering 12 goals in 25 Ligue 1 matches and scoring in a 1–1 away draw against Toulouse FC, one goal in each of the two rounds of matches against FC Lorient, and a second-half brace in a 4–1 home win against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard.
On 27 May 2016, Diabaté joined Osmanlıspor on a three-year contract. Having returned from his loan to Metz in the summer, it was reported in mid-August 2017 that he had agreed to the termination of his contract.
On 30 December 2016, the Süper Lig club Osmanlıspor announced that Diabaté had been loaned to Ligue 1 club Metz until the end of the 2016–2017 season, with Metz having an option to purchase him. Diabaté helped Metz avoid relegation scoring 8 goals in 14 matches and the club expressed interest in signing him permanently in June 2017.
In January 2018, Diabaté joined Serie A side Benevento on loan for the rest of the 2017–18 season. He scored his first goal in his first match for the Campanian team in a 3-2 win against Crotone. Diabate also scored two goals a piece against Hellas Verona, Juventus, and Sassuolo. His goal scoring form was such that with six goals in 3 games he equaled a long standing Serie A record held since 2001 by Dario Hubner. He finished the season with 8 goals in 11 games, having the best goal ratio among the players with more than one apperance in Serie A in 2010s, ahead of likes of Edinson Cavani, Romelu Lukaku, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimović.
On 9 July 2019, Diabaté signed for Iranian club Esteghlal on a two-year contract. He was handed the number 7 shirt. He debuted for the club on 23 August, coming on as 67th-minute substitute for Farshid Esmaeili in a league match against Machine Sazi. Six days later, he made his first start in his first appearance at Azadi Stadium in a 1–1 win against Foolad. On 1 November, he scored his first goals for Esteghlal, netting a hat-trick in a 4–2 away win against Tractor. He scored a brace in his AFC Champions League debut against Kuwait SC in a 3–0 victory.
Diabaté started out with Mali's national under-17 team where they participated in the 2005 African U-17 Championship. He scored a goal in each of their group stage matches but Mali failed to advance to the knock-out stage. Less than a month after that tournament, he made his senior debut against Liberia in a 2006 World Cup qualifier 5 June 2005, coming on as an 85th-minute substitute for Dramane Coulibaly; Mali won the match 4–1. Diabaté was a member of the Mali side that earned third place at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. He finished the tournament as one of the top scorers, having netted 3 goals in total, including two in the third place play-off against Ghana on 11 February 2012, which Mali won 2-0.
|AC Ajaccio (loan)||2008–09||30||14||—||—||—||30||14|
|Emirates Club (loan)||2018–19||19||10||3||4||—||—||22||14|
- Scores and results list Mali's goal tally first.
|1.||18 November 2008||Stade Robert Diochon, Rouen, France||Algeria||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|2.||26 March 2011||Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako, Mali||Zimbabwe||1–0||1–0||2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|3.||10 August 2011||Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet, Monastir, Tunisia||Tunisia||4–2||4–2||Friendly|
|4.||3 September 2011||Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako, Mali||Cape Verde||1–0||3–0||2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|6.||8 October 2011||Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, Monrovia, Liberia||Liberia||1–1||2–2||2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|7.||5 February 2012||Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville, Gabon||Gabon||1–1||1–1||2012 Africa Cup of Nations|
|8.||11 February 2012||Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea||Ghana||1–0||2–0||2012 Africa Cup of Nations|
|10.||8 October 2012||Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako, Mali||Botswana||1–0||3–0||2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|11.||13 October 2012||Lobatse Stadium, Lobatse, Botswana||Botswana||1–0||4–1||2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|12.||13 June 2013||Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako, Mali||Benin||2–2||2–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|13.||5 March 2014||Stade Municipal Saint-Leu.-la-Forêt, Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, France||Senegal||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|14.||7 September 2014||Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako, Mali||Malawi||2–0||2–0||2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|15.||11 November 2015||Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako, Mali||Botswana||1–0||2–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
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