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Kaba Diawara (born 16 December 1975 in Toulon) is a media pundit and former footballer who played as a striker. Diawara played for French teams Sporting Toulon, Bordeaux, Rennes, Olympique de Marseille, Nice and Paris Saint-Germain.[1] As well he featured with English clubs Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Arsenal and for clubs in Spain and Turkey. He joined Ligue 1 outfit Arles-Avignon in 2009 where he brought an end to his playing days.[1] Diawara currently features as a footballing pundit with French network Canal +.[2] Diawara was born in France and represented that country at under-21 level before playing senior international football for Guinea.

Kaba Diawara
Personal information
Full name Kaba Diawara
Date of birth (1975-12-16) 16 December 1975 (age 43)
Place of birth Toulon, France
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Toulon 40 (11)
1994–1999 Bordeaux 60 (14)
1998Rennes (loan) 12 (1)
1999 Arsenal 12 (0)
1999–2000 Marseille 15 (0)
2000–2003 Paris Saint-Germain 14 (0)
2000Blackburn Rovers (loan) 5 (0)
2000–2001West Ham United (loan) 11 (0)
2002Racing de Ferrol (loan) 15 (5)
2002–2003Nice (loan) 37 (12)
2003–2004 Al-Gharrafa ? (?)
2005 Al-Kharitiyath ? (?)
2005–2006 Ajaccio 20 (2)
2006–2007 Gaziantepspor 27 (8)
2008 Ankaragücü 12 (1)
2008–2009 Alki Larnaca 11 (3)
2009–2011 Arles-Avignon 50 (8)
Total 341 (65)
National team
France U-21
2004–2009 Guinea 13 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 June 2010

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Club careerEdit

Born in Toulon, Diawara at first played in 1993 for Toulon and then journeyed to Bordeaux a year later. With Bordeaux he got to the 1997 Coupe de la Ligue Final and earned a 1999 Ligue 1 winners medal. After six years at the club he moved to Premier League club Arsenal where he stayed for six months. During the summer of that year Diawara signed for Marseille whom he played with for a solitary season. During the following summer he linked up with club rival Paris St Germain with whom he got to the 2000 Coupe de la Ligue Final. He went on to play on loan for Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Racing de Ferrol and Nice.[3][1][4][1]

In the 2006–07 season, he transferred to Süper Lig team Gaziantepspor. At Gaziantepspor he got little playing time. As such in January 2008 he signed a six-month contract with fellow Turkish side Ankaragücü. On August 2008, he moved to Alki Larnaca of Cyprus. He was eventually released by Larnaca in December of that year. Diawara then signed for French side AC Arles-Avignon on a free transfer in 2009. At Avignon Diawara went on to bring an end to his playing days.[1]

International careerEdit

Diawara played for the French national U-21 team,[5] but chose to represent Guinea at senior level. Diawara was then called up to Guinea's squad for the 2006 African Cup of Nations. Guinea went on to the quarterfinals of the tournament against where Diawara scored in an eventual 3-2 defeat to Senegal.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Diawara became a football pundit with French network Canal +.[2]

HonoursEdit

Bordeaux[3]
Paris Saint-Germain

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Kaba Diawara". Eurosport.com.
  2. ^ a b "Paris Saint-Germain can beat Arsenal in Champions League opener, says Diawara". Goal.com.
  3. ^ a b c "Kaba Diawara". Lequipe.fr (in French).
  4. ^ "PSG loan out Diawara". UEFA.com. 31 January 2002. Retrieved 10 June 2008.
  5. ^ "FIFA rule change boosts African nations". Rediff.com.
  6. ^ "Guinea 2-3 Senegal". BBC.co.uk.

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