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. 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. Diawara currently features as a footballing pundit with French network Canal +. Diawara was born in France and represented that country at under-21 level before playing senior international football for Guinea.
|Full name||Kaba Diawara|
|Date of birth||16 December 1975|
|Place of birth||Toulon, France|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1998||→ Rennes (loan)||12||(1)|
|2000||→ Blackburn Rovers (loan)||5||(0)|
|2000–2001||→ West Ham United (loan)||11||(0)|
|2002||→ Racing de Ferrol (loan)||15||(5)|
|2002–2003||→ Nice (loan)||37||(12)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 June 2010
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.
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.
Diawara played for the French national U-21 team, 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.
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