Serey Dié

Sereso Geoffroy Gonzaroua Dié (born 7 November 1984), known as Serey Dié, is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder in Switzerland for FC Sion.

Serey Dié
Geoffroy Serey Die.jpg
Dié with VfB Stuttgart in February 2015
Personal information
Full name Sereso Geoffroy Gonzaroua Dié[1]
Date of birth (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 (age 36)
Place of birth Facobly, Ivory Coast[2]
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1998–2001 Centre Nationale des Sports de Haut Niveau
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Volcan Junior
2002–2003 CO Korhogo
2003–2006 Stade d'Abidjan
2006–2007 EO Goulette et Kram
2007–2008 ES Sétif 11 (1)
2008–2012 Sion 115 (4)
2013–2015 Basel 43 (3)
2015–2016 Stuttgart 36 (1)
2016–2019 Basel 52 (3)
2019Neuchâtel Xamax (loan) 12 (2)
2019–2020 Aarau 10 (0)
2020 Neuchâtel Xamax 5 (1)
2020– Sion 0 (0)
National team
2013– Ivory Coast 50 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 November 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:20, 14 July 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Facobly,[1] Dié started his football career with Centre National des Sports de Haut Niveau in Abidjan.[3] He played one year for Volcan Junior and one year for CO Korhogo, before moving to top team Stade d'Abidjan in 2003. Three years later, he moved to EO Goulette et Kram in Tunisia. But this was also to remain a short stay, he cancelled his contract himself after just half a year.

ES SétifEdit

Dié was invited for a trial with ES Sétif, and therefore moved to Algeria. This adventure nearly started and ended as a farce on the same day. As the club's president saw Dié, he thought that the wrong player had been hired and sent him home. The coach asked Dié to stay for the training, which he did and in a test match, he was able to convince the club's management to let him stay for a six-month trial. During this trial period, Dié played well and ES Sétif won the 2007–08 Arab Champions League, but he refused to sign the contract that he was subsequently offered.


Between 2008 and 2012, Dié played for Sion, with whom he won the Swiss Cup twice. During March 2010, he came under suspicion of corruption in connection with betting manipulation.[4] In May 2012, he was the subject of controversy after cameras filmed him slapping a thirteen-year-old ball-boy in the face. This was during the away game against FC Lausanne-Sport on 2 May. This assault resulted in an eight match suspension.[5]


On 13 December 2012, Basel announced the signing of Dié on a three-and-a-half year contract.[6] He made his debut for Basel on 10 February 2013, in a 3–0 home win in St. Jakob-Park against his former club, Sion.[7] He scored his first goal for Basel, the first goal of the match, in a 4–0 away win against Luzern in the Swissporarena, on 1 April 2013.[8] At the end of the Swiss Super League season 2012–13, he won the Championship title[9] and was Swiss Cup runner up with Basel.[10] In the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League, Basel advanced as far as the semi-finals, there being matched against the reigning UEFA Champions League holders Chelsea, but were knocked out being beaten 2–5 on aggregate.[11]

At the end of the 2013–14 Super League season, Dié won his second league championship with Basel.[12] They also reached the final of the 2013–14 Swiss Cup, but were beaten 2–0 by Zürich after extra time. In the 2013–14 Champions League season, Basel, in the group stage, finished the group in third position to qualify for the Europa League knockout phase and then, they advanced as far as the quarter-finals. In their 2013–14 season, Basel played a total of 68 matches (36 Swiss League fixtures, 6 Swiss Cup, 6 Champions League and 10 Europa League and 10 test matches). Dié totaled 38 appearances, 22 League, 3 Cup, 4 Champions League and 5 Europa League as well 4 in the test games. He scored 2 goals in these matches.[13]

The season 2014–15 was a successful one for Basel. Dié's season was an unlucky and unthankful one under the new trainer, Paulo Sousa. Despite the fact that Basel won the championship for the sixth time in a row that season[14] and despite that Basel had entered the Champions League in the group stage, reaching the knockout phase on 9 December 2014, as they managed a 1-1 draw at Anfield against Liverpool,[15] Dié totaled just 13 appearances during the first half of the season (7 League, 2 Cup, and just 2 in the Champions League, as well 2 further appearances in test games).[16] Because Sousa did not rely on Dié, he was forced to leave the club during the winter break.

VfB StuttgartEdit

On 2 February 2015, Dié moved to Stuttgart.[17] After returning victorious from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, he featured in all but one of Stuttgart's remaining games, becoming a key member of the midfield.

Return to BaselEdit

On 15 July 2016, he returned to Basel.[18] Under trainer Urs Fischer, he won the Swiss Super League championship at the end of the 2016–17 Super League season. For the club, this was the eighth title in a row and their 20th championship title in total.[19] They also won the Swiss Cup for the twelfth time, which meant they had won the double for the sixth time in the club's history.[20]

Return to SionEdit

On 26 May 2020 it was confirmed, that Dié had returned to the side where he started his European career at seven years ago, FC Sion, signing a two-year deal.[21]

International careerEdit

He represented Ivory Coast on 50 occasions between 2013 and 2019, scoring 2 goals.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

At the 2014 FIFA World Cup, during Ivory Coast's match against Colombia, Dié was shown crying during the national anthem before the match. Despite rumors of his emotional feelings were for his father's death, this was inaccurate; Dié himself claimed that he did think about his father (who died in 2004), but that the emotion came from the intensity and excitement he felt while representing his national team.[23][24]

Career statisticsEdit


As of matches played on 14 July 2019[25]
Ivory Coast national team
Year Apps Goals
2013 4 0
2014 9 0
2015 13 0
2016 5 0
2017 7 1
2018 5 0
2019 7 1
Total 50 2

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Ivory Coast's goal tally first.[25]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 January 2017 Stade d'Oyem, Oyem, Gabon   DR Congo 2–2 2–2 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
2. 1 July 2019 30 June Stadium, Cairo, Egypt   Namibia 2–0 4–1 2019 Africa Cup of Nations



ES Sétif

FC Sion

FC Basel


Ivory Coast


  1. ^ a b Der FC Basel 1893 verpflichtet Geoffroy Serey Die vom FC Sion. In:, 13. Dezember 2012.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Raz, Florian (13 December 2012). ""Voilà, da bin ich!" – FCB holt Serey Die" (in German). tageswoche. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  4. ^ Birrer, Peter M. (22 March 2010). "Sions Serey Die, der Wettverdacht und der neue Porsche" (in German). Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Serey Die für acht Spiele gesperrt" (in German). 15 May 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Der FC Basel 1893 verpflichtet Geoffroy Serey Die vom FC Sion" (in German). FC Basel 1893. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  7. ^ Marti, Caspar (10 February 2013). "Drei wichtige Punkte zum Start ins 2013" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  8. ^ Marti, Caspar (2013). "4:0 gegen Luzern: Der FCB festigt seine Tabellenführung" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  9. ^ Schifferle, Michael (10 June 2013). "Season review: Switzerland". UEFA. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Telegramm Schweizer Cup Final" (in German). Schweizerischer Fussballverband. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  11. ^ Haylett, Trevor (3 May 2013). "Basel take heart after Chelsea defeat". UEFA. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  12. ^ Grossenbacher, Sacha (2014). "Fotos vom Spiel gegen Lausanne sowie den anschliessenden Feierlichkeiten" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  13. ^ Zindel, Josef (2014). Rotblau: Jahrbuch Saison 2014/2015. FC Basel Marketing AG. ISBN 978-3-7245-2027-6.
  14. ^ Marti, Caspar (2015). "Der Meisterfreitag im bunten Zeitraffer" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  15. ^ "Liverpool 1 Basel 1". BBC Sport. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  16. ^ Zindel, Josef (2015). Rotblau: Jahrbuch Saison 2015/2016. FC Basel Marketing AG. ISBN 978-3-7245-2050-4.
  17. ^ "VfB sign Geoffroy Serey Die". VfB Stuttgart. 2 February 2015. Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Serey Dié moves to FC Basel". VfB Stuttgart. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  19. ^ Marti, Casper (2017). "Der Saisonabschluss im Zeitraffer". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  20. ^ a b "Swiss football: FC Basel wins 3-0 over Sion in Geneva; police extra vigilant after game". 25 May 2017.
  21. ^ Serey Die: Ivorian midfielder returns to Sion after seven years,, 26 May 2020
  22. ^ "Ivorian Serey Die retires from international football". 15 September 2019 – via
  23. ^ "Serey Die plays for Ivory Coast after shedding tears for father". The Guardian. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  24. ^ "Serey Die explains pre-match crying". ESPN. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  25. ^ a b Serey Dié at

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