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Abdoulaye Faye
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Personal information
Full name Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye
Date of birth 26 February 1978 (1978-02-26) (age 32)
Place of birth Dakar, Senegal
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre Back, Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current club Stoke City
Number 25
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999-2001 ASEC Ndiambour 59 (8)
2001-2002 Jeanne d'Arc 32 (4)
2002-2005 Lens 35 (0)
2004-2005 Istres (loan) 28 (0)
2005-2007 Bolton Wanderers 60 (3)
2007-2008 Newcastle United 22 (1)
2008- Stoke City 61 (5)
National team
2004- Senegal 34 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:55, 13 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:07, 30 April 2009 (UTC)

Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye (born 26 February 1978 in Dakar, Senegal) is a Senegalese footballer who currently plays for Stoke City in the Premier League. He plays primarily as a centre back but he can also operate as a defensive midfielder.

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Early career

Faye began his career at Senegalese club ASEC Ndiambour, before leaving the then top-three team to go to Jeanne d'Arc. He then went on to join Lens in July 2002, integrating into a squad which at that time included fellow Senegalese Papa Bouba Diop, currently a member of the Premier League team Portsmouth.

Bolton Wanderers

Faye made his debut for Bolton Wanderers against Newcastle United where he enjoyed a memorable debut in a 2–0 home win in which, he aerially out-muscled Alan Shearer. He came on as a substitute for the injured Radhi Jaïdi and never looked back after an angry yet dominant display.

In the 2006–07 season Faye operated almost exclusively as a central defender following the departures of Bruno N'Gotty and Jaïdi to Birmingham City. Over the course of the season he developed a formidable partnership with Ivorian Abdoulaye Méïté, ensuring that Bolton had a strong home defensive record before the new year. Soon after they fell away in the second half of the season only just qualifying for the UEFA Cup with sides finding a way through Faye and Meite's dominance. Faye managed to score two goals against Arsenal in successive seasons helping Bolton to 2–0[1] and 3–1[2] victories due to his definite aerial prowess which the Arsenal defenders had no answer to. He was known for his dominant displays at central defence throughout the season and became a favourite amongst Bolton fans. Also, Faye was noted for having produced the tackle upon Matt Derbyshire which forced the ball vertically up into the air, reaching the peaks of the Reebok Stadium.

Newcastle United

On 15 August 2007, there were stories in several newspapers stating that Faye would be moving to Newcastle United for around £2m to join up with former Manager Sam Allardyce. On 31 August 2007, Faye signed a three-year contract at Newcastle United.[3]. Faye was presented to the Newcastle fans at half-time during the home game against Wigan Athletic on 1 September. On 24 February 2008, Faye scored his only goal for Newcastle United during the 5–1 defeat at home to Manchester United.[4]

Stoke City

Faye enjoying the night life in Stoke

On 15 August 2008, Faye joined newly-promoted Premier League side Stoke City from Newcastle United for £2.25 million on a three-year contract.[5]

Through the 2008–09 season, Faye has made numerous outstanding performances for Stoke, giving him a cult hero status with the fans. He had been made captain whilst Andy Griffin was injured and out of the side, making many fans call for him to be the full time captain, he was later appointed as full time captain after only been a Stoke player for 6 months. Faye formed a solid partnership with Ryan Shawcross at the heart of defence for Stoke, this partnership in turn helped Stoke achieve Premier League status for the following season quite comfortably after finishing 12th. In his first season Faye has created a special bond with Stoke City and its fans, Stoke City fans regularly sing 'Abdoulaye, My Lord, Abdoulaye!' to the tune of Kumbaya in recognition of Fayes on field performances. Faye told Staffordshire newspaper The Sentinel "I want to thank the fans. I love them. They are the best in the Premier League." [6] Abdoulayes outstanding first season did not go unnoticed with fellow Stoke players and fans as he won both Players and Fans Player of the Season Award 08–09 for Stoke City.

Career Statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2002-03 RC Lens Ligue 1 16 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 23 0
2003-04 18 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2004-05 Istres (Loan) 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005-06 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 27 1 1 0 2 0 7 0 37 1
2006-07 32 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 34 2
2007-08 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2007-08 Newcastle United 22 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 24 1
2008-09 Stoke City 36 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 3
2009-10 25 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 2
Total France 62 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 64 0
England 143 8 5 0 3 0 7 0 158 8
Career Total 205 8 7 0 3 0 13 0 222 8

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andy Griffin
Stoke City F.C. captain
2009–
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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