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El-Hadji Diouf
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Personal information
Full name El-Hadji Ousseynou Diouf
Date of birth 15 January 1981 (1981-01-15) (age 29)
Place of birth Saint-Louis, Senegal
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right Winger, Striker
Club information
Current club Blackburn Rovers
Number 18
Youth career
0000-1998 Sochaux
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Sochaux 15 (0)
1999–2000 Rennes 28 (1)
2000–2002 Lens 54 (18)
2002–2005 Liverpool 55 (3)
2004–2005 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 27 (9)
2005–2008 Bolton Wanderers 88 (12)
2008–2009 Sunderland 15 (0)
2009– Blackburn Rovers 30 (3)
National team
2000–2009 Senegal 43 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:14, 29 November 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:29, 3 November 2009 (UTC)

El-Hadji Ousseynou Diouf (born 15 January 1981 in Saint-Louis) is a Senegalese footballer who plays as a forward for English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers. Diouf is known for his versitality, and he can play on both wings and as a forward.


Club career


Early career

Diouf started his career in France with Sochaux-Montbéliard. He made his first appearance in 2-1 win against Bastia on 12 November 1998, before moving to Stade Rennes for the 1999-00 season. He moved to Lens the following season, spending two years at the Pas-de-Calais club before moving to English club Liverpool in 2002.


Liverpool bought Diouf from Lens for £10 million, prior to Senegal's impressive 2002 World Cup run, despite having talks with Charlton. Then coach Gérard Houllier put his faith in Diouf and made the choice to sign him and not take up the option of permamently signing loan star Nicolas Anelka. Diouf was originally signed as a striker but ended up being utilised mainly on the right wing. Diouf scored just six goals in his first season including three in the Worthington Cup. Liverpool went on to defeat Manchester United 2-0 in the final at the Millennium Stadium that year, ensuring he got a medal after starting in the final.

In the 2003/04 season, he became the first Liverpool player to wear the number nine shirt to fail to score a goal in an entire season. He made 33 appearances and went over 14 months without a goal. Despite his impressive start to his Liverpool career where he scored a brace on his Anfield debut against Southampton F.C, he only managed 6 goals in 80 appearances, failing to live up to expectations. Toward the end of his spell at Liverpool new manager Rafael Benítez loaned Diouf to Bolton Wanderers on a season-long loan. During his time at Liverpool he was regarded as a total failure and according to Steven Gerrard's book he was not the signing Liverpool needed to take them up a level and win the league.

Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers bought Diouf from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee at the start of the 2005-06 season, after they had loaned the player for the 2004-05 season. On 15 September 2005, Diouf scored Bolton's first ever goal in a European competition against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in a UEFA Cup match at the Reebok Stadium. Bolton went on to win the game 2-1. He was largely successful at Bolton and became a fans' favourite due to his flair and direct running. Diouf confirmed in an interview with the BBC that he would be leaving Bolton at the end of the 2007/08 season and that his goal against Sunderland on 3 May marked his last appearance at the Reebok Stadium.[1]


Diouf signed for Sunderland on 28 July 2008, after Bolton agreed to a transfer fee of £2.6 million.[2] He signed a four year contract at The Stadium of Light after undergoing a medical.[3] Diouf revealed that he was happy to join Sunderland.[4] Former Sunderland manager, Roy Keane, said he was happy that a player who "teams and supporters hate" had joined Sunderland, "El-Hadji has always been the kind of player opposition teams and supporters hate, a thorn in the side. That's why we're delighted to now have him in our squad."[2]

Blackburn Rovers

Diouf signed for Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee on 30 January 2009 after just 6 months at the Stadium of Light, rejoining ex-manager Sam Allardyce, after the short time with Sunderland.[5] He wears the number 18 shirt. He scored his first goal for the club against Fulham at Craven Cottage on 11 March.[6] During the summer transfer window, Rovers manager Sam Allardyce revealed that Diouf was acquired for only £1 million.[7] Diouf scored his first home goal for Rovers at Ewood Park in the clubs 3-1 victory over Wolves on 12 September 2009. On 2 January 2010, he was sent off in a 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.[8]


Diouf's professional career has been constantly overshadowed by controversy. During his time at Sochaux, he was involved in a succession of minor transgressions. This resulted in a move to Rennes. However, during his time at his new club Diouf, who was driving without a license, was involved in a car crash. Taking into account his age and evident remorse, the French courts sentenced Diouf to community service rather than prison.[9] He later left Rennes for Lens, where he rebuilt his career.

During the start of his early Premier League career, Diouf was involved in several incidents where he spat at fans and opposition players. Once on 13 March 2003, whilst playing for Liverpool, he was involved in a incident when he was accused of spitting at Celtic fans during a televised UEFA Cup quarter final. His club fined him two weeks' wages,[10] UEFA gave him a 2 match ban,[11] and Diouf was charged with assault.[12] Although Diouf initially pled not guilty,[13] he later changed his plea to guilty, and was fined £5,000.[14] Diouf issued a personal apology to the fan 2 days after the incident, and invited him to attend the second leg of the quarter final at Anfield as his personal guest in order to maintain the "special relationship" between the clubs.[15] Whilst he was on loan at Bolton, Diouf was again charged by the police for spitting at Middlesbrough fans during a 1-1 draw in November 2004.[16] Then, on 27 November 2004, Diouf spat in the face of Portsmouth player Arjan de Zeeuw.[17] He was fined two weeks wages by Bolton and was banned for 3 games by the FA after pleading guilty to a charge of improper conduct. De Zeeuw said that spitting in the modern game "shouldn't happen. It is unsportsmanlike, ridiculous and cowardly... I am just very disappointed with him". Diouf's Bolton team-mate Gary Speed said "It's something that you can't defend. To be on the receiving end of that is probably the worst thing that can happen to you. It's something that nobody wants to see in football."[18] Bolton manager Sam Allardyce later revealed that he considered sending Diouf to see a sports psychologist.[19]

On 20 September 2009, Diouf was questioned by police after allegations that he had made a racial slur to a ball-boy during a match at Everton, calling him 'white boy'. Diouf defended his actions by saying Everton fans were racially abusing him, throwing bananas at him. However, this claim has to be taken with an ounce of scepticism, as (as put by Dara Ó Briain in The Guardian) "bananas are pretty traceable. They tend to leave a trail of bananas. And there seem to have been precious few bananas lying round". [20]

International career

Diouf's international career started in April 2000 against Benin. He has earned 41 international caps and scored 16 goals for his country. He played for Senegal in their 2002 FIFA World Cup campaign and was elected to the World Cup All-Star team, after leading Senegal to the quarter-finals and victories over France (1-0) and Sweden (2-1). Senegal eventually lost 1-0 in extra time to Turkey. He was also part of the Senegal team who were the runners-up in the 2002 African Nations Cup. Diouf was banned from international football for four matches in 2004 for a verbal assault on referee Ali Bujsaim.[21]

In 2004, he was named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé in conjunction with FIFA's centenary celebrations. In October 2007, Diouf retired from international football, stating he had been frustrated by organisational problems with the side.[22] However, Senegal coach Henri Kasperczak announced later in the month that he would name Diouf in the next squad.[23]

On 3 April 2009 he retired from the Senegal national football team after 41 games[24].

Personal life

Diouf is married and has a daughter, Kenza. His older brother Dame Diouf is also a professional footballer.

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
1998-99 Sochaux-Montbéliard Division 1 16 0 - - - 15 0
1999-00 Stade Rennais Division 1 28 1 1 0 - - 28 2
2000-01 Lens Division 1 28 8 - - - 28 8
2001-02 26 10 - - - 26 10
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2002-03 Liverpool Premier League 29 3 3 0 5 3 9 0 46 6
2003-04 26 0 1 0 2 0 4 0 33 0
2004-05 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 27 9 3 0 2 0 - 32 9
2005-06 20 3 - 1 0 6 1 27 4
2006-07 33 5 1 0 1 0 - 35 5
2007-08 34 4 1 0 1 0 6 2 42 6
2008-09 Sunderland Premier League 14 0 1 0 1 0 - 16 0
2009 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
Total France 98 19 20 10 - - 118 29
England 197 25 10 0 13 3 25 3 245 41
Career Total 295 44 30 10 13 3 25 3 363 60



  1. ^ "I am definitely leaving Bolton - Diouf". BBC Sport. 2008-05-03. Retrieved 2008-07-31.  
  2. ^ a b "Diouf completes Sunderland switch". BBCSport. 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2008-07-31.  
  3. ^ "£2.6m former Liverpool striker Diouf signs up for the bad-boy band at Sunderland". Evening Standard. 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2008-10-26.  
  4. ^ "Cats sign striker Diouf". Sunderland A.F.C.. 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2008-07-28.  
  5. ^ "ESPNsoccernet - El-Hadji Diouf Stats, News - Blackburn Rovers",, January 2009, webpage:
  6. ^ "Fulham 1-2 Blackburn". BBC. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009.  
  7. ^ "Big Sam Takes Out Time To Reflect". 2009-07-03.,,10303~1711162,00.html. Retrieved 2009-07-02.  
  8. ^ "El-Hadji Diouf dismissal gifts victory to Villa". The Times. 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2010-01-04.  
  9. ^ "Bad boy Diouf". BBC Sport. March 14, 2003.  
  10. ^ "Diouf fined over spit row". BBC Sport. March 14, 2003.  
  11. ^ "Diouf gets two-match ban". BBC Sport. March 18, 2003.  
  12. ^ "Diouf charged over spitting row". BBC Sport. May 9, 2003.  
  13. ^ "Diouf denies spitting charge". BBC Sport. May 30, 2003.  
  14. ^ "Diouf fined for spitting". BBC Sport. September 4, 2003.  
  15. ^ "Diouf offers personal apology". BBC Sport. March 15, 2003.  
  16. ^ "Police probing Diouf 'spit' claim". BBC Sport. November 16, 2004.  
  17. ^ "Diouf accused in new spitting row url=". BBC Sport. November 27, 2004.  
  18. ^ "Diouf pleads guilty over spitting". BBC Sport. November 30, 2004.  
  19. ^ "Allardyce to seek help for Diouf url=". BBC Sport. November 29, 2004.  
  20. ^ "Here's one white boy El Hadji Diouf failed to offend".  
  21. ^ "Diouf ban increased". BBC Sport. 2004-02-14. Retrieved 2008-07-31.  
  22. ^ "Diouf ends international career". BBC Sport. 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2008-07-31.  
  23. ^ "Diouf in Senegal squad". BBC Sport. 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2008-07-31.  
  24. ^ Senegal: Rücktritt von Diouf News on
  25. ^ "El-Hadji Diouf Bolton profile". Bolton Wanderers Football Club.,,1004~22623,00.html. Retrieved 2008-07-31.  

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ghana Samuel Kuffour
BBC African Footballer of the Year
Succeeded by
Nigeria Jay-Jay Okocha

Simple English

El Hadji Diouf
Personal information
Full name El Hadji Ousseynou Diouf
Date of birth 15 January 1981 (1981-01-15) (age 30)
Place of birth    St Louis, Senegal
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Blackburn Rovers
Number 18
Senior clubs
Years Club
Stade Rennais
Bolton Wanderers (loan)
Bolton Wanderers
Blackburn Rovers
National team
2000-2008 Senegal

El Hadji Diouf (born 15 January 1981) is a Senegalese football player. He plays for Blackburn Rovers.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue EuropeTotal
1998/99Sochaux-MontbéliardDivision 115000--150
1999/00Stade RennaisDivision 127210--282
2000/01LensDivision 128800--288
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2002/03LiverpoolPremier League293305390466
2004/05Bolton WanderersPremier League2793020-329
2008/09SunderlandPremier League1401010-160
2008/09Blackburn RoversPremier League1410000-141
CountryFrance 962010--9720
England 1972510013325324531
Total 2934511013325334251

International career statistics


Senegal national team



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