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Ousmane Dabo
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Personal information
Full name Ousmane Dabo
Date of birth February 8, 1977 (1977-02-08) (age 32)
Place of birth    Laval, Mayenne, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Lazio
Number 6
Youth career
Stade Lavallois
Stade Rennais
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Stade Rennais
Vicenza (loan)
AS Monaco
Vicenza (loan)
Manchester City
40 (2)
13 (0)
13 (0)
16 (0)
16 (0)
17 (1)
52 (4)
79 (3)
25 (0)
43 (1)   
National team2
2003 France 03 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 28 December 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 3 February 2008.
* Appearances (Goals)

Ousmane Dabo (born 8 February 1977 in Laval, Mayenne) is a French football midfielder who currently plays for S.S. Lazio.

He has previously played for Rennes, Internazionale, Vicenza, Parma, Monaco, Atalanta, Lazio and Manchester City. He has represented France three times at full international level. His younger brother, Moussa, is currently without a club and also plays as a midfielder.


Football career


Early career

Dabo started his career at Rennais.


In 1998 he and team-mate Mikaël Silvestre were signed by Inter Milan.[1] Dabo was not a regular first team player for Inter, and a few months later he was loaned out to Vicenza, where he made 13 Serie A appearances. Dabo spent the following season at Parma under Arrigo Sacchi, making sixteen appearances. In June 2000 he changed clubs again, returning to the French league with Monaco in an exchange deal involving Sabri Lamouchi.[2] Six months later he returned to Vicenza on loan,[3] and in the close season made a permanent move to Atalanta. At the Bergamo club he secured regular first team football, and in 2003 he gained a call-up to the France national team for the FIFA Confederations Cup, which Dabo described as "a surprise".[4] In summer of 2003 Dabo joined Lazio, where he became an important and popular part of the Lazio midfield due to his organised style of play.[5]

Manchester City

After interest from a variety of Premier League clubs in 2006, Dabo joined Manchester City on a Bosman transfer, signing a three year contract.[6] Dabo cited a positive impression of the club arising from a friendly match between Manchester City and Lazio at the City of Manchester Stadium as one of his main reasons for joining Manchester City.[7] His debut for the club came in the opening match of the season, a 3–0 Premier League defeat to Chelsea.[8] On his third City appearance he received a red card for an aerial challenge with Reading's Steve Sidwell, and was suspended for three matches.[9] However, a knee ligament injury sustained in training resulted in a much longer absence,[10] and he did not make another appearance until mid-December. He then had a run of thirteen consecutive appearances, but was sidelined by injury. Upon his return to fitness he struggled to regain his place in the team, making only one further appearance in the 2006-07 season.

On 1 May 2007, Dabo was assaulted by his team mate Joey Barton at City's training ground. Dabo stated that he had been hit several times, and had to go to hospital after suffering injuries to his head during the incident, including a suspected detached retina.[11] Dabo requested that the police press charges against Barton,[12] and as a result, on 16 May 2007, Barton was arrested and questioned by Greater Manchester Police. Barton pleaded guilty to the assault.[13]

Return to Lazio

He was put on the transfer list by Sven-Göran Eriksson along with team mates Danny Mills and Paul Dickov. Mills and Dickov both ended up going out on loans, but Dabo remained at the club. After just playing the League Cup game in 29 August 2007, he finally re-signed for S.S. Lazio on 30 January 2008. He signed a contract until 30 June 2010. On 13 May 2009, he scored the winning penalty in a penalty shoot-out to give Lazio a 6-5 win after a 1-1 draw, over Sampdoria in the 2009 Coppa Italia Final.[14]




  1. ^ "Fulham eye Dabo". BBC. 2002-06-13. Retrieved June 20, 2007.  
  2. ^ "One in one out for Monaco and Parma". Sky Sports. Retrieved June 20, 2007.  
  3. ^ "Dabo seals Vicenza switch". Sky Sports. Retrieved June 20, 2007.  
  4. ^ "Football. Ousmane Dabo ; " J’aurais pu couler "". L'Humanitie. Retrieved June 20, 2007.  (French)
  5. ^ "Lazio pounce for Atalanta pair". 2003-07-18. Retrieved 2008-01-30.  
  6. ^ "Dabo quits Lazio to join Man City". BBC Sport. 2006-06-21. Retrieved 2007-04-01.  
  7. ^ "Dabo swayed by City fans". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved June 20, 2007.  
  8. ^ "Chelsea 3 : 0 Manchester City". Manchester City official website. Retrieved June 20, 2007.  
  9. ^ "Man City fail in Dabo card appeal". BBC. 2006-09-14. Retrieved June 20, 2007.  
  10. ^ "Dabo faces lengthy break". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved June 20, 2007.  
  11. ^ Barton branded a 'coward' by Dabo, The Telegraph. Retrieved on 3 May 2007.
  12. ^ Police get Barton 'attack' report, BBC News. Retrieved on 5 May 2007.
  13. ^ Barton arrested over assault, BBC News. Retrieved on 2 July 2007.
  14. ^ "Lazio Edge Sampdoria On Penalties To Claim Fifth Coppa Italia". 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2009-05-14.  

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