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Pape Bouba Diop
||Pape Bouba Diop
|Date of birth
||28 January 1978
|Place of birth
||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Right Winger, Striker
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:29, 13 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:00, 31 May 2006 (UTC)
Pape Bouba Diop or Papa Bouba NDiop the 'N' is silent and rarely used, (born 28 January 1978 in Dakar) is a Senegalese footballer, who currently plays for the Senegal national football team, and for Portsmouth.
After his success in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Bouba Diop signed with Ligue 1 side RC Lens. After failing to impress and only netting 6 goals in 67 league appearances, Diop moved to the Premier League to play with Fulham. At Fulham he found more success playing as a winger or in the center of midfield. After 3 years at Craven Cottage he transferred to Portsmouth from Fulham on transfer deadline day, 31 August 2007. His preferred position is centre midfield but can also play right midfield. His nickname is The Wardrobe, given to him by the fans at Fulham, because of his enormous frame. At 6' 4 tall and with a large frame, he is an intimidating proposition for the opposition.
He came on as a substitute as Portsmouth won the 2008 FA Cup Final. He has signed a new contract to stay at the club until 2011.
Diop was seen at The Walkers Stadium, believed to be discussing a move to Leicester on loan.
Bouba Diop got his first call up to the Senegal national squad in 1999, at the age of 21, while playing for Neuchâtel Xamax in the Swiss Super League. the He is perhaps most well-known for scoring the first goal of 2002 FIFA World Cup against France, which resulted in the 1–0 defeat of the then reigning World champions and ultimately, their early elimination from the tournament, in which Senegal reached the quarter-finals.He ended the tournament with three goals, having also scored twice against Uruguay. Diop has been a regular for the national team since then and has amasses 9 goals in 58 national team appearances.