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El Hadji Diouf

El Hadji Ousseynou Diouf (born 15 January 1981 in Dakar, Senegal) is a Senegalese association football who currently plays for Doncaster Rovers F.C.. El Hadji Diouf can play on both Midfielder Winger as well as in Forward (association football). El Hadji Diouf has also garnered a large amount of notoriety for a series of controversial incidents.

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El Hadji Ousseynou Diouf (born 15 January 1981 in Dakar, Senegal) is a Senegalese association football who currently plays for Doncaster Rovers F.C.. El Hadji Diouf can play on both Midfielder Winger as well as in Forward (association football). El Hadji Diouf has also garnered a large amount of notoriety for a series of controversial incidents.

Club career

Early career

Diouf started El Hadji Diouf career in France with FC Sochaux-Montbéliard. El Hadji Diouf made El Hadji Diouf debut appearance in a 2–1 win against SC Bastia on 12 November 1998, before moving to Stade Rennais F.C. for the 1999-00 season. El Hadji Diouf moved to RC Lens the following season, spending two years at the Pas-de-Calais club before moving to English club Liverpool F.C. in 2002 for a fee of £10millon.

Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers F.C. bought Diouf from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee at the start of the 2005-06 in English football, after they had Loan (football) the player for the 2004-05 in English football. On 15 September 2005, Diouf scored Bolton's first ever goal in a European competition against PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv in a UEFA Europa League match at the Reebok Stadium. Bolton went on to win the game 2–1. El Hadji Diouf was largely successful at Bolton and became a fans' favourite due to El Hadji Diouf flair and direct running. Diouf confirmed in an interview with the BBC that El Hadji Diouf would be leaving Bolton at the end of the 2007/08 season and that El Hadji Diouf goal against Sunderland A.F.C. on 3 May marked El Hadji Diouf last appearance at the Reebok Stadium.

Sunderland

Diouf signed for Sunderland A.F.C. on 28 July 2008, after Bolton agreed to a transfer fee of £2.6 million. El Hadji Diouf signed a four year contract at the Stadium of Light after undergoing a medical. Diouf said that El Hadji Diouf was happy to join Sunderland. Then-manager Roy Keane said El Hadji Diouf 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 El Hadji Diouf in our squad." El Hadji Diouf was given the number 18 shirt and scored El Hadji Diouf first goal for the club against Fulham F.C. at Craven Cottage on 11 March 2009 in a 2–1 win. During the summer transfer window, Rovers manager Sam Allardyce revealed that Diouf was acquired for only £1 million.
Diouf scored El Hadji Diouf first home goal for Rovers at Ewood Park in the club's 3–1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. on 12 September 2009. On 2 January 2010, El Hadji Diouf was sent off in a 3–1 defeat to Aston Villa F.C. in the third round of the FA Cup. On 21 March 2010, Diouf scored the equalising goal against Chelsea in a 1–1 draw at Ewood Park which opened up the 2010 title race, with Chelsea dropping vital points. El Hadji Diouf started the next two Premier League games against Birmingham and Burnley; El Hadji Diouf then made El Hadji Diouf fortieth appearance for the club at Fratton Park playing against bottom-of-the-league side Portsmouth F.C. in a 0–0 draw on 3 April. By the end of the 2009-10 season, El Hadji Diouf had made 27 appearances, scoring three goals. El Hadji Diouf was given number 10 for the 2010-11 season.

On 20 August 2011, Rovers manager Steve Kean confirmed that Diouf wasn't in El Hadji Diouf first-team plans, and that El Hadji Diouf expected El Hadji Diouf to leave before the end of the 2011/12 transfer window.

On 31 August 2011 Blackburn terminated Diouf's contract by mutual consent. El Hadji Diouf had fallen out with manager Kean after returning late for pre-season training.

Loan to Rangers

On the last day of the 2011 January transfer window, Diouf joined Scottish Premier League champions Rangers F.C. on loan until the end of the 2010–11 Scottish Premier League. El Hadji Diouf made El Hadji Diouf debut on 2 February, coming on as a 20th minute substitute for injured team-mate Lee McCulloch during a 1-0 win over Heart of Midlothian F.C. at Ibrox Stadium. El Hadji Diouf made El Hadji Diouf first start for Rangers four days later in a 2-2 draw with Celtic F.C. in the Scottish Cup. Diouf scored El Hadji Diouf first goal for Rangers on 24 February in a 2-2 draw against Sporting Club de Portugal in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League, netting the opening goal of the game with a header in the 20th minute. El Hadji Diouf then scored El Hadji Diouf second goal for Rangers on 13 March in a Scottish Premier League match with Kilmarnock F.C., again scoring the first goal as Rangers won 2-1. In March 2011 Diouf was part of the Rangers team that won the Scottish League Cup after a 2011 Scottish League Cup Final win over rivals Celtic F.C..
Diouf also collected an SPL winners medal as Rangers performed a comeback from two points behind Celtic to win the league by one point.

West Ham United (trial)

In October 2011, El Hadji Diouf was handed a trial by West Ham United F.C. and their manager, Sam Allardyce, El Hadji Diouf manager at both Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers. On 28 October it was announced that Diouf would not be joining the club due to a lack of fitness and El Hadji Diouf bad reputation. Allardyce later confirmed that the depth of feeling amongst fans was taken into account in El Hadji Diouf decision not to sign the player.

Doncaster Rovers

On 31 October 2011, Diouf signed for Doncaster Rovers F.C. on a three month contract. El Hadji Diouf scored El Hadji Diouf first two goals for Doncaster against Ipswich Town F.C. at Portman Road on 5 November 2011, earning Man of the Match honours and a shock 3-2 victory. El Hadji Diouf took the captains armband in a goalless draw against Watford F.C. but a training injury meant El Hadji Diouf was unable to play the following games. On 2 February 2012, Diouf signed a 6-month deal with the view to an extra year.

International career

Diouf's international career started in April 2000 against Benin national football team. El Hadji Diouf has earned 69 international Cap (sport) and scored 21 goals for El Hadji Diouf country. El Hadji Diouf played for Senegal national football team 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 national football team (1–0) and Sweden national football team (2–1). Senegal eventually lost 1–0 in Overtime (sports) to Turkey national football team. El Hadji Diouf was also part of the Senegal team who were the runners-up in the 2002 African Cup of Nations. Diouf was banned from international football for four matches in 2004 for a verbal assault on referee Ali Bujsaim.

In 2004, El Hadji Diouf was named in 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 El Hadji Diouf had been frustrated by organisational problems with the side. However, Senegal coach Henryk Kasperczak announced later in the month that El Hadji Diouf would name Diouf in the next squad.

On 3 April 2009 El Hadji Diouf re-confirmed El Hadji Diouf retirement after 41 further games.

Diouf has twice been named the African Footballer of the Year.

Honours

Club

Liverpool F.C.
- Football League Cup (1): 2003 Football League Cup Final

Rangers F.C.
- Scottish League Cup (1): 2011 Scottish League Cup Final
- Scottish Premier League (1): 2010–11 Scottish Premier League

Individual

- BBC African Footballer of the Year: 2002
- FIFA 100

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Hadji_Diouf

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