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Papa Bouba Diop

Papa Bouba Diop
Personal information
Full namePape Bouba Diop
Date of birth28 January 1978(age 38)
Place of birthDakar, Senegal
Height1.95 m (6 ft 4.8 in)
Playing positionDefensive midfielder / Centre Back
Club information
Current clubWest Ham United
Number21

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Pape "Papa" Bouba Diop (born 28 January 1978) is a Senegalese footballer who plays for West Ham United in the Football League Championship and the Senegal national team. His preferred position is defensive midfield but can also play as a centre back, where he previously played at Lens. His nickname is "The Wardrobe", given to him by Fulham fans, due to his height and large frame.

Diop is well known for his strength and aggression, long-range shots, solid style of play and his leadership. His playing style and ability have drawn comparisons to Patrick Vieira.

Former Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez believes that Diop had all the attributes to become one of the best midfielders in the Premiership. Lawrie Sanchez stated, "There's no reason why Bouba can't get himself up to being one of the best centre midfield players in the Premiership and that's where I see his long-term position. I've seen Diop play over the years and he has all the attributes to be a top-class midfielder".

Match of the Day football analyst Alan Hansen stated that Diop is "One of the most solid midfield players in Europe, who is hugely underrated."


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