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Salif Diao

Personal information
Full nameSalif Alassane Diao
Date of birth10 February 1977(age 39)
Place of birthKédougou, Senegal
Height1.83 m
Playing positionDefensive midfielder
Club information
Current clubStoke City

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Salif Alassane Diao (born 10 February 1977) is a Senegalese footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Premier League club Stoke City.

Diao moved from Senegal to France when he was seventeen and started his career at AS Monaco with whom he helped with the French Super Cup and French Division 1. He failed to hold down a regular place at Monaco and moved to Sedan in 2000. Diao then had an impressive 2002 World cup with Senegal which attracted the attention of several Premier League sides. It was Liverpool who won the race and signed Diao for £5 million in 2002.

His time at Liverpool was unsuccessful and was sent out on loan to Birmingham City, Portsmouth and Stoke City. He joined the latter Stoke permanently on a free transfer in 2007 and helped the club to promotion to the Premier League in 2008.

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