Salif Diao

Date of birth10 February 1977
Place of birthKedougou
NationalitySenegalese
Weight73 kg
Height1.84 m
PositionMidfielder

A young midfield player who developed with Epinal and Monaco, it was only when Diao joined Sedan in the 2000 close season that he began to establish himself as a regular in the first team.

He won his first cap in 1997 but did not return to the national squad until Bruno Metsu made him one of a large group of European-based players introduced to the Senegal squad at the start of the second round of the World Cup qualifiers.

He is the defensive midfield shield in front of the back four and was one of the teams outstanding performers at the African Nations' Cup Finals in Mali scoring the winning goal in the semi final against Nigeria.

With a fee already agreed with Sedan, Salif's first task after the 2002 World Cup finals was to agree personal terms with Liverpool.

Salif scored Senegal's equaliser in their draw with Denmark in Daegu but then was sent-off for a reckless tackle.

After a loan spell, he joined Stoke City in January 2007 with a contract to the end of the season.

He re-signed for the Potters in December 2007 with a contract to June 2009 that was extended to June 2010 in July 2009 and to June 2012 in August 2010.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
SAS Épinal 01 Dec 1996 01 Jul 1997
AS Monaco 01 Jul 1997 01 Jul 2000
Sedan 01 Jul 2000 09 Aug 2002
Liverpool 09 Aug 2002 23 Jan 2007
Birmingham City 18 Jan 2005 31 May 2005 L
Portsmouth 31 Aug 2005 31 May 2006 L
Stoke City 10 Oct 2006 14 Jan 2007 L
Stoke City 23 Jan 2007 30 Jun 2007
Stoke City 10 Dec 2007 30 Jun 2012

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
2000-01 Sedan French Championnat 16
10
7
2001-02 Sedan French Championnat 22
8
1
2001-02 Sedan UEFA Cup 2
2002-03 Liverpool FA Cup 1
1
2002-03 Liverpool League Cup 3
1
1
2002-03 Liverpool Premier League 13
13
1
3
1
2002-03 Liverpool UEFA Champions League 3
2
1
2002-03 Liverpool UEFA Cup 2
1
1
2003-04 Liverpool League Cup 1
2003-04 Liverpool Premier League 2
1
1
2003-04 Liverpool UEFA Cup 2
1
2004-05 Birmingham City Premier League 2
1
2004-05 Liverpool League Cup 3
1
2
2004-05 Liverpool Premier League 4
4
1
2004-05 Liverpool UEFA Champions League 1
2
2005-06 Portsmouth FA Cup 1
2005-06 Portsmouth League Cup 1
2005-06 Portsmouth Premier League 7
4
3
2006-07 Stoke City FA Cup 1
1
2006-07 Stoke City League Championship 27
10
2007-08 Stoke City FA Cup
1
2007-08 Stoke City League Championship 8
3
1
2008-09 Stoke City League Cup 1
2008-09 Stoke City Premier League 18
2
4
2009-10 Stoke City FA Cup 2
1
2009-10 Stoke City Premier League 11
5
1
7
2010-11 Stoke City FA Cup 2
2
2010-11 Stoke City League Cup 1
2010-11 Stoke City Premier League 3
5
3
2011-12 Stoke City League Cup
1
2011-12 Stoke City Premier League 2
4
1
2011-12 Stoke City UEFA Europa League 6
1
2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
29 Jul 2000 Auxerre v Sedan W 0-1 French Championnat 1
03 Aug 2000 Sedan v Olympique Lyonnais D 1-1 French Championnat 2
13 Aug 2000 Paris St Germain v Sedan L 2-1 French Championnat 3
19 Aug 2000 Sedan v Lille W 1-0 French Championnat 4
26 Aug 2000 Strasbourg v Sedan L 3-2 French Championnat 5
09 Sep 2000 Sedan v AS Monaco W 1-0 French Championnat 7
23 Sep 2000 Sedan v Bastia D 3-3 French Championnat 9
30 Sep 2000 Troyes v Sedan D 1-1 French Championnat 10
10 Oct 2000 Sedan v Rennes W 2-1 French Championnat 6
29 Oct 2000 Sedan v Nantes W 2-0 French Championnat 13
04 Nov 2000 Guingamp v Sedan W 0-3 French Championnat 14
11 Nov 2000 Sedan v Olympique Marseille W 2-0 French Championnat 15
26 Nov 2000 Sedan v Bordeaux D 0-0 French Championnat 17
29 Nov 2000 Olympique Lyonnais v Sedan D 2-2 French Championnat 18
03 Dec 2000 Sedan v Paris St Germain W 5-1 French Championnat 19
09 Dec 2000 Lille v Sedan L 2-0 French Championnat 20
16 Dec 2000 Sedan v Strasbourg W 1-0 French Championnat 21
21 Dec 2000 Rennes v Sedan L 2-0 French Championnat 22
13 Jan 2001 AS Monaco v Sedan L 1-0 French Championnat 23
07 Feb 2001 Sedan v Troyes W 2-1 French Championnat 26
17 Feb 2001 Saint Etienne v Sedan W 0-2 French Championnat 27
17 Mar 2001 Nantes v Sedan L 4-1 French Championnat 29
07 Apr 2001 Sedan v Guingamp D 2-2 French Championnat 30
14 Apr 2001 Olympique Marseille v Sedan L 2-1 French Championnat 31
28 Apr 2001 Sedan v Toulouse L 2-3 French Championnat 32
19 May 2001 Sedan v Auxerre W 1-0 French Championnat 34
28 Jul 2001 Bastia v Sedan D 0-0 French Championnat 1
04 Aug 2001 Olympique Lyonnais v Sedan D 0-0 French Championnat 2
11 Aug 2001 Sedan v Guingamp D 0-0 French Championnat 3
19 Aug 2001 Auxerre v Sedan D 0-0 French Championnat 4
25 Aug 2001 Sedan v Metz D 0-0 French Championnat 5
08 Sep 2001 Nantes v Sedan D 0-0 French Championnat 6
16 Sep 2001 Sedan v Olympique Marseille D 0-0 French Championnat 7
20 Sep 2001 Dukla Pribram v Sedan D 0-0 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
23 Sep 2001 FC Sochaux Montbeliard v Sedan D 0-0 French Championnat 8
27 Sep 2001 Sedan v Dukla Pribram D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg
30 Sep 2001 Sedan v Lille D 0-0 French Championnat 9
13 Oct 2001 AS Monaco v Sedan D 0-0 French Championnat 10
03 Nov 2001 Sedan v Montpellier D 0-0 French Championnat 13
17 Nov 2001 RC Lens v Sedan D 0-0 French Championnat 14
24 Nov 2001 Sedan v Lorient D 0-0 French Championnat 15
28 Nov 2001 Troyes v Sedan D 0-0 French Championnat 16
08 Dec 2001 Sedan v Rennes D 0-0 French Championnat 17
19 Dec 2001 Sedan v Olympique Lyonnais D 0-0 French Championnat 18
22 Dec 2001 Guingamp v Sedan D 0-0 French Championnat 19
23 Feb 2002 Paris St Germain v Sedan D 0-0 French Championnat 27
06 Mar 2002 Sedan v Bordeaux D 0-0 French Championnat 28
16 Mar 2002 Montpellier v Sedan D 0-0 French Championnat 29
23 Mar 2002 Sedan v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 30
06 Apr 2002 Lorient v Sedan D 0-0 French Championnat 31


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1996-97 Senegal Africa Cup of Nations 1
1997-98 Senegal Africa Cup of Nations 1
2000-01 Senegal FIFA World Cup 4
2001-02 Senegal Africa Cup of Nations 5
1
2
2001-02 Senegal FIFA World Cup 4
1
1
2001-02 Senegal International Friendly 5
1
2002-03 Senegal International Friendly 3
1
2002-03 Senegal Joola Disaster Charity Match 1
2003-04 Senegal Africa Cup of Nations 4
2003-04 Senegal International Friendly 2
2004-05 Senegal FIFA World Cup 2
2004-05 Senegal International Friendly 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
22 Jun 1997 Senegal v Ethiopia W 3-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group 3
27 Jul 1997 Morocco v Senegal L 3-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group 3
24 Feb 2001 Morocco v Senegal D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group C
11 Mar 2001 Senegal v Namibia W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group C
22 Apr 2001 Senegal v Algeria W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
06 May 2001 Egypt v Senegal L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group C
14 Jul 2001 Senegal v Morocco W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group C
04 Oct 2001 Senegal v Japan W 2-0 International Friendly
30 Dec 2001 Senegal v Algeria W 1-0 International Friendly
20 Jan 2002 Egypt v Senegal W 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group D
26 Jan 2002 Senegal v Zambia W 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group D
31 Jan 2002 Senegal v Tunisia D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group D
04 Feb 2002 Senegal v Congo DR W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals quarter-final
07 Feb 2002 Nigeria v Senegal L 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals semi-final
10 Feb 2002 Cameroon v Senegal D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals final
27 Mar 2002 Senegal v Bolivia W 2-1 International Friendly
14 May 2002 Saudi Arabia v Senegal L 3-2 International Friendly
23 May 2002 Ecuador v Senegal W 0-1 International Friendly
31 May 2002 France v Senegal W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group A
06 Jun 2002 Denmark v Senegal D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group A
22 Jun 2002 Turkey v Senegal L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals quarter-final
12 Oct 2002 Senegal v Nigeria D 2-2 JOOLA DISASTER CHARITY MATCH
12 Feb 2003 Morocco v Senegal L 1-0 International Friendly
30 Apr 2003 Tunisia v Senegal L 1-0 International Friendly
31 May 2003 Senegal v Cape Verde Islands W 2-1 International Friendly
10 Sep 2003 Japan v Senegal W 0-1 International Friendly
17 Jan 2004 Senegal v South Africa W 2-1 International Friendly
26 Jan 2004 Burkina Faso v Senegal D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group B
30 Jan 2004 Kenya v Senegal W 0-3 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group B
02 Feb 2004 Mali v Senegal D 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group B
07 Feb 2004 Tunisia v Senegal L 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final
05 Sep 2004 Mali v Senegal D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Africa group 1
10 Oct 2004 Liberia v Senegal W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Africa group 1
17 Nov 2004 Algeria v Senegal W 1-2 International Friendly
11 Oct 2008 Senegal v Gambia D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Africa 1st round group 6


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.