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Abou Diaby
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Personal information
Full name Vassiriki Abou Diaby
Date of birth 11 May 1986 (1986-05-11) (age 34)
Place of birth    Paris, Flag of France France
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth clubs
1996-1998
1998-1999
1999-2002
2002-2004
Flag of France Aubervilliers
Flag of France Red Star Paris
Flag of France INF Clairefontaine
Flag of France Auxerre
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
2004-2006
2006-2015
2015-2017
Total
Flag of France Auxerre
England Arsenal
Flag of France Marseille
010 00(1)
124 0(14)
0000(0)
139 0(15)   
National team
2004–2005
2006–2009
2007–2012
Flag of France France U19
Flag of France France U21
Flag of France France
012 00(0)
0000(0)
016 00(1)

Vassiriki Abou Diaby (born 11 May 1986), known as Abou Diaby, is a French former professional footballer. He played primarily in a box to box role, capable to be adept in both attacking and defending. Described as a player who was "languid, elusive, and athletic" that could either "dribble past opponents or slip passes to team-mates". Of Ivorian descent, Diaby also possessed "superb touch" and "excellent close control". Diaby's career was hampered by numerous repetitive injuries, a problem that existed from his time in France. His physical appearance and positional preference evoked comparisons to Arsenal legend and compatriot Patrick Vieira.

Diaby is a former French international and represented France at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and started all of France's matches as they were eliminated in the group stage.

Honours

Clubs

Arsenal

International

France

External links

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France – 2010 FIFA World Cup

1. Lloris 2. Sagna 3. Abidal 4. Réveillère 5. Gallas 6. Planus 7. Ribéry 8. Gourcuff 9. Cissé 10. Govou 11. Gignac 12. Henry 13. Evra 14. Toulalan 15. Malouda 16. Mandanda 17. Squillaci 18. Diarra 19. Diaby 20. Valbuena 21. Anelka 22. Clichy 23. Carrasso

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