Congratulations to Alou Diarra who made his first team debut for Charlton on Tuesday Evening
Full Name: Alou Diarra
Squad Number: 12
Valiant Number: 797
Manager: Guy Luzon
Date: Tuesday 24th February 2015
Opposition: Derby County
Ground: Pride Park
Competition: Sky Bet Championship (Tier 2)
Timing: Half-time substitute for Lawrie Wilson
Position: Central midfield
Score at introduction: 0-2
Score at completion: 0-2
Impact: Impressive in helping stifle Derby attacks through midfield, but the damage was done before he was introduced.
Quotes: “It’s a coup for us that we can attract a player with so much international experience and I’m sure he will be fantastic for us.“ Guy Luzon on signing Diarra.
“Alou Diarra played well but all the other players are also helping the team to be organised so it looked better.” Guy Luzon on Diarra’s performance.
“We played much better in the second half. We have to be 100 percent from the first minute until the last minute. We won more challenges in the second half, we were higher. It was better. If we play like we did in the second half, we can do well in the next game. We have to learn from our mistakes today”. AD after the match.
Date of Birth: 15th July 1981
Place of Birth: Villepinte, Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris
Age at Debut: 33 years, 224 days
Previous Clubs: Louhans-Cuiseaux [France], Bayern Munich [Germany], Liverpool, Le Havre [France] [loan], Bastia [Corsica] [loan], Lens [France], Lyon [France], Bordeaux [France], Marseille [France], West Ham United, Rennes [France] [loan].
Development: Started with hometown club Aulnay-sous-Bois. Moved to Villapinte and then CS Louhans-Cuiseaux where he made his professional start.
Internationals: 5 appearances for France U20s; 14 appearances an 1 goal for France U21s. 44 caps for full French side.
- Played in World Cup final in 2006, replacing Patrick Viera in the 56th minute.
- French League Champion with Olympique Lyon, 2006/07.
- French League Champion with Girondins Bordeaux, 2008/09.
- Captained Girondins Bordeaux to French League Cup Win, 2008/09.
- Captained France during 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
- French League Cup Winner with Olympic Marseille, 2011/12.
Injury: Diarra made only three Premier League appearances for previous club West Ham in his last season there, partly due to an injury to a knee ligament.
Charlton Status: Signed until the end of the season on Monday 23rd February 2015. He had been out of contract since July when his contract with West Ham had been mutually terminated.