Mahamadou Diarra

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Birthday
18, 1981
Birthplace
Bamako, Mali
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
18, 1981 (age 37)
Birthplace
Bamako, Mali

About

Defensive midfielder who is widely known for his prolific career playing for Real Madrid between 2006 and 2011. He became a staple of the two-defensive midfielder system run during those years by coach Fabio Capello, before a knee injury slowed his progress in 2009.

Before Fame

He began his professional playing career in 1998 with the Greek club OFI Crete. He subsequently played for Vitesse Arnhem between 1999 and 2002 before joining the French Ligue 1 club Lyon.

Trivia

Between 2002 and 2006, he started as a defensive midfielder for Lyon, and won four Ligue 1 titles. He was central to the team's successes.

Family Life

He is of Malian descent, and is a active Muslim.

Associated With

He frequently played alongside Michael Essien at midfield during his successful Lyon years.