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El Hadji Diouf
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El Hadji Diouf

El-Hadji Diouf (born 15 January, 1981) is Sengalese footballer. He plays for Liverpool F.C and the Senegal national team.

Liverpool bought Diouf from the French club RC Lens for £4,000,000 in summer 2002, just after Senegal's impressive 2002 World Cup run, beating holders France and getting to the quarter final. Diouf was named African Player of the Year in February 2003 for the second year running, for helping Senegal come runner up in African Nations Cup and the achievement in the World Cup. Diouf took the number 9 shirt at Liverpool after Robbie Fowler's departure to Leeds United and Nicolas Anelka left for Manchester City after failing to impress Gerard Houllier on a loan spell. Diouf has had to contend with Milan Baros and Emile Heskey for the place up front next to Michael Owen, whilst dealing with suspensions and fines, such as the spitting incident against Celtic FC in the UEFA Cup semi-final. His international career started in April 2000 against Benin, since then he's had over 30 international caps and over 15 goals for his country.