Baba Diawara

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Baba Diawara
Personal information
Full namePapa Babacar Diawara
Date of birth (1988-01-05) 5 January 1988 (age 33)
Place of birth Dakar, Senegal
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 9
Senior career*
2006–2007 Jeanne d´Arc 24 (9)
2007–2008 Marítimo B 23 (6)
2008–2012 Marítimo 103 (37)
2012–2015 Sevilla 30 (3)
2013–2014Levante (loan) 20 (3)
2014–2015Getafe (loan) 21 (1)
2015–2016 Marítimo 25 (4)
2017–2019 Adelaide United 23 (7)
2019–2020 Mohun Bagan 12 (11)
2021– RG Punjab 3 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 9 February 2021

Papa Babacar 'Baba' Diawara (born 5 January 1988) is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a striker for I-League club RoundGlass Punjab.


Club career


Born in Dakar, Diawara started his career with Senegal Premier League club ASC Jeanne d'Arc, moving to Europe aged just 19 to sign for C.S. Marítimo in Portugal due to his friendship with former footballer Paul Tisdale. [1] Having risen to prominence in the B-side, he made his debut for the main squad late into the 2007–08 season, appearing in the second half of a 1–1 Primeira Liga home draw against C.F. Estrela da Amadora. [2]

Promoted to the first team the following summer, Diawara scored ten goals in the 2008–09 campaign, in 25 league games. [3] [4] His form attracted the attention of several clubs, including Sporting CP, [5] Olympiacos F.C. from Greece and Scotland's Heart of Midlothian, with the latter however being put off by Marítimo's £2.5 million (€2.75 million) valuation of the player. [6]

Diawara bettered his individual totals to 11 goals in 2010–11, with Marítimo finishing in ninth position. Celtic came close to signing him in August 2011, but the deal collapsed on the last day of the transfer window due to visa issues. [7]

Diawara netted ten goals in only 15 matches in the first half of the 2011–12 season, including the last-minute winner at Sporting in a 3–2 win. [8]


Diawara signed with Sevilla FC on 17 January 2012, penning a 4½-year contract. [9] He made his La Liga debut on the 29th, coming on as a substitute for José Antonio Reyes late into the first half of a 1–2 loss at Málaga CF. [10] His first goal came on 3 March, starting the first time due to Álvaro Negredo's injury and equalising in a 1–1 draw against Atlético Madrid at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. [11]

On 17 April 2012, Diawara scored the opening goal in the new National Stadium in Warsaw, during a friendly with local Legia Warsaw, adding another in a 2–0 win. [12] He netted twice on 5 May as Sevilla won 5–2 in their final home match of the season, against Rayo Vallecano. [13] In the following campaign he did not find the net, featuring mainly from the bench.

In July 2013, Diawara was one of three Sevilla players deemed surplus to requirements by coach Unai Emery. [14] On 19 August, he was loaned to fellow Spaniards Levante UD for the duration of 2013–14. [15]

Adelaide United

In February 2017, after one and a half seasons with former club Marítimo, Diawara joined Adelaide United FC in the Australian A-League. [16] He scored three goals in only seven matches in his first season (five across all competitions), [17] the first coming on 19 March in the 2–1 home defeat of Brisbane Roar FC. [18]

On 11 May 2017, Diawara agreed to a new two-year deal. [19]

Mohun Bagan

In December 2019, Diawara signed a one-year contract with India's Mohun Bagan AC. [20] He netted his first I-League goal for his new team the following 19 January, heading home from a corner kick in the 65th minute to help the hosts defeat East Bengal F.C. 2–1. [21]


On 2 February 2021, Punjab announced they had signed Diawara. [22] On debut, Diawara scored a brace in a win over Indian Arrows on 9 February 2021. [23]

Club statistics

As of 1 June 2013 [24]
ClubLeagueSeasonLeagueCupLeague Cup Europe Total
Marítimo Primeira Liga 2007–08 400000400
2008–09 2510320120129105
2009–10 30663202103596
2010–11 2911521010062338148
2011–12 1510241034022152
Maritimo Total103371611418516231284821
Sevilla La Liga 2011–12 11300000001130
2012–13 19004110002311
Sevilla Total30304110000003441
Career Total133401615528516231625222


Mohun Bagan A.C.

Gold medal with cup.svg Winners (1): 2019–20

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