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  22/07/2011: Ousmane Dabo
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Ousmane Dabo was born on 8 February 1977.  Dabo is originally from Laval, a city in northeastern France, approximately 120 kilometers from Paris. He is the son of Moussa and Aminata Dabo. Since his childhood he likes to listen rap and hip-hop music, and also watching movies.

He was living a dream and began his professional career with Stade Rennais (France) after coming up through the club’s youth system. He went to Inter Milan in 1998. However, Dabo’s move to Inter wasn’t lucrative, as the French midfielder hardly appeared for the first team and was loaned out to Vicenza the next year. Dabo’s early professional years in Italy were marked by major transfer sums. During that time, Serie A Clubs in Italy was flush with money and clubs were willing to splash out. Players coming through the French development system were high valued as Les Bleus won the ’98 World Cup. Dabo rounded out his first Italian tour of duty in Parma before finally returning to France to play with AS Monaco.

Dabo returned to Italy on loan from Monaco in 2001, and soon made a permanent move to Atalanta. At the Bergamo club he secured regular first team football, and in 2003 he gained a call-up to the France national team for the FIFA Confederations Cup, which Dabo described as "a surprise".

Dabo with SS Lazio

Lazio signed Dabo for €5.65 million in summer of 2003. He joined Lazio, along with his team mate Luciano Zauri. Dabo became an important and popular part of the Lazio midfield due to his organized style of play, making 79 appearances and 3 goals until 2006.

Dabo’s composure on the ball and ability to link the defense and forwards were impressive. He was a fast player, but powerful, determined and dynamic, many Lazio fans called him as "The Black Panther". As defensive midfielder, his athleticism (1.86 m for 84 kg) is felt. To make the most in need of a perfect physical condition useful in stealing the ball. He also equipped with his powerful shot, but a bit lacking in precision.

After interest from a variety of Premier League clubs in 2006, Dabo joined Manchester City on a Bosman transfer, signing a three-year contract. Unfortunately, on 1 May 2007, Dabo was assaulted by his team mate Joey Barton at City's training ground. Dabo stated that he had been hit several times, and had to go to hospital after suffering injuries to his head during the incident, including a suspected detached retina. Barton was arrested and questioned by Police, and  plead guilty to the assault.

Finally, Dabo  re-signed for SS Lazio not long after the incident, on 30 January 2008. He signed a contract until 30 June 2010. On 13 May 2009, he scored the winning penalty in a penalty shoot-out to give Lazio a 6–5 win after a 1–1 draw, over Sampdoria in the 2009 Coppa Italia Final:

Coppa Italia 2008–09 Final video link

In many occassions he says that the final of the 2008-09 Coppa Italia as his favorite memory in his football career.

With Lazio he earned 3 trophies:
- Coppa Italia 2003–04
- Coppa Italia 2008–09
- Supercoppa Italiana 2009

Dabo with National Team

Dabo was part of France’s Under-21 squad. He has three caps for France National Team. He received his first call-up to the senior team in 2003 for the FIFA Confederations Cup, which France won after winning all five matches the team played.

Epilogue

Dabo realized his dream in football had ended, a series of injuries limiting him to three MLS matches for the Revolution since March this year, in his small amount of playing time, which concluded with a second-half appearance against Manchester United last week.

Dabo announced his retirement from football on July 18, 2011.

Good Luck Dabo !!

(Ali Alkatiri)

 
 
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