Ali Dia


Ali Dia 2.0: York City Release ‘Cousin’ Of Southampton’s Cuco Martina After Watching Him Play 81 Minutes Of Football

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York City have released defender Derwin Martina, just four short days after arriving at the club.

York agreed a deal to bring in the 22-year-old until the end of the season, believing him to be the brother of Southampton full-back Cuco Martina.

Indeed, the National League even announced as much when they broke the news on their official club website.

Ali Dia: Journalist Successfully Manages To Track Down Elusive Cult Hero, 20 Years After Legendary Southampton Debut

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Despite only ever playing less than an hour oftop flight football, there can be no doubt that Ali Dia is a Premier League legend in the truest sense of the word.

For the uninitiated (presuming there are any), Dia was signed by Graeme Sounness in 1996 after the shrewd Southampton manager received a personal tip-off from Dia's cousin, the similarly legendary George Weah, that the unknownSenegal forward, currently playing in the local non-leagues,was well worth a gamble.

On This Day In 1996: Ali Dia Makes His Legendary Southampton Debut

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Graeme's clearly got no i-Dia what's going on

In one of the more extraordinary episodes in modern football, Senegalese striker Ali Dia made his debut for Southampton on this very day back in 1996 coming on in the 33rd minute for club legend Matt Le Tissier in a game against Leeds.

After an intervening period in which, according to Le Tissier: "he ran around the pitch like Bambi on ice", Dia was subbed off five minutes from the end having somehow made it past half-time by quite some distance.

10 Of The Worst English Soccer Transfers Of All Time

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In the world of soccer, so much of the attention by the media is focused on the enormous transfers and all of the stars who are playing at the top level. But very little, if any, focus is placed on the worst transfers —the ones that make you wonder what the manager and chairman was thinking when they signed a new player.


A-League Side Adelaide United Hoaxed, Take Non-Existent American Wünderkind On Trial

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By Chris Wright

A-League side Adelaide United have been forced into making a particularly embarrassing admission after the prodigious trialist they hyped to high heaven, one 25-year old Dexter Rosales, turned out to be completely fictional.

Having scoured the internet for potential gems the world over, Adelaide announced that two players were to be handed trials at the club former Chelsea reserve striker Fabio Ferreira and Rosales, who was billed as having represented Ajax, Valencia, River Plate and Club Atletico Junior as well as the US national side at U17, U20 and U23 level.

Adelaide Utd offer trial to player who doesn’t exist

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Following an extensive search for homegrown talent, Australian A-League side Adelaide Utd announced last week that they were handing trials to two new overseas prospects. The first was Portuguese striker Fabio Ferreira, who made a few appearances for Chelsea's second string in 2008/09.

The second was a promising 25-year-old American named Dexter Rosales, whose resume includes Ajax, Valencia, River Plate, Club Atletico Junior and the US at Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 levels.

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New Hannover 96 signing Franca is surprisingly short

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We are used to signings from abroad not quite being what we hoped them to be. Graeme Souness is probably your go-to guy on that topic, after being fooled into playing Ali Dia, but there are innumerable players that come from afar with fantastic goalscoring records or reputations of grandeur before woefully disappointing.


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I normally hate capital letters being used to show shouting or a raised tone of voice. That title isn't so much shouting, more bellowing through a mega-phone.

It's hard to know who is at fault for yesterdays pitiful and frankly disgusting result and performance, the players certainly. The manager, probably.

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A few weeks ago I presented to you the best of England's imports: this week you've got the opposite. Yes, usually for every Gianfranco Zola there is a Stéphane Guivarc'h lurking just around the corner – and he didn't even make the list.