Famara Diédhiou, from Valls, at the Qatar 2022 World Cup
In December 2009, at just 17 years old, Famara Diédhiou traveled from Senegal to Valls. He was the first bet of the young football player representation company Football Players Dreams created in Tarragona by Jordi Molero from Tarragona and Rubén Ramírez from Vendrell. The two traveled to Africa, to Senegal, in search of talent. "We contacted soccer academies and asked them to organize games with boys from the area to see if any of them had enough quality to bring them to Europe," says Molero. Famara stood out right away. He wasn't even federated. "He played in the street and in his neighborhood team," admits the man from Tarragona.
After speaking with the family, Diédhiou boarded a plane to Europe. Almost without really knowing what his future was going to be. Only that he was going to play soccer. A race whose first destination was Valls. In the capital of the Alt Camp he trained for just 15 days while he lived hosted by Molero and Ramírez. The two agents had offered the services of Famara Diédhiou to the teams in the territory, starting with Nàstic. But it was FC Nantes that took the footballer. One of the managers of the French team went down to Valls just to see him play. One session was enough to take the Senegalese to the west of France. There, Famara entered a structure more than used to polishing African players.
He went through the lower categories of Les Canaris, as the Nantes team is known, but did not make his debut in the first team. In 2014 he made his debut in Ligue 2 with FC Sochaux and two years later, after finishing the 2015/16 season as Best Player and top scorer in the French second division -21 goals he scored-, he made his debut in the French top division (Ligue 1 ) with Angers SCO. In 2017 he changed his scene and went to England. He tried out in the Championship with Bristol City. In four seasons with the British team he scored 51 goals, three of them in the English Cup (FA Cup). Last season he moved to Alanyaspor in the Turkish Süperlig, scoring 11 goals in his first 28 games.
A born goalscorer who fulfills the dream of playing in a World Cup with his National Team, Senegal, whom he already made African champion this year. Famara Diédhiou was the starting number 9 for Los Leones de Teranga who beat Egypt on penalties. A Famara who could not miss the World Cup event and as Jordi Molero assures: "He still remembers his time in Valls."
The player born in Saint Louis (Senegal) is not the only World Cup player who has gone through the Tarragona soccer player representation agency. Jordi Molero and Rubén Ramírez led the football career of Pathé Ciss, also from Senegal. The Rayo Vallecano footballer arrived in the second group of African players that Football Players Dreams exported from Africa. Coming from the Diambars FC Academy, the Tarragona agents caught him on one of his trips to the African continent. This time, along with two other footballers, they traveled to Portugal. At União Madeira, which was a member of the Second Division at the time, Ciss began his sports career, then played for Famalicao, Fuenlabrada, and currently for Rayo Vallecano.
8 million transfers have been generated by Famara Diédhiou. Six only in the move from Angers to Bristol