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Mame Biram Diouf was born on 16 December 1987 in Dakar, Senegal. He is a Senegalese footballer who plays as a striker for Stoke City and the Senegal national team. Diouf started his career at Diaraf before moving to Molde in 2007. In his first season with them he won the Norwegian First Division, and gained promotion to the Norwegian Premier League. His performances and goal scoring attracted interest from a number of big clubs, and he eventually moved to Manchester United in 2009, remaining on loan at Molde until January 2010. He scored on his home debut for United and won the League Cup as an unused substitute in the 2010 final.
Looking into his personal life; his mother, Gnilane, died during the 2015 Mina stampede in Saudi Arabia, while his sister survived with small injuries. Biram married his girlfriend of four years, Maria Orten, in Molde on 2 July 2011. He went missing for a few days before the wedding, with his fiancée blaming his disappearance on the best man, Molde FK midfielder Pape Paté Diouf. He eventually turned up on 30 June, but Orten was forbidden from revealing the reason for his absence. His brother Mame Mbar Diouf is also a footballer who has played for Molde, Sarpsborg 08 and TSG Neustrelitz.
Diouf joined Hannover in January 2012, where he scored 35 goals in 71 appearances, before moving to Stoke City on a free transfer in 2014. He made his Senegal debut in 2009 in a 2–1 friendly win over Congo DR, and represented the country at the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
He began his career with Diaraf. In January 2007, he joined Norwegian club Molde, having trained with them in March 2006. He expressed his happiness at joining fellow countrymen Pape Pate Diouf (still playing for a contract with Molde at that time) and Madiou Konate at the club. Molde also agreed with Diaraf all conditions concerning the transfer, if Biram signed a professional contract with Molde.
In his second season at Molde, and the first in Tippeligaen, he did well and scored a total of five goals against Brann in the two matches of the 2008 season, two goals in a 4–3 victory in the Tippeliga-match in Bergen on 31 May and three goals in the 8–0 victory in the Cup on 23 July. These goals lead to some rumours in the Bergen-papers, that Brann would be interested in signing him. He was also linked to Arsenal, Feyenoord, Groningen, West Bromwich Albion and Red Bull Salzburg.
In the 2009 season, he scored 16 goals in 29 matches. Even with his strong performance, Molde only finished second in the league and the cup. A highlight of the season was the 5–2 win against Brann on 12 July 2009, where Mame scored a hat-trick in the first nine minutes of the game, and added the fourth goal in the 27th minute.
In May 2009, Diouf received interest from several senior clubs and on 17 July 2009, Molde and Manchester United announced that a transfer had been agreed for the player, he was loaned back to Molde for the remainder of the Norwegian 2009 season, before joining his new teammates in Manchester in January 2010.
On 12 August 2009, Biram won his first cap for Senegal in a 2–1 friendly win over Congo DR in Blois, France. He scored his first goal for Senegal in a 1–0 victory over Cape Verde on 11 August 2010. On 15 November 2014, he scored in a 1–0 win against Egypt which saw Senegal qualify of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. At the tournament finals, he also scored Senegal’s equalizing goal as they defeated Ghana 2–1 in the team’s opening match.