Ali Dia ( born August 20, 1965 in Dakar ) is a former Senegalese football player. The amateur player is best known for the fact that he once came for Southampton FC in the English Premier League action, after he had falsely claimed to have been national team of his native country.
Dia played in various unterklassigen teams in France, Finland and Germany and was already in trial training hours at Port Vale, Gillingham FC and AFC Bournemouth through like before he hired at the semi-professional English club Blyth Spartans 1996. In the same year Graeme Souness received as coach of FC Southampton a call from a person who identified herself as the former world footballer and Liberian international George Weah. This " Weah " recommended Souness his cousin, who had allegedly played for Paris Saint- Germain and completed 13 caps for his country. All this information did not correspond to the truth and interlocutor of Souness was held Weah rather Dias Player Agent. Despite this, Souness felt confident and committed Dia initially for one month.
The new addition was only one game for Southampton FC when he was brought on 23 November 1996 against Leeds United on 32 minutes for Matthew Le Tissier. Prior to an insert slides had been planned in the reserve team of FC Southampton; the friendly match against Arsenal substitute but had been canceled because of unplayable turf. The power slides against Leeds was spectacular below average and the lack of a playful level compared to the standard in English league football immediately obvious. After 53 minutes of game Souness finished this experiment and swapped slide again against Ken Monkou from - Leeds United finally won 2-0. The club dismissed slide in connection prematurely from his contract. Later slide should sporadically appear for the unterklassigen FC Gateshead; more stations are known.
Slide as a "cult figure"
Among the followers of English football, the name of Ali Dia has prepared a status due to the lack Football player skills, the outcrops with collections particularly poor footballer or transfers over again. In a survey conducted by the Times Dia led the list of the "50 worst footballers" to.