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Dindane playing for Lens in 2009
Personal information
Full name Aruna Dindane
Date of birth (1980-11-26) 26 November 1980 (age 43)
Place of birth Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1994–1995 Inconditionnel D'Adjamé
1995–1998 ASEC Mimosas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 ASEC Mimosas 22 (9)
2000–2005 Anderlecht 131 (50)
2005–2010 Lens 102 (27)
2009–2010 Portsmouth (loan) 19 (8)
2010–2012 Lekhwiya 23 (5)
2012 Al-Gharafa 26 (1)
2012–2013 Al-Sailiya 18 (2)
2013–2014 Crystal Palace 0 (0)
Total 341 (102)
National team
2000–2010 Ivory Coast 64 (18)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Aruna Dindane (born 26 November 1980) is an Ivorian former professional footballer who played as a striker.

He has 62 caps and 17 goals for the Ivory Coast since his debut in 2000, and has played at four Africa Cup of Nations and two FIFA World Cups.

Club career


Born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Dindane was transferred from Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas to RSC Anderlecht in the summer of 2000 and helped the team to win the Belgian First Division Championship in 2001 and 2004, as well a Supercup in 2000 and 2001. In 2003, Dindane won both the Ebony Shoe as the best player of African origin in the Belgian League and the Golden Shoe as the best player in the Belgian League. In November 2004, he was given a Swan D'Or Award for a spell of back-to-back hat-tricks.


In June 2005, Dindane signed for French Ligue 1 club RC Lens.


In August 2009, Dindane joined Premier League team Portsmouth on a one-year loan deal, with the option to sign him at the end of his loan spell. He scored his first goal for Portsmouth in a 3–1 League Cup win over Carlisle United on 22 September 2009. and his first Premier League goal as part of a hat-trick in the 4–0 win over Wigan Athletic on 31 October. On 5 December 2009, he scored against Burnley with a header after missing a penalty earlier in the game. On 9 February 2010, Dindane scored a 95th-minute equaliser in the 1–1 draw with Sunderland at Fratton Park.

On 21 March 2010, it was revealed he was left out of Portsmouth's match squad the previous day as, if he played one more game, the club would have to pay a £4 million fee to Lens. With Portsmouth in administration, they could not afford to pay this fee, and so he was dropped. However, he subsequently played in the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur on 11 April 2010, and Portsmouth were aiming to negotiate terms with Lens that allow him to play in the FA Cup Final and the remaining Premier League games without incurring the £4 million fee. Dindane was an injury doubt for the FA Cup final and ultimately did not feature.

On 4 April 2010, it was revealed that Blackburn Rovers were preparing a £2.5 million bid for the striker in time for the 2010–11 season. Dindane underwent and passed a medical at the club, only for the transfer talk to cool due to financial disagreements between Blackburn and Lens. Dindane reiterated his desire to stay in English football after the loan to Portsmouth had ended. However, on 24 May 2010, Dindane agreed a three-year deal with Lekhwiya of Qatar.


In January 2012, Dindane agreed to join Qatari club Al-Gharafa. After a short spell at Al-Gharafa, he signed a one-year deal with Al-Sailiya Sport Club on 27 May 2012.

Return to England

After half a season at Al-Sailiya, Dindane was released and started training with Leeds United. On 23 March 2013, he signed for Crystal Palace until the end of the 2012–13 season. He was released just prior to the end of the season without having made a senior appearance and with doubts over his fitness.

After retirement

After his retirement, Dindane worked as general secretary of the Association des Footballeurs Ivoiriens (Ivorian Footballers Association).

International career

Dindane made his debut for Ivory Coast on 9 April 2000 against Rwanda. He participated in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he scored twice in a memorable comeback to win 3–2 in their last group match against Serbia and Montenegro. However, the team failed to reach the second round due to previous defeats against Argentina and the Netherlands.

Dindane represented his country at the 2006 African Cup of Nations, but left the tournament on 22 January 2006 following the death of one of his twin daughters. He was also selected in the Ivorian squad for the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana. He currently has 67 international caps for his country.

After Dindane's successful season in England for Portsmouth, where he scored 10 goals in 24 appearances, he was called up to the Ivorian squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Dindane was a starter in their first two group games, against Portugal and Brazil.

Career statistics

International goals

Scores and results list Ivory Coast's goal tally first.
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 July 2000 Stade Général Seyni Kountché, Niamey, Niger  Niger 1–0 1–0 2002 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 8 June 2003 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Ivory Coast  Egypt 5–0 6–1 2004 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3. 10 September 2003 Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia  Tunisia 1–3 2–3 Friendly
4. 6 June 2004 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Ivory Coast  Libya 1–0 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 20 June 2004 Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt  Egypt 1–0 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 18 August 2004 Parc des Sports, Avignon, France  Senegal 2–1 2–1 Friendly
7. 5 September 2004 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Ivory Coast  Sudan 2–0 5–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 5–0
9. 10 October 2004 Stade de l'Amitié, Cotonou, Benin  Equatorial Guinea 1–0 1–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 8 February 2005 Stade Robert Diochon, Rouen, France  DR Congo 1–0 2–2 Friendly
11. 8 October 2005 Al-Merrikh Stadium, Omdurman, Sudan  Sudan 2–0 3–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
12. 3–0
13. 30 May 2006 Stade Jean-Bouloumie, Vittel, France  Chile 1–0 1–1 Friendly
14. 21 June 2006 Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany  Serbia and Montenegro 1–2 3–2 2006 FIFA World Cup
15. 2–2
16. 8 October 2006 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Ivory Coast  Gabon 3–0 5–0 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
17. 25 March 2007 Stade Municipal de Mahamasina, Antananarivo, Madagascar  Madagascar 2–0 3–0 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
18. 25 January 2008 Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium, Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana  Benin 4–0 4–1 2008 Africa Cup of Nations


ASEC Mimosas

  • Côte d'Ivoire Premier Division: 2000
  • CAF Super Cup: 1999



  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2005
  • Ligue 2: 2008–09

Ivory Coast


  • Belgian Ebony Shoe: 2003
  • Belgian Golden Shoe: 2003

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