Les Enfants of la Gout
(France), PSG (France), Red Star 93 (France), RFC Liege (Belgium),
FC Bruges (Belgium), Auxerre (France), Bolton (England)
2003 French Cup
winner (Auxerre) 2002 African Nations Cup Finals (SENEGAL)
Khalilou Fadiga (born December 30, 1974) is a Senegalese
football (soccer) player.
Fadiga began his career at Paris Saint-Germain in France, but
failed to make an impression, and so was transferred to fellow
Parisian club, Red Star, before moving to Belgian club Standard
It was there that he found the profile that was to launch his
international career, moving on to first Lommel and then
perennial title contenders Club Brugge. It was during his time
at the club that Fadiga earned his first caps for the Senegal
In 2000, the midfielder returned to France when he signed for AJ
Auxerre. Fadiga ran into a rich vein of form in 2001/02 to
emerge as one of the key hopes for Senegal during the 2002 World
Cup. He was an integral member of the Senegal side.
Fadiga moved to Inter Milan in the summer of 2003, but failed to
gain a place in the team at the San Siro. This, coupled with the
discovery of heart problems meant he was released after just one
English club Bolton Wanderers signed Fadiga for the 2004/05
season, after he passed a medical. However before he made an
appearance for Bolton, he collapsed prior to a match in October,
and had to be fitted with a defibrillator due to an irregular
heartbeat. Despite stating his desire to return to the game,
medical specialists urged him to retire, warning that if during
a game his chest was knocked the defibrillator could fail,
leading to instant death.
However, following a period of rest and passing a medical,
Fadiga returned to the Bolton squad in early 2005.