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“Diouf Trips” is an exploitable GIF series based on a replay footage of El Hadji Diouf, a professional football player currently playing with the Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish Premier League, getting tackled by an opponent defense player while dribbling the ball during a match in February 2011.
El Hadji Diouf is a Senegalese football player currently playing for Scottish Premier League club Glasgow Rangers. He is best known for his ability to handle a versatile range of positions. He has also brought a large amount of media attention to himself for a series of controversial incidents and remarks, such as numerous offenses of spitting at spectators, cursing at the referee during a match and most recently announcing his support for the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
During his debut match for the Rangers against Hearts FC on February 2nd, 2011, Diouf was tackled by Hearts’ midfielder Ian Black, resulting in an injury for the Senegalese footballer:
On Something Awful
Not wishing to waste such a golden opportunity, Something Awful user T. Finn posted a forum thread titled “What tripped El Hadji Diouf? A GBS Photoshop Project” on February 5th, 2011:
Yes, I know all Photoshop threads should start with a submission by the OP. However due to reasons I can’t comment on at this time I am legally prevented from using any photo manipulation software. However an image has come up that I feel could be made quite funny by those of you who are actually good with Photoshop. Ideally we could get close to the Zidane headbutt thread after WC 2006.
Hilarity ensued as other Something Awful users jumped in on the thread, resulting in hundreds of GIF animations of Diouf blundering his way through scenes from popular movies and video games. Due to its overwhelming popularity, the thread was kept open beyond the thread’s default deadline.
The GIF files began to spread across varios club football communities like Red Cafe and Celtic Talk as well as social media blogs like MemeBase, BuzzFeed, FunnyJunk and TheChive, further driving the trend beyond Something Awful forums.
To browse other memes based on replay footage of various football matches, check out the following entries:
- KYMdb – Zidane’s Headbutt
- KYMdb – Peter Crouch Can Do Anything
- KYMdb – Robert Green FAIL
- KYMdb – Arjen Robben Ball
- KYMdb – De Jong’s Kick
- KYMdb – Muteba Kidaba’s Dance
Something Awful Forum – What tripped El Hadji Diouf? A GBS Photoshop Project
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