Jefferson Farfán

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Jefferson Farfán
Jefferson Farfán 2018.jpg
Farfán playing for Lokomotiv Moscow in 2018
Personal information
Full name Jefferson Agustín Farfán Guadalupe
Date of birth (1984-10-26) 26 October 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Lima, Peru
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Lokomotiv Moscow
Number 8
Youth career
1993–1998 Deportivo Municipal
1998–2001 Alianza Lima[2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Alianza Lima 77 (28)
2004–2008 PSV 118 (57)
2008–2015 Schalke 04 170 (39)
2015–2016 Al Jazira 12 (4)
2017– Lokomotiv Moscow 48 (19)
National team
2000–2001 Peru U-17 6 (8)
2001 Peru U-18 4 (3)
2002–2003 Peru U-20 7 (1)
2004 Peru U-23 4 (0)
2003– Peru 95 (27)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2019

Jefferson Agustín Farfán Guadalupe (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈɟʝefeɾsoɱ faɾˈfan]; born 26 October 1984) is a Peruvian professional footballer who mainly plays as a forward or winger for Lokomotiv Moscow and the Peru national football team.[3]

Commonly known as Farfán or the nickname Foquita (Spanish for Little Seal),[4] he is known for his speed and technical ability and was one of the best providers of assists during his time in the Bundesliga.[3]

Club career[edit]

Alianza Lima[edit]

Farfán began his professional career with Alianza Lima of Peru, resigning in 2001. He made some appearances in 2001 on the first-team, and began to break through in 2002, and impacting Alianza with its 2003 Peru championship. In his final season with the club in 2004, Farfán scored 14 goals, helping the club to another Peru championship.

Jefferson Farfán with PSV in 2005

PSV Eindhoven[edit]

Following that season he was purchased by Dutch club PSV Eindhoven after being scouted by Guus Hiddink, for a reported 2 million Euro transfer fee. Farfán made his debut and win in the Eredivisie on 14 August in a 5–2 against RBC Roosendal. Almost two weeks later, Farfán international club debut match in Europe would come: in the third qualifying round for the Champions League, in a 5–0 win against Red Star Belgrade. PSV qualified for the final tournament and Farfán played in all twelve games. In the group match against the Norwegian Rosenborg BK, he scored his inaugural European goal in 2–1 win. A month earlier, he had scored his inaugural league goal, in a 4–0 win against SC Heerenveen. With PSV, Farfán won both the league and the cup tournament in his first season in the Netherlands. The Eredivisie would be won by PSV in the following three consecutive seasons. In the 2005/06 season, Farfán finished with 21 goals as club top scorer and fourth top scorer in the league. In his last season with PSV, Farfán was less dominant at PSV, partly due to an ankle injury he sustained during the 2007 Copa América. [5] In March 2008, rumors began to circulate about a departure from Eindhoven. [6]


FC Schalke 04[edit]

On 5 June 2008, it was reported that PSV had reached an agreement with German side Schalke 04 over the transfer of Farfán for around €10 million.[7] On 10 June 2008, the club officially confirmed the transfer of Farfán on a four-year contract.[8] On 28 April 2012, Schalke announced that Farfán had signed a contract extension, which would keep him at S04 until 30 June 2016.[9]

Al Jazira Club[edit]

On 20 July 2015, after seven years at the club, Schalke confirmed that Farfán had joined Al Jazira Club for a reported fee of €6 million on a three-year deal, where he could earn up to €10 million a year.[10]

Farfán left the club on 19 October 2016, because the club did not respect all the clauses in his contract.[11]

Lokomotiv Moscow[edit]

On 28 January 2017, he signed with the Russian Premier League side FC Lokomotiv Moscow.[12] The Russian team announced his signing after an irregular 2016, where he even was inactive for a hundred days after finishing in October 2016 a millionaire contract with Al Jazira. After 6 months of recovery, Farfán had a good season making goals that allowed his team to get the national title after 14 years.[13]

International career[edit]

Farfán training with Peru at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Farfán is an important player for the Peru national football team. Since making his debut for the side in February 2003, he has gained 95 caps and is second on the nation's career goalscoring list with 27 goals.

Farfán ended the South American 2006 World Cup qualifiers as the second top scorer, with seven goals.

He was suspended for 18 months from representing the national football team of Peru.[14] But on 3 July 2008, after an investigation and a review of the facts, the suspension was changed to three months (from the date of appeal in April 2008) and $10,000. Farfan scored the winning goal in the World Cup qualifier at home to Chile on 23 March 2013.

He was a member of the Peru national football team that finished in third place at the 2015 Copa América. Farfán has been a key performer for Peru during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers where he scored 3 goals. He scored 2 goals in a 3–4 home loss to Chile and the winner in a 1–0 home win over Paraguay. He scored one of two goals in a 2–0 home win against New Zealand that led Peru qualify to the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a 36-year absence.

In June 2018 he was named in Peru's final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[15] He started in their first group game against Denmark, which resulted in a 0–1 loss. Farfán started as a substitute in their second group game against France, coming on in the 46th minute to replace Yoshimar Yotún. His side were eliminated from the competition after another 0–1 loss. He missed their final group game against Australia as he was rushed to hospital after a suffering a concussion in training.[16] Peru won their final game 2–0.

In Peru's second game of the 2019 Copa América, Farfán scored a goal in Peru's 3-1 victory over Bolivia.[17] Farfán suffered an injury to his left knee prior to Peru's last-eight clash against Uruguay, ruling him out of the rest of the tournament.[18] The Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) confirmed the injury, with Farfán expected to be sidelined for 6 to 9 months.[19] On 6 July 2019, Farfán underwent knee surgery in Barcelona, just hours before his team faced hosts Brazil in the 2019 Copa América Final.[20] Peru went on to lose the game 3–1 in his absence.[21]

Playing style[edit]

Farfán is considered to be a fast and technically gifted forward or winger, and is regarded less as a goal-scorer, but instead as more of an assist provider and as a creator of goals.[3] His one-on-one dribbling ability, accurate corner kicks and passes contributed heavily to Schalke's goals, especially in the international arena.[22] Farfán is also known for his penalty kick and direct or indirect free kick ability.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 2 September 2019[24][25][26][27]
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Peru League South America Other Total
Alianza Lima Primera División 2001 1 0 0 0 1 0
2002 24 2 3 1 27 3
2003 33 12 8 0 41 12
2004 19 14 5 4 24 18
Total 77 28 16 5 93 33
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Other Total
PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 2004–05 28 8 4 0 13 1 45 9
2005–06 31 21 4 3 8 2 1[a] 0 44 26
2006–07 30 21 3 2 8 0 1[a] 0 42 23
2007–08 29 7 1 0 9 2 0 0 39 9
Total 118 57 12 5 38 5 2 0 170 67
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Other Total
Schalke 04 Bundesliga 2008–09 31 9 4 3 6 0 41 12
2009–10 33 8 3 0 0 0 36 8
2010–11 28 3 7 3 10 4 1[b] 0 45 10
2011–12 23 4 1 0 10 0 0 0 34 4
2012–13 27 6 1 0 7 1 35 7
2013–14 19 9 2 2 7 1 28 12
2014–15 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Total 170 39 17 8 40 6 1 0 228 53
UAE League President's Cup Asia Other Total
Al Jazira Pro-League 2015–16 9 2 2 0 0 0 11 2
2016–17 3 2 3 1 0 0 1[c] 0 7 3
Total 12 4 5 1 0 0 1 0 18 5
Russia League Russian Cup Europe Other Total
Lokomotiv Moscow Premier League 2016–17 6 1 2 0 8 1
2017–18 22 10 0 0 9 4 1[d] 0 32 14
2018–19 20 8 1 0 4 1 1[d] 0 26 9
2019–20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 48 19 3 0 13 5 2 0 66 24
Career total 425 147 37 14 107 21 6 0 575 182
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Johan Cruyff Shield
  2. ^ Appearance in DFL-Supercup
  3. ^ Appearance in Arabian Gulf Super Cup
  4. ^ a b Appearances in Russian Super Cup

International[edit]

As of 18 June 2019[28]
Peru national football team
Year App. Goals
2003 11 4
2004 12 3
2005 7 4
2006 2 0
2007 9 1
2010 4 0
2011 6 1
2012 6 2
2013 7 2
2015 10 5
2016 1 0
2017 4 1
2018 11 3
2019 4 1
Total 94 27

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Peru's goal tally first.[28]
Farfán – goals for Peru
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 February 2003 Estadio Alejandro Villanueva, Lima, Peru  Haiti 5–1 5–1 Friendly
2. 24 July 2003 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Uruguay 1–1 3–4
3. 3–2
4. 6 September 2003 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Paraguay 4–1 4–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 1 June 2004 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Uruguay 3–0 3–1
6. 9 July 2004 Estadio Monumental "U", Lima, Peru  Venezuela 1–0 3–1 2004 Copa América
7. 17 November 2004 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Chile 1–0 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 30 March 2005  Ecuador 2–2 2–2
9. 3 September 2005 Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela  Venezuela 1–1 1–4
10. 12 October 2005 Estadio Jorge Basadre, Tacna, Peru  Bolivia 3–0 4–1
11. 4–1
12. 3 June 2007 Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain  Ecuador 1–0 2–1 Friendly
13. 11 October 2011 Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago, Chile  Chile 2–3 2–4 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
14. 7 September 2012 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Venezuela 1–1 2–1
15. 2–1
16. 23 March 2013  Chile 1–0 1–0
17. 6 September 2013  Uruguay 1–2 1–2
18. 3 June 2015  Mexico 1–0 1–1 Friendly
19. 8 September 2015 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, United States  Colombia 1–1 1–1
20. 13 October 2015 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Chile 1–1 3–4 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
21. 2–1
22. 13 November 2015  Paraguay 1–0 1–0
23. 15 November 2017  New Zealand 1–0 2–0
24. 27 March 2018 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, United States  Iceland 3–1 3–1 Friendly
25. 29 May 2018 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Scotland 2–0 2–0
26. 20 November 2018 Estadio Monumental Virgen de Chapi, Arequipa, Peru  Costa Rica 2–2 2–3
27. 18 June 2019 Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Bolivia 2–1 3–1 2019 Copa América

Honours[edit]

Alianza Lima
PSV Eindhoven[27]
Schalke 04[27]
Al Jazira Club[27]
Lokomotiv Moscow[27]
Peru

Personal life[edit]

Farfán has three children; two sons and one daughter.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 21 June 2018. p. 21.
  2. ^ "Farfan, Jefferson" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
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  4. ^ "Municipal se enfrenta al Al Jazira por la "Foca" Farfán". Terra (in Spanish). 29 August 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  5. ^ "PSV-spits Farfan afgevoerd naar ziekenhuis" (in Dutch). fcupdate. 4 July 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Farfan wil PSV komende zomer verlaten" (in Dutch). fcupdate. 12 March 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Rutten haalt met Farfán eerste aanwinst naar Schalke 04" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2008.
  8. ^ "PSV's Farfan joins Schalke 04". FIFA.com. 10 June 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2008.
  9. ^ "Jefferson Farfan bleibt ein Schalker – Peruaner unterschreibt bis 2016" (in German). schalke04.de. 28 April 2012. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
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  12. ^ Джефферсон Фарфан – в «Локомотиве»! (in Russian). FC Lokomotiv Moscow. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
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  17. ^ "Peru come from behind to beat Bolivia 3-1 in Copa America". Euronews. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
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  23. ^ "Farfan beschert Schalke mit einem Solo den 1–0 Sieg in Leverkusen" [Farfan brought Schalke with a solo to 1–0 win in Leverkusen]. Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). 24 October 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
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  26. ^ "Jefferson Farfán » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Worldfootball.
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  28. ^ a b "Jefferson Farfán". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  29. ^ "Локомотив" - обладатель Олимп-Кубка России по футболу [Lokomotiv is the winner of the Olimp-Russian Cup] (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 22 May 2019.
  30. ^ "Jefferson Farfán estuvo en el nacimiento de su tercer hijo" [Jefferson Farfán was at the birth of his third child]. El Comercio (in Spanish). 16 May 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2014.

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