Sofyane Cherfa

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Sofyane Cherfa
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Cherfa in action for Omonia in 2012
Personal information
Full name Sofyane Cherfa
Date of birth (1984-08-13) 13 August 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Toulouse, France
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Constantine
Number 15
Youth career
Monaco
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Monaco B
2005–2007 Louhans-Cuiseaux 59 (5)
2007–2008 Reims 30 (2)
2008–2009 Sedan 15 (0)
2009–2011 Châteauroux 40 (0)
2011–2014 Omonia 49 (3)
2012–2013 Panthrakikos (loan) 29 (0)
2014–2016 Panthrakikos 29 (0)
2016– Costantine 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 30 May 2016 (UTC).

Sofyane Cherfa (Arabic: سفيان شرفة‎‎; born 13 August 1984) is an Algerian professional footballer who plays for CS Constantine as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Cherfa playing for Omonia against AEL Limassol in April 2012.

Early career[edit]

Born in Toulouse, France, Cherfa played youth football with AS Monaco FC, but only appeared for its reserve team as a senior. After playing with CS Louhans-Cuiseaux in the lower leagues he signed with Ligue 2 club Stade de Reims in the 2007 summer, before going on to represent also in the competition CS Sedan Ardennes and LB Châteauroux.[1]

Omonia[edit]

In 2011, Cherfa joined AC Omonia in the Cypriot First Division, after fellow league side Ermis Aradippou did not have the financial means to complete the transfer.[1] He scored his first goal as a professional on 29 October of that year, in a 2–0 away win against Olympiakos Nicosia, and also contributed with six appearances in the season's Cypriot Cup, which ended in conquest as in the previous year.

In the 2012 summer transfer window, after being deemed surplus to requirements, Cherfa was loaned to Panthrakikos F.C. from Greece.[2][3] At the end of the campaign he returned to Omonia, who had just lost fellow stoppers Christos Karipidis and Savo Pavićević to other clubs, but Panthrakikos contested that the agreement ended sooner than it should have.[4]

After failing to negotiate a new contract with a smaller wage, due to Omonia's financial situation, Cherfa was made to train alone, and was eventually linked to OFI Crete even though the former side stated it did not have the intention of releasing him.[5] After the club failed to perform in their UEFA Europa League campaign, both defensively and overall, a new round of talks started, and he eventually put pen to paper to a new three-year deal.[6]

Constantine[edit]

On 15 January 2016, four days after being released by Panthrakikos,[7] Cherfa signed a two-year contract with Algerian club CS Constantine.[8]

International career[edit]

In April 2005, Cherfa was called up to the Algerian under-23 team for a mini training camp in France.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Cherfa's younger brother, Walid, was also a footballer. A defender, he too played most of his career in France.[11]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 2 January 2016
Club Season League Cup[a] Europe[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Louhans-Cuiseaux 2005–06[12] Championnat National 29 2 1 0 30 2
2006–07[12] 30 3 2 0 32 3
Total 59 5 3 0 0 0 62 5
Reims 2007–08[12] Ligue 2 30 2 4 0 34 2
Total 30 2 4 0 0 0 34 2
Sedan 2008–09[12] Ligue 2 15 0 1 0 16 0
Total 15 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
Châteauroux 2009–10[12] Ligue 2 8 0 1 0 8 0
2010–11[12] 32 0 3 0 35 0
Total 40 0 3 0 0 0 43 0
Omonia 2011–12[13] Cypriot First Division 22 2 7 1 1 0 30 3
2013–14[13] 27 1 3 0 30 1
Total 49 3 10 1 1 0 60 4
Panthrakikos 2012–13 (loan)[13] Superleague Greece 29 0 8 1 37 1
2014–15[13] 14 0 2 0 16 0
2015–16[13] 15 0 0 0 15 0
Total 58 0 10 1 0 0 68 1
Career total 251 10 31 2 1 0 283 12

Honours[edit]

Omonia

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Oμόνοια: Σοφιάν Σερφά για το κέντρο της άμυνας (video)" [Agreement: Sofyane Cherfa for the center of the defense (video)] (in Greek). Kathimerini. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Στον Πανθρακικό ο Σοφιάν Σερφά" [Sofyane Cherfa to Panthrakikos] (in Greek). Pamesports. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Πανθρακικός : Ήρθε και υπέγραψε ο Σοφιάν Σερφά!" [Panthrakikos: Sofyane Cherfa arrived and signed!] (in Greek). Assist GR. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Πανθρακικός: Καμία ανησυχία για Σερφά" [Panthrakikos: No worries about Cherfa] (in Greek). Onsports. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  5. ^ ""Κόκκινο" για Σερφά" ["Red" for Cherfa] (in Greek). Contra. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Επανεντάσσεται στο ρόστερ της ομάδας μας ο Σοφιάν Σερφά" [Sofyane Cherfa reinstated in our squad] (in Greek). AC Omonia. 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Τέλος και επίσημα Σερφά – Σέτι από τον Πανθρακικό" [Finally official – Seti to Panthrakikos] (in Greek). Sport 24. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Transferts: Mellouli et S. Cherfa arrivent au CSC" [Transfers: Mellouli and S. Cherfa arrive at CSC] (in French). DZFoot. 15 January 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Jeunes: regroupement des "pros"" [Youngsters: "pros" regroup] (in French). DZFoot. April 2005. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Présélection de joueurs Algériens de France" [Preselection of Algerian players in France] (in French). DZFoot. April 2005. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Dupuis retrouve des amis" [Dupuis reunites with friends]. La Dépêche du Midi (in French). 18 November 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Sofyane Cherfa" (in French). L'Équipe. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d e "S. Cherfa". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 

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