Sofiane Feghouli

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Sofiane Feghouli
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Feghouli playing for Algeria in 2014
Personal information
Full name Sofiane Feghouli
Date of birth (1989-12,15-{{{day}}}) Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "{". 1989 (age Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".)Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "{".
Place of birth Levallois-Perret, France
Height 1.54 ftin[convert: unit invalid here][1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 7
Youth career
1998–2003 Red Star Paris
2003–2004 Paris FC
2004–2007 Grenoble
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Grenoble 60 (3)
2010–2016 Valencia 146 (20)
2011 Almería (loan) 9 (2)
2016– West Ham United 0 (0)
National team
2006–2007 France U18 2 (0)
2008–2010 France U21 3 (0)
2012– Algeria 40 (11)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 April 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 June 2016

Sofiane Feghouli (Arabic: سفيان فيغولي‎‎) (born 26 December 1989) is a professional footballer who plays for English club West Ham United and the Algeria national team. He operates mainly as a winger, but can also play as an attacking midfielder.

Feghouli made his senior international debut for. Bulgaria February 2012. He represented Algeria at the 2013 and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he scored Algeria's first goal in the competition.

Club career[edit]

Grenoble[edit]

Feghouli began his career with Grenoble, after French team Paris Saint-Germain declined to sign him after a trial.[2] For the latter portion of the 2006–2007 season, he was promoted to the first-team squad and given the number 33 shirt. He made his highly anticipated debut, at the age of 17, for the club on 27 April 2007 in a Ligue 2 match against Reims, appearing as a substitute. Grenoble won the match 1–0.[3] He made two more appearances that season, including his first start on the final match day of the season against Montpellier on 25 May 2007. Montpellier won the match 1–0 with Feghouli playing 56 minutes before being subbed out.[4] On 31 May 2007, he signed his first professional contract with Grenoble, keeping him with the side until 2010.[5]

The following season, he was handed the number 8 shirt and, despite being 17 years of age, was given a more important role in the first-team squad. Despite having the pressure of being labelled the "new Zidane",[6] his contribution to the squad was successful, appearing in 27 matches and scoring three goals, helping Grenoble achieve promotion to Ligue 1. His first career goal came on 18 January 2008 in a 4–3 away victory against Reims, the club he faced on his debut.[7]

Feghouli returned for the 2009–10 season, making his debut on 29 August 2009 in a 1–0 defeat to Rhône-Alpes rivals Saint-Étienne. After appearing in five more matches, it was discovered by Grenoble officials that Feghouli had torn the meniscus in his right knee. The knee was successfully operated on in October. Following the surgery, Grenoble officials, most notably CEO Pierre Wantiez, were extremely critical of the player. Wantiez questioned Feghouli's long delay in returning to the team and the player's motives regarding a transfer as Feghouli would be out of contract in the summer and was already talking to several clubs, most notably Spanish club Valencia.[8] Wantiez attributed Feghouli's recent moves to "bad advice" from the player's agent.[9]

Valencia[edit]

Feghouli playing for Valencia CF in 2015

On 20 May 2010, Feghouli signed a four-year deal with Valencia CF.[10] He made his La Liga debut on 25 September, replacing Juan Mata in a 2–0 win at Sporting de Gijón.[11]

On 28 January 2011, after appearing sparingly for the Valencian side, Feghouli was loaned to fellow league team UD Almería, until June.[12] He appeared regularly for the Andalusians, however they were relegated at the end of the season.[13]

After returning from Almería, and profiting from Mata and Vicente's departures, Feghouli became a starter, and scored his first goals for the Che on 29 October 2011, netting a brace in a 3–1 home win against Getafe CF.[14] His performances for Valencia in 2012 earned him two Algerian player of the year awards, Le Buteur's Algerian Ballon d'Or and the DZFoot d'Or.[15][16]

On 11 April 2016, Feghouli was suspended by the club amid reports he refused to take part in a warm-down after the 2–1 home win over Sevilla the day before. He had also reportedly missed training a few days earlier.[17]

He ended his Valencia career with 202 appearances, scoring 31 times and providing 40 assists.[18]

West Ham United[edit]

On 14 June 2016, it was announced that Feghouli would be joining West Ham United on 1 July 2016 on a three-year contract.[19]

International career[edit]

France[edit]

Feghouli was eligible for both Algeria and France. Feghouli had stated his preference was to play for France[20] and appeared in several France youth squads. On 12 November 2008, national team manager Raymond Domenech shortlisted the player for his pre-selection squad ahead of a friendly against Uruguay.[21] Despite this, Algeria national team manager Rabah Saadane contacted Feghouli by telephone in an attempt to get the player to play for Algeria in the team's 19 November friendly against Mali. Team captain Yazid Mansouri also contacted the player.[20]

Algeria[edit]

On 25 May 2011, it was reported that, whilst on loan at Almeria, Feghouli met with the President of the Algerian Football Federation Mohamed Raouraoua. Feghouli agreed to play for Algeria and was Invited to a training camp being held in Spain for the match against Morocco. He was unable to attend the session, but was touched by the gesture, agreeing to be available for the Tanzania match instead.[22]

On 23 October 2011, the Algerian Football Federation announced that FIFA officially accepted Feghouli's request to switch allegiances from France to Algeria, and that he was eligible to represent Algeria in international competition as of that date.[23][24] Two days later, on 25 October, Feghouli was called up by Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodžić for a pair of friendlies against Tunisia and Cameroon in November.[25]

On 29 February 2012, Feghouli made his debut for the Algerian national team in a 2–1 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win against Gambia, scoring the winning goal.[26] During qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he scored three goals in seven appearances for Les Fennecs.[26]

In the team's opening match of the 2014 World Cup, a 2–1 defeat to Belgium in Belo Horizonte, Feghouli scored with a penalty kick – Algeria's first World Cup goal in 28 years.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 10 April 2016.[28][29]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Grenoble 2006–07 3 0 0 0 3 0
2007–08 26 3 1 0 27 3
2008–09 26 0 2 0 28 0
2009–10 5 0 1 0 6 0
Total 60 3 4 0 0 0 64 3
Valencia 2010–11 3 0 1 1 1 0 5 1
Almería (loan) 2010–11 9 2 1 0 10 2
Total 9 2 1 0 0 0 10 2
Valencia 2011–12 30 6 6 0 13 0 49 6
2012–13 27 3 2 0 8 3 37 6
2013–14 32 4 3 0 10 3 45 7
2014–15 33 6 0 0 33 6
2015–16 21 1 2 0 10 4 33 5
Total 146 20 14 1 42 10 202 31
West Ham United 2016–17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career totals 215 25 19 1 42 10 276 36

International[edit]

As of match played 2 June 2016.[30]
National team Year Apps Goals
Algeria 2012 8 2
2013 9 3
2014 12 2
2015 8 2
2016 3 2
Total 40 11

Honours[edit]

Individal[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sofiane Feghouli". Valencia CF. 
  2. ^ "Spirited Feghouli rewards Grenoble belief". UEFA.com. 26 September 2008. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Stade de Reims vs. Grenoble". ESPN. 27 April 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Montpellier - Grenoble 1–0". Racingstub.com. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Grenoble : Feghouli signe pro". 31 May 2007. Archived from the original on 20 September 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "I'm the 'new Zidane'... No I am!". Unprofessional Foul. 3 October 2008. 
  7. ^ "Reims v. Grenoble Match Report". 18 January 2008. Archived from the original on 29 April 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  8. ^ L'imbroglio Feghouli Archived 6 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Sofiane Feghouli et son "prétendu agent" dans le collimateur" (in French). Gentside Sport. 4 February 2010. 
  10. ^ El Valencia ficha al francés Sofiane Feghouli para los próximos cuatro años (Valencia signs French Sofiane Feghouli for the next four years); Diario AS, 20 May 2010 (Spanish)
  11. ^ El Valencia se gusta (Valencia likes it); Marca, 25 September 2010 (Spanish)
  12. ^ Feghouli se va cedido al Almería hasta final de temporada (Feghouli goes on loan to Almería until the end of the season); Marca, 28 January 2011 (Spanish)
  13. ^ "The Spanish Weekend Review – Episode 35: Relegation Battle Gets Interesting". TheHardTackle.com. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  14. ^ Y de repente, Feghouli (And suddenly, Feghouli); Marca, 29 October 2011 (Spanish)
  15. ^ GM (18 December 2012). "Feghouli Ballon d'or algérien" (in French). So Foot. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  16. ^ Ait-Ouaret, Nabil (25 December 2012). "DZFOOT D'OR 2012 : Sofiane Feghouli élu meilleur joueur algérien par les internautes" (in French). DZFoot. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "Algerian Sofiane Feghouli suspended by Valencia". BBC Sport. 11 April 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  18. ^ "Premier League transfers: Lowdown on summer signings". BBC Sport. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "Hammers catch winger Feghouli". West Ham United F.C. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  20. ^ a b "Sofiane Feghouli joue sur tous les tableaux". L'Oranaise. 19 November 2008. Archived from the original on 10 October 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  21. ^ "Equipe de France. Douchez comme Carrasso". La Dépêche du Midi (in French). 12 November 2008. 
  22. ^ "Au cours d’une rencontre avec Raouraoua à Paris : Feghouli dit oui à l’Algérie". Archived from the original on 13 June 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  23. ^ Qualification du joueur FEGHOULI Sofiane Archived 25 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine.; FAF.dz, 23 October 2011.
  24. ^ Feghouli qualifié pour jouer avec l’Algérie Archived 24 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine.; DZFoot.com, 23 October 2011.
  25. ^ EN : 31 joueurs pour le stage de Novembre; DZFoot.com, 25 October 2011.
  26. ^ a b "Sofiane FEGHOULI". FIFA. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  27. ^ Grohmann, Karolos. "Algeria end 28-year wait for World Cup goal". Reuters. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  28. ^ Sofiane Feghouli profile at Soccerway
  29. ^ "Sofiane Feghouli" (in French). L'Équipe. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  30. ^ "Feghouli, Sofiane". National Football Teams. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  31. ^ "Algerian Feghouli named best African player in Spain". BBC Sport. 1 December 2015. 

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