Youssef Sofiane

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Youssef Sofiane
Personal information
Full name Youssef Sofiane
Date of birth (1984-07-08) 8 July 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Villefranche-sur-Saone, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
2000–2002 AJ Auxerre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 West Ham United 1 (0)
2004 Lille (loan) 3 (0)
2004 Notts County (loan) 4 (0)
2005 Roda JC (loan) 3 (0)
2005–2006 Coventry 1 (0)
2006 La Louviere 8 (0)
2006–2007 Sportfreunde Siegen 6 (0)
2007–2008 US Lesquin 5 (0)
2008–2009 Lille B 20 (7)
2009 Lille 1 (0)
2009–2010 R.F.C. Tournai 20 (1)
2010–2011 MC Alger 14 (2)
2012 ES Sétif 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 22 April 2011 (UTC).

Youssef Sofiane (Arabic: يوسف سُفيان‎‎) (born 8 July 1984 in Villefranche-sur-Saône) is a French–Algerian football player. He has played in England, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Algeria and Germany.

Club career[edit]

Sofiane began his footballing career in August 2000 as a trainee at AJ Auxerre.[1] He joined West Ham United in June 2002,[2] when he was signed by manager Glenn Roeder on a free transfer as back-up to the club's strikers.[3] Opportunities were rare however and he made only two appearances for West Ham, as a substitute in a 2–1 away win against Preston, and in a 3–1 win over Rushden in the first round of the League Cup, both in August 2003.[4][5] He was loaned to Lille in January 2004 until the end of the 2003–04 season,[1] and to Notts County on a one-month loan deal in September 2004, where he made three appearances, scoring one goal against Wrexham in the Football League Trophy.[6][7][8] He then joined Dutch club Roda JC on loan through January–May 2005, where he made three substitute appearances.[1] Despite playing in pre-season games, he was not given a squad number by West Ham for the 2005–06 season and his contract was terminated by mutual consent in August 2005.[9] After trials with MK Dons[10] and Coventry City, he joined Coventry on non-contract terms in October 2005.[11] However, he made only one substitute appearance for Coventry before being released in January 2006.[1]

After leaving Coventry, he played for La Louviere in the Belgian Jupiler League,[12] Sportfreunde Siegen of the German Regionalliga,[13] and US Lesquin in France.[14]

On 7 December 2011, Sofiane signed an 18-month contract with ES Sétif.[15] He signed as a free agent having been without a club after his contract with MC Alger ended in summer 2011.

Representative honours[edit]

Sofiane represented France at Under-15 to Under-18 level.[10]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Youssef Sofiane". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  2. ^ "Football Transfers". BBC Sport. 26 June 2002. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  3. ^ "Roeder swoops for teenager". BBC Sport. 1 August 2002. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  4. ^ "Preston 1 – 2 West Ham". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  5. ^ "West Ham 3 – 1 Rushden". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  6. ^ "Sofiane nets Magpies deal". BBC Sport. 7 September 2004. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  7. ^ "Notts County 2–3 Wrexham". BBC. 28 September 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Sofiane returns to West Ham". BBC Sport. 11 October 2004. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  9. ^ "Hammers release striker Sofiane". BBC Sport. 30 August 2005. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  10. ^ a b "Trialist Sofiane to play for Dons". BBC Sport. 6 September 2005. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  11. ^ "Nalis swaps Blades for Sky Blues". BBC Sport. 14 October 2005. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  12. ^ "Youssef Sofiane à La Louvière ?" (in French). Footgoal. 31 January 2006. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  13. ^ "Spiele von Youssef Sofiane 2006/2007" (in German). Fussballdaten. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  14. ^ "Youssef Sofiane à Lesquin" (in French). Allezlesdogues. 2 October 2007. Archived from the original on 8 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  15. ^ ESS, signature de Youcef Sofiane Archived 12 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine.; DZFoot, 7 December 2011.

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