Sofiane Boufal
19
Sofiane Boufal Midfielder
CUW Moroccan
2016/2017 Key Performance Stats Last updated 30 Apr 2017
Games Played
24
Minutes played
1.1K
Games Started
12
Goals
2
Goals
2
Assists
1
Chances
created
21
Pass Completion
78%
Passes
completed
392
Total
passes
499
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Sofiane Boufal Saints History

Last updated 30 Apr 2017
Total matches
24
EFL Cup
3
Premier League
19
UEFA Europa League
2
Goals
2
Seasons
1
Saints debut
01 Jan 0001
Southampton FC

Southampton FC

Season Appearances Emirates FA Cup EFL Cup Premier League UEFA Europa League Goals
2016/2017 24 0 3 19 2 2

Sofiane Boufal Season Stats

League Only
Last updated 30 Apr 2017

General

Games Played
19
24
Minutes played
938
1.1K
Games Started
10
12
Subs on/off
9/8
12/9

Attack

Goals
1
2
Total shots
12
13
Shots on target
5
6
Mins per goal
938
579
Conversion rate
8%
15%
Inside box
0
1
Outside
box
1
1
Set
pieces
0
0
Header
0
0
Other
1
1
Left foot
0
0
Right foot
0
1

Distribution

Passes Completed
347 / 448
392 / 499
Crosses completed
/ 31
/ 36
Assists
0
1
Chances created
21
21

Defence

Clearances
2
2
Blocks
1
1
Interceptions
5
5
Tackles won
22 / 34
22 / 36
Duels won
129 / 267
149 / 316
Aerial duels won
/ 21
/ 25

Discipline

Fouls awarded
20
27
Fouls conceded
20
24
Yellow cards
4
4
Red cards
0
0

Sofiane Boufal Biography

Last updated 31 Oct 2016
Nationality
Moroccan
Age
23
Height
170 cm
Weight
60 kg
Saints debut
-

Former clubs: Angers, Lille

Early years

Sofiane Boufal was born to Moroccan parents in Paris, in September 1993.

It was in the city of Angers, to the southwest of the French capital, where he would grow up and where his football career would begin.

A technically-gifted player, Boufal, who is comfortable playing out wide, or as a number ten, honed his ability on the ball by playing futsal at an early age – something he credits for helping him with his dribbling ability in tight spaces.

During the school holidays, he would head outside to work on his footwork alone, if no one was around to play with.

His development would then continue in the Angers youth system. Despite his talent, Boufal’s height – he did not have a growth spurt until late – nearly counted against him.

Fortunately, despite his small stature, he had enough backing from his coaches for the club to retain him, and they were rewarded for their faith when Boufal grew to his current height of 5ft 8in.

Professional breakthrough

His debut for the Angers first-team arrived in August 2012, when he appeared as a substitute in a 1-0 home defeat to Istres, in Ligue 2.

A three-year professional contract would follow in the summer of 2013, before he became a regular in the Angers side.

Boufal would make 32 appearances, across all competitions, for the team in 2013/14.

Move to Lille

Some exceptional form for Angers at the start of the 2014/15 campaign saw him earn a move to Ligue 1 side Lille, one of Saints manager Claude Puel’s former clubs, in January 2015.

He was an immediate hit there, scoring three times in 16 appearances, before really bursting to prominence in 2015/16.

Boufal netted 12 goals in 35 appearances, marking himself out as one of the most exciting young attacking midfielders around, and drawing the interest of a host of top clubs around Europe.

The competition for his services did not just extend to club level, however.

Boufal, who holds the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldinho as idols, was also coveted by both the French and Moroccan international sides, before he eventually opted earlier this year to represent the latter, making his debut in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win over Cape Verde, in March.

Comparisons with Lille legend Eden Hazard were made by the team’s captain, Rio Mavuba, while the 22-year-old was last season named the best African player in the French top-flight.

Boufal made the move to Southampton in August 2016, agreeing a five-year contract.