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Boufal set for Morocco action
Atlas Lions to host Netherlands in a friendly.
Boufal in Morocco squad
Saints star to face games against Netherlands and Cameroon.
Puel backs Boufal to shine
Claude Puel speaks about playmaker Sofiane Boufal.
Boufal wins Goal of the Season
Watch Sofiane Boufal collect the 2016/17 Goal of the Season award.
Puel's pre-Palace injury update
Find out who's on the injury list ahead of Wednesday's game.
Boufal's Morocco beat Tunisia
Sofiane Boufal's Morocco saw off Tunisia 1-0 in a friendly.
Five Saints set for final day of international action
Maya Yoshida, Sofiane Boufal, Cédric, Shane Long and Josh Sims could all be involved for their respective nations.
Boufal comes on in Morocco win
Sofiane Boufal comes off the bench in 2-0 win over Burkina Faso.
Busy day of internationals ahead
As many as six Saints stars set to be involved.
International calls for 14 Saints stars
Southampton will have 14 players away representing their countries during the international break.
Boufal in latest Morocco squad
Sofiane Boufal called up for two games in March.
Puel's EFL Cup final team news update
Claude Puel discusses injuries and team news.
#MarchToWembley: Sofiane Boufal vs Sunderland
Sofiane Boufal talks us through his incredible strike against Sunderland, on Southampton's #MarchToWembley.
Boufal to miss Black Cats trip
Claude Puel provides an injury update ahead of Sunderland.
Puel's team news update
Claude Puel on who is missing for the FA Cup replay with Norwich City.
Sofiane Boufal named Under Armour Player of the Month
Sofiane Boufal scoops Under Armour Player of the Month award for December.
Boufal out of AFCON
Claude Puel confirms Sofiane Boufal is out of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Boufal in Morocco's final squad
Sofiane Boufal named in Morocco's final squad for Africa Cup of Nations.
Boufal to head off after Everton
Sofiane Boufal will head to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after Everton clash.
SAINTS: West Brom edition now available
Sofiane Boufal stars on the cover of the next matchday magazine, which can now be purchased from saintsmagazines.co.uk
Boufal in preliminary Morocco squad
Sofiane Boufal included in Morocco's preliminary squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Sofiane Boufal Saints HistoryLast updated 20 Sep 2017
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Sofiane Boufal BiographyLast updated 09 Aug 2017
Former clubs: Angers, Lille
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.
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.