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Our latest countdown focuses on Saints' Moroccan maverick.
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Saints' goal scorer reflects on the cup draw.
International schedule comes to a close for 2019
Saints contingent in final international action of the year.
Højbjerg closes in on Euro 2020 berth
Skipper one point away from qualification after convincing win.
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Moroccan determined to become a Saints success.
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Moroccan international on his affection for the club and why this season is important.
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Moroccan determined to fulfil undoubted potential.
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Video: Boufal on victorious first start
Midfielder speaks after cup progress at Fulham.
Boufal reveals Hasenhüttl's half-time talk
Midfielder says manager's instruction helped inspire dominant second half.
AFCON: Boufal's Morocco eliminated on penalties
Saints winger misses spot-kick as Benin advance to quarter-finals.
Djenepo and Boufal set for AFCON knockout stage
Saints duo eyeing quarter-final places in Egypt.
Boufal's Morocco secure last 16 berth
Two wins out of two for the Atlas Lions after Ivory Coast success.
Djenepo and Boufal return to AFCON action
Saints duo can qualify for the knockout stage with wins today.
Boufal involved in Morocco win
Morocco edge past Namibia in AFCON group stage opener.
Djenepo and Boufal AFCON guide
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Sofiane Boufal Saints HistoryLast updated 03 Jul 2020
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Sofiane Boufal BiographyLast updated 04 Nov 2019
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.
During his debut campaign for the club the Tunisian played 30 games across all competition, contributing with two goals; the noteworthy one being the winner in the fourth round of the League Cup at home to Sunderland, which won Saints’ Goal of the Season award.
This knack for award-worthy goals continued into the next campaign with his winner at home to West Bromwich Albion in October 2017.
The winger, having come on as a substitute in the 80th minute, picked up the ball inside his own half, beat six opposition players and slotted past the keeper to ensure a 1-0 win (and the 2017/18 Premier League Goal of the Season award).
Celta Vigo Loan
Boufal played his football in La Liga during the 2018/19 season, joining Celta Vigo in July 2018.
Playing 35 games, scoring three goals and registering four assists, the Tunisian certainly made the most of his time in Europe.
He was recalled by Saints for the 2019/20 season, and heavily featured in the featured in the opening stages of the season; missing only two games and notching two assists.