Sofiane Boufal Feed
A disappointing night for Saints' internationals
Bednarek features in Euro 2020 qualifier.
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
A guide to Saints' African representatives at this summer's tournament in Egypt.
Djenepo in international action
Mali play final warm-up clash before Africa Cup of Nations.
Loan Watch: Hesketh celebrates promotion with MK Dons
Three Saints enjoy three wins.
Loan Watch: Big weekends for Boufal, Clasie and Hesketh
Read up on the progress of Saints' loanees on an important weekend across Europe.
Loan Watch: Wins for Boufal and Clasie
A pair of three-goal wins in Spain and the Netherlands headline this week’s loan watch.
Loan Watch: Hesketh's MK Dons move third
The Dons enter League Two's automatic promotion spots.
Loan Watch: Hesketh’s MK Dons win fifth in a row
A comprehensive round-up of the weekend’s action for Saints’ loanees.
Loan Watch: Clasie involved in Feyenoord victory
A round-up of how Southampton's loanees fared over the weekend.
Loan Watch: Hesketh involved in Dons win
Back-to-back wins for Southampton's loanee forward.
Loan Watch: Jake Hesketh nets stunner for MK Dons
Midfielder scores brilliant curler in home defeat to Swindon.
Loan Watch: Reed helps Rovers to Hull success
Saints midfielder gets a goal and an assist at Ewood Park.
Loan Watch: Three in a row for Reed's Rovers
Blackburn's play-off push continues with win over Ipswich.
Loan Watch: Back-to-back wins for Reed’s Blackburn
Harrison Reed features for the full 90 as Rovers win at Millwall.
Loan Watch: Important win for Jones’s St Mirren
Alfie Jones stars as St Mirren secure crucial Scottish Premiership win.
Loan Watch: Reed and Sims register assists in Championship action
Read up on the latest from Saints' loanees.
Loan Watch: Jones nets first senior goal
Defender scores landmark goal but St Mirren beaten at Livingston.
Sofiane Boufal Saints HistoryLast updated 16 Sep 2019
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Sofiane Boufal BiographyLast updated 30 Jul 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.