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#Brazinga2014: Player Profile - Algeria's Sofiane Feghouli

Sunday, 22 June 2014 - 11:56pm IST | Agency: AFP

Country: Algeria
Date of birth: 1989-12-26
Birthplace: Levallois-Perret (France)
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 71.0 kg

At 24 Valencia's attacking midfielder Sofiane Feghouli is about to take part in his first World Cup with Algeria, who have come to depend on his work rate, mazy runs, fast thinking and killer passes. Born in the Paris suburbs he played for France as a junior before opting for Algeria in 2011. He didn't actually play for them until February 2012 and scored his first international goal in a 2-1 win over Gambia. Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic has made Feghouli a cornerstone of his exciting new Algeria side and he returned the favor with three goals in the qualifiers. His career began at Alpine outfit Grenoble before an eyebrow raising switch to Spain's Valencia where he used his full range of skills on and off the pitch to work his way into the reckoning there.

Career Data

Position: Midfielder
Clubs: Grenoble (Fra/2008-2010),  Valencia (Esp/since 2010), Almeria (Esp/loan 2011), Valencia (Esp/since 2011)
International appearances: 18
Goals: 5
International debut: 29/02/2012, Gambia-Algeria (1-2)
Last international appearance: 31/05/2014, Algeria-Armenia (3-1)

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