Sofiane Feghouli - Career

Career

Sofiane Feghouli began his career with Grenoble, after French team Paris Saint-Germain declined to sign him after a trial. For the latter portion of the 2006/07 season, he was promoted to the first-team squad and given the number 33 shirt. He made his highly anticipated debut, at the age of 17, for the club on 27 April 2007 in a Ligue 2 match against Reims, appearing as a substitute. Grenoble won the match 1–0. He made two more appearances that season, including his first start on the final match day of the season against Montpellier. Montpellier won the match 1–0 with Sofiane playing 56 minutes before being subbed out. Following the season, he signed his first professional contract with Grenoble, keeping him with the side until 2010.

The following season, he was handed the first-team number 8 and, despite being 17 years of age, was given a more important role in the squad. Despite having the pressure of being labeled the "new Zidane", his contribution to the squad was successful, appearing in 26 matches and scoring 3 goals, helping Grenoble achieve promotion to Ligue 1. His first career goal was against the club he made his debut against, Reims in a 4–3 victory.

Feghouli's first season in Ligue 1 was stable as he entered the season as a starter. He started in 16 of the club's first 17 matches before being relegated to a substitute's role in December and the early part of January. He returned to the first eleven in mid-January and remained in the squad until 11 April 2009 following a 1–4 defeat to Marseille, in which Feghouli suffered an extensive injury requiring him to miss the rest of the season.

Feghouli returned for the 2009–10 season, making his debut on 29 August in an 0–1 defeat to Rhône-Alpes rivals Saint-Étienne. After appearing in five more matches, it was discovered by Grenoble officials that Feghouli had torn the meniscus in his right knee. The knee was successfully operated on in October. Following the surgery, Grenoble officials, most notably CEO Pierre Wantiez, were extremely critical of the player. Wantiez questioned Feghouli's long delay in returning to the team and the player's motives regarding a transfer as Feghouli would be out of contract in the summer and was already talking to several clubs, most notably Spanish club Valencia. Wantiez attributed Feghouli's recent moves to "bad advice" from the player's agent.

On 20 May 2010, Feghouli completed his move to Valencia, signing a four-year contract with the club.

In the 2011–2012 season, his second year at Valencia, he scored six goals: twice against Getafe, once against Villarreal, Sporting Gijon, Granada and Real Betis.

His performances in 2012 earned him two Algerian player of the year awards, Le Buteur's Algerian Ballon d'Or and the DZFoot d'Or. Feghouli recently signed a contract extension that will keep him at Valencia till 2016.

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