Sofiane Feghouli- Reminiscences of Zinedine Zidane!
Sofiane Feghouli is regarded as the greatest footballing talent to emerge from France since the iconic Zinedine Zidane. Feghouli is already attracting interest from clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid & Liverpool but seems determined to remain in France in the next couple of years.
Sofiane Feghouli currently plays for Grenoble Foot 38 in France's highest football division, Ligue 1. He primarily plays as an attacking midfielder and is more noted for creating goals than scoring them.
Sofiane Feghouli began his career with Grenoble Foot 38, after French giants Paris Saint-Germain decline 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 kit.
He made his highly anticipated debut, at the age of 17, for the club on April 27, 2007 in a Ligue 2 match against Stade 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 HSC. Montpellier won the match 1-0 with Sofiane playing just 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, Stade Reims in a 4-3 victory.
Sofiane is eligible for both Algeria and France. Sofiane has stated his preference is to play for France and has appeared on several France youth squads. On November 12, 2008, national team manager Raymond Domenech shortlisted the player for his pre-selection squad ahead of their friendly against Uruguay.Despite this, Algeria national team manager Rabah Saadane contacted Sofiane by telephone in an attempt to get the player to play for Algeria in their November 19 friendly against Mali. The team captain Yazid Mansouri contacted the player as well.
Sofiane is currently playing with the French under-21 squad. He made his debut for the side on September 9, 2008 against Bosnia and Herzegovina coming on as a substitute for Anthony Mounier. He is now an integral member of the under-21 and is already knocking on the doors of the french senior national team.