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Football/Algeria/Sofiane Feghouli : A diamond for the Fennecs

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The native of Paris impressed his teammates, his opponents and even his coach Vahid Halilhodzic who has already seen talented players his career as player (Nantes, Paris SG), coach (SG Paris, Lille) and national team coach ( Cote d’Ivoire) in such a way that the technician Franco-Bosnian, who does not generally praise people, could not stay quite but specially comment on the performance of his new favourite: “I knew he was a great player, he told the press a few hours after the match in Banjul, I proved it to me today, whereas I have put in a different position in order to ensure a permanent connection with the attack. Although it is used to other tasks, he fulfilled his role properly. “A clear and proper way of showcasing the diamond. On its part, the Algerian press has for once been unanimous about the performance of the former player of Grenoble. He was greatly appreciated and Feghouli has already considered the blue-eyed boy both by the journalists and the hard to please public of Algeria. It must be said that the young Sofiane (22 years) had already won the favour of everyone with his last performance with Valencia FC in La Liga and Champions League. His goals, particularly the one scored against Getafe, three weeks ago, made the news and were continuously shown on specialized websites. The player has some how become the best flag bearer of the Algerian football at the highest level. He is, since the short-lived stay in Valencia FC of Rabah Madjer in the 80s, the first player Algerian to play in a great Spanish club. Los Murcielagos is indeed, in the hierarchy of the Liga, a step below the Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Against Gambia on a bumpy field and unworthy for the practice of high-level football, in a hostile and completely new environment for the inhabitant of Île-de-France – it was his first match on African soil – Sofiane in fact shown a surprising serenity and practiced his game made up of subtle deviations, efficient dribbling, accurate passes and a great vision of the game. He also ran a lot to ensure the link with the strikers, caused the mistakes of the opponent and never hesitated to go receive balls so close to his keeper M’Bolhi. He also tried things that allowed him to score the winning goal with a heavy shot from the 16 meters. Admittedly, this is only the first match against the modest team of Gambia, but a sixth sense leads us to say that the team of Algeria has undoubtedly found the player of international level that it was lacking these last two decades . It is clear that the Valencian has largely relegated the old main player, Karim Ziani and could sign a long contract with the Fennecs. The Fennecs have probably found a heir of the legendary Lakhdar Belloumi, the master planner in the eighties. Sofiane Feghouli comes to seriously reinforce offensive and creative potential of the Fennecs who have in addition the very talented midfielder of Sochaux, Ryad Boudebouz. Profile Born on December 26, 1989 in Levallois-Perret, Paris, France 1m79, 71 kg Post: offensive midfielder Current club: Valencia (Spain) Algerian international: 1st selection: February 29, 2012 (2 Algeria 1 Gambia)

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