Jefferson Farfán

Jefferson Farfán
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Farfán training with Peru at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full nameJefferson Agustín Farfán Guadalupe
Date of birth (1984-10-26) 26 October 1984 (age 34)
Place of birthLima, Peru
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing positionForward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Lokomotiv Moscow
Youth career
1993–1998Deportivo Municipal
1998–2001Alianza Lima[2]
Senior career*
2001–2004Alianza Lima77(28)
2008–2015Schalke 04170(39)
2015–2016Al Jazira12(4)
2017–Lokomotiv Moscow40(14)
National team
2001Peru U-173(4)
2001Peru U-184(3)
2003Peru U-207(1)
2004Peru U-234(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 November 2018

Jefferson Agustín Farfán Guadalupe (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈɟʝefeɾsom faɾˈfan]; born 26 October 1984) is a Peruvian professional footballer who mainly plays as a forward or winger for Lokomotiv Moscow and the Peruvian national football team.[3]

Commonly known as Farfán or the nickname Foquita (Spanish for Little Seal),[4] he is known for his speed and technical ability and was one of the best providers of assists during his time in the Bundesliga.[3]

Club career

Alianza Lima

Farfán began his professional career with Alianza Lima of Peru, with whom he signed in 2001. Although he made some appearances on the first-team in 2001, Farfán only began to break through in 2002, becoming an impact player and helping Alianza win the Peruvian championship in 2003. In his final season with the club in 2004, Farfán scored 14 goals, helping the club to another Peruvian championship.

Jefferson Farfán in 2005

PSV Eindhoven

Following that season he was purchased by Dutch club PSV Eindhoven after being scouted by Guus Hiddink, for a reported 2 million Euro transfer fee.

FC Schalke 04

On 5 June 2008, it was reported that PSV had reached an agreement with German side Schalke 04 over the transfer of Farfán for around €10 million.[5] On 10 June 2008, the club officially confirmed the transfer of Farfán on a four-year contract.[6] On 28 April 2012, Schalke announced that Farfán had signed a contract extension, which would keep him at S04 until 30 June 2016.[7]

Al Jazira Club

On 20 July 2015, after seven years at the club, Schalke confirmed that Farfán had joined Al Jazira Club for a reported fee of €6 million on a three-year deal, where he could earn up to €10 million a year.[8]

Farfán left the club on 19 October 2016, because the club did not respect all the clauses in his contract.[9]

Lokomotiv Moscow

On 28 January 2017, he signed with the Russian Premier League side FC Lokomotiv Moscow.[10] The Russian team announced his signing after an irregular 2016, where he even was inactive for a hundred days after finishing in October 2016 a millionaire contract with Al Jazira. After 6 months of recovery, Farfán had a good season making goals that allowed his team to get the national title after 14 years.[11]

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