Breathtaking speed and a fabulous right foot have made Jefferson Farfan one of the most feared wingers both in the Bundesliga and abroad in recent years.
Born in the Peruvian capital of Lima on 26 October 1984, Jefferson Agustin Farfan Guadalupe's first taste of football came with local side Club Deportivo Municipal, where he played for four seasons before leaving in 1998 to join the more established Allianza Lima.
After helping Lima to consecutive League titles and debuting for the Peru national team, he was scouted by legendary Dutch coach Guus Hiddink and brought to PSV Eindhoven. Hiddink's faith in the precocious 20-year-old was immediately repaid as Farfan helped the club reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League in 2005.
After 159 appearances and 61 goals in the Netherlands, he was soon on the move again, this time to Germany and FC Schalke 04. Since arriving in Gelsenkirchen he has thrilled the Royal Blues fans with his pace, trickery and measured free-kicks. A second run to the Champions League last four in 2011 further showcased his talent and earned him a new four-year deal with Schalke in March 2012.
Royal Blue from Peru
The deal helped Farfan to kick on, his electrifying speed and eye for goal propelled Schalke to fourth place and subsequent Champions League qualification. Despite summer 2013 bringing in plenty of new attackers at the Royal-Blues, there was one man who wouldn't relinquish his place on the right flank: Farfan, who began 2013/14 as he meant to go on, with goals.