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St. Pauli exercises option on Fafa Picault


After enjoying a solid season in 2.Bundesliga, American Fafa Picault will extend his stay in Germany.

FC St. Pauli announced on Friday that the club has picked up a player option for the 25-year old forward, keeping Picault with the club until 2018.

Picault joined St. Pauli in the summer of 2015 after an unsuccessful stint with Czech side Sparta Prague, where he made one first-team appearance across all competitions.

“Fafa is a very fast striker who is an uncomfortable opponent with his playing style,” said head coach Ewald Lienen. “He can be used on the outer track and at the center. Despite his size, he is a good header of the ball. In recent games in which he played in the middle, he has also proven his goalscoring ability. ”

Since joining the German side, Picault has notched four goals and an assist in league competition. The New York City-native has made 14 appearances for St. Pauli, including five starts for the club.

Picault began his professional career with NASL side Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2012, before excelling with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers two years later.


    • I believe he only ever played in Cagliari’s youth system never for their senior team so he was only an amateur in Italy.

  1. Joe Gyau was with St. Pauli for a bit, not sure if it was a loan deal from BVB or it was his starting block, but he had a lot of success and broke onto the scene from there. Seems like similar playing styles as well. Here’s to hoping that Fafa AND Joe find a way onto the team.

  2. Does anyone on here know much about the Czech league?? (I’m sure the response will be crickets) Just crazy to me that the couldn’t get any PT in that league, but then is doing well in the Bundesliga 2.
    Anyway, as a fellow New Yorker, congrats maiiiin!

    • it comes down to fit, style and player/coach preferences. Essentially, if a coach does not want to play you, you will not see the field, unless you are WORLDS apart from other players on the team (which is rare in professional soccer). Additionally, if your style does not mesh with the team’s style you will suck or be out of place on the field. It could also be personal comfort with the culture/lifestyle etc. Although, Prague is fun city with beautiful, approachable women.

      In terms of Sparta Prague, I don’t watch the Czech league (even though I have been to Prague 🙂 ), but Sparta was known to be a feeder to bigger leagues (I know of players that ended up in the Bundesliga). However, The Czezh league is one team league if there ever was one. It is Sparta then everyone else (although some teams have started to challenge recently). Don’t bring up Ligue 1 because that is a MUCH higher level of competition.

    • Sparta Prauge is by far the best team in the Czech league and participate Europa league as far as I’m aware. That could be part of the reason he wasn’t able to find a spot in the team

    • I looked them up and it looks like Sparta beat Lazio in the round of 16 for the Europa league and are currently in the quarterfinals playing Villareal. They’re no scrubs by any means.


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