Monday, September 04, 2006


Mohamed abd el wahab
Born in July 13, 1983 – August 31, 2006 was an Egyptian footballer, playing in defence, who was an important part of the Egyptian squad that won the 2006 African Nations Cup. He died during training with his club Al Ahly on 31 August 2006.
Early life and career:
Mohamed Abdelwahab was born in the rural town of Al Fayyum. He began his professional career with Aluminum club and whilst there caught the eye of then national youth team coach Hassan Shehata, who included him in his squad. He went on to be part of the Egyptian youth team that won the 2003 African Cup of Nations in Mali.
His excellent form in the World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates encouraged UAE side Al-Zafra to sign him on a four-year-contract. However, he did not make any appearances at Al-Zafra and spent his first year on-loan to ENPPI. Whilst there he was called up to the Egyptian national team by Italian coach Marco Tardelli. Abdelwahab scored on his debut in the national team's opening 2006 World Cup qualifier against Sudan.
He then joined Al Ahly on a two-year loan but failed to secure a staring place in his first season with the club since coach Manuel Jose depended mainly on Angolan international Gilberto. His break came in the 2005 African Champions League final against Etoile Sahel of Tunisia when Gilberto left the pitch injured after ten minutes. Abdelwahab was brought on and went on to set-up Osama Hosni for Al-Ahly's second goal in the 3-0 win that saw the club crowned African champions.
Abdelwahab became a pivotal member of Hassan Shehata's national squad and helped Egypt win the 2006 African Cup of Nations on home soil by scoring the second penalty in the penalty shootout against Côte d'Ivoire. His steady performances helped Al Ahly secure their second local title, the Egyptian Cup and African Super Cup in the same season.
Ahly then moved to land the player on permanent basis from Al-Zafra who turned down the offer. However, a clause in the player's contract with the UAE side allowed him to annul it and sign for Ahly, triggering a tug-of-war between Ahly and Al-Zafra and leaving the player inactive for the entire summer, causing him to lose his place in the national side. FIFA had still not determined the outcome of the disagreement when he died on August 31, 2006.
Abdelwahab collapsed during Ahly's morning training session on 31 August 2006. He was rushed to 'Egypt International Hospital' in Dokki, Cairo, but the 23-year-old winger passed away before he could be revived. National coach Hassan Shehata and the players will travel to Abdelwahab's hometown, Al Fayyum, to attend the funeral proceedings.

Sunday, September 03, 2006


Amr Zaki

born 1983 is an Egyptian professional footballer currently registered as a player for Zamalek FC in Egypt.

Zaki is an adaptable striker who can play behind a front two or as a main forward, and he looks to have good energy, attitude, strength and technical ability. He can play short and long passes, gets into the six-yard box effectively and scored with a towering header to take Egypt into the final of the 2006 African Nations Cup, which they eventually won. Amr was the target of many egyptian and european clubs , clubs such as Zamalek , Ahly from Egypt Elain from UAE , Nantes the french outfit have showed interest in the young stiker , however his final decision was to start a russian adventure.

He started his career at Mansoura Club In Egypt before moving to Enppi where in 2006 he was top scorer. He impressed in the 2006 African Nations Cup and that alerted the attention o
f Lokomotiv Moscow who signed him for a reported $2 million. However, he did not play a single match for Lokomotiv.

But the young striker couldn't adapt the russian living so he took his choice to return to Egypt and played for zamallek and he is doing well uptill now scored 2 goals in 3 matches


Ahmed Hossam "Mido"

Born February 23, 1983 in Cairo, is an Egyptian footballer who is a striker and currently with Italian side AS Roma Mido is well known for his volatile temperament , strength in the air as well as his footballing prowess and his great team spirit . He was reported to be the highest ever paid Egyptian professional and in 2002 Mido was named African Youth Player of the Year. He made his first full international appearance against the UAE scoring Egypt's first goal in a 2-1 victory. Recently he established the "Mido Football Academy" which is recognised as a step in revolutionizing Egyptian football. At Ajax, he averaged a goal every other game, but clashed with coach Ronald Koeman and reportedly threw a pair of scissors at fellow Ajax striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after an argument. He has earned 43 caps for Egypt, but lost his place in the national team after a bitter falling-out in 2004 with then-coach Marco Tardelli. He claimed to be unavailable for the national team due to an injury, but played in a friendly match with Roma 24 hours later. Tardelli immediately dropped him, and the national federation announced that he would not play again for the team. In January 2005, Mido was signed by Tottenham Hotspur on an 18-month loan deal. He scored two goals on his Spurs debut and continued to improve in the following months, proving to be well-suited for the Premiership. In the 2005-2006 season, he scored 14 goals in 28 games. By this time Tardelli had been sacked as Egypt coach, and the federation signaled that they would consider a return by Mido if he were willing to apologise for his past behaviour. In February, while his new teammates were playing in an FA Cup tie for which he was ineligible, Mido flew to Cairo and made a public apology. The following month, he was recalled to the national team. On February 8, 2006, it was announced that Mido had been thrown out of the Egypt team as a consequence of an argument with coach Hassan Shehata in which it was falsely rumored that he called his manager a 'donkey' (interpreted as an "idiot" or an "ass") during the African Cup of Nations. The argument had started after Mido reacted badly to being substituted in the semi-final game against Senegal. The Egyptian Football Association subsequently ruled Mido out of the international team for six months. Mido later apologised to the coach and his teammates who went on to win the cup by beating Cote d'Ivoire 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out in the final. Mido ended the 2005-06 Premiership season as Tottenham's second-highest goalscorer with 14 goals. He also established a great following at the club. He also expressed that he did not wish to return to Roma, but rather sign permanently with Tottenham. On February 18, 2006, Tottenham manager, Martin Jol declared that the club were confident of signing Mido on a permanent basis due to his good performances. However in May of 2006 Tottenham signed Dimitar Berbatov for £10.9 million, and announced that they would not be signing Mido permanantly. It was rumoured that AS Roma rejected a £6.5 million bid from Blackburn Rovers F.C for Mido, as they were not willing to sell him at a price less than £8.1 millions. And although Mido has been linked to a move to Blackburn, Blackburn's signing three players, Benni McCarthy, Francis Jeffers, and Jason Roberts, all of whom are strikers, may indicate that they cooled off their interest in him. It should be noted that Luciano Spalletti was not in charge of Roma when Mido joined Tottenham Hotspur. According to Sky Sports, Luciano Spalletti is happy with Mido, describing him as being "physically good" and "good at heading", hinting that he may be a part of his plans for the next season.But lastly he moved to The Spurs for £12 million.