These players are representing and keeping our heads high in foreign lands.
Whether or not you’re into football, or as it’s called in ‘Murica, “soc-ball” (we’re kidding, Americans don’t even think about soccer) you’re bound to feel some pride knowing that some of your Egyptian brothers (but not your sisters) are playing in the world's biggest football clubs. We've taken it upon ourselves to put together this list of the most predominant Egyptian footballers abroad.
Mohamed Salah - AS Roma
Probably the most popular player on the list, 24-year-old Mohamed Salah Ghaly was born in Basyoun, Egypt. Most recently, he’s been playing as a midfielder for AS Roma, or just 'Roma' as your friend who’s actually a football fan would call it, but has signed a deal to play with Liverpool. Sounds familiar? Yeah, we don’t know what that is, either, but it sounds like a big deal. So big, in fact, that the deal is said to be a £90,000-a-week contract. His other skills include appearing in commercials for big soda companies.
Mohamed Elneny - Arsenal
Hailing from El-Mahalla El-Kubra, Mohamed Naser Elsayed Elneny is a 24-year-old midfielder playing in the English club Arsenal. You know, that team British people in the movies keep screaming about "AHR-SAYH-NELL!". Yeah, that team... Before Arsenal, he played in Al Ahly and El Mokawloon SC.
Ahmed Elmohamady - Hull City
29-year-old Ahmed Eissa El Mohamady Abdel Fattah was born in, Basyoun, El Gharbia, Egypt (maybe there's something is in the water there), and he’s, surprise surprise, also a midfielder, but this time for the English team Hull City. He also played for Sunderland and ENPPI (or ENBEE as we say here on these Egyptian streets).
Ramadan Sobhi - Stoke City
The 20-year-old known as Ramadona (not Ra-Madonna, unfortunately), was born Ramadan Sobhi and in Cairo. He’s unique in the list so far because he’s not a midfielder, but a striker for the English team Stoke City after playing in Al Ahly.
Karim Hafez - Lens
21-year-old Karim Hafez Ramadan (no nickname here) was born in Cairo and currently plays defense for the French club Lens, where he’s on loan from Belgian club Lierse. As a bonus, because we’re cool like that, Lierse’s chairman is also an Egyptian called Maged Samy, owner of Wadi Degla, another club Hafez played for.
Taher Mohamed - Le Havre
The 20-year-old Egyptian Taher Mohamed Ahmed Taher Mohamed (actual name, loop unintentional) plays for French club Le Havre on loan (now we’re wondering if there’re any loan sharks in the football business) from the club El Mokawloon. He's also played in the Egyptian national under-20 team as a midfielder.
Amr Warda - PAOK FC
Born in Alexandria, Amr Medhat Warda is a 23-year-old and yet another midfielder, but this time for the Greek Club PAOK. We would write the club’s whole name, but we’re afraid we’ll have you just quit the internet and take up book-binding instead.
Ahmed Hassan Mahgoub - S.C. Braga
Ahmed Hassan Mahgoub is a 24-year old born in Cairo who plays as a striker in the Portuguese club Braga. He plays as a striker, and, more importantly, has the nickname 'Koka'.
Ahmed Sayed - Nacional
Ahmed Sayed is a 21-year-old Egyptian midfielder playing for the Portuguese club Nacional, on loan from Lierse. His favourite hobbies include not having much online for us to write on. But at least his nickname Zizo is enough to keep you reading on. He played for the JMG Academy, the training company established by and named after football player Jean-Marc Guillou.