Adam El-Abd

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Adam El-Abd
Adam El-Abd.jpg
El-Abd in 2011
Personal information
Full name Adam Mohamad El-Abd[1]
Date of birth (1984-09-11) 11 September 1984 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Brighton, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Bury (on loan from Bristol City)
Number 5
Youth career
1994–2003 Brighton & Hove Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2014 Brighton & Hove Albion 300 (5)
2003 Bognor Regis Town (loan) 2 (0)
2014– Bristol City 14 (0)
2014- Bury (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2012–2013 Egypt 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:52, 19 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:34, 10 September 2013 (UTC)

Adam Mohamad El-Abd (born 11 September 1984) is a professional footballer who plays for Bury on loan from Bristol City and the Egypt national team as a defender. El-Abd previously played for Brighton & Hove Albion for 11 years.

Early and personal life[edit]

Born in Brighton, East Sussex,[1] to an Egyptian father and a British mother, El-Abd holds dual-nationality. His older brother Joe plays professional Rugby Union and is currently playing for Oyonnax in France. His younger brother Sami was an apprentice at Brighton, before moving to non-league football with Crawley Town, Hayes & Yeading, and currently Whitehawk.

Club career[edit]

El-Abd joined Brighton's youth department when he was ten and was granted a scholarship there at 16. He signed his first professional contract of two-and-a-half years with Brighton & Hove Albion at the age of 19. He made his full league début for the club in the 2-1 win at Notts County in November 2003. He has since been a regular in the first team squad and can play either in defence at right-back or centre-half, or in a more defensive midfield type role.

During the game at Huddersfield Town on 18 March 2008, El-Abd was stretchered off with medial collateral ligament damage and ruled out for the remainder of the season.[2]

In November El-Abd made his 250th appearance for the club in a 0-0 draw at Southampton.

On 5 June 2008, it was revealed that El-Abd had signed a new two-year deal with Brighton.[3]

El-Abd won the Brighton & Hove Albion Player of the Season award for their League One winning 2010/2011 campaign.

El-Abd hit the milestone of 250 league appearances for Brighton and Hove Albion on 7 March 2012, named Man of the Match for that game, a 2-2 draw with Cardiff City. El-Abd made his 300th and final league appearance for Brighton coming on as a 90th minute substitute against Birmingham City on 11 January 2014.

On 16 January 2014, El-Abd transferred to League One club Bristol City. El-Abd has signed a three-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee.[4]

International career[edit]

El-Abd stated in a 2005 interview with that he intends to play for the Egyptian national side if he gets the call.[5]

On 15 May 2012, and for the first time, Egypt national team coach Bob Bradley included El-Abd in the squad for friendly games against Cameroon, Togo, and Senegal, and also against Mozambique in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 136. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ Ligament damage following Huddersfield match, March 2008: from an article at the website. Retrieved on March 4, 2008
  3. ^ El-Abd Signs New Deal Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., 5 June 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2008
  4. ^ "El-Abd leaves Albion". The Argus. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "El-Abd Walks Like an Egyptian!": an interview at the website. Retrieved on March 4, 2008.
  6. ^ "Brighton's Adam El-Abd included in Egypt's squad". Retrieved on May 15, 2012.

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