Essam El-Hadary

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Essam El-Hadary
Personal information
Full name Essam Kamal Tawfiq El-Hadary
Date of birth (1973-01-15) 15 January 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Damietta, Egypt
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Ismaily
Number 1
Youth career
1991–1993 Damietta Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Damietta Club 58 (0)
1996–2008 Al-Ahly 510 (1)
2008–2009 FC Sion 32 (0)
2009–2010 Ismaily 14 (0)
2010 Zamalek 4 (0)
2011–2013 Al-Merreikh 13 (0)
2012 Al Ittihad Al Sakandary (loan) 1 (0)
2013-2014 Wadi Degla FC 16 (0)
2014- Ismaily SC 0 (0)
National team
1996– Egypt 141 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 June 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 May 2014

Essam El-Hadary (Arabic: عصام الدين كمال توفيق الحضري‎; born 15 January 1973) is an Egyptian goalkeeper, playing for Egyptian Premier League club Ismaily and Egypt national football team.

He is regarded one of the best African goalkeepers of all time. In April 2012, Didier Drogba told Chelsea FC Magazine that he is the "best opponent" he has ever played against.[1]

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Swiss club FC Sion announced that they had signed El-Hadary on a four-year contract in February 2008, despite claims to the contrary from his club Al-Ahly.[2][3] El-Hadary was fined and suspended by Al-Ahly,[4] before world governing body FIFA stepped in to give permission for Sion to complete the deal.[5][6]

On 20 July 2009, it was announced that the Egyptian national team goalkeeper had joined Egyptian Premier League side Ismaily.[7]

On 1 July 2010, El Hadary signed for Zamalek SC, but he was later suspended for 4 months by FIFA for his earlier contract with FC Sion.[8]

In December 2010, he moved to Sudanese club Al-Merreikh.[9]

During the summer of 2011, Hadary received multiple offers from European clubs which made him express his wish to leave Merreikh. In August he went to try out for Hull City.[10] Al-Merreikh however did not let him go, having him signed for three years.[11] His representative Bryan Yeubrey has spoken of interest from other English clubs in El-Hadary.[12]

International career[edit]

El-Hadary represented Egypt 139 times, winning the African Cup of Nations four times with his country. He was chosen as the best goalkeeper in the 2006 African Cup of Nations, held in homeland Egypt and in the 2008 African Cup of Nations, held in Ghana and he was the best goalkeeper for the 2010 African Cup of Nations, held in Angola.[13]

In January 2013 his agent tweeted that El-Hadary had retired from international football after being benched for a run of games. He retires as the 23rd most capped international player in history and also the player with most African Cup of Nations titles. But he left his retirement and returned to play against Bosnia Herzegovina at March 5th 2014, winning 2-0.

Statistics[edit]

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 31 May 2014.[14]
Egypt national team
Year Apps Goals
1996 2 0
1997 9 0
1998 4 0
1999 6 0
2000 3 0
2001 6 0
2002 14 0
2003 3 0
2004 6 0
2005 5 0
2006 11 0
2007 9 0
2008 18 0
2009 16 0
2010 11 0
2011 2 0
2012 13 0
2013 1 0
2014 2 0
Total 141 0

Honours[edit]

Al-Ahly
Sion
Al-Merreikh
Egypt


Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Drogba: "El- Hadary best opponent"". Chelsea Official Twitter Page. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ahly fume over El-Hadary move". BBC Sport. 25 February 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sion unveil Egypt's El-Hadary". BBC Sport. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Battle for El Hadary continues". BBC Sport. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "El Hadary free to play for Sion". BBC Sport. 17 April 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Fifa takes El-Hadary decision". BBC Sport. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Ismaily conclude El-Hadary deal
  8. ^ "FIFA statement on Swiss Federal Court ruling". FIFA. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "El-Hadary joins Sudanese side Al-Merreikh". english.ahram.org.eg. 19 December 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Egypt goalkeeper El-Hadary joins Hull City on trial". english.ahram.org.eg. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Egypt's Essam El Hadary remains with Sudanese club El Merreikh". goal.com. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "El Hadary edges closer to Premier League as Newcastle and Wigan watch veteran keeper's amazing display". Daily Mail. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "El Hadary edges closer to Premier League as Newcastle and Wigan watch veteran keeper's amazing display". MailOnline. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Essam El-Hadary – Century of International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 

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