Hassan Shehata

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Hassan Shehata
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Personal information
Date of birth (1949-06-19) 19 June 1949 (age 65)
Place of birth Kafr El-Dawwar, Egypt
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Pre–1962 Kafr El Dawar
1962–1967 Zamalek
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1968 Zamalek (11)
1968–1971 Kazma
1971–1983 Zamalek (77)
National team
1972–1980 Egypt
Teams managed
1983–1985 Zamalek U-20
1985–1986 Zamalek (Assistant)
1986–1988 Al Wasl (Emirates)
1989–1990 Al-Merreikh (Sudan)
1990–1992 El Shourta
1992–1993 Ittihad Alexandria
1993–1994 El Shourta
1995–1996 Zamalek (Assistant)
1996–1997 El Minya
1997–1998 Sharqia
1998–1999 El Shams
1999 Al-Ahly Benghazi (Libya)
1999–2000 Suez
2001–2003 Egypt U20
2003–2004 El Mokawloon
2004–2011 Egypt
2011–2012 Zamalek
2012 Al-Arabi (Qatar)
2014– Difaâ El Jadidi
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Hassan Shehata (Egyptian Arabic: حسـن شحـاتة) (born 19 June 1949) is an Egyptian football coach and former player, He played In Zamalek FC and awarded as Best player in Asia 1970. as a Coach, He was the head coach Egyptian national team from 2004 to 2011 to become "the longest-serving coach in the Egyptian national team history". He led Egypt to three successive titles at the African Cup of Nations in the years 2006, 2008 and 2010 to become the first African nation to achieve this streak/record. And the Egyptian Team become 9th in FIFA World Rankings
in 2008 He was awarded as CAF Coach of the Year. and in 2010 become best African Coach ranking in IFFHS,[1] He selected in Top five African coaches.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Hassan Shehata was born on 19 June 1949 in Kafr El-Dawwar Egypt. He first began playing football when he was 10 years old leading him to join the Kafr el-Dawwar FC at a young age. After a brief period in Kafr el-Dawwar, Shehata then joined the Zamalek FC. In 1967 due to Six-Day War, the Egyptian Sports activities stopped and as such he was forced to travel to Kuwait. There, he joined the Kazma and later on the Al Arabi (Kuwait). In 1971 he returned to Zamalek until he retired in 1983.
He is Married and has one son and 2 daughters

Football career[edit]

Hassan Shehata in Zamalek in 70s
  • Played for Zamalek from 1967-1968 & 1971-1983
  • Played for Kazma (Kuwait) 1968-1971
  • Played for Al Arabi (Kuwait) During Asian Club Cup

Goalscoring statistics[edit]

  • Scored 10 goals for Egypt in African cups of nations
  • Scored 22 Goals for Zamalek in African Club Cups
  • Scored 88 Goals for Zamalek in Egyptian League (Twice top scorer)
  • Scored 22 Goals for Zamalek in Egyptian Cup

National team[edit]

Hassan Shehata in Kazma FC 1970

Coaching career[edit]

Club career summary[edit]

1983-1984 & 1984-1985 - Zamalek under 20 team (Won league)
1985/86 - Assistant first team coach of Zamalek
1986 to 1988 - Al Wasl FC (UAE)
1989/1990 - Mareekh club manager (Sudan)
1990/92 - Shourta club manager (Oman)
1992/93 - Ittihad club manager (Egypt)
1993/1994 - Shourta club manager (Oman)
1994/1995 - first team coach of Zamalek (worked with Taha Basry after Austerian Coach Alfred Riddle)
1996/97 - El-Menia club manager (Egypt) (promoted to first division)
1997/98 - El-Sharqeya club manager (Egypt) (promoted to first division)
1998/99 - El-Shams club manager then El-Suez club manager (Egypt) (promoted to first division)
2000/2001 - Dina farms club manager (Egypt)
2001/2003 - Egyptian U-20 Youth Team (won African Cup of Nations and reached the World Cup quarter-finals)
2003/2004 - Mekawleen club manager (Egypt) (won Egyptian cup, Egyptian super cup and promoted to first division)

Egyptian national team[edit]

Shehata with Egyptian Team in CAN 2008 final

In 2004, Shehata became Egyptian national team coach after the sacking of Italian coach Marco Tardelli.[4][5][6] In the 2006 African Cup of Nations, which was hosted by Egypt, he led the team to its first Cup of Nations in 8 years, defeating Côte d'Ivoire in the final.

During the African Cup semi-final against Senegal, Shehata had a serious row with Mido, when Mido reacted badly to being substituted.[7] Shehata was vindicated minutes later when Amr Zaki, the player replacing Mido, scored the winning goal and brought Egypt into the final. Shehata did allow Mido to accept his medal at the closing ceremonies of the African Cup of Nations, after Mido had made a public apology a few days before.[8]

Under Shehata, Egypt defended the trophy in both 2008 and 2010. However, Egypt narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, where the team lost a play-off against North African rival Algeria, after both teams were tied on points, goal difference and head-to-head records in the final group phase.

Egypt failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, finishing bottom of its qualifying group. Shehata resigned on 6 June 2011, after a 0-0 draw with South Africa national football team, because of disputes with the FA. Leaving he admitted he had turned down offers to coach Oman and Kuwait in the past years.


Honours as a player[edit]

For Zamalek

  • 1 Egyptian league title for Zamalek 1977/78
  • 3 Egyptian Cups for Zamalek 1974/75,1976/77,1978/79


  • 2 times Egyptian League top scorer (1976/77 & 1979/80)
  • 3rd best African footballer of the year 1974 (France Football)
  • Best Footballer in Asia 1970
  • Best Footballer in African Cup 1974
  • Best Footballer in Egypt 1976
  • Received Egyptian Merit of Sport 1980

Honours as a manager[edit]

For Egypt

For Arab Contractors


  • Promoted Menia, Sharquia & Suez to Division I in 3 successive seasons



Shehata nicknamed by fans while football career El Me'alem (Arabic: المعلم‎ English: The Teacher) and El-Embrator (Arabic: الإمبراطور‎ English: The Emperor)


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