Mahmoud El-Gohary

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Mahmoud El-Gohary
Personal information
Date of birth (1938-02-20)February 20, 1938
Place of birth Cairo, Egypt
Date of death September 3, 2012(2012-09-03) (aged 74)
Place of death Amman, Jordan
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1961 Al Ahly
National team
1958–1961 Egypt
Teams managed
1965–1977 Al Ahly (assistant)
1977–1981 Al-Ittihad (assistant)
1981–1982 Al-Ittihad
1982–1984 Al Ahly
1984–1985 Al-Sharjah
1985–1986 Al Ahly
1986–1988 Al-Ahli Jeddah
1988–1990 Egypt
1991–1993 Al Ahly
1993–1994 Zamalek SC
1995–1996 Al-Wahda
1996–1997 Oman
1997–2001 Egypt
2001–2007 Jordan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mahmoud El-Gohary (Arabic: محمود الجوهري‎) (February 20, 1938 – September 3, 2012) was an Egyptian football coach and player. He is the first and one of two people, along with Nigeria's Stephen Keshi, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach.


El-Gohary is one of the most important figures in the history of Egyptian and African football, and is considered by many as the best Egyptian football coach ever.[citation needed] He was the top scorer of the 1959 edition of the African Cup of Nations, which was won by Egypt. He was the manager of the Egyptian national team from 1988 to 1990 and from 1997 to 2001.

He steered Egypt to the 1990 World Cup finals, after a 56-year absence from the tournament. In the first round, they managed to draw with the Netherlands and Ireland, before a 1–0 defeat by England eliminated them. In the wake of the Ireland game, there ensued a brief war of words between El-Gohary and Ireland's manager Jack Charlton, who sharply criticised Egypt for their time-wasting and negative tactics.

Under the leadership of El-Gohary, the Jordan national team was able to qualify for their first AFC Asian Cup tournament, in China 2004, and helped Jordan reached the quarterfinals of the tournament, but failed to qualify for the semifinals after losing to Japan in a penalty shoot-out after the match had ended with extra halves resulting 1-1. But thanks to El-Gohary, the Jordan team reached its highest FIFA world ranking, which was 37th place in 2004 Just like Serbian Branko, El-Gohary also helped Jordan achieve great match results in FIFA World Cup qualifications for 2006 in Jordan's first round, but also failed to help Jordan qualify. In the WAFF championship tournaments of 2004 and 2007, El-Gohary helped Jordan win third place in 2004 and helped Jordan reach the semifinals in 2007. After coaching Jordan for five out of six matches in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification, El-Gohary retired as a football coach, the Portuguese Nelo Vingada took over as head coach of Jordan but was not able to help Jordan qualify for the 2007 Asian Cup.

After he retired as a football coach, he became a board member of the Jordan Football Association working as the technical advisor.

He died on 3 September 2012 in Amman, Jordan.[1]


As a player[edit]

National team

  • 1959 African Cup of Nations winner
  • Top scorer of 2nd African Cup Of Nations (Egypt 1959)
  • He is the first one of two people who have won the African Cup of Nations both as a player and as a coach, the second being Stephen Keshi

For Ahly

  • 6 Egyptian leagues: 1955–1956–1957–1958–1960–1961
  • 2 Egyptian cups: 1955/56–1960/61

As a coach[edit]

Egypt national team

For Ahly (Egypt)

For Zamalek (Egypt)

  • African Champions League (1): 1993
  • African Super Cup (1): 1994

For Al-Wehda (UAE):

  • 1 United Arab Emirates Cup, 1996

Jordan national team


  • Three times Best Arab Coach Winner 1989–93–98
  • Chosen by FIFA among the best 20 coaches of the year 1998
  • Best African coach 1998 Winner by Football Afrique


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