Mohamed Barakat

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Mohamed Barakat
Personal information
Full name Mohamed Barakat Ahmed Bastamy
Date of birth (1976-09-07) 7 September 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Cairo, Egypt
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Right-midfield
Attacking-midfield
Deep-lying forward
Youth career
Al-Sekka Al-Hadid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Al-Sekka Al-Hadid 21 (8)
1998–2002 Ismaily 14 (3)
2002–2003 Arabi (Qatar) 13 (3)
2003–2004 Ahly Jeddah 21 (3)
2004–2013 Al-Ahly 173 (34)
Total 242 (51)
National team
2002–2009 Egypt 70 (90)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mohamed Barakat (Arabic: محمد بركات‎; born 20 November 1976) is a retired Egyptian footballer. Barakat played the offensive right wing for Egypt's Al-Ahly and the Egyptian National Team. He is a right-footed attacking midfielder and playmaker. He is considered by many as one of the most talented players in Africa. Barakat's hallmarks are surging runs from midfield which often disrupt opposing defenses as well as a box-to-box work ethic which makes him an important figure both in defense and attack. Thanks to his noticeable achievements and talent, his fans have given him the nickname "Blessings , The Mercurial" (Arabic: بركات الزئبقي‎) . He reached his peak in 2005 and 2006, helping his club Al-Ahly to win the CAF Champions League 2005 and CAF Champions League 2006 and Egypt win their fifth African Cup of Nations Egypt 2006. However, in 2006 his career was marred by a long spell of injuries.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Barakat began his career at unheralded Sekka but really found his feet when he joined Al-Ismaily – just about the only club in Egypt with the ability to stand up to the 'big boys' of Al-Ahly and Zamalek.

In the Persian Gulf Area[edit]

The 2002 Egyptian Footballer of the Year has joined Alarabi in Qatar and then Ahly Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. He helped the later win 2003 Arab Club Championship. Barakat scored twice in that tournament; one of them was the Final winner.

Al Ahly[edit]

Barakat returned to Egypt in 2004 to join Al Ahly. Some have commented that the combination with Mohamed Aboutrika and Emad Moteab formed the most formidable triangle in African Soccer, and they were given the moniker of "The Bermuda Triangle".

Mohamed Barakat won the BBC African Footballer of 2005 award ahead of Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o and Obafemi Martins of Nigeria.[1] More than 15,000 voted for him. He was also named the best player in Africa's continental club competition by the African Football Association for the same year, as he scored 7 goals in the CAF Champions League 2005. Barakat started the season of 2013 with some bad performances but,After sometime he got back to his perfect form and scored in the CAF Super Cup 2013 the winning goal which lead AL Ahly to win the cup. after he played a match against benzarty match in CAF Champions League 2013 and scored a goal from a penalty, he also made an assist to Emad Meteb.two weeks later there were rumors of his retirement and barakat admitted he was thinking of retiring because he is thirty seven years old after with two days barakat scored two goals against Enpii in the Egyptian league from a penalty and a shot.People all thought and said Barakat still has one or two seasons ahead after that amazing performance and goals and that he looked like he was eighteen while playing even though he is thirty seven, but unfortunately three weeks after, Barakat announced that he was going to retire at the end of this season, putting an end to the career.

Retirement[edit]

After the Port Said Stadium clashes, on 1 February 2012, Barakat decided to retire from professional football, along with Emad Motaeb and Mohamed Aboutrika. However, he reversed his decision and returned to Al Ahly once again.[2]

International career[edit]

Barakat made his debut for the Pharaohs in June 2000 against South Korea. He played 4 matches in 2002 African Cup of Nations and all Egypt's matches in 2006 Africa Cup of Nations. Barakat ended his international career on 18 November 2009 after his dream to reach the 2010 FIFA World Cup was crashed by Algeria that won 1–0, he told the press about that discussion on 11 August 2010.

International goals[edit]

Source: [3]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 11 Mar 2001 Egypt  Algeria 5–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification 1
2 24 Apr 2001 Egypt  Canada 3–0 Friendly 1
3 13 July 2001 Egypt  Namibia 8–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification 2
5 8 Aug 2002 Egypt  Ethiopia 4–1 Friendly 1
6 23 Aug 2002 Egypt  Sudan 3–0 Friendly 2
8 25 Jan 2004 Stade Taïeb Mhiri, Sfax, Tunisia  Zimbabwe 2–1 2004 African Cup of Nations 1
9 5 Nov 2009 Egypt  Tanzania 5–1 Friendly 1

International caps full list[edit]

Source: [3]

Honours[edit]

Egyptian National Team[edit]

Ismaily[edit]

Ahly Jaddah[edit]

Al Ahly[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Egyptian Barakat wins BBC award ", BBC , 6 January 2006 .Retrieved on 4 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Egypt football riots: three Egypt internationals retire after mass deaths in stadium riot". The Telegraph. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Said, Tarek "Barakat's international caps & goals", Egyptian Football.net. Retrieved on 2 May 2010

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