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Mohamed Salah
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Salah playing for Chelsea in 2014
Personal information
Full name Mohamed Salah Ghaly[1]
Date of birth (1992-06-15) 15 June 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Basyoun, El Gharbia, Egypt
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Chelsea)
Number 74
Youth career
2006–2010 El Mokawloon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 El Mokawloon 41 (11)
2012–2014 Basel 47 (9)
2014– Chelsea 13 (2)
2015– Fiorentina (loan) 14 (6)
National team
2010–2011 Egypt U20 11 (3)
2011–2012 Egypt U23 11 (4)
2011– Egypt 36 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2015

Mohamed Salah Ghaly (Egyptian Arabic: مـحمـد صـلاح; born 15 June 1992) is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays for Italian club Fiorentina, on loan from English club Chelsea, and the Egypt national team as a winger.

As well as representing the Egyptian national team at an early age, he also participated in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2012 Summer Olympics. He won the Swiss Super League in his first season with Basel, and was awarded the CAF Most Promising African Talent of the Year in 2012.[3] In 2013, he was awarded the SAFP Golden Player award for being the best player in the Swiss Super League.[4]

Club career

El Mokawloon

Salah played his youth football with El Mokawloon. He played his debut in their senior team in the Egyptian Premier League being substituted in on 3 May 2010 in the 1–1 away draw against El Mansoura. During the 2010–11 season Salah advanced and became a regular in the team. He scored his first goal for them on 25 December 2010 during the 1–1 away draw against El Ahly. He remained a regular for El Mokawloon, appearing in every game of the 2011–12 season. However, following the Port Said Stadium disaster, early February 2012, the Egyptian Premier League stopped and all subsequent matches were postponed. On 10 March 2012, the Egyptian Football Association announced their decision to cancel the remainder of the season.[5]


2012–13 season

Salah playing for Basel away at Zenit St Petersburg in the UEFA Europa League in March 2013

Swiss Super League club Basel had been monitoring Salah for some time, and after the Port Said Stadium disaster the club organised a friendly match with the Egypt U-23 team. This match took place on 16 March in the Stadion Rankhof, in Basel, and despite Salah only playing during the second half, he scored twice. The game ended in a 4–3 win for the Egypt U-23 team.[6] Basel subsequently invited Salah to remain in the city for a week's training. On 10 April 2012, it was announced that Salah had signed for Basel on a four-year contract starting from 15 June 2012.[7][8]

Salah scored on his unofficial debut on 23 June 2012 against Steaua Bucureşti during a friendly match, a 4–2 defeat. He made his official Basel debut in a UEFA Champions League preliminary stage match against the Norwegian club Molde on 8 August, coming on as a substitute in the 74th minute. He made his league debut on 12 August against Thun, playing the full match. He scored his first league goal a week later, the second goal in the 2–0 home win against Lausanne. Salah scored his first Europa League goal in the quarter-finals on 11 April 2013, as Basel advanced to the semi-finals by beating Tottenham Hotspur 4–1 on penalties after a 4–4 aggregate draw.[9] In the semi-final on 2 May, Salah scored against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, although they were beaten 2–5 on aggregate.[10] Despite late disappointment in Europe, Basel comfortably won the Swiss Super League season 2012–13 Championship title[11] and finished runners-up in the Swiss Cup.[12]

2013–14 season

To the start of the 2013–14 Swiss Super League season Salah was member of the Basel team that won the 2013 Uhrencup.[13] Salah scored on his first league appearance against Aarau on 13 July 2013.[14]

He scored his first Champions League goal a month later against Maccabi Tel Aviv on 6 August 2013 in the third qualifying round.[15] Before the first leg on 30 July 2013, Salah did not take part in the UEFA-mandated pre-match handshakes with Maccabi players. Basel called the incident a "coincidence" and said it was not intended as a snub. Salah was on pressure from several Egyptian voices demanding from him not to travel to Israel and then criticizing his visit. On the return leg in Tel Aviv, he took part in the handshake line, but offered fist bumps rather than an open hand to Maccabi players.[16]

He scored twice against the Bulgarian league champions PFC Ludogorets Razgrad on 21 August 2013 in the play-off round.[17] On 18 September 2013, Salah scored the equalizer against Chelsea in the 2–1 away win during the group stage, During the return tie on 26 November at the St. Jakob-Park, Salah scored the winning goal as Basel beat Chelsea for the second time with a 1–0 home win.[18]


2013–14 season

Salah's 2013–14 shirt in Chelsea's dressing room

On 23 January 2014, Chelsea announced that a deal had been agreed with Basel to bring Salah to London for a fee reported to be in the region of £11 million.[19] On 26 January 2014, Chelsea announced they had completed the signing of Salah, making him the first Egyptian to sign for the Stamford Bridge club.[20] On 8 February 2014, Salah made his debut for Chelsea in the Premier League, coming on as a substitute, in the 3–0 win over Newcastle United.[21] On 22 March 2014, Salah scored his first goal for Chelsea against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in the London Derby, coming on as a substitute for Oscar, in a match which ended a 6–0 win for the Blues.[22] On 5 April 2014, Salah opened the scoring and later won a penalty and an assist in Chelsea's 3-0 win over Stoke City.[23]

2014–15 season

Salah playing for Chelsea away at Tottenham Hotspur on 1 January 2015

Before the season, his future with Chelsea looked to be in a balance after reports suggested he could be forced to return to Egypt to carry out military service after his registration for an education scheme rescinded by the Egyptian Minister of Higher Education.[24] Later, it was reported that he has been spared of military service after the meeting with the Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, the Minister of Higher Education and the Egyptian national manager Shawky Gharib.[25] Salah changed squad numbers from 15 to 17 for the start of the 2014–15 season, with his new number having been vacated by Eden Hazard changing to number 10.[26]

Salah's season debut came against Swansea City on 13 September 2014, playing the last eight minutes of Chelsea's 4−2 home win in place of Cesc Fàbregas.[27] He made his first start of the season at home to Bolton Wanderers in the third round of the League Cup on 24 September, featuring in a 2–1 win.[28]

Loan to Fiorentina

On transfer deadline, 2 February 2015, Chelsea confirmed that Salah would play for the Italian club Fiorentina on loan until the end of the 2014–15 season as part of a transfer deal which saw Juan Cuadrado moving in the opposite direction.[29][30] Six days after signing, he made his Fiorentina debut coming off the bench in the 65th minute as a replacement for Joaquín in a 3−2 Serie A victory against Atalanta at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.[31]

Salah made his first start for Fiorentina on 14 February against Sassuolo, scoring his first goal for the club in the 30th minute. He then provided an assist to Khouma Babacar just two minutes after scoring; the match ended in a 3−1 win for Fiorentina.[32] Twelve days after that, Salah scored his first European goal for Fiorentina, as his side advanced to the Round of 16 of the Europa League, beating Tottenham 3−1 on aggregate.[33][34] Salah scored the winning goal for Fiorentina against Internazionale on 1 March, his third goal in Serie A.[35] Four days after that, Salah scored both of Fiorentina's goals in their 2–1 win away to Juventus in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg.[36]

International career

Salah (left) playing against Tunisia in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match

Salah made 11 appearances for the Egypt U-20 team and Egypt U-23 team, representing Egypt in both 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2012 Summer Olympics, scoring in all three of the team's group matches in the latter tournament, helping them to the quarter-finals.

On 3 September 2011, Salah made his debut for the Egypt national football team in the 2–1 away defeat by Sierra Leone. He scored his first goal for Egypt's first team in the 3–0 win against Niger one month later. He later scored a goal in the 93rd minute in stoppage time against Guinea to give Egypt an important 3–2 away victory in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.

On 9 June 2013, Salah scored a hat-trick and registered an assist in a 4–1 win against Zimbabwe as Egypt won their fourth consecutive match in the World Cup qualifiers. In the following match, he scored the goal that sealed qualification for Egypt. Salah later scored his sixth goal in a qualification match to the joint-top scorer among all African teams in the qualification stages.

Style of play

A tactical player, Salah is known for his blistering pace to beat opponents, flair, ball control and creation of scoring opportunities. He primarily plays a winger, though he can play in the hole behind the striker. He has been dubbed as the "Egyptian Messi". Upon signing for Chelsea, José Mourinho said of Salah: "He's young, he's fast, he's creative, he's enthusiastic. When we analysed him he looks the kind of humble personality on the pitch, ready to work for the team."[37] Mourinho went on to say that Salah has "similar qualities" such as "talented players like Oscar, Robben".[38]

Career statistics


As of 3 May 2015.[39]
Club Season Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Basel 2012–13 Swiss Super League 29 5 6 3 14 2 49 10
2013–14 18 4 1 1 10 5 29 10
Total 47 9 7 4 24 7 78 20
Chelsea 2013–14 Premier League 10 2 1 0 11 2
2014–15 3 0 3 0 2 0 8 0
Total 13 2 4 0 2 0 19 2
Fiorentina 2014–15 Serie A 11 4 2 2 6 1 19 7
Total 11 4 2 2 6 1 19 7
Career total 71 15 12 6 32 8 115 29

International goals

Scores and results list Egypt's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 October 2011 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Niger 2–0 3–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification
2 27 February 2012 Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Kenya 1–0 5–0 Friendly
3 29 March 2012 Khartoum Stadium, Khartoum, Sudan  Uganda 1–1 2–1 Friendly
4 31 March 2012 Khartoum Stadium, Khartoum, Sudan  Chad 1–0 4–0 Friendly
5 22 May 2012 Al-Merrikh Stadium, Omdurman, Sudan  Togo 2–0 3–0 Friendly
6 3–0
7 10 June 2012 Stade 28 Septembre, Conakry, Guinea  Guinea 3–2 3–2 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
8 15 June 2012 Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt  Central African Republic 2–1 2–3 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification
9 6 February 2013 Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain  Chile 1–2 1–2 Friendly
22 March 2013 Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt  Swaziland 2–0 10–0 Unofficial friendly[40]
10 9 June 2013 National Sports Stadium, Harare, Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe 2–1 4–2 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
11 3–1
12 4–2
13 16 June 2013 Estádio da Machava, Maputo, Mozambique  Mozambique 1–0 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
14 14 August 2013 El Gouna Stadium, El Gouna, Egypt  Uganda 2–0 3–0 Friendly
15 10 September 2013 El Gouna Stadium, El Gouna, Egypt  Guinea 3–2 4–2 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
16 5 March 2014 Tivoli-Neu, Innsbruck, Austria  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–0 2–0 Friendly
17 30 May 2014 Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago, Chile  Chile 1–0 2–3 Friendly
18 10 October 2014 National Stadium, Gaborone, Botswana  Botswana 2–0 2–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification
19 15 October 2014 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Botswana 2–0 2–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification
20 19 November 2014 Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet, Monastir, Tunisia  Tunisia 1–0 1–2 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification






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