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Stephan El Shaarawy
Stephan El Shaarawy 2014-08-06 (cropped).jpg
El Shaarawy in 2014
Personal information
Full name Stephan Kareem El Shaarawy
Date of birth (1992-10-27) 27 October 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Savona, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) [1]
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 92
Youth career
2001–2006 Legino
2006–2008 Genoa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Genoa 3 (0)
2010–2011 Padova (loan) 29 (9)
2011– Milan 82 (21)
National team
2008 Italy U16 8 (4)
2008–2009 Italy U17 15 (2)
2010 Italy U18 3 (1)
2010 Italy U19 5 (1)
2011– Italy U21 5 (3)
2012– Italy 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:13, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

Stephan Kareem El Shaarawy (Arabic: ستيفان كريم الشعراوي‎; born 27 October 1992) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Milan and the Italy national team. He is nicknamed Il Faraone (The Pharaoh), as his father is Egyptian.[2][3]

He began his career at Genoa, and was signed by Milan in 2011 after a successful loan at Padova. Frequently regarded as one of the most promising youngsters of his generation, in 2012 El Shaarawy was named one of the top players born after 1991 by Don Balón,[4] and he was listed 52nd in The 100 best footballers in the world by The Guardian.[5]

El Shaarawy has represented the Italy national team and Italy U21 national team, and also played for the Italy U17 national team and Italy U19 national team. He made his senior international debut in August 2012, in a friendly match against England, and three months later scored his first international goal, against France in November 2012.

Early life

Stephan El Shaarawy was born in Savona to an Egyptian father and Italian mother. He is a nominal Muslim.[3]

Club career


El Shaarawy started his youth career in regional Serie A club, Genoa at the age of fourteen.[3]

On 21 December 2008, when he was 16 years and 55 days old, he made his first team debut, playing ten minutes in a Serie A away match against Chievo, becoming the fourth youngest player in the history of Serie A.[6] It was his only appearance of the season despite making the bench many times.

Padova (loan)

In June 2010 he was loaned out to Padova for the 2010–11 Serie B season.[7] In his loan period at Padova, he quickly emerged as a key element for the team, leading the Venetian club to the promotion playoff finals where they then lost to Novara. He was awarded Serie B Player of the Year in 2011 as his glowing performance in Padova.[8]


El Shaarawy with teammate Robinho in their pre-season friendly with Real Madrid

2011-12: Entrance in the first squad

On 25 June 2011, El Shaarawy signed for Serie A giants Milan for €20 million transfer fee (€10M plus Alexander Merkel).[9][10] [11] On 18 September 2011, El Shaarawy made his debut with Milan at the Stadio San Paolo in a 3–1 loss to Napoli in Serie A.[12] Three days later, after coming on as a substitute for the injured Alexandre Pato, he scored his first goal for the club, earning his team a 1–1 draw at home against Udinese.[13]

In his first six months at Milan, he made a total of seven appearances leading to reports in the media that he may be loaned out for more playing time to help his progression. However a decision was made between vice-president Adriano Galliani, coach Massimiliano Allegri and himself to stay at the club for the near future. It was then that his performances for Milan began to improve and have led him to becoming one of the most highly rated youngsters in Italy. On 8 February 2012, El Shaarawy scored in a 1–2 loss against Juventus in the first leg of the 2011-12 Coppa Italia semi-final.[14] Three days later, he scored an immensely vital winner against Udinese.[15]

2012–13: Breakthrough season

On 25 July 2012, El Shaarawy signed a new five-year contract with Milan.[16][17] On 3 October 2012, he scored his first goal in UEFA Champions League against Zenit, thus becoming at the age of 19 years and 342 days, AC Milan's youngest ever goalscorer in the competition.[18][19] He scored two goals in a derby against Napoli to save Milan from losing an important game.[20] El Shaarawy continued his fine form by scoring two more goals in a match against Catania, which ended 1–3 in favour of Milan.[21] He then added a 76-minute goal in the thrashing 4–2 win over Torino FC and another in a 4–1 win over Pescara Calcio which contributed in Milan fourth consecutive win and up rising of the season.[22][23] He finished the first half of the season as Serie A top scorer with 14 goals and also as AC Milan top scorer in all competitions with 16 goals.[24]

On 28 February 2013, El Shaarawy ended speculation regarding his future by extending his contract for a further season, running until June 2018.[25] In the second half of the 2012–13 season, El Shaarawy struggling to find his best form, but Milan CEO Adriano Galliani defended the player by stating that his goals kept Milan alive for the top three in the league.[26]

2013-14: Injury-hit campaign

After weeks of speculation surrounding his future, Milan officially announced on 2 July 2013 that El Shaarawy would not leave the club in the summer transfer window.[27] On 20 August 2013, El Shaarawy scored his first goal in competitive club games since February 2013 against PSV in the Champions League playoff first leg.[28] The first half of the season was led by injuries as he made only seven appearances in all competitions for Milan.[29] On 28 December, after a surgery on his right foot failed to heal effectively, El Shaarawy was ruled out for a further ten weeks.[30]

El Shaarawy made his return on 11 May 2014 in the 2–1 Serie A loss against Atalanta.[31]


In Milan's first league match of the season against Lazio, El Shaarawy assisted Honda for first Milan goal in 7th minute of the match. On 8 November 2014, El Shaarawy found the net in Serie A after a 622 day long goalless run.[32] The Azzurri striker's celebration perfectly summed up the emotion behind the forward's 10th minute strike, as the he fell to the floor in tears,[33] although he soon was sidelined again due to suffering yet another injury. After his long absence from the pitch, El Shaarawy scored a double in Milan's 3–0 home victory over Torino, on 24 May 2015.[34]

International career

El Shaarawy playing for Italy against Haiti in 2013


Initially he was qualified to play for the Egypt national football team, but was denied by then coach Hassan Shehata stating that "not every Egyptian playing for a foreign league qualifies to play for the national side" as the Egyptian side then was very successful with 3 consecutive African Cup of Nations wins and performed well in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.[35]

El Shaarawy then started playing with the Italy U-17 team, he took part at both the 2009 UEFA U-17 Euro and the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[36]

He made his debut with the Italy U-21 team on 15 November 2011, in a qualifying match against Hungary.[37]


On 15 August 2012, El Shaarawy made his senior debut for Italy, in a 2–1 defeat in a friendly against England.[38] El Shaarawy scored his first goal for Italy on his third appearance, on 14 November 2012 in a 2–1 friendly win against France.[39][40]

He represented Italy at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, and made his tournament debut in the country's final group game against hosts Brazil, replacing Alessandro Diamanti for the final 19 minutes of a 4–2 defeat.[41] He returned in the third-place play-off, playing the entire match and scoring a penalty in the shootout which Italy won against Uruguay.[42]

El Shaarawy was not included in the Italy's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, after missing most of the 2013–14 season through injury.[43]

Style of play

Since his breakthrough season, El Shaarawy is considered to be an up-and-coming, potentially world-class player, and one of the most promising and talented young Italian players.[44] A hard-working player, he primarily plays as a left winger but can also play as an attacking midfielder or as a centre forward, due to his eye for goal. He is known for his pace, agility, dribbling ability, and technical skill. El Shaarawy has demonstrated his shooting power with strikes from outside the box; he is also an above-average passer, and creates space with a solid first-touch.[45]

His playing style has drawn comparisons with FIFA World Player of the Year winner Cristiano Ronaldo.[46] El Shaarawy cites former Milan playmaker Kaká as his role model.[47][48] Milan legend José Altafini compared El Shaarawy to Brazilian international Neymar and four-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi: "El Shaarawy reminds me of Neymar and Messi. They have a low center of gravity. They play with the ball glued to their feet. He has already proven that he's a good player. The important thing is not to bulk him up too much".[49]


In 2012, El Shaarawy signed a sponsorship deal with American sportswear and equipment supplier, Nike. He appeared in an advert for the new Nike Green Speed II alongside Mario Götze, Eden Hazard, Raheem Sterling, Christian Eriksen and Theo Walcott in November 2012.[50][51]

On 25 July 2013, EA Sports announced through their Facebook page that they had featured El Shaarawy on the Italian cover of FIFA 14, alongside global cover star Lionel Messi.[52]

Career statistics


As of 24 May 2015.[1]
Team Season League Cup Europe1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Genoa 2008–09 1 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Padova 2010–11 29 9 1 0 30 9
Total 29 9 1 0 30 9
Milan 2011–12 22 2 4 2 2 0 28 4
2012–13 37 16 1 1 8 2 46 19
2013–14 6 0 0 0 3 1 9 1
2014–15 17 3 1 0 0 0 18 3
Total 82 21 6 3 13 3 101 27
Career total 114 30 7 3 13 3 134 36

1European competitions include the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Champions League.


As of match played on 30 June 2013.
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 3 1
2013 7 0
Total 10 1

International goals

Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 November 2012 Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma  France 1–0 1–2 Friendly








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