Wael Gomaa

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Wael Gomaa
Personal information
Full name Wael Mohamed Gomaa Kamel El Hooty
Date of birth (1975-08-03) 3 August 1975 (age 38)
Place of birth Gharbia Governorate, Egypt
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Youth career
Ghazl El-Mahalla
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–2001 Ghazl El-Mahalla 82 (6)
2001–2014 Al-Ahly 432 (6)
National team
2001–2013 Egypt 113 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 February 2006.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013

Wael Gomaa (Arabic: وائل جمعة‎) (born 3 August 1975) is a retired Egyptian footballer. He played as a defender for Egypt's African Champion Al-Ahly club as well as Egypt's National Football Team.

Club career[edit]

Due to his magnificent performance in 2000–01 season he signed with Al-Ahly after Egypt Cup final match with Ghazl El-Mahalla against Al-Ahly. He made his debut for Al-Ahly in a friendly match against Real Madrid in August 2001. His official debut was in the match against Angolan side Petro Atletico in CAF Champions League 2001 on 12 August in Luanda He is known as an excellent header, good reading for passes,[1] who has the ability to score from corners and free kicks. He scored with a header for Al-Ahly in the final match of CAF Champions League 2008 against Cotonsport Garoua of Cameroon.

In 2006-2007, he had pre-season trials with Blackburn Rovers with a view to a January transfer.[2][3]

In week 23 from 2010–11 season in the match against Haras El Hodood he made his 200th appearance for Al-Ahly in the Egyptian Premier League, he caused a penalty for Haras El Hodood and Ahmed Abdel-Ghani missed it.[4] On 26 May 2014 Wael announced his retirement from football.

International career[edit]

Gomaa was pivotal in the Pharaoh's African Cup of Nations Egypt 2006, Ghana 2008, Angola 2010 . He appeared in every match for the Egyptian side in both tournaments, defending against top European league players such as Drogba, Eto'o, Manucho and Lomana LuaLua. Gomaa has been chosen by CAF in Best Africa XI three times, in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Gomaa participated with Egypt in FIFA Confederations Cup and appeared in every match for the Egyptian side. Wael Gomaa has made his 100th International appearance for Egypt; when Egypt played against Uganda on January 8, 2011 in the 2011 Nile Basin Tournament. During the tournament he scored his only international goal with the ball bouncing off his leg for a corner kick against Kenya in the semi final Egypt went on to win the match 5–1. Gomaa made his international debut on 26 April 2001 in a friendly match against South Korea.

Retirement announcement[edit]

In Feb 2014, Gomaa announced that he will retire from football at the end of the season.

On May 2014, Gomaa confirmed that he officially retired from football. He won 26 trophies with Al-Ahly including six CAF Champions League titles. He won 113 caps for Egypt, helping the Pharaohs clinch three Africa Cup of Nations titles.

Post-retirement advertising[edit]

In March 2014, Gomaa starred in a Coca Cola advertisement that saw him get a lot of praise for his good spirit as he acted numerous different characters that had a chance to go to the FIFA World Cup with Coca Cola after Egypt failed to qualify for the tournament. The ad received a lot of praise for its creativity and had widely received positive reviews.[5][6][7]

Career statistics[edit]

(04/08/2012)

Club Division Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
00Al-Mehalla00 Egyptian
Premier
League
1993-94  ? ? ? ? ? 0 0 0 ? ?
1994-95  ? ? ? ? ? 0 0 0 ? ?
1995-96  ? ? ? ? ? 0 0 0 ? ?
1996-97  ? ? ? ? ? 0 0 0 ? ?
1997-98  ? ? ? ? ? 0 0 0 ? ?
1998-99  ? ? ? ? ? 0 0 0 ? ?
1999-00  ? ? ? ? ? 0 0 0 ? ?
2000-01  ? ? ? ? ? 0 0 0 ? ?
Total 82 6 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Al-Ahly 2001–02  ? 0 ? 0 ? 1 ? 0 ? 0
2002–03  ? 0 ? 0 ? 0 ? 0 ? 0
2003–04  ? 1 ? 0 ? 0 ? 0 ? 1
2004–05  ? 1 ? 0 ? 0 1 0 ? 0
2005–06  ? 1 ? 0 ? 0 ? 1 ? 2
2006–07  ? 1 ? 0 ? 0 1 0 ? 1
2007-08 2 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 10 0
Al-Siliya Qatar Stars League 2007–08 ? 0 ? ? --- --- ? 0 ? 0
Al-Ahly Egyptian
Premier
League
2008–09 23 0 ? 0 8 1 ? 0 ? 1
2009–10 25 0 ? 0 3 0 ? 0 ? 0
2010–11 26 2 0 0 11 1 ? 0 ? 3
Al-Ahly Total 232 6 14 0 ? 3 ? 1 ? 10
Career total  ? 12 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Titles as a player[edit]

6 For Egypt[edit]

26 For Ahly[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • Best player in World Military Cup of Nations 2001.
  • Named in the CAF Starting XI in the ACN Angola 2010.
  • Named in the CAF Starting XI in the ACN Ghana 2008.[8]
  • Named in the CAF Starting XI in the ACN Egypt 2006.
  • 2010 CAF Best African Defender.
  • 2009 CAF Best African Defender.[9]
  • 2008 CAF Best African Defender.[10]
  • 2006 CAF Best African Defender.[11]

References[edit]

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