Adam El-Abd

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Adam El-Abd
Adam El Abd.jpg
El-Abd pictured in 2016
Personal information
Full name Adam Mohamad El-Abd[1]
Date of birth (1984-09-11) 11 September 1984 (age 35)[1]
Place of birth Brighton, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Stevenage
Number 27
Youth career
1994–2003 Brighton & Hove Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2014 Brighton & Hove Albion 300 (5)
2003Bognor Regis Town (loan) 2 (0)
2014–2016 Bristol City 16 (0)
2014–2015Bury (loan) 24 (1)
2015–2016Swindon Town (loan) 13 (0)
2016Gillingham (loan) 8 (0)
2016–2017 Shrewsbury Town 28 (2)
2017–2019 Wycombe Wanderers 72 (4)
2019– Stevenage 1 (0)
National team
2012–2013 Egypt 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:00, 7 September 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:43, 25 September 2013 (UTC)

Adam Mohamad El-Abd (Arabic: آدم العبد‎; born 11 September 1984) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for League Two club Stevenage. He has also played for the Egypt national team.

Early and personal life[edit]

Born in Brighton, East Sussex,[1] to an Egyptian father and a British mother, El-Abd holds dual-nationality. His older brother Joe played professional rugby union and is a coach at Castres Olympique.[2] His younger brother Sami was an apprentice at Brighton, before moving to non-League football with Crawley Town, Hayes & Yeading United, Whitehawk, Bognor Regis Town and now plays for Dorking Wanderers.

Club career[edit]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

El-Abd joined Brighton's youth department when he was ten and was granted a scholarship there at 16. He signed his first professional contract of two-and-a-half years with Brighton & Hove Albion at the age of 19. He made his full league début for the club in the 2–1 win at Notts County in November 2003. He has since been a regular in the first team squad and can play either in defence at right-back or centre-half, or in a more defensive midfield type role.

During the game at Huddersfield Town on 18 March 2008, El-Abd was stretchered off with medial collateral ligament damage and ruled out for the remainder of the season.[3]

In June 2008, El-Abd signed a new two-year deal with Brighton.[4] He won the Brighton & Hove Albion Player of the Season award for their League One winning 2010–11 campaign.

El-Abd hit the milestone of 250 league appearances for Brighton and Hove Albion on 7 March 2012, named Man of the Match for that game, a 2–2 draw with Cardiff City. El-Abd made his 300th and final league appearance for Brighton coming on as a 90th-minute substitute against Birmingham City on 11 January 2014.

Bristol City[edit]

On 16 January 2014, El-Abd transferred to League One club Bristol City for an undisclosed fee.[5] Rarely used at Bristol, he spent time out on loan at Bury,[6] Swindon Town,[7] and Gillingham.[8]

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

After his contract at Bristol City expired, he moved to League One club Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer in July 2016, signing a two-year contract,[9] where he immediately became captain in place of the departed Nathaniel Knight-Percival.[10] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 home victory against Chesterfield on 20 August,[11] but was sent off in a 2–1 defeat at former club Bury three weeks later.[12] After the departure of Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon, El Abd scored a "30 yard half-volley" in a 1–1 draw away at Southend United on 29 October, to hand new boss Paul Hurst a point in his first match in charge.[13]

El-Abd left the club at the end of June 2017 after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.[14]

Wycombe Wanderers[edit]

On 3 July 2017, El-Abd signed a two-year contract with League Two side Wycombe Wanderers.[15] In May 2018 he extended his contract for a further year, to the end of the 2019–20 season.[16] El-Abd left Wycombe on 2 September 2019 by mutual consent.[17]

Stevenage[edit]

He signed for Stevenage on 6 September 2019.[18]

International career[edit]

El-Abd stated in a 2005 interview with EgyptianPlayers.com that he intended to play for the Egyptian national side if he got the call.[19]

On 15 May 2012, and for the first time, Egypt national team coach Bob Bradley included El-Abd in the squad for friendly games against Cameroon, Togo, and Senegal, and also against Mozambique in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 16 December 2017.
Club Season League League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brighton & Hove Albion 2003–04[21] Division Two 11 0 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 13 0
2004–05[22] Championship 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2005–06[23] 29 0 1 0 1 0 31 0
2006–07[24] League One 42 0 2 0 1 1 4[a] 0 49 2
2007–08[25] 35 1 4 1 1 0 3[a] 0 43 2
2008–09[26] 31 0 2 0 2 0 5[a] 0 40 0
2009–10[27] 35 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 39 1
2010–11[26] 37 1 2 0 1 0 1[a] 0 41 1
2011–12[27] Championship 23 0 2 0 0 0 25 0
2012–13[28] 32 1 2 0 0 0 34 1
2013–14[29] 9 0 1 0 1 0 11 0
Total 300 5 19 1 8 1 15 0 342 7
Bristol City 2013–14[29] League One 14 0 14 0
2014–15[30] 2 0 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 6 0
2015–16[31] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 16 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 20 0
Bury (loan) 2014–15[30] League Two 24 1 24 1
Swindon Town (loan) 2015–16[31] League One 13 0 1 0 0 0 14 0
Gillingham (loan) 2015–16[31] 8 0 8 0
Shrewsbury Town 2016–17[32] 28 2 3 0 2 0 1[a] 0 34 2
Wycombe Wanderers 2017–18 League Two 18 0 1 0 1 0 3[a] 0 23 0
Career total 407 8 25 1 12 1 21 0 465 10

Footnotes

a. ^ appearances in the Football League Trophy.

Bognor Regis Town statistics unavailable

Honours[edit]

Brighton & Hove Albion

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 136. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
  2. ^ "French fairytale as El-Abd wins title the hard way". The Argus. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Seagulls swoop for Racon". football.co.uk. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  4. ^ "El-Abd Signs New Deal". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 5 June 2008. Archived from the original on 4 November 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2008.
  5. ^ "El-Abd leaves Albion". The Argus. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Bury: Adam El-Abd and Robert Milsom join on loan". BBC Sport. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Swindon Town: Adam El-Abd joins on loan from Bristol City". BBC Sport. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Adam El-Abd: Gillingham sign Bristol City defender on loan". BBC Sport. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Adam El-Abd: Shrewsbury Town sign former Brighton and Bristol City defender". BBC Sport. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  10. ^ "New Captain revealed". Shrewsweb. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Shrewsbury Town 2–1 Chesterfield". BBC Sport. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Sending off came at the right time, says boss David Flitcroft, as spirited Bury battle back to win". Bury Times. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Southend United 1 Shrewsbury Town 1 – Report and pictures". Shropshire Star. 29 October 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Club captain Adam El-Abd departs Shrewsbury Town". Shropshire Star. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  15. ^ "First summer signing revealed!". Wycombe Wanderers Official Site. 3 July 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Skipper extends deal until 2020". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Adam El-Abd leaves the club". Wycombe Wanderers F.C. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  18. ^ "Adam El-Abd joins Stevenage". Stevenage Official Site. 6 September 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  19. ^ "El-Abd Walks Like an Egyptian!" Archived 13 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine: an interview at the EgyptianPlayers.com website. Retrieved on 4 March 2008.
  20. ^ "Brighton's Adam El-Abd included in Egypt's squad" Archived 4 May 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 15 May 2012.
  21. ^ "Games played by Adam El-Abd in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  22. ^ "Games played by Adam El-Abd in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  23. ^ "Games played by Adam El-Abd in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  24. ^ "Games played by Adam El-Abd in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  25. ^ "Games played by Adam El-Abd in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  26. ^ a b "Games played by Adam El-Abd in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  27. ^ a b "Games played by Adam El-Abd in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  28. ^ "Games played by Adam El-Abd in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  29. ^ a b "Games played by Adam El-Abd in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  30. ^ a b "Games played by Adam El-Abd in 142/143". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  31. ^ a b c Adam El-Abd at Soccerbase
  32. ^ "Games played by Adam El-Abd in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  33. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2011). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2011–2012. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 39, 104–105. ISBN 978-0-7553-6231-8.

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