Ahmed Hegazi (footballer)

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Ahmed Hegazi
Ahmed Hegazy 2018.jpg
Hegazi playing for Egypt at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Ahmed Elsayed Ali Elsayed Hegazy[1]
Date of birth (1991-01-25) 25 January 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Ismailia, Egypt
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
West Bromwich Albion
Number 26
Youth career
Ismaily
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Ismaily 28 (0)
2012–2015 Fiorentina 3 (0)
2015Perugia (loan) 10 (0)
2015–2017 Al Ahly 40 (0)
2017West Bromwich Albion (loan) 18 (1)
2017– West Bromwich Albion 23 (1)
National team
2009–2011 Egypt U20 13 (5)
2011–2014 Egypt U23 3 (0)
2011– Egypt 50 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:41 8 September 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:29, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

Ahmed Elsayed Ali Elsayed Hegazy (Egyptian Arabic: أحمد حجازي‎; born 25 January 1991), simply known as Ahmed Hegazi, is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Championship club West Bromwich Albion and the Egypt national team.

Hegazi has represented the senior Egyptian national team since 2011, during this period his only absences from the squad have been due to injury. He has represented Egypt in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2011 African Youth Championship, 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the 2012 Summer Olympics, 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2018 World Cup . In 2017, he was included in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations CAF Team of the tournament due to his impressive performances.

Club career[edit]

Ismaily[edit]

Hegazi's professional playing career began on 24 November 2009, when he made his debut with Egyptian Premier League club Ismaily playing as a full back.

Fiorentina[edit]

On 22 December 2011, the Egyptian club announced having made a deal with the Italian side ACF Fiorentina, in exchange for €1.5 million. The Egyptian company will receive 15% sell on fee.[3] He was given the number 3 shirt at Fiorentina. Hegazy made his unofficial debut for the club playing 30 minutes in a friendly against Viareggio Calcio.

On 18 November 2012, he played 15 minutes in his official debut against Atalanta B.C., and scored his first goal for La Viola later that month in the second half of a Coppa Italia match against Juve Stabia on 28 November. On 12 December, Fiorentina announced that Hegazi had completed a surgery after sustaining a severe leg injury in training. The club also announced that he had undergone reconstructive surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament. The expected recovery period before the player could return to sports activity was 5–6 months. In September 2013 he suffered another blow as he had injured the same ligament again in training and took him out for 6 months[4] making him miss most of the season.

On 8 December 2014, Fiorentina announced that the player would be released in January 2015, along with Octávio, Mounir El Hamdaoui, Oleksandr Iakovenko and Joshua Brillante.[5]

Perugia loan[edit]

On 2 February 2015, Hegazi joined Serie B side Perugia on loan for the rest of 2014–15 Serie B.[6] He made his debut for the club in a 3–1 loss to Vicenza playing the whole 90 minutes. It was his first complete match in Italy.[7]

Al Ahly SC[edit]

On 1 September 2015, Hegazi joined Egyptian Premier League side Al Ahly of Cairo on a five-year contract.

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Hegazi playing for West Bromwich Albion in 2017

On 17 July 2017, Hegazi joined Premier League side West Bromwich Albion on loan from El Ahly until the end of the 2017–18 season, with Albion holding an option to trigger a permanent transfer.[8] Hegazi made his Premier League debut for West Brom on 12 August, scoring a headed goal in a 1–0 win vs. Bournemouth and winning the Man of the match award.[9][10] In the following match he received the award for the second time in a row, as West Brom defeated hosts Burnley and made their best start to a top flight campaign since the 1978–79 season.[11]

On 18 December 2017, WBA exercised the option to sign Hegazi on a permanent basis.[12]

International career[edit]

Hegazi made his international debut with the senior Egyptian national team in an away game against Sierra Leone in 2011 when he was only 20 years and 7 months old.
Ever since he has been a regular in the national team and only missed games due to injury. In December 2016 Hector Cuper, the Egypt national football team Coach, included him in the squad to compete in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.[13]

African Cup of Nations[edit]

Hegazi was a regular in the back four playing without missing a single minute and displaying a solid performance as the Egyptians went all the way to the final. His performance earned him an inclusion in the Team of the Tournament XI.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 13 May 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season Division League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ismaily 2009–10 Egyptian Premier League 12 0 1 0 3[a] 0 16 0
2010–11 Egyptian Premier League 7 0 3 0 0 0 10 0
2011–12 Egyptian Premier League 9 0 0 0 9 0
Total 28 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 35 0
Fiorentina 2012–13 Serie A 2 0 1 1 3 1
2013–14 Serie A 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Perugia Calcio (loan) 2014–15 Serie B 10 0 0 0 10 0
Al Ahly 2015–16 Egyptian Premier League 29 0 1 0 8[a] 1 1[b] 0 39 1
2016–17 Egyptian Premier League 11 0 3 0 6[a] 1 1[b] 0 21 1
Total 40 0 4 0 0 0 14 2 2 0 60 2
West Bromwich Albion 2017–18[15] Premier League 38 2 3 0 1 0 42 2
Career total 119 2 12 1 1 0 17 2 2 0 151 5
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in CAF Champions League
  2. ^ a b Appearances in Egyptian Super Cup

International[edit]

As of match played 25 June 2018[16]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Egypt
2011 3 0
2012 12 0
2013 4 1
2015 7 0
2016 5 0
2017 11 0
2018 6 0
Total 48 1

International goals[edit]

As of match played 23 March 2018. Egypt score listed first, score column indicates score after each Hegazi goal.[16]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 4 June 2013 30 June Stadium, Cairo, Egypt 16  Botswana 1–1 1–1 Friendly [17]

Honours[edit]

Al Ahly

Egypt

Individual

  • Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament: 2017[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: Egypt" (PDF). FIFA. 17 June 2018. p. 9.
  3. ^ "Ismaily approve Ahmed Hegazi's €1.5 million move to Fiorentina". Goal.com. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Fiorentina's Hegazy blow - Football Italia". www.football-italia.net.
  5. ^ "مصحح.. فيورنتينا يعرض حجازي للبيع". FilGoal.com.
  6. ^ "Egypt's Hegazy joins Serie B side Perugia on loan from Fiorentina - Talents Abroad - Sports - Ahram Online". english.ahram.org.eg.
  7. ^ "حجازي يخسر مباراته الأولى بقميص بيروجيا". FilGoal.com.
  8. ^ "Albion complete Hegazi deal". West Bromwich Albion FC. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  9. ^ Lofthouse, Amy (12 August 2017). "West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Bournemouth". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  10. ^ "West Brom 1-0 Bournemouth: Ahmed Hegazi heads debut winner".
  11. ^ Sutcliffe, Steven (19 August 2017). "Burnley 0 West Brom 1: Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu goes from hero to zero after seeing red in Turf Moor cameo" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  12. ^ "Hegazi commits future to Albion" (Press release). West Bromwich Albion F.C. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Hector Cuper announce Egypt's final squad FOR 2017 AFCON in GABON". nilesports.com.
  14. ^ www.realnet.co.uk. "Cameroon striker Christian Bassogog named AFCON Player of the Tournament".
  15. ^ "Games played by Ahmed Hegazi in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Hegazy, Ahmed". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  17. ^ Samuel, Israel (5 June 2013). "Botswana hold Egypt in friendly". Futaa.com. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Egypt picks Orange CAN U-20 bronze medal - Orange African Youth Championship 2011 - CAF". 3 May 2011. Archived from the original on 3 May 2011.
  19. ^ "CAF - CAF Error Page" (PDF). 12 August 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 August 2011.
  20. ^ Amy Lofthouse (5 February 2017). "Egypt 1 - 2 Cameroon". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  21. ^ "AFCON 2017: CAF names team of the tournament". soccer24.co.zw. 6 February 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2017.

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