Hossam Ghaly

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Hossam Ghaly
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Ghaly playing on loan at Derby County in 2008
Personal information
Full name Hossam Mohamed El Sayed Metwalli Abdel Sattar Ghaly
Date of birth (1981-12-15) 15 December 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Biyala, Kafr el-Sheikh, Egypt[1][better source needed]
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Al-Ahly 29 (2)
2003–2006 Feyenoord 49 (3)
2006–2009 Tottenham Hotspur 21 (1)
2008Derby County (loan) 15 (0)
2009–2010 Al-Nassr 13 (1)
2010–2013 Al-Ahly 40 (4)
2013–2014 Lierse 31 (0)
2014–2017 Al-Ahly 79 (2)
2017–2018 Al-Nassr 12 (0)
2018 Al-Ahly 4 (0)
Total 285 (13)
National team
2002–2016 Egypt 70 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 January 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2016

Hossam El Sayed Ghaly (Arabic: حسام غالي‎; born 15 December 1981) is an Egyptian retired professional footballer who lastly played for Egyptian club Al-Ahly. He played mostly as a central midfielder, but was also deployed as a right full-back and due to injuries even an outside midfielder.

He has played 55 international matches for Egypt since his debut in 2002, and was part of their squads for the 2004 African Cup of Nations and their victory in the same tournament in 2010.

Ghaly played for Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League between 2006 and 2009.[2]

Last match for Hossam Ghaly (AKA Capitano) was in Fri/11/May/2018 between Al Ahly SC Vs. Ajax FC in UAE (Al Ahly SC won the match)


Early career[edit]

Ghaly is a product of Al-Ahly youth team, and he broke into the first team squad in 1997, he was only 16 when he joined the first team. He played regularly for Al-Ahly until he moved to Feyenoord Rotterdam in 2003, despite interest from numerous other European clubs such as VfB Stuttgart and FC Nantes.[citation needed] The transfer fee was said to be around €1.4 million.

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

After three troublesome seasons in the Netherlands, Ghaly joined Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League in January 2006. Their rivals Arsenal had been interested before he signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Tottenham.[3]

Ghaly was given the number 14 jersey and scored his first goal for Spurs in the UEFA Cup against Beşiktaş on 19 October 2006.[4] During a game against rivals Chelsea on 11 March 2007, he gave Spurs a temporary 3–1 lead in the FA Cup.[5] A week later Ghaly scored his only Premier League goal, in a 3–1 win over Watford.[6] A foul on Ghaly in the middle of the penalty box against Blackburn Rovers saw Jermain Defoe score a penalty kick which resulted in the game ending in 1–1 draw. Ghaly's second encounter with Blackburn however is remembered merely due to its affiliation with infamy.

His future at Tottenham was left in doubt after he pulled off his shirt and threw it to the ground after being substituted during a Premier League match against Blackburn on 10 May 2007. Ghaly had been brought on in the first half after an injury to Steed Malbranque, and rebelled when brought off. The Tottenham fans were left angry at Ghaly's reaction, singing "You're not fit to wear the shirt" and he was disciplined by the club soon after.[7] He issued the following apology: "I am just so angry with myself," Ghaly told the official Spurs site. "I have always considered it an honour to wear the Tottenham shirt and I never intended to show any disrespect".

"I knew things weren't happening for me out there, my play was terrible and I could hear the crowd jeering me. I was so upset at the fans' reaction. I have enjoyed playing in front of the club's supporters all season and I felt I had given of my best all the time and played some decent football. It is always hard to accept being substituted after such a short period of time and I was upset and taken aback by the cheering. I am a player who plays with my heart".

"I know my reaction was totally wrong. I have apologised to the manager and I also want to apologise to the fans. I hope they don't judge me on this incident alone. I have tried hard for the club this season".[citation needed]

Nonetheless, he was not to play for the club again. He stated that he wished to leave Tottenham due to his frustration at being unable to play in central midfield.[8]

In July 2007, he was set to move to Birmingham City for a fee of £3 million (subject to work permit approval).[9] However, on 3 August, Birmingham announced they would not be completing the deal after Ghaly objected to the training methods employed by manager Steve Bruce.[10]

Loan to Derby County[edit]

In January 2008, Derby County expressed an interest in Ghaly. They agreed terms with Tottenham Hotspur and the player to take him on loan until the end of the season.[11] Ghaly made his debut during Derby's 1–0 home defeat by Wigan Athletic on 12 January. After 12 games and the relegation of Derby to the Championship, Paul Jewell revealed he would not sign him as Ghaly wished to stay in the Premiership.[12]

Return to Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Despite not being given a squad number by Juande Ramos during his time at Tottenham, new appointment Harry Redknapp issued him with the number 15. On 2 January 2009, Ghaly was amongst the substitutes for Tottenham's FA Cup 3rd Round tie against Wigan Athletic at White Hart Lane. Whilst warming up and preparing to be substituted on late in the second half, Ghaly was booed by a large amount of the Tottenham supporters. In light of this, manager Harry Redknapp decided against bringing him on.[13]


On 22 January 2009, Hossam Ghaly completed a move to Saudi club Al-Nassr on a three-year deal.[14]


On 6 July 2010, Ghaly completed a free transfer and signed a three-year contract with his first side, Al-Ahly. There was a contest for his signature with archrivals Zamalek also making an offer. He retrieved his number 14 shirt along with the captain's armband. In December, during a World Cup match, he became injured for six months, so he would not play for the rest of the season.


On 2 July 2013, Ghaly was signed on a free transfer to a one-year contract with Belgian Pro League team Lierse SK.[15] The Egyptian league was later suspended due to political instability.


  1. ^ ar:حسام غالي
  2. ^ "Ghali faces wrath of Jol after shirt protest". London: Daily Mail. 11 May 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
  3. ^ "Tottenham sign midfielder Ghaly". BBC News. 31 January 2006.
  4. ^ Sinnott, John (19 October 2006). "Besiktas 0–2 Tottenham". BBC. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  5. ^ Hughes, Ian (11 March 2007). "Chelsea 3–3 Tottenham". BBC. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
  6. ^ Lyon, Sam (17 March 2007). "Tottenham 3–1 Watford". BBC. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  7. ^ Jol vows to deal with angry Ghali BBC Sport. URL accessed on 11 May 2007
  8. ^ GHALI'S REGRET tottenhamhotspur.com. URL accessed on 13 May 2007
  9. ^ "Birmingham wrap up £3m Ghali deal". BBC Sport. 30 July 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2007.
  10. ^ "Grumbling Ghaly run out of City by Bruce". Daily Mail. London. 3 August 2007.
  11. ^ "Derby seal loan signing of Ghali". bbc.co.uk. 11 January 2008.
  12. ^ "Ghali will be moving on – Jewell". BBC Sport. 15 May 2008.
  13. ^ Matt Barlow (3 January 2009). "Tottenham 3 Wigan 1: Reluctant Redknapp – Harry not so happy to be first in round four". London: Mail Online.
  14. ^ "Ghali seals Saudi switch". Sky Sports. 22 January 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2009.
  15. ^ "Official: Ahly skipper Hossam Ghaly joins Lierse". kingfut.com. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.

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