Mahmoud El-Gohary

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Mahmoud El-Gohary
Personal information
Date of birth (1938-02-20)February 20, 1938
Place of birth Cairo, Egypt
Date of death September 3, 2012(2012-09-03) (aged 74)
Place of death Amman
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1961 Al Ahly
National team
1958–1961 Egypt
Teams managed
1965–1977 Al Ahly (assistant)
1977–1981 Al-Ittihad (assistant)
1981–1982 Al-Ittihad
1982–1984 Al Ahly
1984–1985 Al-Sharjah
1985–1986 Al Ahly
1986–1988 Al-Ahli Jeddah
1988–1990 Egypt
1991–1993 Al Ahly
1993–1994 Zamalek SC
1995–1996 Al-Wahda
1996–1997 Oman
1997–2001 Egypt
2001–2007 Jordan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mahmoud-el-Gohary (lang-arz|محمود الجوهري) was a professional football player who played in the Egyptian National Football team as a striker. After his retirement Gohary became a coach for two Egyptian National Teams, "Al-Ahli" and "Zamalek". He is the only coach who has trained both teams, and during his coaching, Egypt qualified for the 1990 World Cup.


El-Gohary (الكابتن محمود الجوهرى) is considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of Egyptian and African football. In his previous career as a football player for Al Ahli, he was the top scorer in the 1959 African Cup of Nations which Egypt went on to win. He was the first person to win the African Cup of Nations as both a player and coach. It was the first time for Egypt to win the title away in a different country in Africa.

His greatest achievement as a football coach was qualifying with Egypt’s National Team for the World Cup in 1990, after the country's 56-year absence from the tournament.

At Al Ahli, he won the first African League Titles - African League Winners & African League Cup winners. With Zamalek, he won the first African Super Cup against Al-Ahli.

El-Gohary's strongest impact was on Egyptian and Jordanian Football. Under El-Gohary's management, the Jordanian national team reached its highest FIFA World Rankings in its history when they acquired the rank of 37 in August 2004.

Under the leadership of El-Gohary, the Jordan national team was able to qualify for their first AFC Asian Football Confederation in China 2004. Jordan reached the quarterfinals of the tournament but failed to qualify for the semifinals after losing to Japan in a penalty shoot-out, resulting in a score of 1-1.

In the WAFF Championship Tournaments of 2004 and 2007, El-Gohary helped Jordan win third place.

After he retired as a football coach, he became the technical advisor for the Jordan Football Association; elevated Jordanian football to the highest level for different National Teams of varying ages. He successfully transformed the Jordanian Football League to a professional body, and he has various Football Academies for youth placed under Prince Ali's name.

He died on 3 September, 2012, in Amman, Jordan.[1]


As a player[edit]

National team

  • 1959 African Cup of Nations winner
  • Top scorer of 2nd African Cup Of Nations (Egypt 1959)
  • He is the first one of two people who has won the African Cup of Nations both as a player and as a coach, the second being Stephen Keshi

For Ahly

  • 6 Egyptian leagues: 1955–1956–1957–1958–1960–1961
  • 2 Egyptian cups: 1955/56–1960/61

As a coach[edit]

Egypt national team

For Ahly (Egypt)

For Zamalek (Egypt)

For Al-Wehda (UAE):

  • 1 United Arab Emirates Cup, 1996

Jordan national team


  • Three times Best Arab Coach Winner 1989–93–98
  • Chosen by FIFA among the best 20 coaches of the year 1998
  • Best African coach 1998 Winner by Football Afrique


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