Trézéguet (Egyptian footballer)
|Full name||Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim Hassan|
|Date of birth||1 October 1994|
|Place of birth||Kafr El Sheikh, Egypt|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2015–2016||→ Anderlecht (loan)||7||(0)|
|2016–2017||→ Mouscron (loan)||20||(4)|
|2017–2018||→ Kasımpaşa (loan)||33||(16)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:00, 21 April 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 July 2019 (UTC)
Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim Hassan (Egyptian Arabic: محمود أحمد إبراهيم حسن; born 1 October 1994), commonly known as Trézéguet, is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Aston Villa and the Egypt national team. His nickname derives from the former French footballer David Trezeguet after his former youth coach noticed similarities between the pair in playing style and appearance.
He began his career with Al Ahly, breaking into the first team at the age of 18 and helping them win the 2012 CAF Champions League and 2013 CAF Champions League. In 2015, he joined Belgian team Anderlecht and the move was later made permanent. However, he struggled to establish himself in the first team and spent the following two seasons on loan, first with fellow Belgian side Mouscron and later Turkish side Kasımpaşa. With Kasımpaşa, he became the highest scoring Egyptian player in the Turkish top flight in a single season which prompted the club to make the transfer permanent in 2018.
Having represented Egypt at under-20 and under-23 level, Trézéguet made his full debut for the Egyptian senior side in 2014 at the age of 19 in a friendly against Kenya. He was named in Egypt's squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, playing in all three group matches. To date, he has made 40 appearances for his country’s national team, scoring 6 goals.
Born in Kafr El Sheikh, he was given the nickname Trézéguet at age nine by Badr Ragab, a youth coach at his school team, due to his goalscoring record for the team and resemblance to French international footballer David Trezeguet. Playing as a striker, he joined the youth academy at Al Ahly after turning down an offer to move to Qatar. He soon converted to playing as a midfielder in the youth academy following the advice of coach Ali Maher. After being promoted to the senior squad by manager Manuel José de Jesus, on the advice of Maher, he made his professional debut in the 2012 CAF Champions League as a substitute in place of Mohamed Aboutrika in a match against local rivals Zamalek. Jesus later described him as "one of the best youngsters he’s ever came across." He made his first start for Al Ahly later in the competition against Ghanian side Berekum Chelsea. Al Ahly went on to win the Champions League although Trézéguet did not feature in the final.
In April 2013, he was offered a trial for French side Nice after establishing himself in the first team at eighteen and playing in the U20 African Youth Cup, postponing the trial for a later date in order to help Al Ahly during an injury crisis that left them short of first team players.
He was later offered a trial with English side Nottingham Forest but the club pulled out of a potential loan transfer with an option to buy after being unable to meet Al Ahly's valuation, stated at £1 million by Al Ahly's director of football Sayed Abdel-Hafiz. In December 2013, he was linked with Scottish club Celtic, who saw a bid of £420,000 rejected. However, he later ended speculation over his future by stating his intention to remain with Al Ahly until at least the end of the 2013–14 season. In January 2015, he won the Best Egypt-based Player Award at the annual Youth and Sports Broadcasting annual gala.
After helping Al Ahly win the Egyptian Premier League title in the 2014–15 season, speculation over his future arose again after it was confirmed that they would "listen to offers" as the club began to experience financial difficulties  The end of his season was disrupted after being ruled out for six weeks with a dislocated shoulder suffered during a 2–1 defeat to Tunisian side Club Africain.
Despite Al Ahly director of football Wael Gomaa stating his desire for Trézéguet to remain with the club, describing him as "one of the main elements of the team", on 6 August 2015, Trézéguet joined Belgian side Anderlecht on loan for a fee of €1 million, with Anderlecht gaining an option to sign him on a permanent basis after the season-long loan for a further €2.5 million. His arrival at the club was disrupted by a broken shoulder sustained while training with his national team in the United Arab Emirates, ruling him out for several months after being forced to undergo surgery. Anderlecht manager Besnik Hasi stated his disappointment in the disruption of the loan spell and admitted that it had been difficult for the club to analyze Trézéguet's ability.
Trézéguet returned to training in early December 2015, before making his competitive debut for Anderlecht on 27 December 2015 in a 2–1 victory over Westerlo when he replaced Dodi Lukebakio in the 82nd minute. Following his debut, Hasi described him as having "great ability and the speed, and I can see a bright future for him." He made his first start for the club a month later in a 2–0 defeat to Gent. However, he was dropped from the side soon after with Hasi claiming that the language barrier was making it difficult for Trézéguet to understand the team's tactics, commenting "He is a diligent player and trains well with us so [...] but he rarely understands what we say," and that he was no longer considered the star player of the team as he had been with Al Ahly.
In March 2016, Anderlecht announced they were considering exercising their option to sign Trézéguet permanently from Al Ahly for a reported transfer fee of €2.2 million, despite only making seven league appearances in his first season. In May the move was completed, with Trézéguet becoming the second most expensive sale in Al Ahly's history after Flávio Amado.
He enjoyed a prolific pre-season prior to the 2016–17 season, scoring four times, earning praise from new manager René Weiler. However, the signing of Nicolae Stanciu prompted the club to offer Trézéguet out on loan in order to gain playing time, eventually joining fellow Belgian side Royal Excel Mouscron on a season-long loan deal. In his first seven appearances for the club, he was directly involved in five goals, scoring two and assisting three including a solo effort against Gent after starting a run from inside his own half, leading manager Glen De Boeck to label him the "most talented player in our team."
Mouscron became embroiled in a relegation battle but Trézéguet gained praise for his performances from Anderlecht coach Jean-Francois Lenvain, who continued working with him during his loan spell, and led former Anderlecht player Wim De Coninck to call for Trézéguet to be recalled by Anderlecht to replace Stanciu, remarking "If he (Trézéguet) had the amount of chances Stanciu has now he’d be in a different place." In the final match of the season, Trézéguet scored the opening goal of a 2–0 victory over KV Kortrijk that saw Mouscron overtake Westerlo to avoid relegation from the Belgian First Division A. After featuring in the Europa League playoffs, he returned to Anderlecht at the end of his loan spell having scored seven goals during 28 appearances in all competitions. Prior to his return, it was reported that Anderlecht intended to sell Trézéguet due to manager Wilder deeming him "not tactically disciplined", an opinion supported by Mouscron manager Mircea Rednic who commented "he runs in every part of the pitch except the part we need him to go to."
After returning to Anderlecht, Trézéguet was linked with transfers to Turkish side Galatasaray and his former club Al Ahly and even considered terminating his contract with the club. He eventually joined Turkish side Kasımpaşa on a season-long loan deal with the club having the option to make the move permanent for €2 million. He made his debut for the club on the opening day of the 2017–18 season, scoring the opening goal of a 3–1 victory over Alanyaspor. He scored five goals in his first twelve appearances for Kasımpaşa, including a brace against Akhisar Belediyespor in the Turkish Cup, before his run in the first team was interrupted following a three match ban he received after being sent off in a match against Bursaspor.
On his return, Trézéguet surpassed his previous career high goalscoring record for a single season after scoring his ninth goal on 4 February 2018. His tenth goal of the season, scored in the club's following match against Yeni Malatyaspor, saw him become only the seventh Egyptian player to reach double figures in a European league and also saw him surpass Ahmed Hassan's record for the most goals scored by an Egyptian player in the Turkish top flight. His performances saw the club activate their clause to make his transfer permanent.
Despite signing permanently with the club in April, Trézéguet was subject to several transfer offers during the 2018 summer transfer window. He held talks with representatives of fellow Turkish side Galatasaray while attending a national team training camp in Italy, later describing the club as his preferred destination. A move to Italian side Inter Milan collapsed after the club stalled on completing the deal. The deal was to include spending the first year on loan with fellow Serie A side Parma due to Milan already reaching their foreign player quota for the upcoming season. A deal was later agreed with Czech side Slavia Prague, after the side met his €5 million release clause, but was placed on hold by Trézéguet despite personal terms being agreed and the player passing a medical. The transfer was eventually cancelled with Trézéguet declaring his desire to remain with Kasımpaşa. His performances during the 2017–18 season saw him nominated for the Süper Lig Player of the Year award, losing out to Bafétimbi Gomis.
Trézéguet represented Egypt at U20 level, being named in the squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. In his side's final group game, he scored the opening goal during a 2–0 victory over England on 20 June 2013, dribbling past two players before scoring. However, despite their victory, Egypt were eliminated in the group stage after finishing third. Trézéguet made his debut with the senior national team on 30 August 2014 when he was 19 years and 10 months old in a 1–0 victory over Kenya, before scoring his first senior goal in his third appearance during a 2–0 victory over Equatorial Guinea.
He was chosen by Héctor Cúper for the squad to play the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, where he was a regular in the team's starting lineup; he helped his nation to reach the final of the tournament, losing 2–1 against Cameroon. He later credited Cúper for his improved form in the Cup of Nations and qualifying matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where he came on as a substitute during his country's decisive qualifying victory over DR Congo, stating "He is a coach who respects those who exert efforts in training and matches." In May 2018, he was named in Egypt’s preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. After being included in the final 23-man squad, he started all three of Egypt's group matches, defeats to Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia, as they were eliminated in the group stage.
|Al Ahly||2012–13||Egyptian Premier League||7||0||0||0||7[a]||0||14||0|
|2013–14||Egyptian Premier League||20||2||0||0||8[b]||0||28||2|
|2014–15||Egyptian Premier League||31||5||0||0||1[c]||0||32||5|
|Anderlecht (loan)||2015–16||Belgian Pro League||7||0||0||0||1[d]||0||8||0|
|Anderlecht||2016–17||Belgian Pro League||1||0||0||0||2[e]||0||3||0|
|Royal Excel Mouscron (loan)||2016–17||Belgian First Division A||20||4||2||1||6[f]||2||28||7|
|Kasımpaşa (loan)||2017–18||Süper Lig||31||13||2||3||0||0||33||16|
|Aston Villa||2019–20||Premier League||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- One Appearance in Egyptian Super Cup, Four Appearances in CAF Champions League, One Appearance in FIFA Club World Cup, One Appearance in CAF Super Cup
- Five Appearances in CAF Champions League, Two Appearances in FIFA Club World Cup, One Appearance in CAF Super Cup
- Appearance in CAF Super Cup
- Appearance in UEFA Europa League
- Appearances in UEFA Champions League
- Appearance in UEFA Europa League play-offs
- As of match played 6 July 2019
- Egypt score listed first, score column indicates score after each Trezeguet goal.
|1||26 March 2015||Petro Sport Stadium, Cairo, Egypt||3||Equatorial Guinea||2–0||2–0||Friendly|||
|2||30 August 2016||Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt||8||Guinea||1–0||1–1|||
|3||12 October 2018||Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, Egypt||31||Eswatini||3–0||4–1||2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|4||16 November 2018||Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt||33||Tunisia||1–1||3–2|
|5||23 March 2019||Stade Général Seyni Kountché, Niamey, Niger||34||Niger||1–0||1–1|
|6||21 June 2019||Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt||38||Zimbabwe||1–0||1–0||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
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