Mohamed El-Shenawy

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Mohamed El-Shenawy
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El-Shenawy with Egypt at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Mohamed El Sayed El Shenawy[1]
Date of birth (1988-12-18) 18 December 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth El Hamool, Egypt[2]
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Al Ahly
Number 16
Youth career
2002–2008 Al Ahly
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Al Ahly 1 (0)
2009–2013 Tala'ea El Gaish 43 (0)
2012–2013Haras El Hodoud (loan) 15 (0)
2013–2016 Petrojet 85 (0)
2016– Al Ahly 37 (0)
National team
2018– Egypt 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:59, 24 February 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:54, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

Mohamed El Shenawy (Egyptian Arabic: محمد الشناوي‎; born 18 December 1988) is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays for Al Ahly and the Egyptian national football team as a goalkeeper.

He began his career as a youth player with Al Ahly but was released in 2009, joining Tala'ea El Gaish. He spent time on loan with Haras El Hodoud before joining Petrojet in 2013. He returned to Al Ahly in July 2016 and, having displaced Sherif Ekramy, he helped the club to win consecutive Egyptian Premier League titles in 2017 and 2018 and also the Egypt Cup and the Egyptian Super Cup.

He made his international debut for Egypt in March 2018 in a friendly match and was selected as the starting goalkeeper for their squad at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, playing in their opening two matches.

Club career[edit]

El-Shenawy began his career in the youth system at his hometown club El Hamool before moving to Al Ahly,[3] joining the club at the age of fourteen in 2002.[4] He failed to make a league appearance for the senior squad before being released by the club in 2009.[5] Following his release, he joined fellow Egyptian Premier League side Tala'ea El Gaish.[4] During his time with El Gaish, El-Shenawy spent time on loan with Haras El-Hodood.[1]

El-Shenawy joined Petrojet in 2013. His form during the 2015–16 season, keeping a joint league high eleven clean sheets in twenty-two appearances including a run of seven matches without conceding, led his former club Al Ahly to attempt to resign him after attracting the attention of manager Martin Jol.[6]

He rejoined Al Ahly in July 2016,[5] establishing himself in the first team over Sherif Ekramy after keeping five clean sheets in seven matches during January 2018, including helping the side to a 1–0 victory over Al-Masry in the 2017 Egyptian Super Cup. He also recorded the highest percentage of clean sheets by any goalkeeper in the Egyptian Premier League.[7] In his first two seasons, he helped the club win the Egyptian Premier League in consecutive seasons.[2]

International career[edit]

For the national team, El-Shenawy represented Egypt at under-18 level and later played for the Egypt national under-20 football team in the 2007 African Youth Championship. From 2013, he received several call-ups to the senior Egypt side before making his international debut in a 2–1 friendly defeat against Portugal.[8] He earned praise for his performance in the match, with national team goalkeeping coach Ahmed Nagy commenting "He had a great game; I am so happy with his performance [...] He deserves to be with the national team."[4]

In May 2018, he was named in Egypt’s preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[9] He played in warm up friendly matches against Colombia and Belgium prior to the tournament and was chosen as the starting goalkeeper for their opening match of the tournament against Uruguay, winning only his fourth cap, ahead of Essam El-Hadary and club teammate Ekramy.[10] He was named Man of the Match in the first match after making several saves during a 1–0 defeat however, he declined to accept the award in the players' tunnel after the match due to its sponsorship by Budweiser and was only photographed with the award.[11] As a Muslim, El-Shenawy is forbidden from drinking alcohol.[12] Teammate Ekramy and Egyptian team director Ihab Leheta later attempted to persuade him to accept the award as a "historic" prize but he again refused.[13]

He retained his place for Egypt's second group match as they were eliminated after suffering a 3–1 defeat to hosts Russia.[14]

Career statistics[edit]


Statistics accurate as of match played 16 November 2018.[10]
Year Apps Goals
2018 9 0
Total 9 0


Al Ahly[2]


  1. ^ a b c "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: Egypt" (PDF). FIFA. 17 June 2018. p. 9.
  2. ^ a b c Mohamed El-Shenawy at Soccerway
  3. ^ "Ahly sign Petrojet goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy". Ahram Online. 10 July 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "No rest for Shennawy". Egypt Today. 29 March 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Al Ahly sign Mohamed El-Shennawy". 10 July 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  6. ^ Marwan Ahmed (16 March 2016). "Al Ahly open negotiations for Petrojet goalkeeper". Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  7. ^ Sina Isaac (3 February 2018). "January 2018: Egyptian Premier League Winners and Losers". Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  8. ^ Khaled Ali (24 March 2018). "Ronaldo's late double cancels Salah opener as Egypt lose to Portugal". Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  9. ^ Watson, Jack (4 June 2018). "Egypt World Cup squad guide". The Independent. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Mohamed El-Shenawy". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  11. ^ Beiler, Des. "Egypt goalkeeper declines Budweiser-sponsored 'Man of the Match' trophy at World Cup". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy turns down sponsored man-of-the-match trophy". FourFourTwo. 19 June 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Egypt's goalkeeper refuses 'Man of the match' prize". Egypt Independent. 17 June 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  14. ^ Michael Emons (19 June 2018). "Russia 3–1 Egypt". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 June 2018.