Mustafa Mansour

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Mustafa Mansour
Personal information
Full name Mustafa Kamel Mansour
Date of birth (1914-08-02)August 2, 1914
Place of birth Cairo, Egypt
Date of death July 24, 2002(2002-07-24) (aged 87)
Place of death Cairo, Egypt
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Al Ahly
1937–1939[1] Queen's Park 41 (0)
National team
Teams managed
Al Ahly
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mustafa Kamel Mansour (2 August 1914 – 24 July 2002) was an Egyptian footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Egypt at the 1934 FIFA World Cup. He is also notable for being one of the first non-British or Irish players to play in the Scottish leagues.

Football career[edit]

Mansour played for Cairo club Al Ahly in his native land, where his performances earned him a selection for the 1934 World Cup in Italy. He played in Egypt's only game at the tournament, a 4–2 defeat to Hungary in the first round in Naples.[2][3]

Mansour also played for Egypt at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.[4]

Egypt's coach at the World Cup had been a Scotsman, James McRea, and he may have influenced Mansour's decision to move to Scotland in 1936 to attend Jordanhill College[5] alongside Mohamed Latif.[6] While studying in Glasgow, Mansour appeared for the famous amateur side Queens Park, becoming their regular goalkeeper upon the retirement of future Celtic chairman Desmond White during the 1938-39 season.[7][3]

Coaching and later life[edit]

In the late thirties, "Tuffy" Mansour as he was known, was a popular adult leader in the 72nd Glasgow Scout Troop.[citation needed]

Mansour returned to Egypt when the Second World War broke out, where he would later manage former club Al Ahly, as well as become a government minister.[3]

He died in July 2002, a month before what would have been his 88th birthday.[8][3] Only weeks before his death, he had given an interview to BBC Sport on their visit to Cairo in the run-up to the World Cup being held in Japan and South Korea that summer.[2]


  1. ^ "Mansour, Mustafa Kamel". – A Historical Queen's Park FC Website. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The Flying Egyptian". BBC Sport. 3 May 2002.
  3. ^ a b c d "People: Mustafa Kamel Mansour". – A Historical Queen's Park FC Website. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Moustafa Kamel Mansour Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 6 August 2009.
  5. ^ "Palestine & the World Cup Bankies Glory Days More Inter-League". Scottishleague.Net.
  6. ^ Ben Carrington; Ian McDonald (2001). 'Race', Sport, and British Society. Psychology Press. p. 38. ISBN 9780415246293. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Egyptian Mansour made his name known at Queen's Park". Evening Times Online. 14 December 2005.
  8. ^ Shaheen, Amr (24 July 2002). "Trailblazing keeper Mansour dies". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation.