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 Egypt
Date of death July 24, 2002(2002-07-24) (aged 87)
Playing position Goalkeeper
National team
Egypt

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.

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.[1]

Mansour also played for Egypt at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.

He died in July 2002, a month before what would have been his 88th birthday.[5] 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.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Flying Egyptian". BBC Sport. 3 May 2002. 
  2. ^ "Moustafa Kamel Mansour Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Palestine & the World Cup Bankies Glory Days More Inter-League". Scottishleague.Net. 
  4. ^ "Egyptian Mansour made his name known at Queen's Park". Evening Times Online. 14 December 2005. 
  5. ^ Shaheen, Amr (24 July 2002). "Trailblazing keeper Mansour dies". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 
  6. ^ "1934: The flying Egyptian". BBC News. 3 May 2002.