|Full name||Ramadan Sobhi Ahmed|
|Date of birth||23 January 1997|
|Place of birth||Cairo, Egypt|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Winger|
|Al Ahly (on loan from Huddersfield Town)|
|2019–||→ Al Ahly (loan)||16||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:02, 26 May 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:32, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
Ramadan Sobhi Ahmed (Egyptian Arabic: رمضان صبحي, romanized: Ramaḍān Subḥī; born 23 January 1997) is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Al Ahly on loan from Huddersfield Town and the Egypt national team.
Sobhi began his career with leading Egyptian club Al Ahly, making his professional debut in February 2014. He established himself in the first team at the Cairo International Stadium and helped Al Ahly to win the Egyptian Premier League title in the 2013–14 and 2015–16 campaigns. His performances attracted the attentions of European clubs and in July 2016 he joined English side Stoke City for a fee of £5 million. He spent two seasons with Stoke before joining Huddersfield Town in June 2018. He failed to establish himself at Huddersfield and he returned on loan to Al Ahly in January 2019.
After progressing through the youth ranks at Cairo club Al Ahly, Sobhi made his professional debut at the age of 16 on 6 February 2014, in a 2013–14 Egyptian Premier League match against Ghazl El Mahalla under the management of Mohamed Youssef. In April 2014 he took part in the Sheikh Zayed friendly tournament in the UAE with Al Ahly-U17's, and attracted the attentions of Spanish club Atlético Madrid. On 16 June 2014, he scored his first goal for Al Ahly in a 3–0 win over Misr Lel-Makkasa. On 28 June 2014 he started the decisive championship play-off match against city rivals, Zamalek and helped his team to a 1–0 victory. On 2 July he scored twice against Petrojet to secure a 4–0 win and Al Ahly went on to claim the league title. In March 2015, Sobhi signed a long-term contract with Al Ahly.
Sobhi helped Al Ahly win the 2014 Egyptian Super Cup against Zamalek. He became a regular under Juan Garrido and his performances in 2014–15 attracted the attentions of European clubs, including Arsenal, RB Leipzig, Roma, Sampdoria and Udinese. He scored a late equalizer against Al-Masry on 10 January 2015, in what was the first meeting between the clubs since the 2012 Port Said Stadium riot. Sobhi attracted international attention after he stood on the ball in a 2–0 win against Zamalek on 21 July 2015, which caused Hazem Emam to kick out at Sobhi and was sent off. Al Ahly ended the 2014–15 campaign in second place behind their arch rivals Zamalek.
Sobhi caused controversy in the 2015 Egyptian Super Cup against Zamalek as he repeated his stand on the ball trick which enraged the Zamalek players. Al Ahly went on to win the match 3–2 and he later apologized for his showboating. He was sent off for the first time in his career on 15 April 2016 in a match against ENPPI, for an argument with an ENNPI player at half time. Sobhi played in 28 league matches for Al Ahly in 2015–16 under Martin Jol as the side claimed another league title.
Sobhi signed for Premier League club Stoke City on 25 July 2016 for a fee of £5 million. He made his Premier League debut for Stoke on 20 August 2016 against Manchester City. He made his first assist for Stoke on 31 October 2016 in a 3–1 win against Swansea City as his cross was deflected in by Alfie Mawson for an own goal. He made his first Premier League start in the next match against West Ham United, becoming the first teenager to start a league game for Stoke in nine years. After returning from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Sobhi impressed in home wins over Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough. Sobhi played 19 times in 2016–17, as Stoke finished in 13th position.
Prior to the start of the 2017–18 season, Sobhi signed a new five-year contract with the Potters. He scored his first goal for Stoke on 23 August 2017 in a 4–0 EFL Cup win over Rochdale. He scored his first Premier League goal on 23 December 2017, in a 3–1 win against West Bromwich Albion. He followed this up with a goal against Huddersfield Town in a 1–1 on boxing day. Sobhi made 27 appearances in 2017–18 as Stoke suffered relegation to the EFL Championship.
Sobhi joined Huddersfield Town on 12 June 2018, signing a three-year deal for a fee of £5.7 million. He struggled to impress David Wagner and only made four appearances for the Terriers before returning in Egyptian football in January 2019.
Return to Al Ahly
Sobhi made his national team debut against Tanzania on 14 June 2015 in the first round of 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the age of 17 years, 11 months and 18 days, to become the second youngest player to ever play for the Egyptian national team after Mido. On 29 March he scored his first international goal on top level, in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game against Nigeria. In January Sobhi was selected by Héctor Cúper in the Egyptian squad that competed in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Sobhi was mainly used as a substitute in the competition, featuring in four games out of the six as Egypt lost in the final to Cameroon. In May 2018 he was named in Egypt's preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Style of play
Sobhi is mostly used upfront on either wings, although he also can be used as an attacking midfielder or a secondary striker. His style of play, which combines dribbling, clinical passing, vision, and an eye for goal, made him dubbed on several occasions as the new Mohamed Aboutrika, who is considered to be one of Egypt's greatest footballers.
|Al Ahly||2013–14||Egyptian Premier League||3||1||0||0||—||3[a]||2||6||3|
|2014–15||Egyptian Premier League||24||5||4||3||—||3[b]||0||31||8|
|2015–16||Egyptian Premier League||28||5||0||0||—||6[c]||1||34||6|
|Stoke City||2016–17||Premier League||17||0||0||0||2||0||—||19||0|
|Huddersfield Town||2018–19||Premier League||4||0||0||0||0||0||—||4||0|
|Al Ahly (loan)||2018–19||Egyptian Premier League||16||2||0||0||—||7[d]||0||23||2|
|2019–20||Egyptian Premier League||0||0||0||0||—||0||0||0||0|
- As of match played 25 June 2018
Egypt score listed first, score column indicates score after each Sobhi goal.
|1||29 March 2016||Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt||6||Nigeria||1–0||1–0||2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|||
- Al Ahly
- Egyptian Premier League: 2013–14, 2015–16
- Egyptian Super Cup: 2014, 2015
- CAF Confederation Cup: 2014
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