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Stephan El Shaarawy
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El Shaarawy in 2015
Personal information
Full name Stephan Kareem El Shaarawy
Date of birth (1992-10-27) 27 October 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Savona, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Roma
Number 22
Youth career
2001–2006 Legino
2006–2008 Genoa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Genoa 3 (0)
2010–2011 Padova (loan) 29 (9)
2011–2016 Milan 82 (21)
2015–2016 Monaco (loan) 15 (0)
2016 Roma (loan) 16 (8)
2016– Roma 0 (0)
National team
2008 Italy U16[2] 8 (4)
2008–2009 Italy U17[2] 15 (2)
2010 Italy U18[2] 3 (1)
2010–2011 Italy U19[2] 5 (1)
2011–2012 Italy U21[2] 5 (3)
2012– Italy[2] 20 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 June 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 June 2016

Stephan Kareem El Shaarawy (Arabic: ستيفان الشعراوي‎‎; born 27 October 1992) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Roma and the Italy national team. He is nicknamed Il Faraone (The Pharaoh), as his father is Egyptian.[3][4]

He began his career at Genoa, and was signed by Milan in 2011 after a successful loan at Padova. Frequently regarded as one of the most promising youngsters of his generation, in 2012 El Shaarawy was named one of the top players born after 1991 by Don Balón,[5] and he was listed 52nd inThe Guardian' s list of the best footballers in the world.[6] He spent the 2015–16 season on loan with Monaco and subsequently Roma.

Internationally, he represented Italy from under-16 to under-19 youth levels, before he made his debut with the Italy under-21 side on 15 November 2011. In August 2012, he made his senior international debut for Italy during a friendly match against England, and in November 2012 scored his first international goal against France. He represented Italy at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, where they finished in third place, and at UEFA Euro 2016.

Early life

Stephan El Shaarawy was born in Savona to an Egyptian father and Swiss-Italian mother.[7]

Club career

Genoa

El Shaarawy started his youth career in regional Serie A club, Genoa at the age of fourteen.[4]

On 21 December 2008, when he was 16 years and 55 days old, he made his first team debut, playing ten minutes in a Serie A away match against Chievo, becoming the fourth youngest player in the history of Serie A.[8] It was his only appearance of the season despite making the bench many times.

Loan to Padova

In June 2010 he was loaned out to Padova for the 2010–11 Serie B season.[9] In his loan period at Padova, he quickly emerged as a key element for the team, leading the Venetian club to the promotion playoff finals where they then lost to Novara. He was awarded Serie B Player of the Year in 2011 as his glowing performance in Padova.[10]

Milan

El Shaarawy with former team-mate Robinho in their pre-season friendly with Real Madrid in August 2012

2011–12: Progression to the first team

On 25 June 2011, El Shaarawy signed for Serie A giants Milan for €20 million transfer fee (€10M plus Alexander Merkel).[11][12] [13] On 18 September 2011, El Shaarawy made his debut with Milan at the Stadio San Paolo in a 3–1 loss to Napoli in Serie A.[14] Three days later, after coming on as a substitute for the injured Alexandre Pato, he scored his first goal for the club, earning his team a 1–1 draw at home against Udinese.[15]

In his first six months at Milan, he made a total of seven appearances leading to reports in the media that he may be loaned out for more playing time to help his progression. However a decision was made between vice-president Adriano Galliani, coach Massimiliano Allegri and himself to stay at the club for the near future. It was then that his performances for Milan began to improve and have led him to becoming one of the most highly rated youngsters in Italy. On 8 February 2012, El Shaarawy scored in a 1–2 loss against Juventus in the first leg of the 2011-12 Coppa Italia semi-final.[16] Three days later, he scored an immensely vital winner against Udinese.[17]

2012–13: Breakthrough season

On 25 July 2012, El Shaarawy signed a new five-year contract with Milan.[18][19] On 3 October 2012, he scored his first goal in UEFA Champions League against Zenit, thus becoming at the age of 19 years and 342 days, AC Milan's youngest ever goalscorer in the competition.[20][21] He scored two goals in a derby against Napoli to save Milan from losing an important game.[22] El Shaarawy continued his fine form by scoring two more goals in a match against Catania, which ended 1–3 in favour of Milan.[23] He then added a 76-minute goal in the thrashing 4–2 win over Torino FC and another in a 4–1 win over Pescara Calcio which contributed in Milan fourth consecutive win and up rising of the season.[24][25] He finished the first half of the season as Serie A top scorer with 14 goals and also as AC Milan top scorer in all competitions with 16 goals.[26]

On 28 February 2013, El Shaarawy ended speculation regarding his future by extending his contract for a further season, running until June 2018.[27] In the second half of the 2012–13 season, El Shaarawy struggling to find his best form, but Milan CEO Adriano Galliani defended the player by stating that his goals kept Milan alive for the top three in the league.[28]

2013–15: Injury-hit campaigns

After weeks of speculation surrounding his future, Milan officially announced on 2 July 2013 that El Shaarawy would not leave the club in the summer transfer window.[29] On 20 August 2013, El Shaarawy scored his first goal in competitive club games since February 2013 against PSV in the Champions League playoff first leg.[30] The first half of the season was led by injuries as he made only seven appearances in all competitions for Milan.[31] On 28 December, after a surgery on his right foot failed to heal effectively, El Shaarawy was ruled out for a further ten weeks.[32] He made his return on 11 May 2014 in the 2–1 Serie A loss against Atalanta.[33]

In Milan's first league match of the 2014–15 season against Lazio, El Shaarawy assisted Keisuke Honda in the seventh minute. On 8 November 2014, he scored his first Serie A goal in 622 days, and fell to the floor in tears.[34][35] After his long absence through another injury, El Shaarawy scored a double in Milan's 3–0 home victory over Torino, on 24 May 2015.[36] He made just 28 appearances in all competitions during these two campaigns.[37]

Loan to Monaco

On 13 July 2015, El Shaarawy joined Monaco on a season-long loan with an option to buy.[38] He made his debut on the 28th, replacing Anthony Martial for the final seven minutes of a 3–1 away win over BSC Young Boys in the Champions League third qualifying round.[39] In the second leg at the Stade Louis II, his first start, he scored his first Monaco goal in a 4–0 win.[40] Before the start of January transfer window, El Shaarawy was frozen from the squad, as he already played 24 games in all official competitions, 1 game short from activate the conditional obligation to buy him outright.[41]

Loan to Roma

On 26 January 2016, El Shaarawy joined Roma on a loan deal until 30 June 2016, for a fee of €1.4 million. The agreement includes an option to make the deal permanent, for a fee of €13 million, before the beginning of the 2016–17 season.[42] Four days later, on his Roma debut, he scored a half scorpion flicked back heel goal in the 48th minute of a 3–1 home win over Frosinone;[43] before scoring in the 94th minute three days later in the following match against Sassuolo to seal a 2–0 away win.[44]

Roma

On 21 June 2016, Roma opted to buy out El Shaarawy's loan from Milan for the €13 million, keeping him at the club until 2020.[45]

International career

El Shaarawy playing for Italy against Haiti in 2013

Youth

Initially he was qualified to play for the Egypt national football team, but was denied by then coach Hassan Shehata stating that "not every Egyptian playing for a foreign league qualifies to play for the national side" as the Egyptian side then was very successful with 3 consecutive African Cup of Nations wins and performed well in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.[46]

El Shaarawy then started playing with the Italy U-17 team, he took part at both the 2009 UEFA U-17 Euro and the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[47]

He made his debut with the Italy U-21 team on 15 November 2011, in a qualifying match against Hungary.[48]

Senior

On 15 August 2012, El Shaarawy made his senior debut for Italy, in a 2–1 defeat in a friendly against England.[49] El Shaarawy scored his first goal for Italy on his third appearance, on 14 November 2012 in a 2–1 friendly win against France.[50][51]

He represented Italy at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, and made his tournament debut in the country's final group game against hosts Brazil, replacing Alessandro Diamanti for the final 19 minutes of a 4–2 defeat.[52] He returned in the third-place play-off, playing the entire match and scoring a penalty in the shootout which Italy won against Uruguay.[53]

El Shaarawy was not included in Italy's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, after missing most of the 2013–14 season through injury.[54]

On 10 October 2015, El Shaarawy, ended a three-year goal drought, scoring the winning goal in Italy's 3–1 away win over Azerbaijan in a European qualifying match; this was his first international goal since November 2012, and the win guaranteed Italy a place at Euro 2016.[55] On 31 May 2016, he was named to Antonio Conte's 23-man Italy squad for the upcoming tournament.[56] He made his only appearance of the tournament on 22 June, coming off the bench in Italy's final group match, which ended in a 1–0 defeat to Ireland.[57]

Style of play

Since his breakthrough season, El Shaarawy is considered to be an up-and-coming, potentially world-class player, and one of the most promising and talented young Italian players.[58] A hard-working player, he primarily plays as a left winger but can also play as an attacking midfielder or as a centre forward, due to his eye for goal. He is known for his pace, agility, dribbling ability, and technical skill. El Shaarawy has demonstrated his shooting power with strikes from outside the box; he is also an above-average passer, and creates space with a solid first-touch.[59]

His playing style has drawn comparisons with FIFA World Player of the Year winner Cristiano Ronaldo.[60] El Shaarawy cites former Milan playmaker Kaká as his role model.[61][62] Milan legend José Altafini compared El Shaarawy to Brazilian international Neymar and four-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi: "El Shaarawy reminds me of Neymar and Messi. They have a low center of gravity. They play with the ball glued to their feet. He has already proven that he's a good player. The important thing is not to bulk him up too much".[63]

Sponsorship

In 2012, El Shaarawy signed a sponsorship deal with American sportswear and equipment supplier, Nike. He appeared in an advert for the new Nike Green Speed II alongside Mario Götze, Eden Hazard, Raheem Sterling, Christian Eriksen and Theo Walcott in November 2012.[64][65]

El Shaarawy appears on the Italian cover of FIFA 14, alongside global cover star Lionel Messi.[66]

Career statistics

Club

As of 3 April 2016.[67][68]
Team Season League Cup [nb 1] League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Genoa 2008–09 1 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Padova (loan) 2010–11 29 9 1 0 30 9
Total 29 9 1 0 30 9
Milan 2011–12 22 2 4 2 2[a] 0 0 0 28 4
2012–13 37 16 1 1 8[a] 2 46 19
2013–14 6 0 0 0 3[a] 1 9 1
2014–15 18 3 1 0 19 3
Total 82 21 6 3 13 3 0 0 101 27
Monaco (loan) 2015–16 15 0 0 0 9 3 24 3
Total 15 0 0 0 9 3 24 3
Roma (loan) 2015–16 9 6 1 0 10 6
Total 9 6 1 0 10 6
Career total 138 36 7 3 0 0 23 6 0 0 166 45
  1. ^ a b c All appearances in UEFA Champions League

International

As of match played on 22 June 2016.[2][69]
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 3 1
2013 7 0
2014 1 0
2015 6 1
2016 3 1
Total 20 3

International goals

As of match played 2 July 2016. Italy score listed first, score column indicates score after each El Shaarawy goal.[2]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 14 November 2012 Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma, Italy 3  France 1–0 1–2 Friendly
2 10 October 2015 Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan 15  Azerbaijan 2–1 3–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
3 29 March 2016 Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany 18  Germany 1–4 1–4 Friendly

Honours

Club

Genoa
Milan[68]

International

Italy[68]

Individual

Notes

  1. ^ Includes cup competitions such as Coppa Italia and Coupe de France

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