Walid Soliman (footballer)

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Walid Soliman
Personal information
Full name Walid Soliman Said
Arabic: وليد سليمان سعيد‎‎
Date of birth (1984-12-01) 1 December 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Minya, Egypt
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Winger
Club information
Current team
Al-Ahly
Number 11
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 PetroJet 50 (11)
2009-2010 Ahli Jeddah "Loan" 4 (1)
2010-2011 ENPPI 26 (4)
2011- Al-Ahly 30 (10)
National team
2007– Egypt 24 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 October 2014 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Walid Soliman (Arabic: وليد سليمان‎‎ ; born 1 December 1984 in Minya) is commonly known as Walid. The Egyptian footballer is nicked named as "the Egyptian Messi" due to his magical skills. Soliman is a left-footed attacking midfielder and playmaker for the Egyptian Premier League side Al-Ahly and the Egypt National Team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Soliman, who was born in Minya, played for his home town youth team; Beni Mazar FC. In 2004, he moved to Haras El-Hodoud and played for its U-20 youth team. However, he managed to appear for the club's first team in few matches under the coaching of Helmi Tolan. He was also among the Haras El-Hodoud squad that finished third in the 2004-05 Egyptian Premier League.

Gouna FC[edit]

In 2005 and under the coaching of Kamal Etman, Soliman moved to Gouna FC, which at that time was competing in the Egyptian Second Division. Although, he helped the team to finish top of its group, it failed to achieve promotion to Egyptian Premier League in the play-offs. Gouna FC finished third in the play-offs group which included Beni Suef telephones, Sohag Nile and Asyut Petroleum in addition to Gouna. It was Asyut Petroleum that eventually won promotion that season.

PetroJet[edit]

Mokhtar Mokhtar, PetroJet manager, was convinced by Soliman skills. The newly promoted team signed him in the summer transfer window in preparation for the 2006-07 Egyptian Premier League. Soliman began a new life of shining as he scored his first goal in PetroJet's first Premier League match leading the team to beat Geish 3-2. Soliman firmly established himself in the Egyptian League and as a result earned his first call-up by the Egypt national football team manager Hassan Shehata.[1] Egypt was preparing for the 2007 Pan Arab Games.

Ahli Jeddah[edit]

In January 2009, Soliman preferred to move abroad. He agreed to a six-months loan deal from the Saudi side Ahli Jeddah as PertoJet accepted the Saudi $500,000 offer to complete the deal.[2] Soliman was able to leave a good imprint as he scored the first goal for his team 3-2 win against Al-Raed.[3] He helped the team finish third place in the 2008-09 Saudi Professional League. However, Soliman's performance did not live up to the expectations with Saudi club that decided not to enter talks with Soliman to extend his contract.[4] Soliman declared that playing out of position was the reason for his less shiny performances.

Soliman returned to PetroJet at the end of the 2008-09 season. He would only play one more season with the team before transferreing to Enppi. He scored a total of 19 goals for PetroJet; 17 goals in the Egyptian Premier League, one goal in the 2010 CAF Confederation Cup, and another one in the Egypt Cup.

ENPPI[edit]

In June 2010, Soliman eventually accepted to join ENPPI, which also belongs to the Egyptian petroleum companies sector as well as PetroJet.[5] Although Egyptian giant Al Ahly had expressed interest in acquiring his services for several times and in return Soliman repeatedly declared his acceptance, Petrojet was reluctant to allow the transfer to materialize.[5] Soliman later explained the reason behind eventually favoring ENPPI instead as he said, "I preferred ENPPI because I felt that Ahli were not serious in their interest, the same goes for Zamalek".[6]

Al-Ahly[edit]

In August 2011, Soliman eventually accepted to join Al-Ahly

He played well and all and he scored two goals in the 2012 CAF Champions league group stage against Berekum Chelsea and came back and scored a goal in the final against Esperance ST to make Al Ahly win the cup.

Walid played in the FIFA Club World Cup while being injured so he wasn't in form, the injury took 3 months which meant walid will miss the first part of the league, but after he returned against telephonat Beni Sweif for 15 minutes, but the next match he was in the starting lineup against Haras El Hodoud and he managed a goal from a penalty, the next match he was also in the starting lineup against Enppi he also scored from a penalty. The next match he was also in the starting lineup against Ghazl el mahala he scored a goal from a shot in from outside the box.

Walid in the CAF Champions League 2013 played all Al Ahly 4 games so far with 3 goals and 2 assists but yet he was the main cause of Al Ahly losing against Orlando Pirates because he missed a penalty but he fixed his mistake in the match after when he scored an away goal against AC Leopards, and in the match in Egypt he managed to get a goal and an assist, Scored his first goal in Cairo Derby in 15 September as Al Ahly beaten Zamalek by four goals to two.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Division Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Egypt Haras El-Hodoud Egyptian Premier League 2004–05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Egypt Gouna FC Egyptian Second Division 2005-06 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Egypt PetroJet Egyptian Premier League 2006–07 13 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 3
2007–08 16 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 5
2008–09 12 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 14 6
Saudi Arabia Ahli Jeddah Saudi Professional League 2008–09 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 6 1
Egypt PetroJet Egyptian Premier League 2009–10 23 4 0 0 3 1 0 0 26 5
Egypt ENPPI 2010–11 26 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 27 4
Egypt Al-Ahly 2011–12 12 2 2 1 13 3 0 0 27 6
2012–13 4 3 0 0 10 3 4 0 21 7
2013–14 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 4 1
Second division total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Premier division total 110 27 8 2 27 8 7 0 152 37

International career[edit]

As of August 2013, Soliman played with Egypt only 20 caps. He appeared for the first time in the Pan Arab Games 2007, he played two matches from Egypt's four matches in the tournament. He helped the Pharaohs to win both Sudan and Saudi Arabia in the two matches that he played. Egypt eventually won the championship.

International goals[edit]

International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent min. Result Competition Goals
01. 16 December 2010 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Qatar 74' 1 – 2 International Friendly Goal Scored 1 goal

International matches[edit]

International Matches with National Team
# Date Venue Opponent min. Result Competition
01. 16 November 2007 Ismailia Stadium, Ismailia, Egypt  Sudan 90' 5 – 0 2007 Pan Arab Games
02. 25 November 2007 Cairo Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Saudi Arabia 4' 2 – 1 2007 Pan Arab Games
03. 19 November 2008 Cairo Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Benin 45' 5 – 1 International Friendly
04. 23 January 2009 Cairo Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Kenya 45' 1 – 0 International Friendly
05. 29 December 2009 Cairo Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Malawi 45' 1 – 1 International Friendly
06. 5 September 2010 Cairo Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Sierra Leone 39' 1 – 1 CAF Nations Cup Qualifying 2012
07. 10 October 2010 Général Seyni Kountché Stadium, Niamey, Niger  Niger 45' 0 – 1 CAF Nations Cup Qualifying 2012
08. 17 November 2010 Cairo Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Australia 35' 3 – 0 International Friendly
09. 16 December 2010 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Qatar 38' 1 – 2 International Friendly
10. 5 January 2011 Osman Ahmed Osman Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Tanzania 33' 5 – 1 2011 Nile Basin Tournament
11. 8 January 2011 Osman Ahmed Osman Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Uganda 45' 1 – 0 2011 Nile Basin Tournament
12. 11 January 2011 Ismailia Stadium, Ismailia, Egypt  Burundi 35' 3 – 0 2011 Nile Basin Tournament
13. 14 January 2011 Petro Sport Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Kenya 27' 5 – 1 2011 Nile Basin Tournament
14. 17 January 2011 Military Academy Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Uganda 30' 3 – 1 2011 Nile Basin Tournament
15. 14 November 2011 Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar  Brazil 45' 0 – 2 International Friendly
16. 29 March 2012 Al Merreikh Stadium, Omdurman, Sudan  Uganda 55' 2 – 1 International Friendly
17. 15 April 2012 Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Mauritania 90' 3 – 0 International Friendly
18. 17 April 2012 Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Iraq 17' 0 – 0 International Friendly
19. 4 June 2013 30 June Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Botswana 45' 1 – 1 International Friendly
20. 15 October 2013 Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Ghana  Ghana 90' 1 – 6 FIFA World Cup Qualification 2014
International Matches with Club
# Date Venue Opponent min. Result Competition
01. 9 December 2012 Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Aichi, Japan Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 80' 2 – 1 FIFA Club World Cup 2012
02. 12 December 2012 Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Aichi, Japan Brazil Corinthians 90' 0 – 1 FIFA Club World Cup 2012
03. 16 December 2012 Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama, Japan Mexico C.F. Monterrey 77' 0 – 2 FIFA Club World Cup 2012
04. 14 December 2013 Stade Adrar, Agadir, Morocco China Guangzhou Evergrande F.C. 90' 0 – 2 FIFA Club World Cup 2013
05. 18 December 2012 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco Mexico C.F. Monterrey 66' 1 – 5 FIFA Club World Cup 2013

Honours[edit]

Domestic honours[edit]

Egypt Haras El-Hodoud

Egypt PetroJet

Saudi Arabia Ahli Jeddah

Egypt Al-Ahly

International honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maher, Hatem. "Shehata announces squad for Arab Games". Filgoal, 2007-11-06. Retrieved on 8 July 2010.
  2. ^ Maher, Hatem. "Soliman completes Ahli move". Filgoal, 2009-01-22. Retrieved on 8 July 2010.
  3. ^ Abdel Aziz, Ahmed. "Soliman scores maiden goal in Saudi League". Filgoal, 2009-04-04. Retrieved on 7 July 2010.
  4. ^ AbdelAziz, Omar. "Soliman set for Petrojet return". Filgoal, 2009-04-29. Retrieved on 7 July 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Ahli-target Soliman set for ENPPI switch". Filgoal, 2010-06-07. Retrieved on 8 July 2010.
  6. ^ AbdelAziz, Omar "Soliman explains Ahli snub". Filgoal, 2010-06-08. Retrieved on 8 July 2010.

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