Walid Soliman (footballer)
|Full name||Walid Soliman Said
Arabic: وليد سليمان سعيد
|Date of birth||1 December 1984|
|Place of birth||Minya, Egypt|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder
|2009-2010||→ Ahli Jeddah "Loan"||4||(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.
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.
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.
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. Egypt was preparing for the 2007 Pan Arab Games.
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. Soliman was able to leave a good imprint as he scored the first goal for his team 3-2 win against Al-Raed. 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. 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.
In June 2010, Soliman eventually accepted to join ENPPI, which also belongs to the Egyptian petroleum companies sector as well as PetroJet. 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. 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".
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.
|Haras El-Hodoud||Egyptian Premier League||2004–05||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Gouna FC||Egyptian Second Division||2005-06||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|PetroJet||Egyptian Premier League||2006–07||13||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||14||3|
|Ahli Jeddah||Saudi Professional League||2008–09||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||6||1|
|PetroJet||Egyptian Premier League||2009–10||23||4||0||0||3||1||0||0||26||5|
|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|
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.
|01.||16 December 2010||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Qatar||74'||1 – 2||International Friendly||Scored 1 goal|
|01.||9 December 2012||Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Aichi, Japan||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||80'||2 – 1||FIFA Club World Cup 2012|
|02.||12 December 2012||Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Aichi, Japan||Corinthians||90'||0 – 1||FIFA Club World Cup 2012|
|03.||16 December 2012||Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama, Japan||C.F. Monterrey||77'||0 – 2||FIFA Club World Cup 2012|
|04.||14 December 2013||Stade Adrar, Agadir, Morocco||Guangzhou Evergrande F.C.||90'||0 – 2||FIFA Club World Cup 2013|
|05.||18 December 2012||Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco||C.F. Monterrey||66'||1 – 5||FIFA Club World Cup 2013|
- Egyptian Premier League
- 3rd : 2004-2005
- Saudi Professional League
- 3rd : 2008-2009
- Egyptian Premier League
- Champions : 2013-2014
- Egyptian Super Cup
- Champions : 2011,2014
- CAF Champions League
- FIFA Club World Cup
- 4th : 2012
- CAF Super Cup
- Maher, Hatem. "Shehata announces squad for Arab Games". Filgoal, 2007-11-06. Retrieved on 8 July 2010.
- Maher, Hatem. "Soliman completes Ahli move". Filgoal, 2009-01-22. Retrieved on 8 July 2010.
- Abdel Aziz, Ahmed. "Soliman scores maiden goal in Saudi League". Filgoal, 2009-04-04. Retrieved on 7 July 2010.
- AbdelAziz, Omar. "Soliman set for Petrojet return". Filgoal, 2009-04-29. Retrieved on 7 July 2010.
- "Ahli-target Soliman set for ENPPI switch". Filgoal, 2010-06-07. Retrieved on 8 July 2010.
- AbdelAziz, Omar "Soliman explains Ahli snub". Filgoal, 2010-06-08. Retrieved on 8 July 2010.