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Egyptian Stars The Next Big Thing?

Egyptian Stars The Next Big Thing?

Following the Wael Gomaa Interview some of the comments made by the Egyptian International and Blackburn Rovers target would get me to thinking about Egyptian footballers.

With Mido, a target for Rovers over the summer, very nearly signing for Mark Hughes before later claiming he wanted to fight for his place at Roma... days later returning to Tottenham Hotspur (although in fairness to Mido a return to Spurs would always be his preferred destination) just before the transfer deadline being the most high profile Egyptian arguably playing in Europe, with many others coming through are Egyptian footballers set to be the next big thing to take Europe by storm?

I recently saw another Egyptian, 24-year-old Hossam Ghaly, also at Spurs, having arrived from Feyenoord in January, who despite admittedly knowing little about him before hand the Midfielder looked a very accomplished footballer displaying some nice touches and spraying around some quality passes.

Gomaa would highlight fellow Egyptian Internationals Mohamed Zidan and Mohamed Aboutraika for special mention, both of whom look set for very big things, with Zidan, unsurprisingly knicknamed "Zizou" already playing in Europe.

After succesful spells in Norway with Akademisk Boldklub and then FC Midtjylland Zidan moved to Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliga. Since his signing in 2005 he has only made ten first team appearances for the club, although most of this time has seen him loaned out to fellow German side FSV Mainz 05.

The 24-year-old forward would reportedly be linked with a move to Ewood Park on the afternoon of transfer deadline day. This wouldn't come off but a move to the Premiership, and maybe even Ewood Park could be likely in the future?

Both James and myself agree that Zidan looks the business, if you've not seen him before, or you are in doubt Click Here to check out this link to see what we mean. I don't know about anyone else but after seeing this, and the fact that in 135 appearances in European football he has scored 53 goals had he signed I wouldn`t have been disappointed.

27-year-old Mohamed Aboutraika, who is an attacking midfielder also plays for Gomaa's current Egyptain club Al Ahly is likely to make the transition into European football in January for a fee of £3 million. This information has been provided to me by a reliable source.

Since his arrival in 2003 Aboutraika has helped Al Ahly win a number of trophies, the first coming in 2005. During this time Aboutraika, nicknamed "Trika" is said to have played the best foootball of his career, earning him his first taste of International football in 2003, since which time he has been a regular fixture in the Egyptian side. Aboutraika would be a part of the victorious Egyptian side to lift African Cup of Nations in 2006.

Wael Gomaa, who is likely to complete his move to Rovers in January, should return to Ewood Park for some training sessions in the meanwhile, but keep a look out for Aboutraika as you will hear of him making the move to Europe, possibly England (I`m not at all saying Rovers will be his destination) in January. Don`t be surprised if Zidan also transfers to England from Germany, which despite Shabani Nonda's arrival could still see Rovers as his destination? Although this would be far more likely than an Aboutraika arrvial it is still highly unlikely.

Keep an eye out for more talented footballers coming out of Egypt, Wael himself said that the country has many "undiscovered players."

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Date:Friday September 15 2006
Time: 8:44AM


If nothing else this article should make good reading, the clips of Zidan superb!
Hughes Da Man
15/09/2006 08:53:00
oh my god Mohamed Zidan is better than ronaldinho u should all watch that clip he is a really really talanted player he should be in arsenal or chealsea or manu or loverpool
15/09/2006 12:48:00
He is very talented indeed. In fact Bremen continue to over-look him and his name has been branded around during the transfer window with a number of clubs. I would love to see someone of this flair arrive at Ewood Park.
15/09/2006 13:31:00
You are right he is very talented for sure, maybe not quite for the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United however? i think most, if they check out the link will agree they'd like him at Ewood, although it is not just about on the field talent is it.
Hughes Da Man
15/09/2006 15:15:00
zidan have some offers from ausasuna and a. madrid
15/09/2006 18:22:00
he looks the business, lets get a bid in!!
Simon Garner Legend
15/09/2006 19:37:00
I'll see if I can use my influence to convince Hughes and the board to put in a bid! Would be good if he would arrive.
Hughes Da Man
15/09/2006 23:00:00
Roversguy has just e-mailed me a profile on Wael Gomaa (thanks) so I'll add this to the site over the weekend.
Hughes Da Man
16/09/2006 11:40:00
i am an egyptian guy and i love the english football it's not like any other football belive me guyz u should be broud in Egypt we have alot of great talents undiscoverd and it should be a happy surprise for the english premier league Mohamed Zidane is one of them and he is a very very very talanted player u all saw his clip so i don't have to mention the talent and abu treka he is the next zien el dien zidane belive me he is like no other one of the best i guess u saw him before in zidane vs ronaldo teams charity match he desirve a place in a leader team in England amer azmy too he plays in paok in greece he is a tuff defender and there is ahmed hassan no 10 in anderlekht and one of there great players u should see them and there is much more and more of egyptian good players
16/09/2006 22:27:00
momo apply to Blackburn Rovers Football Club Ewood Park Blackburn for a job as eygytian scout!!! lol zidane is talented i dont know about the other but if they are as good as him they'l make it.
Simon Garner Legend
17/09/2006 03:57:00
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