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Mohamed Salah
Personal information
Full nameMohamed Salah Ghaly
Date of birth(1992-06-15) 15 June 1992 (age 21)
Place of birthBasion, El Gharbia, Egypt
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionWinger[1]
Club information
Current clubChelsea
Number15
Youth career
El Mokawloon
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2010–2012El Mokawloon41(11)
2012–2014Basel47(9)
2014–Chelsea2(0)
National team
2010–2011Egypt U20[2]11(3)
2011–2012Egypt U2311(4)
2011–Egypt26(15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:17, 15 February 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24:00, 26 November 2013 (UTC)
 
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Mohamed Salah
Personal information
Full nameMohamed Salah Ghaly
Date of birth(1992-06-15) 15 June 1992 (age 21)
Place of birthBasion, El Gharbia, Egypt
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionWinger[1]
Club information
Current clubChelsea
Number15
Youth career
El Mokawloon
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2010–2012El Mokawloon41(11)
2012–2014Basel47(9)
2014–Chelsea2(0)
National team
2010–2011Egypt U20[2]11(3)
2011–2012Egypt U2311(4)
2011–Egypt26(15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:17, 15 February 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24:00, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

Mohamed Salah Ghaly (born 15 June 1992) is an Egyptian footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Chelsea and Egypt national team.

As well as representing the Egyptian national team at an early age, he also participated in 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2012 Summer Olympics. He won the Swiss Super League in his first season with Basel, and was awarded the CAF Most Promising African Talent of the Year in 2012.[3] In 2013, he was awarded the SAFP Golden Player award for being the best player in the Swiss Super League.

Club career[edit]

El Mokawloon[edit]

Salah played his youth football with El Mokawloon Sporting Club.[4][not in citation given] He played his debut in their senior team in the Egyptian Premier League being substituted in on 3 May 2010 in the 1–1 away draw against Mansoura. During the 2010–2011 season Salah advanced and became a regular in the team. He scored his first goal for them on 25 December 2010 during the 1–1 away draw against Al Ahly SC. He remained a regular for El Mokawloon, appearing in every game of the 2011–12 season. However, following the Port Said Stadium disaster, early February 2012, the Egyptian Premier League was stopped and all subsequent matches were postponed. On 10 March 2012, the Egyptian Football Association announced their decision to cancel the remainder of the season.[5]

Basel[edit]

2012–13 season[edit]

Swiss Super League club Basel had been monitoring Salah for some time, and after the Port Said Stadium disaster the club organised a friendly match with the Egypt U-23 team. This match took place on 16 March in the Stadion Rankhof, in Basel, and despite Salah only playing during the second half, he scored twice. The game ended in a 4–3 win for the Egypt U-23 team.[6] Basel subsequently invited Salah to remain in the city for a week's training. On 10 April 2012, it was announced that Salah had signed for Basel on a four year contract starting from 15 June 2012.[7][8]

Salah scored on his unofficial debut on 23 June 2012 against Steaua Bucureşti during a friendly match, a 4–2 defeat. He made his official Basel debut in a UEFA Champions League preliminary stage match against the Norwegian club Molde on 8 August, coming on as a substitute in the 74th minute. He made his league debut on 12 August against Thun, playing the full match. He scored his first league goal a week later, the second goal in the 2–0 home win against Lausanne. Salah scored his first Europa League goal in the quarter-finals on 11 April 2013, as Basel advanced to the semi-finals by beating Tottenham Hotspur 4–1 on penalties after a 4–4 aggregate draw.[9] In the semi-final on 2 May, Salah scored against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, although they were beaten 2–5 on aggregate.[10] Despite late disappointment in Europe, Basel comfortably won the Swiss Super League season 2012–13 Championship title[11] and finished runners-up in the Swiss Cup.[12]

2013–14 season[edit]

Salah scored on the first appearance in 2013–14, against Aarau on 13 July 2013.[13]

He scored his first Champions League goal a month later against Macabi Tel Aviv on 6 August 2013 in the third qualifying round.[14] Before the first leg on 30 July 2013, Salah did not take part in the UEFA-mandated pre-match handshakes with Macabi players. Basel called the incident a "coincidence" and said it was not intended as a snub. Salah was on pressure from several Egyptian voices demanding from him not to travel to Israel and then criticizing his visit. On the return leg in Tel Aviv, he took part in the handshake line, but offered fist bumps rather than an open hand to Maccabi players.[15]

He scored twice against the Bulgarian league champions PFC Ludogorets Razgrad on 21 August 2013 in the play-off round.[16] On 18 September 2013, Salah scored the equalizer against Chelsea in the 2–1 away win during the group stage, During the return tie on 26 November at the St. Jakob-Park, Salah scored the winning goal as Basel beat Chelsea for the second time with a 1–0 home win.[17]

Chelsea[edit]

On 23 January 2014 Chelsea announced that a deal had been agreed with Basel to bring Salah to London for a fee reported to be £11 million.[18] On 26 January 2014 Chelsea announced they had completed the signing of Salah, making him the first Egyptian to sign for the Stamford Bridge club.[19] On 9 February 2014, Salah made his debut for Chelsea in the Premier League, coming on as a substitute, in the 3-0 win over Newcastle United.[20][21]

International career[edit]

Salah made his debut for the Egypt national football team on 3 September 2011 in the 2–1 away defeat by Sierra Leone, having previously made 11 appearances for the Egypt U-20 team and Egypt U-23 team, representing Egypt in both 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2012 Summer Olympics. He scored his first goal for Egypt's first team in the 3–0 win against Niger one month later. He later scored a goal in the 93rd minute in stoppage time against Guinea to give Egypt an important 3–2 away victory in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.

On 9 June 2013, Salah scored a hat-trick and registered an assist as Egypt won their fourth consecutive match in the World Cup qualifiers. In the following match, he scored the goal that sealed qualification for Egypt. Salah later scored his sixth goal in a qualification match to the joint-top scorer among all African teams in the qualification stages.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Egypt's goal tally first.
#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.8 October 2011Cairo International Stadium, Cairo Niger2–03–02012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
2.27 February 2012Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha Kenya1–05–0Friendly
3.29 March 2012Khartoum Stadium, Khartoum Uganda1–12–1Friendly
4.31 March 2012Khartoum Stadium, Khartoum Chad1–04–0Friendly
5.22 May 2012Al-Merrikh Stadium, Omdurman Togo2–03–0Friendly
6.3–0
7.10 June 2012Stade 28 Septembre, Conakry Guinea3–23–22014 FIFA World Cup qualifier
8.15 June 2012Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria Central African Republic2–12–32013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
9.6 February 2013Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid Chile1–21–2Friendly
22 March 2013Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria Swaziland2–010–0Unofficial friendly[22]
3–0
10.9 June 2013National Sports Stadium, Harare Zimbabwe2–14–22014 FIFA World Cup qualifier
11.3–1
12.4–2
13.16 June 2013Estádio da Machava, Maputo Mozambique1–01–02014 FIFA World Cup qualifier
14.14 August 2013El Gouna Stadium, El Gouna Uganda2–03–0Friendly
15.10 September 2013El Gouna Stadium, El Gouna Guinea3–24–22014 FIFA World Cup qualifier

Career statistics[edit]

As of 15 February 2014[23]
ClubSeasonDivisionLeagueCupEuropeTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Basel2012–13Swiss Super League295631424910
2013–14184111052910
Total479742477820
Chelsea2013–14Premier League201030
Career total499842478120

Titles and honours[edit]

Basel[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Al Mokawloon". Goal.com. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  5. ^ "Egypt's Premier League cancelled". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 10 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Marti, Caspar (2012). "Munteres Testspiel gegen Ägyptens Olympia-Auswahl endet 3:4" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
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  8. ^ Ahmed Abd El Rasoul (2012). "Egypt rising star Salah officially joins FC Basel". Ahram Online. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Basel break Spurs' hearts from the spot". Uefa. 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Haylett, Trevor (2013). "Basel take heart after Chelsea defeat". Eufa. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Schifferle, Michael (2013). "Season review: Switzerland". Eufa. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  12. ^ a b SFV (2013). "Telegramm Schweizer Cup Final". Schweizerischer Fussballverband. Retrieved 20 May 2013.  (German)
  13. ^ FC Bael 1893 - FC Aarau Match Report . Transfermarkt.co.uk (English) . Retrieved 13 July 2013
  14. ^ FC Basel 1893 - Maccabi Tel Aviv FC Match Report. Transfermarkt.co.uk (English) . Retrieved 30 July 2013
  15. ^ Sam Wallace (24 January 24). "Mohamed Salah and the Maccabi Tel Aviv handshake furore surrounding Chelsea's latest signing - Premier League - Football". The Independent. 
  16. ^ FC Basel 1893 - Ludogorets-Razgrad FC Match Report . Transfermarkt (English) . Retrieved 21 August 2013
  17. ^ Basel FC BS Chelsea Group Stage Match Report .UEFA Website . (English)
  18. ^ "Mohamed Salah: Chelsea agree deal to sign Basel midfielder". BBC Sport. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Salah Move Completed". Chelseafc.com. 2014-01-18. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  20. ^ "Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle". SkySports. 8 FEBRUARY 2014. Retrieved 8 FEBRUARY 2014. 
  21. ^ On 11 February 2014, Salah made his second Chelsea appearance during the 87th minute in a 1-1 draw against West Brom.
  22. ^ "FIXTURES AND RESULTS". fifa.com. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  23. ^ "Mohamed Salah". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
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