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Abdulrahman Fawzi

Abdulrahman Fawzi (Arabic: عبد الرحمن فوزي‎) (August 11, 1909 – October 16, 1988) was an Egyptian footballer who played as a winger. He took part at the 1934 FIFA World Cup, where he scored twice for Egypt in their 2–4 loss against Hungary,[1] which was the first time (and the only time before 1970) that an African team had competed at the FIFA World Cup. He was thus the first African footballer to score at the World Cup. He would have been the first African to score a hat trick at the World Cup (a feat not yet achieved by an African footballer up to and including the 2014 FIFA World Cup) but his third goal was disallowed. The Egyptian goalkeeper that day, Mustafa Mansour, later said:[2]

Abdulrahman Fawzi
Personal information
Date of birth (1909-08-11)August 11, 1909
Place of birth Port Said, Egypt
Date of death October 16, 1988(1988-10-16) (aged 79)
Place of death Cairo, Egypt
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1928–1934 Al-Masry
1935–1947 Al Mokhtalat / Farouk
National team
Teams managed
1947–1956 Farouk / Zamalek
1953–1954 Egypt (National Committee)
1956 Ghazl El Mahalla
1957–1962 Saudi Arabia
1960–1961 Al-Sekka Al-Hadid
1975 Al-Sekka Al-Hadid
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

"When the game was 2–2, my colleague Fawzi took the ball from the centre and dribbled past all the Hungarian players to score a third goal. But the referee cancelled the goal as an offside!"

Abdulrahman Fawzi was born in Port Said, and played for both Al-Masry and Zamalek SC. He later became the first manager of the Saudi Arabia national football team.

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  1. ^ Archived 2010-06-14 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "1934: The flying Egyptian". BBC Sport. 3 May 2002.