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Emad Moteab (Arabic: عماد متعب) (born 20 February 1983 in Sharkia, Egypt) is a retired Egyptian football striker. He played for Al Ahly SC as well as the Egyptian national team. At his last club Al-Ahly, some have commented that his combination with Mohamed Aboutrika and Mohamed Barakat formed the most formidable triangle in African Football, and they were given the moniker of "The Bermuda Triangle." The Angolan striker Flávio Amado replaces Barakat sometimes, playing a great role in forming this dangerous triangle. Moteab is considered one of the best strikers of his age in Africa. On 14 November 2009, he scored a game changing goal in the very last minute of the match, this gave Egypt a 2–0 lead defeating the Algerian team (2–0), forcing an extra game in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, which Algeria won 1–0.

Emad Moteab
Personal information
Full name Emad Mohamed Abd El Naby Ibrahim Moteab
Date of birth (1983-02-20) 20 February 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Sharkia, Egypt
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1993–2003 Al-Ahly
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2018 Al-Ahly 187 (74)
2008–2009Al-Ittihad (loan) 15 (10)
2018Al-Taawoun (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2003–2004 Egypt U20 17 (9)
2004–2015 Egypt 72 (28)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9/2/2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9/2/2018 (UTC)


Early lifeEdit

Emad Mohamed Abd El Naby Ibrahim was born in Sharqia Governorate east of Nile Delta, Egypt. He gained the nickname Moteab (Arabic: متعب) from his friends. He began his career with Al-Ahly Youth Academy when he was 13. His potential and scoring talent was discovered, causing Egyptian national U20 team coach Hassan Shehata to call him up for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. In this tournament he scored a superb goal against England.

Club careerEdit



Moteab made his debut with Al-Ahly in the opening day of the Egyptian Premier League 2004–05 season after Portuguese manager Manuel José called him up for the first team squad against Suez Cement on 17 September 2004. After only 11 minutes in his debut he scored his first goal with Al-Ahly, leading the way for a 0–3 win. On 26 September 2004 Moteab made his second appearance with Al-Ahly against Tersana, but he did not find the net. On the third round of the league on 13 October 2004 he led Al-Ahly to a 0–1 win against Mansoura, four days later he scored his third goal in four matches against Ittihad on 17 October. On 4 November 2004 he played in his first Cairo derby against rivals Zamalek scoring his first goal in the derby matches in a 4–2 win. On 15 December 2004 at Haras El Hodood stadium He secured a 2–1 hard win for Al-Ahly over Haras El Hodood in the 94th minutes from a penalty kick. On 23 December he scored Ahly's second goal against Ghazl El-Mehalla form a penalty in 2–1 win. On 31 December he scored his 7th goal of the season against Tersana in 0–3 away win.

On 28 January 2005 Moteab led Al-Ahly for a hard 1–2 win over Baladeyet Al-Mahalla scoring two goals of the match; in first-half stoppage time, and the winning goal in second-half stoppage time after Mostafa Gaafar's goal in the 89th minute. On 12 February 2005 he scored in the Cairo derby in his second match, leading to a 3–0 win after Mohamed Aboutrika's double. On 18 February 2005 he scored his 11th goal of the league against Assuit Cement in a 1–3 win. On 18 February he scored his 12th goal against ENPPI in a 1–1 draw. On 31 March 2005 he scored Ahly's second goal in a 2–1 win against Haras El Hodood. On 14 April 2005 Moteab scored Ahly's 4th goal in a historical 0–6 away win over rivals Ismaily, after Barakat's hat-trick and Aboutrika's double. Moteab became the youngest player to be The Egyptian Premier League top scorer with 15 goals in 2004–05 season.[1]

In 2005 Motaeb also scored in the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship 5th place playoff against Sydney FC in Tokyo, although Sydney won the match 2–1. It was Al-Ahly's only goal of the tournament.

In 2007 Emad spent two weeks on Teesside whilst trialling for English Premier League team Middlesbrough F.C.. Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate decided not to make a bid for the prolific marksman; Middlesbrough did however sign teammate and triallist Mohamed Shawky.

Moteab was due to become Bristol City's record signing, for a fee of £1.5 million,[2] and indeed, he had passed the medical and was awaiting a work permit.[3] However, the move was cast into doubt when Emad played a full game for Al Ahly in the African Champions League while City were awaiting a work permit, after which they cancelled the signing of Moteab, as it was going against their terms in the transfer.[4]

Right after signing with Belgian side Standard Liège in 2010, Moteab left Belgium without any explanation from his new club. The Belgian press did not expect him to come back. In Egyptian media, Nader Shawky (Moteab's agent) said there were reasons for Moteab's change of heart, but refused to expand; he made it clear that he agreed with the player to hold silence until the problems was solved, and that they would speak out as soon as that happened.

On 27 August it was reported that he had signed with his former club, a deal which will go through in the winter transfer market after he paid 300 thousand euros from the half million euros which the club wanted for terminating his contract. Although Emad fought with Al Ahly a lot and refused to renew his contract before signing with Standard, he agreed to return again. He told many newspapers that he did not want to complete his contract because of his injuries, but in fact when Emad returned to Egypt he took his papers from his university to make the military call him to do his army (military duty). Also Ahmed Hassan told the media that Emad destroyed what he did in many years in two days when he returned to Egypt for no reason, Egypt coach Hassan Shehata told the media that most of the Egyptian players fail in Europe due to the lack of professionalism.


He participated with his Team Al-Ahly in 8 Matches in the uncompleted season. He scored 5 Goals in 632 minutes[5]


After the Port Said Stadium clashes, on 1 February 2012, Motaeb decided to retire from professional football, along with Mohamed Barakat and Mohamed Aboutrika.[6] However, Motaeb has come out of retirement and is regularly playing for his club and Egypt.

Al-Taawoun FCEdit

On January 1, 2018, Emad signed a loan deal for Al-Taawoun FC until the end of the 2017/18 season.

National teamEdit

He appeared as a member of the first team at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, scoring twice in the last group game against Ivory Coast and once in the quarter final against the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt's coach Hassan Shehata named him as giving the best effort for the team in the tournament. He also took part in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and was a regular starter for Egypt along with Mohamed Zidan of Dortmund. He scored 2 goals in the tournament he is a regular for Egypt and wears the number 10 Shirt.

Moteab was also selected in Hany Ramzy's 18-man squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

International goalsEdit

Emad Moteab[7]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 November 2004 Arab Contractors Stadium, Cairo, Egypt   Bulgaria 1–0 1–1 Friendly match
2. 4 February 2005 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea   South Korea 1–0 1–0 Friendly match
3. 9 February 2005 Arab Contractors Stadium, Cairo, Egypt   Belgium 1–0 4–0 Friendly match
4. 2–0
5. 14 March 2005 Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam, Saudi Arabia   Saudi Arabia 1–0 1–0 Friendly match
6. 27 March 2005 Arab Contractors Stadium, Cairo, Egypt   Libya 2–1 4–1 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
7. 3–1
8. 28 January 2006 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt   Ivory Coast 1–0 3–1 2006 Africa Cup of Nations
9. 3–1
10. 3 February 2006 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt   DR Congo 3–1 4–1 2006 Africa Cup of Nations
11. 15 November 2006 Griffin Park, London, England   South Africa 3–1 4–1 2006 Nelson Mandela Challenge
12. 25 November 2007 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt   Saudi Arabia 2–0 2-1 2007 Pan Arab Games
13. 13 January 2008 Alverca do Ribatejo, Portugal   Angola 1–0 3–3 Friendly match
14. 2–1
15. 3–3
16. 22 June 2008 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt   Malawi 1–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
17. 2–0
18. 12 October 2008 Cairo Military Academy Stadium, Cairo, Egypt   Djibouti 1–0 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
19. 19 November 2008 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt   Benin 2–0 5-1 Friendly match
20. 3–0
21. 11 February 2009 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt   Ghana 2–2 2–2 Friendly match
22. 5 November 2009 Aswan Stadium, Aswan, Egypt   Tanzania 1–0 5-1 Friendly match
23. 3–0
24. 14 November 2009 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt   Algeria 2–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
25. 12 January 2010 Complexo da Sr. da Graça, Benguela, Angola   Nigeria 1–1 3–1 2010 Africa Cup of Nations
26. 20 January 2010 Complexo da Sr. da Graça, Benguela, Angola   Benin 2–0 2–0 2010 Africa Cup of Nations
27. 15 April 2012 Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates   Mauritania 3–0 3–0 Friendly match
28. 30 June 2012 Barthelemy Boganda Stadium, Bangui, Central African Republic   Central African Republic 1–1 1–1 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier



With Al-Ahly

National teamEdit

Egyptian national team

Individual TitlesEdit

  • Egyptian Premier League Top Goalscorer 2004/05.
  • Named the best striker in Africa in 2005.
  • Named Second best Striker in Africa in 2006.


  1. ^ Egyptian Premier League 2004–05
  2. ^ "City agree record Meteb swoop". Sky Sports. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Moteab move under thread". BBC. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2008.
  4. ^ "Bristol City call off Moteab deal". Sky Sports. 26 July 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2008.
  5. ^ Moteab stats 2011 2012
  6. ^ "Egypt football riots: three Egypt internationals retire after mass deaths in stadium riot". The Telegraph. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  7. ^ Emad Abdel Nabi Moteab - Goals in International Matches Emad moteab signs for Al Ahly

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