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Magdi Abdelghani Sayed Ahmed (Arabic: مجدي عبد الغني سيد أحمد‎; born 27 July 1959), known as Abdelghani, is an Egyptian retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

Magdi Abdelghani
Personal information
Full name Magdi Abdelghani Sayed Ahmed
Date of birth (1959-07-27) 27 July 1959 (age 59)
Place of birth Cairo, Egypt
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1965–1979 Al-Ahly
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1988 Al-Ahly 386 (57)
1988–1992 Beira-Mar 107 (17)
1992–1993 Al Merreikh
1993–1994 Al-Mokawloon
National team
1981–1992 Egypt 50 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He played most of his professional career, which spanned nearly 15 years, with Al-Ahly and Beira-Mar.

Abdelghani represented Egypt at the 1990 World Cup. Before the 2018 world cup began, Abdelghani was accused of stealing the players kits.


Club careerEdit

Born in Cairo, Abdelghani was a first-team mainstay for several years at local Al-Ahly, before immigrating to Portugal in 1988 at the age of 29, signing with lowly S.C. Beira-Mar which he helped always maintain its first division status whilst averaging four goals per season, even though he appeared sparingly in his last year.

Abdelghani finished his career back in his country, first with Al Merreikh then Al-Mokawloon al-Arab. In 1987, he finished fourth in the race for African Footballer of the Year.[1]

International careerEdit

Abdelghani gained 50 caps for Egypt, representing the nation at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and scoring its only goal of the tournament, a penalty in the 1–1 group stage draw against the Netherlands.[2]

He also competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics,[3] and helped the Pharaohs win the 1986 African Cup of Nations on home soil. He also won an All-African Games gold medal in 1987.[4]


  1. ^ "African Player of the Year 1987". RSSSF. Retrieved 9 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Netherlands – Egypt 1–1 (0–0)". Planet World Cup. 12 June 1990. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Abdelghani Sayed". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Egypt Versus Kenya". Retrieved 29 November 2017.

External linksEdit

Template:Egypt Squad 1986 Africa Cup of Nations