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Mahmoud El Khatib (Egyptian Arabic: محمود الخطيب‎) (born 30 October 1954)[1] popularly nicknamed Bibo, is a former Egyptian football player and the 18th and current President of Al Ahly Sporting Club. He is widely regarded as one of the best players in African football history[2].

Mahmoud El Khatib
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Personal information
Full name Mahmoud Ibrahim Ibrahim El Khatib
Date of birth (1954-10-30) 30 October 1954 (age 64)
Place of birth Aga City, El Dakahlia, Egypt
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
President of Al Ahly
Youth career
1969–1972 Al Ahly
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1988 Al Ahly 199 (109)
National team
1974–1986 Egypt 54 (24)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



  • "Bibo" played for Al Ahly between 1972–1988 and for the Egyptian National Team between 1974-1986 (scoring 27 goals). He made his debut in the second week of the 1972/73 season of the Egyptian League against Taiaran on 13 October 1972.
  • "Bibo" moved to Al Ahly in 1972 and spent 16 years with the club before he retired in 1988 due to numerous injuries he suffered over the years, as he was often the target of the opposition's attention, and often fouled[citation needed]. The problem became of such concern to Al Ahly managerial staff that prior to one game another player was given Bibo's number 10 jersey to wear[citation needed].
  • "Bibo" Won the Egyptian League title ten times, the Egyptian Cup six times, The African Cup Winner's Cup three times, and the African Champions League twice with his club Al Ahly. He was also chosen best player in Egypt five times during his career.
  • In 1983, El Khatib won the France Football Award for the best African player.[3][circular reference]
  • El Khatib was selected to be a member of the International Committee for Fair Play after playing 450 domestic and international games without being reprimanded once[citation needed].
  • In 2007 "Bibo" was named the second best African Footballer in the last 50 years by the Confederation of African Football[citation needed].
  • El-Khatib “Bibo” announced his candidacy for the presidency of Al Ahly of which its elections took place on November 30th, 2017[citation needed].
  • Bibo won the presidential election of Al Ahly on November 30th, 2017 to become the 15th President[citation needed].

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  1. ^ Alahram weekley article on Mahmoud El Khatib Archived 31 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ The 50 Greatest African Players of All Time
  3. ^ African Footballer of the Year
  4. ^ "IFFHS announce the 48 football legend players". IFFHS. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2017.

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