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Mido

Mido
 
Complete Name: Ahmed "Hussein Abdelamid Ahmed" Hossam
Nationality: Egyptian
Place of Birth: Cairo, Egypt
Date of Birth: February 23, 1983
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 83 kg
National Team: Egypt
Current Club: Tottenham Hotspur (England)
Position: Striker
 

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Club career history

Zamalek (Egypt), AA Gent (Belgium), Ajax Amsterdam (Holland), Celta Vigo (Spain), Olympique Marseille (France), AS Roma (Italy), Tottenham Hotspur (England)
 

Honours

2002
Dutch Eresedevisie
Amstel Cup
Super Cup
CAF Best African Young Player of the Year
 

Biography

Mido (born February 23, 1983 in Cairo) is an Egyptian footballer who is currently a striker for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in the English Premiership.

Mido is almost as well known for his volatile temperament as his footballing prowess. He was reported to be the highest ever paid Egyptian professional. In 2002 Mido was named African Youth Player of the Year. He made his first full international appearance against the UAE scoring Egypt's first goal in a 2-1 victory. Recently he established the "Mido Football Academy" which is recognised as a step in revolutionizing Egyptian football.

At Ajax, he averaged a goal every other game, but clashed with coach Ronald Koeman and reportedly threw a pair of scissors at fellow Ajax striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after an argument. He has earned 34 caps for Egypt, but lost his place in the national team after a bitter falling-out in 2004 with then-coach Marco Tardelli. He claimed to be unavailable for the national team due to an injury, but played in a friendly match with Roma 24 hours later. Tardelli immediately dropped him from the team, and the national federation announced that he would not play again for the team.

In January 2005, Mido was signed by Spurs on an 18-month loan deal with Roma, expressing many regrets for his volatile past. He scored two goals in his Spurs debut. Despite this he found acclimatisation to the rigours of English football difficult. By this time Tardelli had been sacked as Egypt coach, and the federation signaled that they would consider a return by Mido if he were willing to apologise for his past behavior. In February, while his new teammates were playing in an FA Cup tie for which he was ineligible, Mido flew to Cairo and made a public apology. The following month, he was recalled to the national team.

At the start of the 2005-06 season, Mido looked in far fitter form and scored in pre-season friendlies as well as the second league game of the new term.

He has continued to impress and is currently the top scorer as the club pushes for a champions league spot

He has 9 goals this term, and is the spearhead of the Spurs attack, he has also established a great following at the club where the fans chant "Miiiiddooo, Yidddoooo". Yiddo being a nickname given to spurs fans. His relationship with manager Martin Jol is excellent, every game the two can be seen hugging and sharing jokes. Martin Jol said in late 2005 that Mido is one of the best headers of the ball in Europe. His loan spell is due to end in the summer of 2006, however he had said he will not return to Roma and wishes to sign permanently with Tottenham.

On February 8, 2006 it was announced that Mido had been thrown out of the Egypt squad at the African Cup of Nations as a consequence of a touchline row with coach Hassan Shehata (the argument had started after Mido reacted badly to being substituted in the semi-final game against Senegal). The Egyptian Football Association subsequently ruled Mido out of the international team for six months. However Mido made an apology to the coach, the team and the fans and it looks as if his ban will be overturned, although he still did not feature in the squad for the final of the African Cup of Nations 2006, which Egypt won on penalties.
 

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