Tottenham: Egyptian stars fell short of expectations

Mido & Hossam Ghaly did not enjoy their best spells at White Hart Lane

Declan Wiseman
Published 05/01/2013 15:54 by Declan Wiseman, read by 2,870 people.

Tottenham have had two high-profile Egypt internationals on their books over the last 10 years.

Midfielder Hossam Ghaly joined from Feyenoord in 2006 and scored his first goal against Besitkas in the UEFA Cup. He only made 21 league appearances for the Lilywhites in his three years at Spurs, most likely because of what he was remembered by.

"Hossam Ghaly is facing a huge fine and a dressing down from Tottenham manager Martin Jol after angrily throwing his shirt to the ground following his substitution at White Hart Lane last night," were the words published in the Daily Mail in May 2007.

"Spurs grabbed a 1-1 draw at soggy White Hart Lane, meaning they only need a point to reach the UEFA Cup in consecutive seasons, but Ghaly's reaction left fans raging."

Ghaly did one of the worst things he could do, he disrespected the shirt. He threw his off after being subbed by Jol in a match against Blackburn Rovers. The fans sung: "You're not fit to wear the shirt", and the club disciplined him for his unforgettable actions.

He later apologised. "I am just so angry with myself," Ghali told the official Spurs' website. "I have always considered it an honour to wear the Tottenham shirt and I never intended to show any disrespect".

After his apology he was never to play for the club again. He stated that he wished to leave Tottenham because he was not getting played in central midfield. In 2008 he was loaned at to Derby County, and the season after was sold to Al-Nassr.

The other Egyptian to ply his trade at White Hart Lane was Mido. He was a forward who first played for Tottenham by a loan from Roma. He scored three in 11 appearances and his performances were deemed good enough by Jol for a permanent transfer.

He finished the season on 11 goals in 27 games, the second highest goal scorer that season.

Mido rejoined after a permanent deal was agreed, while the player stated that he couldn't wait to pull the shirt back on - it was in his heart that he would return back to the Lane and bang in some goals.

But later he was causing Jol trouble as he spoke out about former Spurs man, Sol Campbell.

"Speaking ahead of Sunday's match against Portsmouth, Mido said Campbell was "one of the easiest defenders" he had played against," wrote BBC Sport in September 2006.

Jol labelled Mido as "irresponsible" and "disrespectful".

Mido knew when he signed for the club that there were four other strikers in the squad and that he may not get the same game time as the rest.

Nevertheless he joined - which he later admitted was a mistake. He nearly got a transfer to Manchester City on transfer deadline day; however, it fell through.

After that season Mido was sold to Birmingham City.


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