In the following, we will have an overview of the history of the Egyptian Professional Football and Egyptian Premier League top scorers of all time!
The Egyptian Football Premier League is the highest category of men's professional competitions in the Egyptian Football League system, and following the statistics of Egyptian Premier League top scorers of all time has always been one of the most attractive titles for the fans of this league.
But before we can determine the All-time top goal scorers in Egyptian Premier League history, we must first have a brief look at the history of the Egyptian Premier League.
From the 2015/16 season onwards, the league competitions are held with the participation of 18 teams using the promotion and relegation system to the Division II league. A regular season starts in August and the competition ends in May of the following year.
Unlike most professional football leagues in the world, the Egyptian Premier League is played on weekdays. . All of the Egyptian Premier League clubs qualify for the Egypt Cup. The winner of the Egyptian Premier League qualifies for the Egyptian Super Cup.
In the following, we will first review the history of the Football Premier League of Egypt, and after presenting the list of highest goal scorers in Egyptian Premier League of all time, we will briefly share the personal records of each of these Egyptian Premier League top goal scorers ever with you.
Before we can list the Egyptian Premier League highest goal scorers of all time, we must first review the history, founding and profile of the Egyptian Premier League. Then by putting the statistics of all the seasons of this league together, we can determine the all-time top goal scorers in Egyptian Premier League history.
The history, scoring system and routine of the Egyptian Football Premier League are similar to many of the world's top football leagues.
The Egyptian Premier League is one of the top national leagues, ranked third in Africa according to CAF's 5-Year Ranking for the 2019–20 season, based on performances in African competitions over the past five seasons.
Since the inception of the Egyptian Football Premier League in 1948, 70 clubs have participated in the competition. These competitions, which are the highest level of professional football competitions in the Egyptian league, are reserved for men.
The competitions for each season start in August and end in May of the following year with the nomination of the top team and the title of "winner". The winner of the Egyptian Premier League qualifies for the Egyptian Super Cup.
At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned champion. If points are equal, the direct confrontation, the goal difference and then goals scored determine the winner. The three lowest placed teams are relegated into the Division II League, and the top three teams from the three groups into the Division II league, together, are promoted in their place.
The Egyptian Premier League did not have a sponsor until 2005, and since then, the Premier League has been allowed to have a sponsor. The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name that is usually written on the shirts of the players of the clubs in the league. The list below details who the sponsors have been and what they called the competition:
From the 2015/16 season onwards, the competitions of each season will be attended by 18 clubs. In these competitions, each team plays twice with the other team. One of these games is played in the home stadium of the team and the other game is in the home stadium of the opposing team. Therefore, in each regular season, each team plays 34 games.
In the Egyptian Football Premier League competitions, the standard scoring system is used, which means that the team receives 3 points for each win, and 1 point for each draw. No points will be awarded for the loss.
A total of 66 clubs have played in the Egyptian Premier League from its inception in 1948–49 up to and including the 2017–18 season. But only two clubs have been members of the Egyptian Premier League for every season since its inception. These are Al Ahly and Zamalek, meanwhile Al-Ittihad and Al Masry have been absent only for two seasons of the League since its inception.
The competing clubs in the Egyptian Premier League as of the 2019/2020 season are: Al Ahly, Pyramids FC, Al Masry, El Gouna, El Dakhleya, El Entag El Harby, El Geish, Al Mokawloon, Al-Ittihad, Aswan SC, ENPPI, Ismaily, Misr El Makasa, FC Masr, Smouha, Tanta, Wadi Degla, and Zamalek.
Al-Ahly is the most proud club in the Egyptian Premier League. Al-Ahly has won the title 41 times so far and holds the record in this regard. Apart from Al-Ahly, only six other clubs have won the Egyptian Premier League so far: Ghazl El Mahalla, Ismaily, Al Mokawloon Al Arab, Olympic Club, Tersana and Zamalek.
Not surprisingly, when we look at the professional records of Egyptian Premier League top scorers of all time, we come across the names of these 7 clubs over and over again.
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Egypt has many football stadiums and is among the top countries in the Middle East and Africa in this regard. The number of football stadiums in this country is 20 and the size of these stadiums varies from 86,000 to 13,000.
Prior to the Port Said Stadium riot on February 1, 2012, the Egyptian Premier League was one of the leagues with the highest average stadium attendance in Africa and the Middle East. In that tragic incident that took place after the game between Al-Masari and Al-Ahly, 74 people were killed and more than 500 were injured in the riots.
From that date until 2017, all domestic football matches were held behind closed doors and without spectators. It was only in the 2017/18 season that local security officials again allowed the tournament to be held with a small attendance. In this season's qualifiers, there were about 100 spectators in each match.
In the following, first we will present a list of top scorers in Egyptian Premier League of all time and after that, we will briefly introduce each of these top scorers in the Egyptian Premier League.
The list of highest goal scorers in Egyptian Premier League of all time is as follows:
Now that we have a list of the Egyptian Premier League top scorers of all time, let's take a brief look at the professional and personal information of these top scorers in Egyptian Premier League of all time.
Hassan Ahmed El-Shazly is the first one in the list of highest goal scorers in Egyptian Premier League of all time. El-Shazly is considered as a historic player of Tersana. He was described as a "devastating shooter" and "lethal with both feet".
El-Shazly played club football for the Egyptian team Tersana. He led Tersana to its only Egyptian League title in the 1963 season. He was the Egyptian Premier League top goalscorer for four times. As of 2010, this is an Egyptian record that still holds. He scored 34 goals as the top league scorer of 1974–75 Egyptian Premier League season, a one-season record that still stands. This was done at a relative old age; he was 32 years old!
The next player in the list of Egyptian Premier League highest goal scorers ever is Hossam Hassan Hussein, an Egyptian former professional football player who played as a striker. A prolific goalscorer, he is Egypt's all-time top scorer with 68 goals in 176 appearances. His twin brother Ibrahim also played professional football, and they shared teams for most of their extensive careers.
Hassan represented the national team in the 1990 World Cup and seven Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. He is regarded as one of the best players in African football history and is the second most capped player in men's international football.
Next player of the list of the top scorers in Egyptian Premier League of all time is Reyadh who played club football for Tersana Club. He is the third all-time scorer in the Egyptian Premier League with 123 goals.
Reyadh played for the Egypt national football team in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where he was 2nd top scorer with 8 goals. Reyadh also played for Egypt in the 1962 and 1963 African Cup of Nations.
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The next top player in the list of Egyptian Premier League top scorers of all time is El-Sayed Mohammed Al-Tabei “El-Dhizui”, who was a legend in Egyptian football. He was born in Port Said.
Al-Tabei was given the nickname El-Dhizui for his likeness to a local-based Italian player called Desi Lucetti. He was first known in his home city of Port Said as Desi Al-Saghir or Desi Junior, which later changed to Deswi or El-Dhizui.
El-Dhizui began his playing career at an early age with his school at the Nile Primary School and later at Port Said Secondary, where he was spotted playing in a school league by Hussein Al-Deeb, coach of the Al-Masry Club, who was astounded by the youngster’s ability on the ball. The coach alerted the club’s president Abdel-Rahman Lotfi Pasha and, at the age of 16, the player was signed up for the team.
He quickly became a regular in the first team helping the club to win six titles in the Canal Zone League in 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, and 1948, also reaching three Egyptian Cup finals.
He was eventually called into the national team for the first time in a friendly game with Hungary in 1947. El-Dhizui ended up on the losing side with a 3-2 defeat but did manage to score on his debut. One year later he played at the 1948 Olympic Games in London.
He scored five goals in three games to help Egypt win the 1st Pan Arab Games in Alexandria in 1953. When he played against the Netherlands, he impressed Queen Juliana of the Netherlands so much that after the game she half-jokingly asked for El-Dhizui’s boots to be checked for magnets, as it seemed to her that the ball was glued to his feet for most of the game. The remark earned him another nickname, “El-Magnatis” or the Magnet.
With his home club Al-Masry, he was leading scorer in the Egyptian league three times in consecutive years in 1949, 1950 and 1951, and after his move to Al Ahly in Cairo his 14 goals gave him his fourth title in 1959 and ended his career with Al-Ahly with 49 goals in five seasons for the club.
In one game against Norway in Oslo in 1955, El-Dhizui scored all five goals for Egypt in their 5-4 win over the Scandinavians and was offered contracts from various European based clubs. He did not pursue these, however, and eventually joined Al-Ahly, winning four league titles and two cups in his five seasons at the club. He rejoined his first club Al-Masry in 1961, and retired in 1964 at the age of 37 with a record 112 goals in the Egyptian league.
Next place in All-time top goal scorers in Egyptian Premier League history belongs to Mahmoud El Khatib, popularly nicknamed Bibo, an Egyptian retired footballer and current President of Al Ahly Sporting Club. He is widely regarded as one of the best players in African football history.
Among his club honors and achievements, we can mention winning the title of Egyptian Football Premier League in 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1985–86, and 1986–87 seasons, Egypt Cup in 1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, and 1985, African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1982 and 1987, and African Cup Winners' Cup in 1984, 1985, and 1986 with Al-Ahly.
In addition to club honors, his national honors include the African Cup of Nations in 1986 with the Egyptian national team.
His individual awards includes: African Footballer of the Year in 1983, Africa Cup of Nations Dream Team in 1980, and IFFHS Legends in 2016.
Ahmed Abdou Abd El-Aziz El-Kass is an Egyptian football manager and former football player. He played for Olympic, Zamalek and Ittihad Alexandria in the Egyptian Premier League.
He played for Egyptian National Team since 1987 to 1997, and he was team's captain in 1996. He played in World Cup 1990 in Italy, and scored 3 goals in African Cup Of Nations (South Africa 1996).
Among his individual honors and achievements are the following:
And his national honors are as follows:
It should be noted that El-kass and Abdallah Said are jointly ranked sixth in the list of the Egyptian Premier League top scorers of all time.
The next player on the list of Egyptian Premier League top goal scorers ever who shares sixth place with El-kass is Abdallah Mahmoud El Said Bekhit who plays as an attacking midfielder for Pyramids and the Egypt national team.
El Said agreed to a three-year contract extension with Ismaily in May 2007. In 2011 after various problems with his team and due to Ismaily's need for money and after long negotiations, El Said signed with Al Ahly despite earlier reports assuring that he is going to sign with Zamalek due to Ismaily's bitter rivalry with Ahly.
El Said made his debut with Al Ahly against ENPPI, he scored 4 goals in his first season before it was cancelled due to the Egyptian Revolution of 2011.
On 10 April 2018, El Said joined Finish side KuPS on loan for two months. Following the conclusion of the loan, he joined Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli Saudi. In January 2019, El Said joined the Egyptian side Pyramids.
Among his series of club honors with Al-Ahly Club, the following can be mentioned: Egyptian Premier League in 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017–18, Egypt Cup in 2016–17, Egyptian Super Cup in 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2017, CAF Champions League in 2012 and 2013, CAF Confederation Cup in 2014, and CAF Super Cup in 2013 and 2014.
The next player o Egyptian Premier League top scorers ever list is Mohamed Mohamed Mohamed Aboutrika, an Egyptian retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder and a forward.
He is often considered the best Egyptian player in history and is widely regarded as one of the greatest African footballers of all time. He also came second in the African Footballer of the Year award in 2008 after Emmanuel Adebayor, and was one of five nominees for the 2006 award, and one of the ten nominated for the 2013 award.
Among his series of national honors with the national team, we can mention: African Cup of Nations in 2006 and 2008, Nile Basin Tournament in 2011, and African Military Cup in 2004.
His Individual honors and achievements includes: EFA Egyptian Player of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008, African Inter-Club Player of the Year in 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2013, CAF Team of the Year in 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2013, Africa Cup of Nations Dream Team in 2006 and 2008, World's Most Popular Footballer in 2007 and 2008, El Heddaf Arab Footballer of the Year in 2007, 2008, and 2012, Al Mountakhab Arab Footballer of the Year in 2008, BBC African Footballer of the Year in 2008, " Man of the Match " of 2008 Africa Cup of Nations Final, FIFA Confederations Cup Dream Team in 2009, and IFFHS Legends in 2016.
The last player in the list of Egyptian Premier League top scorers ever is Gamal Abdel Hamid, an Egyptian retired footballer who played as a attacking midfielder.
Abdel Hamid played for the Egypt national football team at the 1990 FIFA World Cup finals. He was also joint top-scorer at the 1988 African Cup of Nations, with 2 goals.
His international honors includes: African Cup Of Nations for Egypt in 1986, All Africa Games Gold Medal in 1987, And african Cup top scorer in 1988.
Among his club honors, the following can be mentioned: 5 Egyptian league titles, 4 Egyptian Cup titles, 1 African league champions title, and 1 titles African Cup winners' Cup with Al Ahly club, and 3 Egyptian league titles, 1 Egyptian Cup title, 3 African league champions titles, 1 African Super Cup title in 1993 and 1 Afro-Asian cup title for 1987 with Zamalek club.
Abdel Hamid individual honors and achievements includes: African Cup Of Nations Top Scorer in 1988, Egyptian League Top Scorer in 1987 and 1988, Captain of Egyptian team in World Cup 1990, the only player with Hossam Hassan Scored for Ahly in Zamalek and for Zamalek in Ahly, Scored 101 goals in Egyptian league, and Scored 18 Goals in African Club Cups (16 For Zamalek & 2 For Al Ahly).
In this article we had a brief overview on Egyptian Premier League highest goal scorers of all time.
Between the founding of the Egyptian Premier League and the year 2000, the league, despite being less well known and less financially supported, introduced capable and proud players to African football.
One of the interesting things about the list of Egyptian Premier League top scorers of all time is that many of these players have set records in older leagues, and in the last two decades, few players have managed to get close to those records.
However, the Egyptian Premier League is one of the most prestigious leagues in Africa, where every season, its games are followed by fanatical and interested fans and they support their favorite clubs.
In addition, the view of the football people in Egypt goes beyond the club level, and they often support their favorite players with all their might, regardless of their favorite club team.
These passionate fans hope that after a period of social distancing due to the Covid 19 virus pandemic and the resumption of professional competitions in front of spectators, they will be able to support their favorite teams more and more.