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Egyptian league all-time scorer Hassan El-Shazly dies at 71

Karim Farouk , Monday 20 Apr 2015
 Hassan El-Shazly
Hassan El-Shazly (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egyptian football icon Hassan El-Shazly passed away at the age of 71 on Monday.

El-Shazly -- who spent his entire career at Tersana -- is one of the most prominent players in the history of Egyptian football. Playing in the 60s and 70s, the prolific striker scored 171 league goals to become the Egyptian league all-time top scorer. 

He won the top scorers’ award four times in 1963, 1965, 1966 and 1975, including a one-season record of 34 goals during the 74/75 term.

Courtesy of his stunning goals and an amazing partnership with another Egypt legend in Mustapha Riyadh, he helped Tersana clinch their only league title in 1963 as well as two of their six cup titles in 1965 and 1967.

Tersana have been on a downhill since the 60s except for a glimpse of glory when they won the Cup title in 1986. They plunged into the second division on several occasions afterwards.

Tersana, meaning Arsenal and nicknamed the Hammers, have failed to bounce back from the second tier since 2009.

On the international level, El-Shazly is the Pharaohs' top scorer in the African Cup of Nations, having scored 12 goals in three editions. He was crowned the top scorer of the 1963 Nations Cup in Ghana.

Despite all this individual records and awards, El-Shazly has never seize gold with Egypt, who won seven Nations Cup titles.

El-Shazly had a few experiences as a manager, mostly with his home club Tersana. He also worked as a TV analyst until he died.

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