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Shehata named Zamalek coach following Hassan's surprise dismissal

Zamalek surprisingly opt against renewing the contract coach Hossam Hassan, appointing Hassan Shehata as his successor in the early hours of Wednesday

Hatem Maher, Wednesday 13 Jul 2011
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Hassan Shehata is the new coach of Cairo giants Zamalek
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Zamalek appointed former Egypt coach Hassan Shehata as their new manager early on Wednesday after surprisingly dismissing Hossam Hassan, who was widely expected to stay put despite a trophy-less season.

In a brief announcement, the Cairo giants said Shehata would be in charge of the first team for next season.

"Zamalek's board of directors has decided to appoint Shehata as the first team's head coach. He will choose his assistants to lead the team next season," the club said in a statement on their official website.

"Chairman Galal Ibrahim has thanked Hossam Hassan and (his twin brother and football director) Ibrahim Hassan for the efforts they have exerted with the team. The club wish them best of luck for their coaching career."

Zamalek's announcement comes just four days after they said Hassan would pen a two-year contract extension although  the team failed to end an Egyptian Premier League drought stretching back to 2004 after finishing runners up to champions and bitter rivals Ahly.

Hassan was criticized by local media for his notorious remarks but was praised for turning around the fortunes of Zamalek, who risked the unthinkable prospect of being relegated to the second division prior to his arrival in November 2009.

He guided Zamalek to a second-place league finish behind Ahly in 2010 and the White Knights looked on course to win the title this season, only to suffer a dip in form in the latter stages.

Zamalek enjoyed a six-point lead over Ahly at the halfway stage but a series of poor displays and results in the second half of the season allowed the Red Devils to overtake them and clinch a seventh consecutive title with one match to spare.

Hassan complained that Zamalek lacked the financial strength and squad depth that could enable them to end Ahly's domestic dominance, revealing that he asked the club's board to recruit high-profile players this summer.

But Egypt's all-time leading scorer, whose Zamalek side failed to go beyond the African Champions League preliminary rounds following a defeat against Tunisian outfit Club Africain, would not have time to fulfill his objective of winning a trophy with the success-starved club.

Zamalek icon

Zamalek fans could not have hoped for a better replacement, given the caliber of highly-successful manager Shehata.

The 64-year-old, a Zamalek icon, is considered one of the team's best ever footballers after spending his entire career with the club, apart from a brief spell with Kuwaiti side Kazma.

His managerial career has been equally brilliant as he guided Egypt to three consecutive African Cup of Nations titles in 2006, 2008 and 2010, an unprecedented feat in the continent.

He was sacked by the Pharaohs following their failure to reach the 2012 Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Reports linked him with African heavyweights Cameroon and Egyptian coastal club Ismaily but he eventually opted to take charge of boyhood club Zamalek for the first time since beginning his managerial career.

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julian holland
15-07-2011 06:43pm
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fully agree
I have lived in Cairo for 3 years and watched football which is my passion. With respect to the brothers I feel that a stable coach wihout too many explosive antics will be better for Zamalek
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zamalkawi amreeky
14-07-2011 06:17am
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what?
Dear Dr. Nady, Why do you imply that captain shehata's English command is lacking, while yours leaves a lot to be desired, despite your claim of 25 years' residence in the great nation of Canada? Why are you condescending towards elfallaheen? Dr. Nady, is your last name el-ahly?
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dr, nady
13-07-2011 04:50am
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shehata
dear hassan this is the first time i ever comment on soccer issue, but being a zamalek lover and coming from zamalek family, also was a fan of yours and always cheered for you in kuwaiti kazma, dear hassan , I know you are a good coach, great player, lucky fellow (omo da3yalo), but coaching zamalek needs more than that,sorry I am writing in English cause i dont have an arabic programme in my lap top, have your son help you in translating if you could not read the english, but more you need some one knows more than english to read between the lines, you and I know that you coming from the country side (fala7een ya3ny) and you should know that this culture is not ruled by logic or benfits , its more ruled by favoring and sidings, its in short words way far from profissionalism. dear hassan I am a well educated and very good observer, rather than a great psycology expert living in Canada for 25 years, I am writing you this letter may be, just may be you will get the message, you are an E
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