Egypt striker Mido retires

Ahram Online, Tuesday 11 Jun 2013

Former Zamalek star Ahmed Hossam 'Mido' announces retirement from football aged 30 after failing to find a club since leaving English Championship side Barnsley in January

Ahmed Hossam Mido (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian striker Ahmed Hossam 'Mido' has announced his retirement from football.

"Today I announce that I'm quitting football. I want to thank all those who supported me during my football career, especially Egypt fans," The 30-year-old footballer, Mido explained via Twitter on Tuesday.

The former Zamalek, Ajax, Marseille, Roma and Tottenham striker signed a one-year contract with English Championship side Barnsley last summer but left by mutual consent six months later.

Mido only appeared once for the Tykes due to persistent fitness problems before he left in January and has been without a club ever since.

"Mido will remain one of the most Egyptian successful players in European league." Sports critic Alaa Sadeq commented on the player's retirement via twitter Tuesday.

The towering frontman came through the youth ranks of Cairo's Zamalek before beginning a European adventure at the age of 17, playing for nine teams including two spells with Tottenham Hotspur and two with Ajax Amsterdam.

He failed to realize his potential at the international level, missing Egypt's African Cup of Nations triumphs in 2008 and 2010.

He was part of their squad in 2006 but missed the final victory over the Ivory Coast in Cairo following an infamous touchline altercation with then coach Hassan Shehata. 

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