Kuwait's Al Mutawa overtakes ex-Egypt star Hassan as world's most-capped player

Ahram Online , Friday 25 Jun 2021

Bader Al Mutawa
Kuwait forward Bader Al Mutawa (File photo: the Asian Football Confederation's official website)

Kuwait forward Bader Al Mutawa made his 185th international appearance on Friday to overtake ex-Egypt skipper Ahmed Hassan as the world's most-capped player.

Al Mutawa, 36, took part in Kuwait's clash against Bahrain in the FIFA Arab Cup qualifiers to surpass Hassan, who has held the record for more than nine years.

Hassan, a versatile midfielder who enjoyed a glittering international career, set the record when he made his 179th appearance in a friendly match against Kenya in February 2012, overtaking former Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Deayea.

He went on to make five more appearances to extend the record to 184 games, the last of which came in another friendly against Togo in May 2012. 

Al Mutawa equaled Hassan's record when he played against Taiwan earlier this month, with Kuwait suffering elimination from the 2002 World Cup qualifiers.

He made his Kuwait debut in an Asian Cup qualifier against Singapore in 2004.

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