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Ahmed Fathi
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Fathy with Egypt at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Ahmed Fathi Abdelmonem Ahmed Ibrahim
Date of birth (1984-11-10) 10 November 1984 (age 38)
Place of birth Benha, Egypt
Height 1.75 m
Playing position Full-back
Club information
Current club Pyramids
Number 24
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2007 Ismaily 73 (7)
2007 Sheffield United 3 (0)
2007–2014 Al Ahly 106 (12)
2007–2008 → Kazma (loan) 21 (4)
2013 Hull City (loan) 7 (0)
2014–2015 Umm Salal 17 (1)
2015–2020 Al Ahly 114 (4)
2020– Pyramids 40 (0)
National team
2002– Egypt 135 (3)
Representing  Egypt
Africa Cup of Nations
Winner 2006 Egypt
Winner 2008 Ghana
Winner 2010 Angola
Pan Arab Games
Gold 2007 Cairo
African Youth Championship
Winner 2003 Burkina Faso
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 August 2022.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2021

Ahmed Fathi Abdelmonem Ahmed Ibrahim (Arabic: أحمد فتحي; born 10 November 1984) is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays for Pyramids.

Born in Banha, he usually plays in the right back role for club and country. He started his career with Egyptian side Ismaily SC before moving to England to play in the Premier League with Sheffield United in 2007. Fathy returned to Egypt after only a few months however, signing to Al Ahly where he has remained until April 2020 where he signed to Pyramids FC, whilst also spending some time on loan at both Kuwait side Kazma and Hull City back in England. Alongside his club career, Fathy has represented Egypt since 2002, playing over one hundred games and scoring nine goals for his country.

Club career

Early career: Ismaily and Sheffield United

Fathy played as a midfielder and right back for Ismaily in Egypt, where he won the 2001–02 Egyptian Premier League. In early 2007, Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram reported that Fathy's club had accepted Sheffield United's £700,000 offer for the player, and after a number of weeks of protracted negotiations, Fathy signed a three and a half year contract on 24 January 2007. Fathy made his Premier League debut for United as a substitute in the closing minutes of a 2–1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Bramall Lane on 10 February 2007, and made his full first team debut at Anfield against Liverpool on 24 February 2007, but failed to hold down a regular spot for the Blades.

Al Ahly

Fathy had been linked with a move to the Egyptian club El Zamalek for 2 million Euro after discussions with Sheffield United's management, but the player refused the transfer even though the clubs had agreed a fee – with Fathy insisting he wanted to continue his career as a professional player outside of Egypt. However, El Zamalek's Egyptian rivals Al Ahly succeeded in gaining Fathy's consent for a move and Sheffield United's agreement to a deal. On 10 September 2007 Fathy joined El-Ahly for a fee of £675,000 after making just three senior appearances for United in the eight months he had spent with the club.

Fathy had been signed after the transfer window in Egypt had closed however, and with Al-Ahly being unable to register him to play until the following January, they looked to place Fathy on loan outside of the country to help to regain match fitness. Al Ahly managed to broker a deal with Kuwaiti side Kazma to accept the player on a loan, where Fathy played regularly for the first team, scoring four goals. Fathy finally made his Al Ahly debut in an away game against Arab Contractors on 10 March 2008, and went on to become Ahly's first choice in central midfield alongside Hossam Ashour. Following the departure of Ahmed Sedik in 2009, Fathy was moved to right back where he once again became a regular for the team.

Loan to Hull City

In January 2013, English Championship side Hull City expressed an interest in signing Fathy, along with his teammate Gedo, on loan until the end of the 2012–13 season. On 31 January 2013, Hull City had finalized a six-month loan deal for Fathy and Gedo, with Hull paying £500,000 for each player's services. Fathy made his debut on 16 February 2013 at home in a 1–0 win against Charlton Athletic, appearing as a second-half substitute for Paul McShane.

Umm Salal

He left Al Ahly after his contract expired in June 2014 and joined Umm Salal in Qatar in August 2014 after an unsuccessful trial with English giants Arsenal.

Return to Al Ahly

Fathy rejoined Al Ahly in 2015. In April 2020, he decided to leave the club by the end of the season.

Pyramids FC

On 11 April 2020, Pyramids FC announced that Fathy would be joining their side at the end of the season on a free transfer after Al Ahly's failure of securing a contract renewal with the 35 year old defender. This transfer resulted in mixed feelings toward Fathy from Al Ahly fans, who have previously lost another star of the team, Abdallah El Said, to Pyramids.

International career

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Fathy playing for Egypt at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Fathy became Egypt's youngest ever international when he was capped at 17 years old in 2001 against South Africa. Fathi was picked for the National team by Egyptian Coach Mohsen Saleh even before playing in his club's first team Ismaily SC, although this followed soon after, and was then called up for the Egyptian youth team. Fathy was a member of the Egyptian youth team that won the African Youth Cup 2003 in Burkina Faso, and was part of the Egypt squad at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2003, and at one point Fathi was part of Egypt's U-20, U-23 and senior squads at the same time. Fathy was also part of the Egypt squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations at the Cairo International Stadium in 2006, when they beat Ivory Coast on penalties in the final.

In the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, Fathy was named as the fair player of the tournament and he was named in the team of the tournament.

In May 2018, he was named in Egypt's squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He scored an own goal in the match against Russia.

Career statistics


Year Apps Goals
2002 1 0
2003 3 0
2004 10 0
2005 12 0
2006 9 0
2007 3 1
2008 10 1
2009 15 0
2010 12 1
2011 8 0
2012 5 0
2013 11 0
2014 9 0
2015 1 0
2016 4 0
2017 11 0
2018 6 0
2019 2 0
Total 132 3

International goals

Scores and results list Egypt's goal tally first.
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 February 2007 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Sweden 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2. 7 February 2008 Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Ghana  Côte d'Ivoire 1–0 4–1 2008 Africa Cup of Nations
3. 11 August 2010 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Congo DR 3–1 6–3 Friendly




Al Ahly

  • Egyptian Premier League: 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20
  • Egypt Cup: 2016–17, 2019–20
  • Egyptian Super Cup: 2010, 2011–12, 2015, 2017، 2018
  • CAF Champions League: 2008, 2012, 2013, 2019–20
  • CAF Confederation Cup: 2014
  • African Super Cup: 2009, 2014




  • IFFHS CAF Men's Team of the Decade 2011–2020
  • CAF Team of the Year: 2012

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