R.S.C Anderlecht football academy… Inspired by a Legend
The Egyptian Falcon Ahmed Hassan
Ahmed Hassan started his professional football career at Aswan Club in Upper Egypt. After one season there, he moved to Ismaily” one of Egypt’s top football clubs”. He was selected at the age of 20 for the first time to play in the Egyptian national team's friendly match against Ghana on 29 December 1995; after his impressive performances with the Egyptian national team in the African Cup of Nations 1998, where he helped Egypt to win the tournament; after scoring a miraculous goal from a long range shot against South Africa in the finals, Hassan joined Turkish side Kocaelispor at the age of 22. In 2000, he was transferred to Denizlispor before joining Gençlerbirliği in 2001. Following three successful seasons with the club, during which the team twice reached the Turkish Cup Final, he moved to Beşiktaş where he continued shinning and became the superstar of the team. Ahmed Hassan’s spectacular performance continued when he was named "Best Player of the African Cup of Nations 2006"; he moved then to R.S.C. Anderlecht, the Belgian First Division champions, on a free transfer after choosing not to extend his contract with Beşiktaş, which ended in 2006. Hassan joined Belgium’s number one football team Anderlecht, due to its participation in the UEFA Champions League and became an important part of the Anderlecht attack, setting up and scoring goals himself.
Ahmed Hassan chose to move to Africa’s club of the century the Egyptian giant team Al Ahly to end his career in Egypt, where he achieved numerous trophies. On 19 July 2011, Hassan signed with Zamalek a two-year contract as a free transfer after his contract with Ahly expired.
Ahmed Hassan has played for Egypt in Eight Africa Cup of Nations’ tournaments, winning the tournament four times, in 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010. In the 2006 tournament, he was named captain and scored four goals in six matches, the second-highest individual goal tally in that year's tournament; He was named best player of the tournament after winning his second title and Egypt's fifth; In 2008, Hassan captained Egypt to their sixth Africa Cup of Nations victory and in 2010 he repeated the same success of 2006 winning the title and being selected “The best player of the Africa Cup of Nations Tournament” at the age of 34.
Ahmed Hassan is one of the unique players to reach more than 100 international caps for Egypt, and is currently the most capped male player for any country, ahead of Mohamed Al-Deayea of Saudi Arabia and Claudio Suárez of Mexico. He also holds the record for most Africa Cup of Nations won by any player in history.
On 27 March 2012, Hassan started a friendly match against Kenya breaking the world record for most international appearances for any international male player over history with 181 matches played.
Along his career, Ahmed Hassan played under the leadership of some of the world class coaches including Vicente del Bosque, Jean Paul Tigana, Marco Tardelli, Gerard Gili, Bob Bradley, Ruud Crol, Mahmoud El Gohary, Hassan Shehata to name a few.
On the social side Ahmed Hassan never forgot his role as a football legend towards his community, as he was chosen to be the 2015 SATUC Cup Honorary President, in addition to his effective contribution in the Egyptian campaign for hepatitis c virus prevention.
Turkish Cup 2006
Belgian First Division 2007
Belgian Cup 2008
Belgian Super cup 2007
Egyptian Premier League 2009,2010,2011
Egypt Cup 1997,2013
Egyptian Super Cup 2008,2010
CAF Champions League 2008
CAF Super Cup 2008
Africa Cup of Nations 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010
Best Player in Africa Cup of Nations 2006
Best Player in Africa Cup of Nations 2010
Best African-based Player 2010
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