Egyptian youngster Ahmed Salam has been named on The Guardian’s annual list of the best young talents in the Premier League to watch out for.
At 15, the Hull City youngster has already been highlighted as a future star at the KCOM Stadium and has already starred for the Tigers Under-18 side.
Here are 10 facts about the rising Egyptian star.
1) Born in England to Egyptian parents, Salam plays as left-back or winger.
2) Although born in Yorkshire, Ahmed spends time in Egypt each year with his family and qualifies to play for the Pharaohs.
3) The young Egyptian has been with Hull for five years after signing from Leeds.
4) Last season, he was among the top scorers for the Under-16s with five goals.
5) Since his promotion to the U18s, he’s become a prominent figure in the team and recently scored in the Tigers’ 3-1 win over Bristol City.
6) Ahmed is known for his blistering pace and ability to dazzle opponents down the left flank.
7) His sparkling form at U18 level has seen him step up to the Under-23 squad already this season.
8) He counts Neymar and Mohamed Salah among his favourite players.
9) His brothers Omar (17) and Khalid (11) are both defenders.
10) His dream is to represent the Egyptian national team.
Conceding two goals in the last five minutes to throw away a 2-0 lead and draw 2-2 paints an apt picture of Al Wahda’s season so far.
For the first 89 minutes, Javier Aguirre would have been largely pleased with what he saw.
Wahda’s score of young talent shone, sublimely so for the opening goal which was scored by Suhail Al Mansoori.
Then, despite going down to 10-man following Mohamed Al Abdulla’s rash challenge on Agusto Cesar with 20 minutes remaining, the Clarets rallied and went 2-0 ahead through their talisman, Sebastian Tagliabue.
Then it all came crashing down in the final five minutes – substitute Ahmed Malalla swept home in the final minute of normal time before Hacine Ragued equalised for with the last kick of the game to knock the Arabian Gulf Cup holders out and leave Wahda winless after six games.
Aguirre immediately stormed off toward the tunnel – hardly able to believe what he had just witnessed.
“When they took the final throw-in the bench told me there were 10 seconds to go and they took 20-30 seconds to score,” bemoaned the Mexican.
“The time was over, it was past, but anyway we have to work. I feel sorry for the young players, they deserve to win. Big mistakes, big, big mistakes cost us two points but the players are young, they have to learn and that’s it.”
Michael Laudrup revealed he had turned down job offers from China and the United States as he was officially unveiled as the new coach of Qatar Stars League champions Al Rayyan on Monday.
Laudrup also said he had no desire to return to La Liga — where he has managed Getafe and Mallorca — nor the English Premier League where he coached Swansea City.
Instead, after a 15-month break from football, the Dane has returned to Qatar on a two-year contract, taking over the post left vacant by Jorge Fossati, who was recently appointed Qatar’s national coach.
“I don’t want to go into names but I had calls from other countries including China and the U.S.,” he told a Doha press conference.
“I chose this club (Al Rayyan) because I know the league and I know Al Rayyan.”
Asked if he wanted to return to Spain or England, Laudrup said no.
“I wasn’t tempted to go back to La Liga or the Premier League. I have managed on three occasions in Spain and England, I had fabulous times with them, I want to leave it like that.”
He added that he wanted his return to Qatar to be “a success”.
The former Barcelona and Real Madrid star was formerly the coach with rival QSL side Lekhwiya, where he won the league and cup double in 2015.
That was his last job in football before today’s appointment. Al Rayyan currently sit fourth in the QSL table, but only two games have been played.
Last season they coasted to the title under Fossati, winning their first championship in more than 20 years, and finished 14 points clear of nearest rivals El Jaish.
As well as trying to retain the title, Laudrup, 52, will also oversee Al Rayyan’s bid for the AFC Champions league.
His predecessor Fossati faces his first test as national coach on October 6 when Qatar play against South Korea in a World Cup qualifier.