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Player Profile: Mohamed El-Nenny
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Name: Mohamed El-Nenny
Date of Birth: July 7, 1992
Height: 1.80m (5 ft 9 in)
Current Club: FC Basel (Switzerland)
Previous Club(s): Arab Contractors
Position: Defensive Midfielder
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Mohamed El-Nenny is one of Egypt’s hottest new talents and so far best-hidden secrets. At the age of 20, El-Nenny was the youngest player in Bob Bradley’s Egyptian squad. He has already impressed the American sufficiently to become a regular starter in the heart of Egypt’s midfield ahead of experienced players like Hossam Ghaly, Mohamed Shawky and even legend Ahmed Hassan. Given their pedigree, that is a massive achievement in itself.
But El-Nenny didn’t just spring up out of nowhere. At the age of 18 he because a regular starter for Arab Contractors in the Egyptian Premier League, an impressive accomplishment considering how distrustful Egyptian coaches tend to be of their youngsters. He recorded two goals in a losing effort to Zamalek in 2010-11, and in the following season recorded three assists in 14 matches as a defensive midfielder before his season was cut short because of the tragic events in Port Said in February.
With Egypt, El-Nenny has accumulated a massive amount of experience in a short amount of time. He was a regular with the U20s at the age of 18, before moving up to the U23 team and becoming a regular there too. When Bob Bradley was appointed manager of Egypt, El-Nenny would play for both the U23 team and the national team—a testament to how highly rated he is among all of Egypt’s staff.
Now a regular for the Egyptian national team and FC Basel, El-Nenny has cemented his place Egypt’s most successful young talent behind Mohamed Salah. He will be rock in Egypt’s midfield for many years to come.
– Excellent vision and distribution
– Accurate short and long passing
– Good stamina (rare among Egyptian footballers)
– High effort level
– Needs to bulk up to handle tough opposition
– Still a very raw talent
Teams Appearances Goals Assists
Arab Contractors 40 3 3
FC Basel - Super League + Cup 21 0 1
FC Basel - Europa League 8 0 0
Egypt U20 18 2 2
Egypt U23 11 1 Egypt 23 2
TOTAL 82 6 8