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World’s most capped player Ahmed Hassan extends contract with Zamalek
38-year-old Ahmed Hassan, the world’s most capped international footballer, has signed a one-year contract extension with Cairo giants Zamalek this week, following speculation of his retirement.
Hassan, the well-travelled veteran midfielder who joined Zamalek in 2011 after his contract with Cairo rivals Al-Ahly ended, was recently contemplating retirement prior to signing a new deal with the White Knights: “I’m considering retiring at the end of the new season. I feel I have done a lot in my career, especially for the Egyptian national team, and time has come for me to rest by the end of the season,” he told the club’s official website.
The former Egypt captain is no longer involved in Bob Bradley’s national squad, however, he remains the world’s most capped player having amassed 184 games for the Egyptian national side. He has won 4 African Cup of Nations titles and was the tournaments best player in 2006 and 2010.
Hassan spent 10 years playing in Europe where he flourished. He won the Belgian League with Anderlecht after which he returned to Ahly for a three-year spell. In his time he won 3 Egyptian Premier League titles and helped Ahly to lift the African Champions League trophy in 2008.
Ahmed Hassan joins Ahmed Gaafar and Ahmed Samir in signing new contracts this week, while Ibrahim Salah and Sabri Rahil left the club on free transfers. Gaafar and Samir both signed 3-year contracts with the White Knights.
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