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Al Ahly legend Flávio announces his retirement
Flávio Amado has announced his retirement at the age of 35 to end his playing career, where it began, at Angolan club Petro Atletico.
The Angolan striker scored 79 goals in 151 appearances in his first spell at Petro Atletico but perhaps his best days are those he spent at African and Egyptian giants Al Ahly.
Impressed with his prolific record in his homeland, Al Ahly signed the striker in 2005 and he went on to be one of Al Ahly’s best ever foreign players and legendary strikers.
Thanks to his 52 goals in 100 appearances, Flavio has led Al Ahly in a golden era where they won the African Champions League three times in four seasons (2005, 2006 and 2008) and were runner ups in the 2007 edition.
He participated with Al Ahly in three FIFA Club World Cups, most notably in 2006 when they clinched the bronze medal as the first African team to reach this far in the competition. Flavio had an impressive tournament scoring in the first round against Auckland City in a 2-0 victory, and again in the semi-final against Brazilian side SC Internacional with a great header. Al Ahly eventually narrowly lost that semi-final 2-1, and in the bronze medal game Flavio produced great combination play with Mohamed Abou-Treika to assist the latter’s winning goal against Mexican side Club America.
Flávio’s goal against SC Internacional
Domestically, Flávio had a difficult first season with Al Ahly and was doubted by many. However, he lived up to coach Manuel Jose’s trust and became the Egyptian league’s top scorer in his second season (2006-2007) with 17 goals.
He went on to score many critical goals for the team including a championship play-off winner against Ismaily in 2009. Both teams had finished the season level on points to force a rare play-off which Al Ahly won 1-0 thanks to a trademark headed goal by the Angolan.
Flávio’s goal in a championship play-off against Ismaily
Flávio left Al Ahly in 2009 to Saudi Arabian side Al Shabab and spent two seasons there before moving to Belgian club Lierse for one season. He ultimately returned to his home club Petro Atletico in 2012 and has since scored 18 goals for them in 39 appearances, before deciding to hang up his boots and begin a coaching career.
The striker has also enjoyed special moments on the international level with Angola. Flávio helped his country to their first ever FIFA World Cup appearance in Germany 2006. He then scored perhaps his most notable international goal which was Angola’s first and only goal at a World Cup tournament in a 1-1 draw against Iran.
Al Ahly fans now remember Flávio whenever a foreign player is linked with a move to the team hoping that new players will follow in the footsteps of their Angolan hero.