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Player Profile: Rami Rabia

Rami Rabia

Designed by @mmghanem_

Date of Birth: May 20, 1993
Height: 1.83m (6 ft 0 in)
Nationality: Egyptian
Current Club: Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)
Previous Club(s): Al Ahly (Egypt)
Position: Centre-Back, Defensive Midfielder, Right-back
Foot: Right

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When Hossam Ghaly suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in the first match of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2012, Al Ahly fans all over were given great cause for concern. Not only was Ghaly the team’s captain and leader, he was the team’s metronome; his passing kept things moving fluidly in midfield, and allowed the team’s offensive players to receive the ball further down the field, which in turn would allow them to be more dangerous with the ball. Without him, it seemed as though Al Ahly’s entire season, just starting with the resumption of domestic football, was in jeopardy.

Up stepped Rami Rabia, Al Ahly’s 19-year-old defensive starlet. Rabia wasn’t completely unaccustomed to being involved in the team’s rotation; he had after all, recorded 799 minutes with Al Ahly in all competitions in 2010-11, and 274 minutes the subsequent season (according to before injury and the suspension of the league brought the 2011-12 season to an unfortunate close. Still, Rabia faced a sharp learning curve; before, he’d been used primarily in low-stakes domestic league matches or group stage Champions League matches. Now he was being thrown into the 2nd round of the Club World Cup, against eventual winners Corinthians, with huge stakes on the line.

Rami Rabia failed to impose himself on that occasion, as Al Ahly were overrun in midfield, and he was unable to do much better in the 3rd place matchup vs Monterrey either. Upon returning to regular play in the domestic league though in 2013, the story changed significantly. After scoring in the 7th round vs ENPPI, Rabia recorded numerous clean sheets in the domestic league, Champions League, and even for the U-20 team. By the end of the year, Rabia had accumulated 2410 minutes in all competitions, and had firmly placed himself in Al Ahly’s starting lineup.

Rabia’s biggest challenge now will be to stay fit and healthy. Though he’s progressed through the ranks quickly at Al Ahly, injuries have kept him from developing his skills further, and to stay in the lineup for club and country, he’ll need to stay fit. Additionally, although Rami Rabia currently possesses the raw skills of aerial ability, height and strengths that contribute to him being a good centre-back; he needs to develop his passing range, shooting & dribbling, as well as his pace, if he hopes to be a decent defensive midfielder.

Targeted by Hull City in 2013, and linked to Chelsea & Manchester United previously, Rami Rabia is now set for the European stage he has finally completed a €750,000 move to Sporting Lisbon from Al Ahly. Rabia is clearly the real deal in terms of raw talent; it remains to be seen how far he can go in fulfilling his immense potential.

– Profile last updated on August 9, 2014

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– Good aerial ability; able to clear & score headers.
– Strong & Aggressive.
– Good at tackling, blocking & making interceptions.


– A bit slow; needs to work on upping his speed.
– Passing game needs work.
– As a defensive midfielder, will need to be a more confident dribbler.


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Al AhlyEgyptian Premier League262
CAF Champions League210
CAF Supercup21
FIFA Club World Cup40
Egypt U-20U-20 African Championship 91
U-20 World Cup30
Last Updated: August 4th, 2014

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Mohamed Al-Hendy is a Vanderbilt University graduate and current law student at the University of Texas in Austin. He started freelance writing for Bleacher Report Soccer, and after making a name there, has gone on to write for King Fut, SWOL (Soccer Without Limits), Squawka Football and others. He has been featured on the BBC, discussing the 2012 Olympic tournament.

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