Player Profile: Amr Zaki | The Bulldozer
Designed by Mohaned Ghanem
Name: Amr Zaki
Date of Birth: April 1, 1983
Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Current Club: Retired
Previous Club(s): El-Mansoura, ENPPI, Lokomotiv Moscow, Zamalek, Wigan, Hull City, Elazığspor, Al-Salmiya, Raja Casablanca, Arab Contractors
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Amr Zaki, the Egyptian “Bulldozer,” was one of Egypt’s top strikers of the last decade. His strength, power and an eye for goal made him a hitman on the pitch, who earned international fame with a short but effective spell at Wigan Athletic in 2008 and for scoring decisive goals with the national team. He is well-travelled, having played in five different countries. Most recently, he has moved to Kuwaiti side Al-Salmiya in June, where he was the club’s number 9.
Amr Zaki spent his youth career at El-Mansoura, his hometown, where he was later promoted to the senior squad at the age of 17 and scored nine goals from 20 games in the two years he spent with the club. This earned him a move to ENPPI, where he helped the club lift their first trophy – the 2005 Egyptian Cup – and achieved a second place finish in the Egyptian Premier League for the first time.
He then agreed to move to Russian outfit Lokomotiv Moscow for a fee of €1.7 million after impressing in the 2006 African Cup of Nations; unfortunately, the move did not go as planned and he did not play a single game. Amr Zaki returned to Egypt the same year to play for Zamalek where he earned his nickname the “Bulldozer” from the fans. He spent six years at the Cairo club, which included two loan spells to English Premier League sides.
Amr Zaki’s first loan spell in 2008 was with then-Premier League side Wigan Athletic. Zaki started the season in blistering form, scoring on his debut against West Ham United. He continued to score goals at a rapid pace and managed seven goals from his first eight games, making him the English Premier League’s top goalscorer at one point and pushing him into the limelight within English football. His best game was arguably against Liverpool where he scored two great but different goals; the first, an instinctive interception with a neat finish, and his second, an extraordinary volley from the edge of the box which gained him huge amounts of applaud from the English media.
By December, Zaki had scored 10 goals from 16 games and was the league’s third-highest goalscorer. However, things began to slow down for the Bulldozer and he struggled to find the back of the net. Amr Zaki went on a 13-game goal drought which ended hopes of a permanent deal. He was also involved in controversy with his manager Steve Bruce after failing to return on time from one of Egypt’s World Cup qualifying games, leading Bruce to name Zaki ” the most unprofessional player” he had ever met. He ended the season with 11 goals for the Latics (13 including pre-season).
His second loan spell in the Premier League, with Hull City in 2010, was short-lived and lasted only five months with Zaki appearing only six times for the Tigers, four of which were off the bench. The Egypt international striker didn’t manage to score a single goal in that time and he decided to return to parent club Zamalek, where he started the 2010-11 season brightly, scoring three from his first four games. Unfortunately, Zaki suffered a career-jeopardizing injury that kept him out of action for nearly 10 months. When Amr Zaki returned, things weren’t the same at Zamalek and issues arose with his wages.
Zaki was desperate to leave Zamalek at this point and by 2012 he had signed with Turkish side Elazığspor, where he shot blanks in his eight appearances before leaving due to the club’s financial situation.
Internationally, Amr Zaki has been one of Egypt’s best strikers in recent times, scoring 28 goals from 62 appearances, making him Egypt’s 7th highest goalscorer of all time. He made his breakthrough in the 2006 African Cup of Nations, where he was replacing Egypt’s then-number one striker Mido, who was very upset at being substituted and got into a massive argument with then-manager Hassan Shehata. With his first touch of the ball, Zaki scored the goal that sent Egypt to the final, which they would go on to win. He also scored Egypt’s first goal in the vital 2010 World cup qualifying game against Algeria.
– Profile last updated on September 5, 2013
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– Powerful and strong.
– Neat finisher.
– Great at heading.
– Can use either foot.
– Work Rate.
– Difficult to manage.
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