Mido discusses the games that changed his life
Former Egypt international striker Mido has spoken about to FourFourTwo magazine for the regular section of ‘Games That Changed My Life’, detailing his career with some of Europe’s top clubs as well as internationally.
The first game mentioned by Mido was his international debut – a 2-1 win over UAE. Mido explained, “My first game for the Egyptian national team against the United Arab Emirates is one of the matches I will never forget. I was young, not even 18, and I became the youngest player I the history of the national team.”
“Egypt coach Mahmoud El Gohary received a lot of criticism for playing me at such a young age, ahead of more experienced players. There was criticism directed towards me as well – the public had their doubts – but despite that I scored on my debut and we won.”
The next of Mido’s games that changed his life was the 2004 UEFA Cup (now Europa League) quarter final away at Inter Milan.
“This Inter match was the second leg of our UEFA Cup quarter final. It was a really important game with a lot of pressure on it. We had won the first leg 1-0 at home, and I played 90 mintues in that second leg at the San Siro.”
“I was playing against amazing players such as Cannavaro, Cordoba and Zanetti, and Marseille managed to win 1-0 again. We reached the final that season, but lost 2-0 to Valencia.”
After a disappointing spell at Roma, the next point in Mido’s career was his first taste of English football with Tottenham Hotspur. The third game mentioned is his Tottenham debut against Portsmouth.
“My first match for Tottenham Hotspur was so special. I hadn’t been playing consistently at Roma and, if I remember correctly, my debut came just three or four days after I’d arrived in England. I scored twice and we won the game.”
The fourth and final game that changed Mido’s life was in Egypt’s 2006 AFCON win, which was the first of an unprecedent three wins in a row.
“The opening game was an important one, particularly as the tournament was in Egypt. There’d been a lot of criticism of the team and there was pressure on the coach, Hassan Shehata. It was a big responsibility to carry the team home, but I scored the first goal of the finals and we then won the competition.”
The full interview is set to feature in the September issue of FourFourTwo magazine.
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