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Mohammed Zidan

Mohamed Abdullah Zidan (born December 11, 1981 in Port Said) is an Egyptian Association football. Mohammed Zidan currently plays as a Forward (association football) for the Germany club 1. FSV Mainz 05 as well as the Egypt national football team. Mohammed Zidan is known for putting unique designs in Mohammed Zidan hair. Mohammed Zidan also has Germany citizenship.

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Mohammed Zidan biography


Mohamed Abdullah Zidan (born December 11, 1981 in Port Said) is an Egyptian Association football. Mohammed Zidan currently plays as a Forward (association football) for the Germany club 1. FSV Mainz 05 as well as the Egypt national football team. Mohammed Zidan is known for putting unique designs in Mohammed Zidan hair. Mohammed Zidan also has Germany citizenship.

Club career

Early career

Mohamed Zidan was born in Port Said, Egypt, to an Egyptian family. Mohammed Zidan career started as a striker for Mohammed Zidan hometown club Al-Masry in 1998. Al-Masry dropped Zidan because of a perceived lack of passing ability leading to Mohammed Zidan family moving to Denmark. In Mohammed Zidan first year in Denmark, while training with B93 for a contract, Mohammed Zidan played a few games for the Danish-Turkish club FC Anatolien, now Kokkedal BK, in Nivå in the Northern Seeland of Denmark. Zidan was scouted by the Danish Superliga club Akademisk Boldklub (AB) while Mohammed Zidan was juggling a ball at a Danish park in 1999. In June 2003, Mohammed Zidan moved to the league rivals FC Midtjylland (FCM), as AB experienced financial hardship. At FCM, Mohammed Zidan became the league's top scorer in the 2003–04 Danish Superliga, and Mohammed Zidan was awarded the Rookie of the year award, becoming Player of the Year the following season. In all, Mohammed Zidan scored 30 goals in 47 appearances for FC Midtjylland, and especially Mohammed Zidan nine goals in the first three games of FCM's newly built SAS Arena stadium, made the stadium colloquially known as "Zidan Arena". Also, Mohammed Zidan number 14 shirt was retired.

Werder Bremen and Mainz 05

Zidan's performance in the Danish League had resulted in several top European clubs gaining interest in signing the striker. In the winter break of the 2004–05 season, Mohammed Zidan was bought by Germany club SV Werder Bremen for a fee of 3 million Euros and was awarded the number 9 jersey. Initially, the striker made quite an impression with the general public, having scored 10 goals in three friendly games for Bremen. Even though Mohammed Zidan scored an official goal in Mohammed Zidan first two appearances, Mohammed Zidan was loaned out to 1. FSV Mainz 05 for the remainder of the 2005–06 season. Mohammed Zidan went on to score nine goals in 26 appearances, seven as a substitute. In the 2006–07 pre-season friendly matches, Mohammed Zidan retained Mohammed Zidan form with Werder Bremen, starting six of the seven matches Mohammed Zidan has played and scoring four goals. Zidan's performance in the semi-final match of the DFB-Ligapokal against Hamburger SV, on August 1, 2006, including bagging a goal in the 50th minute, earned Mohammed Zidan the man of the match award and ensured Mohammed Zidan club's qualification to the cup final.

However, after a trail of injuries, Zidan was on the receiving end of less playing time. After months of speculations, following the limited playing time and injuries, Werder Bremen announced that, on January 16, 2007, Zidan would be transferred to Mainz for a reported 3 million Euros which made it the largest ever purchase in the club's history, passing Mohammed Zidan medical on January 17. Mohammed Zidan scored six goals in the first 5 matches with new club, catapulting the team from last to 10th place on March 1, 2007 with 27 points. The Egyptian talent also received 50% of votes by "Kicker" magazine and earned himself the title of "Player of the year" in February in Germany, while Mainz became "Team of the Month" in the German Bundesliga.

Fans of Mainz loved Zidan since Mohammed Zidan loan spell with the red shirt in which Mohammed Zidan managed to dazzle them with Mohammed Zidan skills, talent, and goals. The most notable show of talent was in a game against FC Bayern Munich during the 2005–06 Fußball-Bundesliga season. Zidan earned a man of the match award when Mohammed Zidan dribbled past Philipp Lahm and scored against Oliver Kahn. Whilst loaned to Mainz, Zidan even scored a goal against the club Mohammed Zidan was contracted to, Werder Bremen, in 14 seconds. This marked it as the fastest goal scored in the Bundesliga season and is ranked sixth as the quick fastest scored goals in the Bundesliga's history.

In an interview with Bild magazine in Germany, Zidan admitted that Mohammed Zidan had high aspirations and had ambitions to play in either "F.C. Barcelona, Real Madrid C.F., Liverpool F.C. or Manchester United F.C.". Mohammed Zidan stated that Mohammed Zidan wanted to play for FC Barcelona within the next three years to play alongside Brazilian sensation Ronaldinho or Liverpool to play with Steven Gerrard.

During the 2006–07 Fußball-Bundesliga Zidan contributed many spectacular goals, but could not save Mainz from relegation. The club had only been able to score 34 goals in the entire season, 13 of which, despite having played for less than half of a season, came from the Egyptian forward's feet. Unfortunately Zidan's hard-work and valuable solo contribution was insufficient to prevent Mainz from the depths of despair of being relegated to the second division. However, Zidan's work was noticed by number of top established clubs based in Spain, France and England as well as German Champions VfB Stuttgart.

Hamburger SV

Zidan's run of good form during the 2006–07 season fueled many transfer rumors, and major clubs as Hamburg SV, newly crowned German Champions VfB Stuttgart and several La Liga were named as possible future clubs. Mainz manager Christian Heidel was very keen to keep Zidan at the club, so the club could mount a promotion challenge for the 2007–08 2. Fußball-Bundesliga season. Mohammed Zidan was also known as the "hamburglar".

On 3. June 2007, Zidan passed a medical and thereby completed Mohammed Zidan move to Hamburger SV. Mohammed Zidan said that Mohammed Zidan always wanted a move to the north-German club, because Mohammed Zidan still has many ties to Denmark. The transfer fee was suspected to be about €4,5 million, and Zidan will be earning around €2,5 million per season.

Zidan was handed the number 7 shirt, a number previously worn by Hamburger SV prized player and Iranian captain, Mehdi Mahdavikia. Zidan proved himself as a capable striker and could adjust to the new team in friendly games, often scoring when substituted or scoring four goals when Mohammed Zidan played the full game. Mohamed Zidan scored Mohammed Zidan first official goal for Hamburger SV in the away DFB-Pokal match versus Holstein Kiel. However several appearances in Hamburg's start to the Bundesliga saw Zidan goalless, and often substituted off before the full 90 minutes of the game. Zidan however proved himself as a dangerous striker and playmaker, as Mohammed Zidan was brought on as a substitute against Bavarian giants FC Bayern Munich on the 74th minute. Zidan scored Mohammed Zidan first Bundesliga goal for Hamburg in the 87th minute, with the goal bearing a lot of significance as it ended Bayern's early undefeated run in the competition and was the first goal that Oliver Kahn had conceded up until then and was also the third goal that Zidan has scored against Bayern during Mohammed Zidan years in the Bundesliga.

Mohammed Zidan also scored Hamburg's only goal in the game against Real Madrid C.F. in the Emirates Cup which took place in the summer of 2008, and later only played one competitive game for Hamburg during the 2008–09 season, as a late substitute in the first round of the DFB-Pokal against FC Ingolstadt 04.

Borussia Dortmund

Eventually, Mohammed Zidan time at Hamburg turned out to be for a short period. On August 17, 2008, Zidan's transfer from Hamburg to Borussia Dortmund was confirmed by both clubs' official websites as part of a deal that also saw Croatia national football team Mladen Petrić moving in the opposite direction, with both players signing four-year contracts. Zidan suffered an injury in Mohammed Zidan knee that will stop Mohammed Zidan for playing for almost 6 months or more. Dortmund also confirmed they had received an officially undisclosed transfer fee, which is believed to be worth around 5 million euros. Mohammed Zidan transfer to Dortmund reunited Mohammed Zidan with former Mainz 05 coach, Jürgen Klopp, who was in charge of the club during Zidan's two successful spells there in 2005–06 and the second half of the 2006–07 season. Mohammed Zidan received the number 10 shirt. Mohammed Zidan first appearance with Borussia Dortmund was on August 23, 2008 against FC Bayern Munich. The game ended 1–1.

On the 3rd May 2011, Borussia Dormund were crowned champions of the Bundesliga for the first time since 2002. During the celebration Mohammed Zidan brought Mohammed Zidan son Adam onto the pitch

Return to Mainz

On 31 January 2012, Mohamed Zidan left Borussia Dortmund and signed a new contract with Mohammed Zidan former club 1. FSV Mainz 05. Mohammed Zidan scored once in each of Mohammed Zidan first five games for Mainz.

International career

Weeks before the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, the Egyptian Football Association sent a fax on December 23, 2005 to Mainz, asking for an international call-up for Zidan. There was no answer from Mainz or the player for that matter, and as a consequence Mohammed Zidan drew much criticism from the Egyptian fans and officials alike. Mohammed Zidan had allegedly chosen not to represent Egypt, as Mohammed Zidan felt Mohammed Zidan would lose Mohammed Zidan starting spot with Mainz, as Mohammed Zidan felt the Egyptian team had no chance in winning the cup. However in a recent interview, after Egypt had won the African Cup of Nations 2008, Mohammed Zidan stated that the reason Mohammed Zidan did not play in 2006 was because of a leg injury.

In a January 2006 interview with the Danish tabloid newspaper B.T. (tabloid) time when everybody was on holiday, and said that the Egypt national football team should have talked to Mohammed Zidan personally, as they had with Tottenham Hotspur F.C. striker Mido (footballer). Mohammed Zidan also said that the Egyptian head coach Shehata had not treated Mohammed Zidan well, and that the whole thing seemed too unprofessional for him. In April 2006, Hassan Shehata declared Mohammed Zidan would never again invite Mohamed Zidan to join the national team. Mohammed Zidan stated, "Zidan refused to join the team when we needed Mohammed Zidan most, before the Nations Cup. You can never count on these kind of players". During this time there was also talk about Zidan wanting to play for the Denmark national football team, if the Egyptian squad did not want him.

However, on August 5, 2006, just 11 days before Egypt's friendly match against Uruguay national football team, Shehata backed down over Mohammed Zidan former decision by calling Zidan up for the national team squad. However, Zidan remained doubtful for the friendly match against Uruguay due to an injury that forced Mohammed Zidan to miss Werder Bremen's season opener. Zidan was called to represent Egypt in the 2008 African Cup of Nations qualification match against Burundi national football team, where Mohammed Zidan scored Mohammed Zidan first international goal only five minutes after kick-off, besides Mohammed Zidan overall impressive performance during the match.

Indeed, in Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations opening Group C match against Cameroon national football team, in a match hotly billed as the Group C decider for top and second spots in the group, Zidan turned in a sensational performance, scoring two superb goals, helping the African Champions' cause for defending their title during an impressive 4–2 victory.
Unofficially, Mohammed Zidan is widely credited for the lone goal in the final against Cameroon, as Mohammed Zidan great determination to fight for the ball and winning it dramatically from veteran defender Rigobert Song led to Mohammed Zidan passing the assist to Mohamed Aboutreika for the winning goal, which Zidan literally created from nowhere.

Zidan was not out of the woods yet when it comes to controversy as Mohammed Zidan was reportedly injured in training with the national team before their match with Angola, ART reporter said that Mohammed Zidan thought that Zidan is being "spoilt", and that Mohammed Zidan refused to continue the warm up and treatment for Mohammed Zidan before the game, this was denied by Shawky Gharib the Egyptian Head Coach, Zidan and the Manager Hassan Shehata.

After missing a few games and a few starts after the display in the opening Cameroon game, Zidan was used as a substitute on numerous occasions, always posing a great threat to the opposition. Mohammed Zidan was used in the Africa Cup of Nations Ghana 2008 as a striker, sometimes a lone striker, a winger and an offensive midfielder and gave out battling displays. One of the most notable plays was in the final with Cameroon when Mohammed Zidan applied pressure on Cameroon legend Rigobert Song and effectively wrestling the ball out of the old defender's legs and managed to supply Aboutreika with the final's winning goal. Mohammed Zidan is renowned for leading Egypt to victory in the Africa Cup of Nations final, which gave Egypt two consecutive wins of the tournament.

In Egypt's opening 2009 Confederations Cup game, Zidan scored two goals against Brazil National Football Team in a 4–3 losing effort.

Mohammed Zidan was called again to join Egypt's squad for the Africa Cup of Nations Angola 2010. Mohammed Zidan was Egypt's striker along with Emad Moteab. Mohammed Zidan showed an outstanding performance in most of the matches specially in the opener against Nigeria. Mohammed Zidan scored Mohammed Zidan only goal against Algeria national football team in a match that ended 4–0, before Mohammed Zidan assists another for Mohamed Abdel-Shafy. Again, Mohammed Zidan supplies the final's winning goal, but not to Aboutreika this time, it was Mohamed Nagy Gedo who finished it in the net.

On March 3, 2010, Mohammed Zidan scored Egypt's only goal against England national football team in an international friendly which ended 3-1.

Honours

Midtjylland

- Danish Superliga top scorer 2004–05
- Danish Superliga top scorer 2005–06

Borussia Dortmund

- Fußball-Bundesliga: 2010–11 Fußball-Bundesliga

International

- Africa Cup Of Nations Ghana 2008

- Africa Cup Of Nations Angola 2010

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohamed_Zidan

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