Essam El-HadaryEssam El-Hadary
Headline textPersonal information Full name Essam Kamal Tawfik Al-Hadary Date of birth January 15, 1973 (1973-01-15) (age 35) Place of birth Damietta, Egypt Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Playing position Goalkeeper Club information Current club FC Sion Youth clubs 1991-1993 Damietta Club Senior clubs1 Years Club App (Gls)* 1993-1996
2008-Present Damietta Club
FC Sion ?(0)
1(0) National team2 1997–Present Egypt 102 (0)
Essam El-Hadary (Arabic: عصام الدين كمال توفيق الحضري) (born January 15, 1973) is an Egyptian goalkeeper, playing for Swiss side FC Sion. He is known as "The High Dam" or "The Beast of Africa" (Arabic:وحش إفريقيا) to fans.
Considered one of the best goalkeepers ever to emerge from Africa, El-Hadary represented Egypt 102 times, winning the African Cup of Nations three times with his country. Latest two times, he has been chosen as the best goalkeeper in the 2006 African Cup of Nations, held in homeland Egypt and in the 2008 African Cup of Nations, held in Ghana. He started playing professionally for Egyptian club Damietta before transferring to the Egyptian giants Al-Ahly in 1996. During his stint at Al-Ahly, El-Hadary achieved some impressive feats in over 500 appearances for the clubs in which he scored 1 goal. Nationally, he won the Egyptian League 7 times, the Egyptian Cup 4 times and the Egyptian Super Cup 4 times. Outside Egypt, El-Hadary was very successful with Al-Ahly. He won the African Champions League and the African Super Cup 3 times. He was also in a very strong Al-Ahly team that went unbeaten for 50 matches, which was ended in the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship, where they disappointly lost their two group staged matches. He returned in the 2006 FIFA Club World Championship, where Al-Ahly finished 3rd. El-Hadary has been chosen in the CAF Awards for the 2006 and 2008 African teams. On May 15, 2008, he was chosen in the Egypt squad with Amir Abdelhamid for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Move to FC Sion
El-Hadary 's move to FC Sion could cause some problems, after Al-Ahly told BBC Sport that there is no way that the Egyptian powerhouse sold El-Hadary to Sion. 'There is no way the club has agreed to sell the player, because we have only three goalkeepers registered. To my knowledge there's nothing in his contract that allows him to terminate it unilaterally.', as is claimed by Al Ahly board member Khaled Mortagy. FC Sion claims that they bought El-Hadary, using the Webster-arrest, meaning that a player can buy out his contract and leave without permission after a minimum period of 3 years with a club, which is the case with El-Hadary. Sion has offered Al Ahly US$400,000 for the player, equivalent to the remaining two years of his contract. If the deal is persuaded, El-Hadary would be the first player to make use of the Webster-arrest since Andy Webster himself. 
Friday February 29, 2008 : El Hadary is back to Cairo , Egypt apologized on more than 3 tv channels to El Ahly club and all its 65 million fans and announced that he will not go back to FC Sion and that he is under any decision that may be taken by El Ahly club administration and that he will continue his contract with El Ahly and any club that seeks to buy him should go and agree with El Ahly first .
Friday, March 7th 2008. Al Ahly's Board has passed a decision about EL Hadary's Punishment. It is said that he will be banned for the next 3 weeks (21 Days) with a fine of 250 thousand Egyptian pounds. They have also filled the incident to FIFA after they were asked for reasons behine not sending his international card.
Essam El-Hadary, the 2007 African Cup of Nations-winning goalkeeper from Egypt, was going to be the Webster test. if you remember, is the extremely controversial new that says “players can buy out the remaining years of their own contract, provided they’ve already completed three years (if they’re under 28) or two years (if they’re over 28) of said contract.”
Referencesv • d • eFC Sion– current squad
1 El-Hadary • 2 Kali • 3 Nwaneri • 5 João Pinto • 6 Mijadinoski • 7 Reset • 8 Alioui • 9 Saborío • 10 Beto • 11 Dabo • 12 Paíto • 13 Geiger • 16 Crettenand • 17 Vanczák • 18 Vailati • 19 Ahouéya • 20 Suljevic • 21 González • 22 Obradović • 23 Domínguez • 23 M'Futi • 25 Germanier • 27 Adeshina • 29 Berisha • 30 Beney • 31 Bühler • Manager: Bigon