Hossam El Sayed Ghaly

Former Tottenham player Ghaly to retire this season

The central midfielder, now 36, is calling time on his career. In 2007 he made headlines when he threw his shirt at his manager Martin Jol.

Ghaly says he'll retire

Former Tottenham and Ahly Cairo’s player Hossam Ghaly said he will retire this season to end a career full of titles after playing for international and local clubs, including Feyenoord, Tottenham, and Saudi club Al-Nasr.

Reports revealed that he is seeking to have his farewell game played in Saudi Arabia or the U.A.E on 11 May, with the plan being to invite many Arab football stars.

Ghaly testimonial to be huge celebration

This newspaper learned from its sources in Ahly Cairo that the farewell game will be a major celebration with invitations for many of the Egyptian national team’s players who played along with Ghaly, in addition to Arab football stars, many international players and Egyptian footballers playing in Europe and the Arab Gulf.

Ghaly started his journey playing for Ahly in 2001 before he moved to Feyenoord where he attracted the attention of the major European clubs. He left the Netherlands to join Tottenham in 2006 where he shone during his 2 years there until things went sour after he threw his shirt at Martin Jol , the then Tottenham manager. Ghaly was furious after he was replaced by another player during a game, however the Spurs fans reacted badly, accusing him of disrespecting the team’s shirt.

Ghaly's time at Tottenham ruined by shirt incident

After the Tottenham incident, Ghaly went out on loan to Derby County before return to Tottenham for one season before moving to Saudi team Al-Nasr, Ahly Cairo and Belgian side Lierse.S.K.

Ghaly next move was to return to his old team, Ahly Cairo, but he then went on loan to Al-Nasr, where his lackluster performances convinced him to take the decision to bring his career to an end.

He won 74 caps with the Egyptian national team, participating in 74 games including friendlies, scoring 4 goals. He played in the African Nations Cup and the World Cup qualifiers, but was not part of the team that qualified for Russia 2018, with Hector Cuper having decided he was not part of his plans.