Hassan Shehata’s immense success and popularity as both player and coach will help raise the profile of SATUC and the 2015 SATUC Cup in Egypt and across the globe. He will be instrumental in helping attract the attention which SATUC’s beneficiaries so urgently require from the public and major institutions.
The retired Egyptian national team legend Ahmed Hassan and current national team director holds the record for the most-capped international male footballer in history (184 caps).
Ahmed Hassan has played in eight Africa Cup of Nations tournaments for Egypt, winning the tournament four times, in 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010. He was named Best Player of the 2006 and 2010 tournaments.
Shawky Gharib is a former Egypt star and manager of national team. Arguably one of his greatest achievements was managing the Egypt side that won the bronze medal at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina. In doing so helped lay the foundations for a hugely successful era for Egyptian football in the following decade, with The Pharaohs winning consecutive African Cup of Nations in 2006, 2008 & 2010.
JORGE LUIS PINTO INCUMBENT COACH OF HONDURAS; COACH OF COSTA RICA DURING WORLD CUP A distinguished Colombian coach is the current manager of the Honduran national team and will also be coaching the Honduran team at the 2015 SATUC Cup. He has twice won the Central American Cup with Costa Rica in 2005 and 2013; as a club manager he has enjoyed huge success, winning many titles throughout the South & Central American leagues including Peru, Venezuela, Costa Rica and Colombia
Ali Al-Habsi is a former cult Premier League goalkeeper who played for Bolton and Wigan, his current club, with whom he famously won the FA Cup in 2013, beating English giants Man City in the final. He was also named Wigan’s Player of the Season in 2010-2011. Al-Habsi is famed for his penalty-saving prowess, stopping the likes of stars such as Robin van Persie, Carlos Tevez and Mikel Arteta to name just a few.
Aziz Bouderbala is a famous former Moroccan football player who throughout his distinguished career made 61 appearances for his country. He featured at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico (where they lost 0-1 in the last 16 to eventual finalists West Germany) and in the same year he came runner-up for the African Footballer of the Year award behind fellow Moroccan, and current coach of the Morocco national football team, Zaki Badou.
Egypt and Zamalek star HAZEM EMAM We are thrilled that one of the most talented and popular footballers to come out of the Middle East has decided to join us as a 2015 SATUC World Cup ambassador. The son and grandson of two Zamalek legends in their own right, Hazem decided to write his own chapter in his family’s & Zamalek’s history and did so in spectacular fashion as a skilful and creative playmaker. Despite playing in Europe in the Dutch & Italian premier divisions with considerable success for a while (notably becoming the first Egyptian player to play in Italy), Hazem’s loyalty was always with Zamalek where he began and ended his distinguished career on either side of his European experiences. A fan favourite, Hazem enjoyed huge success with Zamalek, winning: 4 Egyptian League titles: 1993-94, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04 2 Egyptian Cups: 2001/2002 & 2007/2008 2 Egyptian Super Cup: 2001, 2002 2 CAF Champions League titles: 1996 & 2002 1 CAF Super Cup: 2003...
Moteab is a current Egyptian national team striker, who has already won the African Cup of Nations in 2006, 2008 and 2010 – he plays for Egyptian Premier League side Al-Ahly.
Moteab is one third of the ‘Bermuda Triangle’, the nickname created by fans and pundits to describe the potent attacking triangle of himself, Mohamed Aboutrika and Mohamed Barakat, which many consider the most formidable attacking force in African Football.
A skilled defender with a penchant for scoring goals, El Nahhas has racked up the trophies with the majority of his successes coming for Egyptian Premier League side Al-Ahly, where he is currently the Football Director Assistant.
A bronze medallist at the FIFA Club World Cup in 2006, El Nahhas has won the Egyptian League 6 times (once with previous club Al Ismaily), the CAF Champions League 3 times, the African Super Cup 3 times and has been a regular winner of the Egyptian Super Cup and the Egyptian Soccer Cup. He famously scored in the Egyptian Cup final against Zamalek and also netted the decisive penalty in a shootout against Tunisian side Etoile Sahel that won Al-Ahly the African Super Cup in 2007.
The Egyptian international has been in great form of late for Premier League side Hull and has been crucial in helping his club off stave off recent relegation fears.
The 27 year old winger has real football pedigree having already won two African Cup of Nations in 2008 & 2010 and has been a Premier League mainstay for the last 5 years for Sunderland and current club Hull.
Growing through the youth ranks of Zamalek, he served the Egyptian Premier League side for many years and is considered to be one of the club’s greatest players to play for the club. Prior to his main spell at Zamalek, Shikabala played in Europe for top Greek side PAOK. In the 2013-2014 season Shikabala also played for Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.
Shikabala was part of the winning Egyptian squad for the 2010 African Cup of Nations and picked up many titles with club side Zamalek, including two Egyptian League titles, two Egypt Cups, a CAF Champions League title, a CAF Super Cup and an Arab Champions Cup.
Magdy Abdel Ati
A former Egyptian international, Magdy Abdel Ati was part of a golden generation for The Pharoahs; he played his part in this successful era by winning the African Cup of Nations in 2006.
CARLO CUDICINI – ITALIAN/CHELSEA FOOTBALLER A former goalkeeper, he came to fame at Chelsea FC, where he starred in goal for them. He also played at Tottenham Hotspur. He was voted Chelsea’s Player of the Year for the 2001-02 season, and the ITV Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season for the 2002-2003 season
RABAH MADJER – ALGERIAN FOOTBALLER A skilful and feared striker in his heyday, Rabah Madjer is widely regarded as one of the best Algerian football players of all time. He reached stardom as an F.C. Porto player during the 1980s, where he is fondly remembered for helping secure the club’s first ever European Cup in 1987. In the final against Bayern Munich, Madjer wrote himself into the European Cup history books by scoring an outrageous back-heeled equaliser late in the game, before setting up the winner in memorable scenes four minutes later. One of the most prolific Algerian internationals in number of games and goals, Madjer played in two World Cups, helping the Algerian national team to its first ever participation in 1982. Having taken up coaching immediately after retiring, he managed several clubs, and also had several spells with the Algerian national side.
HAITHAM MUSTAFA – SUDANESE FOOTBALLER He is playing for Al-Merrikh as midfielder. He was the captain of Al-Hilal Omdurman and the Sudan national football team. He is also a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations.
OSAMA HOSNY – EGYPTIAN FOOTBALLER. An Egyptian footballer who plays for Egypt’s African Super Cup Championship club El-Ahly. An Egyptian international a regular goal scorer for the African champions, he played a major part in their CAF Champions League 2005 triumph scoring 3 goals. He scored 3 goals again in CAF Champions League 2006 helping El-Ahly to defend their title.
NASHAT AKRAM – IRAQI FOOTBALLER An Iraqi former professional footballer who last played for Erbil. He was an Iraqi international. He was a major influence on the Iraq national football team during the many international tournaments that he competed in, such as at the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, and 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. He won many awards and trophies during his career.
SAMI AL JABER – SAUDI FOOTBALLER From Saudi Arabia, he spent the majority of his career from 1988 to 2008 with Al-Hilal. He is currently manager of Al-Wahda in UAE Arabian Gulf League. He is his country’s second highest international goalscorer with 46 goals in 156 internationals from 1992 to 2006. He appeared in four consecutive FIFA World Cup tournaments, from 1994 to 2006, scoring in three of them. He was also a member of the Saudi squads which won the AFC Asian Cup in 1996.
BASHAR ABDULLAH – KUWAITI FOOTBALLER A former Kuwaiti footballer. He was a part of the mini revival of Kuwaiti football between 1996 and 1998. His part included winning two Gulf Cups, reaching the semi-finals of the AFC Asian Cup and coming second in the Arab Cup and the Asian Olympics. He was also in the Olympic team that reached the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He also helped his club Al-Salmiyah win the league three times and the Emir Cup once.
FIRAS AL KHATIB – SYRIAN FOOTBALLER A Syrian footballer who predominantly plays as a striker. He currently plays for Al-Arabi SC, which competes in the VIVA Premier League. He has also played for the Syrian national football team in 2012.
FUAD ANDWAR – SAUDI ARABIAN FOOTBALLER A former defensive midfielder from Saudi Arabia. On club level, he played mostly for Al-Shabab and Al-Nasr in his home country. He achieved national fame after becoming the first Saudi to score in the FIFA World Cup finals
HANI AL-DHABIT – OMANI FOOTBALLER An Omani footballer who plays for Dhofar S.C.S.C.in Oman Professional League. He is a long-time veteran of this team, the most successful sports club in Oman, and has been in the squad for over 10 years. He is the captain of Dhofar and wears the number 14 jersey, as he had previously worn throughout his career with the national team. He has also played for various clubs in GCC like for Baniyas SC of the United Arab Emirates, Al Sadd SC of Qatar and Al Jahra SC of Kuwait.
Hani Shaker is a well-known Egyptian singer and composer. He has over 461 songs in his records. After graduation from high school in the early 1970s, Shaker started to study music at the prestigious Cairo Conservatoire. In spite of his love of traditional Egyptian music, Hani enjoys modern songs which reflect contemporary society. He considers his own musical style a halfway point between tradition and modernity. Shaker got recently selected as Chairman of the Musician's Syndicate in Egypt.
Fernando Montaño is a world famous ballet dancer and currently a soloist for the Royal Ballet in Covent Garden. He is the first Colombian to dance with the company and joined them in 2006. He has performed in many different countries including Mexico, Russia, Japan, China, Spain, Italy and USA and has begun producing and choreographing his own shows. He works regularly with the British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood and was described by BBC TV in 2013 as 'the Colombian Billy Elliot', as a result of the hurdles he overcame in achieving his dream.
SAMIRA SAEED – MOROCCAN POP SINGER She has been extremely successful in her music career, even representing her country at the Eurovision Song Contest, and recently winning a BBC Award for World Music.