Both Tottenham and Middlesbrough fans will remember Ahmed Hossam Hussein Abdelhamid, publicly known as Mido, but perhaps for the wrong reasons. Certainly not the greatest forward in either club’s history, but what is the Egyptian doing now?
Mido entered the Premier League frame in January 2005 where he scored two goals on his Tottenham debut against Portsmouth. The striker had signed on an 18-month loan deal from Roma. Mido joined Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and the woeful Grzegorz Rasiak as part of Martin Jol’s attacking options.
In a season where Tottenham finished 5th, Mido bagged three goals in 11 appearances. The next season was more successful, where Mido was actually the clubs top scorer with 11 goals in 27 games. Although there was speculation regarding securing his signature on a permanent basis, the forward did eventually sign.
The permanent transfer most certainly didn’t go to plan, however. Just five goals all season, in addition to a fall out with Martin Jol saw Mido exit the club. The Egyptian later admitted signing a permanent deal was a mistake. Although never truly endearing himself to the Tottenham faithful, fans will have fond memories of the striker.
Mido, despite interest from Birmingham and Sunderland, made the switch up north to play for Middlesbrough. An injury-hit spell stopped Mido ever reaching his potential at Boro, which saw the striker loaned out to Wigan, Zamalek, West Ham and Ajax. The Egyptian eventually returned permanently to Zamalek, but in seemingly typical fashion, was registered too late and sat the rest of the season out. Mido scored two goals in three games played for Zamalek, before making a single loan appearance for Barnsley. At the tender age of 30, Mido hung up his boots after falling out of love with the game.
A truly bizarre career. So what has Mido done since? Well, he has twice managed Zamalek, sandwiching a spell in charge of the youth team. The first spell saw him become the youngest manager to win silverware in Egyptian history. He has also managed Saudi Arabia’s Al Wehda.
But Mido’s most interesting features since his footballing retirement are his escape from an early death in a five-month 36kg weight loss transformation and his time on Egyptian television.
Mido told the Guardian: “I was 150kg and I reached a point where I couldn’t walk 30 yards.” After seeing a doctor, he added: the doctor told me that if I continue with my lifestyle, there is a more than an 80% chance that I’ll die before I am 40.”
Mido has since turned his life around and has appeared on television both as a presenter and a pundit while he searches for more opportunities. A talented but ultimately troubled footballer with a fascinating story on and off the pitch.
Tottenham and Middlesbrough fans – what do you remember of Mido?
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