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Factbox: Egypt's legendary coach Mahmoud El-Gohary
Factbox on Egyptian coach Mahmoud El-Gohary, who died on .... aged 74 after suffering a brain stroke
Published in Ahram Online on 03 - 09 - 2012

*Born: February 20, 1938 in Cairo" class="city">Cairo
*Had an unglamorous and short playing stint with Cairo" class="city">Cairo giants Ahly that lasted from 1955 to 1961. He was the top scorer of Egypt" class="city">Egypt's triumphant Nations Cup campaign in 1959 with three goals but prematurely ended his playing career two years later due to a persistent knee injury.
Management highlights
*Began his coaching career with Saudi Arabia's Ittihad Jeddah" class="city">Jeddah in 1981 but moved back to Egypt" class="city">Egypt to take charge of boyhood club Ahly one year later.
*Led the Red Devils to a remarkable achievement in his first year in charge, helping them win their first ever African Champions Cup, the old version of the Champions League, in 1982.
*Led Ahly to the 1984 African Cup Winners Cup title before having brief spells with UAE side Al-Sharjah" class="city">Sharjah and Saudi Arabia's Ahly Jeddah" class="city">Jeddah.
*Took charge of the Egypt" class="city">Egyptian national team for the first time in 1988, helping them reach the World Cup in Italy" class="city">Italy two years later, which was only their second appearance at the football's most prestigious event.
*Egypt" class="city">Egypt opened their World Cup campaign with a stunning 1-1 draw with then European champions Netherlands" class="city">Netherlands before drawing 0-0 with Ireland" class="city">Ireland and 1-1 with England to bow out from the group stage.
*Left the Pharaohs after the World Cup but returned to the team to lead them at the 1992 Nations Cup in Senegal" class="city">Senegal, where they lost their three games to suffer an embarrassing first-round exit.
*El-Gohary then made a surprise move after taking charge of Ahly's arch-rivals Zamalek in 1993 to become the first Egypt" class="city">Egyptian coach to manage the two bitter Cairo" class="city">Cairo foes.
*He enjoyed a highly-successful spell with Zamalek, helping them win the Champions League in 1993 and the African Super Cup one year later following a 1-0 victory over Ahly in Johannesburg" class="city">Johannesburg, South Africa.
*He then had two spells with UAE side Al-Wehda and Oman's national team before taking charge of Egypt" class="city">Egypt for a third stint in 1997.
*He defied doubters after leading Egypt" class="city">Egypt to an unlikely Nations Cup triumph in 1998 in Burkina Faso to become the first one to win the tournament as a player and coach but was dismissed one year later when Egypt" class="city">Egypt suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico" class="city">Mexico.
*The Egypt" class="city">Egyptian Football Association brought him back for a fourth spell after sacking French manager Gerard Gili following the 2000 Nations Cup.
*Under his guidance, Egypt" class="city">Egypt narrowly missed out on a place at the 2002 World Cup after a tough qualifying campaign and were knocked out of the Nations Cup at the hands of Cameroon" class="city">Cameroon in the quarter finals.
*Was appointed as Jordan's coach in 2002 and quickly turned around their fortunes, helping them to a remarkable place at the 2004 AFC Asian Cup for their best-ever achievement.
*Briefly served as the Egypt" class="city">Egyptian Football Association technical manager but resigned in 2009 over disagreements with the board of directors.
*Worked as an adviser to the Jordanian Football Association from 2009 to 2012.
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