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45-Year-Old Egyptian Goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary Becomes The Oldest Player Ever To Play At The World Cup

45-Year-Old Egyptian Goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary Becomes The Oldest Player Ever To Play At The World Cup

At the age of 45, Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has made World Cup history by becoming the oldest ever player to play in the coveted competition.

El-Hadary made his first-team debut as a 20-year old all the way back in 1993 with Damietta in his native Egypt, before joining Al-Ahly and winning eight league titles as well as four CAF Champions Leagues.

Incredibly, his first of 157 caps for his country came in 1996 - 10 months before Stoke City winger Ramadan Sobhi, the youngest member of the Egypt travelling party, was born.

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The former FC Sion shotstopper, who was once on trial at Hull City, is still going strong today with Al-Taawoun, making 27 appearances for the club in 2017/18.

Image: PA
Image: PA

And he's starting between the sticks for Egypt's final World Cup game against Saudi Arabia, overtaking Faryd Mondragon as the oldest player to play in the tournament.

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Aged 43 years, the legendary Colombian was in between the sticks for the 4-1 win over Japan four years back, with his record not looking like it would ever be beaten.

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Congrats, Essam.

Topics: Football News, Football, egypt, World Cup

Nasir Jabbar

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