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RAMADAN SOBHI

By Aniello Luciano - 7 July 2015
Stoke City Football Club
Technical Skills

Offensive. Sobhi isn’t too fast, but in narrow spaces, his change of pace, footwork included, could be decisive to create numerical superiority.
The Egytian player is able to foresee the teammates’ moves, providing assists when they face a lined-up defense.
In empty spaces and in counterattacks Sobhi tends to be more affected and selfish. His confidence with ball and his ability to provide assists allow him to play in every position in the offensive midfield line, but he prefers the left side because from that position the Egyptian can run towards the goal and use his stronger foot. In the last 20 metres Sobhi prefers a creative play more than using his powerful and precise shoot

Defensive. Although he has to improve his tactical skills, Sobhy has a natural attitude to sacrifice thanks to a body that helps him to properly face his opponents and to protect the ball when his teammates recover the ball.

PERSONALITY

STAMINA

SKILLS

SPEED/REACTION

Career

Ramadan Sobhi was born in Cairo in 1997 and in the city whose name means “the Defeater” he improved his skills. With a quick pace, Ramadan played in every youth team of Al Ahly, where he entered when he was 8-years old thanks to his former coach at Markaz Shabab Mahmoud Nasr.  Sobhy  debuted in the Egyptian football top tier some months before his 17th birthday, when he played in a home match against Ghazl Mahalla. His debut lasted only half an hour, because Al Ahly’s manager Mohamed Youssef substituited Ramadan after the red card given to Wael Gomaa for a “last-man” foul. Waiting for a new chance, Sobhy focused on the U-17 team of “The Club of the Century”, as Al Ahly are nicknamed. Ramadan led the squad to the championship title without losing any game and also to win Sheikh Zayed Youth Tournament. Thanks to Sobhy’s elegant moves Atlético Madrid showed interest for the Young Pharaoh. Ramadan impressed so much that someone compared him with Egyptian legend Aboutrika. An huge weight that didn’t crush Sobhy. With his pieces of skill he helped Al Ahly to beat Petrojet (0-4 and two goals by Ramadan), a win which led the team to the 37th national title in the 2013-2014 season, a record for Egyptian football. Due to his skills a call up by his National Team was just matter of time. He played with the U-18, U-20, U-23 squads (Ramadan led the team until the Africa Cup of Nations final) and at the end with the Pharaohs senior team. He became a star for Al Ahly’s fans,after the Egyptian Super Cup win in 2015, where Sobhi drove Zamalek‘s defenders crazy. Ramadan became a hero because he played also a main role in Al Ahly’s triumph in CAF Confederations Cup, the first in club’s story (they defeated  Séwé Sport from Ivory Coast with a goal in stoppage time in the return leg). Then it was just a matter of time for an offer from the Premier League: Stoke City bought him, and he’s still playing there, showing his skills as he scored his Premier League in Potter’s 3-1 home victory over West Bromwich on last December 23.

Player’s Description

Although Sobhi was charged to be insolent (he is famous for an irriverent “dance” on the ball repeated also against Zamalek), undisciplinated (in 2014 the Egyptian football federation banned him due to a quarrel with a referee during the U-20 African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign), and propagandist (Ramadan celebrated a goal against Al-Nasr gesturing with heart and someone interpretated it as sign of support for Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi). Ramadan is a 19- years-old guy with sane principles, smiling, outgoing with fans, balanced and  religious. During these first years of career he softened also some parts of his personality.

Role

Winger, especially on the left side. He can play as a central attacking midfielder too.

Pro and cons

UP: ability to read the game, versatility, dribbling, free-kicks
DOWN: he holds the ball too much, he doesn’t use enough his weaker foot

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