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Ramadan Sobhy



By Aniello Luciano – 7 July 2015
Al-Ahly Sporting Club
Technical Skills

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

Defensive. Although Ramadan has to improve his tactical skills, Sobhy has a natural aptitude for sacrifice thanks to a body which helps him to face properly his opponents and to protect the ball when his team recover the ball. Furthermore the young Egyptian talent is quick to foresee the best position when his squad don’t manage the ball.






Ramadan Sobhy was born in Cairo in 1997 and in the city whose name means “the Defeater” he improved his skills. With a quick pass, as in his future pieces of skills, Ramadan played in every youth team of Al-Ahly, the club where  he entered when he was 8 thanks to his former coach at Markaz Shabab Mahmoud Nasr.  Sobhy  debuted in the Egyptian football some months before his 17th birthday, when he played in a home match against Ghazl Mahalla. His debut lasted only a 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 occasion, Sobhy focused on U-17 team of “The Club of the Century”, as Al-Ahly are called. 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 his interest for the  young pharaoh. Ramadan impressed so much that someone compared him with the Egyptian legend Aboutrika. An huge weight that didn’t crush Sobhy and his spindly body. 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 thanks to goal difference to the 37th national title in 2013-2014 season, a record for Egyptian football. Due to his skills a call up by Egyptian national team for Sobhy was just matter of time. He played with U-18, U-20, U-23 squads (Ramadan led the team until African Cup of Nations final) and at the end with the Pharaohs senior team. The young talent was capped twice: the first time against Tanzania in June 2015, after signing his new contract with Al-Ahly. This agreement will expire in 2020, but some clubs like Arsenal, Benfica and Feyenoord could convince Al-Ahly to sell Sobhy with big offers. The young “Pharaoh” is now a star for Al Ahly’s fans, after Egyptian Super Cup win in 2015, where Sobhy 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).

Player’s Description

Although Sobhy 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-Sissi). 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.


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, skills for free kick, coldness
DOWN: he holds the ball too much, he doesn’t use enough his weaker foot