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To mark the occasion of the midfielder matching the world record for international caps, Goal.com takes a look at some of the highlights of his time with the Pharaohs

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By Rami Ayari

On Monday, November 14, Egypt’s long-serving midfielder Ahmed Hassan matched the world record for international appearances when he came on as a substitute in place of Hosni Abd Rabo against Brazil, earning his 178th cap for his country.

The accomplishment put him on equal terms with former Saudi Arabian goalkeeper Mohamed Al Deayea and gives him an opportunity to break the record for good when the Pharaohs play their next match.

Below is a look at some of the most memorable moments of Hassan’s incredible career thus far.

5) KEEPING EGYPT IN 2010 WCQ RACE

Although Egypt’s failure against Algeria is what most fans will remember from the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, Ahmed Hassan’s winning away goal in Rwanda, which kept his side within touching distance of the Fennecs, can’t be overlooked.

The defending African champions saw numerous chances missed, but kept fighting until the 67th minute when the captain volleyed home a team-mate's wayward shot.

Hassan wasn’t even supposed to make it onto the pitch, but a last-minute injury to Mohamed Aboutrika saw him make the cut in a match that was played during Ramadan, meaning that he and his devout Muslim compatriots were fasting under the blazing Kigali sun.

4) EQUALLING THE CAPS RECORD

November 14, 2011, will remain a special day for Hassan and will likely only be eclipsed in his mind when he breaks the record in his next outing for the Pharaohs.

Although the match ended in a loss against the mighty Brazilians, the moment in which he was subbed in and received the captain’s armband from Wael Gomaa at the Al Rayyan Stadium in Doha puts the Maghagha native in rare company.

The 36-year-old recently said that he hopes to play internationally until he’s 40, and if he comes anywhere near that aim then his international caps record will be extremely difficult to top, and may even extend past 200 appearances.

3) A SCORCHER IN 1998 AFCON FINAL


While it was another Hassan, Hossam in this case, who shined the brightest at the 1998 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations through his seven goals in the competition, the younger Ahmed also had a huge hand in bringing home the trophy from Burkina Faso.

Five minutes into Egypt's final confrontation against South Africa at the Stade du 4 Aout in Ouagadougou, the youthful midfielder unleashed a rocket from well outside the area to open the scoring.

It was Hassan’s only goal of the competition, but what an important one it was for the Pharaohs, who ended up winning the game 2-0.
2) OPENING PENALTY OF 2006 AFCON FINAL

The former Anderlecht player was an inspirational leader and a veritable attacking force during the 2006 Afcon, which his country hosted.

He found the back of the net four times, putting him tied for second place in the tournament’s top-scorer list alongside Francileudo Dos Santos and Pascal Feindouno.

After defeating the Ivorians 3-1 during the group stage, Hassan Shehata’s men downed them again in the final and it was the midfield maestro who scored the crucial first penalty kick of the shootout. He would be later named MVP of the tournament.

1) COMPLETING THE THREE-PEAT AT ANGOLA 2010

With team pillars Mohamed Aboutrika and Amr Zaki sidelined by injuries, the responsibility fell to Hassan to once again lead his side at an African showpiece.

Despite having just come off a hugely disappointing 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, the kings of Africa regrouped to accomplish something that no other side had ever done in the history of the Afcon - lifting the golden trophy for a third straight time.

Hassan scored three goals and was once again named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

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