Hussein Hegazi: The Egyptian magician

Andrew Thömas | IBWM
April 2011 | 6-minute read

Hegazi was a natural athlete, winning a number of national middle-distance medals before moving to London in 1911 to study engineering at University College London. Though quick, he was physically slight, and at noticeably under six feet he presented a marked contrast to the typical English centre-forward of the time. His football was cerebral rather than physical; he was “wise as a serpent”, according to Al-Ahram Weekly, who ascribe his success to a “footballing intellect that put him one step ahead of many other players”. Others had little truck with such highfalutin talk, and simply labelled him a magician.

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