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Ramzi Saleh

Ramzi Saleh

Sector : Sports, Athletes

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1980
  • Age: 37
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Ramzi Saleh "born in Cairo on August 8, 1980" is a Palestinian international footballer. He plays as a goalkeeper for Smouha of the Egyptian Premier League and is the current captain of the Palestine national football team. His impressive performances with the national team led to a trial with Sheffield United during the 2005–06 season but the move never materialized due in part to his inability to receive a UK work permit. He is the most capped player for Palestine at international level.

Saleh had participated in every single FIFA World Cup qualification campaign for Palestine (2002–2014) until injury prevented him for playing against Afghanistan and Thailand in the preliminary rounds of 2014 World Cup qualification.

Ramzi Saleh was born in Cairo, Egypt to Palestinian father and Egyptian mother. At the age of 10, Saleh who had move to Jeddah, started to play for Al-Ittihad at the youth level but eventually returned to the Gaza Strip with his family when his father retired, he signed with Shabab Jabalia in 1999. The following year, he was called up to the national team where he quickly became the undisputed number one, turning in several key saves.

Club career

Move to Al-Ahly

After being awarded a 3-day trial with Egyptian footballing giants Al-Ahly, Shabab Jabalia, in a show of good faith, released him without demanding a transfer fee.

After months of playing second fiddle and no official appearances he was awarded the starting job for Al-Ahly after a series of mistakes by incumbent Amir Abdelhamid.

He made his first appearance against Ismaily in a 0-1 loss on the 20th Matchday of the 2008/09 season. In the following match, a 2-2 draw with Petrol Asyut, Saleh put in a match of the man performance helping Al-Ahly salvage a point In recognition of his performances, he was awarded Egyptian Premier League Player of the Month for the month of March. The 2008/09 season ended with Ramzi Saleh helping Al-Ahly to another league title after defeating Ismaily 1-0 in a playoff.

After suffering an injury before the 2009–10 season, Ramzi Saleh saw his position go to youngster Ahmed Adel. In the winter transfer window, manager Hossam Al-Badry chose to bring in Sherif Ekramy to fill the post. At the end of the season, Ramzi Saleh elected to leave the club on a bosman.


At the start of the 2009–10 season, Ramzi Saleh picked up an injury and missed all of the preseason with Al-Ahly. As a result, his position was usurped by Al-Ahly youth team player Ahmed Adel Abd El-Moneam. During the winter transfer window, Al-Ahly acquired Sherif Ekramy relegating Ramzi Saleh to third choice goalkeeper. The situation was so bad that Saleh was seen playing as a striker- and scoring- during one training session. After much contemplation, Saleh decided to leave Al-Ahly, it was suspected that he would be included in the transfer that brought Geddo to the Red Castle, but negotiations fell through at the final moment and he was excluded from the deal.


On 18 December 2010, Zamalek announced a two and a half year deal with the Palestinian goalkeeper. The deal broke down days later after the two sides failed to agree on a financial compensation package.

On 4 January 2010, Ramzi Saleh signed an 18-month contract with Haras El-Hodood. However, days later the deal was broken, also due to financial issues, the player later revealed that his two contracts were terminated due to his former agent sending messages to the two clubs warning them about an injury that Saleh sustained in 1998 that still affects his performance.

He later thanked Haras El-Hodood management for being honest with him and Zamalek management for refusing to give away information about his injury so that they will not jeopardize his future.


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