Hossam Hassan Hussein is an Egyptian who played as a striker in Egyptian football. He has a twin brother named Ibrahim Hassan Hussein, who is also a footballer and with whom he shared teams for most of their professional career.
The retired football player was born in Cairo on August 10, 1966. He debuted in the game at the age of 18 in Cairo’s Al-Ahly Sporting Club. He played for Egypt at the 1990 FIFA World Cup where his team lost to team England in a slim defeat 0-1.
Hassan is a record-breaking athlete. In 2001, after earning 151 caps for Egypt, he was recognized as the then “world’s most capped player.” For this feat, he was given by FIFA a diploma, a souvenir medal and an armband to mark his record. He later retired with a record of 169 caps; and together, he and his brother are the most capped brothers in the world. Still in 2001, Hassan was recognized by the Confederation of African Football Awards and was given a Career Achievement trophy. He is the most titled Egyptian player boasting 41 titles with his twin trailing as second to him. Hassan is the only person to ever win the African Cup of Nations Title for three years. He also has the highest Egyptian record and the 6th in the world for having had made 69 international goals.
Hassan retired from playing professional football in 2006 at the age of 40 and ventured into managing teams. He first managed El Masry then Itesalat until he signed to serve as manager of El Zamalek. His first win as manager of the sporting club was on December 12, 2009 when his team defeated El Masry by three goals against none. The win raised El Zamalek’s rank from 14th to 5th.