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Abdel Sattar Sabry

I have some time to kill so I'll translate excerpts from Egyptian website Filgoal.com, where Sabry has shared his experience at Benfica amongst other footballing anecdotes. I like Sabry , and have a soft spot for Benfica thanks to eliminating juve from the EL in 13-14 , moreover despite his playing days at Milan I'm a fan of Rui Costa. Amazing player. Not to mention that Julio Cesar plays for you guys nowadays. Anywhoo, I digress so back to Sabry. Those are all direct quotes from him.

"My dreams were big. I dreamt of playing for the biggest clubs in the world. Circumstances were by my side.

At PAOK I participated in the UEFA Cup. We faced Benfica and I scored a great goal. PAOK fans were happy with me, and my goal made Benfica's coach Jupp Heynckes ask his club to sign me straight away. 1 million dollar for an Egyptian player, big amount. I'll play at Benfica with stars like Poborsky, Maniche, Joao Pinto... I'll play for a coach who used to coach Real Madrid."


"The Benfica fans used to call me 'Sabry show'. Then they gave me another nickname: Eusebio. I didn't believe how the Benfica fans loved me. The team had lots of stars, but I was number 1"

"At the time the great Peter Schmeichel was playing for Sporting Lisbon and I scored against him, this goal has a story which I can't forget"

"Benfica were third in the standings at the time. Sporting were first, Porto second. If Sporting beat us then they'd pretty much seal the league title as their remaining games were easy.

In Europe I used to see the club president in 3 cases only. When signing, when leaving or when something abnormal happens."


"Benfica's president visited the team. He said a short sentence: Sporting can win the league, but not at our expense. Don't make Sporting celebrate beating us and winning the league.

In the last training Benfica defener Fran tackled and injured me in my ankle. It was a catastrophy for Heynckes."


"Benfica gave me all the necessary treatment to catch the Sporting game. Heynckes met with me and said that I must play. I told him I can't, so he said, ok, you'll sit next to me on the bench then and will play in the 2nd half if we needed you."

"Match started, Sporting were destroying us. They hit the bar and had attacks from everywhere, from every direction."



"Heynckes looked at me before the end of the first half and said, Sabry, come on.

I was worried.

All of Sporting's attacks were from the right back. Who is very fast. And I play on the left."


"When I participated I found out that Sporting's coach asked the right back not to advance. Their coach was worried that had the right back pushed forward then he would have left me spaces. He didn't know that I could barely run anyway! Thank God.

The team doctor gave me a lot of pain-killing cream, my goal was to warm my muscles then we'll see. Game is approaching its end, then hoooop. The referee awards us a free kick 3 minutes before the end."


"I was the free kick specialist despite the presence of Maniche and Joao Pinto. I stood up, ready to take the free kick. Then I recalled what happened 2 days ago..."

I took a walk on the beach in one of the famous places in Portugal where my teammates always go out. On my right, there he was: Peter Schmeichel!

He joked with me, said that Sporting will put 3 past us. TO which I responded by saying: we'll win with a goal which I'll score in your goal."


"When I remembered what happened with Schmeichel I smiled. He didn't when he saw my face...

I scored against him and was carried on shoulders. It was amazing. Schmeichel after the game approached me and smiled, gave me his gloves as a gift and said: you deserve it, you won the bet.


"But before the end of the season Heynckes had problems with the media, the results were not good. He left, and a young coach started his coaching career at Benfica. This coach is called Jose Mourinho."

"First thing Mourinho said was: how can Benfica's star be an Egyptian not a Portuguese player?"

That was the beginning. Not a good start. I was angry because this came at a time where I was doing well and enjoying myself."

---

I'll continue later as I'm tired from all the typing!

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lol hossam lol...i think your the coolest bro one of the few ppl i like in this world

now thats three rants lol

i love u bro. yr good people


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Old June 29th, 2015, 13:39
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awww thank u nezza

yes i recall sabry, those were tough years for us, spending money and not getting any results...tough tough years, the president at the time is now in jail, for being a thief

anyways on sabry, very talented player no doubt, but he was a bit lazy

of coz we liked him, but were hoping for more hardwork from him, its something we expect from players, not just the "talent"

the part about being the fav player in the team at the time...well, like he said, our captain was joăo pinto, poborsky was in the team aswell and others....and i dont recall him being called eusebio

but its awesome that he had such a great time, most players feel that way, because there is indeed a passion towards the team / club , and most players ( and coaches) dont realise it (when coming from abroad) until they come to play with us


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"there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"

"rocks on my path? i keep them all , one day i'll build a castle"
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I'm also looking forward for the rest of N4L's tales because it's under Mourinho that things would turn sour to Sabry. Just look at this interview where Mourinho absolutely destroys him (in Portuguese only I'm afraid):


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Old June 29th, 2015, 21:57
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well, mourinho is right in there, he was , like i said, pretty lazy and ......from his interviews, egomaniac

the last sentence

"there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"

"rocks on my path? i keep them all , one day i'll build a castle"
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Part 2:

"You are probably asking yourselves how come I can argue with Mourinho of all people?

Ok, but back then it was different. He was merely a translator and an assistant starting his coaching career, replacing a great coach like Heynckes who won the Champions league. Heynckes was a friend, a coach who gave me freedom and confidence. He left and was replaced by an inexperienced manager."

"I must amdit though, Mourinho was an excellent coach in many points. I will explain.

"Mourinho is a coach who likes to study. He does not leave any detail to circumstances. When you go into a game you know everything about your role and everything about your opponent."

"After our first training with him, he set up a meeting with every player in a room which had projectors."

"Mourinho sat with every player to view videos as to explain how he wants us to play"

"In the training field he made lines on the pitch and placed points which determine the movements and positions of the players."

"Mourinho was young at the time so he also made sure to have good relationships with all the players. He participated in all occasions, birthdays, weddings, anything. He called players to wish them a happy birthday. This was a good part about his personality."

"But if you want to understand why I argued with a coach with that character, you need to understand the surrounding circumstances around the club."

"When Mourinho came to Benfica he was young and without a C.V. or popularity. He wanted to be popular with the Benfica fans so he played on the Portuguese tone to endear himself to the fans.

the first thing he said was: 'I don't know how Benfica's biggest star can't be Portuguese'

"Benfica had 2 wingers - me and Poborsky. We played behind Joao Pinto. Poborsky used to play on the line and I used to cut inside. That's what happened during the days of Heynckes.

"But in his first training session Mourinho asked us to switch - I'm going to hug the line and Poborsky will cut in."

"How come? I asked. Poborsky is pure winger who plays on the line while the team depended on me to break down defences and penetrate from deep. But Mourinho insisted."

"Our first game with Mourinho was away to Boavista. I started the match, Mourinho wouldn't bear the pressure of the fans had he sacrificed me. The plan was that I'll play on the left, near the touchline whilst Poborsky would cut in. Ok, we'll see what happens..

"With the first few minutes I started to feel that things are not going well. The ball wasn't reaching me! should I shout to get it?"

"The problem is that the left side is near the technical area where Mourinho was standing. So everytime I thought of cutting in deep with the ball, Mourinho shouted: Sabry no no, calm down Sabry."

Boavista scored and we trailed. Then and there I decided - I will cut in deep and whatever happens happens!

"Mourinho kept on shouting behind me til the first half ended."

We entered the locker-rooms. Mourinho told me: Sabry, good morning!

"He meant that I was asleep and not focused."

"I lost my nerves. I took off my shirt, threw it on the ground and insulted him in Arabic. He couldn't understand me of course, then I accused him of being a racist"

"I dribbled, cut in and passed to Joao Pinto. From which he scored."

OOOH ALAAAAH GOOOOOL (Sabry's words)

"I was happy. Mourinho could not look me in the eye. He looked backwards."

"Seconds passed, there's a substitution. I'm out."

"I yelled at him whilst leaving the pitch. I decided not to continue at Benfica. I spoke with Mohamed El-Fayed (then Fulham owner) who wanted to sign me on more than one occasion. I'm not putting up with this coach any longer!

"But I didn't know that I'll be back and will have another round in my fight with Mourinho..."

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lol hossam lol...i think your the coolest bro one of the few ppl i like in this world

now thats three rants lol

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By his own account, Sabry is a hotheaded moron who doesnt listen to his coach instructions.

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Well, Mourinho saying that Benfica's best player should be from Portugal and not a foreigner ticked Sabry off, then changing his position... I'm Egyptian myself, leaving our comfort zone is a no no. We are lazy bastards. I'll give you an example, I've been working at Vodafone since 2011 using a system called Crystal, when the system was changed to NewCO Siebel a few months ago I hated it! Still do. We don't like to be bossed around or be forced to change..

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lol hossam lol...i think your the coolest bro one of the few ppl i like in this world

now thats three rants lol

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yes when one is used to a tool, and have to leave our comfort zone can be challenging

i find it awkward that mourinho said the best player wasnt portuguese though, we had joăo pinto at the time, and he was our key player, with poborsky playing a big role too

i dont think he was refering to sabry when he said that

"there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"

"rocks on my path? i keep them all , one day i'll build a castle"
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"Mourinho was young at the time so he also made sure to have good relationships with all the players. He participated in all occasions, birthdays, weddings, anything. He called players to wish them a happy birthday. This was a good part about his personality."
Sounds like Yaya should go to Chelsea.

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Well, Mourinho saying that Benfica's best player should be from Portugal and not a foreigner ticked Sabry off, then changing his position... I'm Egyptian myself, leaving our comfort zone is a no no. We are lazy bastards. I'll give you an example, I've been working at Vodafone since 2011 using a system called Crystal, when the system was changed to NewCO Siebel a few months ago I hated it! Still do. We don't like to be bossed around or be forced to change..
I get that, change is hard. And I never been fan of Mourinho populistic type of comments and character, so how he chastized the foreigners for being foreigners and stars is wrong. But Sabry 100% in the wrong for not listening to the coaches instruction and throwing a tantrum, basically questionned and challenged his authority. Being hotheaded is understandable to a point. If you disagree, you say so, and bide your time until how you think you should be played is proven to be the proper course or whatever. But disobey in the first given opportunity and attack your coach, just lol.

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love your avatar ozzie

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I picked it especially for you


My first choice for you was Llorente, but he wasnt invited to our new adidas shirt unveiling today (sadly will leave, Benfica need a striker?), so Claudio it is

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Sounds like Yaya should go to Chelsea.

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lol hossam lol...i think your the coolest bro one of the few ppl i like in this world

now thats three rants lol

i love u bro. yr good people


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My first choice for you was Llorente, but he wasnt invited to our new adidas shirt unveiling today (sadly will leave, Benfica need a striker?), so Claudio it is
thank u

would be a great choice too, but marchisio 's avatars are just mint


we can always find a place for a ...talented player like llorente

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My thread got hijacked! and worse, hijacked with the purpose of complimenting juve players!

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lol hossam lol...i think your the coolest bro one of the few ppl i like in this world

now thats three rants lol

i love u bro. yr good people


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ahahhaahahah

no no nezza, it was just HT lets go back to the match

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Ok, seeing as you asked nicely.

Part 3:

"I went to meet Mohamed El-Fayed in order to join Fulham after my argument with Mourinho. The deal did not materialize and I returned to Benfica. I decided to train with the Benfica youth and second team to avoid Mourinho. My stance was the same, I'm not playing for him again!

"After a few days, the Benfica president met with Mourinho and told him that Sabry must play."

"Benfica are like Al-Ahly in Egypt. A big club and their fans always pressurize the coach and the management. The following summer was that of the elections and the president wanted things to go well."


"So I went to the training camp. It was clear from the start that Mourinho can not stand me.

"In one of the matches I sat on the bench. Next to me were Joao Pinto, Maniche and Poborsky. I was having a laugh with them, I told them - Listen, do you bet that Poborsky will be the first player introduced, then Joao Pinto then finally me?


"And when that happens, I will enter the pitch, and score a goal. Then I will go and punch Mourinho!

"I was laughing, it was as if something spiritual happened to me and I shared it with my teammates."


"Minutes later - Mourinho asks Poborsky to come on! Pinto looked at me, smiled, and said: luck!

"As time passed by, the second substitution was about to take place. It's Joao Pinto! He looked at me whilst he was laughing, he said: Anyone can predict that I'll play! let's see what will happen with you."

"Before the game ended, Mourinho's assistant Mozer called me."

Mourinho refused to even speak to me directly!. Mozer stood between the two of us. Mourinho told Mozer: 'tell Sabry that you will play.

You don't want to track back and defend, good, don't. Show me what you will do!"


"I totally ignored Mourinho too. I was speaking to Mozer and didn't even look at Mourinho. Then I entered the field of play..."

"I received a long pass from Marchena, controlled it and shot the ball into the roof of the net.


"I couldn't believe myself. But I was angry. The bench where Mourinho sat was far but I ran all the way across to do what I told my teammates I'd do - to punch him!

"Pinto and Poborsky realized right away what I intended to do when I ran. So they ran behind me and held me back.

"I calmed down and then went to the president and told him: This goal is for you, you made me play not him."


"Mourinho was a good coach but he doesn't like stars, he has to be the star. Always"

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Sabry..... he was popular with the fans but not the star, funny and lazy player though
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