Ali Mohsen Al-Mraisi

Ali Mohsen Al-Mraisi

The Legend of the Century and the top player in the Egyptian league for three consecutive years in the early sixties.

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The Legend of the Century and the top player in the Egyptian league for three consecutive years in the early sixties.

The “Legend of the Century” or “West Ham defeater” as what he was known for after Al Zamalek overwhelming victory against the English team “West Ham United” in 1966. Ali Mohsen al-Mraisi was born on September 16, 1940 in Tawahi, ​​Aden, southern part of Yemen. His beginnings was in playing soccer with his peers on the streets. He had his elementary school in Aden where he later joined Al-Ghazal Club,later named Al-Shaab Club, then he joined Al-Minaa before he traveled to further his study in Egypt in 1950.

Al-Merasi was nominated by the coach “Mahmoud Qandil” to join Al Zamalek club where he gained his fame after his club’s victory against “Al-Ahli” in 1958, when he scored one of the two winning goals. He was the top scorer in the Egyptian league for three consecutive years 1960, 1961 and 1962 playing with Zamalek Club. Al-Maraisi was the only non-Egyptian player in League although it was offered for him before he apologetically declined it.

One of the testimonies he had was by Bobby Moore from (West Ham United) who said, “He has the technical skills that Qualifies him to play in the best European clubs.” He retired at an early age of 26 years old and returned back to Yemen as coach despite receiving offers elsewhere. He passed away on the 26th of September 1993; May God have his Mercy over his soul.

This was Yemen and this was its sports.

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