Saleh Selim

Saleh Selim
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Personal information
Full name Mohamed Saleh Mohamed Selim
Date of birth (1930-09-11)11 September 1930
Place of birth Cairo, Egypt
Date of death 6 May 2002(2002-05-06) (aged 71)
Place of death London, United Kingdom
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1942– 1948 Al-Ahly
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1962 Al-Ahly 354 (78)
1962–1963 Grazer AK
1963–1967 Al-Ahly
National team
1950–1962 Egypt
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Saleh Selim (Arabic: صالح سليم‎) (September 11, 1930 - May 6, 2002) was the 10th president of the Egyptian Al Ahly Sporting Club. He also was a famous Egyptian football player and actor. He was nicknamed El Maestro because of his way of leading the Al Ahly football team to many victories. He then became the manager of the team, then member of the board of directors of the club. He finally became one of the most successful presidents of the club.

Early life

Saleh was born on September 11, 1930 in Dokki, Giza, and his father is Dr. Mohamed Selim, one of the pioneers of Anesthesiology in Egypt. Selim's father knew his mother, Zein El Sharaf, when she was undergoing surgery at his hospital. He married her and she gave birth to three males. Saleh was the eldest, followed by Abdel Wahab and Tareq. Saleh Selim has been a footballer since childhood. In Dokki, Giza. He joined the Orman junior high school team, then the high school team during his studies at the Saadia school in the same district. In 1944 he joined the junior ranks of Al Ahly club after being discovered by Mr. Hassan Kamel, supervisor of the club's team. He quickly succeeded in proving his presence and talent, and was promoted to the first team at the age of seventeen. He played his first game (friendly) in front of the Al Masry club in 1948, and Al Ahly won two goals to one with Saleh scoring the winning goal. Though his first official game was against in Alexandria in the third week of the Egyptian league championship season of 1948 and Al Ahly achieved victory.


Saleh Selim
10th President of Al-Ahly Sports Club
In office
December 13, 1980 – December 16, 1988
Preceded by Abd El-Mohsen Mortagy
Succeeded by Abdo Saleh Al-Wahsh
In office
February 7, 1992 – May 6, 2002
Preceded by Abdo Saleh Al-Wahsh
Succeeded by Hassan Hamdy

Selim joined Al Ahly club in 1944 as a football player. Later, he became the club's football team manager, then a member of the board of directors. Due to the fame he gained as a football player, Saleh was dragged into show business and starred in three movies. He co-starred 1962 film titled "Black Candles" with Nagat El-Sagheera who sang in it her widely known song "Do not lie".[1][2][3] In 1980, he was elected the president of the club. He was then re-elected five successive times.

During his presidency, Al-Ahly was elected the African club of the century. On May 22, 2001 Saleh received the award in Johannesburg. He died in 2002 of liver cancer.

Saleh Selim was the first Egyptian soccer player in Austria and it was a "transfer-sensation" when he joined Grazer AK and scored 3 goals in 6 championship-games (10/6 with friendly-games included) for the oldest Styrian football club during the 1962–63 season.

National team appearances

  • First Egypt national team appearance was vs Turkey in East Mediterranean Cup 1 February 1950 (Egypt won 3/0)
  • Participated in Olympic games 1960
  • Participated in African Cup of Nations 1959 & 1962 (Played 3 games & Scored 1 Goal) (One title & one runner up)





  • Saleh Selim won 9 successive League titles (1948/49 To 1958/59) (Egyptian Alltime Record)
  • He scored 92 Goals for Al Ahly, 78 in Egyptian league & 14 in Egyptian Cup.

Career as a manager

  • Ahly Football Official 1971
  • Ahly Club Board Member 1972
  • Ahly Club President : From 12 December 1980 till 16 December 1988 & from 6 February 1992 till 6 May 2002
  • Elected five times 1980-1984-1992-1996-2000


Selim was born in Cairo in 1930. His father Mohamed Selim was a renowned physician. He had two younger brothers, Abdel wahab and Tarek Selim. He also has two sons Khaled and Hisham Selim who is an actor.


  1. ^ [1], English Article titled “Who is Nagat El-Sagheera? “, 2015, Accessed 2015/08/28.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-08-10. Retrieved 2015-09-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Poster-details of 1962 Film "Black Candles" starring Nagat El-Sagheera, accessed 2015/08/12.
  3. ^ [2], 1962 Film starring Najat Al Saghira “Black Candles”,accessed 2015/08/12 .