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Rami Shaaban

Rami Shaaban (; ; born 30 June 1975 in Fisksätra, Stockholm) is a Sweden former professional Association football. Rami Shaaban is the son of an Egypt father and a Finland mother. During Rami Shaaban career Rami Shaaban played for a number of teams in England, including Arsenal F.C., and in Sweden. Rami Shaaban was a Sweden national football team until 2008. Rami Shaaban ended Rami Shaaban playing career after the 2011 season.

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Rami Shaaban biography


Rami Shaaban (; ; born 30 June 1975 in Fisksätra, Stockholm) is a Sweden former professional Association football. Rami Shaaban is the son of an Egypt father and a Finland mother. During Rami Shaaban career Rami Shaaban played for a number of teams in England, including Arsenal F.C., and in Sweden. Rami Shaaban was a Sweden national football team until 2008. Rami Shaaban ended Rami Shaaban playing career after the 2011 season.

Club career

Early career

Shaaban started Rami Shaaban senior career at local club Saltsjöbadens IF before moving to Cairo to play for Zamalek SC and Ittihad Osman, while also studying at university. After a couple of years, Shaaban returned to Rami Shaaban hometown and joined Nacka FF, a club based close to where Rami Shaaban grew up. After a string of impressive performances, Rami Shaaban was asked to join Swedish Allsvenskan outfit Djurgårdens IF Fotboll and, in August 2002, earned a move to Arsenal F.C..

Arsenal

In August 2002, Shaaban joined Arsenal F.C. as a potential replacement for David Seaman. When Seaman was injured, Shaaban played in two matches in the UEFA Champions League at home against PSV Eindhoven and away against AS Roma, as well as in three matches in the Premier League. Unfortunately, Shaaban broke Rami Shaaban leg during training on Christmas Eve 2002, ultimately sidelining himself for the rest of the season. Due to the severity of Rami Shaaban injury, Shaaban feared Rami Shaaban would not be able to play again, but after rigorous physical therapy Shaaban was able to resume playing. When Seaman left Arsenal in the summer of 2003 Arsène Wenger signed Jens Lehmann, who played every match that season as Arsenal went undefeated for the entire 2003–04 FA Premier League. Shaaban was plagued by injuries and failed to become Arsenal's first-choice keeper.

Other clubs

In January 2004, Shaaban was loaned to West Ham United F.C. for a month, but did not make any appearances for the Hammers. In February 2004, Rami Shaaban signed for Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. on non-contract terms, making Rami Shaaban debut in a 2–1 victory over Sunderland A.F.C., and signed a short-term contract lasting until the end of the season days later. After Rami Shaaban contract expired Rami Shaaban was released on a free transfer (football) and had a trial at Dundee United F.C., playing Rami Shaaban only match as United beat Sheffield Wednesday F.C to win the Evening Telegraph Challenge Cup; however, Shaaban could not agree terms and was snapped up by Fredrikstad FK.

On 12 February 2008, Shaaban signed a five-year contract with Swedish team Hammarby IF.

International career

Shaaban was called up to the Sweden national football team squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, although Rami Shaaban did not have an international cap (sport) to Rami Shaaban name. Rami Shaaban made Rami Shaaban debut in the warm up game with Finland national football team as a substitute, coming on for 45 minutes and keeping a clean sheet in a 0–0 draw. On June 10, 2006, Rami Shaaban played in the 2006 World Cup contest against Trinidad and Tobago national football team. Rami Shaaban also played four games in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, in which Rami Shaaban kept a vital clean sheet against Spain, and was also a member of the UEFA Euro 2008. Shaaban had a possibility to choose Finland as Rami Shaaban national side, but decided to represent Sweden because at that time Finland had two strong national team goalkeepers in Antti Niemi (footballer) and Jussi Jääskeläinen.

In 2007, Rami Shaaban lost the position as 1st goalkeeper as Andreas Isaksson claimed it after joining Manchester City F.C..

Honours

Club

Djurgårdens IF:
- Allsvenskan:

- Svenska Cupen:

Arsenal FC:
- Premier League:

- FA Cup:

Fredrikstad FK:
- Norwegian Football Cup:

Individual

- Swedish goalkeeper of the year: 2006, 2007

Personal life

Shaaban grew up in Solna, Stockholm with a Finland mother and an Egypt father. As a result, Rami Shaaban has both Swedish and Egyptian citizenship. Rami Shaaban was raised as a islam. In Rami Shaaban late teens to early twenties, Shaaban lived in Cairo, where Rami Shaaban played football and attended university. Prior to joining Arsenal, Rami Shaaban also worked as a mountain explosives specialist.

Shaaban has one son, Gabriel, born 2002 to Rami Shaaban ex-wife. Several years after Rami Shaaban divorce, Rami Shaaban began dating a makeup artist named Frida. Although they are not married, the two have a son Noah, born in August 2008. Shaaban made a move to Hammarby partly to be close to Gabriel. Rami Shaaban currently lives in a large lake house with Rami Shaaban son and wife. Ljungberg and Shaaban remain close after becoming friends whilst at Arsenal. The two are often seen drinking coffee together.

Shaaban is known for Rami Shaaban love of coffee; Rami Shaaban is often seen with a cup of coffee in Rami Shaaban hand. Rami Shaaban once said, "I dare not keep count of how many cups I drink per day. But mom is actually even worse."

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rami_Shaaban

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