Friday, January 23, 2009

Mido Moves to Wigan

Remember Mido?

The temperamental Egyptian striker is set to join England's Wigan Athletic from England's Middlesbrough until the end of the season.

The 25-year-old will replace striker Emile Heskey, who looks to be on the verge of signing for Aston Villa. Mido will join fellow Egyptian Amr Zaki, who has been a revelation for the Latics this season, scoring 11 goals in all competitions.

Wigan manager Steve Bruce said: "Mido has played for some huge European clubs, where he gained Champions League and UEFA Cup experience."

Mido has scored four goals in 13 appearances for struggling Middlesbrough this season.

But with all the positives come negatives. He's known for being an extraordinary diva.

In 2004, Egypt coach Marco Tardelli dropped Mido from the squad after the striker claimed to be unavailable due to an injury. But he played in a friendly match for Roma 24 hours later. A day later, Mido rejected accusations that he refused to play for his country.

Ultimately, the Egyptian Football Federation announced that he would not play for the team again. However, Tardelli was sacked as Egypt coach and in January 2005 the Egyptian Football Association said they would consider bringing Mido back into the team if he were to apologize for his past behavior. Mido flew to Egypt, apologized and the following month he was recalled by the national team.

Oh, but that's not all ...

Mido was thrown out of the Egypt team during the 2006 African Cup of Nations because of an argument with coach Hassan Shehata in the semi-final game against Senegal, which started after Mido reacted badly to being substituted.

His replacement and now Wigan team mate Amr Zaki came on to score a header with his first touch, putting Egypt into the final.

A day later, Mido reconciled with Shehata, but was given a six-month suspension from the team. He was eventually recalled in time for 2008 African Cup of Nations qualifying.

Mido was included in the Egypt squad to play South Africa in London in November 2006, despite suffering from a knee injury at the time. He was however left out of the Egypt squad to play Mauritania in an African Cup qualifier in March 2007.

He was not part of the squad that won the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana.

Talented? Yes. Moody? Very much so. Should be interesting to see how he fits in with Zaki at Wigan. You never know with the diva known as Mido ...

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