Meet Former Arsenal Star Now Vending Fruits, Vegetables Years After Quitting Football

Meet Former Arsenal Star Now Vending Fruits, Vegetables Years After Quitting Football

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:13 PM
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  • Rami Shaaban spent two years with Arsenal and was part of the club's squad that ended the 2003/04 season unbeaten
  • However, the former goalkeeper played a less prominent role under the then-manager Arsene Wenger and was subsequently offloaded in 2004
  • Shaaban went on to turn out for several clubs, including Brighton and Hammarby IF, before he wound up his career in 2012
  • A decade after retiring from the game, the former Swedish star now runs a successful fruit and vegetable business in his home country

Rami Shaaban, a former Premier League star, is into the fruit and vegetables business years after he quit football.

Shaaban played as a goalkeeper during his football career, which spanned 18 years between 1994 and 2012.

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Rami Shaaban of Arsenal with the Premier League trophy during the Arsenal Trophy Parade on May 16, 2004 in London. Photo by Stuart MacFarlane.
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The 47-year-old started his senior career at local club Saltsjöbadens IF in Sweden before moving to Egypt to play for Zamalek and Ittihad Osman.

It was during his time with Swedish giants Djurgården that he earned a dream move to the Premier League in 2002.

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While he did not play a prominent role during his two-year stay with the Gunners, he did form a part in the club's history in 2004 when the north Londoners finished the season unbeaten.

However, he was later loaned to West Ham in January 2004 before being released by Arsenal in the summer of that year.

He spent a year at Brighton before moving to Norway with Hammarby IF and later ended his career in 2012.

Rami Shaaban becomes fruit, vegetable vendor

And years after hanging his gloves, Shaaban is trying his hand in the world of entrepreneurship.

The Sun reports that the former goalkeeper runs a successful fruit and vegetable business in Sweden.

Now rocking grey hair and a beard, the ex-Prem footballer's company is a specialist in the supply from Egypt of fruit and vegetable segment.

Rami Fresh, as the company is known, is based in Sweden and offers an assortment of fruit and vegetables from the best farms in Egypt.

Shaaban still pays special attention to football and closely follows Arsenal's progress.

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Fred Kennedy has a Bachelor's degree in journalism (Daystar University), currently working as a Sports Editor. He has more than five years of experience in digital journalism.
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