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Egyptian Club Signs 75-Year-Old Footballer

An Egyptian club could be about to break an all-time record for fielding the oldest footballer in the world after completing the signing of a 75-year-old veteran.

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On Tuesday, the Egyptian Football Federation confirmed that third-tier side 6th October had officially registered a 75-year-old footballer for the season. 

"Today, the Egyptian Football Federation has registered the largest professional player in the world during the current winter entry period," an official statement from the federation read, as translated. 

"He is 75 years old (and signed for) 6th October in the third division. The (player) is preparing to enter the Guinness World Encyclopedia of Records as he begins his participation with his club in the games called for the delegates of the encyclopedia.

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"The Executive Director of the union, Walid Al-Attar, was welcomed in his office by the player and club officials when they came to complete the registration procedures."

BBC Sport has since confirmed the player to be Eez Eldin Bahder, who they claim is in fact 74 years old, and who has no recorded history of playing in any other professional set-up prior to signing with 6th October. 

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Regardless of the discrepancy in his age, should Bahder feature for his new club, he would break the world record for the oldest active footballer held by Israeli goalkeeper Isaak Hayik, who was 73 years old when he made his final professional appearance.

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