Searching for Salah

Searching for Salah

By BBC Radio 5 Live

Nick Garnett tells the untold story of one of the Premier League’s most exciting footballers, Mo Salah – the man who flew so high in his debut season at Liverpool before injury hampered his Champions League and World Cup hopes. As a new season dawns, it explores whether success is more important on the pitch, or off it, and asks what next for the man with the Golden Boot?’


6. The future’s bright. The future’s Salah’s.

Conor McNamara from BBC 5 Live, Marc Gaier from BBC Radio Merseyside and Dan Kay from the Liverpool Echo tell Nick Garnett where they think Mo Salah is heading. Meanwhile Wael Hussein El Sayed in Cairo tells Nick never to use his first name in an Arabic speaking country ever again (it means ****)!
08/08/1821m 17s

5. Nagrig: “We’ve found him!”

The ‘real’ Salah is found. Nick Garnett travels to Nagrig where the footballer grew up to find his charity is single handedly saving hundreds of people from poverty. The dream of winning the World Cup may not have happened, but Salah is treated as a hero by all who know him.
08/08/1815m 58s

4. Cairo and the ‘soft power’ of Salah

A simple ‘just say no’ message from Salah has increased calls to drug charities in Egypt by 400%. He’s everywhere - from billboards to TV adverts. Nick Garnett travels to Cairo in his search for the ‘real’ Salah and wears a Liverpool shirt with the footballer’s name on and gets mobbed at the pyramids. Somehow he ends up on a camel...
08/08/1817m 50s

3. Salah - the Musical!

In this special edition, Nick Garnett investigates ‘The Music of Mo’. James’ lead singer Tim Booth and Dodgy’s Nigel Clark explain how they felt when they learnt Sit Down and Good Enough were being borrowed by fans wanting to sing songs about Salah. Also, the Egyptian rapper Mahmoud Sabber explains how songs about Salah might bring about big changes in Egyptian society.
08/08/1817m 7s

2. Building bridges everywhere he goes

Nick Garnett discovers how Mo Salah is building bridges everywhere he goes and giving a new sense of pride in Liverpool’s Arabic community. The red and blue halves of Merseyside are now working with local Muslims to collect food for the city’s poor. Nick goes on a tour of where he grew up to find how the children at his old school love their new hero.
08/08/1819m 55s

1. Running Down The Wing

Nick Garnett begins an epic journey from Liverpool to Egypt and back as he tries to track down the ‘real’ Mo Salah.Nick bumps into ‘another Mo Salah’ outside the Kop and chats to George Sephton, the voice of Anfield, who has to turn up the volume to 11 whenever Salah scores. And he travels to London where the King of Egypt’s golden boots are the latest exhibit to be displayed at the British Museum.
08/08/1819m 51s
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