Al Ahly's Tewfick Abdallah played for Egypt in the 1920 Olympics alongside Hussein Hegazi. The 23 year old inside forward then moved to England and joined Derby County. It is likely that this was a result of his knowing the club’s Scottish full-back, Tommy Barbour, who had served in Egypt, where Tewfik had played against the British Army. Tewfik came to the UK to develop his career in engineering, but he was able to play plenty of football during his stay. He spent two seasons at Derby County, playing 15 League games (Division 1 &2) and scoring 1 goal. He then spent a season in Scotland with Cowdenbeath and also turned out for Welsh side Bridgend Town in The Southern League before returning to League football with Hartlepools United in 1923-24 (11 appearances, 1 goal).
In 1924 Tewfick moved to the United States where he played for a succession of clubs (Providence Clamdiggers, Fall River Marksmen, Hartford Americans, New York Nationals).
He managed the Egypt national team in the 1940s.