Football in Egypt

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Egypt's main sport is football. People in Egypt[1][2][3] gather around to watch various Egyptian clubs and the Egyptian national football team play almost on a daily basis.The most commonly known Egyptian clubs are Al- Ahly and Zamalek of Cairo. For the Egyptian Premier League the main competition is split between these two teams making majority of Egyptians rooting for either team, calling themselves Ahlaweyeen or Zamalkaweyeen in Arabic, leaving the minority rooting for the rest of the teams in the league. These two teams create the greatest football rivalry in Africa.

Premier League[edit]

The Egyptian Premier League (Arabic: الدوري المصري الممتاز‎) (League A) has nineteen clubs, Al masry of portsaid will not play in 2012-013 premier league season due to the port said disaster . Some prominent Premier League clubs, other than Al-Ahly and Zamalek SC are Ismaily SC (Ismailia), Al-Masry (Port Sa'id), Itihad (Alexandria) and al-Mokawloon al-Arab (Cairo).[4][5][6] While ENPPI_Club & Haras El-Hadoud are clubs on the rise. The Egyptian league is considered to be one of the most competitive leagues in Africa and around the world.

There is no official English translation or title for the Egyptian League, in any case the league is named the Etisalat Premier League due to sponsorship by Etisalat. Until 2006/07 season however, the name was Vodafone Premier League since Vodafone was the sponsor of the league.

The top:Al Ahly,Zamalek,Ismaily.The names of the top three teams in Egypt. They have the largest number of fans in Egypt.Al Ahly known also as the red devils won 36 premier leagues Zamalek won 11 Ismaily won 3.These three teams have also dominated the African continent for years alongside the Arab contractors who won African cup winners cup championships.Ismaily or the yellow dragons were the first Egyptian team to win the champions league in their golden era.Zamalek Dominated Africa from the seventy's to the beginning of the 21st century.Al Ahly who won their first league championship after Ismaily and Zamalek dominated Africa in the beginning of the 21st century by winning 5 league titles after their 1982 and 1987 champions league victory.

National football team's achievements[edit]

The Egypt national football team (Arabic: منتخب مصر لكرة القدم‎), also known under the nickname of The Pharaohs, is, as their name states, the national team of Egypt and is administered by the Egyptian Football Association. The team was founded in 1921.[7] The team has won multiple cups over the years. They won the African Cup of Nations 7 times. Egypt won the inaugural Cup in 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010.[8] Making them record holders of most African cup wins (for winning 7 times) and most wins in a row (for winning 3 times in a row). This makes them one of the best teams in Africa. Their highest FIFA ranking was in July 2010 when they ranked 9th in the world, making it their greatest achievement.[7] They were the first from an African country to participate in the World Cup when they played in 1934, losing to Hungary 4-2. Although they lost, they are still considered one of the strongest teams in Africa.

Stadiums[edit]

Considering football is the main sport in Egypt, it has a total of 27 soccer stadiums spread around the country.[9] The main stadium used to be Cairo International Stadium but after the new stadium was built, Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria has become the home stadium for the Egyptian National Team. This stadium carries a capacity of 86,000 big enough to fit all the fans that come out to watch the Egyptian Premier League along with all the other games the Egyptian teams play.[10]

Current national squad[edit]

An outdoor soccer team has a starting line-up of 11 players including the goal keeper. In a typical game, a team is allowed three substitutions. Most football teams have a minimum of 25 players, choosing three players to substitute throughout the game. Below is the roster of the 2013 Team of Egypt.[11]


0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sherif Ekramy (1983-07-01) 1 July 1983 (age 31) 9 0 Egypt Al-Ahly
16 1GK Abdelwahed El-Sayed (1977-06-03) 3 June 1977 (age 37) 38 0 Egypt Zamalek
23 1GK Ahmed El-Shenawy (1991-05-14) 14 May 1991 (age 23) 9 0 Egypt Zamalek
2 2DF Mahmoud Fathalla (1982-02-12) 12 February 1982 (age 32) 56 2 Egypt Zamalek
3 2DF Ahmed El-Mohammady (1987-09-09) 9 September 1987 (age 26) 57 2 England Hull City
4 2DF Okka (1984-01-03) 3 January 1984 (age 30) 21 1 Belgium Lierse
6 2DF Adam El-Abd (1984-09-11) 11 September 1984 (age 29) 5 0 England Brighton & Hove Albion
7 2DF Ahmed Fathy (1984-11-10) 10 November 1984 (age 29) 93 3 England Hull City
12 2DF Ahmad Shedid Qinawi (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 28) 7 0 Egypt Al-Ahly
13 2DF Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (1985-07-01) 1 July 1985 (age 29) 26 1 Egypt Zamalek
20 2DF Wael Gomaa (1975-08-03) 3 August 1975 (age 38) 114 1 Egypt Al-Ahly
21 2DF Mohamed Nagieb (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 31) 8 0 Egypt Al-Ahly
28 2DF Omar Gaber (1992-01-30) 30 January 1992 (age 22) 9 0 Egypt Zamalek
5 3MF Ibrahim Salah (1987-04-01) 1 April 1987 (age 27) 18 0 Egypt Zamalek
8 3MF Hosny Abd Rabo (1984-11-01) 1 November 1984 (age 29) 95 16 Saudi Arabia Al Nassr
10 3MF Ahmed Eid (1980-05-15) 15 May 1980 (age 34) 49 9 Egypt Zamalek
14 3MF Mohamed Ibrahim (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 22) 11 1 Egypt Zamalek
17 3MF Mohamed El-Nenny (1992-07-11) 11 July 1992 (age 22) 24 0 Switzerland Basel
18 3MF Ahmed Temsah (1986-04-12) 12 April 1986 (age 28) 20 2 Oman Al Dhofar
19 3MF Abdallah El Said (1985-07-13) 13 July 1985 (age 28) 9 0 Egypt Al-Ahly
22 3MF Mohamed Aboutrika (1978-11-07) 7 November 1978 (age 35) 96 37 United Arab Emirates Bani Yas
25 3MF Nour El-Sayed (1985-09-01) 1 September 1985 (age 28) 1 0 Egypt Zamalek
26 3MF Ahmed Hamoudi (1989-12-08) 8 December 1989 (age 24) 4 1 Egypt Smouha
27 3MF Hossam Ashour (1986-03-09) 9 March 1986 (age 28) 7 0 Egypt Al-Ahly
29 3MF Amr Al-Sulaya (1989-04-02) 2 April 1989 (age 25) 5 0 Egypt Ismaily
30 3MF Ashour El-Taqy (1980-11-28) 28 November 1980 (age 33) 11 0 Belgium Lierse
9 4FW Ahmed Hassan Mekky (1987-04-20) 20 April 1987 (age 27) 26 7 Egypt Haras El-Hodood
11 4FW Mohamed Salah (1992-06-15) 15 June 1992 (age 22) 20 10 England Chelsea
15 4FW Gedo (1984-10-30) 30 October 1984 (age 29) 34 17 England Hull City
24 4FW Ahmed Gaafar (1986-12-21) 21 December 1986 (age 27) 2 1 Egypt Zamalek
31 4FW Koka (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Portugal Rio Ave

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ wikipedia (2013-04-02). "Egypt national football team". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 

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