2021 World Men’s Handball Championship: What’s in it for Egypt? These matches started from 1914 until 1932, it contributed in the spread of the game in the rest of Egypt. But less is known about women’s football in Egypt, despite their being just as talented players in this sector. "After the final whistle, fans of Al Masry just were allowed to pour onto the pitch and to the opposite stands, where Al Ahly fans were standing.". El Zamalek are the … The Egyptian Federation of American Football (EFAF) is the governing body of the sport of American Football in Egypt and is responsible for all the regulatory, competitive, performance and development aspects of the game. I ask. Nation wide relief centers were opened on Thursday to provide shelter for anyone displaced and volunteers were on standby to assist, reported Masrawy. After the fervor subsided, Salah placed the ball down on the spot and took a minute to compose himself. The team's historical stadium is Cairo International Stadium, although they have played at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria in recent years. Stay informed with the latest live Egypt score information, Egypt results, Egypt standings and Egypt schedule. ". 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Which left them with no chance of advancing to the next round. Roughly 75,000 showed up to watch the game at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria. I mean, the best moment of my life. It is also necessary for the team to hold two matches every 15 days, with the first taking place in the league, and the second match as a friendly match with the men’s youth teams in the under-15s level. Egypt always gives its fans a heartbreak, and that happened when they equalized.". That was the thing many people spoke about. In 2011, Bob Bradley moved to Cairo. Man, 74, becomes world's oldest football pro. Not only that, but they also had Mohamed Salah. She began by saying “I joined an academy in Egypt, at […] What is the final message that you want to send to the women’s football system in Egypt? I also played for the Egyptian Olympic team, along with Hani Ramzy, Ehab Galal, Saafan Al Saghir, Effat Nassar, and others. Tweets by @DailyNewsEgypt Instead of the World Cup their fans had hoped for, they’ll go home with zero wins under their belt, amidst rumors that Salah will retire from international football. This will take place through holding sessions with the players, to raise the degree of their ambition and goals, and create new motives for them. The cameras cut to shots of Egypt fans holding their heads. The Egyptian Football Association also suspended upcoming matches from Thursday through Saturday because of the adverse weather. As a member of the Scholars Program, I … In the 73rd minute, with his team 3–0 down, Salah was awarded a penalty. Sunday, 08 Oct 2017 Can you brief us on your background and experience in football? Cameramen, coaches, substitutes all ran onto the pitch and mobbed  Salah. Enthusiasm for football was back in Egypt. The Egypt proposal was slightly more abstract: study the effect of football (soccer) on women in breaking down traditional barriers in a Muslim culture. What is your assessment of women’s football in Egypt? They also organized matches among students on March 7, 1914 by Al Ahly Sporting Club for Ahmed Heshmat Pasha, Minister of Information. It wasn’t easy, but he did it. And celebrations went all over the night.". She has a good administrative background, and has great ambitions and plans to raise the level of women’s football [in Egypt] and spread the game in schools and universities. Seventy-four people died at Port Said that night. People all around the country were watching from cafes and living rooms. Ramadan sat down with Daily News Egypt to talk about his dreams, ambitions, and his football career. We also won the state championship eight times, and also won the provincial championship seven times. "They said, 'If people are dying because of football, then it's not worth it. 1 metre is equal to 0.010936132983377 football field, or 2.7777777777778 foot [Egypt]. But the loss didn’t do anything to diminish the renewed interest in the game. Since then, Magdi Abdelghani has been bragging about the goal he scored. There are many shortcomings in the training available, and also in the lack of contact with professional players. Egypt were seeded in a good group, but by their second-to-last game, they weren’t confirmed to qualify. With support from the EFA in short supply and media attention almost nonexistent, coaches and staff struggle to find ways to motivate their players. They wanted to see their side play in Brazil. I played for the youth ranks of Al Mokawloon Al Arab SC in 1980, and for whom I played again from 1986 to 1990, and I won the Egypt Cup in 1990. “Football is a very popular game in Egypt, but people’s interest may be focused on the Egyptian Premier League and the Egyptian League First Division.” Even so interest in developing women’s football has been rising recently. Egypt’s Mansour Group inject £100m for control of Right To Dream Inside World Football 12:46 Pitso Mosimane: Gaston Sirino is crying for Al Ahly transfer The South African 09:37 Live score: Ahly v Arab Contractors (Egyptian Premier League) Ahram Online 08:56 Al Ahly is the best football / soccer team in Egypt today. In an interview with Dugout, Essam detailed her career so far and her influence on womens football in Egypt. Note that rounding errors may occur, so always check the results. According to an October 7 CNN article, Akram Hafila, the Ahly Faraskour team’s coach, died from a heart attack he had while his club was playing a qualifying match for the Egyptian … (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Whilst men’s football in Egypt has always garnered attention, women’s team needs development and strengthening. So, for many that was a great opportunity to have something to cheer about. And, 26 minutes into the game, Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos pulled Salah down onto his left shoulder, and he had to be taken off. He just turned, unsmiling, as his teammates ran to congratulate him. In the summer of 2013, the Egyptian League of American Football (ELAF) was formed. What are the shortcomings of women’s football in Egypt? Egypt had been given one last-ditch opportunity to secure their place in the World Cup. We won the US Soccer Development Academy U-15 title for three times with boys, and twice with girls. "He scored, I think, in the 63rd minute or something, so people expected that this would be enough for an easy win. This page uses frames, but your browser doesn't support them. There have been severe restrictions on protests in Tahrir in the past five or six years. “Any football association in the world cares more about men’s football than about women’s,” Mohsen told Egyptian Streets. First football investment experience in Egypt In 1997, former Makkasa Sport Chairperson Amr Mostafa Kamel, who was only 30-years-old at the time, undertook the first investment experience in Egyptian football. And in their next game against Russia, they lost by an even bigger margin. And they did well in the World Cup qualifiers — they were actually unbeaten in their group. Why LaLiga Football Academy is one of the top soccer schools in Egypt: The only scouting academy in the region, allowing players to get scouted to play professional football with LaLiga clubs in Spain and the top clubs in the region. Then Mohamed Salah, an Egyptian who plays for Liverpool, got the ball. It was a huge occasion. "Many of the more than 70 Al Ahly fans who died, died because of a stampede, and others were thrown from high from the stands," Hatem says. Ahmed Ramadan, the new coach to the Egyptian women’s national football team, holds big dreams and ambitions for Egypt’s female footballers. "And Mahmoud Trézéguet was held down, and out of nowhere the referee points to the spot.". Supporters of Egypt attend the World Cup 2018 Africa qualifying football match. Is the league system suitable for competition at the national level, or should the system be changed to create stronger competition? But that was not meant to be, as usual. Kick-off Times; Kick-off times are converted to your local PC time. Use this page to learn how to convert between football fields and feet [Egypt]. "It was an unforgettable night. Football is by far the most popular sport in Egypt and the Egyptian national football team called the “Pharaohs” has taken home the African Cup of Nations a total of seven times which includes a three-peat performance in 2006, 2008 and 2010. The main goal now is to form the under-20 national team and the first team, and to ensure there are members of the national team. The Egyptian Football Association, the Ministry of Youth and Sport, the Al-Ahly Club and the Al-Zamalek Club are the four main pillars of the football industry in Egypt. How were you approached to take over leadership of the Egyptian women’s national football team? I asked Hatem if Salah scoring that goal was at least any kind of consolation — if, in some way, Egypt fans could be proud that they didn’t come home from the World Cup completely empty-handed. Of course, he scored, and it was Egypt’s first goal in the World Cup since 1990. I went to the railway station right after the game to wait for the returning fans who returned with the corpses of their friends. "The fear that engulfed people at the time was great, because they felt that Egypt would not make anything in the World Cup if Salah did not make it.". "But things dramatically changed after the 2012 disaster in Port Said.". Scoreboard.com: Egyptian football. Egyptian boys play football at the Mohamed Salah Youth Center, where Liverpool's Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah was born and raised in the village... Egyptian referee Hanan Hassan blows a whistle while gesturing during a women football match in Cairo on June 3, 2018. "Egypt was approaching a World Cup qualifying campaign amid little interest in the team, and little interest in … Training will be held continuously during the week, instead of training only two or three times. News, statistics and information about Egypt on FIFA.com. I began arranging to transfer my family from the US to Egypt, after Sahar offered all the plans that were made during the recent period. He always speaks about how great he was because he was the only player to score at the 1990 World Cup. Follow live scores, results and standings of all competitions in section [football] / Egypt on this page. People, literally, were refreshing their web pages every five seconds just to see any updates on Salah’s injury. In 2000, I travelled to the US where I obtained the “A” Coaching Certificate. It’s important to mention here that when Hatem talks about fans, he’s talking about group of hardcore fans known as Ultras. Egyptian women’s football got off to a good start recently after a three-year hiatus, and this start must be invested in by expanding on the base of participation. The Egypt national football team (Arabic: منتخب مصر لكرة القدم), known colloquially as The Pharaohs, represents Egypt in men's international football, and is governed by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), the governing body of football in Egypt. See live football scores and fixtures from Egypt powered by the official LiveScore website, the world’s leading live score sport service. On Monday, Egypt lost their last game against Saudi Arabia, 2–1. The third pathway is to monitor the league matches, to assess the technical performance of the players and evaluate the league’s level in general. All of this has created big differences in quality among African players. "Traditionally, the fans of Port Said do not like Cairo and do not like Al Ahly because they always believe the club is getting special treatment from authorities because it's the most popular club in Egypt," Hatem says. "I actually did not watch the penalty itself. Salah's Setback, World Cup Campaign Cut Short. “The ministry’s vision is based on empowering all talents of all genders. The stadium doors, which people were trying to escape through, were locked from the outside. – In 1934, Egypt became the first country from Africa and the Middle East to participate in a Fifa World Cup in Italy, but lost 4-2 to Hungary in the first round. With a win over Ghana, Egypt would be heading to the 2014 World Cup. I have always been interested in training young players, particularly those in the 14-16 age groups, to create a spirit of competition among them and win championships. ', "Doing sports coverage at the time, for me, sometimes I thought it was irrelevant. He seeks to translate his dreams and ambitions into on-the-field success for the team, particularly after a successful experience of training in the US. He’d been hired in an attempt to coach the Egypt side to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, ending what many people see as a curse over Egyptian football. "Even before he took the penalty, I liked what Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp said when he said, 'It's the first time for him to see people celebrating a penalty as if it has already been scored.' I was also director of the youth sector in the club for boys and girls, and the technical director of the Under-15s team. Egypt’s first World Cup campaign in nearly 30 years ended when the referee blew his final whistle that evening. It was against Congo, and it was their best chance of reaching the finals. South Africa knocked hosts Egypt out of the Africa Cup of Nations and booked their place in the quarter-finals with a late winner in Cairo. They all have respect and appreciation, and cooperation must be undertaken during the coming period for the sake of the game in Egypt. "Personally, it was also the happiest moment in my entire life, not just in football. Two weeks ago, In Egypt’s first game against Uruguay, Salah was on the bench because of his injured shoulder. The game remained scoreless through the first 60 minutes. Salah, the biggest talking point of the Egypt team this year, scored his second goal of the tournament. We must also work to develop the level of coaches. Copts Face Continuing Discrimination in Egyptian Football. But after the goal, he didn’t kneel to the ground in his now famous celebration. I received a phone call from Sahar Abdel-Hak, a member of the normalising committee of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA). As a result, manager of the side, Hector Cuper has not taken things lightly in terms of bringing in the right personnel, knowing the … "So the build-up to the Ghana game was filled with social media comments and people even in the streets and in cafes speaking about the Egyptian national team for the first time. This was a very sad day, and one I would like to forget, although it's very difficult.". Recently, we have seen inflation hitting highs, and there were recent economic measures, austerity measures, that made the lives of people much harder. To hear more stories like this and radio documentaries from the Middle East, check out the Kerning Cultures podcast. When we qualified for the World Cup, Salah was interviewed by an Egyptian channel and he said, 'When I score, I will dedicate my goal to Magdi Abdelghani to finally silence him.' The Egyptian men’s national football team, nicknamed The Pharaohs, are almost on a par with national treasures, frequently bringing the country to a standstill when they play. Coaching the national team is a challenge for me, and the goal is to succeed and bring the team to a high global position. Things were hopeful. As the cameras followed him towards the locker room, he had tears in his eyes. "There was no football in Egypt and, actually, nobody cared," Hatem says. ". I am completely against the idea of classifying and restricting the coach, saying that this is only a coach for men and this is a coach for women’s football. It is possible to work on solving these problems, by holding friendly matches with the youth teams of domestic clubs such as Al Ahly and Zamalek. Egypt lost, 1–0. – The Egyptian Football Association was founded a year later in 1921 and on May 21, 1923, they received Fifa affiliation. "Surprisingly, they are very, very disappointed," Hatem says. There are 18 teams playing in Egyptian Premier League and most of the Egyptians are supporting either Al Ahly or Zamalek. Premier League games were canceled indefinitely, and some members of the national team retired altogether. But a few months later during the Champions League final, Salah’s club, Liverpool, faced Real Madrid. Egyptian grandfather Ezzeldin Bahader has been recognised as the world's oldest professional soccer player just short of his 75th birthday. We can also set up specialised camps for the teams. Egyptians had played football when they organized matches with the British occupation teams in 1882. "Because it was a manner that many people considered humiliating, to concede three goals in that way.". "That was a dream for many, because many people were not even born when Egypt played at the last World Cup in 1990," Hatem says. "There was no football in Egypt and, actually, nobody cared," Hatem says. "I preferred not to watch it and just wait for the reaction of the people to know whether it has been scored.". Congo scored in the 86th minute, with just four minutes of game play left. "It was the first time that Egypt was approaching a World Cup qualifying campaign amid little interest in the team, and little interest in football in general. On Feb. 1, 2012, Al Masry, the Egyptian Premier League team in Port Said, hosted Al Ahly, a team from Cairo. FIFA member associations. The most popular football clubs in Egypt are Al Ahly and Zamalek, both of them are from Cairo and play in the Egyptian Premier League. The investment saw him sponsored El Sharkia SC for a season. Following their victory, the girls were attacked, cyber-bullied, sexually harassed all over the internet, from sexual predators and ignorant social media users, solely for being women who play football. It was one of the most tragic events in recent footballing history and a night that changed the way a lot of players and fans felt about the game. The U-20 is a permanent core of support for the senior national team. With Salah back in the starting 11, they lost, 3–1. It’s common for Ultra groups to be involved in physical clashes or insulting chants at matches, and rivalries are often drawn along political or religious lines. Source: Je Suis Club social media page. "Many people just put their hands on their faces because they feared the worst when Salah limped off with tears in his eyes," Hatem says. So it became like a joke in Egypt. So we can have a chance after four years.". I personally thought I should switch to any other field in journalism, because people no longer cared and because I, emotionally, was greatly affected by what happened in Port Said. "I mean, the best moment of my life.". Al Ahly fans were beaten and stabbed as the cameras kept rolling. But it wasn’t a total disaster. I am also against the names given to the women’s football team, and it must be corrected and changed from being women’s football to simply the first team, and the women’s under-20 team. You can hear the disappointment in the commentator’s voice. Although Coptic Christians comprise 10 percent of Egypt’s population, if not higher, “not a single Egyptian … "Things were going pretty much well until 2012," says Hatem Maher, a Cairo-based sports reporter who has been covering football in Egypt for over a decade. The second pathway is to communicate with club coaches to develop training programmes which will boost players’ performance. Egypt fans looked down with clenched teeth, their hands clasped over their eyes. . A few days ago, Egypt’s U-20 women’s national football team defeated Lebanon 3-1. "I roamed the streets of Cairo after the game. I could not," Hatem says. The referee’s whistle blew. It looked like their World Cup hopes had been pulled out from underneath them at the last minute. The competition between these two clubs and the fans is really hard. It was the only time that all people with very different affiliations gathering together in the iconic Tahrir Square to celebrate a football achievement. "Egypt was approaching a World Cup qualifying campaign amid little interest in the team, and little interest in football in general.". "Personally, it was also the happiest moment in my entire life, not just in football," Hatem says. A wall of noise erupted from the crowd, and the Egypt team chased Salah in celebration. The Egyptian men’s national football team, nicknamed The Pharaohs, are almost on a par with national treasures, frequently bringing the country to a standstill when they play. EFAF currently has 8 affiliated teams Men ENFL and Women EFFL. "So, we had football-related problems even before the revolution, but the difference was that before the revolution, security was very strict, so it was very difficult for the fans to get in any fights.". Salah would take the shot. "Could you describe, as you remember it, the the scene in Cairo after that match?" Egyptian womens football sensation Sarah Essam has spoken on her journey to where she is now in football from her humble beginnings at Wadi Degla. "We thought it was over," Hatem says. He selected a team and kept his players fit by pulling together international friendly games. ", "After they equalized, a hopeful long ball was sent to the area," Hatem recalls. And the stadium erupted. An Egyptian football club coach has passed away, after suffering a sudden heart attack during a football match. This moment seemed to reflect the mood surrounding Egypt’s unceremonious exit from the tournament. Yes, it is! In 2019, and during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Pharaohs returned to their historical stadium once again after renovatio… Under the guidance of this league, Egypt was granted full admittance into IFAF in 2014, which allowed Egypt … He’s an American, the former coach for the U.S. national team. The Egyptian revolution in Tahrir Square broke out earlier that year, and the Egyptian football league was only played intermittently. He injected EGP 1.5m investment in a domestic football team. Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English. Over the next year, Bob Bradley carried on his job and put together a team for the World Cup qualifiers. I participated in the African Cup Winners’ Cup with Al Mokawloon Al Arab SC in 1991, and the Arab Championship in the UAE, in which we achieved second place. Egypt had done it. "I think this is one of the most happy moments in the history of Egyptian football," Hatem says. ", "I personally know many Al Ahly fans who abandoned football altogether after the Port Said disaster," Hatem says. I would like to repeat that I am proud to join this large and respected organisation, where we have a high-level of coaching and good thinking. One of the most important shortcomings is the lack of goals and ambitions for the players, which will be worked on in the coming period. Egypt's FIFA World Cup squad and players to watch The Pharaohs will find themselves battling the likes of hosts Russia, Uruguay, and Saudi Arabia. I went to Tahrir Square, and that was, for me, a very emotional time because it was the first time I see any scene of celebration in Tahrir in years. ", Mohamed Salah And The Bid For The 2018 World Cup. 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