Egypt national football team
The Egyptian national football team,[a] known colloquially as The Pharaohs, represents Egypt in men's International association football, and is governed by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), the governing body of football in Egypt. The team's home city is Cairo and their historical stadium is Cairo International Stadium, although they have played in Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria. In 2019, and during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Pharaohs have returned to their historical stadium once again.
|Association||Egyptian Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||UNAF (North Africa)|
|Captain||Ahmed El Mohamady|
|Most caps||Ahmed Hassan (184)|
|Top scorer||Hossam Hassan (69)|
|Home stadium||Cairo International Stadium|
|Current||49 9 (25 July 2019)|
|Highest||9 (July – September 2010, December 2010)|
|Lowest||75 (March 2013)|
|Current||55 11 (30 July 2019)|
|Highest||14 (August 2010)|
|Lowest||68 (April 1997)|
| Italy 2–1 Egypt |
(Ghent, Belgium; 28 August 1920)
| Egypt 15–0 Laos |
(Jakarta, Indonesia; 15 November 1963)
| Italy 11–3 Egypt |
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 9 June 1928)
|Appearances||3 (first in 1934)|
|Best result||Round of 16 (1934)|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||24 (first in 1957)|
|Best result||Champions (1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010)|
|Appearances||2 (first in 1999)|
|Best result||Group stage (1999, 2009)|
The Egyptian national team is the most successful national team in Africa, having won the Africa Cup of Nations a record seven times: the inaugural edition in 1957 and on home soil in 1959, as well as the 1986 edition, 1998, 2006 in Egypt, 2008 and 2010. Egypt has also been as high as ninth in the FIFA World Rankings, making the team one of only three African national teams to enter the world's top ten (the other two are Nigeria and Morocco). Despite their respectable continental record, Egypt has so far made only three appearances in the World Cup (in 1934, 1990 and 2018). The Egyptian team was the first non-European nor American team to qualify for the World Cup.
Egypt is notorious for holding a spectacular continental record yet failing to deliver in the world stage. Their first and second participation was separated by a record high 56 years and 13 days. Their third participation was 28 years and 3 days later. Another record Egypt holds is the oldest player to have ever played at the World Cup, Goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, at 45 years and 156 days old. Egypt has yet to win a game in the World Cup.
The first Egyptian national football team was constituted in 1920, the first African football team created to compete in the Summer Olympics in Belgium. The opening match of their campaign was a loss against the Italians. Between 1958 and 1961, the country had a political unity with Syria and went under the name of United Arab Republic, though the Egyptian team's records are attributed to Egypt only by FIFA as it was represented by Egyptian footballers and in African Continental Competitions. The Pharaohs had appeared in three FIFA World Cups and they are the most successful team in the Africa Cup of Nations, winning the competition seven times, with the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations being the most recent one.
Africa Cup of NationsEdit
Egypt first participated in the first Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 1957. In their first game, which was a semi-final, they faced Sudan, winning 2–1 with goals from Raafat Attia and Ad-Diba, enabling Egypt to play in their first final. In the final, they faced Ethiopia, in which Egypt won 4–0, with these goals being scored by Ad-Diba, thus making them champions for the first time in the Africa Cup of Nations. The top scorer of this tournament was Ad-Diba from Egypt with five goals.
In their second participation in the Africa Cup of Nations in 1959, Egypt became champions again. There were only three teams in that tournament, being Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt itself. Egypt again was undefeated in this tournament, like in the previous tournament in 1957, defeating both Ethiopia and Sudan.
Their third appearance, which was in the 1962 African Cup of Nations, hosted in Ethiopia, in which Egypt faced Uganda in the semi-finals, there were only four teams in this tournament, by a score of 2–1. Egypt then advanced to the finals, where they faced the hosts Ethiopia, but they lost 4–2 during extra time, thus losing their first final in the Africa Cup of Nations, along with Ethiopia becoming champions for the first time and also being the first nation to win it other than Egypt, who were champions twice.
Their fourth appearance came in 1963 in Ghana. Egypt was placed in Group B with Sudan and Nigeria, winning Nigeria with a score of 6–3, but drawing 2–2 against Sudan. Despite being undefeated in the group stage, they were ranked second, behind Sudan by goal difference. Egypt, as runners-up in Group B, participated in the 3rd place match, playing against Ethiopia, winning Ethiopia 3–0.
For the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt did qualify for the tournament, but they withdrew because of their diplomatic relationship with Tunisia, who were hosts of the tournament. Again, Egypt withdrew from the 1968 Africa Cup of Nations, against hosted in Ethiopia.
In the 1970 Africa Cup of Nations, hosted again in Sudan, Egypt were in Group B along with Ghana, Guinea, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, known as Congo-Kinshasa back then. In their opening match, Egypt defeated Guinea by a score of 4–1, in which Ali Abo Greisha scored twice, Hassan El Shazly scored once, and Taha Basry also scored once during that game. Egypt's next game was against Ghana, which ended as a 1–1 draw, with Ibrahim Sunday scoring for Ghana and Bazooka scoring for Egypt. In their third game in this tournament, they faced Congo-Kinshasa, in which Egypt won 1–0 by a goal from Abo Greisha. Egypt ended being in first place, thus advancing to the next round, where they faced Sudan. In the game against Sudan, Egypt lost their first game in the Africa Cup of Nations by a scored of 2–1, with El Shazly scoring the equalizer that put Egypt to extra time, before being scored again by Sudan, thus eliminating them from playing the final. However, in the third place match, they won Ivory Coast by a score of 3–1, making Egypt become third place again in this tournament.
However, Egypt returned for the 1974 African Cup of Nations, in which they were hosts for the first time. In the group stage, Egypt were in Group A with Zambia, Uganda, and the Ivory Coast. Egypt was successful, defeating Uganda 2–1, Zambia with a score of 3–1, and the Ivory Coast by a score of 2–0. They progressed to the semi-finals to play against Zaire. Egypt lost 2–3 against Zaire, so Egypt had to face Congo for third place. Egypt won Congo by a score of 4–0.
In the 1976 African Cup of Nations, in Ethiopia, they were in Group A with the hosts Ethiopia, Guinea, and Uganda. Egypt defeated Uganda 2–1, but drew against Uganda 1–1 and Ethiopia, also 1–1. Despite this, Egypt advanced to the final round. In the final round, Egypt lost all their games. Egypt lost to Morocco 2–1, 4–2 against Guinea, and 3–2 against Nigeria. However, they scored in these three matches. This is the first Africa Cup of Nations tournament that Egypt lost 3 consecutive games.
Egypt reappeared for the 1980 African Cup of Nations in Nigeria. Egypt, Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, and Tanzania, were in Group A. They won in their first game against the Ivory Coast 2–1, defeated Tanzania 2–1 too, but lost to the host Nigeria by a score of 1–0, scored by Okey Isima. Egypt progressed to the next round which was the semi-finals, to face Algeria. Egypt lost this game 4–2 in penalties, after drawing 2–2 after extra time. For the third-place match, Egypt lost to Morocco, making Egypt being in the fourth place rank.
For the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt returned. Egypt, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, and Togo, were drawn in Group A. Egypt won against Cameroon 1–0, the Ivory Coast 1–2, but drew with Togo 0–0. Egypt advanced to the next round, the semi-finals, to face Nigeria. Egypt lost to Nigeria in penalties, with the score in penalties being 7–8, after drawing 2–2. For the third place match, Egypt lost 3–1 to Algeria.
Even though Egypt were in fourth place in the previous tournament, it changed. In the 1986 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt became the host again. In their opening game, Egypt lost to Senegal 1–0. However, Egypt went on to win their two remaining games in the group stage, with scores of 2–0 against the Ivory Coast, and 2–0 against Mozambique. Egypt were in first place in Group A, and in the semi-finals, Egypt won against Morocco 1–0, advancing to the final since the 1962 edition, to play against Cameroon, who had Roger Milla. Egypt won the game 5–4 in penalties, after drawing 0–0, thus becoming champions for the third time since the tournament from 1959.
In the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco, Egypt were not as successful than in the 1986 edition. Egypt entered this championship as the current title holders. They were in Group B with Cameroon, Nigeria, and Kenya. In their game against Cameroon, they lost 1–0 by a goal from Roger Milla. However, they did not lose against Nigeria and Kenya, as Egypt drew 1–1 against Nigeria in Stade Moulay Abdellah in Rabat, and defeated Kenya 3–0, also in Stade Moulay Abdellah, with two goals from Gamal Abdelhamid and one goal from Ayman Younes. Despite, they were a point below from entering the next round, which was the semi-finals.
In the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations in Algeria, it got worse. Egypt did qualify for this tournament, and they were put in Group A, along with Algeria, Nigeria, and the Ivory Coast. Egypt lost all their group stage games, thus making Egypt fail to obtain at least one point for the first time in the Africa Cup of Nations. The scores the 3–1 defeat to the Ivory Coast, the 1–0 defeat to Nigeria, and the 2–0 defeat to Algeria.
In the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations, hosted in Senegal, Egypt entered by qualifying to this tournament. Egypt were placed in Group D with Ghana and Zambia. In their game against Zambia, Egypt lost 1–0. In their game against Nigeria, they lost again by a score of 1–0 too. Egypt again failed to obtain a least a point for the second time, being consecutive, along with losing all their games in the group stage.
In the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, in Tunisia, Egypt were in Group B with Nigeria and Gabon. In their first game, against Gabon, Egypt won 4–0 with goals from Ayman Mansour, Hamza El Gamal, in which they scored once in that game, and Bashir Abdel Samad, who scored two. In their second game, they drew against Nigeria 0–0. Egypt were able to qualify to the next round, which were the quarter-finals, being first place in Group B by goal difference, to face Mali. In this game, Egypt lost 0–1 to Mali in Stade El Menzah in Tunis, thus knocking out Egypt from the tournament.
In the 1996 edition, hosted in South Africa, Egypt participated in this tournament. Egypt were placed in Group A with the hosts South Africa, Cameroon, and Angola. In their first game, Egypt faced Angola, successful winning 2–1 with both goals scored from Ahmed El Kass. In their second game, however, Egypt lost 2–1 against Cameroon. In their third game, against South Africa, Egypt defeated South Africa 0–1, with the goal from El Kass. Egypt qualified to the quarter-finals, as runners-up of the group, being behind the hosts. In the quarter-finals, Egypt were to face Zambia. In this game, Egypt lost 3–1. This eliminated Egypt, with South Africa winning their first title, and as hosts.
In the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations, in Burkina Faso, Egypt qualified for this tournament. Egypt were placed in Group D, with Mozambique, Zambia, and Morocco. In their first game, Egypt won Mozambique 2–0, with the two goals from Hossam Hassan. In the game against Zambia, Egypt again won 4–0, with the goals being a hat trick from Hassan and one from Radwan. In their third game however, Egypt lost against Morocco, 1–0, with the goal scored in the 90th minute from Mustapha Hadji. Despite this defeat, Egypt qualified to the quarter-finals, as runners-up of Group D, and they were to face against the Ivory Coast. In this game, Egypt won 5–4 in penalties, after a 0–0 draw. This made Egypt advance to the semi-finals since the 1986 tournament. In their semi-final, Egypt faced the hosts Burkina Faso, in which Egypt defeated Burkina Faso by a score of 2–0, with the goals scored from Hassan. This made Egypt go to the final since the 1986 tournament, the same tournament that was their last tournament as champions, to play against South Africa. In the final, Egypt were successful, winning 2–0, with a goal from Ahmed Hassan and a goal from Tarek Mostafa. Egypt won their fourth title since they won as hosts in the 1986 tournament.
For the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt entered as the defending champions. This tournament was in Ghana and Nigeria. They were in Group C with Senegal, Zambia, and Burkina Faso. In these three games, Egypt won the three of them. Their match against Zambia was a 2–0 victory, a 1–0 victory over Senegal, and a 4–2 win against Burkina Faso. With these three victories, Egypt were the group leaders and they advanced to the quarter-finals. In the quarter-finals, they lost to Tunisia 0–1, the goal was scored by a penalty kick. Egypt were eliminated from the tournament, in which Cameroon won their third title.
In the 2002 African Cup of Nations, in Mali, Egypt qualified for this tournament. Egypt were placed in Group D with Senegal, Tunisia, and Zambia. In their opening match, Egypt lost 0–1 to Senegal. However, Egypt won their two remaining group stage games, with the scores of 1–0 against Tunisia and 2–1 against Zambia. Egypt advanced to the quarter-finals, as runners-up, with six points, to face Cameroon. In this game, being Cameroon vs. Egypt, in the quarter-finals, Egypt lost 1–0. This score eliminated Egypt. In this tournament, Cameroon won their fourth title, being the second title won consecutively.
Egypt qualified to the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations, which was hosted in Tunisia. Egypt were placed in Group C with Algeria, Zimbabwe, and Cameroon. Egypt won 1–2 against Zimbabwe, lost 2–1 to Algeria, and drew 0–0 against Cameroon. Egypt failed to qualify for the quarter-finals due to that Algeria scored a goal more than Egypt, after leveling on points and goal difference. Tunisia, the hosts won their first title, beating Morocco in the final.
The 2006 Africa Cup of Nations was hosted in Egypt, making Egypt automatically qualified. They were in Group A with Libya, Morocco, and the Ivory Coast. In the opening match, Egypt defeated Libya 3–0. In the second game, Egypt drew 0–0 against Morocco. However, in the third game, Egypt won 3–1 against the Ivory Coast, thus making Egypt as the group leader and advancing to the next round, the quarter-finals. In the quarter-finals phase, Egypt faced DR Congo, in which Egypt won 4–1, thus making Egypt advance to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, Egypt faced Senegal. In this game, Egypt won Senegal 2–1, thus making Egypt qualify for the final to face the Ivory Coast, after playing against each other in the group stage. In the final match, Egypt drew 0–0 with the Ivory Coast, sending them to extra time, and still, the score remained 0–0. After extra time, the game was taking to the penalty shoot-out phase. In the penalty shoot-out phase, Egypt were victorious, winning 4–2 against the Ivory Coast, and claiming their fifth title, being the third title won as hosts, the last time Egypt won the tournament before this was in 1998.
In the 2008 African Nations Cup in Ghana, Egypt qualified for this tournament. In this tournament, Egypt were placed in Group C with Cameroon, Zambia, and Sudan. Egypt beat Cameroon 4–2, won against Libya by a score of 3–0, but drew 1–1 against Zambia. Egypt entered the quarter-finals as the group leader. In the quarter-final, Egypt faced and beat Angola 2–1. Then, Egypt advanced to the semi-finals to face the Ivory Coast. The last time they faced each other was in the 2006 final, in which Egypt won the game, claiming their fifth title. In the semi-finals, Egypt were victorious, beating Ivory Coast 1–4. Egypt advanced to the finals to face the Cameroonians. In this game, Egypt won 0–1 thanks to a goal from Mohamed Aboutrika, helping Egypt win their sixth title. This also marked Egypt winning two consecutive Africa Cup of Nations.
In the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, in Angola, Egypt qualified for the tournament. Egypt were in Group C with Nigeria, Benin, and Mozambique. Egypt won their three group stage games, thus advancing to the quarter-finals, to face Cameroon. In this match, Egypt won 3–1 after extra time, thus eliminating the Cameroonian team. In the semi-finals, they faced Algeria, in which Egypt won 4–0, making Egypt go to the final for the third consecutive time. In the final, Egypt faced Ghana. In this game, Egypt won 1–0 against Ghana, with the goal scorer being Gedo. This led Egypt to their seventh title, win their third consecutive cup, become the first nation to win three consecutive Africa Cup of Nations titles, becoming the most successful team in this tournament.
However, for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, even though Egypt were the defending champions, they failed to qualify. After the Port Said Stadium riot which caused the deaths of 74 people, the Egyptian government shut down the domestic league for two years, which affected the Egyptian national team, resulting in their failure to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. For the third consecutive time, Egypt failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, this time in Equatorial Guinea in 2015.
For the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, which was hosted in Gabon, Egypt had to qualify to enter. Egypt were seeded into Group G with Nigeria, Tanzania, and Chad. In their first game, against Tanzania, Egypt won 3–0. This made Egypt joint group leader by goal difference with Nigeria, with both nations having won their first game. On 4 June 2016, in their qualifying away match against Tanzania, Egypt won 2–0 and managed to secure their berth in the 2017 edition of the championship. This marked Egypt's return to the competition after 7 years having missed out on the previous 3 editions.
In Gabon, Egypt registered a 0–0 draw against Mali in their first match in Group D. Successive 1–0 wins against Uganda and Ghana saw the Pharaohs qualify to the quarter-finals as group winners. Egypt faced Morocco at the quarter-final stage, and defeated their North Africa rivals for the first time in 31 years to set up a semi-final clash with Burkina Faso. Mohamed Salah's goal against the Stallions was canceled out by an Aristide Bancé strike; however, veteran goalkeeper Essam El Hadary saved two spot-kicks in the penalty shootout to earn a spot in the final for his team. Egypt then faced for the third time at this stage Cameroon, hoping for history to repeat itself for an 8th title. Egypt opened the score before the break thanks to Arsenal's midfielder Elneny. However, Cameroon stepped up its game in the second half and Nicolas Nkoulou scored the equalizer before Vincent Aboubakar scored the second goal in the last minutes. For the second time in its history Egypt lost an AFCON final, and for the first time lost a final to their rival Cameroon.
In the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations at the Egyptian home turf, Egypt was surprisingly knocked out by South Africa in the round of 16, despite three wins in the group stage. The Mexican head coach Javier Aguirre was later sacked along with the whole technical and administrative staff of the national team as well.
FIFA World CupEdit
Egypt has qualified for the FIFA World Cup three times: in 1934, in 1990 and for the 2018 editions. Egypt was the first African country to qualify for the World Cup. The time it took Egypt to qualify for two successive tournaments (56 years between 1934 and 1990) is a World Cup Record that is shared only with Norway (1938 and 1994).
In 1990, Egypt was drawn in Group F with Ireland, England and the Netherlands. Since the Egyptians favored defensive tactics, they scored only one goal in the 1990 World Cup, scored by Magdi Abdelghani through a penalty. This made Abdelgani the first African to score a penalty kick in the World Cup. A 1–1 draw with the Netherlands gave the Egyptians their first point in the World Cup. They then drew again, this time goalless, with Ireland. While the Egyptians needed just a draw to progress to the next round, they lost 1–0 to England. As of June 2018, Egypt had yet to win a game.
On 8 October 2017, Egypt qualified for the 2018 World Cup after a 2–1 win over Congo. The two goals were scored by Mohamed Salah with the second one in a dramatic last-minute penalty. Salah has scored the most goals (tied with Préjuce Nakoulma) in the third round of the CAF 2018 World Cup qualification campaign with five goals.
In the 2018 World Cup, Egypt was drawn with Saudi Arabia, Uruguay and the hosts, Russia. They started their first game against Uruguay, without their talisman Salah, who was injured in the UEFA Champions League final with Liverpool against Real Madrid. Egypt's team built a strong defense with only a few counter attacks. The first half was a boring goalless draw. In the second half, things were looking good for Uruguay, who had more goal-scoring chances, however, El Shenawy made several key saves including a strong kick from Cavani. Near the end, Uruguay had gotten a free kick near the goal. But Cavani's shot hit the post. In the 89th minute, right when it seemed the two sides would draw, Jimenez scored a header from a free kick, ruining Egypt's dreams. Due to strong saves by Egypt's goalkeeper, he was voted man of the match but he refused the reward due to the sponsorship by Budweiser.
Against the hosts, Egypt was more optimistic due to Salah being called up as a starter. The first half was quiet strong for Egypt who had higher position of the ball and made several goal-scoring opportunities, but the first half was goalless. In the second half, Russia scored when El Shenawy's punch went to Roman Zobnin, who kicked very weakly but Ahmed Fathy, who got the ball, panicked despite there being no Russians nearby, and scored an own goal right in the corner. This led to Egypt's morale going down, with two more goals coming. Mário Fernandes drove into the box before supplying a cut-back from the right for Denis Cheryshev to slot home Russia's second with his left foot. Artem Dzyuba made it 3–0 as he took a lofted ball into the box down on his chest, taking a touch to go past Ali Gabr and finish between El Shenawy's legs with a low shot. Salah won a penalty after he was fouled by Zobnin – although it was only given after a consultation with the video assistant referee as the referee had initially said the offence took place outside the box. Salah scored from the spot to become only the third Egyptian player to score at a World Cup. This was Egypt's first goal in 28 years. Egypt could have been awarded a second penalty but it went unseen by the referee.
Egypt's third and final match in its 2018 campaign was the Red Sea Derby against Saudi Arabia. El Hadary was the starting Goalkeeper in expense of El Shenawy, and thus became the oldest player in the world cup with 45 years and 161 days. In the 22nd minute, Abdallah Said's pass to Salah saw a lob that would score a goal. This was the first non-penalty goal since 1934 and the first time that Egypt had led in a world cup match (excluding Fawzi's hat-trick which made the match against Hungary go 3-2 but was ruled offside by the referee.)
Five minutes before the interval Ahmed Fathy was adjudged to have deliberately handled Yasser Al-Shahrani's cross inside the area. El Hadatu produced a save to deny Fahad Al-Muwallad's kick but his celebrations were cut short when a second penalty was awarded for Ali Gabr's tug on Al-Muwallad's shirt. Salman Al-Faraj stepped up this time to fire past the goalkeeper and draw his side level. Egypt substitute Kahraba fired straight at Al-Mosailem late on. Salem Al-Dawsari finished a right-footed volley past El Hadary in the closing stages. The second penalty shot was the latest goal scored in the first half in a world cup match since 1966 at 50 minutes and 36 seconds. The second goal, while not a record, was scored at the 95th minute (despite there being 4 minutes of extra time) to which the referee ended the match right after.
Hector Cuper who was criticized due to his defensive strategies, was sacked. The Egyptian Football Association was also criticized due to having its base in Chechnya, A Muslim Russian state that has no football history and is far from where Egypt's matches were played. It is believed the EFA did this due to politics.
While the match with Uruguay had few spectators, the match against Russia had tons of Egyptians, to the point the Egyptians outnumbered the Russians (despite the match being hosted by Russia.) This was marred with controversies since a lot of Egyptian celebrities had attended for free, possibly as a deal with an Egyptian Telephone Company.
The low attendance in the Egypt-Uruguay match was due to 'ghost victors,' people who bought tickets but didn't attend. It is one of the least attended World Cup Matches in the Modern Age. The Egyptian Media and public heavily criticized EFA's management of the team. The players also refused to hold post-match interviews, with many of them facing fines or bans by FIFA.
|1||Uruguay||3||3||0||0||5||0||+5||9||Advance to knockout stage|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Ahmed El Shenawy||14 May 1991||31||0||Pyramids|
|16||GK||Mohamed El Shenawy||18 December 1988||14||0||Al Ahly|
|23||GK||Mahmoud Genesh INJ||25 May 1987||2||0||Zamalek|
|2||DF||Baher El Mohamady||1 November 1996||7||1||Ismaily|
|3||DF||Ahmed El Mohamady (Captain)||9 September 1987||92||6||Aston Villa|
|4||DF||Omar Gaber||30 January 1992||25||1||Pyramids|
|6||DF||Ahmed Hegazi||25 January 1991||56||2||West Bromwich Albion|
|12||DF||Ayman Ashraf||9 April 1991||15||2||Al Ahly|
|13||DF||Ahmed Ayman Mansour||13 April 1994||4||0||Pyramids|
|15||DF||Mahmoud Hamdy||1 June 1995||2||0||Zamalek|
|20||DF||Mahmoud Alaa||28 January 1991||7||0||Zamalek|
|5||MF||Ali Ghazal||1 February 1992||11||0||Feirense|
|7||MF||Trézéguet||1 October 1994||41||6||Aston Villa|
|8||MF||Tarek Hamed||24 October 1988||38||0||Zamalek|
|11||MF||Walid Soliman (Vice-captain)||1 December 1984||28||1||Al Ahly|
|17||MF||Mohamed El Neny||11 July 1992||76||6||Arsenal|
|19||MF||Abdallah El Said||13 July 1985||47||6||Pyramids|
|21||MF||Nabil Emad||6 April 1996||6||0||Pyramids|
|22||MF||Amr Warda||17 September 1993||30||1||Atromitos|
|9||FW||Marwan Mohsen||26 February 1989||35||7||Al Ahly|
|10||FW||Mohamed Salah||15 June 1992||67||41||Liverpool|
|14||FW||Ahmed Ali||21 May 1986||10||5||Pyramids|
|18||FW||Ahmed Hassan Kouka||5 March 1993||23||5||Olympiacos|
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Mohamed Abou Gabal||29 January 1989||1||0||Smouha||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|GK||Amer Mohamed INJ||14 February 1987||0||0||El Entag El Harby||v. Nigeria, 26 March 2019|
|GK||Mohamed Awad||6 July 1992||3||0||Zamalek||v. Tunisia, 16 November 2018|
|DF||Ahmed Abou El Fotouh||22 March 1998||1||0||Smouha||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|DF||Ali Gabr||1 January 1989||27||1||Pyramids||v. Nigeria, 26 March 2019|
|DF||Karim Hafez||12 March 1996||7||0||Kasımpaşa||v. Nigeria, 26 March 2019|
|DF||Mohamed Hany||25 January 1996||4||0||Al Ahly||v. Nigeria, 26 March 2019|
|DF||Amro Tarek||17 May 1992||2||0||New York Red Bulls||v. Tunisia, 16 November 2018|
|DF||Mohamed Hamdy||15 March 1995||0||0||Pyramids||v. Tunisia, 16 November 2018|
|MF||Amr El Solia||2 April 1990||20||0||Al Ahly||v. Nigeria, 26 March 2019|
|MF||Islam Gaber||1 May 1996||1||0||El Dakhleya||v. Nigeria, 26 March 2019|
|MF||Sam Morsy||10 September 1991||7||0||Wigan Athletic||v. Tunisia, 16 November 2018|
|MF||Hussein El Shahat||6 September 1991||3||0||Al Ahly||v. Tunisia, 16 November 2018|
|MF||Mohamed Mahmoud INJ||7 May 1998||2||0||Al Ahly||v. Tunisia, 16 November 2018|
|MF||Taher Mohamed INJ||7 March 1997||1||0||Al Mokawloon Al Arab||v. Tunisia, 16 November 2018|
|MF||Mohamed Sadek||7 July 1997||1||1||Ismaily||v. Eswatini, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Ramadan Sobhi||23 January 1997||28||1||Al Ahly||v. Niger, 8 September 2018|
|FW||Salah Mohsen||1 September 1998||4||1||Al Ahly||v. Nigeria, 26 March 2019|
|FW||Mostafa Mohamed||28 November 1997||2||0||Tala'ea El Gaish||v. Nigeria, 26 March 2019|
|FW||Amar Hamdy||7 March 1999||1||0||Al Ittihad||v. Nigeria, 26 March 2019|
|FW||Abdel Rahman Magdy||12 September 1997||1||0||Ismaily||v. Nigeria, 26 March 2019|
|FW||Ahmed Gomaa||16 August 1988||2||0||Ohod||v. Niger, 8 September 2018|
|FW||Hossam Hassan||2 September 1993||0||0||Smouha||v. Niger, 8 September 2018|
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
- Hussein Hegazi (1920–24)
- James McCrae (1934–36)
- Tewfik Abdullah (1940–44)
- Eric Keen (1947–48)
- Edward Jones (1949–52)
- National Committee – a committee of six former Egypt internationals (1953–54)
- Ljubiša Broćić (1954–55)
- Mourad Fahmy (1955–57)
- Mohamed El Gendy & Hanafy Bastan (1958)
- Pál Titkos (1959–61)
- Mohamed El Gendy & Hanafy Bastan (1962)
- Fouad Ahmed Sedki (1963)
- Andrija Pflander (1963–64)
- Kovač (1965)
- Saleh El Wahsh & Kamal El Sabagh (1969–70)
- Dettmar Cramer (1971–74)
- Burkhard Pape (1975–77)
- Dušan Nenković (1977–78)
- Taha Ismail (1978)
- Bundzsák Dezso (1979)
- Fouad Ahmed Sedki (1980)
- Abdel Monem El Hajj (1980)
- Hamada El Sharqawy (1980)
- Karl-Heinz Heddergott (1982–84)
- Saleh El Wahsh (1984)
- Mike Smith (1985–88)
- Mahmoud El Gohary (1988–90)
- Dietrich Weise (1990–91)
- Mahmoud Saad (1992)
- Mohamed Shehta (1993)
- Mircea Rădulescu (1993–94)
- Taha Ismail (1994)
- Nol de Ruiter (1994–95)
- Mohsen Saleh (1995)
- Ruud Krol (1996)
- Farouk Gaafar (1996–1997)
- Mahmoud El Gohary (1997–99)
- Gerard Gili (1999–00)
- Mahmoud El Gohary (2000–02)
- Mohsen Saleh (2002–04)
- Marco Tardelli (2004–05)
- Hassan Shehata (2005–11)
- Bob Bradley (2011–13)
- Shawky Gharieb (2013–14)
- Héctor Cúper (2015–18)
- Javier Aguirre (2018–19)
Source: Egyptian National Team Coaches
Kits and crestsEdit
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The Egypt national football team's tradition color is red.
Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit
Matches played in last 12 months, as well as any future scheduled matches.
|8 September 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group J||Egypt||6–0||Niger||Alexandria, Egypt|
|20:00 CAT (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Borg El Arab Stadium|
Referee: Maguette N'Diaye (Senegal)
|12 October 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group J||Egypt||4–1||Eswatini||Cairo, Egypt|
|19:00 CAT (UTC+2)||Report||
||Stadium: Al Salam Stadium|
Referee: Louis Hakizimana (Rwanda)
|16 October 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group J||Eswatini||0–2||Egypt||Manzini, Eswatini|
|15:00 SAST (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Mavuso Sports Centre|
Referee: Mahmoud Ismail (Sudan)
|16 November 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group J||Egypt||3–2||Tunisia||Alexandria, Egypt|
|18:00 CAT (UTC+2)||Report||
||Stadium: Borg El Arab Stadium|
Referee: Victor Gomes (South Africa)
|23 March 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group J||Niger||1–1||Egypt||Niamey, Niger|
|16:30 WAT (UTC+1)||
||Stadium: Stade Général Seyni Kountché|
Referee: Ring Nyier Akech Malong (South Sudan)
|26 March International Friendly||Nigeria||1–0||Egypt||Asaba, Nigeria|
|18:00 WAT (UTC+1)||
||Report||Stadium: Stephen Keshi Stadium|
Referee: Charles Bulu (Ghana)
|13 June International Friendly||Egypt||1–0||Tanzania||Alexandria, Egypt|
|21:00 CAT (UTC+2)||
||Report||Stadium: Borg El Arab Stadium|
Referee: Mohamed Adel (Egypt)
|16 June International Friendly||Egypt||3–1||Guinea||Alexandria, Egypt|
|21:00 CAT (UTC+2)||Report||
||Stadium: Borg El Arab Stadium|
Referee: Mohamed Adel (Egypt)
|21 June 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group A||Egypt||1–0||Zimbabwe||Cairo, Egypt|
|22:00 CAT (UTC+2)||
||Report||Stadium: Cairo International Stadium|
Referee: Sidi Alioum (Cameroon)
|26 June 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group A||Egypt||2–0||DR Congo||Cairo, Egypt|
|22:00 CAT (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Cairo International Stadium|
Referee: Victor Gomes (South Africa)
|30 June 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group A||Uganda||0–2||Egypt||Cairo, Egypt|
|21:00 CAT (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Cairo International Stadium|
Referee: Maguette N'Diaye (Senegal)
|6 July 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16||Egypt||0–1||South Africa||Cairo, Egypt|
|21:00 CAT (UTC+2)||Report||
||Stadium: Cairo International Stadium|
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)
|11 November 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group G||Egypt||v||Kenya||Cairo, Egypt|
|--:-- CAT (UTC+2)||Stadium: Cairo International Stadium|
|19 November 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group G||Comoros||v||Egypt||Mitsamiouli, Comoros|
|--:-- EAT (UTC+3)||Stadium: Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh|
|31 August 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group G||Egypt||v||Togo||Cairo, Egypt|
|--:-- CAT (UTC+2)||Stadium: Cairo International Stadium|
|8 September 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group G||Togo||v||Egypt||Lomé, Togo|
|--:-- GMT (UTC±0)||Stadium: Stade de Kégué|
|5 October 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group G||Kenya||v||Egypt||Kasarani, Kenya|
|--:-- EAT (UTC+3)||Stadium: Moi International Sports Centre|
- As of 1 July 2019. Players in bold are still active at international level.
In February 2017, Egypt set a new record, not being defeated for 24 consecutive African Cup of Nations matches, since their last match at the 2004 African Cup of Nations. Egypt also won their 9th consecutive match in the AFCON, beating Ghana in the 2010 African Cup of Nations final match, and becoming the first team to win three consecutive AFCON titles. On 5 February 2017 in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Final the 24 game unbeaten run came to an end after Cameroon defeated Egypt 2–1.
|3 February 2004||Cameroon||0–0||Draw|
|20 January 2006||Libya||3–0||Win|
|24 January 2006||Morocco||0–0||Draw|
|28 January 2006||Ivory Coast||3–1||Win|
|3 February 2006||DR Congo||4–1||Win|
|7 February 2006||Senegal||2–1||Win|
|10 February 2006||Ivory Coast||0–0 (4–2 penalties)||Win|
|22 January 2008||Cameroon||4–2||Win|
|26 January 2008||Sudan||3–0||Win|
|30 January 2008||Zambia||1–1||Draw|
|4 February 2008||Angola||2–1||Win|
|7 February 2008||Ivory Coast||4–1||Win|
|10 February 2008||Cameroon||1–0||Win|
|12 January 2010||Nigeria||3–1||Win|
|16 January 2010||Mozambique||2–0||Win|
|20 January 2010||Benin||2–0||Win|
|25 January 2010||Cameroon||3–1||Win|
|28 January 2010||Algeria||4–0||Win|
|31 January 2010||Ghana||1–0||Win|
|17 January 2017||Mali||0–0||Draw|
|21 January 2017||Uganda||1–0||Win|
|25 January 2017||Ghana||1–0||Win|
|29 January 2017||Morocco||1–0||Win|
|1 February 2017||Burkina Faso||1–1 (4–3 penalties)||Win|
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1934||Round of 16||13th||1||0||0||1||2||4||Squad||2||2||0||0||11||2|
|1950||Did not enter||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1954||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||2||7|
|1970||Did not enter||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1974||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||2||3|
|1994||Did not qualify||6||3||2||1||9||3|
|2022||To be determined||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Africa Cup of NationsEdit
|Africa Cup of Nations record||Africa Cup of Nations qualification record|
|1962||Runners-up||2nd||2||1||0||1||4||5||Squad||Qualified as defending champions|
|1965||Withdrew After Qualifying||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1972||Did Not Qualify||4||3||0||1||6||6|
|1974||Semi-final||3rd||5||4||0||1||13||5||Squad||Qualified as hosts|
|1978||Did Not Qualify||2||0||1||1||4||5|
|1986||Champions||1st||5||3||1||1||5||1||Squad||Qualified as hosts|
|1988||Group Stage||6th||3||1||1||1||3||1||Squad||Qualified as defending champions|
|2000||Quarter-finals||5th||4||3||0||1||7||3||Squad||Qualified as defending champions|
|2006||Champions||1st||6||4||2||0||12||3||Squad||Qualified as hosts|
|2012||Did Not Qualify||6||1||2||3||5||5|
|2019||Round of 16||10th||4||3||0||1||5||1||Squad||6||4||1||1||16||5|
|2021||To be determined||To be determined|
FIFA Confederations CupEdit
Egypt have appeared in two of the nine FIFA Confederations Cups contested, the team was eliminated on both times during the group stage. Egypt's first Confederations Cup appearance was in 1999 as a result of winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 1998. The second appearance was in 2009 as the Africa Cup of Nations winners in 2008. During the second appearance, the team achieved their first win over Italy 1–0 in the second round of the group stage.
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did Not Qualify|
|2001||Did Not Qualify|
|2013||Did Not Qualify|
Arab Cup of NationsEdit
|Arab Cup of Nations record|
|1963||Did Not Participate|
|2002||Did Not Participate|
Pan Arab GamesEdit
|Pan Arab Games record|
|Did Not Participate|
|Did Not Participate|
|Did Not Participate|
Olympic Games recordEdit
- Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.
|Athens 1896||No football tournament|
|Paris 1900||Did Not Participate|
|Saint Louis 1904|
|Antwerp 1920||First round||1||0||0||1||1||2||No Qualification|
|Paris 1924||Quarter finals||2||1||0||1||3||5|
|Amsterdam 1928||Fourth Place||4||2||0||2||12||19|
|Los Angeles 1932||No football tournament|
|Berlin 1936||First Round||1||0||0||1||1||3||No Qualification|
|London 1948||First Round||1||0||0||1||1||3|
|Helsinki 1952||First Round||2||1||0||1||6||7|
|Melbourne 1956||Withdrew from Finals||2||2||0||0||9||3|
|Roma 1960||First Round||3||0||1||2||4||11||4||3||0||1||11||5|
|Tokyo 1964||Fourth Place||6||2||1||3||18||16||4||3||1||0||14||6|
|Mexico 1968||Withdrew from Qualifiers|
|Munich 1972||Did Not Qualify||2||1||0||1||2||3|
|Moscow 1980||Withdrew from Finals||4||1||3||0||7||4|
|Los Angeles 1984||Quarter Final||4||1||1||2||5||5||6||3||2||1||6||3|
|Seoul 1988||Did Not Qualify||4||2||1||1||7||2|
Palestine Cup of NationsEdit
- Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.'
|African Games Record|
|1991–present||See Egypt national under-23 football team|
- Winners: 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010 (Most successful team)
- Runners-up: 1962, 2017
- Third place: 1963, 1970, 1974
- Fourth place: 1976, 1980, 1984
- Runners-up: 1988, 2007
Note: * The 1992 edition organised as part of the Pan Arab Games, and also counted as Arab Nations Cup.
- Egyptian Arabic: منتخب مصر
- "157 appearances according to some sources, as FIFA, unlike the Egyptian Football Association, does not recognise two appearances El Hadary made in a 2–0 friendly away win over Qatar in Doha on 28 December 2012, and in a 1–0 friendly home win over Kenya in Aswan on 30 August 2014.
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