Football in Egypt
|Football in Egypt|
|Governing body||Egyptian Football Association|
|National team(s)||men's national team|
El Ahly and El Zamalek are amongst the most popular in the country, both of which are based in Cairo. Both teams compete in the Egyptian Premier League, the highest tier of Egyptian football. These two teams compete in the Cairo derby.
The Egyptian Premier League (League A) has twenty teams.
There is no official English translation or title for the Egyptian League.
Due to Sponsorships the official name of the league is the Etisalat Premier League. The league was also called Vodafone Premier League back in the 2006/2007 for the same reasons.
National football team's achievementsEdit
The Egypt national football team, 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. 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, making them record holders of most African cup wins and most wins in a row (for winning 3 times in a row).
Their highest FIFA ranking was in July 2010 where they were ranked 9th in the world, making it their greatest achievement. They were the first from an African country and also, from an Arab 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.
Egypt played their second World Cup in 1990, where they didn't pass through the first stage after tying Ireland, Netherlands and losing to England 1-0 in what still remains their last World Cup game.
Egypt Qualified for the 2018 World Cup which was the first time in 28 years. They were placed in Group A with hosts Russia, Uruguay and KSA. Egypt lost to Uruguay in the 90th minute and then lost 3-1 to Russia and scored the goal Mohamed Salah from a penalty in the last game against Saudi Arabia, Egypt lost 2-1 and scored the goal Mohamed Salah in the 22nd minute.
- Winners (7): 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010 (Most successful team)
- Runners-up (2): 1962, 2017
- Third place (3): 1963, 1970, 1974
- Fourth place (3): 1976, 1980, 1984
- Runners-up (2): 1988, 2007
- Champions (1): 2011 (Most successful team)
Egypt's best place in the Olympics was fourth place in 1928 and 1964.
In 2014, Egypt was one of the eight nations to take part in the first Unity World Cup.
Egypt has a total of 27 soccer stadiums spread around the country. The main stadium used to be Cairo International Stadium but when the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria was built, it replaced it. The stadium has become the home stadium for the Egyptian National Team. This stadium carries a capacity of 86,000 which is great for all the fans who watch the Egyptian Premier League games. The reason the Stadium was built was because of Egypt's 2010 bid for the World Cup.
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