Zamalek disaster

A stampede occurred on 17 February 1974 when fans were crushed before the kick-off of a football friendly match at the Zamalek Stadium in Cairo between Zamalek of Egypt and Dukla Prague of Czechoslovakia.[1]

Zamalek stadium disaster
Date17 February 1974 (1974-02-17)
LocationZamalek Stadium, Cairo, Egypt
Coordinates30°3′31″N 31°12′13″E / 30.05861°N 31.20361°E / 30.05861; 31.20361Coordinates: 30°3′31″N 31°12′13″E / 30.05861°N 31.20361°E / 30.05861; 31.20361
CauseCrowd crush
Deathsat least 48
Non-fatal injuries50

The total death toll is reported variously as 48,[1] 49,[2][3] or 50;[4] 50 more were injured during this event.[2]

Following a change of venue for the match, many supporters thought they would not be able to enter the newly chosen stadium, as the previously intended venue, Nasser Stadium, was much larger.[2] There was a stampede,[1][5] the walls crumbled,[4] and many people were left dead. According to reports, up to 80,000 people tried to access the stadium, despite the capacity at the time being just 40,000.[6]


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  3. ^ Rohr, Bernd; Günter, Simon (2006). Fotbal - velký lexikon: osobnosti, kluby, názvosloví (in Czech). Prague: Grada Publishing. p. 143. ISBN 80-247-1158-3.
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  6. ^ "La tragédie du Caire" [The tragedy of Cairo]. (in French). Retrieved 29 December 2012.