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2018 World Cup team preview: Egypt

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Getting to know Egypt: In the World Cup for the first time since 1990 and they’ve only ever played in four World Cup games in their history, failing to ever win a match.

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They are the most successful team in African history in terms of the Africa Cup of Nations with seven titles, but that glory has never translated to the world stage. For more history on Egypt, click here.

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What group are they in? Egypt are in Group A alongside hosts Russia, heavy underdogs Saudi Arabia and a Uruguay team packed with talent as Luis Suarez leads their charge. This was perhaps the easiest group they could’ve got with Russia unfancied and Saudi Arabia unlikely to make much of a mark in the tournament. You’d say that Egypt and Uruguay should breeze through to the Round of 16. 


Game schedule – Group A – Full 2018 World Cup schedule, here

Friday, June 15: Egypt v Uruguay,  Ekaterinburg 8am ET
Tuesday, June 19: Russia v Egypt, St Petersburg 2pm ET
Monday, June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt, Volgograd 10am ET


Projected lineup (4-3-3) – Check out the 23-man squad list in full

—– El-Hadary —–

— Fathy — Hegazi — Gabr — Shafy

—- Hamed —- El-Said —- Elneny —-

—- Salah —- Koka —- Trezeguet —-


Star player: Mohamed Salah – It’s clear that Salah is Egypt’s standout player and the Liverpool star is coming off a sensational season for Liverpool after winning the Golden Boot for the most goals scored in the Premier League and taking the Reds to the UEFA Champions League final. Salah’s shoulder injury in Liverpool’s UCL final loss to Real Madrid was a big blow for Egypt, but it seems as though he will make a speedy recovery and will make some kind of appearance in the World Cup. In his homeland he’s become a God-like figure and if Salah can deliver memorable moments and a first World Cup win for Egypt, he will truly become an Egyptian King. 

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Manager: Hector Cuper – A vastly experienced (and much traveled) Argentine coach who has benefited greatly from the group of talent Egypt had coming through all at the same time with Salah, Ahmed Hegazi and Mohamed Elneny leading the way. After losing to Cameroon in the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, the Egyptian FA backed their man and that worked out to be a great decision. Cuper will set up Egypt to be solid defensively and then rely on Salah to deliver the goals.


Secret weapon: It would be easy to say Salah, but he’s not really a secret, is he? The support of the Egyptian people is their secret weapon. Salah’s otherworldly season has helped him become a superstar and create even more excitement around the Pharaohs’ return to the World Cup. 


Prediction: Egypt start up with their toughest game of the group stage against Uruguay but if they can grab a draw then that will set them up nicely for games against Russia and Saudi Arabia. It feels like Egypt will make the Round of 16 after finishing in second place behind Uruguay in the group stage. Facing either Portugal or Spain in the last 16 means that will likely be the end of the tournament. But with Salah around, who knows? 

Watch Live: Brazil v. Mexico in U-17 World Cup final

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The 2019 U-17 World Cup final takes place in Bezerrão Stadium on Saturday as favorites Brazil host an inspired Mexico.

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With four goals and one assist, Kaio Jorge has been Brazil’s most productive attacking player this tournament, while Mexico’s and Los Angeles Galaxy’s Efrain Alvarez is hoping to end an incredible tournament in triumphant fashion.

History between both national teams in a U-17 World Cup final dates back to 2005, when LAFC’s Carlos Vela and Mexico routed Marcelo and Brazil 3-0 in Lima, Peru.

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England finishes EURO 2020 qualifying by beating Kosovo

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England’s 2020 European Championship qualification campaign wrapped up on Sunday with a slightly flattering 4-0 victory away to third-place, and playoff qualifiers, Kosovo.

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Gareth Southgate‘s side was hardly at its best just three days after thrashing Montenegro and securing qualification to this summer’s tournament. They only led by a score of 1-0 through 78 minutes, before scoring a trio of late goals to put the game out of reach and rob the hosts of any potential moral victory.

Harry Winks opened the scoring, and his England account, in the 32nd minute. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found Winks near the top of Kosovo’s penalty area and though Winks’ first touch appeared quite poor, every player in blue stopped and stood as the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder walked in on goal and coolly slotted the ball home to make it 1-0.

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From that point forward, Kosovo enjoyed control of the game’s tempo and looked every bit the Three Lions’ equal. That is, until Harry Kane finished an open chance at the back post in the 79th minute and opened the floodgates.

Marcus Rashford added a third four minutes later, followed by another first England goal — this time, scored by Mason Mount — in the 91st.

England finishes EURO 2020 qualification with a record of 7W-0D-1L and a +31 goal differential, which is second only to Belgium who sit at +32 with one game still to play. England required Sunday’s victory to confirm its place as a Pot 1 team at the draw for the group stage.

Arsenal beat Spurs in front of WSL-record crowd of 38,262

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LONDON (AP) The first north London derby in the Women’s Super League produced a record crowd of 38,262 for the competition on Sunday when Arsenal claimed a 2-0 victory at Tottenham.

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The newly fully professional side held out until the 66th minute when Kim Little struck for the champions and Vivianne Miedema extended Arsenal’s lead in the 82nd minute.

It was the first time Tottenham, in its first top-flight campaign, had staged women’s football at its main 61,000-capacity stadium, which opened earlier this year.

The crowd surpassed the 31,213 at Manchester City for the visit of Manchester United on the opening weekend of the season in September.

Tottenham hosted Arsenal on the first designated Women’s Football Weekend in England which also saw 23,500 at Anfield for Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Everton.

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Chelsea opened the season by hosting Tottenham in front of around 25,000 at Stamford Bridge.

League leaders Chelsea were back at their usual home of Kingsmeadow on Sunday. Maren Mjelde’s penalty sealed a 1-0 victory over promoted Manchester United in front of 4,790 fans – a WSL record crowd for a game not played in a large stadium usually used by the men’s team.

VIDEO: Dutch 2nd-division game stopped for racist abuse; player later scores goal

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A Dutch second-division game between Den Bosch and Excelsior was temporarily stopped on Sunday due to suspected racist chanting and Nazi salutes performed by some of Den Bosch’s fans.

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The game was halted by referee Laurens Gerrets in the 30 minute. Dutch winger Ahmad Mendes Moreira, who plays for Excelsior, was the player targeted by the racist chanting. He was at that time seen gesturing toward the crowd, indicating to Gerrets and teammates that he was hearing racist abuse from the stands.

In a mixed zone for media availability after the game, Den Bosch manager Erik van der Ven is reported to have called Mendes Moreira a “pathetic little man” for pointing out the racist abuse to Gerrets. Den Bosch released a statement claiming that no racist abuse occurred, that the fans were instead making “crow sounds” and treating Mendes Moreira to a “crow concert,” which they claim is part of customary treatment of opposing players.

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Mendes Moreira appeared emotional after scoring a goal to put Excelsior 2-1 ahead fewer than 15 minutes after the game was restarted.