"I preferred not to watch it and just wait for the reaction of the people to know whether it has been scored.". Egypt fans looked down with clenched teeth, their hands clasped over their eyes. What is the final message that you want to send to the women’s football system in Egypt? “The ministry’s vision is based on empowering all talents of all genders. Thembinkosi Lorch struck an 85th-minute winner in Cairo. On Feb. 1, 2012, Al Masry, the Egyptian Premier League team in Port Said, hosted Al Ahly, a team from Cairo. "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.". "Personally, it was also the happiest moment in my entire life, not just in football. Source: Je Suis Club social media page. People all around the country were watching from cafes and living rooms. 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. As a result, manager of the side, Hector Cuper has not taken things lightly in terms of bringing in the right personnel, knowing the … If Egypt won, they’d be headed to the World Cup in Russia. This page uses frames, but your browser doesn't support them. If it was a dislocated shoulder, he’d almost definitely miss the World Cup. I mean, the best moment of my life. They all have respect and appreciation, and cooperation must be undertaken during the coming period for the sake of the game in Egypt. 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. But Bob Bradley carried on his job. We can also set up specialised camps for the teams. Egypt lost, 1–0. It was a huge occasion. The second pathway is to communicate with club coaches to develop training programmes which will boost players’ performance. "There was no football in Egypt and, actually, nobody cared," Hatem says. And as the team inched closer to qualifying, fans started coming back to the sport. So we can have a chance after four years.". It was the first time that full contact American football, with the proper equipment, was played in Egypt. Which left them with no chance of advancing to the next round. I could not," Hatem says. 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. That was the thing many people spoke about. But a few months later during the Champions League final, Salah’s club, Liverpool, faced Real Madrid. 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 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. In 2000, I travelled to the US where I obtained the “A” Coaching Certificate. He just turned, unsmiling, as his teammates ran to congratulate him. There are many shortcomings in the training available, and also in the lack of contact with professional players. Egypt had been given one last-ditch opportunity to secure their place in the World Cup. It was May 26, just a few weeks before the World Cup was due to start. Copts Face Continuing Discrimination in Egyptian Football. 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. "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. She began by saying “I joined an academy in Egypt, at […] All of this has created big differences in quality among African players. 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. 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. With a win over Ghana, Egypt would be heading to the 2014 World Cup. 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. But the timing was awful. 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A wall of noise erupted from the crowd, and the Egypt team chased Salah in celebration. I ask. Egypt did, however, beat Yugoslavia 4-2 to finish eighth. We won the US Soccer Development Academy U-15 title for three times with boys, and twice with girls. 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. These matches started from 1914 until 1932, it contributed in the spread of the game in the rest of Egypt. In the 73rd minute, with his team 3–0 down, Salah was awarded a penalty. Enthusiasm for football was back in Egypt. He always speaks about how great he was because he was the only player to score at the 1990 World Cup. ', "Doing sports coverage at the time, for me, sometimes I thought it was irrelevant. Coaching the national team is a challenge for me, and the goal is to succeed and bring the team to a high global position. With Salah back in the starting 11, they lost, 3–1. Things were hopeful. "There was no football in Egypt and, actually, nobody cared," Hatem says. Note that rounding errors may occur, so always check the results. "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.". "People were very angry because they thought we could have done much better in the game," Hatem says. A few days ago, Egypt’s U-20 women’s national football team defeated Lebanon 3-1. "I mean, the best moment of my life.". Congo scored in the 86th minute, with just four minutes of game play left. Ahmed Ramadan, the new coach to the Egyptian women’s national football team, holds big dreams and ambitions for Egypt’s female footballers. "Hopefully, at least, we ended our curse. 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. It was against Congo, and it was their best chance of reaching the finals. He injected EGP 1.5m investment in a domestic football team. As a member of the Scholars Program, I … The Egyptian revolution in Tahrir Square broke out earlier that year, and the Egyptian football league was only played intermittently. 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. ". Since then, Magdi Abdelghani has been bragging about the goal he scored. Training will be held continuously during the week, instead of training only two or three times. Al Ahly is the best football / soccer team in Egypt today. 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.' Salah stepped towards the ball and struck right while the goalkeeper dove left. But the loss didn’t do anything to diminish the renewed interest in the game. EFAF currently has 8 affiliated teams Men ENFL and Women EFFL. But that was not meant to be, as usual. I received a phone call from Sahar Abdel-Hak, a member of the normalising committee of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA). "For many, that was a consolation that we needed," Hatem says, "because in Egypt, we had a player at the 1990 World Cup — I'm not sure if you heard about him — he’s called Magdi Abdelghani, who scored our only goal at the 1990 World Cup against against Holland. “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. Use this page to learn how to convert between football fields and feet [Egypt]. "But things dramatically changed after the 2012 disaster in Port Said.". Supporters of Egypt attend the World Cup 2018 Africa qualifying football match. The Egypt proposal was slightly more abstract: study the effect of football (soccer) on women in breaking down traditional barriers in a Muslim culture. "We thought it was over," Hatem says. "Egypt was approaching a World Cup qualifying campaign amid little interest in the team, and little interest in … 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. "Expectations, notably, rose over the past few months, especially at a time when we are having very difficult economic problems. There have been severe restrictions on protests in Tahrir in the past five or six years. "I actually did not watch the penalty itself. Man, 74, becomes world's oldest football pro. 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. If not, they’d have to face Ghana again. The referee’s whistle blew. What is your assessment of women’s football in Egypt? 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. "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.". The game remained scoreless through the first 60 minutes. "For many people, that was an indication that it was a very serious injury. 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. Under the guidance of this league, Egypt was granted full admittance into IFAF in 2014, which allowed Egypt … We also won the state championship eight times, and also won the provincial championship seven times. "There were wide celebrations all over the city," Hatem says. "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. An Egyptian football club coach has passed away, after suffering a sudden heart attack during a football match. Egypt’s first World Cup campaign in nearly 30 years ended when the referee blew his final whistle that evening. But women’s football in Egypt still hangs by a thread. "And Mahmoud Trézéguet was held down, and out of nowhere the referee points to the spot.". Scoreboard.com: Egyptian football. The team's historical stadium is Cairo International Stadium, although they have played at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria in recent years. But after the goal, he didn’t kneel to the ground in his now famous celebration. But it wasn’t a total disaster. The fans clashed on the pitch. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Whilst men’s football in Egypt has always garnered attention, women’s team needs development and strengthening. Egypt were seeded in a good group, but by their second-to-last game, they weren’t confirmed to qualify. The competition between these two clubs and the fans is really hard. “You should change your name” or “will call you back” have reportedly been the typical answers junior Coptic footballers receive when attempting to secure a place in any of the Egyptian Premier League clubs, and subsequently the national team. Whilst there, I started my coaching career at Sockers FC Chicag from 2000 to 2020, where I won many tournaments at the junior level with them. "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. 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. They said, 'We were finally ready to be happy about something, and even that, our dream was shattered. 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. 1 metre is equal to 0.010936132983377 football field, or 2.7777777777778 foot [Egypt]. ", Mohamed Salah And The Bid For The 2018 World Cup. 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. "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. 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. ", 'Little Interest In Football' Amid 2014 World Cup Qualifiers. Follow live scores, results and standings of all competitions in section [football] / Egypt on this page. ", "After they equalized, a hopeful long ball was sent to the area," Hatem recalls. The U-20 is a permanent core of support for the senior national team. 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. “Any football association in the world cares more about men’s football than about women’s,” Mohsen told Egyptian Streets. The cameras cut to shots of Egypt fans holding their heads. 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. "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. "They said, 'If people are dying because of football, then it's not worth it. I also played for the Egyptian Olympic team, along with Hani Ramzy, Ehab Galal, Saafan Al Saghir, Effat Nassar, and others. In 2011, Bob Bradley moved to Cairo. – The Egyptian Football Association was founded a year later in 1921 and on May 21, 1923, they received Fifa affiliation. To hear more stories like this and radio documentaries from the Middle East, check out the Kerning Cultures podcast. 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. "Because it was a manner that many people considered humiliating, to concede three goals in that way.". "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. Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English. "I roamed the streets of Cairo after the game. Kick-off Times; Kick-off times are converted to your local PC time. Seventy-four people died at Port Said that night. Is the league system suitable for competition at the national level, or should the system be changed to create stronger competition? 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. They wanted to see their side play in Brazil. It wasn’t easy, but he did it. 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. Salah's Setback, World Cup Campaign Cut Short. 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. They also organized matches among students on March 7, 1914 by Al Ahly Sporting Club for Ahmed Heshmat Pasha, Minister of Information. The launch of a new professional women's football team in Egypt is expected to follow soon after. Not only that, but they also had Mohamed Salah. It looked like their World Cup hopes had been pulled out from underneath them at the last minute. Cairo - 20 January 2021: Right To Dream, the global opportunity-creating ecosystem of football academies, professional football clubs and partnering colleges and universities, founded by visionary British social entrepreneur Tom Vernon, has formed a new €100 million partnership with the Mansour Group to help bring greater access, opportunity and equality through football. People, literally, were refreshing their web pages every five seconds just to see any updates on Salah’s injury. See live football scores and fixtures from Egypt powered by the official LiveScore website, the world’s leading live score sport service. 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. He selected a team and kept his players fit by pulling together international friendly games. It’s important to mention here that when Hatem talks about fans, he’s talking about group of hardcore fans known as Ultras. 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"It was an unforgettable night. With support from the EFA in short supply and media attention almost nonexistent, coaches and staff struggle to find ways to motivate their players. "Could you describe, as you remember it, the the scene in Cairo after that match?" In an interview with Dugout, Essam detailed her career so far and her influence on womens football in Egypt. Yes, it is! . Premier League games were canceled indefinitely, and some members of the national team retired altogether. Then Mohamed Salah, an Egyptian who plays for Liverpool, got the ball. Over the next year, Bob Bradley carried on his job and put together a team for the World Cup qualifiers. 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 stadium doors, which people were trying to escape through, were locked from the outside. "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.' "Personally, it was also the happiest moment in my entire life, not just in football," Hatem says. Although Coptic Christians comprise 10 percent of Egypt’s population, if not higher, “not a single Egyptian … "I think this is one of the most happy moments in the history of Egyptian football," Hatem says. 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. In 2019, and during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Pharaohs returned to their historical stadium once again after renovatio… So it became like a joke in Egypt. The Egyptian Football Association also suspended upcoming matches from Thursday through Saturday because of the adverse weather. Immediately after my retirement I went into coaching. ", "I personally know many Al Ahly fans who abandoned football altogether after the Port Said disaster," Hatem says. It was the only time that all people with very different affiliations gathering together in the iconic Tahrir Square to celebrate a football achievement. Can you brief us on your background and experience in football? News, statistics and information about Egypt on FIFA.com. This moment seemed to reflect the mood surrounding Egypt’s unceremonious exit from the tournament. This will increase the team’s strength and experience, provided that the performance of the players is analysed and the shortcomings of work are analysed. FIFA member associations. Egypt always gives its fans a heartbreak, and that happened when they equalized.". This was a very sad day, and one I would like to forget, although it's very difficult.". What are the shortcomings of women’s football in Egypt? And it carried over into the next qualifying round for the 2018 World Cup. Tweets by @DailyNewsEgypt 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. Scoreboard.com provides here Egyptian football livescore, latest results, fixtures and standings. 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 In the summer of 2013, the Egyptian League of American Football (ELAF) was formed. 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. 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 FIFA World Cup squad and players to watch The Pharaohs will find themselves battling the likes of hosts Russia, Uruguay, and Saudi Arabia. Stay informed with the latest live Egypt score information, Egypt results, Egypt standings and Egypt schedule. Egyptians had played football when they organized matches with the British occupation teams in 1882. And they did well in the World Cup qualifiers — they were actually unbeaten in their group. ". "He scored, I think, in the 63rd minute or something, so people expected that this would be enough for an easy win. And the stadium erupted. 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. Salah would take the shot. How were you approached to take over leadership of the Egyptian women’s national football team? We must also work to develop the level of coaches. "Surprisingly, they are very, very disappointed," Hatem says. Cameramen, coaches, substitutes all ran onto the pitch and mobbed  Salah. 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. There are 18 teams playing in Egyptian Premier League and most of the Egyptians are supporting either Al Ahly or Zamalek. 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. El Zamalek are the … Sunday, 08 Oct 2017 Egypt had done it. He’s an American, the former coach for the U.S. national team. – 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. 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 … You can hear the disappointment in the commentator’s voice. After the fervor subsided, Salah placed the ball down on the spot and took a minute to compose himself. Nation wide relief centers were opened on Thursday to provide shelter for anyone displaced and volunteers were on standby to assist, reported Masrawy. Of course, he scored, and it was Egypt’s first goal in the World Cup since 1990. 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. Egyptian grandfather Ezzeldin Bahader has been recognised as the world's oldest professional soccer player just short of his 75th birthday. I had the honour to score the second goal in the final game. 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. Egypt was awarded a penalty kick. Al Ahly fans were beaten and stabbed as the cameras kept rolling. But less is known about women’s football in Egypt, despite their being just as talented players in this sector. "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. So, for many that was a great opportunity to have something to cheer about. Roughly 75,000 showed up to watch the game at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria. 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