<![CDATA[rss-Sports]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Sports]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Elmohamady promises AFCON title to Egyptian fans ]]>
“We promise the fans that the tournament will be ours. We are going back to playing at the Cairo Stadium, this is an incentive.” Elmohamady said on Wednesday during the press conference of the tournament’s opening game.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Elmohamady added “We have already won the title in three consecutive editions, and in the last tournament, we reached the final,”

Elmohamady is one of the golden generation members and he was among the squad that won the AFCON title in 2008 and 2010.

Egypt opens their participation in the tournament on Friday against Zimbabwe.

Egypt national team played two friendly games against Tanzania and Guinea ahead of the competition.

The first game against Tanzania ended with a 1-0 victory for the Egyptians thanks to a goal from Ahmed Elmohamady while the second game against Guinea ended with a 3-1 victory.
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6/19/2019 4:54:34 PM
<![CDATA[Coach Aguirre: Egypt seeks to win its 8th AFCON title]]>
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday ahead of the Egypt-hosted AFCON 2019, due to kick off on Friday, Aguirre said that the Zimbabwean team is truly worth playing in AFCON, adding that he has been following it for some time now and knows everything about it.

The Egyptian national team will kick-off their Group A against Zimbabwe at the Cairo International Stadium on the opening day of the competition.

The Egyptian team shoulders a great responsibility, Aguirre said. "We are ready for the opening match, there is no substitute for winning the title," he added.

AFCON 2019 will be the first Africa Cup of Nations to witness the expansion of the teams from 16 to 24.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the cup's history, winning the tournament a record of seven times.]]>
6/19/2019 3:08:05 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt national team conducts first training session at Military Academy Stadium]]>
Egypt national team played two friendly games against Tanzania and Guinea ahead of the competition.

The first game against Tanzania ended with a 1-0 victory for the Egyptians thanks to a goal from Ahmed Elmohamady while the second game against Guinea ended with a 3-1 victory.

Marwan Mohsen opened the score for Egypt at the first half which ended with a 1-0 lead for the Egyptians.

At the second half, the team manager, Javier Aguirre, made many substitutions including Mohamed Salah who played the last 30 minutes at the game.

Guinea equalized the score seconds after Salah substitutions by Sory Kaba.

Salah calmed the Egyptian fans about their team ahead of the competition through his one man show performance at the last minutes of the game. He provided two assists for Ahmed Ali and Omar Gaber who granted Egypt the victory.

The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.]]>
6/18/2019 8:20:00 PM
<![CDATA[Uganda national team arrives in Cairo]]>
The team prepared for the competition in the UAE where they played two friendly games against Turkmenistan and Ivory coast.

Mamelodi Sundowns veteran goalkeeper, Denis Onyango, leads the squad that will appear in the tournament for the seventh time in the history.

Uganda’s best achievement at the tournament came in 1978 when they finished second after losing the final to Ghana.

Desabre’s chosen squad for the tournament consists of:

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia)

Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Brian Ronald Ddungu Mukiibi (Ostersunds, Sweden), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town, England), Isaac Muleme (FK Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Un attached), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Godfrey Walusimbi (Un-attached)

Midfielders: Mike Azira (Montreal Impact, Canada), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa), William Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazakhstan), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska, Sweden), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda)

Strikers: Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania)

Uganda plays in Group A alongside Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe. ]]>
6/18/2019 3:22:44 PM
<![CDATA[Atletico to sign Benfica's Joao Felix for 120 million euros - report]]>
Felix, 19, made his first-team debut for Benfica last season, helping the Lisbon side win the Portuguese league title by scoring 15 goals and providing seven assists in 21 starts.

He made his Portugal debut in this month’s 3-1 win over Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League semi-final.

According to Marca, Atletico will pay the player’s full release clause imminently, smashing the club’s transfer record of 72 million euros which they paid last year to sign France winger Thomas Lemar from AS Monaco.

Atletico, who finished runners-up in La Liga last season, should have plenty of money available after talismanic striker Antoine Griezmann said last month he is to leave the club.

The France international’s release clause drops from 200 million euros to 120 million euros on July 1, and Spanish media reported that he has agreed personal terms with La Liga champions Barcelona.]]>
6/18/2019 2:50:03 PM
<![CDATA[Lampard likely to be named Chelsea boss, says Redknapp]]>
Lampard, who spent 13 trophy-laden years as a player at Chelsea, guided Derby to the Championship (second-tier) playoff final in his first season in management, where they lost out to Aston Villa.

The 40-year-old has emerged as the favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri at the Premier League club after the Italian joined Serie A champions Juventus on Sunday.

“In my personal opinion, he’ll be the manager of Chelsea. It looks to me like it’s going to happen,” Redknapp, who has managed several English clubs including West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur, told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“If Chelsea come calling, it’s a difficult one for him to turn down. He’s a true legend at Chelsea, one of the greatest players in the club’s history.

“It may not come along again, you never know in football, the opportunity is there for him to go back now.”]]>
6/18/2019 2:13:54 PM
<![CDATA[Sanchez strikes as Copa holders Chile thrash Japan]]>
The 2015 and 2016 Copa champions took the lead late in the first half with a towering header from midfielder Erick Pulgar.

Journeyman striker Eduardo Vargas then continued his remarkable consistency for his country by scoring at a fourth consecutive major tournament and doubling Chile’s lead in the 54th minute with the help of a deflection.

Sanchez made it 3-0 with a diving header from close range in the 82nd minute, Chile’s all-time top scorer punching the air in delight after enduring a frustrating season with United compounded by a knee injury suffered in March.

A minute later Sanchez laid on a pass for Vargas to score again, a classy chip which saw him become Chile’s top scorer in the Copa America (12) and replace Marcelo Salas as the country’s second all-time leading scorer behind Sanchez.

Sanchez said he had come through one of the worst periods of his career recently.

“For six weeks I felt worse than I ever have before,” he told reporters. “I struggled in the first half as I felt stifled but in the second half I was more relaxed and played with more freedom and excitement.”

The win put Chile joint top of Group C with Uruguay, who hammered Ecuador 4-0 on Sunday.

Japan, one of two guests in the South American championship alongside Qatar, were fielding a largely young and inexperienced side which suggests they are using the tournament as a testing ground for players ahead of next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Striker Ayase Ueda missed a great chance to equalise in the first half while new Real Madrid signing Takefusa Kubo missed the target late in the game when the goal was gaping.

Chile are considered outsiders to win the tournament after a downturn in form and results which led to them failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

But Sanchez said they were now on the right track.

“I think we have improved as a team since 2015 in defending and getting on the attack quickly,” he added.

“We’ve won a very difficult game and now we have to think about our next one.”

Chile meet Ecuador on Friday after Japan face Uruguay on Thursday.]]>
6/18/2019 2:10:11 PM
<![CDATA[Platini questioned in Qatar World Cup probe: judicial source]]>
The detention and questioning of the former French soccer star was first reported by French investigative website Mediapart and Le Monde newspaper.

Prosecutors are investigation suspected corruption and bribery in the process of awarding the 2022 World Cup to Gulf emirate of Qatar.]]>
6/18/2019 2:08:08 PM
<![CDATA[Morocco national team set to arrive on Tuesday]]>
Morocco are in Group D with Côte d'Ivoire, South Africa and Namibia, and Al-Salam Stadium hosts the group's matches. The team will start with the match against Namibia on Sunday.

The Moroccan team has a list of only 22 players after the exit of Abdel Razzaq Hamdallah, the striker of Alnasr Club from the list chosen by the French coach Herve Renard and includes the following names:

Goalkeepers: Munir Al-Mohamadi (Malaga, Spain), Yasin Puno (Gerona), Ahmed Al Teknouti (Wydad Casablanca)

Defenders: Marwan da Costa (Etihad Jeddah ), Ghanim Saes (Wolverhampton), Abdul Hamid Younis (Reem Stadium), Mehdi Benatia (Al Dahil), Ashraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund) And Nabil Derar (Fenerbahce).

Midfielder: Karim Al-Ahmadi (Ittihad Jeddah), Youssef Ait Ben Nasser (Saint Etienne), Mehdi Bourbia (Sassoulo), Mubarak Boussoufa (Al- Shabab), Younis Belhanda (Galata Sarai) , Noureddine Amrapet (Al-Nasr Saudi), Hakim Ziash (Ajax)
And Sufian Puval (Celta Vigo).

Strikers: Khalid Boutaib (Zamalek), Osama Idrissi (Alkamar), Youssef Al Nasiri (Leganes).]]>
6/18/2019 1:27:47 PM
<![CDATA[ Special preparations at Cairo airport for "AFCON2019"]]>
The Ministry of Civil Aviation was keen to allocate a hall at Cairo airport, especially for the AFCON, decorated with the flags of all the teams participating in the tournament, in addition to a form of a football stadium, and the sign of "Tut" the mascot of the AFCON, and also a lot of advertisements which encourages the masses to visit Egypt and the tourism places.

EgyptAir is the Official Carrier for the AFCON 2019 Cup.]]>
6/18/2019 1:26:04 PM
<![CDATA[Pogba hints at move away from Manchester United]]>
The Frenchman has been linked in the British media with a move to Real Madrid to work with coach Zinedine Zidane, or with a return to his former club Juventus.

Pogba’s time at Manchester United has coincided with some insipid performances on the pitch and organisational turmoil at the club.

“Like you said, there is a lot of talking and a lot of thinking as well,” Pogba, 26, told reporters in Tokyo.

“For me I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great; some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else.

“After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well... I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.”

“I am thinking of this: to have a new challenge somewhere else.”

Pogba, who moved to Old Trafford from Juventus for a then-world record transfer free of 89.3 million pounds ($112.43 million) in August 2016, has seen Jose Mourinho replaced as coach by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his time at the club.

Although inconsistent, the World Cup winner has scored 24 goals in 92 appearances for United and was named in last season’s PFA Premier League Team of the Year.]]>
6/17/2019 6:53:01 PM
<![CDATA[In time for AFCON: LaLiga organizes its biggest event in Egypt]]>
More importantly, the event's press conference is expected to host two of Spain’s biggest football stars and LaLiga ambassadors; Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Morientes.

Hosted by Cairo Festival City Mall, LaLiga Space will also harbour a number of activities tailored to engage fans from all ages;including trivia games and a video corner displaying the most memorable moments in LaLiga history.

The event also provides a themed photo opportunity with aminiature replica of the stadium’s coaches bench. On the other hand, significant t-shirts and footballs will be on display for those who wish to come face to face with tokens of football greatness.

Furthermore, everyone will get a chance to take a picture with the LaLiga trophy.
“LaLiga is keen on promoting Spanish football around the globe with the intention to build the biggest community of loyal fans in each and every country, especially Africa and the Middle East,” said Juan Fuentes, LaLiga delegate to Egypt.

LaLiga’s endeavours to nurture football on an international level are based on four main pillars; collaborating with various entities, training players and coaches, supporting social responsibility activities in communities where they are active and developing the game.

According to Fernando Sanz, LaLiga’s General Director in MENA, Egypt was the prominent choice for this event given its long history of successfully hosting the largest internationalchampionships in the MENA region. Sanz further explained that the team was keen on selecting the same dates of the CAF 2019 in order to reach the biggest possible segment of football fans in Egypt and Africa.

With that said, a number of LaLiga’s most prominent stars will be participating in the CAF with their national teams; including FC Barcelona’s Moussa Wague, Real Valladolid’s Hassen El ID, Girona FC’s Yassine Bounou, CD Leganés’s Youssef En-Nesyri, Celta de Vigo’s Sofiane Boufal, Real Betis’s Aissa Mandi, Villarreal CF’s Karl TokoEkambi, Real Betis’s Wilfrid Kaptoum, Villarreal CF’s Samuel Chukwueze, CD Leganés’s Kenneth Omerou, Levante UD’s Moses Simon, Deportivo Alaves’sWakaso Mubarak, Atlético de Madrid’s Thomas Partey, Leganés’s Kwabena Owusu, Nastic Tarragona’s José Kanté, Málaga CF’s Munir MohandMohamedi, AD Alcorcon’s Aly Abeid, Málaga CF’s Alfred Ndiaye, CD Tenerife B’s Farid Mussa and Las Palmas Atlético’s Ismael AthumanGonzález.

“LaLiga Space gives fans a lifetime opportunity to meet some of the biggest Spanish football champions, watch unforgettable moments of LaLiga’s legacy, learn more about its 20 clubs and players,” added Sanz with apparent excitement. “The event also allows fans to discover the innovative technology that enhances the LaLiga’s viewing experience.”

With that being said, LaLiga Space will be open to the public on Thursday at 5:00 PM (Cairo Time). In addition, LaLiga and Uber are collaborating to give fans 50% discounton trips to or from Cairo Festival City Mall (capped at 40EGP per trip), when using promocode: LaLigaSpace during the 21st& 22nd of June.]]>
6/17/2019 6:50:30 PM
<![CDATA[Ndidi warns teammates from their group opponents ]]>
However, the team’s midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, believes that his team should not underestimate their group opponents.

“I don’t think it is an easy group. For me, there is no easy team in modern football. No matter the name, the only matter is the 90 minutes of the game,” Ndidi said.

Nigeria players are searching for their fourth title at the competition and their first since 2013.

Ndidi added “We will play tough games against very good teams and our target is to be on the top by the end of group stages.”

Nigeria will open their participation at the tournament on 22 June at Alexandria Stadium against Madagascar before facing Guinea on 26 June. The team will end their group stage games on 30 June against Burundi.

The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition. ]]>
6/17/2019 6:44:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt national team leaves Borg El Arab ]]>
The team defeated Guinea 3-1 on Sunday night at their last preparation game for the competition held in Egypt between 21 June and 19 July.

Marwan Mohsen opened the score for Egypt at the first half which ended with a 1-0 lead for the Egyptians.

At the second half, the team manager, Javier Aguirre, made many substitutions including Mohamed Salah who played the last 30 minutes at the game.

Guinea equalized the score seconds after Salah substitutions by Sory Kaba.

Salah calmed the Egyptian fans about their team ahead of the competition through his one man show performance at the last minutes of the game. He provided two assists for Ahmed Ali and Omar Gaber who granted Egypt the victory.

The Egyptian national team started their preparation camp for the 2019 African Cup of Nations at Borg El Arab stadium on June 6.

The team played a friendly game against Tanzania on Thursday night and won the game 1-0.

The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. ]]>
6/17/2019 6:29:57 PM
<![CDATA[He is more than a player for us, Ali on Salah ]]>
Ali’s goal came after a fine play from Mohamed Salah who dribbled the opponent’s goalkeeper then he shot the ball which hit the post and returned to Ahmed Ali who put it in the empty net.

“I am so happy with my goal and I do my best every game to help the team.” Ali told press after the game.

Ali, 34, is a surprise selection for the tournament after his amazing performance with Arab Contractors at the domestic League this season.

Ali is expected to be Egypt’s starting striker during the tournament and he hopes to form an attacking force alongside Egypt’s star, Mohamed Salah.

Ali spoke about Salah, saying “Salah is so humble and you feel like he is not playing at the top level. He always motivates us to be focused and ready.”

The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.
Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

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6/17/2019 6:27:27 PM
<![CDATA[We will not focus on Salah, Musona]]>
“We should not only aim at stopping Mohamed Salah but everyone on the field because if we make that mistake, then we are going to fight against Salah, we will be destroyed by someone we don’t know,” Zimbabwe captain said on Monday.

Zimbabwe plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Egypt.

Zimbabwe reached the tournament for the fourth time and they hope to reach the second round for the first time.

Musona added “We just have to make sure that we are strong in every position and we are ready to fight in every duel and also take the chances that we might have, we are not here to talk, we are here to play, we came here to fight and it’s going to be a tough game.”

The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition. ]]>
6/17/2019 4:19:20 PM
<![CDATA[France vs Nigeria: Les Bleues aiming to beat the Super Falcons and top the group undefeated]]>
For Diacre, the host nation’s June 17 meet against Nigeria is about making a statement. “Our goal is to try to top the group, even though a draw would suffice,” Diacre said at a press conference on Sunday. “We are going to go out and try to win the match because that’s always good for confidence.”

France have already secured their place in the final 16 following their first two matches, with a 4-0 win over South Korea and a 2-1 victory over Norway. But Diacre is seeking a hat trick of victories from what is France's third and final Group A match.

Diacre acknowledged that she plans to tweak her lineup against Nigeria, but indicated she won’t mess with what’s already proved to be working.

“Given that we are trying to win our third straight match, we need to stay with the same dynamic,” she said. “I don’t know how many changes. I’m not going to tell you either way. We want to remain competitive so we are going to put out a strong starting 11.”

Swede dreams for Nigeria

Nigeria lost 3-0 to Norway in its opener, but the nine-time African champions rebounded with a 2-0 win over South Korea. Nigeria remains the only African nation to have qualified for every Women’s World Cup since the tournament began in 1991.

Nigeria's team, nicknamed the Super Falcons and ranked 38th in the world, can still reach the next round – and they only need to draw against France.

Francisca Ordega is among the many Nigerian players still haunted by an 8-0 loss to France last year, and the forward said her squad wants revenge.

“We are not scared of France,” she said. “I like challenges.”

Diacre said that a lot has happened with the Nigeria team since they appointed Thomas Dennerby, the Swede who led his home country's women's team to a third place at the 2011 World Cup.

“Nigeria has worked a lot. The match will be totally different. When I met the coach during the draw, he promised me we were in for a tough match,” Diacre said.

Dijon and France midfielder Elise Bussaglia recalls her country's narrow 1-0 victory over Nigeria in the 2011.

“It’s never obvious against them,” she said, noting she expects it to be a physically demanding game, with the Nigerians launching plenty of fast counter-attacks. “We’ve already qualified with these six points, which is a good thing.”

Nigeria currently holds three Group A points after its 2-0 win over South Korea, and the latter team could also still go through if they win today against Norway and other results go their way.

Nigeria hopes to get 'revenge' on France
For 25-year-old Nigeria captain Desire Oparanozie, who is playing in her third World Cup, the match has a special flavour given that she plays her club football in France for Guingamp.

"I will have a couple of my friends in the French team," she said ahead of the game.

But, she said, "when you're playing against the host nation, you're not just playing against 11 players, you're playing against the crowd".

The biggest Women’s World Cup in history

The tournament is the biggest Women’s World Cup in history, with 14 out of 52 matches having been sold out, and the governing body, FIFA, having sold a record total of 206 broadcasting rights.

"We are delighted that people are interested in women's football," Diacre said of the sold-out stadiums. "We know that the women's game has developed significantly over the last several years. Clearly people identify with the game and are turning out in big numbers, and we are very pleased with that."

But although the 2019 prize pot of $30 million is double that of the 2015 finals in Canada, it remains a far cry from the men’s $575m World Cup prize money.]]>
6/17/2019 3:00:41 PM
<![CDATA[Salah helps Egypt to another Africa Cup warm-up victory]]>
Marwan Mohsen gave the Pharaohs an early lead in Alexandria that was canceled by Sory Kaba midway through the second half.

Ahmed Ali, recalled for the Cup of Nations after a lengthy absence from the national squad, put Egypt ahead again and Omar Gaber scored a late goal to ensure victory.

It was the second warm-up victory for Egypt, who defeated qualifiers Tanzania 1-0 three days ago at the same stadium.

Egypt are in Group A with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe for the June 21-July 19 tournament as they seek a record-extending eighth African title.

While Egypt are on a winning streak, serious title contenders Morocco suffered a second home loss in a row as they fell 3-2 to non-qualifiers Zambia.

Ajax Amsterdam star Hakim Ziyech equalised twice for a team considered one of the biggest threats to title favourites Egypt only for Enock Mwepu to snatch a 75th-minute winner.

Morocco, who lost to the Gambia last Wednesday, are guided by Frenchman Herve Renard, the only coach to win the Cup of Nations with different countries.

He led outsiders Zambia to the title in 2012 and repeated the feat three years later with perennial underachievers the Ivory Coast.

Everton star Idrissa Gueye scored the first half goal that gave Senegal a 1-0 victory over Nigeria behind closed doors in Ismailia, one of the venues for the African showpiece.

Three-time champions Nigeria and former runners-up Senegal are expected to go far in the first Cup of Nations to feature 24 teams, up from 16 two years ago in Gabon.

Andy Delort, a late call-up by Algeria after the axing of Haris Belkebla for baring his back side online, scored the winner in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Mali in Doha.

Mali were in front twice before Delort netted nine minutes from time for Algeria, whose lone African title came at home 29 years ago.

This match was also played behind closed doors as coaches put the final touches to preparations for a tournament that kicks off Friday with a match between Egypt and Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe led at half-time through a Knox Mutizwa goal and Mbwana Samatta equalised for Tanzania in a 1-1 draw between the qualifiers in Cairo.]]>
6/17/2019 1:05:08 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's taekwondo player Seif Eissa wins gold in Luxembourg Open 2019]]>
Eissa clinched the gold medal after winning the final match against Greek taekwondo athlete Apostolos Telikostoglou 19-9.

Earlier, Eissa won the semi-final against Israeli player Oleksandr Filippov 2-0 and defeated San Marino player 18-4. ]]>
6/16/2019 11:36:46 AM
<![CDATA[Messi 'bitter' as Colombia stun Argentina]]>
Goals from Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata in the final 20 minutes gave Colombia their first tournament victory over Argentina in 20 years as Messi's hopes of finally landing a major international tournament after losing in four finals suffered a serious blow.

"We leave here feeling bitter," said Messi following the Group B clash in Salvador.

"In the second half we had our chances."

One of the best of those fell to the 31-year-old Barcelona icon but he headed wide after Colombia's goalkeeper David Ospina got down quickly to push out a header from center-back Nicolas Otamendi.

But although Argentina dominated possession and created more chances in the second period, they rarely caused Ospina any serious concerns.

"We didn't want to start this way, obviously, but now we have to lift our heads and keep going," said the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who lined up in an enviable forward trio with Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria of Paris Saint-Germain.

"In the first half we retreated a little and were holding on, but in the second we really opened up," said Messi, the Argentina captain.

"Whenever you lose it's hard for us, we usually take it badly. Now we have to think about Paraguay."

Argentina can still make the knock-out stages with games against Paraguay and guests Qatar, the Asian champions, to come.

Midfielder Leandro Paredes, who forced a diving save out of Ospina with one long range strike and sent a second whistling past the post, was pleased with the second half performance.

"We created a lot but unfortunately they scored in our best period," he said.

- Controlling Messi -

Colombia were the better side in a goalless first half but scored twice against the run of play in the second period, with both goals coming from substitutes.

"I came on and helped my team. We did the best we could and we managed to turn the game around at the end of the second half. We played really well," said Zapata, who this season helped Italians Atalanta qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, who only took over Colombia after leaving his job with Iran at the end of the January-February Asian Cup, paid tribute to the side's collective effort.

"Colombia as a team was the best player on the pitch. We played with a lot of discipline, concentration, with responsibility, and players with the quality of James (Rodriguez) and (Radamel) Falcao helped us a lot in this organization," said Queiroz.

And he praised his team for "controlling Messi a bit," noting that "we're always talking about him and you cannot neutralize him."

Both he and Argentina counterpart Lionel Scaloni agreed that each side had their moments during the game.

"In some moments we were on top, then they were superior to us -- that's how football goes, there are different stages in matches," said Scaloni.

Colombia, though, are well placed to win the group now.

"We're still a long way from where we want to go," warned Colombia's playmaker James Rodriguez.]]>
6/16/2019 9:42:03 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt face Guinea to test their preparation ahead of AFCON]]>
Egypt defeated Tanzania 1-0 on Thursday night on a friendly game thanks to Ahmed Elmohmady’s header.

The team manager, Javier Aguirre, is expected to give the team’s winger, Mohamed Salah, few minutes during the game as he did not play the game against Tanzania.

“We want to watch all the players ahead of the opening game and we also want to experience different formations.” The team assistant manager, Hany Ramzi, said.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi visited on Saturday the National Football Team in the Air Defense Stadium while training for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be held in Egypt between June 21 and July 19.

The president wished the team members good luck, and asserted his confidence that they realize the heavy responsibility they shoulder. He urged them to devote hard efforts to please the Egyptian people who in turn pays them respect and appreciation.

President Sisi underlined that the team members must show discipline and decent behavior as they are a reflection of Egypt’s ancient civilization and its great people.

On their side, the players thanked the president for his visit promising they would do their best to rejoice the hearts of millions of Egyptians. They also gave him as gift a T-shirt having the signatures of all of them.

Egypt will open the 2019 African Nations Championship against Zimbabwe on June 21 at the Cairo International Stadium. ]]>
6/16/2019 9:37:25 AM
<![CDATA[We are ready, Gyan ]]>
Asamoah, Ghana’s all time top goal scorer, spent the last 10 days with his team in Dubai to prepare for the competition.

“We’ve been working so hard in the past 10 days – the weather is also not helping – but we are still fighting. We are pushing harder and harder.” Asamoah told press.

Ghana, who failed to achieve the title since 1982, hope to end 37 years wait when they play in Egypt.

Asamoah added “The tournament itself is a different ball-game altogether, but we are happy there is no injury in the camp. We will be going to Egypt with all the players ready for the tournament.”

Ghana plays in Group F alongside Cameroon, Benin and Guinea Bissau.

Gyan, 34, is the most capped player in Ghana’s history and he is the Black Stars all-time goal scorer with 51 goals. ]]>
6/16/2019 8:59:34 AM
<![CDATA[Vidal says Chile are team to fear ahead of Japan Copa clash]]>
The two-time reigning champions are not among the favourites this time around having lost some of the players who took them to the 2014 World Cup and back-to-back Copa titles in 2015 and 2016.

But Barcelona's Vidal is convinced the remnants of Chile's golden generation still have much to offer in this tournament.

"This squad should be feared, from the beginning to the final. We hope it's going to be something amazing, but we're going to take it game by game," he told reporters from Chile's hotel in Sao Paulo, where they will play tournament guests Japan.

The Blue Samurai have brought an inexperienced squad to Brazil with an average age of just 22. When it was announced last month, 17 of the squad had yet to earn a cap.

One of those, 18-year-old Takefusa Kubo, has since then not only made his debut but also signed for Real Madrid.

"He's a player with a lot of quality, there's a reason he's at Real Madrid," said Vidal.

"We've seen him, analyzed him really well and we know how to stop this player," he added of the dribbling wizard nicknamed the "Japanese Messi."

"Japan are an organized team, they're quick and we have to be careful, concentrate and when they come out to play we have to try to attack them really quickly because afterwards they go into a 5-4-1 and it's really hard to score a goal."

After three years of unprecedented success, Chile came down to earth with a bump in 2017 when they failed to qualify for last year's World Cup.

There has been change since, with veteran goalkeeper and captain Claudio Bravo one of the players ditched from the squad.

"Everything is starting from new: a new process, new players, new coaches," said Vidal, who at 32 is one of the oldest players in Colombian coach Reinaldo Rueda's squad and one of six with more than a century of caps.

"It took us many days to talk about and clear up things."]]>
6/16/2019 8:46:44 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt are favorites to win the title, Nigeria manager ]]>
Rohr believes that the hosts, Egypt, are favorites to win the prestigious title at home.

“We are not the favorites to win it, the favorite is Egypt at home then the team number one in Africa is Senegal, then Tunisia,” Rohr said on Sunday.

Nigeria players hope to win their nation’s fourth title in the competition after 1980 at home, 1994 in Tunisia and 2013 in South Africa.

Rohr added “We are number three in the rankings officially so we should go until the semi-final, now we focus on the first match against Burundi. All our focus is on this match then we will see how it can go on. Of course, we have to come out of this group.”

Rohr managed the Super Eagles from 2016 and he led the team to reach 2018 FIFA World Cup where they were knocked out from the first round.

Nigeria plays in an easy Group alongside Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi. ]]>
6/16/2019 8:40:02 AM
<![CDATA[Martinez cracker helps Colombia past Argentina]]>
Just as Colombia looked like being overwhelmed by a dangerous-looking Argentina side, substitute Martinez controlled a cross-field ball on the left wing in the 71st minute before cutting across the area and smashing it into the far top corner.

His fellow substitute Duvan Zapata made doubly sure Colombia would record their first win over Argentina since 2007 by pouncing from close range to knock in a cross from Jefferson Lerma 15 minutes later.

“We knew that it was a long time since we beat Argentina and we’re delighted,” Zapata told reporters.

“We’ll enjoy this, it’s a great result but the tournament goes on and there are lot of difficult games to go.”

Both sets of supporters whipped up a lively atmosphere at a near-full Arena Fonte Nova, providing a much-needed boost for tournament organisers CONMEBOL after over 40,000 seats were left empty in Peru’s game with Venezuela earlier in the day.

The fans were struggling for anything to get excited about as the first half dragged on, however.

Colombia initially looked stronger but Argentina were a different beast when Rodrigo de Paul replaced Angel di Maria immediately after the interval and captain Lionel Messi was able to find space to cause some problems.

Messi wasted the best chance of the game before Martinez’s piledriver broke the deadlock when he skewed a rebound wide from close range, and the Barcelona forward also went on a thrilling solo run into the area but could not get a shot away.

MASS BRAWL
A mass brawl ensued when Messi was cut down by Colombia’s Juan Cuadrado in the second half while Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes fizzed two shots at goal.

A goal from Lionel Scaloni’s side looked imminent but Colombia’s usual talisman James Rodriguez split their defence with an impressive long pass to Martinez, who had come on early in the game after Luis Muriel was forced off by injury.

Martinez’s stunning strike floored Argentina and although they came back with a couple more attempts, they never looked like scoring.

“We were good in the first 20 mins then we had a bad end to the half,”,” said Scaloni.

“We lost the ball a lot but in the second half we were very superior to Colombia. Then, when we were playing at our best, they scored on the counterattack.”

The coach also complained about the state of the pitch, calling it “lamentable”.

“But the thing I will take from the game is that we were able to adjust and improve in the second half,” he added. “That might not sound like much but it will help us in our next games.”

Argentina, who won the last of their 14 South American titles in 1993, face Paraguay in their second match in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday.

Colombia, Copa America champions once in 2001, top Group B with three points ahead of Qatar’s meeting with Paraguay on Sunday. They next play the Qataris in Sao Paulo, also on Wednesday.]]>
6/16/2019 8:23:35 AM
<![CDATA[Ramos marries TV personality in Galactico wedding to the sound of AC/DC]]>
The crowd who had gathered at a famous 16th century cathedral to watch the celebrities arrive were delirious at the sight of ex-Real player David Beckham and his wife and former pop star Victoria, former and current La Liga stars Jordi Alba, Luka Modric, Keylor Navas, Roberto Carlos and Alvaro Morata, as well as matador El Cordobes.

The 33-year-old Ramos, who is from a suburb of Seville, arrived wearing a dark three-piece suit in a discrete check pattern, on the arm of his mother Paqui Garcia, who wore a traditional Andalusian mantilla, or raised head scarf.

The bride, who is 41, arrived a little later in a floor-length white dress with a long train.

After the ceremony, the couple were due to celebrate at the groom's estate near Seville, where the guests would only be allowed in with a temporary unicorn tattoo and once they had surrendered their cell phones and any other devices with cameras or microphones.

Photographs in Spanish media in the days leading up to the event showed a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, a stage and Indian teepees had been set up.

The banquet was being prepared by chef Dani Garcia, who has won three Michelin stars for his restaurant in the Andalusian resort Marbella.

The performance by AC/DC is, Spanish media reported, a wedding gift from Ramos to his wife who is, said the reports, a big fan of the veteran Australian rockers.]]>
6/16/2019 8:21:04 AM
<![CDATA[Salah rejects mega-money offers to leave Liverpool]]>
On the other hand, the player informed the club that he will decide his future at the end of the next season.

Salah led his team to win the UEFA Champions League title this season after defeating their arch rivals, Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at the final.

The Egyptian opened the score after two minutes from the penalty spot while Divock Origi scored Liverpool’s second goal minutes before the final whistle to secure his team’s victory.

After leading his team to UEFA Champions League title, the Egyptian winger returned to Egypt where he spent Eid Al Fitr with his family in Negrig before heading to the Red Sea for a short vacation ahead of the national team participation in 2019 African Cup of Nations.

The Egyptian national team started their preparation camp for the tournament at Borg El Arab stadium on 6 June.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. ]]>
6/16/2019 8:16:44 AM
<![CDATA[Taylor shoots England into Women's World Cup last 16]]>
Taylor tapped home Beth Mead's inviting low cross just after the hour mark to send England to the top of Group D and into the next round with a game still to play, alongside Germany, France and Italy.

Phil Neville's side now need a point against Japan in Nice on Wednesday to ensure that they finish in first place and avoid a potential clash with European champions the Netherlands in the next round.

Despite the defeat the 'Albicelestes', third in the group with a point, can still qualify for the knockout stages if they beat Scotland in their final game in Paris, although they will have to show more attacking intent than they have in their opening two matches.

They were twice saved by goalkeeper Vanina Correa, who pushed Nikita Parris' 28th-minute penalty off the post and then pulled off a super stop to deny the excellent Mead four minutes before the break.


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6/15/2019 12:36:07 PM
<![CDATA[Coutinho brace helps Brazil forget Neymar in winning Copa start]]>
Barcelona's Coutinho scored from the penalty spot early in the second half and added a close-range header three minutes later.

Substitute Everton netted a sensational third five minutes from time to clinch a Group A victory for coach Tite's tournament favorites in Sao Paulo.

The build-up to the competition had been dominated by Neymar's woes, firstly when he was accused of rape by a Brazilian model, and then when he damaged ankle ligaments in a friendly last week, forcing him out of the Copa.

If Brazil's first half performance was anything to go by, the Paris Saint-Germain star was sorely missed, but Coutinho's brace at least silenced the jeers that met the team at half-time.

"Whistles are part of the game, the fans want us to win and play well, so that's why they jeer," said the match-winner, whose goals papered over the cracks of an at times disjointed performance.

"We always want their support but we're focused on the objective, which is the match," Coutinho told Brazil's SportTV.

"Whistles or cheers, the important thing is to stay focused and get the win."
Brazil made a bright start and predictably dominated the early possession and chances.
But surprisingly their greatest threat came from set-pieces with Coutinho's corner delivery causing panic in the Bolivian backline.

Bolivia's goalkeeper Carlos Lampe made an instinctive block from a Roberto Firmino flick that came straight at him.

And a few minutes later, towering center-half Thiago Silva was left unmarked eight yards out to meet another Coutinho delivery, but he inexplicably headed well wide.

The pitch at the Morumbi stadium wasn't helping flowing football, with Bolivia in particular struggling to string passes together.

"We've got to be honest, Brazil beat us and beat us well," said Bolivia coach Eduardo Villegas.
Brazil, wearing white shirts and blue shorts, weaved almost geometric patterns around their unambitious visitors but struggled to test Lampe.

Their best chances came from Bolivian mistakes and Richarlison should have scored into an open goal when a woeful Lampe clearance went straight to him, but the Everton forward failed to lift the ball over defender Adrian Jusino, who headed clear from the edge of the 18-yard box.

- Barrage of jeers -

With 10 men behind the ball, Bolivia were proving hard to break down but Casemiro went close with what appeared to be a shanked cross that drifted just beyond Lampe's far post with the goalkeeper scrambling to cover it.

Tite'steam were treated to a barrage of jeers from the 67,000 crowd when the half-time whistle went.

Bolivia's best moment had perhaps been a cheeky nutmeg of Casemiro by Raul Castro on the edge of his own 18-yard box. It had been slim pickings.
Fans' spirits were quickly lifted after the restart, though, as Coutinho fired home from the spot on 50 minutes after a contentious penalty award.

Richarlison's attempted cross struck Jusino's arm, which was by his side and only slightly away from his body, but after consulting the video assistant referee, Argentine handler Nestor Pitana pointed to the spot.

Bolivia were stunned and just three minutes later their defence went missing as Firmino reached the bye line and chipped the ball to the back post for Coutinho to head home from barely two yards out.

Reluctant to push men forward, Bolivia never looked like getting back into the match.
"If you want to qualify (for the knock-out stages) you have to attack a little more," admitted Villegas.

And Coutinho's corners continued to present Brazil with their best chances, as Marquinhos headed straight at Lampe from seven yards with 15 minutes left.

The game had slowed to almost walking pace when substitute Everton scored a sensational third, cutting in from the left wing before firing an unstoppable shot into the far corner with Lampe rooted to the spot.]]>
6/15/2019 12:30:39 PM
<![CDATA[Leonardo back at PSG replacing Henrique as sporting director]]>
The former PSG and AC Milan midfielder left the Parisian outfit in 2013 after resigning amid a scandal in which he pushed a referee in a Ligue 1 match.

He worked for Milan in the same capacity last season but stepped down due to a disagreement with the side's board.

"This club has been so important to me in my football career and in my life. I had really emotional moments here both as a player in the late 90s and more recently as sporting director," the 1994 World Cup winner said in a statement.

"I come back to Paris full of energy to rejoin this club that I deeply respect," he added.
The Brazilian is back at a club which won the French title last year but failed to reach further than the last 16 of the Champions League and saw the world's most expensive Neymar suspended for hitting a fan after defeat in the French Cup final.

"His return, with his enthusiasm and talent, will bring the club into a new ambitious cycle and I am sure that this reunion will bring happiness to the Parc des Princes, which has always kept 'Leo' in its heart," PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi said.

Henrique, 51, left his role by mutual consent earlier in the day having seen his relationship with head coach Thomas Tuchel become strained.

He joined PSG in 2017 and oversaw the signings of forwards Neymar and KylianMbappe but had been left disappointed by recent transfer windows.
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6/15/2019 12:25:17 PM
<![CDATA[Raneem El Welily&KarimAbdelgawad crown CIB International Squash Champions]]>
The Championship is organized by the WadiDegla club in Mall of Arabia on 6 October, it's for the top eight players in the world.

Raneem El Welily beat France’s Camille Serme 3-2 in an one hour game. While, Karim Abdelagawad defeated Mohamed Abu El Ghar 3-2 in a 92-minutes game; the longest game in the tournament.

CIB Squash Championship, organized by Wadi Degla club, is considered one of the Platinum championships, with prize money of 162 thousand dollars for men and the same for women. The tournament witnesses the participation of Eight World ranked players from Men & Women.

The tournament took place at Mall of Arabia, Sheikh Zayed City in Giza.
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6/15/2019 12:23:34 PM
<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to the Egyptian King, Salah!]]>
Salah is one of the most popular player in the squad and he is known for his kind attitude with the club fans who describe him as the “Egyptian King”. Salah has been sensational with Liverpool and he has been a key player in the evolution of the club under their German manager, JurgenKlopp.
The forward’s 71 strikes for the club have come in just 104 appearances, with his tally being spread across 28 different opponents.

Liverpool have had an outstanding season which ended with achieving the Champions League title. Salah won the Premier League Golden Boot Award twice in a row and he led his team to win the UEFA Champions League title this season.

The Egyptian international joined the Egyptian national team camp in Borg El Arab in their preparation for the 2019 AFCON which takes place in Egypt this month.

Mohamed Salah is an Egyptian player who challenged all obstacles to achieve his dream of becoming a professional footballer. He has a stunning career in Europe and played a major role in the Egypt national team’s successes in recent years. Egyptians look to their national team winger as a national hero.

He has 27 years old but his bushy beard adds a couple of years to his appearance. His youth was mostly spent in Basyon town at Al-Gharbeya government. He grew up in a normal family, neither poor nor wealthy, but his name had a global impact within a short time frame. Salah has gained acclaim in European football in the past years.

“My first successes were at the same time my family had to make sacrifices. It was a very difficult time for them. I used to leave the house early in the morning and I used to come back home very late. I was forced to take five buses to reach my club,” he said, according to ‘Liverpoolecho’ website. He had his debut when he was18 and scored his first professional goal against Al-Ahly in December 2010.

That goal made his name widely known in Cairo, as the every player scoring a goal against Al-Ahly and Zamalek clubs. “Football for me was nothing but a game. Maybe it was not even a hobby. Maybe it was a distraction - an impossible dream. I thought, for the first time, it could also become a job when I was 14. I was playing for a club called El Mowkaloon and I was left-back, wearing shirt number three,” he said.

The most critical decision of Salah’s career, setting him apart from other Egyptian players, was when he took an offer to play in Europe with the Swiss team Basel. “When I was at El Mowkaloon, my old club, and the coach told me ‘you will be with the first team tomorrow’. It was, for me, an unbelievable moment and I couldn’t believe it. I was 16 years old,” Salah said. Salah took the leap. In 2012, he debuted and started a two season campaign in which he scored nine goals in 41 games.

He was champion of the Swiss Super League and grabbed the attention of a stronger league, that of England’s Chelsea. “Honestly, I never thought about playing in Europe. But I always tried to improve myself, even when I was a kid. I wanted to play at the top level in Egypt. But in Europe, I didn’t expect this. When I played in the first team in Egypt, I said ‘why didn’t you play in Europe? You should play in Europe’.

Then when I played in Basel, then I said ‘let’s go to bigger club’ ,” he told ‘Liverpool echo.’ However, Salah did not play many games as he scored two goals in 13 games from 2014 to 2015. “In England, I struggled to impose myself, but I don’t disown that experience. I compared myself with a big club and a big league like the Premier League,” he said, according to ‘Liverpoolecho’ website. Moving to Italy’s Fiorentina, he did very well and he scored six goals in 16 games.

“I chose the number 74 jersey because I wanted to pay a tribute to the victims of the stadium in Port Said in 2012, where so many fans died because of tragic clashes [a riot following an Egyptian Premier League game led to 74 supporters dying]. And to be clear, no one has ever asked me to put this number on the jersey. It’s something I felt inside and chose to do it,” Salah has also said. AS Roma hired him for the next two seasons, where he has been key to the team that fought for Series A title with the powerful Juventus of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain.

He scored 29 goals in 65 appearances. “It’s very simple. I want to win with this team, with a club that is so popular in my home country and in this great city with which it’s impossible not to fall in love...This is one of the reasons I chose Roma. I like to play in the Champions League.” In June 2017, while his legend was growing with Rome and taking his Egyptian teammates to the World Cup, Liverpool broke the chip and gave him a new chance in the competitive Premier League.

“I’m very excited to be here. I’m very happy. I was in Egypt and I came two days ago. I was in Liverpool and I just signed one hour ago. Now I’m here and I’m very happy to be here. I would like to win something with the club. Everyone knows the club is very big. We have to do something for the fans and win something,” he told Liverpool’s official website.
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6/15/2019 12:03:04 PM
<![CDATA[CIB International Squash Championship Final kicks-off on Friday]]>
Three Egyptian Champions qualified for the Finals; Wadi Degla's & World number 1, Raneem El Welily, Al Ahly & World number 4, Karim Abdelgawad, World's 8, Mohamed Abu El Ghar.

Raneem El Welily is set to meet France’s Camille Serme, World number 3. While, Mohamed Abu El Ghar will face Karim Abdelgawad in the Men's Final game.

CIB Squash Championship, organized by Wadi Degla club, is considered one of the Platinum championships, with prize money of 162 thousand dollars for men and the same for women. The tournament witnesses the participation of Eight World ranked players from Men & Women.

The tournament takes place at Mall of Arabia, Sheikh Zayed City in Giza.
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6/14/2019 6:53:45 PM
<![CDATA[I've always dreamed of Real Madrid: Hazard ]]>CAIRO, 14 June 2019: Real Madrid's Eden Hazard has spoken of winning the Golden Ball and expected royal deals this summer, as well as the offensive duo with Frenchman Karim Benzema.

Real Madrid announced on Friday the signing of Eden Hazard from Chelsea for €88.5 million plus add-ons. Real Madrid described the deal as the most important signing since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

Hazard was officially presented as a Real Madrid player in front of a reported 50,000 fans at the Bernabeu. He spoke to the press after being presented revealing all the secrets around the deal.

Hazard_1
Eden Hazard – Real Madrid official website



All the statements are according to Real Madrid official website.
Hazard discussed his first emotions as a Whites' player: “I've dreamed of this moment since I used to play in the garden at home as a boy. I began supporting Real Madrid when I was very young. I've spent time in France and England. Now, it's an honour to be at Real Madrid and I can't wait for the season to get underway. This is great for me and for my family. We're all so excited, my mother more than anyone. It's an enormous pleasure”.

Zidane

“Everyone knows Zidane was my idol and now for him to be my coach is a significant factor. But I've always wanted to play for this club. I usually enjoy playing on the left or as a number 10 but it's not my decision”.

“My dream is to have fun out on the pitch and win games. When a player comes to Real Madrid, he wants to win trophies. I hope to win as many titles as possible and make history with Real Madrid. At Real Madrid, the team is the star. I've been at Chelsea for 7 years and now I'm going to give it my all for this group”.



Dream come true

“I've always dreamed of Real Madrid. I'm not just saying it today because I've signed here, it's been that way since I was a kid. I've been through several stages in my career. First in France and then in England. This was the perfect moment to come and play for Real Madrid. Now I have to show my quality on the pitch”.

PHOTO: Hazard 2
Caption: Eden Hazard – Real Madrid official website



Number

“I was lucky enough to speak to Modric through Kovacic. I joked and asked him if he'd let me have 10 and he said no (laughs). I'll have to find another number but that's not important, playing for this badge is the main thing”.

Demands

The fans are demanding because the club is demanding. A club that wants to win everything and it's normal the people expect the best. The key thing is to work as hard as possible on the pitch. I have come here to give my best for Real Madrid and I hope the fans will be happy”.

Conversation with Courtois

“I've spoken to him a lot about Real Madrid. He told me that if I had the slightest chance, I shouldn't think twice; I had to come because it's the best club in the world. He's a good friend and I enjoy playing with him, we hope we can win many titles together”.

Penalties

“The captain is a great penalty-taker, if he asks me to take them... although I don't think he will (laughs). I imagine he'll keep taking them and he does a great job”.

Timing of the signing

“I don't think it's too late, I'm 28 years old. I'm at the peak of my career. Between 27 and 32 is the best time for a footballer. I've held the dream of playing here for a long time. I've spent time at Lille and Chelsea. Now was the time to talk about a before and after in my career. I'm coming to the world's biggest club and that will help me to progress”.


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6/14/2019 6:52:36 PM
<![CDATA[ Al-Jazeera Youth Center continues selling tickets through Tazkarti]]>
The fans can visit Tazkarti booths according to the new dates after Ramadan, from 10 am to 10 everyday.

The tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations Opening Game between Egypt and Zimbabwe, scheduled on Friday June 21, are almost sold out according to Youssif Serri, Tazkarti Executive manager at Al-Jazeera Youth Center said.

Tazkarti , a website launched to secure booking tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations set to be held in Egypt starting June 21, said that fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi&Mokattam).

2nd and 3rd degree: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.)

Earlier, The Organizing Committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations opened the door for the Egyptian and African football fans to get their tickets through the website.

"There are two ways to purchase your tickets; through your own Credit Card or through Fawri application," A source in the organizing Committee told Filgoal website.

"Each person can purchase up to 5 tickets, the ticket will be numbered by your seat," the source added.

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.

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6/14/2019 6:50:40 PM
<![CDATA[Sports min. meets Salah & Elneny in Egypt's camp]]>
The Pharaohs beat Tanzania in a friendly game on Thursday night in their preparation for the 2019 AFCON.

Egypt's only goal came through Ahmed El Mohamady's header after he received Ahmed Ayman Mansour's cross well. The match took place at Borg El Arab stadium.

"I met only Salah & Elneny because I have already met all the players before," Sobhy started his talks to Filgoal website.

"I conveyed to them that they are important sources of the team; their presence is very important, and that there is support from the political leadership led by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and that everyone puts his hopes on them in achieving the title," Sobhy added.

"I thanked Salah as he spent his personal vacation in Egypt, El Gouna which was useful for the Egyptian tourism in a big way," Sobhy said.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

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6/14/2019 6:49:29 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt comes 58th in FIFA rankings for May]]>CAIRO, 14 June 2019: The Egyptian national team retreated one place in the FIFA rankings for the countries before the start of the African Cup of Nations.

Egypt ranked 58th in FIFA rankings and came eighth among the African countries.

Belgium maintained its position on top of the rankings while Senegal continued its domination on the African teams.

Senegal is in the 22nd place before Tunisia, Africa’s second, which occupies the 25th place.

Nigeria, Africa’s third, is in the 45th place, while Morocco comes in the 48th position.
The Pharaohs beat Tanzania in a friendly game on Thursday night in their preparation for the 2019 AFCON.

Egypt's only goal came through Ahmed El Mohamady's header after he received Ahmed Ayman Mansour's cross well. The match took place at Borg El Arab stadium.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

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6/14/2019 6:48:28 PM
<![CDATA[China beats South Africa 1-0 to set up decider vs. Spain]]>
China evened itself with Spain for second place in Group B with three points, and now focuses on its next match and the push to join group leader Germany in the last 16, AP reported Friday.

Forward Li Ying put 1999 runner-up China ahead in the 40th minute with an opportunist effort. Meeting Zhang Rui’s right-wing cross, she got ahead of her marker and poked the ball into the bottom right corner.

China lost 1-0 to two-time champion Germany in its opening match. South Africa was beaten 3-1 by Spain and now has two losses.

Forward Thembi Kgatlana scored against Spain and was South Africa’s most dangerous player against China, with a chance to equalize in the 76th.

Pouncing on a loose ball inside the left of the penalty area, her shot hit defender Lin Yuping near her right shoulder. There were calls for a penalty but no video review was done.

South Africa is the lowest-ranked team playing, but China worked hard for its win while keeping a close watch on Kgatlana. She made two strong runs in the first half, one down each flank, but her rushed passing let her down each time.

Kgatlana caused problems after the break with her speed and well-timed runs, although she was isolated and not adequately supported.

China will need to improve its finishing against Spain, for the miss of the game came from forward Gu Yasha.

She burst down the left and, after South Africa captain Janine Van Wyk slipped over, smacked the ball so wide it almost went out for a throw-in.

South Africa goalkeeper Kaylin Swart made two smart, late saves, the second a fine finger-tip effort from substitute Yang Li’s curling effort in the 90th.

The 48,000-capacity stadium Parc des Princes stadium was less than half full with 20,011 the attendance given. It has hosted three matches and only France’s opening game against South Korea was full.]]>
6/14/2019 10:57:13 AM
<![CDATA[Messi back for another shot at 2019 Copa América title]]>
“For me, the national team is over. I’ve done all I can,” Messi said after Argentina's penalty-shootout loss to Chile at the 2016 edition in the US.

Three years later, the five-time world player of the year is back at South America's biggest tournament, the guy Argentina is relying on once again to end its trophy drought in international soccer.

Now 31, Messi is still among the best players in the world. He is coming off another prolific season for Barcelona — 51 goals in 50 matches in all competitions — where he led the Spanish team to a fourth league title in five years.

Trophies at club level and personal awards just keep on coming for Messi. It is on the international stage that he continues to fall short, meaning that for many — especially in Argentina — he still cannot compare to the country’s other great player, Diego Maradona, AP reported Friday.

Argentina enters the Copa America in Brazil without a major international trophy at the senior level since 1993. That was the year it won the South American championship for the second straight edition and 14th time overall. Seven years before that, Argentina won the World Cup, mainly thanks to Maradona.

A quarter of a century without a big title is too long for such a soccer-crazy nation and it is weighing heavily on its players. Hence Messi's emotional reaction after the 2016 final, when Argentina slumped a second straight shootout loss to Chile in the final.

When the tournament begins on Friday with Brazil playing Bolivia, the host nation will be the favorite but the absence of Neymar because of an ankle injury should provide Argentina with more optimism.

“We have the best player in the world, we will try to help him so he feels comfortable,” Argentina midfielder Rodrigo De Paul said of Messi. “But we are aware that Brazil is the favorite.”

Led by interim coach Lionel Scaloni, Argentina has many young players in their first international tournament. With Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Angel di Maria among the other attackers, the concerns again lie in the defense, where Argentina has been weak for some time.

Here is what else to watch out for at the Copa America:

It would be the ideal time for South American soccer to put on a show at the Copa America and reassert some of its grandeur.

European teams have won the last four World Cups, the biggest streak on record. The club game in Europe, led by the Champions League, has never been so dominant and appealing.

Is South American soccer being left behind?

At the end of 2016, four South Americans players were widely considered the best in their positions: Messi, right back Dani Alves (Brazil), left back Marcelo (Brazil) and Luis Suarez (Uruguay). Other players like Thiago Silva (Brazil), Alexis Sanchez (Chile) and Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina) were coming off impressive seasons. Every match played at the 2016 tournament in the US included a key player from a top European team.

Former Brazil player Junior, who is a commentator at TV Globo, said those days are over and South American players are lagging behind the Europeans.

“The great players in the region are either nearing their retirement, in trouble or not ready to have a leading role,” he said. “This Copa America is important. We need to see either new stars rising or a last great run of the veterans. If not, European domination could advance into the next World Cup cycle.”]]>
6/14/2019 10:55:33 AM
<![CDATA[Man City begin title defence at West Ham, Man Utd open at home to Chelsea]]>
City will be confident of a fruitful start after scoring four times in each of their last three visits to the London Stadium, but face a tougher clash when Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur visit the Etihad on the second weekend of the season.

Runners-up and Champions League winners Liverpool begin with a home game to newly-promoted Norwich.

Last season's top two meet at Anfield on November 9 with the return at the Etihad scheduled for April 4, subject to TV confirmation.

Chelsea will begin life without the influential Eden Hazard at Old Trafford with United in need of a fast start after a dismal end to last season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

On their return to the top-flight Aston Villa host Spurs, whilst Sheffield United are away at Bournemouth.

City only edged Liverpool by a point in last season's thrilling duel but would appear to have the easier run-in this time round should the title go down to the wire once more.

Pep Guardiola's men do not face any teams who finished in the top half last season in their final six matches, following the visit of Liverpool.

In contrast, the European champions travel to Arsenal and host Chelsea before a visit to Newcastle in their final three games of the campaign.

For the first time in Premier League history, the clubs will get a short mid-season break in February.
Over a two-week period, there will be only five matches on one weekend, with the other five games taking place the following weekend, ensuring that each team gets one week off

This article is according to AFP.
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6/13/2019 3:59:01 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo stadium is ready for AFCON opening ]]>
Also the preparations for the opening ceremony began on Wednesday and witnessed some Pharaonic and folkloric reviews.

Egypt will open the 2019 African Nations Championship against Zimbabwe on June 21 at the Cairo International Stadium.

In preparation for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) due to start on June 21, Egypt inaugurated three new metro stations in Cairo to facilitate the traffic of movements to the civilians and the African fans.

The stations are the first inaugurated stops in the four stage of the third line expansion in Cairo metro, the statement added.

The new stations will help transport football fans from areas in Heliopolis, Alf Maskan, and Gisr al Suez to Cairo Stadium, which locates 500 meters away from The Stadium metro station in Nasr City.The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19.

The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

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6/13/2019 3:54:32 PM
<![CDATA[Know Egypt's expected line-up against Tanzania ]]>But at the defense level, Aguirre relies on most of his core lineup with Ahmad Hegazy, Ahmed Al-Mohammadi and Omar Jaber.



The expected formation is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Ahmed Al Shennawi

Defense: Ahmad Al-Mohammadi - Mahmoud Alaa - Ahmed Hegazy - Omar Jaber

Center: Tarek Hamed - Nabil "Dunga" - Abdullah Alsaeed - Amr Wardah - Walid Suleiman

Attack: Ahmed Ali

The Egyptian national team started their preparation camp for the tournament at Borg El Arab stadium on 6 June.

On Tuesday, Egypt national team manager, Javier Aguirre, announced the final squad which included the national team stars, Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny and Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet.

Aguirre’s chosen squad consists of:

Goalkeepers: Ahmed El Shenawy, Mohamed El Shenawy, Mahmoud Genesh

Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady, Ahmed Hegazi, Omar Gaber, Ali Gazal, Ayman Ahsraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Baher Elmohamady, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Mahmoud Alaa,

Midfielders: Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Amr Warda, Nabil Emad

Forwards: Ahmed Ali, Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Hassan Kouka

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

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6/13/2019 3:52:41 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Egypt's Salah prepares for AFCON]]>
After leading his team to UEFA Champions League title, the Egyptian winger returned to Egypt where he spent Eid Al Fitr with his family in Negrig before heading to the Red Sea for a short vacation ahead of the national team participation in 2019 African Cup of Nations.

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The Egyptian national team started their preparation camp for the tournament at Borg El Arab stadium on 6 June.

On Tuesday, Egypt national team manager, Javier Aguirre, announced the final squad which included the national team stars, Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny and Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet.

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Aguirre’s chosen squad consists of:

Goalkeepers: Ahmed El Shenawy, Mohamed El Shenawy, Mahmoud Genesh

Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady, Ahmed Hegazi, Omar Gaber, Ali Gazal, Ayman Ahsraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Baher Elmohamady, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Mahmoud Alaa,

Midfielders: Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Amr Warda, Nabil Emad

Forwards: Ahmed Ali, Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Hassan Kouka

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.]]>
6/13/2019 3:49:23 PM
<![CDATA[Abu Al-Ghar qualifies for CIB Championship semi-final]]>
Abu Al-Ghar defeated his compatriot Karim Abdelgawad, world number four, in a 24 minutes game. Abu Al-Ghar won 2-0 by total number of points equals 8.

Ali Farag's victory over Newzealand's Paul Cole wasn't enough as his total number of points equaled 7. Abu Al-Ghar's victory of Abdelgawad was more valuable than Farag's.

CIB Squash Championship, organized by Wadi Degla club, is considered one of the Platinum championships, with prize money of 162 thousand dollars for men and the same for women. The tournament witnesses the participation of Eight World ranked players from Men & Women.
The tournament takes place at Mall of Arabia, Sheikh Zayed City in Giza.
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6/13/2019 3:44:22 PM
<![CDATA[AFCON: Angola final squad revealed]]>
Al-Ahly’s Geraldo led the final squad that will face Tunisia, Mauritania and Mali in the group stage.

Gerlado is the only foreign player in Al-Ahly to participate in the competition as Ali Maaloul and Junior Ajayi did not make it to the final squad of Tunisia and Nigeria, respectively.

Vasiljević’s final squad consists of:

Goalkeepers: Toni Cabaça (1º de Agosto), Landu (Interclube), Ndulu (Desportivo da Huíla).

Defenders: Isaac, Dani Massunguna, Paizo (1º de Agosto), Edy Afonso (Petro de Luanda), Wilson (Petro de Luanda), Bastos (Lazio), Jonathan Buatu (Rio Ave), Bruno Gaspar (Sporting de Portugal).

Midfielders: Herenilson (Petro de Luanda), Show, Macaia (1º de Agosto), Stélvio Cruz (F91 Dudelange), Djalma Campos, Freddy (Antalyaspor), Geraldo (Al Ahly).

Forwards: Mabululo (1º de Agosto), Mateus Galiano (Boavista), Wilson Eduardo (Sporting de Braga), Gelson Dala (Rio Ave/Sporting de Porutgal), Evandro Brandão (Leixões).

Angola’s best achievement at the tournament was reaching the quarter finals in 2008 in Ghana and 2010 at home.

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6/13/2019 11:48:09 AM
<![CDATA[Tunisia stun Croatia 2-1 ahead of African Nations Cup]]>
The Tunisians dominated against an understrength Croatia whose coach Zlatko Dalic fielded several debutants in an unfamiliar 3-5-2 formation, which looked completely at sea against the visitors in Varazdin.

Badri capped a flowing move in the 16th minute to fire Tunisia ahead and the African side could have led by a bigger margin at the interval but for some poor finishing and a pair of good saves by Croatia keeper Simon Sluga.

Bruno Petkovic levelled early in the second half with his first international goal before substitute Sliti converted a 70th-minute penalty for Tunisia after Croatia captain Domagoj Vida handled the ball in front of goal.]]>
6/12/2019 1:53:42 PM
<![CDATA[AFCON: Mane leads Senegal’s final squad ]]>
Senegal national team manager, Aliou Cissé, announced the team’s final squad for the competition which included Napoli’s defender, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Barcelona’s Moussa Wagué.

Senegal fans put all their hopes on Mane’s shoulders to lead the team to win the competition for the first time in the history.

Senegal reached the final in 2002 but lost the final to Cameroon on penalty shoot-outs.
Cissé’s final squad for the tournament consists of:

Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo (Rennes, France), Alfred Gomis (Spal, Italy), Edouard Mendy (Reims, France)

Defenders: Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli, Italy), Moussa Wague (FC Barcelona, Spain), Pape Abdou Cisse (Olympiacos, Greece), Salif Sane (Schalke,Germany), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux,France), Lamine Gassama (Goztepe, Turkey), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes, France), Cheikhou Kouyate (Crystal Palace, England)

Midfielders: Alfred Ndiaye (Malaga, Spain), Santy Ngom (Nancy, France), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton, England), Keprin Diatta (Club Brugge, Belgium), Pape Alioune Ndiaye (Galatasaray, Turkey), Sidy Sarr (Lorient, France), Henri Saivet (Bursaspor, Turkey)

Forwards: Ismaila Sarr (Rennes, France), Keita Balde (Inter Milan, Italy), Mbye Niang (Rennes, France), Moussa Konate (Amiens, France), Mbaye Diagne (Galatasaray, Turkey), Sada Thioub (Nimes, France), Sadio Mane (Liverpool, England)

Senegal plays in Group C alongside Kenya, Tanzania and Algeria. ]]>
6/12/2019 1:51:14 PM
<![CDATA[AFCON: Al-Ahly’s Maaloul left out of Tunisia’s final squad ]]>
Giresse dropped Al-Ahly’s left back, Ali Maaloul, from the final squad that will travel to Egypt.

The manager’s decision shocked Al-Ahly fans who expected to follow their defender during the tournament.

Giresse’s chosen squad consists of:

Goalkeepers
Farouk Ben Mustapha (Saudi Youth), Moez Hassan (Nice France), Moez Ben Sherifia (Esperance Tunis)

Defenders
Yaseen Meriah (Olympiakos of Greece), Wajdi Ksharida (Tunisian Etoile du Sahel), Naseem Henid (Tunisian Sfaxien) ,Ayman Ben Mohamed (Esperance of Tunisia) ,Mohamed Drager Tunisian coast), Osama Al-Hadadi (Saudi agreement)

Midfielders
Marc Al-Lemti (Bayer Leverkusen), Gailan Al-Shaalali (Esperance Tunisia), Anis El Badri (Esperance Tunisia), Elias Sukhairi (Montpellier), Ferjani Sassi (Zamalek), Naeem Al-Saliti (Dijon of France), Wahbi Al-Khazri (Saint Etienne of France)

Forwards
Taha Al-Khneisi (Esperance Tunisia) , Firas Shawat (Tunisian Sfaxien)

Tunisia plays in Group E alongside Mali, Mauritania and Angola. ]]>
6/12/2019 1:42:29 PM
<![CDATA[From Nottingham to the Nile, Darikwa dreams big with Zimbabwe]]>
Nottingham-born Darikwa, who spent much of his club career at Chesterfield and Burnley before joining Forest in 2017, has a Zimbabwean father, Timothy, and a long-held ambition to wear the national team jersey.

Local media reported six years ago that the 27-year-old was approached as a teenager by the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa), but asked to pay a $5,000 ‘processing fee’ in order to be eligible, which scuppered that opportunity and put his participation on ice for years.

He would not be drawn on the incident, and says he is simply now looking to make up for lost time.

“It has been something I wanted to do for many years. I had the opportunity a few years ago but the circumstances weren’t right in my career. Now I find myself here and I’m very happy about it,” he told Reuters.

“There has always been some sort of contact (with Zifa), a lot of it was informal over the years. But as soon as I got the opportunity I jumped at it.

“It was just a bit of a process with my paperwork because I held a British passport before.”

Darikwa made his competitive debut in the vital Nations Cup double-header qualifiers against Democratic Republic of Congo last October, and played 45 minutes in Saturday’s 0-0 friendly draw with Nigeria.

“It has always been a part of my life. I grew up on the other side of the water as they say, but I have had strong ties with my family back in Zimbabwe, and through my father in England, so I am very happy to be here.

“All of the players and staff have welcomed me well. I feel like I am one of the senior members in the group. We have a really good bond together and hopefully we can go to the Nations Cup and perform well.”

Zimbabwe have been drawn in Group A at the finals and will play in the tournament opener against hosts Egypt on June 21. They take on Uganda five days later and DR Congo once again on June 30.

“We want to try and get out of the group first and foremost. We don’t know how far we can go in the tournament, but the main aim is to go there and perform well, and if we do that I believe we can go into the latter stages.

“It’s a huge tournament, some of the greatest-ever players have played in the Nations Cup in previous years and they still do so today.

“It is a huge opportunity for all of us players and staff, so we want to go there and just see how far we can get.”]]>
6/12/2019 1:21:58 PM
<![CDATA[Chelsea defender Baba set for Ghana comeback]]>
The 24-year-old last played for his country at the 2017 finals in Gabon where he suffered a serious knee injury that stalled his career.

On loan at Schalke 04 from Chelsea at the time, the Bundesliga club described the injury as “a complex rupture to his cruciate ligament along with tears to his internal and external cartilage”.

He returned to action in May last year but failed to break into Schalke’s team and spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Stade Reims in France.

Andre Ayew will captain Ghana in what will be his sixth appearance at the finals, while 33-year-old Asamoah Gyan will be heading to his seventh.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko), Lawrence Ati-Zigi (Sochaux), Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United)

Defenders: Lumor Agbenyenu (Goztepsor), Joseph Aidoo (Racing Genk), Joseph Attamah (Basaksehir), Abdul Rahman Baba (Stade Reims), John Boye (Metz), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew), Kassim Nuhu (Hoffenheim), Andy Yiadom (Reading)

Midfielders: Afriyie Acquah (Empoli), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian), Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Milan), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United), Andre Ayew (Fenerbache), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki Belgrade), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid), Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves),

Forwards: Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor), Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor), Kwabena Owusu (Leganes).]]>
6/12/2019 1:18:58 PM
<![CDATA[Benatia to captain Morocco at African Cup of Nations]]>
Coach Herve Renard cut four players from a preliminary list named last month as he settled on his selection for the tournament, which starts next week.

Morocco are in Group D with the Ivory Coast, Namibia and South Africa.

Benatia played just one game of the qualifying campaign for Morocco as he struggled for game time at the Italian champions, eventually leaving for Qatar in January.

But Renard kept faith with the 32-year-old as he retained all but six of the 23-man squad from last year’s World Cup in Russia.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Yassine Bounou (Girona), Mounir El Kajoui (Malaga), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Wydad Casablanca)

Defenders: Yunis Abdelhamid (Stade Reims), Medhi Benatia (Al Duhail), Manuel da Costa (Al Ittihad), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund), Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax Amsterdam), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Midfielders: Youssef Ait Bennasser (St Etienne), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Mehdi Bourabia (Sassuolo), Mbark Boussoufa (Al Shabab), Karim El Ahmadi (Al Ittihad), Faycal Fajr (Caen), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax Amsterdam)

Forwards: Nordin Amrabat (Al Nasr), Sofiane Boufal (Celta Vigo), Khalid Boutaib (Zamalek, Egypt), Youssef En-Nesyri (Leganes), Abderrazak Hamdallah (Al Nasr), Oussama Idrissi (AZ Alkmaar).]]>
6/12/2019 1:16:42 PM
<![CDATA[Salah arrives at national team camp]]>
The winger is expected to take part in the team’s evening training session.

After leading his team to UEFA Champions League title, the Egyptian winger returned to Egypt where he spent Eid Al Fitr with his family in Negrig before heading to the Red Sea for a short vacation ahead of the national team participation in 2019 African Cup of Nations.

The Egyptian national team started their preparation camp for the tournament at Borg El Arab stadium on 6 June.

On Tuesday, Egypt national team manager, Javier Aguirre, announced the final squad which included the national team stars, Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny and Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet.

Aguirre’s chosen squad consists of:

Goalkeepers: Ahmed El Shenawy, Mohamed El Shenawy, Mahmoud Genesh

Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady, Ahmed Hegazi, Omar Gaber, Ali Gazal, Ayman Ahsraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Baher Elmohamady, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Mahmoud Alaa,

Midfielders: Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Amr Warda, Nabil Emad

Forwards: Ahmed Ali, Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Hassan Kouka

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. ]]>
6/12/2019 1:11:58 PM
<![CDATA[Persepolis coach might pick up 600K salary in cash before transferring to Al-Ahly]]>
According to the ISNA news agency, the Croatian coach is set to travel to Tehran and pick up a suitcase containing the money. The club has explained that a wire transfer is not possible due to U.S. sanctions.

Persepolis Tehran wants Ivankovic to stay, however, according to Tasnim news agency, the coach has reached a preliminary agreement with Egyptian Al-Ahly who are currently first in the Egyptian Premier League.

Former coach of the Iran national team, Carlos Queiroz, logged a complaint with FIFA against the Iranian Football Federation for not paying his salary.

Queiroz was the coach of Iran’s national team from 2011-2019.
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6/12/2019 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Spain in charge of Group F after beating Sweden]]>
Captain Sergio Ramos scored for the seventh time in eight internationals to give his side the lead with a penalty in the 64th minute and Alvaro Morata also converted from the spot to double the home side’s advantage in the 85th.

Substitute Oyarzabal completed the victory at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium two minutes later after coming off the bench to make his competitive debut, curling the ball into the bottom corner from just inside the area.

The win took Spain to 12 points at the top of Group F after four games. Sweden are second, level on seven points with third-placed Romania, who thrashed Malta 4-0 away.

Spain thought they had taken the lead in the first half when striker Rodrigo converted a cross by Valencia team mate Dani Parejo from close range but the goal was wrongly ruled out for offside as video technology is not used in the qualifiers.

Spain coach Luis Enrique was absent for the third game in a row for personal reasons but they always looked in control without truly sparkling until Oyarzabal’s moment of brilliance.

TWO PENALTIES
The hosts continued to wear the dogged Swedes down and they got their breakthrough when visiting defender Sebastian Larsson’s outstretched arm blocked the ball and Ramos calmly deceived keeper Robin Olsen to convert from the spot.

Sweden barely managed to trouble Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who kept his place again at the expense of David de Gea, and the visitors conceded another penalty when substitute Morata was tripped by Filip Helander.

Ramos passed up the opportunity to score again and offered the ball to Morata, who also made no mistake from the spot, although Real Sociedad forward Oyarzabal got the biggest cheer of the evening for his impressive strike.

“We struggled a bit at first but in the second half we tried to break them down more and we’ve taken another step towards the Euros,” said goalscorer Ramos, who dedicated the win and Friday’s 4-1 victory over the Faroe Islands to Luis Enrique.

“This is an abnormal situation but at least we’ve managed to give a win to our coach. It was very important to get these six points and hopefully after the holidays everything will return to normal and we can all restart this journey again together.”

Romania took charge against Malta with an early double from George Puscas and a 34th minute goal from Alexandru Chipciu, who was sent off late in the game before Dennis Man completed the rout in stoppage time to leave the Maltese on three points.

Fourth-placed Norway have five points following a 2-0 win away to the Faroe Islands who are bottom with no points.]]>
6/11/2019 3:45:49 PM
<![CDATA[Buchanan goal hands Canada slender 1-0 win over Cameroon]]>
Buchanan came storming in at a corner and delivered a textbook header to break the deadlock.

Yet it was an unconvincing performance from Canada, who are fifth in the FIFA women’s rankings and were quarter-finalists at the last World Cup.

Despite all their possession and passing, Canada managed just three efforts on target as they battled to get the better of the African’s defence.

Canada’s veteran captain Christine Sinclair could only muster several half chances in her bid to become the first player to score at five different women’s World Cups.

Nichelle Prince hit the outside of the post just before Buchanan’s goal and then also put a close-in effort wide on the hour mark.

But Canada almost paid a price for failing to add to the goal when Claudine Meffometou went just wide from a 70th minute corner in the only real effort of the night for Cameroon.

European champions the Netherlands open their Group E account against New Zealand in Le Havre on Tuesday.]]>
6/11/2019 3:43:26 PM
<![CDATA[AFCON: Uganda announces final squad ]]>
Mamelodi Sundowns veteran goalkeeper, Denis Onyango, leads the squad that will appear in the tournament for the seventh time in the history.

Uganda’s best achievement at the tournament came in 1978 when they finished second after losing the final to Ghana.

Desabre’s chosen squad for the tournament consists of:

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia)

Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Brian Ronald Ddungu Mukiibi (Ostersunds, Sweden), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town, England), Isaac Muleme (FK Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Un attached), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Godfrey Walusimbi (Un-attached)

Midfielders: Mike Azira (Montreal Impact, Canada), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa), William Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazakhstan), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska, Sweden), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda)

Strikers: Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania)

Uganda plays in Group A alongside Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe. ]]>
6/11/2019 3:38:31 PM
<![CDATA[AFCON: Keita is ready to face Egypt ]]>
“If Naby does not come now, it will be difficult for me to add him to the final list for AFCON, but he said he will play against Egypt,” Guinea national team manager, Paul Put, said on Monday.

Keita suffered an injury during Liverpool’s clash against Barcelona at the UEFA Champions League semi-finals and he was forced to miss the remaining games of the season including UEFA Champions League Final which ended with a 2-0 victory for Liverpool.

Put added “I put a lot of pressure on Liverpool to send him as soon as possible and he will join the team on Monday.”

Keita will face his teammate in Liverpool, Mohamed Salah, when Egypt hosts Guinea on 16 June in preparation for the competition.

Guinea plays in Group B alongside Nigeria, Burundi and Madagascar. ]]>
6/11/2019 3:06:29 PM
<![CDATA[Tunisia medical staff calms fans about Sassi’s injury ]]>
“He missed the last two months but he has fully recovered from his injury and he is ready to support the squad at the tournament.” Al Shamali told Time Sports on Monday.

Sassi suffered a serious injury during Zamalek’s clash against Mrocco’s Hassania Agadir at the CAF Confederation Cup quarter finals.

On the other hand, Al Shamali calms the Tunisian fans about the injury of Espérance’s defender, Ayman bin Mohamed, who recovered from his injury and will be ready to support the team at the tournament.

Tunisia plays in Group E alongside Mali, Mauritania and Angola.

Tunisia are searching for their second title at the competition and their first after 15 years of absence as they won their only title in 2004 at home. ]]>
6/11/2019 3:04:59 PM
<![CDATA[Hany El Sayed wins Total MOTM trophy design competition]]>
Total Man of The Match trophy design contest is a competition, which saw the host country's most brilliant artists reinterpret the coveted trophy. Their depictions mesmerized the esteemed jury as well as the general public.

After the selection of the two finalists by a prestigious jury (see previous press notes), avid fans of football and art expressed their opinion through Total Football Together’s social media accounts.

While both designs raised the bar and introduced fresh directions, Hany El Sayed received the majority of votes – becoming the lucky winner of the competition.

"The competition's true power was its ability to involve everyone in an engaging artistic and athletic conversation. Therefore, I am happy to receive such recognition from the general public," said Hany El Sayed upon receiving the Man of the Match award.

This contest aims to create links between art and football. It is part of Total Football Together program, which is celebrating the passion of football in all its forms. Total is proud to get onboard many talented Egyptian designers in this challenge and thus offering a unique trophy to the best African players.

The winner will witness the continent's top players hold his trophy with joy after each and every match. On top, the lucky winner will personally hand his trophy to one of the Total Man Of The Match during the competition.

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6/11/2019 3:01:46 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt official shirt numbers for 2019 AFCON released ]]>
Egypt national team manager, Javier Aguirre, announced the final squad on Tuesday which included the national team stars, Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny and Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet.

The national team shirt numbers also have been released; Liverpool Egyptian winger, Salah, retained his number 10 shirt.

Here are the Official numbers for Egypt to be used during the tournament:

1.Ahmed al-Shennawy
2.Baher ElMohamady
3.Ahmed Elmohamady
4.Omar Gaber
5.Ali Ghazal
6.Ahmed Hegazi
7. Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet
8.Tarek Hamed
9. Marwan Mohsen
10.Mohamed Salah
11.Walid Soliman
12.Ayman Ashraf
13.Ahmed Ayman Mansour
14.Ahmed Ali
15.Mahmoud Hamdi El Wensh
16.Mohamed al-Shennawy
17.Mohamed Elneny
18.Ahmed Hassan Koka
19.Abdullah Elsaid
20.Mahmoud Alaa
21.Nabil Emad Donga
22.Amr Warda
23. Mahmoud Abdelrahim Genesh

The Egyptian national team started their preparation camp for the 2019 African Cup of Nations at Borg El Arab stadium on June 6.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
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6/11/2019 2:56:27 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt announces its team's lineup in AFCON 2019]]>
The Pharaohs's final list included 23 players. According to the coach they are goalkeepers Mohamed el Shennawi, Ahmed el Shennawi and Mahmoud Gennesh and players Ahmed el Mohamady, Omar Gaber, Ayman Ashraf, Mahmoud el Wensh, Baher el Mohammadi, Ahmed Hegazi, Ahmed Mansour, Mahmoud Alaa, Walid Suliman, Abdallah el Said, Mohamed el Neny, Tarek Hamed, Ali Ghazal, Mahmoud “Trezeguet”, Amr Warda, Nabil Emad, Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Hassan and Ahmed Ali.

The continent's most prestigious tournament will be hosted in Egypt on June 21 through July 19.

Egypt was drawn in Group A alongside with Zimbabwe, DR Congo and Uganda.]]>
6/11/2019 12:09:00 PM
<![CDATA[AFCON: Iheanacho left out of Nigeria squad]]>
Iheanacho, who left Manchester City in 2017, failed to establish himself as one of the key players in his team and was the subject of criticism from the national team manager.

The striker was named at the team’s provisional squad but he was ruled out of the final squad alongside Semi Ajayi.

On the other hand, the squad included the team’s biggest stars, John Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa, Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi.

Rohr’s chosen squad for the tournament consists of:

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Rizespor, Turkey); William Ekong (Udinese, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Middlesbrough, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Israel)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alexander Iwobi (Arsenal, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjylland, Denmark); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal, Spain)

Nigeria plays in group B alongside Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi.
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6/10/2019 3:33:58 PM
<![CDATA[AFCON: Zimbabwe announces final squad for 2019 AFCON]]>
Chidzambwa kept his faith in the players that led the team through their journey at the qualifiers.

Chidzambwa’s chosen squad for the tournament consists of:

Goalkeepers: George Chigova (Polokwane City), Edmore Sibanda (Witbank Spurs), Elvis Chipezeze (Baroka)

Defenders: Jimmy Dzingai (Power Dynamos), Alec Mudimu (CEFN Druids), Teenage Hadebe (Kaizer Chiefs), Divine Lunga (Golden Arrows), Ronald Pfumbidzai (Bloemfontein Celtic), Tendai Darikwa (Nottingham Forest)

Midfielders: Danny Phiri (Golden Arrows), Marshall Munetsi (Orlando Pirates), Marvelous Nakamba (Club Brugge), Tafadzwa Kutinyu (Azam), Ovidy Karuru (AmaZulu), Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs), Kudakwashe Mahachi (Orlando Pirates), Talent Chawapihwa (AmaZulu), Thabani Kamusoko (Young Africans).

Forwards: Knowledge Musona (Anderlecht), Nyasha Mushekwi (Dalian Yifang), Evans Rusike (SuperSport United), Tinotenda Kadewere (Le Havre), Knox Mutizwa (Golden Arrows).

Zimbabwe plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and the host nation, Egypt.

Zimbabwe faces Egypt at the opening game of the tournament on 21 June at Cairo Stadium.
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6/10/2019 1:30:47 PM
<![CDATA[Football teams of Nigeria, Zimbabwe arrive in Cairo]]>
Twenty-four teams are participating in the tournament and will be playing in six groups.]]>
6/10/2019 12:39:28 PM
<![CDATA[Exclusive: Salah enjoys his vacation on a boat ]]>
Egypt Today publishes exclusive photos of the Egyptian star during his vacation.

Salah returned to Egypt to spend Eid Al Fitr vacation with his family in Negrig before heading to the national team camp.

Salah led his team to win 2019 UEFA Champions League title after defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at the final.

Salah opened the score for his team after two minutes from the penalty spot while Divock Origi added the second goal minutes before the final whistle to secure his team’s victory.

Egypt national team, led by Javier Aguirre, prepares to participate in 2019 African Cup of Nations at home between 21 June and 19 July.

The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.
Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
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6/9/2019 3:32:45 PM
<![CDATA[Women on the Ball]]>
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Egyptian female player Sarah Essam joined Stoke City Ladies in 2017 - Photo from Stock City Ladies website


The road was never easy for Essam as her family did not believe in her dream, but after pursuing her passion for football beyond borders, she has become an inspiration for many girls her age striving to prove their talent and to direct the attention of officials to women’s soccer in the country.

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Egyptian female athletes playing a final match in the first Ramadan championship for women’s football last month at the Gezira Youth Center


Laila Sherif, who plays for Wadi Degla Football Club, started playing football 10 years ago in Dubai, where she says there was no difference between boys and girls playing the game. “But when I came to Egypt, I found this stigma exists; however, I kept playing,” the 15-year-old player says. Decrying the discrimination against women in football, Sherif disagrees with people who claim that football needs strength that only men possess: “If they watch women playing football, they will find them as strong as men in their style,” she argues.

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Egyptian female athletes playing a final match in the first Ramadan championship for women’s football last month at the Gezira Youth Center


Encouraged by her father to pursue her dream as a football player, Dana Nadda, 14, shared the field with boys when she first began playing the game. “They were surprised, and some were angry and could not accept the idea of a girl playing with them,” says Nadda who along with Sherif took part in the first Ramadan championship for women’s football last month at the Gezira Youth Center.

With the FIFA Women’s World Cup around the corner, two U.S. women’s soccer stars, Linda Hamilton and Tiffany Roberts led a coaching workshop for female players and their coaches from the Egyptian women’s Premiere League teams. Joined by retired U.S. soccer star Jeffery Alan Agoos, the three Americans were visiting Egypt as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Envoys program, in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

“Our partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports demonstrates a shared commitment to empowering women and girls through sports, and we look forward to more successful collaborations in the future in different sports like basketball,” Thomas Goldberger, the Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires of the United States in Egypt, stated at the event.

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Thomas Goldberger, the Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires of the United States in Egypt attending the final match in Ramadan championship


Speaking with Egypt Today about the future of women’s soccer in Egypt and how it can become popular in a country like in the U.S., Goldberger believes “we will see it in Egypt one day too … I think it’s natural as Egypt’s sports develop, and girls are enthusiastic about playing, as they get older, they will be more and more competitive.”

According to FIFA Women’s rankings, the Egyptian Women’s National team has officially dropped off the list in June 2018. The team saw their best ranking in the past three years in December 2017, coming in at 74th place. However, it fell back three places in March 2018, which was the last time it was featured on the FIFA list.

Winning three championships with her team, Coach Shaimaa says that the Egyptian women’s football league comes at the tail end of the priorities of the Egyptian Football Association, while the men’s football league takes the lion share of support in terms of hosting training and championships. “There are many girls who deserve to be known for their talents. How can they be known unless they play matches and engage in championships?” asks Shaimaa who before starting coaching girls three years ago was a football player for 20 years. “Sports are for everyone; men and women alike,” she says, adding that “women play sports everywhere around the globe, and we can see strong women prominent in sports in Africa today. Sporting in general is good for girls.”

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Egyptian female athletes playing a final match in the first Ramadan championship for women’s football last month at the Gezira Youth Center

Shaimaa attended the US coaching workshops and was impressed by their advice on dealing with female athletes in the field in several situations. “They explained that when girls mistake in the playground, we should not scream at them, because it affects them psychologically and negatively impact their performance.”

“Every human being deserves respect, and sports are great to teach lots of life lessons …in addition, you want women to play football because it teaches them about teamwork, helps them with self-confidence, empowers them to be leaders in the community, which will help the country as well,” says U.S. coach Tiffany Roberts, a sports envoy for the sports diplomacy program for the US Department of State.

Describing the collaboration between the US Embassy Cairo and the Ministry of Youth and Sports as a “wonderful idea” and a positive step toward empowering women in sports, Roberts, who is also the head coach of the University of Florida women soccer team, also cited the importance of the family unit in breaking down the stigma, and encouraging social acceptance for women in football. “I am half Filipino, and the family culture in the Philippines is very strong, my mother did not grow up a culture where they really care that women play sports, they were more about dancing, TV and entertainment. . . . It was difficult for my mother in the beginning to understand but now she sees all the wonderful gifts the sports have given,” she says. My family was very supportive of my decisions and my passion, and it is taking me all around the world, it is giving me my job, and helping me meet my husband and it has been my life . . . and these are the benefits that sports give both men and women, and so hopefully in family culture it will be accepted and that’s where it can start,” Roberts adds.

Here in Egypt, traditional perspective are changing too states Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy. “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. “The ministry’s vision is based on empowering all talents of all genders. We have a program called ‘Thousand Girls, Thousand Dreams’ that selects talented women in Upper Egypt.” The program aims to teach a total of 1,000 girls in Upper Egypt and underprivileged cities the basic skills of football, in cooperation with the British Council, he adds.

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Egypt Today's editor interviews Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhy


The current cooperation with the US Embassy is the first of its kind in sports, aiming to bring US coaches to train coaches in Egypt. In other sports the ministry has rolled out two projects named the “Olympic Champion” and the “Talents Program” that prepare talented people in weightlifting, squash, fencing, athletics, taekwondo, judo, boxing, table tennis, handball and basketball. The combined budget of both projects is LE 34 million and Sobhy reveals there are also plans to develop sports schools in cooperation with the private sector, in addition to promoting team sport through the Egyptian Sports Federation for Universities.



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6/9/2019 11:36:24 AM
<![CDATA[Misr Al Makasah appoint Mido as a coach By: Egypt Today staff]]>CAIRO – 8 June 2019: A source within Egyptian League club, Misr Al Makasah, revealed that they reached an agreement with Ahmed Hossam "Mido" to coach the team in the next season.

"The club has agreed with Mido to lead the team next season, with Adel Mustafa as a coach, in addition to a fitness coach and a performance analyst," the source told FilGoal.com.

“There will be a meeting between Mohamed Abdel Salam, Misr Al Maksah President, and Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’, to finalize all the terms of the contract.” the source added.

Saudi Arabian club, Al Wehda, sacked Egyptian manager, Ahmed Hossam known as Mido, after 3 months in charge at the club.


Mido managed the club in 13 games at the Saudi Arabian League; he led them to win 6 games and 3 games ended with a draw while he lost 4 games.
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6/9/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Galatasaray is set to sign Trezeguet: Reports]]>
TRT noted that the Turkish League & Cup Champions has gone a long way in the negotiations to sign the wing of Kasımpaşa.




Trezeguet has been linked with a move to top leagues in Europe after his great performance with Kasımpaşa having scored 71 goals, provided 18 assists since he joined the club.

The Egyptian winger joined Kasımpaşa in summer 2017 on loan from the Belgian club, Anderlecht, and since then he established himself as a key player at the club squad that made Kasımpaşa buy his contract.

After two years inside the Turkish club, the club honored the winger by handing him the captaincy during their 2-3 loss to Besiktas at the last game at the domestic league.

The club also promised the Egyptian winger to let him go during the summer.


Trezeguet will be among the national team squad participating in 2019 African Cup of Nations in the summer.
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6/9/2019 9:27:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ten million French tune in for Women's World Cup opener]]>
The tournament is being broadcast by both public and cable television in France with Friday's opener, a 4-0 win for France over South Korea, going out on the TF1 channel.

A sell-out crowd of 45,261 filled the Parc des Princes in Paris to watch the start of what is billed as the biggest women's World Cup yet.

The France v China women's match broadcast last Friday only attracted a fraction of that figure, 1.2 million.

All of France's games will be broadcast free in France as will the final in Lyon July 7.]]>
6/9/2019 7:15:00 AM
<![CDATA[Al-Jazeera Youth Center continues selling tickets through Tazkarti]]>CAIRO – 8 June 2019: Selling tickets for the 2019 African Nations Cup are still open on Monday through Tazkarti booths.

The fans can visit Tazkarti booths according to the new dates after Ramadan, from 10 am to 10 everyday.
The tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations Opening Game between Egypt and Zimbabwe, scheduled on Friday June 21, are almost sold out according to Youssif Serri, Tazkarti Executive manager at Al-Jazeera Youth Center said.

Tazkarti , a website launched to secure booking tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations set to be held in Egypt starting June 21, said that fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi&Mokattam).

2nd and 3rd degree: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.)

Earlier, The Organizing Committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations opened the door for the Egyptian and African football fans to get their tickets through the website.

"There are two ways to purchase your tickets; through your own Credit Card or through Fawri application," A source in the organizing Committee told Filgoal website.

"Each person can purchase up to 5 tickets, the ticket will be numbered by your seat," the source added.

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.
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6/9/2019 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Exclusive photos for Egypt Today: Salah running down the wing by his private Yacht in El Gouna, Red sea in Egypt]]>

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Egypt Today publishes exclusive photos of the Egyptian star during his vacation.



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Salah returned to Egypt to spend Eid Al Fitr vacation with his family in Negrig before heading to the national team camp.

Salah led his team to win 2019 UEFA Champions League title after defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at the final.

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Salah opened the score for his team after two minutes from the penalty spot while Divock Origi added the second goal minutes before the final whistle to secure his team’s victory.

Egypt national team, led by Javier Aguirre, prepares to participate in 2019 African Cup of Nations at home between 21 June and 19 July.

The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.



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Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.


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6/8/2019 7:36:38 PM
<![CDATA[Messi scores twice as Argentina routs Nicaragua 5-1]]>
The Central Americans, who will participate in this month’s Gold Cup tournament while Argentina battle it out in Brazil, frustrated the home side initially.

But it was left to captain Messi to spark his side into action in their only warm-up match ahead of the tournament, expertly opening the scoring on 37 minutes before grabbing another just 96 seconds later.

Lautaro Martinez, the Inter Milan forward, also scored twice, coming off the substitutes bench at half-time to give coach Lionel Scaloni food for thought ahead of the opening match with Colombia on June 15.

Scaloni, brought in after Jorge Sampaoli was sacked following a disastrous showing at the World Cup last summer, is aiming to build a younger team and end Argentina’s 26-year wait for a trophy.

Indeed, in Scaloni’s Copa America squad only Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria remain from the one that was beaten by Germany in the World Cup final in Rio five years ago.

An on-song Messi, however, is needed for the South Americans to prosper over the next few weeks.

Messi has lost three Copa finals —- 2007, 2015 and 2016 -- and the last time Argentina won an international title was in the same competition back in 1993, when the diminutive forward was just six years old. They have reached four of the last five finals.

With Brazil missing the injured Neymar for the showpiece event, which starts on June 14, Argentina are one of the favourites.

Early on in Friday's first meeting between Argentina and Nicaragua, Scaloni’s team failed to inspire in front of a sell-out crowd of 25,000 at San Juan del Bicentenario stadium in San Juan, Argentina.

Aguero looked dangerous in the opening stages and Messi really should have done better on 12 minutes when he uncharacteristically shot wide from close range.

Nicaragua, however, were defending well while regularly asserting their physicality -- Messi was twice hauled down in the opening half hour -- to frustrate Argentina and their supporters.

River Plate's Matias Suarez had a shot pushed onto the post by visiting keeper Justo Lorente on 26 minutes but the two time World Champions were being made to work hard for openings.

Nicaragua, ranked 129th in the world and competing in their second successive Gold Cup, will prove a stern test for Costa Rica, Haiti and Bermuda despite this thrashing. They have yet to win a game in two appearances at the tournament -- lost six with just one goal scored -- but won't go down without a fight.

Messi, however, is a danger for any team and his brilliant run and finish saw the Barcelona star beat three defenders before clinically finishing past Lorente. He grabbed his second soon after when Aguero's shot was parried.

Scaloni withdrew key men Messi and Aguero at half-time, which allowed Martinez, 21, to impress with a well taken efforts on 63 and 72 minutes. Watford's Roberto Pereyra made it five with nine minutes remaining while Nicaragua's deserved consolation came through Juan Barrera's late penalty.

Argentina play Colombia in Salvador before taking on Paraguay and Asian champions Qatar in Group B.]]>
6/8/2019 2:36:16 PM
<![CDATA[Woman who accuses Brazil's Neymar of rape gives police statement]]>
Najila Trindade Mendes de Souza has accused the football megastar of raping her in a Paris hotel in May, a charge which he denies.

Trindade arrived at the Sao Paulo police station at midday, her face covered by a black jacket as she was escorted by officers through a media scrum outside.


She emerged after six hours of testimony, which the UOL website said was videotaped in a room with three female police officers present.

Trindade was carried out of the police station in her lawyer's arms, and did not speak to journalists.

Her dramatic appearance came a day after Neymar went to a Rio de Janeiro police station -- sitting in a wheelchair after injuring his ankle in Wednesday's pre-Copa America friendly against Qatar.

He gave a statement in an investigation into his publication of intimate WhatsApp messages and photos of Trindade on social media without her consent.

Neymar told police that an assistant and a technician were responsible for sharing the messages and photos, TV Globo reported.

In the latest twist in the drama dominating headlines and conversations in Brazil, previously unseen WhatsApp messages allegedly between the pair were broadcast Thursday by TV Globo and Record.

These exchanges -- dated May 16, a day after Trindade said she was raped -- featured a photo of Trindade's buttocks covered with bruises. Neymar wrote: "For these marks you are also guilty, ha ha ha, you asked for more."

Trindade replied: "You are mad, I asked you to stop and you even apologized!"

In extracts of an interview with SBT TV network aired shortly before Wednesday's game, Trindade described suffering "aggression together with rape" at the hands of the player.

Neymar lasted 20 minutes in the game before spraining his right ankle that has sidelined him from the tournament and put his playing future with Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil in doubt.

More than 60 percent of Brazilians believe Neymar is innocent, according to a poll of 2,071 Brazilians this week.

Only 14 percent think he is guilty, Parana Pesquisas said Friday.
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6/8/2019 2:13:34 PM
<![CDATA[Hazard sends farewell message to Chelsea fans after joining Real Madrid]]>
Real Madrid described the deal as the most important signing since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

For his part, Eden Hazard sent Chelsea fans a heartwarming message revealing that his seven years in England were amazing.

Read Hazard message:

“To my Chelsea friends and family,

You now know that I will be joining Real Madrid. It’s no secret that it was my dream to play for them since I was a young boy just scoring my first goal. I have tried my very best not to distract myself or the team through this difficult period of speculation and media attention, especially the last 6 months.

Now the Clubs have reached an agreement I hope you understand I had to pursue my next chapter, just as each and every one of you should when you have the chance to pursue your dreams. Leaving Chelsea is the biggest and toughest decision in my career to date. Now it’s in the open I would like to put on record one thing was always clear to me, I have loved every moment at Chelsea and not once did I ever consider, nor would I have left for any other Club.

I was only 21 when I joined, so I have grown up as a man and a player with all of you, you have helped me become Captain of the Belgium National team after all. There have of course been tough times, for the team as a whole and for me personally, this is professional football. However, football to me is about having a ball at my feet, playing games and enjoying every moment, we are lucky to play the beautiful game and this is always my advice to those who ask for a coaching tip! Play football and have fun!

Even when we were not playing well, I tried to do my best and this has been thanks to your amazing support. That fighting spirit, desire and the refusal to ever give up is part of the culture here at Chelsea and it comes directly from you.

When I think back over my special moments in a Chelsea shirt, there are so many, we are lucky to win many more games than we have lost. Those who know me understand it is not me to list what I have won, all I can say is each and every award both as a team and as an individual have been incredible. One day I will be able to sit down over a beer and talk about or laugh with pride about my missed penalty that set up my header to win the league against Palace, or those goals against Tottenham, Arsenal or Liverpool.

The memories are so vivid because of the atmosphere and occasion you create, I hope you always remember them with pride, as I do. Whether it’s on tour in the USA, or at Sunderland on a Tuesday night, in Russia on a Thursday, or of course EVERY game at The Bridge – you’ve always supported me and encouraged me to play football and be me – Like I have enjoyed myself I hope you have enjoyed yourselves, I am only sorry not leave with a defending award amongst my honours!

We have many great players and my proudest moments were always as part of the team. We’ve won the FA Cup, League Cups, Europa Leagues and Premier Leagues all as a family. Each one so special in its own way and of course the game in Baku a couple of weeks ago is the perfect way to sign off from a long tough season after the World Cup.

Chelsea and especially Chelsea fans will always be special to me and next season I will look for your results first. I hope that we are drawn against each other in the Champions League next season and every season so we can meet again.

Before I go, one last thank you to everyone at the Club for their tremendous effort as we lived through every moment. To all of my ex-Colleagues we will say our goodbyes at the right time but I must thank the owner Mr Abramovich and his board for helping me realise not one, but two dreams, my first in becoming a Chelsea player and today my second, becoming a player at Real Madrid.

I wish each and every one of you the very best my friends.

Eden”
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6/8/2019 2:11:25 PM
<![CDATA[EFA settles on Al Ahly & Zamalek League matches’ dates]]>
EFA put initial dates for Al Ahly & Zamalek matches in case the Egyptian national team qualified for the Final game of the 2019 AFCON.

The committee settled on Zamalek's matches against El Gouna, Ismaili and Al Ahly to be on July 22, 25 and 29, respectively. Al Ahly will play against Mokawlon & Zamalek on 25 and 29 of the same month.

Al Ahly lead the Egyptian League standings with 74 points from 32 games while Zamalek placed second with 68 points from 31 games.

EFA decided that the Egyptian clubs will take rest for one month before resuming the Egyptian season by playing Egypt’s Cup.
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6/8/2019 2:02:11 PM
<![CDATA[Fans’ data on website are safe: Tazkarti]]>CAIRO – 8 June 2019: Tazkarti website officials announced that they developed new protecting ways from hackers.

Protecting the website from hackers is to keep users' data safe especially that users fills data of their credit cards.

Tazkarti, a website launched to secure booking tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations set to be held in Egypt starting June 21, said that fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi&Mokattam).

2nd and 3rd degree: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.)

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.
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6/8/2019 1:47:44 PM
<![CDATA[Hany Abo Reida meets Infantino in France]]>
Abo Reida, president of the 2019 AFCON Organizing Committee, met Infantino in France where FIFA World Cup for Women takes place.

Infantino praised Egypt’s preparations for the big event, represented in the Egyptian Government, the AFCON Organizing Committee and Volunteers.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.

The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.

Egypt previously hosted the African Cup of Nations in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006, and claimed seven AFCON victories.
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6/8/2019 1:43:24 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian national team start preparation camp for AFCON]]>
The Egyptian national team coaching staff preferred to give Salah some rest after the Champions League Final to be ready for the 2019 AFCON.

Aguirre called the big names beside Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, like Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny, Al-Ahly’s Walid Soliman and Ahmed Ali of Arab Contractors who returned to the national team after years of absence.

They will play two friendly games against Tanzania and Guinea on 13 and 16 June respectively.

Aguirre’s chosen squad consists of:

Goalkeepers: Ahmed El Shenawy, Mohamed El Shenawy, Mahmoud Genesh, Mohamed Abo Gabal

Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady, Ahmed Hegazi, Omar Gaber, Ali Gazal, Ayman Ahsraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Baher Elmohamady, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Mahmoud Alaa, Ahmed Abou-Elfotouh.

Midfielders: Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Amr Warda, Nabil Emad.

Forwards: Ahmed Ali, Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Hassan Kouka.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
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6/7/2019 3:19:19 PM
<![CDATA[CAF president released after being questioned in France]]>
Ahmed Ahmed was summoned by French authorities on Thursday morning to be investigated for accusations of financial corruption.

Ahmed was accused of corruption linked to a contract “unilaterally broken” by CAF with German equipment-manufacturer Puma for La Seyne-sur-Mer- based company Technical Steel.

The CAF president was summoned from a hotel in Paris, where he was staying to attend the 69th FIFA Congress. Before holding the Congress, former Secretary-General of the CAF Amr Fahmy has filed a report on the corruption case to the French authorities, an official at Egypt-based CAF told Egypt Today on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to brief the media on Thursday.

FIFA has stated through its official website that it has taken note of the events concerning Mr Ahmad Ahmad, CAF president.

"FIFA is now clean from the scandals that tarnished its reputation and this same determination should prevail in governing bodies such as confederations. FIFA will be at the forefront of ensuring that this is enforced by everyone involved in football." FIFA stated.
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6/7/2019 3:17:08 PM
<![CDATA[AEK Athens wants to buy Mohamed Hany: Reports]]>
According to Filgoal, AEK Athens offered Al Ahly to include the Egyptian right-back for one year on load for £1.5 million.

Hani, the 23-year-old, had a good level with Al Ahly this season, scoring two goals and providing two assists in 27 games for the Reds. It's considered the best season for Mohamed Hany who has been called from the youth team in 2015.

Hany played 120 games for Al Ahly; scored two goals & provided six assists and achieved three titles with the Reds.

Hany had 4 international games with the Egyptian national team but unfortunately he wasn't called for the next 2019 AFCON.
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6/7/2019 3:13:38 PM
<![CDATA[Tazkarti gathers Egyptian families in the stadiums again]]>
The Egyptian fans enthusiastically located in the places of getting the 'FAN ID' after they registered through the site and application, 'Tazkarti'.

Tazkarti , a website launched to secure booking tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations set to be held in Egypt starting June 21, said that fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi&Mokattam).

2nd and 3rd degree: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.)

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.
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6/7/2019 3:11:46 PM
<![CDATA[Tazkarti thanks Egyptian fans for their commitment]]>
The company said in a statement that it is committed to the system announced in the ticketing of the championship through its website to get the FAN ID as well as tickets for the games, asking all Egyptian fans to adhere to this system designed specifically to facilitate the procedures for obtaining tickets and attend games.

Tazkarti , a website launched to secure booking tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations set to be held in Egypt starting June 21, said that fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi&Mokattam).

2nd and 3rd degree: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.)

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.
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6/7/2019 3:08:59 PM
<![CDATA[Waratahs' Latu cleared to play despite drink-drive charge]]>
The 26-year-old admitted the charge in court on Thursday after being found slumped at the wheel of his car last month, with sentencing adjourned until June 14.

Despite being withdrawn from a Wallabies camp after the news broke and missing two Super Rugby games after being stood down, Latu was included in their 23-man squad to face the ACT Brumbies.

The Waratahs said he was available for selection after showing contrition.

"We have taken into account the steps that Tolu has taken in recent weeks to address his actions and behaviours and acknowledge his time served on the sidelines," NSW Rugby chief Andrew Hore told reporters late Thursday.

"While he is still subject to potential code of conduct processes pending the outcome of his sentencing, Tolu will be available for selection for the NSW Waratahs until such time."

His return is a boost as the team prepares for a clash against the Brumbies that they must win to stand any chance of making the finals.

With two games left, they are nine points adrift of them in the Australian conference and four behind the Melbourne Rebels.]]>
6/7/2019 11:41:54 AM
<![CDATA[AFCON: Senegal squad revealed]]>
The 29-year-old has not been picked since last summer’s World Cup in Russia despite only returning from a knee injury but failed to feature at the tournament.

“It’s not because he’s not calling me that I have to stay here and say anything about him. Many said he should not take me to the World Cup and he had done that I would understand him” said Mbodj.

The former Diambar trainee returned to Belgian club Anderlecht in January after an unsuccessful loan spell at French side Nantes.

Cisse’s decision to selected Mbodj in his 23-man squad for the World Cup was not received well back home and many raised doubts over his international future ahead of Friday’s unveiling of their squad.

“I did not have a rhythm (before the World Cup) but I was ready. If it was not the case I was not going to go - the coach took the risk to bring me but I was ready” Kara told TFM on Monday.

“There is no problem between Aliou Cisse and me. We’ve known each other since 2012 and he cares about me” added Mbodj.

The towering center back has five goals in 47 appearances for Senegal including the winner against South Africa in November 2017 to seal qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Coach Cisse will be guiding Senegal at the Total Africa Cup of Nations for the second time and he was willing state the reasons why Kara Mbodj was not included.

“Kara is an important part of this national team. But Kara’s struggles date back to a year ago after a serious knee injury,” Cisse told reporters at his squad unveiling in Dakar.

“I followed him until the last moment when I decided not to integrate him into the squad but I’m sure and he will come back much stronger”. .
Coach Cisse has maintained 16 players from his World Cup squad as they aim for their first continental title.

Horoya goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye is out after sustaining a serious leg fracture in the CAF Champions league this year while striker Moussa Sow retired after the World Cup.

The other notable absentees include former West Ham forward Diafra Sakho, Mame Biram Diouf, Cheikh Ndoye and Adama Mbegue.

Former Newcastle attacking midfielder Henri Saivet has been recalled following his fine season with Bursaspor.

The 2002 runners up will be looking at Galatasaray forward Mbaye Diagne to replicate his club form when the tournament kicks off in Egypt.

The 27-year-old scored a combined total of 30 league goals in the 2018/19 season for Kasimpasa and Galatasaray.

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is one of three premier league players in the team alongside Everton’s Idrissa Gana Gueye and Cheikhou Kouyate of Crystal Palace.

SENEGAL SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo (Rennes, France), Alfred Gomis (Spal, Italy), Edouard Mendy (Reims, France)

Defenders: Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli, Italy), Moussa Wague (FC Barcelona, Spain), Pape Abdou Cisse (Olympiacos, Greece), Salif Sane (Schalke,Germany), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux,France), Lamine Gassama (Goztepe, Turkey), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes, France), Cheikhou Kouyate (Crystal Palace, England)

Midfielders: Alfred Ndiaye (Malaga, Spain), Santy Ngom (Nancy, France), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton, England), Keprin Diatta (Club Brugge, Belgium), Pape Alioune Ndiaye (Galatasaray, Turkey), Sidy Sarr (Lorient, France), Henri Saivet (Bursaspor, Turkey)

Forwards: Ismaila Sarr (Rennes, France), Keita Balde (Inter Milan, Italy), Mbye Niang (Rennes, France), Moussa Konate (Amiens, France), Mbaye Diagne (Galatasaray, Turkey), Sada Thioub (Nimes, France), Sadio Mane (Liverpool, England)

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6/6/2019 4:37:55 PM
<![CDATA[Esperance Tunis protests CAF decisions]]>
The African Football Confederation (CAF) has announced its decision to re-play the final of the African Champions League between Esperance Tunis and Morocco's Wydad Casablanca outside Tunisia in a neutral venue.

“The club’s management will hold an urgent meeting to appeal against Caf’s decision with the relevant international bodies and will take all legal measures to preserve its rights,” Esperance said in a short statement.

Esperance won the 2019 African Champions League in an unfinished Final on the first of June. The match was suspended in the 60th minute as Wydad players refused to complete the match when the referee canceled a goal for the Moroccans & he wasn't able to revise it through VAR as it wasn't working.

Wydad players protested to the Gambian referee, demanding VAR be used, and Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Ahmad Ahmad spent almost 30 minutes in discussions with officials in a bid to get the game restarted.
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6/6/2019 4:34:52 PM
<![CDATA[FIFA: We are not in a position to make any comment on questioning Ahmed]]>
President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmed Ahmed was summoned by French authorities on Thursday morning to be investigated for accusations of financial corruption, Jeune Afrique reported.

Ahmed was accused of corruption linked to a contract “unilaterally broken” by CAF with German equipment-manufacturer Puma for La Seyne-sur-Mer- based company Technical Steel.

FIFA statement:

FIFA has taken note of the events concerning Mr Ahmad Ahmad, who is being questioned by the French authorities in relation to allegations related to his mandate while President of CAF.

FIFA is unaware of the details surrounding this investigation and is therefore not in a position to make any comment on it specifically.

FIFA is asking the French authorities for any information that might be relevant to investigations taking place within its Ethics Committee.

As a matter of due process, everyone has the right to the presumption of innocence, but as the FIFA President reiterated yesterday, FIFA is fully committed to eradicating all forms of wrongdoing at any level in football. Anyone found to have committed illicit or illegal acts has no place in football.

FIFA is now clean from the scandals that tarnished its reputation and this same determination should prevail in governing bodies such as confederations. FIFA will be at the forefront of ensuring that this is enforced by everyone involved in football.

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CAF Chief investigated by French authorities for financial corruption

CAIRO - 6 June 2019: President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmed Ahmed was summoned by French authorities on Thursday morning to be investigated for accusations of financial corruption, Jeune Afrique reported. Ahmed was accused of corruption linked to a contract "unilaterally broken" by CAF with German equipment-manufacturer Puma for La Seyne-sur-Mer- based company Technical Steel.



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6/6/2019 4:32:27 PM
<![CDATA[CAF Chief investigated by French authorities for financial corruption]]>
Ahmed was accused of corruption linked to a contract “unilaterally broken” by CAF with German equipment-manufacturer Puma for La Seyne-sur-Mer- based company Technical Steel.

The CAF president was summoned from a hotel in Paris, where he was staying to attend the 69th FIFA Congress. Before holding the Congress, former Secretary-General of the CAF Amr Fahmy has filed a report on the corruption case to the French authorities, an official at Egypt-based CAF told Egypt Today on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to brief the media on Thursday.

CAF president signed with the French company the contract, with an additional cost for the association reach about US$ 830,000, the newspaper quoted former CAF

On March 15, 2019, Insideworldfootball had exclusively reported that the corruption case is dating back to December 2017, when the CAF offered a tender to purchase sports equipment for the African Nations Championship (CHAN). It added that a bid of €312,000 ($352,178) from Puma, with a 60-percent discount on its list price, was ordered to be rejected by Ahmed who directed to sign a contract of $1,195,603 with the French online company, which is run by a close friend called Romuald Seiliert o Ahmed’s personal Attaché Loïc Gerand.

The equipment that would be supplied by the French company is manufactured by Adidas, the newspaper added.
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6/6/2019 3:07:07 PM
<![CDATA[AFCON: Baxter announces South Africa provisional squad]]>
Domestic champions Mamelodi Sundowns have seven members included in the Bafana Bafana squad which was unveiled on Tuesday (21 June 2019) in Johannesburg.

Baxter will trim his squad to 23 before the travelling to Egypt on 16 June from their training camp in Dubai where they will play friendlies with Ghana and an unnamed opponent.

Montpellier’s Keagan Dolly has been included in the squad after recovering from a broken leg whiles in action for his French and he will be part of Bafana’s Cosafa Cup squad to gain more playing time.

The coach has included nine overseas players in the team with 21 from the Premier Soccer League.

Crystal Palace youngster Nikola Tavares and FC Zurich defender Joel Untersee have been included but will need to swap their national allegiance before appearing for South Africa.
South Africa will present their U-23 squad at next month’s Cosafa Cup in Durban before leaving for Dubai on 12 June to play Ghana and arrive in Egypt fours later.

They will open their Group D account against on 23 June against Cote d’Ivoire in Cairo before taking on the Atlas Lions of Morocco and debutants Namibia.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs), Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits), Rowen Williams (SuperSport United)

Defenders: Daniel Cardoso (Kaizer Chiefs), Rivaldo Coetzee (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sifiso Hlanti, Thulani Hlatshwayo (both Bidvest Wits), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town City), Buhle Mkhwanazi (Bidvest Wits), Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Kaizer Chiefs), Joel Untersee (FC Zurich, Switzerland)

Midfielders: Keagan Dolly (Montpellier, France), Dean Furman (SuperSport United), Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Tiyani Mabunda (Mamelodi Sundowns), Fortune Makaringe (Maritzburg United), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford, England), Ben Motshwari (Orlando Pirates), Thulani Serero (Vitesse Arnhem, Netherlands), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Bongani Zungu (Amiens, France), Nikola Tavares (Crystal Palace, England)

Forwards: Kermit Erasmus (Cape Town City), Lebogang Maboe (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lebo Mothiba (Racing Strasbourg, France), Percy Tau (Royal Union St Gilloise, Belgium), Lars Veldwijk (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Mamelodi Sundowns).


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6/6/2019 2:42:56 PM
<![CDATA[Real Madrid to sign Eden Hazard in the next hours]]>
According to The Guardian, it claims the Blues, Chelsea, have finally agreed to sell their star man, Eden Hazard, to Los Blancos, Real Madrid, in a deal worth £88.5million, plus add-ons.

Speaking immediately after the Europa League Final against Arsenal, the Belgium captain essentially confirmed his desire to leave Stamford Bridge after seven years in west London.

“I think it’s a goodbye,” he told BT Sport. “But in football you never know. My dream was to play in the Premier League. I think it’s time for a new challenge. I’ve made my decision. Now it depends on the clubs; Both clubs. You will know in the next few days.”

Hazard continued his brilliance in Chelsea's blue jersey for a seventh consecutive season and led the team to the European championship a few days ago over Arsenal.

The 28-year-old has played 52 appearances for Chelsea in the past season, scoring 21 goals and sending 17 assists.

Following Luka Jovic's signing at Real Madrid on Tuesday, Ferland Mendy is set to become the club's next arrival and he will be confirmed in the coming days.

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6/6/2019 2:40:12 PM
<![CDATA[CAF Champions League Final to be replayed in a neutral venue]]>
Esperance won the 2019 African Champions League in an unfinished Final on the first of June. The match was suspended in the 60th minute as Wydad players refused to complete the match when the referee canceled a goal for the Moroccans & he wasn't able to revise it through VAR as it wasn't working.

Wydad players protested to the Gambian referee, demanding VAR be used, and Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Ahmad Ahmad spent almost 30 minutes in discussions with officials in a bid to get the game restarted.
The CAF Executive Committee meeting decided on June 5th, 2019, in Paris, unanimously, that:

- The conditions of game and safety were not met during the 2nd leg of the CAF Champions League final held on May 31, 2019, preventing the match from coming to an end;
- Consequently, the 2nd leg match must be replayed on another ground outside Tunisian territory;
- All the CAF regulations relating to this competition are maintained for the said 2nd leg match;
- The date and venue of this meeting will be determined later by the CAF Executive Committee;
- Consequently, Espérance de Tunis will have to render to the CAF Secretariat trophy and medals awarded on May 31, 2019, upon official notification of this decision;
- All other aspects of disciplinary, organization and refereeing will be submitted to the relevant committees for processing and decisions.

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6/6/2019 2:38:24 PM
<![CDATA[Sturridge, Moreno leave Liverpool ]]>CAIRO – 6 June 2019: Liverpool announced on Tuesday the departure of the team players, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno, upon the expiry of their current contracts.

The club thanked both players for their contributions since they joined the club.

Sturridge joined the club in 2013 from Chelsea and he established himself quickly as the team starting striker and played a massive role in the team’s battle to win the League in 2014 which they lost to Manchester City.

Sturridge’s role with team was affected by the serious injuries he suffered and lost his position to Roberto Firmino.


While Moreno joined the team from Sevilla in 2014 but failed to earn a starting position at the club especially after the arrival of Andrew Robertson from Hull City in 2017.

“They were here when I arrived as manager and during that period they - as much as anyone - helped to establish us as a team that would be heading in the right direction. Without them we wouldn’t be the team and club we are in this moment.” The team manager, jurgen Klopp, said on Tuesday.

Both players left the club after achieving the UEFA Champions League title on Saturday against Tottenham Hotspur.
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6/6/2019 2:03:44 PM
<![CDATA[Tickets will be limited to the stadium’s capacity, Tazkarti]]>
The officials added that this system will provide seats for all spectators during the games.

Tazkarti , a website launched to secure booking tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations set to be held in Egypt starting June 21, said that fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets are sold in Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi and Mokattam branches of Orange.

2nd and 3rd degree tickets are sold in the following youth centers: Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. They attempt to use new technology to guarantee safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.
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6/6/2019 10:52:17 AM
<![CDATA[Salah upset over fans ‘disrespect for privacy’ ]]>
Salah could not leave his house and head to the mosque to perform Eid al-Fitr prayers, like millions of Egyptians, as fans and journalists blocked the way.

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Fans and journalists surrounding Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah house during Eid al-Fitr 1st day banning him to perform Eid prayers/ Egypt Today


“What is happening right now by some of the fans and journalists cannot be described as love, I can’t go out of my house to perform Eid prayers” Salah stated, adding: “this is only could be described as “non-respect for privacy and non-professionalism,” his tweet read.

On his Twitter account, Salah said that fans gathering outside his house, blocking his way to perform Eid prayers cannot be described as ‘love’.

Salah fans started flocking to his house in Nagrig village, in Gharbia governorate, on Tuesday mid-night hoping to take pictures and selfies with him.

According to local news websites, Salah’s family felt that he will not be able to leave the house and tried to contact the village mayor and police forces in order for him to be allowed to leave the house, but eventually, all attempts have failed.


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Salah’s wife and his daughter Mekka were seen going with the rest of the family members to the prayers except for Salah himself.

Earlier this month, Salah played a massive role in his team’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday night in Madrid.

The Egyptian opened the score from the penalty spot after two minutes and he has been sensational during the whole game.

“Being Egyptian and getting to this level in football is something incredible to me. I have sacrificed a lot in my life for my football career," Salah said after the game.

Salah became the first Egyptian player to win the prestigious trophy and the second Arab player to score in the final after Algeria’s Rabah Madjer who scored for Porto in 1987 final.


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6/5/2019 2:30:49 PM
<![CDATA[Tickets for AFCON Opening Game almost sold out, Tazkarti]]>
The 2019 AFCON draw put Egypt in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Tazkarti , a website launched to secure booking tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations set to be held in Egypt starting June 21, said that fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi&Mokattam).

2nd and 3rd degree: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.)

Earlier, The Organizing Committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations opened the door for the Egyptian and African football fans to get their tickets through the website.

"There are two ways to purchase your tickets; through your own Credit Card or through Fawri application," A source in the organizing Committee told Filgoal website.

"Each person can purchase up to 5 tickets, the ticket will be numbered by your seat," the source added.

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.]]>
6/4/2019 12:30:02 PM
<![CDATA[Espérance achieves third Consecutive Tunisian League title ]]>
Espérance defeated JS Kairouan 4-0 on Monday at the 23th round of the league to win the title with three games remaining.

AdemRejaïbi opened the score for Espérance after 35 minutes and HaythemJouini scored the second goal from the penalty spot while SaadBguir scored twice to secure his team’s victory.



Espérance completed their amazing week as they achieved the CAF Champions League title on Friday night after they defeated Morocco’s Wydad in an unfinished Final.

The match was suspended in the 60th minute as Wydad players refused to complete the match when the referee canceled a goal for the Moroccans and he wasn't able to revise it through VAR as it wasn't working.

Wydad players protested to the Gambian referee, demanding VAR be used, and Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Ahmad Ahmad spent almost 30 minutes in discussions with officials in a bid to get the game restarted.

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6/4/2019 12:27:37 PM
<![CDATA[Salah is on the radar of Man United, Real Madrid and Bayern ]]>
Salah played a massive role in the evolution of Liverpool since he joined the team in 2017 summer.

Salah won the Premier League Golden Boot Award twice in a row and he led his team to win the UEFA Champions League title this season.

Salah opened the score after two minutes from the penalty spot and Liverpool Belgian striker, DivockOrigi, added the second goal before the final whistle to secure his team’s victory.

Liverpool have had an outstanding season which ended with achieving the Champions League title.

Liverpool’s victory put an end to 14 years of suffering in Europe as the team’s last European title was in 2005 when they defeated AC Milan on penalty-shootouts after the game ended with a 3-3 draw in Istanbul and their historic captain, Steven Gerrard, lifted the club’s fifth Champions League title.

Liverpool were also sensational at the domestic league as they reached 97 points but finished second behind the winners, Manchester City who reached 98 points.
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6/4/2019 12:23:54 PM
<![CDATA[Salah sends a message to Liverpool fans ]]>
The team delegation, arrived on Sunday, and paraded through the city's centre to celebrate the title with thousands of Liverpool fans who lined the streets to congratulate the champions.

“Yesterday was surreal. Thanks to everyone for making the city feel like... Anfield!” Salah tweeted on Monday.




Salah played a massive role in the evolution of Liverpool since he joined the team in 2017 summer.

Salah won the Premier League Golden Boot Award twice in a row and he led his team to win the UEFA Champions League title this season.

Salah opened the score after two minutes from the penalty spot and Liverpool Belgian striker, Divock Origi, added te second goal before the final whistle to secure his team’s victory.

Liverpool have had an outstanding season which ended with achieving the Champions League title.

Liverpool’s victory put an end to 14 years of suffering in Europe as the team’s last European title was in 2005 when they defeated AC Milan on penalty-shootouts after the game ended with a 3-3 draw in Istanbul and their historic captain, Steven Gerrard, lifted the club’s fifth Champions League title.

Liverpool were also sensational at the domestic league as they reached 97 points but finished second behind the winners, Manchester City who reached 98 points.
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6/3/2019 5:38:20 PM
<![CDATA[Salah’s goals fight Islamophobia in Liverpool]]>
“The survey experiment suggests that these results may be driven by increased familiarity with Islam, “ the report said.

Salah has been sensational with Liverpool and he has been a key player in the evolution of the club under their German manager, Jurgen Klopp.

Salah is one of the most popular player in the squad and he is known for his kind attitude with the club fans who describe him as the “Egyptian King”.

The report also revealed that “By watching games, post-game interviews, promotional videos released by the club, and content on Salah’s social media pages, fans are exposed to rich information about Salah’s life on and off the field.”

Salah won the Premier League Golden Boot Award twice in a row and he led his team to win the UEFA Champions League title this season.

The report continued “Viewers see what a Muslim prayer looks like, perhaps for the first time, when Salah scores,”

Salah opened the score after two minutes from the penalty spot and Liverpool Belgian striker, Divock Origi, added the second goal before the final whistle to secure his team’s victory.
Liverpool have had an outstanding season which ended with achieving the Champions League title.

Liverpool’s victory put an end to 14 years of suffering in Europe as the team’s last European title was in 2005 when they defeated AC Milan on penalty-shootouts after the game ended with a 3-3 draw in Istanbul and their historic captain, Steven Gerrard, lifted the club’s fifth Champions League title.

Liverpool were also sensational at the domestic league as they reached 97 points but finished second behind the winners, Manchester City who reached 98 points.
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6/3/2019 5:36:28 PM
<![CDATA[ Liverpool’s suffering comes to an end ]]>
Liverpool fans celebrated from Madrid to Liverpool as their beloved team touched glory again.

Liverpool’s victory put an end to 14 years of suffering in Europe as the team’s last European title was in 2005 when they defeated AC Milan on penalty-shootouts after the game ended with a 3-3 draw in Istanbul and their historic captain, Steven Gerrard, lifted the club’s fifth Champions League title.

Since 2005, the club failed to compete with European giants like Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid.
In 2006, the club was knocked out by Benfica at the round of 16 after losing 3-0 on aggregate.

The club bounced back the next year as they reached the final, having knocked out Barcelona and Chelsea at the route to the final. However, the team lost 2-1 to Milan who got their revenge from 2005.

The next two editions were hard for Liverpool fans who saw their team losing to Chelsea two years in a row at the semi-finals in 2008 and the quarter finals in 2009.

In 2010, the team was eliminated from the group stage as they finished third at the group and went to play at the Europa League and reached the semi-finals but lost to Atletico Madrid.

Since 2010, the club has suffered during their participation at both competitions until the club appointed Jurgen Klopp as the team manager and he took them to the Europa League Final during his first year but the club lost to the experienced side, Sevilla.

Two years later, Klopp led the team to the Champions League Final but they also lost to Real Madrid who won their third title in a row.

Liverpool fans have suffered a lot since the miracle in 2005 and it was time for football to pay them back.



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6/3/2019 11:50:42 AM
<![CDATA[Video: Liverpool players join fans to sing YNWA after the final]]>
The players congratulated each other after the game, took photos with the trophy and celebrated the victory with the fans.

Liverpool’s iconic song, You Will Never Walk Alone, was not absent during the celebrations.

The players, coaching staff and everyone related to the team stood together in front of their fans’ stand to perform the famous song.



Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, opened the score after two minutes from the penalty spot and Liverpool Belgian striker, Divock Origi, added te second goal before the final whistle to secure his team’s victory.

Liverpool have had an outstanding season which ended with achieving the Champions League title.

Liverpool’s victory put an end to 14 years of suffering in Europe as the team’s last European title was in 2005 when they defeated AC Milan on penalty-shootouts after the game ended with a 3-3 draw in Istanbul and their historic captain, Steven Gerrard, lifted the club’s fifth Champions League title.

Liverpool were also sensational at the domestic league as they reached 97 points but finished second behind the winners, Manchester City who reached 98 points.

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6/3/2019 11:48:53 AM
<![CDATA[Best night of our lives: Klopp on Liverpool’s victory]]>
“It is the best night of our professional lives. Did you ever see a team like, this, fighting with no fuel in the tank?” Klopp told press.

Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, opened the score after two minutes from the penalty spot and Liverpool Belgian striker, Divock Origi, added te second goal before the final whistle to secure his team’s victory.

Klopp added “This is only the start for this group, they're a wonderful age group, I have a lot of silver medals and now I have a golden one. That's cool.”

Liverpool have had an outstanding season which ended with achieving the Champions League title.

Liverpool’s victory put an end to 14 years of suffering in Europe as the team’s last European title was in 2005 when they defeated AC Milan on penalty-shootouts after the game ended with a 3-3 draw in Istanbul and their historic captain, Steven Gerrard, lifted the club’s fifth Champions League title.

Liverpool were also sensational at the domestic league as they reached 97 points but finished second behind the winners, Manchester City who reached 98 points.
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6/3/2019 11:43:17 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalek face Haras El Hedoud in the Egyptian League]]>
Zamalek face Haras El Hedoud on Monday night in the postponed gamed from the 30 round of the Egyptian League.

"We should give everything in the remaining games to get the title," Khaled Galal said according to Zamalek official website.

"The players must concentrate in all the details, no time to make mistakes," Khaled Galal added.

Mortada fired the Swiss coach, Christian Gross, and appointed Khaled Galal who will be Zamalek's permanent coach. And assisted by Tamer Abdel Hamid and Amir Azmy.

Coaching Staff:

Coach: KhaledGalal

General Coach: Nabil Mahmoud

Assistant Coaches: Tamer Abdel Hamid and Amir Azmy

Goalkeeper coach: AymanTaher

Zamalek faced Al Intag Al Harby at Petrosport stadium on Thursday night but failed in using their African joy to reap the three points.

The draw raised Zamalek points to 67 from 30 games. Seven points behind the leader, Al Ahly, who is on the top with 74 points from 32 games.

Zamalek faces Haras El Hedoud on Monday, June 3rd, at Alexandria stadium in the 30th round of the Egyptian League.
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6/2/2019 3:52:57 PM
<![CDATA[Salah first Egyptian to win Champions League title ]]>
The Egyptian opened the score from the penalty spot after two minutes and he has been sensational during the whole game.

“Being Egyptian and getting to this level in football is something incredible to me. I have sacrificed a lot in my life for my football career," Salah said after the game.

Salah became the first Egyptian player to win the prestigious trophy and the second Arab player to score in the final after Algeria’s Rabah Madjer who scored for Porto in 1987 final.

The Egyptian winger added “There has not been no great individual performance, we have played as a team and we have all been amazing."

Liverpool have had an outstanding season which ended with achieving the Champions League title after 14 years of absence.

Liverpool were also sensational at the domestic league as they reached 97 points but finished second behind the winners, Manchester City who reached 98 points.
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6/2/2019 3:33:56 PM
<![CDATA[Salah can win the Ballon d'Or in one condition: Jose Mourinho]]>
Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, played a massive role in his team’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday night in Madrid.

The Egyptian opened the score from the penalty spot after two minutes and he has been sensational during the whole game.

Despite this, Mourinho believes that Salah is one step away from claiming the award.

"Salah have to win the 2019 AFCON title with Egypt if he want to get the Ballon d'Or," Mourinho said to BeIn Sports.

"It's an opportunity for Salah especially that the tournament will take place in Egypt," Mourinho added.

Salah became the first Egyptian player to win the prestigious trophy and the second Arab player to score in the final after Algeria’s RabahMadjer who scored for Porto in 1987 final.

Liverpool have had an outstanding season which ended with achieving the Champions League title after 14 years of absence.

Liverpool were also sensational at the domestic league as they reached 97 points but finished second behind the winners, Manchester City who reached 98 points.
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6/2/2019 3:31:37 PM
<![CDATA[Farida Osman wins Silver medal in World Swimming Championship]]>
Farida Othman finished second with 25.95 seconds in the final 50m butterfly.Farida was fourth in the 100m butterfly in 58.67 seconds.

The tournament is part of preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

Farida Hisham Osman is an Egyptian competitive swimmer who specializes in butterfly and freestyle events. An All-Africa Games gold medalist and Egyptian national champion and record-holder. Osman is the fastest female swimmer in Egypt and Africa, she is currently coached by Teri McKeever.
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6/2/2019 3:28:11 PM
<![CDATA[Tazkarti booths are still open at youth centers]]>
The fans can visit Tazkarti booths according to Ramadan dates, from 10 am to 4 pm and from 8 pm to 1 am.

Tazkarti , a website launched to secure booking tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations set to be held in Egypt starting June 21, said that fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi&Mokattam).

2nd and 3rd degree: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.)

Earlier, The Organizing Committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations opened the door for the Egyptian and African football fans to get their tickets through the website.

"There are two ways to purchase your tickets; through your own Credit Card or through Fawri application," A source in the organizing Committee told Filgoal website.

"Each person can purchase up to 5 tickets, the ticket will be numbered by your seat," the source added.

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.

]]>
6/2/2019 3:26:19 PM
<![CDATA[After 14 years of absence and waiting, the sun has risen again over Liverpool.]]>
Everything smiled for Salah on Saturday when he was the main reason in achieving the UEFA Champions League.

Salah took the lead in the first minute from the penalty spot before Divock Origi doubled the score in the final minutes.

The Spanish capital was being taken over by a sea of English supporters on a searingly hot weekend before the 9:00 pm kickoff in the Metropolitano Stadium.

For Liverpool, it was a chance to become European champions for a sixth time and end the season on the highest of highs after they agonisingly missed out to Manchester City in the Premier League title race, despite losing only once all season.

A year ago Liverpool lost the Champions League final 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev after Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah was forced to go off injured and in tears.]]>
6/2/2019 12:05:54 AM
<![CDATA[Tazkarti allocates volunteers to help the fans in the 2019 AFCON]]>
The company decided to allocate a number of volunteers to receive the masses as they enter the stadiums, and will be taken to the seats according to the numbers written on the tickets, to facilitate their arrival minutes before the start of the games.

Tazkarti , a website launched to secure booking tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations set to be held in Egypt starting June 21, said that fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi&Mokattam).

2nd and 3rd degree: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.)

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.

]]>
6/1/2019 4:02:31 PM
<![CDATA[Jose Antonio Reyers, Former Arsenal &Sevilla striker dies in a car crash]]>
The club stated through their official platforms: "We couldn't be confirming worse news. Beloved Sevilla star José Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace."




According to The Guardian, Reyes was playing at Extremadura following a career that included eight years at Sevilla and spells at Atlético and Real Madrid. The winger was part of Arsenal’s 2003-04 squad that completed an unbeaten Premier League season, and earned 21 international caps for Spain.

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6/1/2019 4:00:56 PM
<![CDATA[Esperance win CAF Champions League after Final abandoned]]>
Wydad players protested to the Gambian referee, demanding VAR be used, and Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Ahmad Ahmad spent almost 30 minutes in discussions with officials in a bid to get the game restarted.

The African Football Confederation (CAF) has announced an emergency meeting of the Executive Committee after the incidents of the match between Tunisia's Esperance Sportive and Morocco's Wydad Casablanca.

It is the first time in the 55-year history of the elite African club competition that a match in the home-and-away final series has not been completed.

Wydad could now face a two-year ban from competing in continental club competition.

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6/1/2019 3:59:54 PM
<![CDATA[Please Salah, score in the Final: Sadio Mane ]]>
Premier League Golden Boot winners prepare for the most important game in their lives, UEFA Champions League Final.

Main image
Sadio Mane with mirror columnist Robbie Fowler (Image: MaddockMirror/Twitter)



Liverpool meets Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Spain to determine who will be UEFA Champions League title lifters.

Before the important Final, Liverpool icon, Robbie Fowler, had an interview with Sadio Mane. But most of the interview was about the relationship between the Sengalese & the Egyptian.

Here is the interview in the form of Q&A from the English website, Mirror.

Robbie Fowler: Ok, here’s a question for you as a fellow striker. It’s 0-0 in the last minute of the final, there’s a chance. Who do you want to be in position for it, you or Mo Salah?

Sadio Mane: Hahahaha! I just want to win! Mo scores, I score, I need the cup. I think at this moment, I want this trophy, sometimes, so much it makes me sick! He can score. Mo you can score please. Until we get the trophy I think he’s the one for the goal!

Robbie Fowler: I think that says everything about you. I won’t lie, I’d want it to be me!

Sadio Mane: I’m being honest. The trophy, if Mo scores I give it to him. We want the trophy, so score, Mo, please!

Robbie Fowler: You do seem a player who is prepared to sacrifice your own glory for the team. Are you happy being out of the limelight, Mo getting all the credit, is that you?

Sadio Mane: I think last season, and until now in fact, Mo has been incredible. If you want to win something as a team, of course you need this kind of player.

So you use the strength in your team. Mo was top scorer, and he was scoring at incredible levels for us. If he wasn’t there, we maybe wouldn’t have got into the Champions’ League, because he scored so many important goals.

For me, the most important thing is to win something. He can score goals, or Bobby Firminho or me, it doesn't matter. I think as a team we do everything as a team, we all contribute. The goalkeeper, defenders, midfield, everyone.

Robbie Fowler: People make out there’s this big rivalry between you and that you’re not friends, that’s clearly not the case, is it?

Sadio Mane: Of course not. This kind of thing, it happens in football. It doesn’t matter if I score or not as long as the team scores. Some people want to say its a rivalry, but I think that’s what makes football so exciting – a rivalry. But it really doesn’t matter to me. Honest!


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6/1/2019 3:17:20 PM
<![CDATA[Mortada reveals formation of Zamalek coaching staff]]>
Mortada revealed during his talks with Al Mehwar channel that Khaled Galal will be permanent coach, and assisted by Tamer Abdel Hamid and Amir Azmy.

Coaching Staff:

Coach: Khaled Galal

General Coach: Nabil Mahmoud

Assistant Coaches: Tamer Abdel Hamid and Amir Azmy

Goalkeeper coach: Ayman Taher

Khaled Galal, Zamalek's new coach, insisted to keep Amir Mortada Mansour in his position as general supervisor of the football sector in the club. Also, Ayman Hafez will be in the same position as the team's general coordinator.

For his part, Khaled Galal thanked Mortada Mansour for his confidence and promised to do his best in the coming period to crown Zamalek title league.

Zamalek faced Al Intag Al Harby at Petrosport stadium on Thursday night but failed in using their African joy to reap the three points.

Khaled Botayeb took the lead in the first minute of the second half before Al Intag Al Harby's Moaz Al Henawy leveld the score from the penalty spot.

The draw raised Zamalek points to 67 from 30 games. Seven points behind the leader, Al Ahly, who is on the top with 74 points from 32 games.
Zamalek faces Haras El Hedoud on Monday, June 3rd, at Alexandria stadium in the 30th round of the Egyptian League. ]]>
6/1/2019 3:12:06 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek President fires team coach Christian Gross]]>
Mansour took the decision right after his team's stumble against Al-Intag Al-Harby in the Egyptian League. They ended their game with a 1-1 draw in the postponed match from the 31st round.

"Gross is specialist in failure; everything is done and he left the club," Zamalek's president spoke to Al-Mehwar channel after the match.

"Khaled Galal is set to be our next coach. I reached an agreement with him before the match," He continued.

Khaled Galal was on the bench as a coach for Zamalek before as he ruled four matches; won them all and achieved Egypt's Cup.
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6/1/2019 1:01:05 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool and Tottenham set for all-English Champions League showdown]]>
The Spanish capital is being taken over by a sea of English supporters on a searingly hot weekend ahead of the 9:00 pm (1900 GMT) kickoff in the Metropolitano Stadium.

For Liverpool, it is a chance to become European champions for a sixth time and end the season on the highest of highs after they agonisingly missed out to Manchester City in the Premier League title race, despite losing only once all season.

A year ago Liverpool lost the Champions League final 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev after Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah was forced to go off injured and in tears.

Underdogs then, they are the clear favourites now against opponents appearing in their first final in this competition since it started life as the European Cup in the 1950s.

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson said Liverpool were not taking anything for granted against Spurs.

"Personally, the games I've played against them in the Premier League have been the toughest games we've played," the Scottish left-back said.

In terms of European pedigree, Liverpool are clearly ahead as they prepare for a ninth appearance in the final of this competition. Their last win was the memorable come-from-behind victory over AC Milan in Istanbul in 2005.

In contrast, it is 35 years since Spurs were in any European final, so just being here is a huge achievement -- and it comes only weeks after they moved into a sparkling new stadium.

"We are in football because we want to win but I think to get to the final in the Champions League, that journey is the most difficult thing," said Pochettino.

- Kane to start? -

Tottenham could bring back top scorer Harry Kane after an ankle injury.

Form is against the London club as Liverpool have already beaten Spurs twice this season and have lost just one of their last 14 meetings.

Klopp, however, has lost his last six finals as a coach.

The German put a positive spin on that record.

"I am probably at the moment a world-record holder, in the last seven years at least, in winning semi-finals," Klopp said. "But if I wrote a book about that probably nobody would buy it."

Liverpool reached the Madrid final after their incredible comeback to beat Barcelona in the semi-finals, a 4-0 win at Anfield overturning a 3-0 first-leg deficit as Lionel Messi's side crumbled.

Salah missed that second leg but is fit now, while Klopp confirmed Brazilian livewire Roberto Firmino is ready after a groin injury.

Tottenham were 3-0 down on aggregate at half-time in the second leg of their tie against Ajax, yet went through on away goals thanks to Lucas Moura's dramatic hat-trick.

That ensured an English sweep in the European finals this season, but while UEFA's decision to play the Europa League showpiece between Chelsea and Arsenal in distant Baku on Wednesday was heavily criticised, nobody doubts Madrid is a fitting venue.

Real's grand Santiago Bernabeu stadium has staged four finals in the past in this competition, as well as the final of a World Cup and a European Championship. This time the venue is Atletico Madrid's new 68,000-seat home.

But there has been controversy over the ticket allocation with fans of both teams sharing just 33,226 tickets.

Tickets have been changing hands for as much as £25,000 ($31,600, 28,200 euros), according to the London Evening Standard.

- Security challenge -

The lack of tickets mean as many as 50,000 English fans will watch outside the ground, and organisers have set up two separate fan zones in the centre of Madrid.

With Spain still haunted by the image of the old-school English football hooligan, police are worried.

Francisco Pardo, director general of Spain's National Police, promised "probably the biggest deployment to guarantee security which we will carry out at a sporting event".

Whoever wins, the celebrations will be wild.

Victory for Liverpool would put them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the list of the competition's most successful clubs.

Spurs reached the final despite not outscoring their opponents in the quarter-finals or semi-finals -- a statistical quirk also achieved by PSV Eindhoven when they won the trophy in 1988.

If they can upset the odds, theirs will be the first new name on the cup since Chelsea in 2012.]]>
6/1/2019 12:54:48 PM
<![CDATA[Officially: Zamalek faces Haras El Hedoud on Monday]]>Zamalek faces Haras El Hedoud on Monday, June 3rd, at Alexandria stadium in the 30th round of the Egyptian League.

Zamalek's president fired the first team coach, Christian Gross, officially and appointed Khaled Galal as a permanent manager.

Zamalek's president took the decision right after his team's stumble against Al Intag Al Harby in the Egyptian League. They ended their game with a 1-1 draw in the postponed match from the 31st round.

Khaled Galal was on the bench as a coach for Zamalek before as he ruled four matches; won them all and achieved Egypt's Cup.

Zamalek faced Al Intag Al Harby at Petrosport stadium on Thursday night but failed in using their African joy to reap the three points.

Khaled Botayeb took the lead in the first minute of the second half before Al Intag Al Harby's Moaz Al Henawy leveld the score from the penalty spot.

The draw raised Zamalek points to 67 from 30 games. Seven points behind the leader, Al Ahly, who is on the top with 74 points from 32 games.
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5/31/2019 4:40:58 PM
<![CDATA[Salah talks to BT Sport about UCL Final ]]>
Liverpool meets Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Spain to determine who will be UEFA Champions League title lifters.

In an interview with Gary Lineker for BT Sport, Salah was asked if he would prefer Harry Kane to miss the final. ‘Can I ask why you’re asking me that question?’ Salah replied.




And when Lineker put to him that if he were playing for Liverpool he’d prefer Kane to miss the game, Salah replied: ‘I prefer if he plays and all of us will be ready. ‘It’s a good competition when you play against the top in the game.

‘Harry Kane is a good player, he’s proved that for many years. ‘He’s a top scorer for the team, for English football… before I came [laughs], I’m sorry! ‘So, it’s good to be in a final, it’s something good to push me more.’
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5/31/2019 4:37:13 PM
<![CDATA[Tazkarti thanks the Egyptian fans for their commitment]]>
The company said in a statement that it is committed to the system announced in the ticketing of the championship through its website to get the FAN ID as well as tickets for the games, asking all Egyptian fans to adhere to this system designed specifically to facilitate the procedures for obtaining tickets and attend games.

Tazkarti , a website launched to secure booking tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations set to be held in Egypt starting June 21, said that fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi&Mokattam).

2nd and 3rd degree: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.)

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.
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5/31/2019 4:35:01 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian families return to stadiums through Tazkarti]]>The Egyptian fans enthusiastically located in the places of getting the 'FAN ID' after they registered through the site and application, 'Tazkarti'.

Tazkarti , a website launched to secure booking tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations set to be held in Egypt starting June 21, said that fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi&Mokattam).

2nd and 3rd degree: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.)

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.
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5/31/2019 4:31:40 PM
<![CDATA[Measures taken as Time Sports' crew prevented from filming stadium ]]>
The United Company for Media Services, owner of the Egyptian Media Group, also announced suspending filming the 30 June Stadium (aka Air Defense Stadium) until the organizing committee submits an official explanation of the recent behavior of Ahmed Megahed, a member of the Egyptian Football Association, against the crew of the Egyptian Media Group's newly-launched Time Sports.

"The United Company and Time Sports channel were surprised as the crew of the channel was prevented from filming the Air Defense Stadium although the crew obtained all agreements [required] from the Armed Forces and all parties supervising the tournament," the company said in a statement.

"Nonetheless, Mr. Ahmed Megahed, a member of the [Egyptian] Football Association, who was coincidentally there in the headquarters of the stadium during the filming, took arbitrary procedures against the Time Sports' crew, and prevented the filming crew from continuing its duty that serves the interest of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, and contributes to marketing and promoting the tournament and Egypt in Africa and the world," the statement read.

The action committed by Megahed "was deliberate and violates all the licenses obtained by Time Sports as the channel has [already] filmed five other stadiums: the Cairo International Stadium, the Cairo Military Academy Stadium, the Suez Stadium, Isamilia Stadium and Alexandria Stadium. It (the channel) has also obtained all licenses and permits required to film the Air Defense Stadium," the statement added.

Moreover, Hussein Zein, the head of the state's National Media Authority, which signed a cooperation protocol with the Egyptian Media Group earlier to launch Time Sports, condemned the latest incident, saying that the channel contacted the Egyptian Football Association to affirm that it is tasked with broadcasting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations' matches.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be held in Egypt from June 21 to July 19, 2019.

Fans will be able to watch the games through a coverage service by professional work team from Time Sports that Egypt Media Company picked carefully to only contain the best in their field.

The satellite channel is available through Nilesat satellite receivers on the horizontal frequency 11449. The channel will present all steps for receiving the land channel.

Time Sport will collaborate with several famous and professional sport experts including Ahmed Shober, Saif Zaher, Tamer Sakr, Hassan Shehata, Taha Ismail, Hossni Abd Rabo, Hazem Imam, and others.


Additional reporting by Egypt Today Staff]]>
5/30/2019 3:43:24 PM
<![CDATA[Tazkarti protects users' data from hackers: officials]]>
Protecting the website from hackers is to keep users' data safe especially that users fills data of their credit cards.

Tazkarti, a website launched to secure booking tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations set to be held in Egypt starting June 21, said that fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi&Mokattam).

2nd and 3rd degree: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.)

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.


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5/30/2019 3:42:50 PM
<![CDATA[Volunteers to be provided by cameras: Tazkarti officials]]>
Tazkarti , a website launched to secure booking tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations set to be held in Egypt starting June 21, said that fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi&Mokattam).

2nd and 3rd degree: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.)

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.


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5/30/2019 3:40:05 PM
<![CDATA[No other country could organize 2019 AFCON like Egypt: Akki]]>
"The success of the tournament is a success for Egypt and the CAF as well," Akki told a press conference on Wednesday to announce the sponsors.

Through this move, Continental is driving forward the systematic regionalization of its sports sponsorship strategy. Continental aims to leverage the Total AFCON platform to continue to deliver exceptional benefits to its local communities, clients, partners and fans as they come together to support the best of African football.

"I saw their organization for the African Nations Cup in 2006 and it was very impressive and I am confident that the next tournament will be at the same level." Akki continued.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
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5/30/2019 2:12:25 PM
<![CDATA[Tarek Hamed named Zamalek best player in the Confederation Cup]]>
"The Confederation player is our player, Tarek Hamed," Zamalek official account on Twitter posted.

A new Zamalek history was made on Sunday night when the team won the CAF Confederation Cup title for the first time in the history of the club.

Zamalek, led by Swiss manager, Christian Gross, won the title as they defeated Morocco's RS Berkane on penalty-shootouts after the regular time ended with a 1-0 win for Zamalek who equalized their 1-0 loss at the first leg in Morocco.

Gross became the 9th manager in the history of the club to win a continental title and he put an end to 16 years of trophy drought on International level as Zamalek's last African title was in 2003 when they defeated Wydad Casablance to win the African Super Cup title.

Zamalek seek winning all the next games in order to keep their hopes in achieving the Egyptian league title.
Al Ahly tops the league with 74 points from 32 games while Zamalek come third with 66 points from 29 games.


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5/30/2019 1:55:51 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek's expected line-up for Al Intag Al Harby clash]]>
Zamalek return to the domestic competitions when they meet Al Intag Al Harby on Petrosport stadium at 10:00 p.m. in a postponed game from the 31st round of the Egyptian League.

Mahmoud Abdel Aziz will replace Tareq Hamed, who was absent due to suspension.

Expected line-up:

GK: Gennesh
Def: Abdallah Gomaa, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdy Al Wensh, Hamdy Nagguez
Midfielders: Mahmoud Abdelaziz, Mohamed Ibrahim, Kahraba, Youssef Obama, Ibrahim Hassan
Attackers: Hamid Ahdad

Zamalek seek winning all the next games in order to keep their hopes in achieving the Egyptian league title.

Al Ahly tops the league with 74 points from 32 games while Zamalek come third with 66 points from 29 games.

A new Zamalek history was made on Sunday night when the team won the CAF Confederation Cup title for the first time in the history of the club.

Zamalek, led by Swiss manager, Christian Gross, won the title as they defeated Morocco's RS Berkane on penalty-shootouts after the regular time ended with a 1-0 win for Zamalek who equalized their 1-0 loss at the first leg in Morocco.
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5/30/2019 1:10:29 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek face Al Intag Al Harby in the Egyptian league]]>
Zamalek seek winning all the next games in order to keep their hopes in achieving the Egyptian league title.

Al Ahly tops the league with 74 points from 32 games while Zamalek come third with 66 points from 29 games.

A new Zamalek history was made on Sunday night when the team won the CAF Confederation Cup title for the first time in the history of the club.

Zamalek, led by Swiss manager, Christian Gross, won the title as they defeated Morocco's RS Berkane on penalty-shootouts after the regular time ended with a 1-0 win for Zamalek who equalized their 1-0 loss at the first leg in Morocco.
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5/30/2019 1:06:40 PM
<![CDATA[Maldini lined up for new role after Leonardo, Gattuso exit]]>
Brazilian Leonardo stepped down as sporting director on Tuesday, along with head coach Gennaro Gattuso, amid reports of financial cutbacks at the seven-time European champions.

The former European heavyweights finished one point behind Inter Milan in Serie A in the battle for the fourth and final qualifying spot.

Gazidis said in an interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport, that with the help of Maldini, they could "bring Milan back to the top".

Maldini retired in 2009 after a glittering 24-year career during which he won seven Serie A titles and five Champions League crowns. The defender was also Milan's record appearance holder with 902 matches.

The 50-year-old returned to the club last August as their sporting strategy and development director.

"I want Maldini as the technical director. I admire him very much," former Arsenal chief executive Gazidis told Gazzetta.

"He represents the values and the culture of the club.

"I would really like Paolo to stay with us and help me in this great challenge with an increasingly central and important role. He is ideal for managing the technical area.

"Paolo asked for time to reflect and understand if he has the right energy to start over with this difficult and arduous project, which requires his utmost commitment and which he must totally buy into. He must feel 100 percent."

Maldini would also have a role in the choice of a replacement for Gattuso, another emblematic former player who took over in November 2017 and was under contract for another two years.

"The new coach will be chosen with care," said Gazidis.

"Their age or nationality doesn't matter. What matters is that they’re suited to what we want to do and build.

"The choice of coach, I hope with Maldini's help, will be made calmly, studying every detail: history, character, profile, results, statistics. We don't want to do anything wrong."

AC Milan are adopting spending curbs faced with mounting debts and threatened with UEFA sanctions for breaking financial regulations.

Gazidis, 54, said that Elliott Management had saved the club from bankruptcy, as its Chinese owner failed to replay debt owned to the US-based hedge fund.

"Elliott saved the club by injecting them with €220m of capital, otherwise they would have gone bankrupt with the risk of relegation," added the South African-born businessman who arrived from Arsenal last December.

AC Milan have not qualified for the Champions League since the 2013-2014 season.]]>
5/30/2019 10:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Firmino "will be fine" for final says Klopp]]>
Firmino missed Liverpool’s memorable semi-final win over Barcelona and the final game of the Premier League season against Wolverhampton Wanderers with a muscle strain but he has responded well to his return to training said Klopp.

“Bobby was part of training last week then we took him out and will be in training from tomorrow again. From what we saw so far he looked good. He will be fine, I’m sure,” the German told a news conference on Tuesday.

Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum said Firmino was crucial to Liverpool’s way of playing.

“Really important, he sets the pressing from the front. We try to follow him. When we have the ball he is like an extra midfielder so we try and follow him in both ways. He is also an extra defender,” Wijnaldum said.

The 28-year-old stepped into the Firmino role during the second half of Liverpool’s stunning 4-0 win over Barcelona, scoring twice. While he would be willing to take on that duty again, he said he was more comfortable in his usual central midfield position.

“I prefer to play in the midfield but if the manager needs me I will play anywhere. That is a really difficult position to play. I think Divock (Origi) or (Daniel) Sturridge is a better option but if the manager needs me...,” he said.

Guinea midfielder Naby Keita is recovering well from his thigh injury but Klopp said he had no chance to be involved.

Liverpool return to the final following their defeat to Real Madrid in last year’s showpiece in Kiev. Klopp said they were fired up for the occasion but played down talk of them having more big-game experience than Spurs.

“We are all very excited about having a chance again. We are probably the more experienced, but it doesn’t really make a difference,” he said.

“It’s about using the things that brought you to the final. So far we have controlled our emotions in a really good way.”]]>
5/30/2019 7:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Chelsea's Sarri storms off on eve of Europa League final]]>
Video of the incident which took place late on Tuesday showed Sarri exchanging words with defender David Luiz after a robust challenge involving the Brazilian and Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Sarri, who immediately before the training session had told reporters that he loved his players, was then seen leaving the field along with other staff and team members, tossing his cap to the ground and kicking it in the air.

A Chelsea spokesman said Sarri was frustrated at the media’s presence at the end of the session at Baku’s Olympic Stadium, where the team is due to take on London rivals Arsenal on Wednesday.

“Maurizio’s frustration displayed at the end of training was not related to any of his players, but was due to not being able to practise set-plays in the final 15 minutes of the hour-long training session as it remained open to media,” the spokesman said.

Sarri, who has had an up-and-down first season in London, has displayed flashes of anger on previous occasions while in charge of Chelsea, including in the League Cup final in February when goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga seemed to refuse to be substituted.

Sarri was sent to the stands by a referee in April after becoming embroiled in a scuffle among players of Chelsea and Burnley in a Premier League match.

Asked on Tuesday about media reports that he is close to a return to a coaching job in his native Italy, Sarri said he loved his players and that would be part of his decision about his future.]]>
5/29/2019 4:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Home favourite Tsonga ready to renew Nishikori rivalry]]>
Tsonga overcame German Peter Gojowczyk on Monday to reach the second round at Roland Garros for the first time since 2016, as he did not compete here last season and fell at the first hurdle in 2017.

The 34-year-old spent seven months on the sidelines last year due to a knee injury and fell as low as 262 in the world rankings in November.

But he is already back to world number 82 after his title triumph in Montpellier in February, followed by a semi-final appearance in Morocco to kickstart his claycourt season.

“It’s been difficult, because each time I want to do my best, I’m putting myself under pressure,” Tsonga said.

“I need to revitalise things a bit more and ... enjoy each moment.”

Nishikori is a familiar foe for Tsonga, with the pair having met three times on the Grand Slam stage.

At the 2015 French Open, Tsonga edged Nishikori in a five-set thriller lasting three hours and 45 minutes to reach the semi-finals.

The roller-coaster encounter, which saw Nishikori rally from two sets down, was interrupted for about 40 minutes after a sheet of metal panel fell in strong winds and crashed onto the Court Philippe Chatrier spectators below.

“I had played very well the first two sets, and then there was this stop because of the panel, and he came back with different intentions than what was happening during the first two sets,” Tsonga said.

“The match was balanced. He came back, and I did a fantastic fifth set on the centre court with a fantastic crowd.

“So that’s the type of matches you enjoy, because everything is present. You have a great player in front of you. You play your best tennis.”

In the day’s other big matches, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal will face German opposition in the second round. Third seed Federer takes on German Oscar Otte, while 11-times champion Nadal will face Yannick Maden.]]>
5/29/2019 3:40:00 PM
<![CDATA[Lyon close in on deal for Trezeguet ]]>
Trezeguet has been linked with a move to top leagues in Europe after his great performance with Kasımpaşa having scored 71 goals, provided 18 assists since he joined the club.

The Egyptian winger joined Kasımpaşa in summer 2017 on loan from the Belgian club, Anderlecht, and since then he established himself as a key player at the club squad that made Kasımpaşa buy his contract.

After two years inside the Turkish club, the club honored the winger by handing him the captaincy during their 2-3 loss to Besiktas at the last game at the domestic league.

The club also promised the Egyptian winger to let him go during the summer.

Lyon’s biggest names, Memphis Depay, Bertrand Traoré and Maxwel Cornet, are expected to leave the club this summer and the club decided to replace them by Trezeguet and Watford’s winger, Dodi Lukebakio.

Trezeguet will be among the national team squad participating in 2019 African Cup of Nations in the summer. ]]>
5/29/2019 1:57:30 PM
<![CDATA[AFCON: Benin announces 23-man squad for the tournament ]]>
The list included the Squirrels’ most capped player, Stephane Sessegnon, and 2018 Benin Footballer of the Year, Khaled Adenon.

Dussuyer’s chosen squad for the tournament consists of:

Goalkeepers:

Saturnin Allagbé (Niort / France), Fabien Farnolle (Yeni Malatyaspor / Turkey), Cherif Dine Kakpo (Buffaloes)

Defenders:
Olivier Verdon (Sochaux / France), Khaled Adenon (Amiens / France), Moise Adilehou (Levadiakos / Greece), Junior Salomon (United Plateau / Nigeria) Seidou Barazé (Moulins Yzeure / France), Rodrigue Fassinou (Aspac) , David Kiki (Red Star / France), Emmanuel Imorou (Caen / France)

Midfielders:
Sessi d’Almeida (Yeovil Town / England), Jordan Adeoti (Auxerre / France), Mama Seibou (Toulon SC / France), Stéphane Sèssegnon (Genclerbirligi / Turkey), Tidjani Anaane (Ben Guerdane / Tunisia), Rodrigue Kossi (African Club / Tunisia)

Strikers:
Steve Mounié (Huddersfield / England), Michael Poté (Adana Demirspor / Turkey), Jodel Dossou (Vaduz / Switzerland), David Djigla (Niort / France), Desire Sègbè Azankpo (FK Senica / Slovakia), Cèbio Soukou ( Hansa Rostock / Germany)

The draw put Benin in Group F alongside Ghana, Guinea Bissau and Cameroon and they will play their games in Ismailia. ]]>
5/29/2019 1:32:21 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek to play African Super Cup in the UAE ]]>
Zamalek, CAF Confederation Cup winners, will face the winner between Tunisian giants, Espérance, and Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca who face each other at CAF Champions League final.

The first leg in Morocco ended with a 1-1 draw and the second leg is scheduled on Friday night at the Olympic Stadium in Rades.

A new Zamalek history was made on Sunday night when the team won the CAF Confederation Cup title for the first time in the history of the club.

Zamalek, led by Swiss manager, Christian Gross, won the title as they defeated Morocco's RS Berkane on penalty-shootouts after the regular time ended with a 1-0 win for Zamalek who equalized their 1-0 loss at the first leg in Morocco.

Gross became the 9th manager in the history of the club to win a continental title and he put an end to 16 years of trophy drought on International level as Zamalek's last African title was in 2003 when they defeated Wydad Casablance to win the African Super Cup title. ]]>
5/29/2019 1:17:52 PM
<![CDATA[Nigeria ready to fulfil potential at women's World Cup, says coach]]>
The ‘Super Falcons’ have played at every World Cup since the inaugural event in 1991 but got beyond the first round just once, reaching the quarter-finals in 1999 when it was still a 16-team tournament.

“Our ambition is to get to the last 16 at least,” Dennerby told Reuters by telephone on Wednesday as the team prepares for next week’s kick-off in France.

“These days, it’s much harder to go to the quarter-finals because the teams are so much stronger, so it’s going to need a really strong performance,” added the 59-year-old Swede, who took his home country to third place in 2011.

“I hope that we can do that and get through to the round of 16, then win one more game.

“The team have the capacity to do that. We have really worked hard to be the best Nigerian team ever to go to the World Cup.”

While they have been the dominant force in African women’s football, Nigeria only qualified for France on the back of two penalty shootout wins and Dennerby says that is a reflection of the increased competition on the continent.

“I think the standard has improved across Africa,” said Dennerby. “It has certainly got a lot more competitive. You can no longer say before kick-off how the game is going to end and that’s good.

“There is little to choose between the top four-five women’s teams.

“We like that it is getting tougher and tougher and I think that African women’s football is catching up with the rest of the world,” he said from their training camp in Austria.

The Swede has had to make his own adjustments to bridge the culture gap between Scandinavia and Africa.

“You come to the training field and you work with the players and that is no problem at all. We’ve also had good preparation, we’ve been to camp in China and Spain,” he added.

“But sometimes as a European it’s been a bit of an eye opener. But I’m hoping I’ve made a positive impact. I like the spirit of the Nigerians and their passion for football.”

Nigeria open their Group A campaign against Norway in Reims on June 6, and that game is key for the hopes of getting to the playoffs, says the coach.

“We know that Norway is a good tournament team, they have a good record. But they are not at the same level as they were in the ‘90s, so we must believe we have a chance,” Dennerby added.

Nigeria also play South Korea and hosts France in Group A.]]>
5/29/2019 1:02:20 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool's Salah seeks Champions League final redemption]]>
Salah injured his shoulder in a coming together with Real defender Sergio Ramos during last year’s final in Kiev and was forced to leave the field with half an hour played.

Liverpool went on to lose 3-1 and their Egyptian forward is fired up by the thought of scoring the winner this time around and helping his team claim their sixth European Cup.

“I hope I can play the full game this time. I’m very excited,” Salah told reporters on Tuesday. “I hope we can right what happened last season, get a good result and win the competition.

“(Scoring the winner is) not just dream. I hope it becomes a reality and I score in the final.”

Salah also said Liverpool had learnt their lessons from last year’s disappointment and that the team was better off for the experience.

“This is our second final in a row,” he added. “We lost the first but everything feels better this time around and we have more experience than last time.

“I hope we can win it. It will be tough. This is a final and no opponent would have been easy… It is harder because (Tottenham) is an English side.”]]>
5/29/2019 12:04:13 PM
<![CDATA[Ashley to sell Newcastle to Arab billionaire for $445 million: The Sun]]>
The contracts between Ashley and Sheikh Khaled have been signed and submitted to the Premier League, according to the report.

Ashley, who bought a controlling stake in the Premier League club in 2007, has in the past tried to sell the club.

Ashley, who owns British sportswear retailer Sports Direct International Plc said last October that he had not received any acceptable offers for Newcastle, a year after he officially put the club up for sale, but told Sky News in December that talks on a deal had made promising progress.

Any potential buyer of the club must be able to provide transfer funds, he had said at the time.

Sheikh Khaled, the cousin of Manchester City owner and Arab billionaire Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, previously failed in his bid to buy Liverpool Football Club for 2 billion pounds last year, the Daily Mail has previously reported.

Sheikh Khaled is also the founder of Bin Zayed Group, a leading conglomerate with diverse business interests in the local and international markets.

Newcastle United, the Premier League and the Bin Zayed Group did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comments.]]>
5/28/2019 1:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek gets LE 30M after winning CAF]]>
On Sunday, Zamalek SC won the CAF Confederation Cup against the Moroccan RSB Berkane, and as a result Zamalek will gain a reward of L.E. 21 million ($1.2 million). Berkane will receive $650,000 for reaching the finals.

Zamalek will receive a total of L.E. 6 million for winning the cup. Zamalek’s revenues of the massive fan attendance of the final match exceeded L.E. 3 million.
Held at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, the final match was attended by an estimate of 60,000 fans.

Zamalek entered Sunday’s match down 1-0 after losing the first leg in Morocco.
The Egyptian side managed to tie the fixture on aggregate at the end of regular time thanks to Mahmoud Alaa, as he smoothly converted a penalty kick early on in the second half.

The game went to penalties and Zamalek beat RSB Berkane 5-3 in the penalty shootout.
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5/28/2019 1:24:05 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool deserve to win Champions League, says Koeman]]>
Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final in Madrid.

The Dutch take on England in the Nations League semi-final in Guimaraes, Portugal on June 6.

“It would be rather sour if both ended up empty handed after such a formidable season and being so close to huge trophies,” Koeman told reporters as the Dutch prepared for the Nations League with a camp in Zeist this week.

“Van Dijk, Wijnaldum and Liverpool do not deserve that.”

Koeman had planned to take the entire Dutch squad to watch the Champions League final had Ajax Amsterdam qualified. But after the Dutch club were beaten by Tottenham in the semi-finals, it was decided the national team would stay in Lagos, Portugal for the second part of their preparation.]]>
5/28/2019 11:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalek's inspirational journey towards the title ]]>
Zizo's penalty put an end to a 16-year continental drought as Zamalek's last African title was in 2003 when they defeated Wydad Casablanca to win the African Super Cup title.

Zamalek were the underdogs of the competition this year and their route to the title was inspirational and impressed the football fans across the continent.

Zamalek qualified for the CAF Confederation Cup after they won the 2018 Egyptian Cup title defeating Smouha at the final also by penalty shoot-outs.

The Egyptian giants known as the White Castle Warriors started their campaign at the competition from the first round when they faced an easy opponent, AS CotonTchad, defeating them 7-2 on aggregate.

Zamalek qualified for the second round and the draw put them against Morocco's Ittihad Tanger.

The first leg in Morocco ended with a goalless draw while the second leg ended with a 3-1 victory for Zamalek; this victory sent Zamalek to the competition's group stage.

The group stage draw put Zamalek in a tough group with Kenya's Gor Mahia, Algeria's NA Hussein Dey and Petro de Luanda of Angola.

Zamalek suffered a frustrating start at the group stage as they lost the opening game 4-2 to Gor Mahia in Kenya while the second game against NA Hussein Dey at home ended with a 1-1 draw which is the same result of the third game at home against Petro de Luanda.

Zamalek were at the bottom of their group after three games at the group stage, including two games at home, and everyone expected another tough year for Zamalek.

However, everything changed for Zamalek from the fourth round when they defeated Petro de Luanda 1-0 in Angola and achieved a 4-0 victory over Gor Mahia at home before ending the group stage games with a draw in Algeria.

Zamalek, who were the first candidate for an early exit, finished the group stage as group leaders with 9 points and reached the quarter finals and the draw put Zamalek against Morocco's Hassania Agadir.

The first leg ended with a goalless draw in Morocco and Zamalek's goalkeeper, Mahmoud Gennesh, was the fans' hero after he saved many clear chances for the hosts.

During the second leg in Egypt, Ibrahim Hassan scored a goal and sent Zamalek to the semi-finals.

The semi-final put Zamalek against the familiar faces from Tunisia, Etoile du Sahel.

Zamalek faced the Tunisian team in 2015 and they were knocked out after a 5-4 historic loss and it was the time for Zamalek to take revenge.

The first leg was played in Borg El Arab Stadium and Zamalek managed to win thanks to a goal from Mahmoud Kahraba which gave Zamalek an advantage ahead of the second leg in Tunisia.

The second leg was a true battle against Etoile du Sahel players and their enthusiastic fans who put Zamalek players under pressure from the first moment but Zamalek players broke all their attacking attempts and secured a goalless draw that sent the Egyptian team to the final.

Zamalek qualified for the final against Morocco's RS Berkane who defeated Tunisia's CS CS Sfaxien to reach the final for the first time in the club's history.

During the first leg in Morocco, Zamalek players were on the verge of returning to Egypt with a draw but a late goal from Berkane’s Togolese striker, Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba, secured the victory for the home side.

At the second leg in Egypt, Zamalek fans packed Borg El Arab Stadium 6 hours before the game to support their players during the final.

Zamalek suffered during the first half and they failed to convert their attempts to goals and went to the half time with a nil-nil draw.

During the second half, VAR granted Zamalek a penalty and the team defender, Mahmoud Alaa, converted it to a goal to equalize the loss of the first leg.

Both teams failed to score at the remaining minutes and the game went to penalty-shootouts.

Zamalek players scored all their five attempts while the Moroccan team missed their first attempt by Hamdi Laachir and Zamalek won the African title.

Zamalek fans celebrated their team's victory all night long.
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5/28/2019 10:25:37 AM
<![CDATA[Sarri on shaky ground as Chelsea challenge Arsenal for European glory]]>
Under the Italian, Chelsea have qualified for the Champions League next season and reached the final of the domestic League Cup before losing in a penalty shootout against Manchester City.

By contrast Arsenal, under Unai Emery in his first season in London, missed out on the four Champions League spots on offer in the Premier League after a late slump in form.

The Gunners must now beat their city rivals in the Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku to squeeze into Europe’s premier competition.

Yet it is Sarri who seems to be on the shakier ground, not least because of Chelsea’s record of hiring and firing managers – a dozen, including interim coaches, have come and gone since Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

Arsenal, by contrast, gave former manager Arsene Wenger 22 years in the job before he made way for Emery.

Furthermore, Chelsea’s third-place in the Premier league table might look impressive, but they finished 25 points behind runners-up Liverpool and were thankful that Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, along with Arsenal, stumbled badly.

Some Chelsea fans have been very direct in their criticisms of Sarri’s tactics and have made it clear to the club’s hierarchy who they would prefer in the dugout next season by chanting the name of former midfield hero Frank Lampard.

In his first season as a coach, Lampard has steered Derby County to Monday’s second-tier playoff final against Aston Villa for a place in the Premier League.

‘ARE THEY HAPPY WITH ME?’
Sarri, who has been linked with the vacant coach’s position at Juventus, acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding his future in the run-up to the trip to Baku.

“I have to speak with my club after the final. I want to know if they are happy with me or not,” he said.

“I think we had a good season with a lot of problems, of course. We lost two or three matches very badly but we had a good season in the end.”

Sarri appeared to be on the ropes in February when Chelsea were thrashed 6-0 in the Premier League by Manchester City, not long after a 4-0 drubbing by Bournemouth.

But Chelsea stabilised while Arsenal went on a miserable run of form late in the season, costing them the chance of leap-frogging bitter rivals Spurs into fourth place.

Arsenal’s strike force of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will fancy their chances against Chelsea’s often shaky defence, which will be missing the injured Toni Rudiger.

Defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante is expected to be fit for selection after a hamstring injury but England’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi are out of Chelsea contention with Achilles tendon injuries.

The Gunners’ back line proved to be their own weak link during their domestic season, giving Eden Hazard a chance to shine on what many Chelsea fans fear will be his last appearance for the Blues. He is expected to move to Real Madrid in the summer.

Arsenal will also suffer from the absence of Henrikh Mkhitaryan who decided not to travel to Baku because of concerns over his safety in Azerbaijan, which has a long-running and sometimes bloody dispute with Mkhitaryan’s native Armenia.

The absence of Mkhitaryan has added to the resentment among Arsenal fans at the prospect of a 5,000-mile round trip to the Caucasus for a match against another London team. UEFA has defended the decision, saying it chose the venue two years ago.

The final gives Emery a chance to win the Europa League for a fourth time having led Sevilla to glory in the competition for three years in a row between 2014 and 2016. By contrast, Sarri has yet to win a major title as a coach.]]>
5/28/2019 9:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Chelsea's Kante a doubt for Europa League final: reports]]>
The France international missed Chelsea’s previous two games with a hamstring injury but returned to training last week and manager Maurizio Sarri was confident he would be fit for the club’s season-ending showpiece in the Azerbaijan capital.

Both the Times and Guardian newspapers reported that Kante had twisted his knee during a training session on Saturday and was not likely to recover in time for the final.

The 28-year-old’s absence is a blow for Sarri, who is already without the services of defender Antonio Rudiger, midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and winger Callum Hudson-Odoi due to injuries.]]>
5/28/2019 6:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Nassef Sawiras celebrates Aston Villa’s Victory, wishes Egypt success in Africa Cup]]>
He added that he will work during the coming period to continue to prepare Aston Villa to deliver good performance during the next Premier League, stressing that this victory is a good opportunity to have a platform for the Egyptian players in the English league. 

He also added that the Egyptian international player, Ahmed Mohamedi, one of Aston Villa’s players, is an honor to Egypt. Sawiras expressed his hopes that Egypt will win the African Cup of Nations 2019, that Egypt will host from 21 June to 19 July 2019. 

"I thank all the friends in Egypt for their support that led to this success," said Nassef Sawiras. "We will continue to improve Aston Villa, even more, to achieve much more victories in the coming tournaments we will join.” 

Aston Villa scored a 2-1 win at Derby County on Monday in the final of the “Playoff” championship.]]>
5/28/2019 1:16:52 AM
<![CDATA[Twitter partners with Goal to launch a CAF Africa Cup of Nations show]]>
Hosted by Egyptian content creator Medo (@MedoISC), the six-minute show will offer fast match reports, team profiles, breaking news, press conferences, exclusive interviews, as well as reactions from coaches, players and fans in the tournament.

The shows will be free and accessible globally to logged-in and logged-out users on Twitter and connected devices, and will be streamed via Goal’s Twitter account; @GoalAR. It will be aired on different days and times of the week.

Fans in Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and the UAE can keep up with scores, Tweets and videos on Twitter with a dedicated AFCON page for the quarterfinal, semifinal and final games. They can find this page at the top of their timeline, by searching for “AFCON”, or in the Explore section. It will be available on Twitter iOS and Android as well as mobile.twitter.com in Arabic and English.

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Based on recent research conducted by consumer insight company Toluna, which examined user preferences for content and their interactions within the online video landscape among Twitter users in Egypt, the majority of Twitter users in Egypt (62%) consider Twitter as one of their main sources for online video content and also 55% have previously watched live-streamed content on Twitter. With Arabic as the preferred language, the most popular video content genre in Egypt is football. The most enjoyed videos around football in Egypt are match highlights (89%), behind the scenes (53%), player interviews (44%) and commentary and analysis (40%).

“Following the success of #YallaGoal European weekly, an Arabic sports show that covered the Big Five European football leagues late last year, we have extended our partnership with Goal to provide a similar experience during AFCON 2019,” said Kinda Ibrahim, Director of Media Partnerships, MENA, Twitter. “#YallaGoal European Weekly generated a total of 30 million video views, which include both the live and episode highlight clips.”

Ahmet Yavuz, Head of Content for Goal MENA said: “It has been a year since we have launched #YallaGoal for the first time. From that time we’ve reached almost every single football fan across MENA through special concepts of #YallaGoal. Now it’s time for AFCON 2019. We promise to deliver the most engaging content around the biggest football tournament in Africa.”

#YallaGoal AFCON is the fourth Arabic sports show to launch on Twitter in partnership with Goal. The first, #YallaGoal, covered football related news during the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, generating a total of 10 million video views. The following show was the #YallaGoal European Weekly which covered football related news during the Big Five European football leagues, generating 30 million video views. Most recently, Goal produced #YallaGoal Asian Cup around the AFC Asian Cup in January, generating a total of 12 million video views.

AFCON fans on Twitter should be able to quickly capture what’s happening during the tournament and share it with the right people. Earlier this year, Twitter updated its camera to make it easier to capture and share what people are seeing. If you’re at these games when you open the camera relevant hashtags like #TotalAFCON2019, #AFCON2019, and كأسالأممالأفريقية_2019# will pop up so you can easily tag your images or videos and get your Tweets into the AFCON event page and in front of the right audience.
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5/27/2019 10:55:19 PM
<![CDATA[Nadal begins quest for 12th Roland Garros title]]>
Three different players ousted the Spaniard in claycourt tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid before he roared back to his best to beat world number one Novak Djokovic in the final in Rome.

Nadal, a known stickler for routine and order, arrives at a revamped court Philippe Chatrier which has been 80% rebuilt for this year’s tournament, but the 32-year-old said he will not be affected by the changes. [nL5N2303QF]

He is generally a slow starter but should not have any problem getting past his first-round opponent, Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann.

The 27-year-old, who turned professional only four years ago, has never advanced past the opening round of a Grand Slam but he feels no pressure facing the championship favourite.

“I’ll know a lot about him and maybe he doesn’t know as much about me,” he said in an interview on the Roland Garros website.

“I’ve been playing well. I’ve got a big game... So if my serve and return works, I can definitely do some damage.”

While the crowd may be overwhelmingly in favour of Nadal, it is not something that affects Hanfmann, who has a hearing impairment.

“It’s an advantage on court,” he added. “Maybe on Chatrier, it’ll be an advantage because I don’t hear that much that’s going on.”

In the other half of the draw, Djokovic begins his quest to hold all four Grand Slam titles for the second time in his career when he takes on Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.

Djokovic became the first man since Australia’s Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slams in 2016 when he won his only French Open title.

Three-times Roland Garros champion Serena Williams is looking to win her 24th Grand Slam singles title and she takes on Vitalia Diatchenko who has never progressed to the third round.

Dominic Thiem, who comes into the tournament having won titles in Barcelona and Indian Wells this year, will be in action on court Suzanne-Lenglen against American Tommy Paul.

Stan Wawrinka, a winner in 2015, will be the star attraction on court Simonne-Mathieu when he takes on Jozef Kovalik while French veteran Richard Gasquet faces Mischa Zverev.]]>
5/27/2019 5:40:00 PM
<![CDATA[Man City chairman says club will 'prevail' in UEFA investigation]]>
European soccer’s governing body UEFA has referred City to an independent judicial chamber after an investigation opened in March.

German publication Der Spiegel reported in March that the club’s Abu Dhabi owners inflated sponsorship agreements to comply with FFP requirements.

"Am I uncomfortable? No. I respect regulatory bodies doing their job and any regulatory process that asks questions," Al Mubarak said in an interview published on the club website here on Sunday.

“We have to professionally respond which is what we have done. We are dealing with each of these entities as per the process, we have clear answers.

“I believe, quite comfortably, if the process is going to be judged on facts then unquestionably we will prevail. If it’s not about facts and it’s about other things, then it is a different conversation.”

FFP rules are intended to prevent clubs receiving unlimited amounts of money through inflated sponsorship deals with organisations related to the owners.]]>
5/27/2019 2:20:53 PM
<![CDATA[AFCON: Renard announces Morocco's preliminary squad ]]>
Renard called Zamalek striker, Khaled Boutaieb, while his teammate, Hamid Ahdad and Al-Ahly's Walid Azarro missed the list.

The manager also called the Saudi Arabian top goal scorer, Abderrazak Hamdallah, who led his team Al Nasr to win the league title.

Renard's provisional squad for AFCON consists of:

Goalkeepers: Munir Mohamedi, Yassine Bounou, Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti Abdelali Mhamdi

Defenders: Marouane Da Costa, Romain Saiss, Mehdi Benatia, Achraf Hakimi, Abdelhamid Yunis, Noussair Mazroaui, Nabil Dirar

Midfielders: Karim El Ahmadi, Arroussi Youssef Aït Bennasser, Mbark Boussoufa , Younes Belhanda Fayçal Fajr, Abdelkrim Baadi, Mehdi Bourabia, Amine Harit

Forwards: Nordin Amrabat , Hakim Ziyech, Ayoub El Kaabi, Khalid Boutaib, Youssef En-Nesyri , Soufiane Boufal, Osama Idrissi and Abderazzak Hamdallah


Morocco will play two friendly matches in preparation for the tournament; the first game is scheduled on 12 June against Burundi and four days later they will face Zambia.

African Cup of Nations draw put Morocco in Group D with Côte d'Ivoire, South Africa and Namibia.
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5/27/2019 2:18:29 PM
<![CDATA[Amir Azmy praises Zamalek fans after winning African title ]]>
Zamalek, led by Swiss manager, Christian Gross, won the title as they defeated Morocco's RS Berkane on penalty-shootouts after the regular time ended with a 1-0 win for Zamalek who equalized their 1-0 loss at the first leg in Morocco.

Zamalek assistant manager, Amir Azmy, praised Zamalek fans after the game, saying "The fans supported us during the whole game and their support had a great impact on the players who did everything they can to win the title."

Zamalek fans packed Borg El Arab Stadium 6 hours before the game to support their players during the game.

Azmy added" We suffered during the first half but during the half time, the manager spoke with the players and asked them to calm and they will be able to score and that is what happened."

Gross became the 9th manager in the history of the club to win a continental title and he put an end to 16 years of trophy drought on International level as Zamalek's last African title was in 2003 when they defeated Wydad Casablance to win the African Super Cup title. ]]>
5/27/2019 12:54:02 PM
<![CDATA[Man Utd legends thrash Bayern in 1999 charity rematch]]>
Twenty years after Solskjaer scored the last-gasp winner that helped Alex Ferguson's side beat Bayern in the Champions League final, the current United boss joined his old team-mates for a charity match against the Germans at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer again started on the bench as he did in the Camp Nou final, but he wasted little time after coming on for Andy Cole, turning home the opener after Dwight Yorke was denied.

With Ferguson back in the dugout as manager for the day, there was a feelgood factor in the air at Old Trafford for United's 5-0 win after a troubled season for the current generation.

It was the first time Ferguson, 77, had managed a United team since his retirement in 2013.

He sat with ex-England boss Steve McClaren, his assistant 20 years ago.

The reunion match, in aid of the Manchester United Foundation, was also the first time Ferguson had been on the pitch since undergoing major surgery after suffering a brain haemorrhage last May.

Rolling back the years, David Beckham was firing cross-field balls, Jaap Stam showed no mercy at the back and Paul Scholes bossed the midfield.

They faced a star-studded Bayern squad that included Lothar Matthaus, Stefan Effenberg, Sammy Kuffour and Carsten Jancker from the 1999 starting lineup, as well as former Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis.

Solskjaer went off midway through the first half and skipper Peter Schmeichel followed suit shortly after Dwight Yorke scored a superb second for United Legends.

Thanks to their two late goals against Bayern, United remain the only English club to win a treble made up of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in one season.

As the latest man charged with trying to engineer a return to those glory days he was such an integral part in, Solskjaer's efforts were greeted with enthusiasm by a crowd in excess of 60,000.

Popular as he is, the reception for Solskjaer was eclipsed by the one afforded to Beckham.

The former England skipper, 44, sold to Real Madrid in 2003 after a fall-out with Ferguson, got a standing ovation every time he went to take a corner.

Changes aplenty punctuated the second half rather than goals, with Stam, Scholes and Denis Irwin among those to be replaced to rapturous applause.

Nicky Butt netted United's third of the afternoon 11 minutes from time as he coolly stabbed home a Louis Saha cross.

Saha, one of the handful of non-treble winners playing for United, slotted home the fourth in the 85th minute as he turned home a Jonathan Greening cross.

In a fitting finale, Beckham got behind the Bayern backline and showed quick feet before firing home in front of the Stretford End, leaving Ferguson wreathed in smiles and the crowd on their feet in delight.]]>
5/27/2019 12:31:54 PM
<![CDATA[AC Milan miss out on top-four finish despite SPAL win]]>
The result left Milan fifth on 68 points, one behind third-placed Atalanta and fourth-placed city rivals Inter, meaning they will have to be content with the Europa League next season.

Atalanta came from behind to beat Sassuolo 3-1 at home while Inter eked out a 2-1 win against relegated Empoli at the San Siro.

“I am happy with the development of my players, I think many of them have improved a lot,” said AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso, whose future with the club is uncertain. “We can still get better although it will not be easy to improve this season’s 68 points.

“The biggest regret is that in the last few months we have not played well and we have lost too many points, but all in all our work has been good,” he added. “There are regrets but also pride. I’ve congratulated the squad for what they have given me this season.”

Hakan Calhanoglu fired Milan ahead in the 18th minute with a first-time shot from the edge of the penalty area after Franck Kessie played the ball into the Turkey midfielder’s stride from the left flank.

Kessie doubled Milan’s lead shortly afterwards when poor SPAL defending gave the Ivorian playmaker time and space to tee himself up for a left-footed shot into the roof of the net from close range.

The home side pulled one back in the 28th minute after left back Francesco Vicari found the top left corner with a glancing header and levelled early in the second half, Mohamed Fares meeting Alessandro Murgia’s cross with a thumping header.

Kessie converted a 66th-minute penalty after Krzysztof Piatek was hauled down to rekindle Milan’s hopes of earning Champions League football next season but their joy was short-lived as news of the other results came through.]]>
5/27/2019 12:26:29 PM
<![CDATA[ Zamalek African Champions for the first time in 16 years]]>
Zamalek is a champion of the 2019 African Confederation Cup after defeating RSB Berkane 5-4 by a penalty shootouts.

The white knights won 1-0 in the second leg of the. CAF Confederation Cup as Mahmoud Alaa scored the only goal from the penalty spot.

Lifting the trophy was the main goal for the White castle warriors for two other reasons

The first was that the CAF Confederation Cup is the only tournament in which Zamalek have historically participated, and has never won it so far.

Zamalek won the African Union Cup and the African Cup Winners Cup, but the Confederation Cup is the merging of the two championships together, Zamalek never won this title, and only one Egyptian team won it in 2015, Al Ahly.

The second was the return to the road of winning continental titles in general. The last continental title for Zamalek was in 2003. It was the African Super Cup when Zamalek defeated Wydad Casablanca.

Zamalek fans were present in the stadium with huge capacity, 60,000 spectators.]]>
5/27/2019 1:41:46 AM
<![CDATA[Time Sport broadcasts Zamalek Vs Morocco’s RS Berkane final]]>
Egypt Media Company, in cooperation with the National Media Authority, launched Time Sport Channel on Thursday to broadcast the Africa 2019 Cup of Nations to be held in Cairo from June 21 to July 19, 2019.

Fans will be able to watch the games through a splendid coverage service by the most professional work team that Egypt Media Company picked carefully to only contain the best in their field.

The satellite channel is available through Nilesat satellite receivers on the horizontal frequency 11449. The channel will present all the steps for receiving the land channel.
Time Sport will collaborate with several famous and professional sport experts such as Ahmed Shober, Saif Zaher, Tamer Sakr, Hassan Shehata, Taha Ismail, Hossni Abd Rabo, Hazem Imam, Hossni Abed Rabbo Emad Mettab, Abd el-Zaher el-Sakka, Gamal el-Ghandor, Hatem Batisha, Ayman el-Kashef, Essam Abdo, Mohamed Ramadan, Tarik el-Adoar, Shaima Saber, Farah Ali, Karim Ramzy, Ahmed Ezz, Christine Riad, Yehia Hamza, Mirekil Nassif, Fathallah Dadim, Amr Jamel and others.

Head of the Egyptian Media Group Tamer Morsi said that Time Sport will be a real addition to sports entertainment in Egypt, after stressing the right of Egyptians to tournament matches over terrestrial frequencies.
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5/26/2019 11:10:25 PM
<![CDATA[CAF inspect AFCON stadiums this week]]>
The inspection begins on Sunday to review the progress of the work and the latest preparations in the stadiums for the matches and training.

"On Sunday, officials will visit the stadium in Alexandria and training grounds for the second group," A source told Filgoal website.

"On Monday, the inspection will be on Suez Stadium and the training pitches for the sixth group. Officials will travel on Tuesday to see Ismailia Stadium and the fifth group training ground," he added.

"On Wednesday, the inspection committee will visit three stadiums in Cairo; Cairo stadium, Al Salam stadium & 30 June stadium," he concluded.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.]]>
5/26/2019 4:45:39 PM
<![CDATA[Second day: Tazkarti booths are still open at youth centers]]>
The fans can visit Tazkarti booths according to Ramadan dates, from 10 am to 4 pm and from 8 pm to 1 am.

Tazkarti , a website launched to secure booking tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations set to be held in Egypt starting June 21, said that fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi&Mokattam).

2nd and 3rd degree: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.)

Earlier Thursday morning, The Organizing Committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations opened the door for the Egyptian and African football fans to get their tickets through the website.

"There are two ways to purchase your tickets; through your own Credit Card or through Fawri application," A source in the organizing Committee told Filgoal website.

"Each person can purchase up to 5 tickets, the ticket will be numbered by your seat," the source added.

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.
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5/26/2019 3:51:26 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Cairo Stadium main entrance developed for 2019 AFCON]]>The development works witnessed many places in the stadium especially the terraces, the main chamber and the main entrance.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

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Cairo stadium cover - FILE


The matches will be played in the Cairo, Air Defense, Al Salam, Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia stadiums. The Cairo Stadium will host the opening match and final match.

Group A: Egypt, DR Congo, Uganda, Zimbabwe - This group of matches will be played at Cairo Stadium

Group B: Nigeria, Guinea, Madagascar, Burundi - This group of matches will be played at Alexandria Stadium

Group C: Senegal, Algeria, Kenya, Tanzania - This group of matches will be played at Air Defense Stadium

Group D: Morocco, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Namibia - This group of matches will be played at Al Salam Stadium

Group E: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Angola - This group of matches will be played at Suez Stadium

Group F: Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Guinea-Bissau - This group of matches will be played at Ismailia Stadium

Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.

The 2019 African Cup of nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

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Cairo stadium cover - FILE


Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.

Egypt has been known for its ability to host the biggest sports tournaments as the country has one of the best infrastructures in the continent, besides the huge passion of its people towards sports, especially football.

Since 1996, a total of 16 teams were allowed to participate at the tournament but for the first time in history, 24 nations will compete to win the title in 2019.

Since the launch of Egypt's official bid to host the tournament, the Egyptian Football Federation announced the stadiums which would host the games. ]]>
5/26/2019 3:42:41 PM
<![CDATA[Know Zamalek's expected line-up for the African Final]]>
Zamalek host the Moroccan team RSB Berkane at the Borg El Arab Stadium on Sunday in the final leg of the CAF Confederation Cup. The White team need to win by two goals after losing the first leg to a late goal by the hosts.

Mahmoud Abdel Rahim 'Gennesh' returns his team's line-up although Omar Salah, third goalkeeper, never let the fans down, but Zamalek's main goalkeeper will be required to keep his team clean to facilitate the task of his teammates.

Khaled Boutaib, the Moroccan striker, has also returned and may be playing despite the recent return from injury in the absence of Omar Al Said. Hazem Imam will also be present after returning from injury, but he is the only solution in the absence of Hamdi Nagguez who is suspended.

Expected line-up:

Goalkeepers: Mahmoud Abdel Rahim (Gennesh)

Defense: Hazem Imam - Mahmoud Alaa - Mahmoud Hamdi "Al Wensh" - Abdullah Gomaa

Center: Tarek Hamed - Mahmoud Abdel Aziz - Mahmoud Abdel Moneim "Kahraba" - Youssef Ibrahim "Obama" - Ibrahim Hassan (Ahmed Sayed "Zizo")

Attack: Hamid Ahmad (Khalid Boutaib)
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5/26/2019 3:36:16 PM
<![CDATA[Last step to be taken, Zamalek awaits absent African joy]]>
Zamalek fans have never been more enthusiastic about fighting for their team, but if fighting is important, it will certainly be their most important day.

At 10 pm Sunday, and on the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, the hopes of Zamalek fans are tied to their players' feet, hoping to return to the road of winning the African championships.

Zamalek host the Moroccan team RSB Berkane at the Borg El Arab Stadium on Sunday in the final leg of the CAF Confederation Cup. The White team need to win by two goals after losing the first leg to a late goal by the hosts.
Warriors are ready

Mahmoud Abdel Rahim 'Gennesh' returns his team's line-up although Omar Salah, third goalkeeper, never let the fans down, but Zamalek's main goalkeeper will be required to keep his team clean to facilitate the task of his teammates.

Khaled Boutaib, the Moroccan striker, has also returned and may be playing despite the recent return from injury in the absence of Omar Al Said.

Hazem Imam will also be present after returning from injury, but he is the only solution in the absence of Hamdi Nagguez who is suspended.

White era

Lifting the trophy is the main goal for the White castle warriors, not only because he is the white knight who is aiming for winning any title he participates in, but for two other reasons.

The first is that the CAF Confederation Cup is the only tournament in which Zamalek have historically participated, and has never won it so far.
Zamalek won the African Union Cup and the African Cup Winners Cup, but the Confederation Cup is the merging of the two championships together, Zamalek never won this title, and only one Egyptian team won it in 2015, Al Ahly.


The second is the return to the raod of winning continental titles in general. The last continental title for Zamalek was in 2003. It was the African Super Cup when Zamalek defeated Wydad Casablanca.

Zamalek fans will be present in the stadium with huge capacity, 60,000 tickets have run out and thousands more are still trying to get a ticket for the event.
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5/26/2019 2:53:30 PM
<![CDATA[Hazem Emam supports Zamalek from the stadium]]>
Zamalek host the Moroccan team RSB Berkane at the Borg El Arab Stadium on Sunday in the final leg of the CAF Confederation Cup.

"I will attend the Final as a big fan for Zamalek," Hazem Emam said to Filgoal website.

"EFA supports Zamalek to win the title as they will be the second Egyptian team to achieve this title," EFA board member continued.

"My expectation for the game is 2-0 for Zamalek. I hope the players all the good luck to bring joy for the fans," Emam concluded.

Zamalek need to win by two goals after losing the first leg to a late goal by the hosts.

Zamalek won one The Egyptian-Saudi Super Cup this season with a 2-1 victory over Al Hilal.

The rivalry continues between Egyptian giants, Al Ahly and Zamalek, as the White knights place third with 66 points with three games less than Al Ahly.
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5/26/2019 10:52:30 AM
<![CDATA[Messi is still upset ahead of Copa del Rey Final]]>
Barca were stunned at Anfield just over two weeks ago as they squandered a 3-0 lead from their semi-final first leg and were beaten 4-0 by Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Messi and his team are preparing to face Valencia on Saturday in Copa del Rey final, hosted by the Pinto Villamarin stadium in Seville.

The Argentinean legend defended on Friday his coach, Ernesto Valverde, as the Spanish coach received many critics after being eliminated from the Champions League two times a row with the same scenario. Messi's statements were in the press conference prior to Valencia's match.

‘I would like Valverde to continue next year, we won a double last year and we can repeat that this year,’ Messi said on Friday.

‘If I am honest with you, I didn’t really see the criticism of the manager. ‘To be honest, I think he has done a very good job. ‘He was not to blame for the elimination against Liverpool. We are the only ones responsible for what happened. ‘We knew that what happened last year couldn’t happen again. It can happen to you once, but not twice in a row. It is not acceptable what happened. He will be partly to blame, but we are more so.]]>
5/25/2019 4:26:16 PM
<![CDATA[Salah joins Egypt's camp on June 8]]>
Liverpool will face Tottenham Hotspur on June 1 in the UEFA Champions League Final at Metropolitano stadium in Madrid.

The Egyptian national team coaching staff preferred to give Salah some rest after the Champions League Final to be ready for the 2019 AFCON.

Aguirre called the big names beside Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, like Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny, Al-Ahly’s Walid Soliman and Ahmed Ali of Arab Contractors who returned to the national team after years of absence.

The squad will join the national team camp in Borg El Arab Stadium on 6 June and they will play two friendly games against Tanzania and Guinea on 13 and 16 June respectively.

Aguirre’s chosen squad consists of:

Goalkeepers: Ahmed El Shenawy, Mohamed El Shenawy, Mahmoud Genesh, Mohamed Abo Gabal

Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady, Ahmed Hegazi, Omar Gaber, Ali Gazal, Ayman Ahsraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Baher Elmohamady, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Mahmoud Alaa, Ahmed Abou-Elfotouh.

Midfielders: Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Amr Warda, Nabil Emad.

Forwards: Ahmed Ali, Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Hassan Kouka.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.]]>
5/25/2019 3:59:07 PM
<![CDATA[Book AFCON tickets, Get FAN ID through Tazkarti booths]]>
The officials of Tazkarti website and the Organizing Committee of the 2019 African Nations Cup have allocated a number of places for fans to receive the tickets as soon as possible and facilitate the task of attendance in finishing their applications.

Tazkarti, a website launched to secure booking tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations set to be held in Egypt starting June 21, said that fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi & Mokattam).

2nd and 3rd degree: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.)

Earlier Thursday morning, The Organizing Committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations opened the door for the Egyptian and African football fans to get their tickets through the website.

"There are two ways to purchase your tickets; through your own Credit Card or through Fawri application," A source in the organizing Committee told FilGoal website.

"Each person can purchase up to five tickets, and each ticket will be numbered by your seat," the source added.

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic. ]]>
5/25/2019 3:56:47 PM
<![CDATA[Know where you can buy AFCON tickets through Tazkarti booths]]>
The fans can visit Tazkarti booths according to Ramadan dates, from 10 am to 4 pm and from 8 pm to 1 am.

Tazkarti , a website launched to secure booking tickets for the 2019 African Cup of Nations set to be held in Egypt starting June 21, said that fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi&Mokattam).

2nd and 3rd degree: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.)

Earlier Thursday morning, The Organizing Committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations opened the door for the Egyptian and African football fans to get their tickets through the website.

"There are two ways to purchase your tickets; through your own Credit Card or through Fawri application," A source in the organizing Committee told Filgoal website.

"Each person can purchase up to 5 tickets, the ticket will be numbered by your seat," the source added.

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic. ]]>
5/25/2019 2:10:54 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt named host country of 2020 Africa Badminton Championship]]>
The announcement was made on the sidelines of the Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA) Annual General Meeting, currently in session under the umbrella of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in the Chinese city of Nanning.

Egypt has won the bid to be the tournament’s host after fierce competition with Uganda, South Africa and Mauritius. ]]>
5/25/2019 10:10:07 AM
<![CDATA[Morocco prepare for AFCON with two friendly matches]]>
The Atlas Lions will meet Burundi on Wednesday, June 12nd, in Morocco. Then they will face Zambia on Sunday, June 16th.

The Algerian team will start their preparations for the tournament on June 2 at Moroccan city, Sala.

Morocco's team is scheduled to fly to Cairo by a private jet on Tuesday, June 18th. Morocco are in Group D with Côte d'Ivoire, South Africa and Namibia.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.
Here is the profile of Algeria's best player, Hakim Ziyech.
Hakim Ziyech
Current club: Ajax

The 25-years-old Hakim Ziyech is a Moroccan professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Ajax in the Eredivisie and for the Morocco national team. He is known for his technique and free kick ability.

Ziyech was one of the best players in Netherlands as he played with Netherlands youth team; but, in September 2015, he surprised Netherlands team as he chose to play with his mother country, Morocco.
He was chosen as Footballer of the Year 2018 with Ajax Amsterdam & in Netherlands.

All Clubs Appearances: 307
International Appearances: 23
Goals: (Club = 102) (International = 10)
Assists: (Club = 104) (International = 4)
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5/24/2019 3:54:16 PM
<![CDATA[Algeria prepare for AFCON with two friendly matches]]>
The desert warriors will meet Burundi on Tuesday, June 11th, in Qatar. Then they will face Mali on Sunday, June 16th.

The Algerian team will start their preparations for the tournament on June 3 at the Sidi Moussa Sports Center.

Algeria's team is scheduled to fly to Cairo on Tuesday, June 18th. Algeria are in Group C with Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Here is the profile of Algeria's best player, Riyad Mahrez.

Riyad Mahrez

Current Club: Manchester City
Riyad Mahrez, is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Manchester City and the Algerian national team. He was the first African to win English Premier League Player of the Year when he helped Leicester City to win the EPL title. He also won this season EPL title with Manchester City.

All Clubs Appearances: 290
International Appearances: 44
Goals: (Club = 71) (International = 10)
Assists: (Club = 62) (International = 27)

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5/24/2019 3:52:20 PM
<![CDATA[50K fans to attend Zamalek's final: club president]]>
"I thank the Interior min. for his response, as well as the Youth and Sports min., 10 thousand additional fans with 40,000, bringing the total attendance to 50,000," Zamalek's president said in a video broadcast on YouTube.

Zamalek host the Moroccan team RSB Berkane at the Borg El Arab Stadium on Sunday in the final leg of the CAF Confederation Cup.

Zamalek need to win by two goals after losing the first leg to a late goal by the hosts.

Zamalek won one The Egyptian-Saudi Super Cup this season with a 2-1 victory over Al Hilal.

The rivalry continues between Egyptian giants, Al Ahly & Zamalek, as the White knights place third with 66 points with three games less than Al Ahly.
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5/24/2019 3:48:52 PM
<![CDATA[Time Sport channel launches next Saturday for 2019 AFCON]]>
They provided the proper technical support to launch the channel as they keen on the Egyptian people's right to watch their national team's matches.

The work for the launch of the channel began some time ago, it has been developed and strengthened digital terrestrial broadcasting stations, and provide all the engineering possibilities for the channel to be presented by the highest possible quality.

Time Sport can be received on all terrestrial TV channels. The channel cannot be received via satellite or via satellite receivers.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.
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5/24/2019 3:45:56 PM
<![CDATA[Barcelona seek redemption with Copa del Rey title]]>
The Spanish champions can complete a second straight domestic double when it faces Valencia on Saturday in the Copa del Rey final, as AP reported.

“It’s the last game of the season and we need to win so we can go on vacation with a better feeling than the one we had after the match against Liverpool,” Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet said. “That’s why we want to win this final.”

Barcelona has won a record 30 Copa del Rey titles, including the last four, but it was eliminated from the Champions League by Liverpool after blowing a 3-0 lead from the first leg.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde could have a lot riding on the outcome of the game against Valencia, which will be played on neutral turf in Seville.

While Valverde has had an almost impeccable record in the Spanish league and the Copa del Rey since taking charge two years ago, many Barcelona fans now doubt he can win it all in Europe. So while another cup is almost expected by Barcelona’s supporters, a loss to Valencia would increase the pressure on the club to consider a coaching change.

Knowing his coach is under scrutiny, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said Thursday that the club “completely backs Valverde.”

“We cannot knock this Copa,” Bartomeu said. “After the Copa we will be able to draw conclusions on how to improve and aspire to win it all in the coming seasons.”

Barcelona will play without striker Luis Suárez, who underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus injury in his right knee following the loss to Liverpool. Suarez scored 25 goals for Barcelona this season, second only to Lionel Messi and his 50 goals.

Forward Ousmane Dembele is also out with a muscle injury, while goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen will most certainly keep his starting job after the club said Marc-Andre ter Stegen has pain in his right knee and will not be available.

Valencia has had a very strong second half of the season. It surged up the league standings to finish fourth and earn a Champions League berth, and it reached the Europa League semifinals before losing to Arsenal.

It will be seeking its eighth Copa del Rey title and first since 2008.

“(Valencia) is a very compact, solid team, with a strong defense, a talented goalkeeper, which transitions very quickly to attack with players who take advantage of open spaces,” Lenglet said. “We have to be very careful with Valencia because it is very dangerous.”]]>
5/24/2019 11:30:15 AM
<![CDATA[Step by step: How to get your Fan ID for African Cup of Nations]]>CAIRO – 23 May 2019: Egyptians and other nationals recieved on Thursday their FAN IDs for the 2019 African Cup of Nations after registering their information at the official website Tazkarti.

A large number of soccer fans have been reported flocking at official outlets to receive their FAN ID that will allow them to attend the games that start on June 21 and end on July 19.



The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.



Visitors can enter the official website, www.tazkarti.com, then fill their data to get "Fan ID" as well as buy tickets for all matches electronically.


Step-by-step, Egypt Today reviews how the site works to book tickets for the 2019 AFCON.


First: Get Your Fan ID


Step 1:


Once you enter the official website, choose "Get Fan ID" then you will be directed to a page asking you whether you are Egyptian or Other Nationalities.


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Step 2:


The User will fill his data which includes; Country of Nationality, Language of Communication and Email Address. Then he must enter his Mobile Number to get the Activation code via SMS.
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Step 3:


After filling your Mobile Number & getting the Activation Code, you will be directed to the next page where you must fill you First, Middle & Last Names, also you should fill your Mother's full name, Blood type & Gender.


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Step 4:


The user must fill also his Identity Number which is written in his National ID/Passport, and his Photo.


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And this is the last phase in getting your FAN ID stage which will allow you to Book your Tickets.


Second: Book your Tickets


Step 1


The matches will be played in the Cairo, Air Defense, Al Salam, Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia stadiums. The Cairo Stadium will host the opening match and final match.


Once you enter the official website, www.tazkarti.com, you can press 'Purchase Tickets' which will direct you to the next page showing the matches, stadiums & dates.


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Step 2


In this step, the site will review the matches on each stadium and press the 'Book Ticket' specified in green and follow the steps.


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Step 3:


When you press 'Book ticket', the website will demand entering FAN ID & Password.


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Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.


The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.


Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.


Fans can then print their Fan IDs and tickets from one of the following outlets:

Outlets to get first-class tickets:
Orange branches in: Heliopolis, Nasr City, The Fifth Settlement, Al-Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Mohandessin, Al-Manial, Abbasia, Shoubra, 6th of October City, Haram, Maadi, Mokattam, Alexandria, Ismailia and Suez.

Outlets to get second-class and third-class tickets:
Giza's Gezira Youth Center, Maadi's The Olympic Center for Training National Teams, Suez Sporting Club - Sheikh Zayed Youth Center in Ismailia - 6th District Youth Center in the 6th of October City, Horses Owners Club in Alexandria's Smouha, and Shams Club in Cairo.

Tazkarti sets up a hotline number (15355) for further inquiries.]]>
5/23/2019 3:49:23 PM
<![CDATA[First fan to receive AFCON Fan ID through Tazkarti]]>
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George, the first Egyptian to receive the ID, also got his tickets for the games through Tazkarti.

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The Organizing Committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations opened the door for the Egyptian & African football fans to get their tickets on Thursday morning through the website.

Tazkarti is your way to enjoy TOTAL AFCON, Egypt 2019 from stadiums. It is a portal that allows fans to register themselves to get a Fan ID by which they can book tickets and attend matches.

"There are two ways to purchase your tickets; through your own Credit Card or through Fawri application," A source in the organizing Committee told Filgoal website.
"Each person can purchase up to 5 tickets, the ticket will be numbered by your seat," the source added.

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.

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5/23/2019 3:39:05 PM
<![CDATA[Tickets of AFCON matches now available]]>website,

Tazkarti is your way to enjoy TOTAL AFCON, Egypt 2019 from stadiums. It is a portal that allows fans to register themselves to get a Fan ID by which they can book tickets and attend matches.

In case you missed more details about Matches & Tickets …

2019 AFCON FAQ: All you need to know about Matches & Tickets

CAIRO - 19 May 2019: The Organizing Committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations revealed the AFCON 2019 Mascot; The child "Tut" followed by the Pharaoh King Tutankhamun. It also revealed the Official website of AFCON Tickets & Fan ID, Tazkarti.



"There are two ways to purchase your tickets; through your own Credit Card or through Fawri application," A source in the organizing Committee told Filgoal website.
"Each person can purchase up to 5 tickets, the ticket will be numbered by your seat," the source added.

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.
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5/23/2019 1:44:33 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly stumble against Ismaily, give Zamalek hope]]>
Ismaily hosted Al Ahly at Borg El Arab stadium on Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m. in a postponed game from the 18th round of the Egyptian League.

Walid Azarou took the lead for Al Ahly in the 73rd minute when he headed the ball inside Ismaily's goalkeeper net.

In the 84Th minute, Karim Bambo, former Al Ahly player, leveled the score for Ismaily.

Al Ahly kept their leadership on the top of the Egyptian league table with 74 points from 32 games.

The rivalry continues between Egyptian giants, Al Ahly & Zamalek, as the White knights place third with 66 points with three games less than Al Ahly.

While Ismaily raised their points to 42 in the seventh place after playing 32 games.



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5/23/2019 1:28:16 PM
<![CDATA[AFCON: Uganda announces preliminary squad ]]>
Uganda national team manager, Sebastien Desabre, announced the preliminary list that will travel to Abu Dhabi to participate at the training camp ahead of the competition.

The team will play two friendly games in Abu Dhabi and Desabre will reduce the squad to 23 players that will fly to Egypt to participate at the tournament.

Desabre’s chosen squad consists of:

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal), Robert Odongkara (Adama City), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC).

Defenders: Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC), Awanyi Timothy (KCCA FC), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (unattached), Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds), Murushid Juuko (Simba), Godfrey Walsumbi (unattached), Muleme Isaac ( FK Viktoria Zizkov), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe).

Midfielders: Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers FC), Chrysostom Ntambi Coffee FC), Lumala Abdul (Syrianska FC), Michael Azira (Montreal), Moses Waisswa (Vipers SC), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica FC), Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy), Kateregga Allan ( Maritzburg), Emmanuel Okwi (Simba SC).

Strikers: Patrick Kaddu (KCCA FC), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Alexis Bakka (Carlstad United), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha).

Uganda plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and the host nation, Egypt.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition. ]]>
5/22/2019 3:01:07 PM
<![CDATA[AFCON: Asamoah comes out of International retirement ]]>
The player announced earlier his international retirement after the team manager, Kwasi Appiah, replaced him as Ghana captain by his teammate, Andre Ayew.

The shocking news forced Ghana president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to interfere to solve the conflict and he held a meeting with the Minister for Youth and Sports, the President of the GFA Normalisation Committee, and the Chair of the Management Committee of Ghana national team.

The president also held a conversation with the striker to convince him to rescind his decision.

“A presidential request is one that cannot be disregarded. I have taken the request of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in good faith, and will make myself available for selection by coach Kwasi Appiah to help win the AFCON trophy.” Asamoah tweeted on Wednesday.

Gyan, 34, is the most capped player in Ghana’s history and he is the Black Stars all-time goal scorer with 51 goals.

Ghana plays in Group F alongside Cameroon, Guinea Bissau and Benin.]]>
5/22/2019 2:59:39 PM
<![CDATA[Aguirre announces Egypt provisional squad for AFCON 2019]]>
Aguirre called the big names like Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny beside many surprising calls like Al-Ahly’s Walid Soliman and Ahmed Ali of Arab Contractors who returned to the national team after years of absence.

The squad will join the national team camp in Borg El Arab Stadium on 6 June and they will play two friendly games against Tanzania and Guinea on 13 and 16 June respectively.

Aguirre’s chosen squad consists of:

Goalkeepers: Ahmed El Shenawy, Mohamed El Shenawy, Mahmoud Genesh, Mohamed Abo Gabal

Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady, Ahmed Hegazi, Omar Gaber, Ali Gazal, Ayman Ahsraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Baher Elmohamady, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Mahmoud Alaa, Ahmed Abou-Elfotouh.

Midfielders: Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Amr Warda, Nabil Emad.

Forwards: Ahmed Ali, Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Hassan Kouka.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. ]]>
5/22/2019 2:54:53 PM
<![CDATA[Messi, Aguero and Di Maria in Argentina's Copa America squad]]>
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni announced his list Tuesday, with the attacking trio of Messi, Di Maria and Aguero looking for their first major international title after losing three finals — at the 2014 World Cup and 2015 and 2016 Copa America.

Argentina is in Group B with Colombia, Paraguay and Qatar. Its first match will be against Colombia on June 15 in Salvador.

Squad
Goalkeepers: Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors), Franco Armani (River Plate), Agustin Marchesin (America de Mexico).
Defenders: Renzo Saravia (Racing), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Juan Foyth (Tottenham), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal), Milton Casco (River Plate), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon).
Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis), Guido Rodriguez, Exequiel Palacios (River Plate).
Strikers: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Matias Suarez (River Plate), Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan).]]>
5/22/2019 11:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Nour el Sherbini qualifies for 3rd round of Allam British Open Squash]]>
Sherbini beat Hany 11-5, 11-4 and 11-7 in the second round game, which lasted for 23 minutes on Tuesday. ]]>
5/22/2019 11:17:15 AM
<![CDATA[Hazlewood World Cup snub the right decision, says Langer]]>
Hazlewood, who partnered left-arm quicks Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson during Australia’s 2015 World Cup triumph, expressed his frustration last week at first missing out on a place in the initial squad for England and then being overlooked as Jhye Richardson’s replacement.

Richardson, ruled out with a shoulder injury, was replaced by namesake Kane Richardson, with Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile the other pace bowlers picked.

“He just hasn’t been playing any cricket,” Langer said in England of the 28-year-old Hazlewood, who has claimed 72 wickets in 44 ODI matches.

“He’s come off a second stress fracture in his back and while he’s just starting to get up and running in the nets now - I think he’s played six white ball games in the last 18 months - that’s T20 and one-day cricket.

“We know he’s a great bowler. He’s a brilliant bowler, but it was just such bad timing for him.”

World champions Australia head into the tournament on the back of an eight-match winning streak, including series wins away to Pakistan and India.

Much of the focus on Aaron Finch’s team will follow former captain Steve Smith and David Warner, who are back in the squad after serving 12-month bans for ball-tampering.

Both played key roles in the 2015 tournament and have made plenty of runs in the leadup to England, with Warner top scoring in the Indian Premier League and Smith smashing two half-centuries off an understrength New Zealand in an unofficial warmup series in Brisbane.

Langer said both players were champing at the bit.

“It’s been hilarious for me, because whether on the Anzac Cove or in the lunch room or we’re on the bus playing cards, (Smith’s) just shadow batting the whole time,” he said.

“He loves batting — he’s shadow batting on the sand, he’s shadow batting in the shower — I’m not joking.

“They’ve (Smith and Warner) had 12 months to have a good think about a mistake they and the team made. I’m sure they’ll be better people for that.”

Australia play their World Cup opener against Pakistan in Bristol on June 1. The tournament starts on May 30.]]>
5/21/2019 10:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Nadal can't wait to return to new-look Roland Garros]]>
Nadal defeated world number one Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 for a record 34rd Masters, leaving his vanquished foe to label the Spaniard as "the number one favourite for Roland Garros".

"I am going to be there with time enough, as always," said 32-year-old Nadal, who wants to capture a 12th trophy in Paris.

"I'm going to repeat my normal routines. For sure I can't wait to be there and have the feeling, see the stadium, watch all the new great things that Roland Garros is doing," the 17-time Grand Slam winner said of the rebuilt Philippe Chatrier Centre Court.

"I saw a picture. Looks great. Still open, still not closed. Is a different stadium, but the feeling probably will not be very different.

"This year, I don't see a big difference. The wind is going to be the same as always. Court is still big."

His first title this season, and particularly on his favourite clay surface, is a huge boost for the Spaniard.

"Happy to reach that level in the last tournament before a Grand Slam," said Nadal.

"But, as I said, for me I don't want to talk about Grand Slams now. I never did in the past. Important title, now's the moment to keep going."

Djokovic -- winner at the Madrid Open last week -- gave an error-strewn display in his 54th meeting with second-ranked Nadal, having spent six hours on court in his previous two matches.

"For me, the most important thing is to feel myself playing well and feel myself healthy, with the energy that I need," said Nadal.

"If that happens, experience is that I am going to fight for titles sooner or later."

The 32-year-old had not dropped a set all week before the final taking a 6-0 set from four his five rivals.

"During the last couple of weeks, every day and every week have been better. And here we are finally with this great trophy, an important victory."

Nadal pulled out of Indian Wells with a knee injury, and had not gotten past the semi-finals in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid.

"After Indian Wells, there have been some tough moments for me in terms of recovering again," he said.

"I didn't arrive very well prepared to Monte-Carlo. There have been some low moments for me.

"The first round in Barcelona, that was a disaster."

- 'Trying to peak' -

Nadal had been stunned by Stefanos Tsitsipas, a player 12 years his junior, in the semi-finals in Madrid.

But the Spaniard brushed aside the Greek in the semi-finals in the Italian capital on Friday.

"Yesterday (Saturday against Tsitsipas) was probably was my best match on clay so far this season before today (Sunday), because today I played better than yesterday."

Nadal overtakes Djokovic at the top of the list for Masters wins -- the pair were level at 33 each before Sunday's final -- although the latter still holds a 28-26 career edge.

Djokovic is targetting his fourth Grand Slam in a row after Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open.

The 31-year-old's only title in Paris was in 2016.

"Nadal, number one favourite, without a doubt, then everyone else," said the 15-time Grand Slam winner.

"But I think it's going to be a good tournament. Dominic Thiem is playing some really, really good tennis.

"He can beat anybody really, especially on clay. (Fabio) Fognini also playing great quality tennis. He showed it against Nadal in Monte-Carlo what he's capable of.

"I mean, on a given day, best-of-five, with one day between matches, I think players will have enough time to really be at their best.

"Everyone is trying to peak for Roland Garros, without a doubt.

"I'm looking forward to it. I think it's going to be a great tournament."]]>
5/21/2019 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Upset as Alonso fails to qualify for Indy 500]]>
The 37-year-old Spaniard was eliminated by young US driver Kyle Kaiser on the final run of the rain-delayed "Last Row Shootout" qualifying session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

McLaren driver Alonso had been chasing a victory at the Brickyard in a bid to become only the second driver after Britain's Graham Hill to claim the Triple Crown of motorsport, with wins in the Monaco F1 Grand Prix, 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance and Indy 500.

But Alonso's attempt to add the last remaining piece of the treble to his trophy cabinet was snuffed out in a dramatic qualifying session.

"This type of challenge, they can bring you a lot of success and you can be part of the history of the sport or you can be really disappointed," he said. "Today is one of those, but I prefer to be here than to be like millions and millions of other people, at home watching TV.

"I prefer to try," he said.

McLaren engineers had worked feverishly on the Spaniard's car in an effort to give him a fighting chance of qualifying for next week's race, overhauling the setup after a troubled week in Indianapolis.

The tweaks looked to have given Alonso a shot as he took to the track and posted an average time of 227.353mph for his four laps, putting him second behind Canada's James Hinchcliffe.

However Alonso was left sweating after Sage Karam came out next and roared to the top of the six-driver session with an average speed of 227.740mph.

Karam's time dropped Alonso down to third fastest, and with only the top three making the cut to complete the 33-car field, the Spanish star was left with a nervous wait to see if either of the two remaining drivers could better his time.

- Emotional 48 hours -

Alonso watched anxiously on a television monitor in the pits as Mexico's Carlin driver Patricio O'Ward failed to pip him, clocking an average speed of 227.092mph.

That left Kaiser with the chance to claim a famous scalp on the final run.

The 23-year-old Juncos Racing driver from California didn't disappoint, sweeping around with an average speed of 227.372 to edge out Alonso by the tightest of margins.

"I don't think I can wrap my mind around what we just did," Kaiser said afterwards.

"All the credit to the team. They've been working non-stop to get this car ready. I'm so proud of them, so proud of everybody that helped make this happen."

Kaiser's qualification had looked in doubt earlier this week, when he crashed heavily in Friday's practice.

However he insisted he had never lost hope of being able to qualify.

"I did imagine it and I'm so happy it came to fruition," he said. "But I knew it was going to be a lot of work and the team put in the work. It's been the most emotional 48 hours of my life."

In qualifying to determine the order of the first three rows on the grid, France's Simon Pagenaud swept to pole position in the "Fast Nine" session.

Pagenaud, the 2016 IndyCar champion, gave Penske its first Indy 500 pole in seven years after he roared around with an average speed of 229.992mph.

Pagenaud claimed pole ahead of three Ed Carpenter Racing drivers, with Ed Carpenter second quickest and Spencer Pigot third fastest. Ed Jones was fourth fastest.]]>
5/21/2019 5:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Betis coach Setien to leave club after beating Real Madrid]]>
“Real Betis and Quique Setien have decided that the coach will not be in charge of the club next season,” said a statement from the club, who finished 10th in La Liga after coming sixth last season.

“In the last two years Setien has taken Betis back into Europe, he has increased the squad’s value, he has strengthened the club’s academy and he has earned massive victories which will go down as some of the best in Betis’ history.”

Sunday’s win at the Bernabeu was Betis’ second successive victory away to Real Madrid, while earlier this season Setien’s side beat champions Barcelona 4-3, becoming the first team in over two years to win at the Nou Camp.

Betis also beat runners-up Atletico Madrid this season and Setien earned widespread admiration for instilling an attractive and courageous style of play in his team, geared towards having a lot of possession.

Yet his side struggled for consistency and suffered embarrassing defeats to some of the lowest-ranked teams in La Liga, including a 3-0 loss at Leganes and a 4-0 thrashing away to Levante.

Betis ended the season on 50 points, three behind seventh-placed Espanyol who took the final Europa League qualification berth.

“The club would like to show its gratitude to Setien and his coaching staff for the work they have done in these last two years,” added Betis’ statement.

“They have contributed to the improvement of the team and the stability of the club and we wish them well in the future on a personal and professional level.”]]>
5/21/2019 5:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Gross makes promises to Zamalek fans ]]>
Zamalek players were on the verge of returning to Egypt with a draw but a late goal from Berkane’s Togolese striker, Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba, secured the victory for the home side.

“I am so sad because of the loss and the late goal we conceded but we are able to return in the game at the second leg.” Gross told press after the game.

Zamalek will miss Hamdi Naguez and Omar El Said for suspension at the second leg but their first choice goalkeeper, Mahmoud Gennesh, who missed the first leg for suspension will return to the squad.

Gross added “We will do everything to win the title for our fans. I promise the fans and the board that we will fight at the second leg to win.”

Zamalek fans, who are expected to pack Borg El Arab Stadium at the second leg, hopes to see their players lift the cup and put an end to a 17 year drought from African titles. ]]>
5/20/2019 4:10:00 PM
<![CDATA[Messi increases goal haul as Barca draw with Eibar]]>
Eibar went ahead in the 20th minute with a strike from Barca’s on-loan midfielder Marc Cucurella which squirmed under keeper Jasper Cillessen but Messi levelled in the 31st after sneaking into the box to meet a pass from Arturo Vidal.

Messi struck again a minute later, racing through the middle unchallenged to latch on to a pass from Ivan Rakitic and calmly chip the outstretched keeper Marko Dmitrovic.

But Eibar’s Pablo de Blasis levelled right before halftime with a superb one-touch strike from long range after the ball fell into his path following a desperate header away from Cillessen, who looked in shaky form ahead of next week’s Copa del Rey final against Valencia.

“When you have nothing at stake you are always less keen in a game, in the end we drew but I think we have ended the season well,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.

“We have been champions for a while now, we were very consistent throughout the campaign. We had a few difficulties early in the season, but we overcame them.”

Malcom and Gerard Pique missed second-half chances for the champions while Cucurella spurned an even better opportunity to snatch a winner for Eibar, who have still never managed to beat Barca in the top flight.

Messi had a difficult chance to score again and complete a hat-trick but sent his shot well over the bar.

The Argentine still finished the campaign as La Liga’s top scorer for a third year in a row, the first player to do so since Hugo Sanchez of Real Madrid in 1987.

He also joined the late former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra as the only players in the league’s history to be top scorer six times.

Messi scored 15 goals more than his nearest challengers, Barca team mate Luis Suarez and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema who both netted 21 times.

Barca, who clinched an eighth title in 11 seasons with three games to spare, finished the campaign on 87 points, 11 clear of runners-up Atletico Madrid and 19 ahead of Real Madrid in third.

Their focus now turns to beating Valencia in next week’s Cup final in Seville to complete a second consecutive domestic double.

Their season, however, is still likely to be overshadowed by their Champions League semi-final elimination to Liverpool.]]>
5/20/2019 1:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Berkane’s manager expects a tough second leg in Egypt ]]>
“We did everything we can to win but Zamalek goalkeeper saved all our chances. I want to thank our fans who supported us from the first minute and did not lose faith in us during the game.”Jaouani said after the game.

Zamalek players were on the verge of returning to Egypt with a draw but a late goal from Berkane’s Togolese striker, Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba, secured the victory for the home side.

Jaouani added “We still have another game in Egypt and I am sure it will not be easy to win the title there so we needed this goal to have a slight advantage during the second leg.”

Zamalek will miss Hamdi Naguez and Omar El Said for suspension at the second leg but their first choice goalkeeper, Mahmoud Gennesh, who missed the first leg for suspension will return to the squad.

Zamalek fans, who are expected to pack Borg El Arab Stadium at the second leg, hopes to see their players lift the cup and put an end to a 17 year drought from African titles. ]]>
5/20/2019 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Netherlands retain their U-17 European title ]]>
Sontje Hansen opened the score for Netherlands after 20 minutes and his teammate, Naoufal Bannis, doubled the score 10 minutes later.

Netherlands scored the third goal seconds before the half time thanks to a strike from Ian Maatsen and the players went to the half time with a hand on the title.

At the second half, Italy’s performance improved and they scored their opening goal in the game by Lorenzo Colombo who gave the Italian fans hope to return in the game.

However, Naci Ünüvar scored the fourth to Netherlands to secure their victory over the Italian team who scored their second goal by Colombo seconds before the final whistle.

Netherlands became the first nation to win the title four times and the first to retain U 16 and U 17 title twice.

France’s Adil Aouchiche won the tournament’s top goal scorer after he netted 9 goals during his team’s campaign that ended with a 2-1 loss to Italy during the semi-final.

The Republic of Ireland hosted 16 European teams at the tournament between 3 and 19 May. ]]>
5/20/2019 8:18:33 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalek loses in Morocco ]]>
Zamalek players were on the verge of returning to Egypt with a draw but a late goal from Berkane’s Togolese striker, Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba, secured the victory for the home side.

Zamalek entered the game with a 4-3-3 formation as Mahmoud Alaa, Mohamed Abdelghany, Hamdi Naguez and Abdallah Gomaa formed a solid defensive line that broke all the hosts’ attempts to score during the whole game.

Zamalek’s third choice goalkeeper, Omar Salah, started the game following the suspension of the team’s first choice goalkeeper, Mahmoud Gennesh, and the injury of the second choice goalkeeper, Emad El Sayed.

Salah saved many clear chances from Berkan’s strikers and he was the best player from the Egyptian side.

Zamalek’s attacking line of Omar El Said, Mahmoud Kahraba, Youssef Obama and Ahmed Zizo had clear chances during the game but they failed to convert these chances to goals.

Zamalek fans, who are expected to pack Borg El Arab Stadium at the second leg, hopes to see their players lift the cup and put an end to a 17 year drought from African titles. ]]>
5/20/2019 7:38:47 AM
<![CDATA[Atalanta on brink of Champions League spot after Juventus draw]]>
Josip Ilicic profited from some dozy defending to tap in the opener for the visitors during the first half, but Juve substitute Mario Mandzukic equalised with 10 minutes remaining.

The victory elevated the Bergamo side to third, level on 66 points with Inter Milan but ahead on head-to-head record.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s side will be assured of a top four finish if they beat Sassuolo in their final game of the season next weekend.

“It’s a positive result,” Gasperini told Sky Italia.

“Now we need to reach the finish line, so much work has been done and now we must go for it against Sassuolo. We still need to give everything.”

Juventus, who clinched an eighth successive Serie A title almost a month ago, announced this week that Allegri would leave the club at the end of the season.

The home crowd bid farewell to the coach after five trophy-laden years, while veteran defender Andrea Barzagli also took to the Allianz Stadium pitch for the final time.

Juventus’s form has dipped dramatically since they secured the title and they have now gone four league matches without a win for the first time since 2012.

Cristiano Ronaldo squandered a chance early on by blasting over the bar from a good position and they were made to rue that miss when Ilicic tapped in Atalanta’s 100th goal of the season in all competitions after 33 minutes.

Barzagli, who will be retiring after more than eight years at the club, was given a guard of honour by his team mates before the game and that was followed by a standing ovation when he was substituted in the second half.

Juve drew level when Mandzukic slid in to meet Juan Cuadrado’s looping cross at the back post and struck the ball into the net through Pierluigi Gollini’s legs.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men in stoppage time when Federico Bernardeschi was sent off for a rash challenge.]]>
5/20/2019 7:07:41 AM
<![CDATA[Real Madrid end campaign with 12th league defeat]]>
With Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Thibaut Courtois all sitting on the bench, Betis forward Loren Moron put the visitors in front in the 61st minute, completing a sweeping counter-attack by slamming the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

Former Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez tapped into the net unmarked in the 75th to seal the victory for Betis, who finished the season 10th in the standings but have earned away victories at the Nou Camp and the Santiago Bernabeu.

The win proved to be Quique Setien’s last stand as a statement from Betis after the game said he would be leaving the club by mutual consent.

Madrid ended the campaign third in the standings on 68 points, their lowest total since the 2001/02 season, while they lost 12 league games for the first time since the 1998/99 campaign.

They finished eight points behind runners up Atletico Madrid and 19 adrift of champions Barcelona, who drew 2-2 at Eibar.

“We started the season badly and we’ve finished it badly,” said Madrid defender Marcelo.

“We didn’t want the season to be like this at any stage, we wanted to be in finals competing for trophies, it’s been a tough season, one of the hardest on a personal level, we tried to sort things out but now we’re just looking to next season.”

Madrid’s only good opening in another dismal display fell to top scorer Karim Benzema, who struck the post from inside the box in the first half.

Betis dominated the play and would have scored earlier had it not been for some impressive saves from Keylor Navas, who was given a rousing reception from supporters in what was believed to be his last game for the club.]]>
5/20/2019 6:56:52 AM
<![CDATA[Kompany to leave Man City and join Anderlecht as player-manager]]>
“We’ve just seen the close of an incredible season. My 11th as a Blue. And I cannot believe I’m writing this but ... also my last as a Blue,” the City captain wrote in an open letter to fans on his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pg/vincentkompany/).

“Man City has given me everything. I’ve tried to give back as much as I possibly could. How often does someone get the chance to end such an important chapter, representing a club with such great history and tradition, in such a great fashion?”

“The time has come for me to go now.”

The 33-year-old central defender said in the second part of his letter released shortly afterwards that he would take up the role of player-manager at Belgian club Anderlecht.

“I choose to be grateful for the past but remain ambitious and driven for the future. For the next three years, I will take up the role of player-manager of RSC Anderlecht,” he added.

“It’s the most passionate yet rational decision I’ve ever made. As a footballer, I was born and raised at Anderlecht. Since the age of six, I have been one with that club. A history of 34 league titles, they are second to none.

“I want to share my knowledge with the next purple generations. With that, I will also put a bit of Manchester in the heart of Belgium.”

City crushed Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final on Saturday to complete the unprecedented treble of league championship and both domestic cups, after which Kompany said they were the best team in the world.

Kompany scored with a thunderous long-range strike to decide their penultimate league match of the season against Leicester City, a key moment in their retaining the Premier League title.

“It’s cliche to say it but it’s also so true: without my team mates I would have never been here today,” he added.

“We fought many battles together. Side by side. In good times and in bad. So to all of you, from the 2008-2009 squad to today’s domestic Treble winners: I owe you guys!

“A special word also to (manager) Pep (Guardiola) and the backroom staff: you’ve been superb. You’ve followed me through so much hardship. You made me come back stronger every time. Thank you so much.”]]>
5/20/2019 6:53:30 AM
<![CDATA[2019 AFCON FAQ: All you need to know about Matches & Tickets]]>CAIRO – 19 May 2019: The Organizing Committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations revealed the AFCON 2019 Mascot; The child "Tut" followed by the Pharaoh King Tutankhamun. It also revealed the Official website of AFCON Tickets & Fan ID, Tazkarti.


Tazkarti is your way to enjoy TOTAL AFCON, Egypt 2019 from stadiums. It is a portal that allows fans to register themselves to get a Fan ID by which they can book tickets and attend matches.


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Q 1. Which stadiums will host the matches?
- Cairo Stadium
- 30 June Stadium
- Al Salam Stadium
- Alexandria Stadium
- Ismailia Stadium
- Suez Stadium

Q 2. How much is the ticket?
Ticket prices vary according to the match and the category of the ticket.

Q 3. How can I book a ticket and pay for it?
- Sign in to your account.
- Go to Matches, and search for the match you want.
- On the matches list, for the required match, click Book Ticket.
- Select your favorite team and specify the number of tickets you want to book for your preferred ticket categories. Then click Proceed.
- Specify for whom you book each ticket, whether yourself or your approved dependents. You can also assign tickets for others; just enter the Fan ID of the person you want to assign the ticket for, and then click Add Another Fan.
- If you want to book tickets for another match, click Book Another Match, and follow the previous steps to add the tickets to your cart.
- When you finish adding the tickets to your cart, click Proceed to Checkout.
- Review your order details, and if required, add or delete tickets for the same match, or book tickets for another match.
- To place your order, click Pay Now, and then specify the payment options as follows:
- Determine if you want to receive your tickets via home delivery or from an authorized outlet, and then click Continue.
- Specify the Shipping Info, if required, and then click Continue.
- Choose how you want to pay, whether by credit card or through Fawry network. Enter any required information depending on your choice.
- Click Confirm when you finish.

*Note that if you choose to pay through Fawry network, you have to complete the payment within the allowed time period to avoid canceling your ticket application.

Q 4. Can I book tickets for others?
Yes, you can book tickets for others who already have Fan IDs, whether they are your dependents or other persons, and you can pay for them too.
To book a ticket for another person, follow these steps:
- Sign in to your account.
- Go to Matches, and search for the match you want.
- On the matches list, for the required match, click Book Ticket.
- Select your favorite team and specify the number of tickets you want to book. Then click Proceed.
- Specify for whom you book each ticket. To assign tickets for others; just enter the Fan ID of the person you want to assign the ticket for, and then click Add Another Fan.
- Complete booking tickets and paying for them as usual.

Q 5. How can I get my tickets?
You can receive your tickets only after completing the payment process either by credit or through Fawry network. You have the following two options to receive your tickets.
You can collect your tickets from any authorized outlet. Visit the Authorized Outlets page for more information.
You can receive your ticket via home delivery if you select this option when you pay for the booked tickets. You should receive your tickets within 5 to 10 working days.

Q 6. How can I track my home delivery shipment?
You can track your shipment through Egypt Postal Services website:
Http://www.egyptcodebase.com/en/post-tracking
Or call the Call Centre at 15355.

Q 7. Can someone else collect my tickets?
Yes, you can authorize someone else to collect your tickets from an authorized outlet, whether this person has a Fan ID or not.
To authorize someone to collect your tickets, do the following:
- Sign in to your account, and then click My Profile.
- Click Authorize Friend to Collect.
- Specify how to identify this person, whether by National ID or Fan ID, and then enter the person’s full name and ID number, or Fan ID number.
- Click Authorize.
- This person can receive your tickets from authorized outlets after presenting his or her proof of identity.

Q 8. I don’t want my ticket anymore; can I cancel it and get my money back?
Unfortunately, you cannot get a refund for your purchased tickets; however, you can transfer these tickets to other registered Fans ONLY ONCE.
To transfer your ticket, do the following:
- Sign in to your account, and then click My Tickets.
- For the required ticket, click Transfer.
- Enter the Fan ID of the person you want to transfer your ticket to.
- Click Transfer.
*Note that you cannot transfer the ticket to someone who already has a ticket for the same match.
- When you enter the Fan ID of the person to whom you want to transfer the ticket, the initials of the fan name appear to ensure that this is the intended person. If in doubt, do not transfer the ticket as you cannot undo this action. Once the ticket is transferred, it is removed from your tickets and you cannot get it back.

Q 9. When can I receive my tickets?
You can receive your tickets from any of the authorized outlets directly after completing the payment process.

Q 10. Can I give my ticket to someone else to attend the match?
Yes, you can transfer your tickets to other registered Fans.
To transfer your ticket, do the following:
- Sign in to your account, and then click My Tickets.
- For the required ticket, click Transfer.
- Enter the Fan ID of the person you want to transfer your ticket to.
- Click Transfer.

*Note that you cannot transfer the ticket to someone who already has a ticket for the same match.

When you enter the Fan ID of the person to whom you want to transfer the ticket, the initials of the fan name appear to ensure that this is the intended person. If in doubt, do not transfer the ticket as you cannot undo this action. Once the ticket is transferred, it is removed from your tickets and you cannot get it back.

For any further information or inquiries contact Tazkarti hotline 15355.]]>
5/19/2019 10:53:29 PM
<![CDATA[2019 AFCON FAQ: How to get your FAN ID for Africa Cup of Nations?]]>Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.

You can access Tazkarti through the following: [

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Tazkarti is your way to enjoy TOTAL AFCON, Egypt 2019 from stadiums. It is a portal that allows fans to register themselves to get a Fan ID by which they can book tickets and attend matches.

After AFCON tournament, Tazkarti will sell tickets all over Egypt for different events: live events, theaters, sports events and more.


About Fan ID



Q 1. What is a Fan ID?
A FAN ID is a unique identification document used to identify a fan registered in Tazkarti system.

Q 2. Why do I need to register for a Fan ID?
Fans MUST apply for a FAN ID to be able to book tickets and attend matches.

Q 3. How much does a Fan ID cost?
It’s free, but you can receive your Fan ID ONLY after purchasing your first ticket.

Q 4. How can I get my Fan ID?
In order to print or receive your Fan ID, you MUST first purchase a ticket. Afterwards, you can receive your Fan ID with your first ticket from any of the authorized outlets.

Q 5. Can I order my Fan ID and receive it via home delivery?
Yes, you will receive your Fan ID in the same way you select to receive your ticket. In case of selecting to receive your ticket via home delivery, you will receive your Fan ID with it too.

Q 6. Where can I receive my Fan ID?
You can receive your Fan ID from any of the authorized outlets.
Visit the Authorized Outlets page for more information.

Q 7. In case of home delivery, when should I expect to receive my Fan ID?
You should receive your Fan ID before the 16th of June.

Q 8. What if I lost my Fan ID?
In case of losing your Fan ID, you can reprint it ONLY ONCE from any of the authorized outlets after presenting your valid National ID or passport.

Q 9. Can someone else receive my Fan ID?
Yes, you can authorize someone else to receive your Fan ID from an authorized outlet, whether this person has a Fan ID or not. However, you have to purchase your first ticket to be eligible for a Fan ID.

To authorize someone to receive your Fan ID, do the following:
1- Sign in to your account, and then click My Profile.
2- Click Authorize Friend to Collect.
3- Specify how to identify this person, whether by National ID or Fan ID, and then enter the person’s full name and ID number, or Fan ID number.
4- Click Authorize

This person can receive your Fan ID, and your tickets as well, from authorized outlets after presenting his or her proof of identity.

FAN ID Registration



Q 1. I’m Egyptian, what are the conditions to register for a Fan ID?
You must:
- Be above 16 years old.
- Attach a personal photo with white background.
- Have a valid National ID.
- Have a mobile number.

Q 2. I’m not Egyptian, what are the conditions to register for a Fan ID?
You must:
- Have a valid passport.
- Attach a personal photo with white background.
- Have a personal email address.

Q 3. I’m Egyptian, how can I register for a Fan ID?
To register for a Fan ID, follow these steps.

1. Click Register.
2. Click Egyptian.
3. Select your preferred language of communication, and enter your email. The emails and SMS messages you receive are written in the preferred language of communication you select.
4. Select the checkbox to accept the Terms and Conditions.
5. Select the I’m not a robot check box, and then select the images as required to proceed.
6. Enter your mobile number, and then click Send. A code is sent to the mobile number that you have entered.
7. Enter the verification code, and then click Verify.
8. Click Proceed, and then enter your personal information as per your National ID and birth certificate.
9. Click Proceed, and then attach the image of your National ID and your personal photo. The personal photo will be printed on your Fan ID.
10. Click Proceed, and wait till the information you have entered is verified.
If verified, your registration request is sent to the authorized parties to review it. If accepted, you will receive an SMS and email with your Fan ID number and password to sign in to your account, start booking tickets, and get your Fan ID.
Otherwise, you will receive a Request Code to update the request and resubmit it.

Q 4. I’m not Egyptian, how can I register for a Fan ID?
To register for a Fan ID, follow these steps:
1. Click Register.
2. Click Other Nationalities.
3. Select your country of nationality, select your preferred language of communication, and enter your mobile number. The emails and SMS messages you receive are written in the preferred language of communication you select.
4. Select the checkbox to accept the Terms and Conditions.
5. Select the I’m not a robot check box, and then select the images as required to proceed.
6. Enter your email address, and then click Send. A code is sent to the email address that you have entered.
7. Enter the verification code, and then click Verify.
8. Click Proceed, and then enter your personal information as per your passport.
9. Click Proceed, and then attach the image of your passport and your personal photo. The personal photo will be printed on your Fan ID.
10. Click Proceed.

Your registration request is sent to the authorized parties for review. If accepted, you will receive an email with your Fan ID number and password to sign in to your account, start booking tickets, and get your Fan ID.

Otherwise, you will receive a Request Code to update the request and resubmit it.

Q 5. I’m under 16 and I want to book a ticket; what should I do?
You cannot register for a Fan ID by yourself as you are underage. However, you can ask an adult from your family to register for a Fan ID and after approving the request, he or she can add you as a dependent. After approving the dependent request, he or she can book tickets for you.

Note that this person must have a valid National ID in case you are Egyptians, or both you and this person must have valid passports in case you are from another country.

Q 6. My registration request is rejected; what should I do?
If your registration request is rejected, you will receive a request code via SMS and email.
Use this code to update your registration request and submit it again to be reviewed.
Follow these steps to update your request.

Q 7. I don’t have a personal photo that matches the required criteria; what should I do?
You can use your mobile camera to capture an image of you. It’s preferred to ask someone else to capture the image. However, the captured image has to meet the same required conditions.

Q 9. I have not received any response from you regarding my request; what should I do?
Contact the Customer Service at 15355, or send a message through the Contact us page.

My Account



Q 1. I’ve received my Fan ID number and password; what shall I do next?
Use your Fan ID number and password to sign in to Tazkarti to start your experience with TOTAL AFCON, Egypt 2019.
After signing in for the first time, you are requested to create a new password for your account and to provide some additional information.
Afterwards, you can add your dependents and book tickets.

Q 2. Can I update my registered information?
In case your request is rejected, you can update only information that you are required to update. However, after accepting your request, you cannot edit any of the personal information you have provided; you can edit only your account information, such as your password and language of communication.

Q 3. I have forgotten my password; what should I do?
You can either contact the Customer Service at 15355 or request a new password that you can use to sign in to your account.
To request a new password, do the following:
1. Click Sign in, and then click Forgot Password?
2. Enter your Fan ID number and the last 4 digits of your National ID or passport number.
3. Select the I’m not a robot check box, and then select the images as required to proceed.
4. Click Reset Password. A new password is sent to you via SMS or email.
Use the new password to sign in to your account.

Q 4. How can I change my password?
1. Sign in to Tazkarti.
2. Go to My Profile, and then in the Account Information part, click Update.
3. In the Password box, enter a new password, and re-enter it again in the Confirm Password box.
4. Click Save.

Q 5. How can I change the language of the emails and SMS messages I receive?
You receive emails and SMS messages written in the language of communication selected when you registered; however, you can change it.
1. Sign in to Tazkarti.
2. Go to My Profile, and then in the Account Information part, click Update.
3. In the Language of Communication box, select the language you want for the SMS and emails you will receive.
4. Click Save.

Family and Friends



Q 1. I want to bring my family to the match; what should I do?
Each of your family members who is above 16 years has to register for a Fan ID, and after approving the registration requests, you can book tickets for them.
However, you can add your family members who are between 3 and 16 years as dependents, and you can book tickets for them.
To add a new dependent, follow these steps.
1. Sign in to Tazkarti, and then click Dependents.
2. In the Dependents page, click Add New Dependent, enter the required information, and upload the required documents.
3. Click Proceed to submit the request and wait till the request is approved.
You have to repeat these steps to add each of your dependents who are under 16. Note that if the request is rejected, you can update and resubmit it.

Q 2. My request to add one of my family members as a dependent is rejected; what should I do?
You can update the request and resubmit it again. Note that if this family member is above 16 years, he or she has to register for a separate Fan ID.
To update a rejected request, do the following:
1. Sign in to Tazkarti, and then click Dependents.
2. On the Dependents list, find the rejected request, and then click Update Request.
3. Edit your request, and then click Proceed.
The request is sent for review again. Note that the National ID or passport number will be blocked if the request is rejected for three times.

Matches and Tickets



Q 1. Which stadiums will host the matches?
- Cairo Stadium
- 30 June Stadium
- Al Salam Stadium
- Alexandria Stadium
- Ismailia Stadium
- Suez Stadium

Q 2. How much is the ticket?
Ticket prices vary according to the match and the category of the ticket.

Q 3. How can I book a ticket and pay for it?
1. Sign in to your account.
2. Go to Matches, and search for the match you want.
3. On the matches list, for the required match, click Book Ticket.
4. Select your favorite team and specify the number of tickets you want to book for your preferred ticket categories. Then click Proceed.
5. Specify for whom you book each ticket, whether yourself or your approved dependents. You can also assign tickets for others; just enter the Fan ID of the person you want to assign the ticket for, and then click Add Another Fan.
6. If you want to book tickets for another match, click Book Another Match, and follow the previous steps to add the tickets to your cart.
7. When you finish adding the tickets to your cart, click Proceed to Checkout.
8. Review your order details, and if required, add or delete tickets for the same match, or book tickets for another match.
9. To place your order, click Pay Now, and then specify the payment options as follows:
a. Determine if you want to receive your tickets via home delivery or from an authorized outlet, and then click Continue.
b. Specify the Shipping Info, if required, and then click Continue.
c. Choose how you want to pay, whether by credit card or through Fawry network. Enter any required information depending on your choice.
10. Click Confirm when you finish.
Note that if you choose to pay through Fawry network, you have to complete the payment within the allowed time period to avoid canceling your ticket application.

Q 4. Can I book tickets for others?
Yes, you can book tickets for others who already have Fan IDs, whether they are your dependents or other persons, and you can pay for them too.
To book a ticket for another person, follow these steps.
1. Sign in to your account.
2. Go to Matches, and search for the match you want.
3. On the matches list, for the required match, click Book Ticket.
4. Select your favorite team and specify the number of tickets you want to book. Then click Proceed.
5. Specify for whom you book each ticket. To assign tickets for others; just enter the Fan ID of the person you want to assign the ticket for, and then click Add Another Fan.
6. Complete booking tickets and paying for them as usual.

Q 5. How can I get my tickets?
You can receive your tickets only after completing the payment process either by credit or through Fawry network. You have the following two options to receive your tickets.
1. You can collect your tickets from any authorized outlet. Visit the Authorized Outlets page for more information.
2. You can receive your ticket via home delivery if you select this option when you pay for the booked tickets. You should receive your tickets within 5 to 10 working days.

Q 6. How can I track my home delivery shipment?
You can track your shipment through Egypt Postal Services website:
Http://www.egyptcodebase.com/en/post-tracking
Or call the Call Centre at 15355.

Q 7. Can someone else collect my tickets?
Yes, you can authorize someone else to collect your tickets from an authorized outlet, whether this person has a Fan ID or not.
To authorize someone to collect your tickets, do the following:
1. Sign in to your account, and then click My Profile.
2. Click Authorize Friend to Collect.
3. Specify how to identify this person, whether by National ID or Fan ID, and then enter the person’s full name and ID number, or Fan ID number.
4. Click Authorize.
This person can receive your tickets from authorized outlets after presenting his or her proof of identity.

Q 8. I don’t want my ticket anymore; can I cancel it and get my money back?
Unfortunately, you cannot get a refund for your purchased tickets; however, you can transfer these tickets to other registered Fans ONLY ONCE.
To transfer your ticket, do the following:
1. Sign in to your account, and then click My Tickets.
2. For the required ticket, click Transfer.
3. Enter the Fan ID of the person you want to transfer your ticket to.
4. Click Transfer.
Note that you cannot transfer the ticket to someone who already has a ticket for the same match.
When you enter the Fan ID of the person to whom you want to transfer the ticket, the initials of the fan name appear to ensure that this is the intended person. If in doubt, do not transfer the ticket as you cannot undo this action. Once the ticket is transferred, it is removed from your tickets and you cannot get it back.

Q 9. When can I receive my tickets?
You can receive your tickets from any of the authorized outlets directly after completing the payment process.

Q 10. Can I give my ticket to someone else to attend the match?
Yes, you can transfer your tickets to other registered Fans.
To transfer your ticket, do the following:
1. Sign in to your account, and then click My Tickets.
2. For the required ticket, click Transfer.
3. Enter the Fan ID of the person you want to transfer your ticket to.
4. Click Transfer.
Note that you cannot transfer the ticket to someone who already has a ticket for the same match.
When you enter the Fan ID of the person to whom you want to transfer the ticket, the initials of the fan name appear to ensure that this is the intended person. If in doubt, do not transfer the ticket as you cannot undo this action. Once the ticket is transferred, it is removed from your tickets and you cannot get it back.


For any further information or inquiries contact Tazkarti hotline 15355.
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5/19/2019 10:51:10 PM
<![CDATA[Step by step: Get your FAN ID, Book your matches tickets]]>
The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.



Visitors can enter the official website, www.tazkarti.com, then fill their data to get "Fan ID" as well as buy tickets for all matches electronically.
Step-by-step, Egypt Today reviews how the site works to book tickets for the 2019 AFCON.
- First: Get Your Fan ID
Step 1
Once you enter the official website, choose "Get Fan ID" then you will be directed to a page asking you whether you are Egyptian or Other Nationalities.

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Step 2
The User will fill his data which includes; Country of Nationality, Language of Communication and Email Address. Then he must enter his Mobile Number to get the Activation code via SMS.
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Step 3
After filling your Mobile Number & getting the Activation Code, you will be directed to the next page where you must fill you First, Middle & Last Names, also you should fill your Mother's full name, Blood type & Gender.
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Step 4
The user must fill also his Identity Number which is written in his National ID/Passport, and his Photo.

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And this is the last phase in getting your FAN ID stage which will allow you to Book your Tickets.

- Second: Book your Tickets
Step 1
The matches will be played in the Cairo, Air Defense, Al Salam, Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia stadiums. The Cairo Stadium will host the opening match and final match.
Once you enter the official website, www.tazkarti.com , you can press 'Purchase Tickets' which will direct you to the next page showing the matches, stadiums & dates.
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Step 2
In this step, the site will review the matches on each stadium and press the 'Book Ticket' specified in green and follow the steps.
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Step 3
When you press 'Book ticket', the website will demand entering FAN ID & Password.
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Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.

The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010. ]]>
5/19/2019 10:47:00 PM
<![CDATA[2019 AFCON Mascot revealed]]>


The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

The Egyptian national team was put in an easy group in the draw which was held in Egypt on Friday.

Egypt came in Group A with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in the 2019 African Cup of Nations.



Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.

The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.
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5/19/2019 3:44:46 PM
<![CDATA[23 Egyptian players take part in British squash tournament this week]]>
Twelve Egyptian players are participating in the men's edition of the championships, including Aly Farag, the world's number one and Mohamed el Shorbagi, the world's number two.

Eleven Egyptian players are participating in the women's edition, including Raneem el Weleily, the world's number one and Nour el Sherbini, the world's number two.

The championships will last until May 26.

The British Open Squash Championships is the oldest tournament in the game of squash. It is widely considered to be one of the two most prestigious tournaments in the game, alongside the World Squash Championships. ]]>
5/19/2019 11:58:31 AM
<![CDATA[Zidane the boss as Bale set for final game at Real Madrid]]>
Bale fell out with Zidane towards the end of the Frenchman's first spell in charge and their relationship has quickly soured again, with the Wales attacker starting just five times since the coach's return in March and left out completely for Real's last two matches against Villarreal and Real Sociedad.

Zidane said Bale would be in the squad against Real Betis on Sunday but, asked by reporters if it would be his last game for Madrid, he said: "I don't know, I can't tell you. It's the season finale and next year there are going to be changes. But I don't know what is going to happen."

Madrid face Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu in their final match of a campaign that will see them finish third, behind both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, and trophyless after being knocked out of the Copa Del Rey by Barca and the Champions League by Ajax.

Zidane has pledged to make changes once the campaign is over, with several players including Bale expected to be sold, and defended his right to make the big calls.

"It's my decision," Zidane told reporters. "That is clear as water. I'm the coach and I will always do what I want to do. If not, I'll leave.

"For signings and those sorts of things we have people who work on them but we work together."

Zidane took charge with Madrid's season all-but over and their performances have fizzled out in recent weeks.

Their defeat by Real Sociedad last weekend means they have lost two of their last three matches and won only three of their last eight.

"The message is clear, it is the last game and we want to say goodbye to the fans with a good game and a victory," said Zidane.

"It has been a complicated year and I want to convey that we are looking ahead to next season and to show the fans that we will return with enthusiasm to make them proud of the team again."]]>
5/19/2019 10:11:00 AM
<![CDATA[Griezmann whistled as Atletico come back to draw with Levante]]>
Griezmann received whistles at the City of Valencia Stadium from the visiting fans, who were also heard chanting "out, out, out" before goals from Sergio Camello and Rodrigo ensured Atletico at least ended the season with a draw.

Diego Simeone has dismissed fears of a mass exodus, despite both Diego Godin and Griezmann already announcing their departures, with the likes of Rodrigo, Juanfran and Filipe Luis all expected to follow.

If this was to be their farewell outing for Atletico, it was an underwhelming finale as Levante, who only secured safety from relegation last weekend, claimed a deserved point.

They might have been disappointed not to take all three after leading 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Erick Cabaco and Roger Marti before then playing against 10 men for the best part of 40 minutes after Angel Correa was sent off.

But Atletico fought back, Rodrigo firing into the top corner before 18-year-old substitute Camello scored his first goal for the club, finishing at the back post.

Griezmann was unable to add to his tally of 133 goals in 257 games across all competitions in what became a bitter end to his five successful seasons for the club.

Godin was given a rousing goodbye ceremony at the Wanda Metropolitano last weekend but the timing of Griezmann's announcement, perhaps deliberately, meant he avoided a last meeting with the Atleti fans.

But those that made the trip to Valencia were determined to make their displeasure known and it was noticeable that Griezmann made a swift exit after the final whistle.

Camello, born in Madrid and a product of Atletico's academy, delivered a more positive message for the future and a timely reminder of Atletico's ability to endure in recent years, despite the departures of their biggest stars.

Levante took the lead through a brilliant opener from Cabaco, who flicked in with the back of his heel after a header back from Ruben Vezo.

Roger doubled the advantage shortly before half-time, intercepting a loose pass from Thomas Partey before skipping over Rodrigo and firing past Antonio Adan, who was standing in for the injured Jan Oblak.

Atletico's task became more difficult when Correa was sent off for a petulant kick on Chema but Rodrigo gave them hope with a stunning strike into the top corner, before Koke's shot fell kindly for Camello at the back post.]]>
5/19/2019 9:13:00 AM
<![CDATA[Real Madrid sign Jovic for 60 million euros - report]]>
Jovic, 21, scored 10 goals for the German side in their run to the Europa League semi-finals where they were knocked out by Chelsea on penalties and has netted 17 times in the Bundesliga.

Spanish newspaper AS said Madrid would officially announce the signing next week after the Bundesliga season ends.

Jovic, who has made 13 appearances for Serbia, is expected to be the first of several high-profile players to join Real Madrid as the deposed European champions look to respond to a disappointing campaign on all fronts.]]>
5/19/2019 8:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Sylvinho to be named Lyon coach - reports]]>
The former Barcelona and Arsenal player was named Brazil’s Under-23 team coach for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in April.

However, L’Equipe reported on Friday that the 45-year-old has already been released from his duties with the national team and will succeed Bruno Genesio in charge of the Ligue 1 side.

Genesio is set to leave Lyon at the end of the current campaign after three-and-a-half seasons at the helm and L’Equipe reported Sylvinho is certain to replace him after agreeing terms on Friday.

The Brazilian will be given a two-year contract, according to RMC Sport, after being chosen by his compatriot Juninho, who will take over as sporting director.

Sylvinho has never coached a club at senior level, but has had spells as an assistant with the Brazil national team, Inter Milan and Corinthians.

Lyon are third in Ligue 1 with two games of the season remaining.]]>
5/19/2019 6:09:00 AM
<![CDATA[Spurs boss Pochettino spared touchline ban for Champions League final]]>
Pochettino’s punishment — deferred for a probation period of one year — means the Argentine will be on the touchline when Tottenham face Liverpool in an all-English Champions League final on June 1 in Madrid.

UEFA also fined Spurs 10,000 euros (8,764.9 pounds) for the offence, while charges against the north London club also included “improper conduct of officials”.

UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body also warned Ajax coach Erik ten Hag for his involvement in the late kick off in London.

Meanwhile, Barcelona were fined 20,000 euros for “insufficient organisation” during their 1-1 group stage draw with Spurs at Camp Nou in December last year.

Ajax were hit with a fine of 52,500 euros by UEFA after being found guilty of crowd disturbances, throwing of objects and blocked stairways in their Champions League quarter-final home leg against Juventus last month.]]>
5/19/2019 4:07:00 AM
<![CDATA[Fernandinho in, Moura out for Brazil in Copa America]]>
Fernandinho was blamed in some circles for Brazil’s elimination from the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, but he has enjoyed an excellent Premier League season under Pep Guardiola and retains the confidence of the Brazil manager.

“Fernandinho knows what we expect, he knows his responsibility,” Tite told reporters, saying he was mature enough to cope with past criticism.

“Choosing two holding midfielders between Casemiro, Fernandinho and Fabinho is hard,” Tite added.

“Fabinho is going through a great moment, it was very difficult ... All three are playing at the top level and it hurts a coach to choose but that’s my job.”

Moura, meanwhile, lost out despite scoring the hat-trick that took Spurs into the final of the Champions League.

Up front Tite opted for Neymar, David Neres, Richarlison, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, and Everton, one of three home-based players in the squad.

“It was the hardest list I have had to put together. I had sleepless nights,” the coach said.

The coach refused to speak about Neymar’s disciplinary problems or whether the Paris St-Germain player would retain the captaincy. Tite said he would talk to the player personally before announcing his decision.

Neymar was banned for three games earlier this month for hitting a fan after the French Cup final. He was also reportedly involved in a dressing room fracas after berating PSG team mates.

Brazil host the Copa America between June 14 and July 7, kicking off against Bolivia before facing Venezuela and Peru.

All 10 South American nations will participate, along with guests Qatar and Japan.

Argentina, with Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero expected to attend, are hoping to end a 36-year trophy drought at the home of their fiercest rivals, while Chile, champions in the last two tournaments, aim to defend their title.

Brazil are also among favorites for a tournament they have not won since 2007. They will play friendlies against Qatar and Honduras before the Copa begins.]]>
5/19/2019 2:06:00 AM
<![CDATA[Hope you enjoyed your visit to Egypt: Man Utd to Martial]]>
Martial posted a photo, on his official Instagram account, of himself infront of the Great Pyramids.

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Martial scored 10 goals in the Premier League season with Manchester United and finished sixth in the standings to stay out of the Champions League next season.

Manchester United official Arabic Twitter account posted a photo of Martial infront of the Pyramids saying: “ We wish you a special time in Egypt and enjoy the civilization of Umm El-Donia, Martial”



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5/18/2019 4:21:03 PM
<![CDATA[Breazeale heavier for Wilder showdown]]>
Breazeale tipped the scales at 255 1/4 pounds (115.77 kilos) on Friday as he prepares to take on unbeaten champion Wilder.

Wilder meanwhile weighed in at 223 1/4 pounds, meaning Breazeale will have a 32-pound weight advantage when the two men face off.

Wilder's weight was nearly 11 pounds heavier than his last outing, when he was held to a draw in a thrilling battle with Tyson Fury in Los Angeles last December.

Both Wilder and Breazeale faced off without incident in Friday's weigh-in, which took place at the Long Island University Athletic Center.

Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) is strongly tipped to retain his title against mandatory challenger Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs).

The build-up to the fight has been marked by a series of macabre threats from Wilder, who has spoken of his willingness to cause a fatality in the ring.

"His life is on the line for this fight and I do mean his life," Wilder said of Breazeale. "I am still trying to get me a body on my record.

"Dominic Breazeale asked for this. This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time... If he dies, he dies."

Wilder's comments have appalled many in boxing, while WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has vowed to hold a hearing into the remarks.

"I have seen Deontay Wilder's comments which are regrettable and completely against the spirit of our sport," Sulaiman said Thursday.

"His metaphors are against the WBC code of ethics and will be addressed in a hearing."

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5/18/2019 2:20:42 PM