<![CDATA[rss-Sports]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Sports]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Tunisian Ons Jabeur moves to 2nd round of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships]]>Jabeur will meet top seed Simona Halep in the next round for the second time, as Jabeur leads the head to head by one victory.

"I asked my coach to come on court as I had too many negative thoughts I wanted to get rid of. He directed me with very good tactic points," Jabeur told Egypt Today.

Tunisians were seen everywhere at the Centre Court, cheering for the first Arab woman to enter the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam.

"The Tunisian crowd made it sound like a football match," Jabeur said happily. "It really made a difference. I am very grateful that they attended the match, and I hope they attend the upcoming matches as well," She added.

On how her life changed since the historic win at the Australian Open Championship, Jabeur said, "Things have changed, Tunisians know me better now; they support me and this is a great responsibility, as I have to win and make the Arab world proud. I hope I can be an inspiration for them. Not all the fans were Tunisians.There were also Egyptians. I am happy that all Arabs support me."

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, owned and organized by Dubai Duty Free,is held under the patronage of Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. The event begins with the WTA,which will run until February 22,followed by the ATP tournament, which features Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, StefanosTsitsipas and Roberto Bautista Agutbetween February 24-29.


2/18/2020 3:14:21 PM
<![CDATA[Kindergarten Klopp says Simeone's Atleti still a threat to rampant Reds]]>
"People say I am emotional but if I am level four, he is level 12. I am Kindergarten Cop compared to him," Klopp told reporters in Madrid.

"He has been there eight years and to still have that emotional level, that's impressive."

Klopp will face Simeone for the first time at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday and he paid tribute to the Argentinian while brushing off Atletico's disappointing form that has them clear outsiders to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Atletico are fourth in La Liga, 13 points behind Real Madrid, and will be up against an irrepressible Liverpool side that is yet to lose in the Premier League and sits 25 points clear of the chasing pack.

"Playing Atletico is one of the most difficult things in the life of a football player, they are organised, a results machine," said Klopp.

"What they have done so far this season was not as bad as people say and it has nothing to do with our chances tomorrow. The team that fights more will go through, not the team that has done better in La Liga or the Premier League."

Both coaches were keen to play up the closeness of the tie but Simeone's claim the balance stands at "50/50" seemed optimistic.

"Anything is possible," Simeone said.

He confirmed Diego Costa could play a part after the striker's timely recovery from a slipped disk while Alvaro Morata is likely to start after coming off the bench against Valencia on Friday.

- Pressure on -

Atletico are not the defensive force they once were and there is a debate in Spain over whether Simeone is the right man for the club moving forward.

"Criticism is needed because it makes us improve," Simeone said. "I only feel optimism and excitement."

Atletico are looking to salvage their season, given they are adrift in the title race and already out of the Copa del Rey.

But Liverpool are still in contention for a treble and seeking to retain the trophy they lifted at the Wanda Metropolitano last June.

"The best players in the world want to get to finals and win trophies and so do the best teams," said Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.

"If we want to be known as one of the best teams in the world we have to be getting to those latter stages. We believe we can do it."

Klopp signed off with a grin by insisting Paris Saint-Germain are the favourites to win the Champions League this season. "Now the pressure is on them!" he said.

And Simeone was asked if preparing for this test reminded him of taking on the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid in their pomp in recent seasons.

"This Liverpool team will go down in history because it has different achievements to all those teams we have admired," said Simeone. "They are a team with lots of options and I like that a lot."

Klopp added: "Whatever happens Atletico are always there. If you are not 100 per cent concentrated, they close you down with two or three players and then counter-attack. If you are not focused, you won't even have a shot on target.

"But on the other side, they also haven't played against a team like us."]]>
2/18/2020 9:17:39 AM
<![CDATA[Lampard asks for Chelsea fight after smash and grab United defeat]]>
The Blues had two goals disallowed by VAR reviews and were furious Harry Maguire was not sent-off for an off-the-ball kick out at Michy Batshuayi before he headed in United's second goal after Anthony Martial's opener.

Lampard cut a frustrated figure as the flaws in both boxes which have seen his side win just four of their last 14 league games were exposed once more against ordinary opposition.

"The fight starts now," said Lampard. "It's not worth me going on about it now but the reality was there for us to see.

"If we're not going to take chances then we're not going to win games. When you dominate large periods you have to take your chances."

Victory lifts United up to seventh and within three points of Chelsea in fourth, while fifth could now even be good enough to qualify for the Champions League next season pending Manchester City's appeal again a two-season ban from European competition.

However, even United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he had not been impressed by the visitors' performance.

"When you win 2-0 here you are delighted," said Solskjaer.

"Then again I didn't think we played well, particularly with the ball in the first half. We were cumbersome, slow, passing wasn't great but we got the first goal then we hung in there."

Lampard made a bold call before kick-off by again dropping the most expensive goalkeeper in football history, Kepa Arrizabalaga, to the bench in favour of the 38-year-old Willy Caballero.

Batshuayi also started with Tammy Abraham ruled out by injury and Lampard's anger at missing out on a striker in the January window was borne out by a poor night for the misfiring Belgium forward.

But the course of the game could have been very different had Maguire not escaped unpunished for kicking Batshuayi after the two collided in front of the dugouts.

"I know I caught him and I felt he was going to fall on me and my natural reaction was to straighten my leg to stop him," said Maguire.

"I apologised to him and it was nice that the referee saw sense."

- One-way traffic -

Chelsea's sense of injustice increased when Willian was harshly booked for diving as he went down under a challenge from Bruno Fernandes looking for a penalty.

United had not made Caballero make a single save before going in front a minute before the break when Martial planted a brilliant header into the far corner from Aaron Wan-Bissaka's cross.

There was still time for Batshuayi to miss another chance before half-time when he skewed wide from a narrow angle.

The one-way traffic continued at the start of the second period as Mount hit the post and a brave block from Wan-Bissaka deflected Pedro's goal-bound effort behind.

But even when Chelsea did get the ball in the net through substitute Kurt Zouma, the goal was ruled out by VAR for a push on Brandon Williams by Cesar Azpilicueta.

Fernandes was unable to make much of an impact from open play in his second United appearance since a £47 million ($62 million) move from Sporting Lisbon.

However, the Portuguese international is a huge threat from set-pieces and nearly caught Caballero out with a free-kick that crashed back off the post.

Moments later, Fernandes provided his first assist for the Red Devils with a corner which Maguire powered home.

Lampard had seen enough from Batshuayi and handed Olivier Giroud a rare appearance off the bench for the final quarter.

The French striker thought he had given Chelsea a lifeline with a near post header, but was ruled offside after a VAR review.]]>
2/18/2020 9:15:44 AM
<![CDATA[Neymar's PSG return "changes everything" for Dortmund clash - Tuchel]]>
Tuchel named the Brazilian superstar in his squad for their last-16 first leg tie in Germany despite the world's most expensive player missing the French club's last four games through injury.

He has been struggling with a rib problem, but should be fit to play at Signal Iduna Park.

"He's fine, he's going to train, and will play if nothing happens to him," said Tuchel in Monday's press conference.

"He has the quality, the confidence and the ability to do decisive things. His presence changes everything - it gives me and his team-mates a lot of confidence.

"If he's missing, he's missing - but we don't have another player of that quality."

Neymar missed last season's surprise last-16 loss to Manchester United with a foot injury, while he also sat out the second leg of the defeat at the same stage of the competition by Real Madrid in 2018.

He was rested, along with France forward Kylian Mbappe, for Saturday's remarkable 4-4 draw at Amiens in Ligue 1.

PSG are yet to reach the Champions League semi-finals since being bought by their Qatari owners nine years ago, with their run to the last four in 1994-95 still the closest they have come to lifting the European Cup.

- Electric atmosphere -

Tuchel is under extra pressure to deliver as PSG have exited at the last 16 stage in Europe for the last three seasons.

"It's clear that if you lose three times in a row in the last 16, the situation is not the same the fourth time," admitted Tuchel.

"After the defeat (to Manchester United last season), we were sad, I was mentally almost dead, but that's sport.

"I said to the players (at the time): 'It might be a bit harder next year, but that's what we play in the Champions League for'.

"Sometimes you lose, you have to accept it and use the defeats to grow."

Having coached Dortmund for two seasons before his dismissal in 2017, Tuchel knows to expect a passionate atmosphere.

"It's difficult to control your emotions in this stadium and I'm not sure it's possible for the 90 minutes," said PSG's German coach.

"It's necessary to remain calm, attentive and intelligent.

"Dortmund are very strong when they press and when they counter-attack."

The hosts are missing Germany forwards Marco Reus and Julian Brandt, but Dortmund have a deadly teenage duo in striker Erling Braut Haaland and England winger Jadon Sancho, both just 19.

Haaland has scored a phenomenal nine goals in his six games for Dortmund.

"Their forwards' statistics are incredible," said Tuchel.

"We will have to block their counter-attacks before they start.

"It's going to be a challenge."]]>
2/18/2020 9:13:57 AM
<![CDATA[El Khatib negotiates to let Al Ahly play at Cairo Stadium]]>
Al Ahly’s official website announced on Sunday that El Khatib is holding talks with Ashraf Sobhi, Minister of Youth and Sports, and Amr El Genainy, President of the Egyptian Football Association, in order for Al Ahly to play the first leg of the quarter finals in the CAF Champions League at Cairo Stadium.

Al Ahly is set to meet South African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, on February 29 after qualifying second in the group stages of the Round of 16.

Al Ahly’s President wants to change the match’s venue from Al Salam Stadium to Cairo Stadium in order to increase the number of Al Ahly supporters as the match is considered to be of great importance.

Al Ahly will seek revenge in their upcoming match against Sundowns after being knocked out by the South African club last year in the same tournament with an aggregate result of 5-1 to the South Africans.
2/17/2020 10:29:00 AM
<![CDATA[Juventus back top as Lazio topple Inter Milan to go second]]>
Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado scored in either half as champions Juventus rediscovered their winning form at home.

Inter Milan drop from top spot to third, three points behind the champions, after falling to just their second defeat of the season.

Sparks flew at the Stadio Olimpico with Romelu Lukaku threating Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Straskosha early with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic rattling the bar.

But it was defender Ashley Young who broke through just before the break with his first Serie A goal for Inter Milan after his move from Manchester United.

The 34-year-old got his foot to tap-in off a rebound after Straskosha had cleared from former Lazio player Antonio Candreva.

A Stefan de Vrij foul on Ciro Immobile allowed the Serie A top scorer to slot in his 26th goal in 24 games this season, five minutes after the break.

Milinkovic-Savic snatched the winner after 69 minutes amid confusion in front of goal.

Inter's Lautaro Martinez had a goal ruled offside after 78 minutes as the northerners suffered their second defeat after losing to Juventus in October.

Simone Inzaghi's Lazio extended their unbeaten run to 19 games as they target their first Scudetto since 2000.

In Turin, Argentine forward Dybala curled in a perfect free kick six minutes before the break, shortly after Brescia's Florian Aye was sent off for two yellow cards in quick succession.

Colombian Cuadrado tapped in the second from close range after a Blaise Matuidi cross with 15 minutes to go, as the champions bounced back from last weekend's shock defeat at Hellas Verona.

"We did what we had to do," said Juve coach Maurizio Sarri, whose side had lost two of their previous three games.

Cristiano Ronaldo was rested for Sunday's game in Turin, but veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini returned after a long injury layoff.

"Cristiano had to rest, he cannot play 75 games a year between the national team and club, we decided to let him recuperate," said Sarri.

Sarri said 35-year-old skipper Chiellini had been desperate to get onto the pitch, after nearly six months off with a cruciate knee injury.

"Chiellini put himself on the pitch by himself," said Sarri.

"He said it yesterday, he has made six months of sacrifices and wanted to play the last quarter of an hour, and I found myself next to him when he had already taken off his tracksuit."

The champions did not have it all their own way against lowly Brescia, who stay second-from-bottom, seven points from safety after extending their winless run to nine games.

Enrico Alfonso went off after just 10 minutes following a knock to the head, with substitute Brescia keeper Lorenzo Andrenacci pulling off some fine saves.

In Sardinia, Napoli got back to winning ways with a Dries Mertens' 65th-minute goal sealing a 1-0 success over Cagliari.

The Belgian completed a give-and-go with Elseid Hysaj with the ball curling in with a deflection off the post.

It was the 32-year-old's 120th goal for Napoli, one short of Marek Hamsik's all-time record, and five ahead of club legend Diego Maradona.

"Dries is a phenomenon, a champion who makes difficult things seem simple," said coach Gennaro Gattuso.

Gattuso's side overtake Calgiari, moving up to eighth, two points off the Europa League berths, as Cagliari drop to 11th place.

Hellas Verona missed the chance to close in on fifth-placed Roma, who fell 2-1 at Atalanta on Saturday, with a goalless draw at Udinese.

Verona, in sixth, occupy the final Europa League spot ahead of Parma on goal difference, but stay four points behind Roma.

Parma moved level on 35 points after winning at Sassuolo 1-0, with Ivorian Gervinho scoring the only goal after 25 minutes.

Fiorentina, in 13th, crushed struggling Sampdoria 5-1, with both teams playing the second half with ten men.

2/17/2020 8:35:44 AM
<![CDATA[Pogba belongs to Man Utd, not Mino, insists Solskjaer]]>
Pogba's long-time representative has been at loggerheads with the United hierarchy in recent years and angered the Red Devils once more this week by casting fresh doubt on where Pogba will be next season.

Raiola revealed on Thursday that he has already had discussions with Juventus sporting director Pavel Nedved about a possible return to the Italian champions from where Pogba re-joined United for a £89m ($116 million) fee in the summer of 2016.

And Raiola also made it clear that if United fail to qualify for the Champions League, Pogba will want to move to satisfy his ambitions.

But Solskjaer still sees Pogba -- who has 18 months left on his contract -- as a key part of his future plans.

"I've not spoken to Mino that is for sure. And, no, I haven't sat down and told Paul to tell Mino what he should say. Paul is our player and not Mino's."

Pogba, 27 next month, has made only eight appearances for United in an injury-ravaged season.

He will be missing again when United take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday as he makes his way back from ankle surgery.

But Solskjaer insists Pogba is not dragging out his return and is desperate to help United achieve Champions League football, either via the Premier League or by winning the Europa League.

"As a player the last thing you want to be is injured and not be able to contribute to your team. Paul's a footballer and he wants to play football," added Solskjaer.

"As a player, I was injured for a long, long time myself so I know what it is like. It's a difficult period in your career but it is part and parcel of being a player. You are always running the risk of being injured.

"He knows that he has to work hard now to get back to his best because he has been out for so long. It's a challenge for him to get back to his best."

United have been offered a lifeline in their quest to return to the Champions League next season with Manchester City's potential two-season ban from European competition meaning fifth in the Premier League could be enough to qualify.

Solskjaer's men are languishing in ninth, but can move to within two points of fifth with a third victory over Chelsea this season.

As well as Pogba, Marcus Rashford will also be absent for another few weeks, placing a heavy burden on deadline-day loan signing Odion Ighalo to score the goals that can haul United up the table.

Ighalo has had a far from ideal start to his United career. The Nigerian joined up with the United squad for the first time on Sunday after a two-week precautionary quarantine following his arrival from Shanghai Shenua.

However, Solskjaer has dangled the carrot of a permanent move to Ighalo's boyhood club should be impress between now and the end of the season.

"It's a loan but when you are in the door here and if you impress it gives you a chance," said Solskjaer. "That is exactly the same for anyone who signs, if it is permanent or a loan.

"If you impress as a player and as a person, if you can help this group improve, of course there is a chance that we will look at extending things."]]>
2/17/2020 8:33:34 AM
<![CDATA[Klopp shocked by UEFA'S decision to Manchester City]]>
""It was a shock. Complete wow,” Klopp said in Liverpool’s post match press conference against Norwich, reporting from Goal.

Additionally, the German manager [Klopp] feels sorry for Manchester City’s squad and manager [Pep Guardiola] as he believes that they didn’t do anything wrong and that such matters are controlled by the board.

"I really feel for them, Pep and the players, but that is how it is. They can appeal so we will see what happens then. It is obviously serious. But the football they played was exceptional and will always be exceptional," Klopp added, reporting from Goal.

The UEFA imposed a two year ban on the Premier League champions [Manchester City] after stating that City failed to abide by the Financial Fair Play rules and regulations during the period of 2012 to 2016.

However, such ruling isn’t final as Manchester City has the opportunity to appeal on the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Manchester City is currently allowed to continue participating in this year’s Uefa Champions League, but won’t be allowed to participate in the upcoming two years.
2/17/2020 8:07:00 AM
<![CDATA[Klopp revels in 'insane' 25-point lead as Liverpool edge past Norwich]]>
The champions-elect were short of their fluent best in blustery conditions caused by Storm Dennis at Carrow Road but returned immediately to winning ways after their winter break.

They have now gone 43 top-flight matches unbeaten, just six behind Arsenal's record of 49 games in 2003-04 and are sprinting towards their first league title for 30 years.

Liverpool have earned 103 points from the past 105 available to them in the Premier League, winning 34 of their past 35 matches, and have one more point -- 76 -- than Manchester United accrued in winning the league in 1996/97.

Klopp said the wind and Norwich's organisation made it a tricky game but that his players remained calm.

"I could tell in all the players' faces that they weren't nervous, they were enjoying it, and if one team was going to score it was going to be us," he told Sky Sports.

"We protected against the counter-attack well too. It's really all about these wonderful football players.

"The gap is so insane, I don't really understand it. I'm not smart enough. I've not had that before. It's outstanding, it's so difficult. I go back into the changing room and we chat about the things and then I'm like 'oh, but congratulations. We won the game, another three points'."

The result leaves Daniel Farke's Norwich rooted to the bottom of the table, six points behind 19th-placed Watford. They look set for an immediate return to the Championship despite their battling performance.

Klopp brought back midfielder Naby Keita for his first start in a Premier League match since December and Mane was on the bench as Liverpool started full of confidence.

The visitors controlled possession in the early stages without creating many clear-cut openings but Norwich managed some brief spells of attractive passing football themselves.

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was particularly impressive, producing an exquisite piece of skill to control a long Jordan Henderson pass before the ball was stolen off his toes as he shaped to shoot.

But Farke's men kept Liverpool quiet and came close to snatching the lead themselves.

Lukas Rupp got in behind the Liverpool defence and controlled a long ball over the top. He opted to pass to his left to Teemu Pukki but Alisson Becker produced a superb save, clawing the ball away at the feet of the Finnish striker.

- Mane breaks deadlock -

Liverpool were quickly on top again in the second half but struggled to create clear chances until Keita tested Tim Krul from distance in the 58th minute.

The Anfield giants laid siege to the Norwich goal but frustration mounted as the home side somehow kept the score at 0-0.

Keita should have done better when he reacted quickly to a rebound off Krul but the goalkeeper dived to his right to deny the Guinea international.

Alexander Tettey almost caught Becker out on a rare Norwich foray into the Liverpool half, thundering a shot against the near post as the home crowd roared their team on.

Just when it seemed Norwich could become only the second team this season, after Manchester United, to deny Liverpool all three points, Mane broke the deadlock.

The second-half substitute controlled a long ball from Henderson with his right foot in the 78th minute before lashing home with his left.

Defending champions Manchester City, reeling from a two-season European ban for breaching fair play rules, are in second place in the table but have no chance of winning a third straight title.

European champions Liverpool can now turn their thoughts to the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.]]>
2/16/2020 12:37:52 PM
<![CDATA[Dortmund's 'Yellow Wall': the 'gigantic monster' lying in wait for PSG]]>
"It's just a fantastic feeling that I haven't had before," is how Dortmund's star striker Erling Braut Haaland described scoring in front of 'Die Gelbe Wand' (The Yellow Wall) at Signal Iduna Park.

The 19-year-old has bagged nine goals in six games since Dortmund snapped him up for 20 million euros ($22 million) from Salzburg.

Five of them have come in his three home appearances games, including one in the 4-0 thrashing of Frankfurt on Friday.

"If you are the opposition, it crushes you -- but if you have her at your back as a goalkeeper, it's a fantastic feeling," is how ex-Dortmund shot-stopper Roman Weidenfeller describes the experience of the imposing terrace.

For Bundesliga games, the south stand, which is 100 metres (328 feet) wide and 40 metres high, is packed with 25,000 fans, but capacity is reduced to 16,000 to meet UEFA regulations for Champions League games.

- 'Huge, roaring monster' -

Nevertheless, the noise will be deafening when the Dortmund team walk out for Tuesday's last 16, first leg tie.

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, who coached Dortmund for two seasons until 2017, knows what to expect.

"We have a few boys used to the stadiums of this world and whom I trust to play their best, on this stage as well," the 46-year-old told German daily Welt on Sunday.

"I know very well what energy is waiting for us there."

'The Yellow Wall' already has an international reputation.

"Just look at the south stand in Dortmund," Johnny Rotten, lead singer of British punk band The Sex Pistols has said on the matter.

"They all stand, chant and make such a noise that the stand seems like the pharynx of some huge, roaring monster. It's fantastic."

Dortmund fan Max Kiwit, 27, told AFP why he is a regular on 'The Yellow Wall'.

"Because here, everyone can let go of their emotions. No one will complain if they get elbowed in the head" or if they get showered by beer when Dortmund score to send thousands of plastic cups flying, he said with a smile.

Season tickets for the south stand start at 219 euros ($237), but are often passed down from generation to generation.

The waiting list is often counted in years, as Max's girlfriend Sabrina Rupp discovered to her cost.

"Until I was 13, I had a season ticket," she admits regretfully.

"I gave it back, and that's the worst mistake you can make, because after that it's almost impossible to get it back."

'The Yellow Wall' is often described as the beating heart of Signal Iduna Park.

It's from there that designated fans lead the chants, yelling into megaphones while drummers beat out the rhythm.

The fans in the south stand sees themselves as the 12th man of the Dortmund team.

- Malaga mayhem -

On the run to the 2013 Champions League final, where Dortmund lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich at Wembley, the wall played a key role in the quarter-final at home to Malaga, when the hosts found themselves 2-1 down with 90 minutes on the clock.

With Dortmund seconds from elimination, the fans erupted, inspiring tired legs to one last push.

Pandemonium broke out when forward Marco Reus, then defender Felipe Santana grabbed goals in added time to seal a fairytale 3-2 win after a goalless first leg in Spain.

The delirious scenes at the final whistle are part of club folklore.

Former Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp explained what the PSG team can expect on Tuesday.

"You come out and the stadium explodes... you look to your left and it looks like 150,000 people are standing there going crazy," said Klopp, who led Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012.

As the Malaga game demonstrated, PSG need to play until the final whistle as Dortmund can never be written off with their backs to 'The Yellow Wall'.]]>
2/16/2020 12:36:48 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly is in rest from training sessions]]>
The Egyptian Super Cup gathers Al-Ahly as the champion of the last version league, and Zamalek champions Egypt Cup.

The official page of Al-Ahly Club on "Twitter" announced that the first team of the Red Castle today is at rest in preparation for travelling to Abu Dhabi: "Good morning ... Today our team is at rest in preparation for travel to Abu Dhabi."


Mahmoud Al-Khatib, head of Al-Ahly Club, was keen to attend the training of his team, on Saturday, which was held on the Tetch Stadium.

This comes as Al-Ahly team continued the good results locally after they achieved the 15th consecutive victory and beat Al-Masry 3-0 during their match, last Friday evening, at the El-Max Stadium in Alexandria in the Egyptian League.

Al-Ahly's goals came through Ali Maaloul goal in the tenth minute from a penalty kick, Junior Ajayi in the 82nd minute and Kahraba in the first minute of stoppage time.

Al-Ahly raises their score to 45 points and maintains their impressive record.]]>
2/16/2020 12:21:51 PM
<![CDATA[Achieving titles against Al Ahly is the best: Ahmed Mortada Mansour]]>
An upcoming fiery summit, that brings together Al-Ahly and Zamalek in the Egyptian Super Cup, will take place next Thursday in the United Arab Emirates.

Ahmed Mortada said: "The best championship is the one that we win over Al-Ahly."

"Al-Ahly is a great team and you need to be in your maximum focus in order to beat them," he added in his comments on TEN channel.

"Zamalek is a great name, and the board of directors has provided everything possible, and we hope the fans will be happy again with another title."

He continued, saying: "I hope that the match will be enjoyable and good between the two teams, and that we will succeed in winning the title at the end."

Zamalek managed to win the African Super title over Tunisian Esperance 3-1 last Friday.

The Zamalek trilogy came through Youssef Ibrahim "Obama", and two goals Ashraf for Bencharki.

While the only goal of Esperance came by Abdul Raouf Bin Ghaith from the penalty spot.

The African Super title is the fourth in the history of Zamalek, and what a title on Valentine's Day.

Zamalek gave the most beautiful Valentine's Day gift to his fans. A gift no better for the white knight fans.]]>
2/16/2020 11:41:39 AM
<![CDATA[Sobhy returns to the training ground]]>
Sobhy missed Al-Ahly games since November 2019 as he suffered from a muscular injury.

Sobhy, who is one of the best players at Al-Ahly, returns to his team at the perfect time as the club is going through one of the most important stages of the season.

Al-Ahly will travel to Abu Dhabi to face arch-rivals, Zamalek, at the Egyptian Super Cup on 20 February and four days later at the domestic league before facing South African giants, Mamelodi Sundowns, at the CAF Champions League quarter-finals.

Al-Ahly players returned to the training ground on Saturday after achieving a 3-0 win over El Masry on Friday to achieve their 15th straight victory at the Egyptian League.

Al-Ahly are leading the league table with 45 points from 15 games and they are 13 points ahead of the second-placed, Arab Contractors, who gained 32 points from 17 games. ]]>
2/15/2020 5:37:57 PM
<![CDATA[Salah’s participation at Olympics is in Liverpool’s hands ]]>
“The men’s Olympic Football Tournament, as well as all FIFA competitions with age restrictions, are not included in the men’s international match calendar 2018-2024, and thus clubs are not under the obligation to release players for the competition," FIFA spokesperson told SunSport on Saturday.

Salah, who was among the U-23 team during 2012 Olympic Games in London, has to convince his club’s coaching staff if he has the desire to join Egypt’s U-23 team in Tokyo this summer.

Since Egypt secured their spot at the next Olympic Games as AFCON U-23 winners, the debate over Salah’s participation with the team started.

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, commented on the situation, saying “We are completely clear about what we want, but we need more information: how will it look, when will the preparation start, all that stuff. No decision yet, but we will see.”

Salah is one of the key players at Liverpool since he joined the club in 2017 summer and he led the club to win UEFA Champions League title last summer and they are close to win the long-awaited League title this season. ]]>
2/15/2020 4:48:03 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool face bottom-of-the-table Norwich City ]]>
The Reds aim to take another step towards achieving the long-awaited Premier League title but they are expecting a tough duel against one of the best bottom of the table sides ever.

Liverpool are having one of their best seasons at the league so far and they are unbeaten with 13 games away from the finish line and they only dropped two points with an away 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

Klopp comments on Liverpool fans’ dream to be the league champions after 30 years of struggling, saying “We know at the end of the season a team will be crowned, it was always like this, and this year we have a good chance it will be us. That’s nice, really nice.”

On the other hand, Norwich City, led by German manager Daniel Farke, produced beautiful football since the beginning of the season but they are struggling to get good results and found themselves at the bottom of the table with only 18 points after 25 games.

The game starts on 7:30 pm. ]]>
2/15/2020 4:29:28 PM
<![CDATA[Bincharki's double secures CAF Super Cup title for Zamalek ]]>
Two minutes were all what the White Knights needed to open the score through Youssef Obama's wonderful header.

Zamalek were the better side during the first half and they had many clear chances to double the score but Mostafa Mohamed and Ashraf Bincharki failed to find the target.

The Tunisian side equalised the score at the opening minutes of the second half by the club's Algerian striker, Abdelraouf Benguit.

After Benguit's goal, Zamalek players dominated the game and Bincharki granted them the lead again from an amazing individual effort as he dribbled two Tunisian defenders and put the ball in the back of the net.

Bincharki continued his heroic performance as he added the third goal minutes before the final whistle to confirm his team's victory.

Zamalek won their 4th CAF Super Cup title and Egyptian clubs' 10th title at the competition while Esperance suffered their fourth loss at CAF Super Cup and their second in a row. ]]>
2/14/2020 8:48:11 PM
<![CDATA[Salah wins Liverpool Player of the Month award for January]]>
Salah scored three goals and provided three assists to his teammates to help Liverpool get 15 points out of the team’s five games during the month.

“Thank you. I am happy to win this award and as I’ve said before many times, the important thing is to win the games and I think we did well that month, so hopefully we’ll keep [going] like that.” Salah told Liverpool official website after receiving the award.

Salah won the Player of the Month award for the second time this season after he received the award in August.

Salah and his teammates eye keeping their Premier League’s winning streak alive when they face Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Salah added “I think we had a good break and everyone is fresh and everyone is excited to go again, so hopefully we will be ready for the game.” ]]>
2/14/2020 12:23:55 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek eye fourth CAF Super Cup title ]]>
Three-time Super Cup winners, Zamalek, aim to achieve their fourth title in the competition’s history and their first title since 2003 when they defeated Wydad Casablanca 3-1 to clinch the title at home.

Upon arriving, Zamalek players were well-received by their passionate fans who are expected to pack the stadium to cheer for the White Knights.

“'Big teams who look for titles don't fear anyone. Esperance is a great team, and they are African champions in the last two years, but Zamalek also is a great club and we fear no one.” Zamalek manager, Patrice Carteron, said.

The Tunisian giants have played four CAF Super Cup finals but they only won the title once in 1995 while they lost the title on three occasions, including last year’s edition to Raja Casablanca.

“We know this Cup has been absent from our grasp for a long time. The Tunisian fans always support us in every game even when are playing outside our country. We love our fans supporting us in large numbers, this is a great honor for us.” Esperance assistant coach Mejdi Traoui said during the pre-final press conference.

The game starts on 18:00 (C.L.T). ]]>
2/14/2020 12:02:54 PM
<![CDATA[Chaabani expects an interesting clash at CAF Super Cup ]]>
“We are not thinking of our CAF Champions League encounter now, all what’s in our minds is the Super Cup game. Zamalek is a great team; they are five times African champions. But we are the last two seasons’ champions and a great team as well. It’s going to be an interesting duel.” Chaabani told CAF official website.

Zamalek, CAF Confederation Cup winners, will face the Tunisian giants who achieved the last two titles of CAF Champions League on 14 February at Al-Gharrafa Stadium.

The two teams will face each other again two weeks later in Cairo at the CAF Champions League quarter-finals first leg before playing the second leg in Tunisia a week later.

Chaabani added “I warned my players that this is not going to be an easy game. We have to take the lessons from what happened last year when we lost to Raja.”

Esperance’s last CAF Super Cup title was in 1995 during their first participation at the competition but they lost the final on three occasions in 1999, 2012 and 2018. ]]>
2/13/2020 2:12:57 PM
<![CDATA[Chelsea close in on Hakim Ziyech signing]]>
According to Dutch Newspaper De Telegraaf, Ajax and Chelsea reached a verbal agreement over the transfer of the Dutch-born Moroccan winger Ziyech.

Additionally, British news organization Sky Sports, believe that Chelsea were in talks over the transfer of the player during the previous transfer window; however, both clubs didn’t reach a final agreement.

The Moroccan international Ziyech plays as a winger but is also capable of playing the number 10 role with Ajax and the Moroccan national team.

Ziyech established himself as one of the promising talents in Europe after he led his team to UEFA Champions League semi-finals after knocking out Real Madrid and Juventus respectively.

The 26-year-old Ziyech scored 48 goals and contributed with 82 assists in a total of 159 games with Ajax, according to transfermarkt. ]]>
2/13/2020 1:44:55 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Raouf announces his retirement]]>
Raouf announced his retirement on Tuesday live in El Match TV Program after playing for 12 years in Egypt’s top flight.

The 2010 African Cup of Nations winner played with Al Ahly during the 2014 season where he contributed in winning the Egyptian League title and the CAF Confederation Cup.

Raouf played a massive role in the team’s victory of the Confederation Cup as he scored a late goal against Difaâ Hassani El Jadidi to help his team winning the tie and advance to the quarter-finals.

Raouf made his debut with Egyptian football club El Qanah before transferring to various clubs like: Enppi SC, Al-Ittihad from Tripoli, El Ahly, El Masry, Smouha, Wadi Degla, Petrojet and Entag El Harby.

The 37-year-old scored 74 goals and made 19 assists throughout his club career. While he managed to play 12 games and score 1 goal with the Egyptian National team, according to transfermarkt. ]]>
2/13/2020 1:16:37 PM
<![CDATA[Szczesny signs Juventus contract extension]]>
The Polish international joined Juve in 2017 from Arsenal as back-up to club legend Gianluigi Buffon.

The 29-year-old took over as number one after Buffon's departure to Paris Saint-Germain and has held on to the role despite the veteran Italian's return to Turin this season.

"This renewal is a demonstration of the club's trust in me," Szczesny told Juventus TV.

"I'm very happy and I'll try to give my best. I'll be here for another four years and I want more titles, I want to win everything.

"You have to sweat, run and sacrifice yourself to achieve this goal that is mine but also that of the club."

Szczesny joined the club following a two-year loan spell at Roma and has played 84 matches, winning two Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia and an Italian Super Cup.

Juve's reign as eight-time Serie A champions is under threat this season as they sit in second place in Serie A behind leaders Inter Milan on goal difference.

Third-placed Lazio trail the pair by a point.

Juve play AC Milan in the Italian Cup semi-final first leg on Thursday, and are through to the Champions League last 16 where they will play Lyon later this month.]]>
2/12/2020 9:02:23 AM
<![CDATA[Barca's Dembele out of Euro 2020 after hamstring surgery]]>
Dembele's absence also means he will be sidelined for the rest of this season for Barca, who will be without another attacker after losing Luis Suarez to a long-term knee injury last month.

"The first team player Ousmane Dembele has successfully undergone surgery ... for a ruptured tendon in his proximal hamstring in his right thigh. The Frenchman will be out for around six months," the La Liga champions said in a statement.

The 22-year-old has suffered a number of hamstring problems since joining from Borussia Dortmund in August 2017 in a deal worth up to 147 million euros ($160.5 million).

Dembele has made only nine appearances this season.

He was close to recovering from a hamstring injury sustained in November before suffering a relapse in training last week.

The former Rennes attacker also missed the majority of his opening year at Barcelona with a similar problem which kept the forward out for four months.

Dembele's latest disappointment is a blow to France's hopes of following up 2018's World Cup triumph by winning the Euros this summer, while Barca coach Quique Setien spoke earlier this month of his excitement at the prospect of the youngster's return.

His long layoff could prompt Barcelona to buy a replacement up front, if the club are allowed to make an emergency signing by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

Barcelona can apply for permission from the RFEF but any new arrival would have to be playing in La Liga or out of contract, and would not be allowed to feature in the Champions League.

Real Sociedad forward Willian Jose, Getafe's Angel and Lucas Perez from Alaves are all reported targets.]]>
2/12/2020 9:00:57 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalek performs first training session in Qatar]]>
The Zamalek team performed their first time training in the Qatar University stadium.

Zamalek coach Patrice Carteron held a session with his assistants, General Coach Sami El-Shishiny, Assistant Coach Amir Abdel-Aziz and goalkeeper coach Amr Abdel Salam before the start of the training session to develop a special training program in preparation for the match.

In another session, before the training, Carteron asked them to win the match and bring the cup to Egypt.

Zamalek players wore heavy sports clothes in the training session due to the cold weather in Doha.

Karim Bambo underwent a rehabilitation program under the supervision of Amr El Matrawy, the team’s rehabilitation and treatment specialist, due to a back muscle strain. Bambo performed light exercises by running around the field.

Carteron divided Zamalek players into 3 groups and conducted a training session for them to play the ball from one touch.

Mortada Mansour, the president of the white club, was keen to check on the Zamalek delegation in Doha, and demanded the players to focus on training and adhere to the instructions of the coaching staff and provide a strong match worthy of the white castle.

The Zamalek delegation arrived in Doha on Tuesday, amid a large reception from the white masses.

Ismail Youssef, a member of the Board of Directors, heads the Zamalek delegation and is accompanied by Hani Zada, Alaa Makled and Hamada Anwar.]]>
2/12/2020 8:58:12 AM
<![CDATA[Shawki Ghareeb denies calling Salah for the Olympics in Tokyo]]>
Shawky Gharib said to ON Sport channel: "There has been no communication between the Olympic team and Mohamed Salah in this regard."

"It is entirely up to Amr Al-Ganaini, head of the Egyptian Football Association Committee, and he is in contact with Salah," he added.

"Honestly, this is very difficult, and if Salah agrees to participate with the national team in the Olympics, he will have to make a great effort to persuade Liverpool to do so."

"If the Olympic team's participation rates remain low for the remainder of the league competition, I will have to choose 3 players over the age to participate in the Olympic Games," he said.

Egyptian Olympic national team won the U-23 AFCON and qualify to Tokyo Olympics 2020 last November.]]>
2/12/2020 8:53:21 AM
<![CDATA[James, Durant, Curry in US basketball Olympic pool]]>
A statement from USA Basketball named three-time Olympic champion James and Los Angeles Lakers team-mate Anthony Davis in the player group, which will eventually be whittled down to a 12-man roster.

"This is the first step in USA Basketball identifying the 12 players who will represent the United States as members of the 2020 US Olympic men's basketball team in Tokyo," said USA Basketball men's team managing director Jerry Colangelo said in a statement.

"Over the course of the remainder of the NBA season we'll continue to monitor all of the athletes. Selecting the 12-man USA roster will obviously be an extremely challenging and difficult process, and we will again attempt to select the very best team possible," he added.

The US team, which will be chasing a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal following wins in 2008, 2012 and 2016, will be coached by San Antonio Spurs boss Gregg Popovich.

The list of contenders revealed that USA Basketball is keeping the door open for several players recovering from long-term injuries.

Golden State Warriors star Curry, who has hardly played this season after undergoing surgery on his left hand, has long spoken of his determination to play in the Tokyo Olympics.

Curry, who is hoping to return for the Warriors next month, withdrew from the 2016 Olympics after knee and ankle problems.

Curry's Golden State team-mate Klay Thompson, who has not played at all this season after undergoing knee surgery in July 2019, is also named in the 44-man player pool. Thompson was a member of the US team which won gold in Rio four years ago.

Durant meanwhile, who has yet to play a game for the Brooklyn Nets after signing for the club last July, is also named in the squad list. Durant, who is recovering from a ruptured Achilles, was a star of the US gold medal-winning teams at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.]]>
2/11/2020 9:36:38 AM
<![CDATA[Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic set for Italian Cup clash]]>
Both Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic scored at the weekend in defeats as Juventus fell 2-1 at Hellas Verona, while AC Milan threw away a two-goal lead in a 4-2 defeat by city rivals Inter.

"It wasn't the result we wanted," said the 35-year-old Ronaldo despite becoming the first Juventus player to score in 10 successive league games, just one game short of the Serie A record.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has scored 23 goals in all competitions this season.

Ibrahimovic, 38, has scored three goals since returning to Milan last month.

The Swede headed in the second goal on Sunday after setting up the first, but Inter hit back with four second-half strikes.

"I showed that I can still make a difference, even at 38," he said.

But Inter striker Romelu Lukaku will be looking to upstage the two other former Manchester United players against Napoli in the other last-four first leg on Wednesday.

Gennaro Gattuso's Napoli, despite their current slump, ousted holders Lazio in the quarter-finals.

"There's a new king in town," a jubilant Lukaku wrote on Twitter after scoring the fourth goal for Inter in Sunday's derby.

"We run this town."

The Belgian was replying to Ibrahimovic's pre-derby post saying that "lions don't compare themselves to humans".Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri has reason to be worried by his side's away form, with the defending Serie A champions having lost their last two games on the road.

"I hope that someone will help me, it's something we have to resolve," Sarri said after the loss to Verona.

"Right now we have a difference in performance between home and away."

Juventus are bidding to reclaim the trophy which they held for four seasons until losing to eventual runners-up Atalanta in the quarters last year.

Antonio Conte's Inter are the only one of the four semi-finalists to win in Serie A at the weekend, with Napoli crashing to a 3-2 defeat by lowly Lecce.

Inter's victory lifted them ahead of Juventus on goal difference at the top of the table, as they target their first Scudetto since 2010.

The second-leg ties will take place on March 4 and 5.


Semi-finals, first leg


Inter Milan v Napoli (1945GMT)


AC Milan v Juventus (1945GMT)]]>
2/11/2020 9:35:15 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalek heads to Qatar to face Esperance]]>
Zamalek, CAF Confederation Champion, and CAF Champions League winner Esperance will face the Champions League next Friday in a fiery confrontation in the African Super.

African Super tickets were released online at the beginning of February, before the Qatari federation announced that they were completely depleted.

Zamalek delegation is preparing to leave Egypt on Tuesday heading to Qatar in preparation for the Tunisian Esperance match.

The Zamalek delegation will fly on February 11th, first to Jordan, before heading to Qatar.

It is expected that the Zamalek delegation will arrive in Qatar on Tuesday 11th of this month.]]>
2/11/2020 9:29:03 AM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly's train is unstoppable, 14th victory in the league ]]>
Al-Ahly's three goals came through Junior Ajayi, Amr Al-Sulaya and Muhammad Magdi "Afsha" on the 33, 69 and 85 minutes respectively.

Throughout their journey of the Egyptian league, Al-Ahly did not know the taste of defeat against Al Gaish.

In the past 25 confrontations before Monday's meeting, Al-Ahly defeated Al Gaish 20 times, equaled 5 times.

Al-Ahly continued their leadership alone at the top of the league with the full score of 42 points, while the balance of Al Gaish at the 15th point was frozen in the 14th position.

Al Ahly is testing their strength in the upcoming period by facing Al Masry, in the Egyptian League, Zamalek, in the Egyptian Super Cup, and Sundowns in the CAF Champions league's quarter final.
2/11/2020 9:18:44 AM
<![CDATA[Inter top Serie A following stunning comeback win over AC Milan]]>
Zlatan Ibrahimovic set up Ante Rebic’s opener before scoring with a header, as Milan held a deserved 2-0 lead at the break.

But a Marcelo Brozovic volley and Matias Vecino strike in the space of two minutes saw Inter draw level at the start of the second half, before Stefan De Vrij’s header put them in front in the 70th minute.

Ibrahimovic hit the post with a late header as Milan pressed for an equaliser, but Antonio Conte’s side sealed the win in stoppage time through a Romelu Lukaku header.

Inter move into first place on goal difference, after catching Juventus on 54 points following their 2-1 defeat by Hellas Verona on Saturday, while Milan are 10th with 32 points.

Conte admitted Inter can dare to dream of the title ahead of a week that will test his team’s credentials.

Inter host Napoli in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg on Wednesday, before travelling to third-placed Lazio on Sunday, who are one point behind them in the standings.

“It’s still very early to talk about something we can only dream of for now,” the Inter coach told Sky Italia.

“We can have a dream. It’s a very intense period for us coming up and after that we’ll have a better idea of our potential and our real capabilities.

“We must face important matches, starting from Wednesday’s with Napoli, then Lazio, who have really strengthened over the years.

“We can’t achieve everything from one day to the next, but we are building. These guys proved they have great strength and guts today.”

Milan started strongly, coming close when Hakan Calhanoglu smashed a low shot off the post from outside the box. They took a deserved lead five minutes before the break when Ibrahimovic headed a lofted pass into the path of Rebic for a tap-in.

Ibrahimovic then netted during the first half stoppage time, heading in at the back post after Franck Kessie directed a corner into his path, making the Swede the oldest player to score in the famous fixture at the age of 38 years and 129 days.

However, Inter completed a stunning comeback in the space of just two minutes at the start of the second half.

Brozovic showed superb technique to guide in a volley from the edge of the area on the 51st minute, before Alexis Sanchez sprung the offside trap and pulled a pass back for Vecino to fire home the equaliser.

Conte’s side completed the turnaround when De Vrij stooped to guide home a header from a corner, and substitute Christian Eriksen was inches away from scoring his first goal for the club when his long-range freekick came back off the crossbar.

Ibrahimovic powered a header off the post from point-blank range in the final minute of regulation time, before Lukaku made sure of the three points by heading in his 17th league goal of the season in stoppage time.

“We stopped playing, the team stopped believing, we stopped pressing, didn’t pass it around enough,” said Ibrahimovic.

“From the equaliser onwards, everything collapsed.”

Inter have now won four consecutive Milan derbies in Serie A for the first time since 1983]]>
2/10/2020 9:04:45 AM
<![CDATA[Messi leads thrilling Barca at Betis]]>
Clement Lenglet headed home the decisive goal in the 72nd minute from a Messi free kick, earning second-placed Barca a first away win in the league in four matches and cutting the deficit behind leaders Real Madrid back to three points.

French defender Lenglet was then sent off for two bookings, moments after Betis’ Nabil Fekir had been dismissed for earning two yellow cards in the space of a minute.

Barca coach Quique Setien was making his first appearance back at Betis since being sacked by the Seville club last May and desperately needed a victory after Real had beaten Osasuna 4-1 earlier in the day.

But the visitors got off to a terrible start when Sergio Canales gave Betis the lead in the sixth minute from the penalty spot after a VAR review showed Lenglet had handled the ball.

Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong promptly equalised with the help of a lofted pass from Messi but Barca soon found themselves on the back foot again when Betis restored their lead with a strike from World Cup-winning forward Fekir in the 26th minute.

Messi proved pivotal in the Catalans levelling right before halftime, delivering a free kick into the path of Sergio Busquets who converted from close range.

The Argentine was also able to pick out Lenglet for the winning strike, setting up a goal for the fifth time in three games.

The topsy-turvy encounter was a fitting end to a dramatic week for Barca in which Ousmane Dembele sustained a serious injury, Messi lashed out at sporting director Eric Abidal and the team lost 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao to exit the Copa del Rey.

“This is a hugely significant win for us because Betis are a great team and were being roared on by their fans at home,” Barca coach Setien told a news conference.

“This is a very important victory because it keeps us near the top of the table and it will give us a huge psychological boost.”

Barca, who hired Setien last month after sacking Ernesto Valverde, had not won away from home in the league since beating Atletico Madrid on Dec. 1 and were smarting from a recent defeat at Valencia as well as the last-gasp loss in the Cup to Bilbao.

“It was so important for us to win after losing in the Cup in the last minute but we just had to keep playing in the same way and that’s what we did,” added Barca’s Sergi Roberto.

“It was vital that we found our form and started winning away from home again so we go home feeling happy.”

2/10/2020 9:02:04 AM
<![CDATA[Rabeaa appears in Al Ahly's list for facing Al Gaish]]>
Al-Ahly faces Al Gaish on Monday at 7:30 pm in the 17th round of the Egyptian League.

Rabiaa was not on Al-Ahly's list in front of Pyramids, to re-appear in front of Talaea Al Gaish.

Al-Ahly's list witnessed the continued presence of Ahmed Al-Sheikh and Geraldo, while Hossam Ashour and Mahmoud Waheed left the list.

The following is the full list of Al-Ahly:

Goalkeepers: Mohamed El Shennawy - Sherif Ekramy.

Defenders: Mahmoud Metwally - Ayman Ashraf - Yasser Ibrahim - Ali Maaloul - Ahmed Fathi - Muhammad Hani - Rami Rabia.

Midfielders: Amr Al-Sulaya - Alio Diang - Hussein Al-Shahat - Ahmed Al-Sheikh - Walid Suleiman - Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim "Kahraba" - Geraldo - Mohamed Magdi "Afsha".

The attack: Marwan Mohsen - Junior Ajay - Aliyu Badji.

Al Ahly is testing their strength in the upcoming period by facing Al Masry, in the Egyptian League, Zamalek, in the Egyptian Super Cup, and Sundowns in the CAF Champions league's quarter final.
2/10/2020 8:58:53 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalek defeats Ismaily in Ismailia for the first time since 2006]]>
The White Knight defeated Al-Ismaili 2-0 in the 17th round of the Egyptian League.

Al-Ismaili first took the lead through Baher Al-Muhammadi from the penalty spot in the first half, before Zamalek turned the table to their favor with the goals of Youssef Ibrahim "Obama" and Mahmoud Alaa in the second half.

Before Sunday's confrontation, Zamalek had not been able to overthrow Ismaili at their home 14 years ago, specifically on September 26, 2006 when they won by the goal of Magdi Atwa.

Zamalek, led by Portuguese Manuel Kagoda, defeated Ismaili, coached by Mark Futah in the seventh round of the 2006-2007 season.

Zamalek raised their score to the 31st point in the third position, while Al-Ismaili balance stuck at 21st point in the ninth place after the second loss in a row.

Zamalek is now preparing to turn their sights on Qatar in order to face the Tunisian Esperance for the African Super.

An expected fiery confrontation that combines the White Knight with the Blood & Gold for the African Super Championship on the 14th of February.]]>
2/10/2020 8:52:54 AM
<![CDATA[Abidal believes Neymar would boost the Catalan giants]]>
In an interview with the Spanish sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo published on Saturday, Abidal shared the same opinion with that of Quique Setien, FC Barcelona’s manager, that Neymar would boost the performance of the Cataln giants.

"I totally agree. Setien would be proud to be able to coach a player like Neymar and the others here who are of such a high level," said Abidal, according to Goal.

However, Abidal believes that Neymar’s return to FC Barcelona won’t be an easy decision since it would be affecting the minutes that Ansu Fati, FC Barcelona youngster, will be getting in the future.

"That's why planning is not so easy. We may wish to have all the best players, but we can't make a mistake in the development of players,” added Abidal, reporting from Goal.

The Brazilian winger witnessed some of his best years at Barcelona from 2013 to 2017 winning several domestic titles as well as winning UEFA Champions League title in 2015 before joining PSG with a record fee of 222 million Euros.

Also, It is worth mentioning that the Brazilian International [Neymar] managed to score 241 goals and provide 150 assists in 396 games played with Santos FC, FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, according to transfermarkt.
2/9/2020 3:10:26 PM
<![CDATA[Audit report finds 'possible abuse of power' in CAF finances]]>
On Monday, the sport’s world governing body FIFA said it was ending its six-month intervention in African soccer’s ruling organisation, saying the mission to speed up the reform of football on the continent was “successfully completed”.

FIFA made a series of recommendations including changes to improve “good governance, financial management and internal procedures”.

The move came after a review of CAF’s finances by Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC), which was highly critical of how the African organisation’s finances had been managed.

A copy of the 55-page report has been seen by Reuters and outlines a series of concerns about CAF’s book-keeping.

“The accounting records of CAF are unreliable and not trustworthy,” said the PWC report.

“Based upon the procedures performed and documents reviewed, several red flags, potential elements of mismanagement and possible abuse of power were found in key areas of finance and operations of CAF.

“Given the serious nature of certain findings and red flags identified from the preliminary due-diligence, we cannot rule out the possibility of potential irregularities.”

Neither CAF nor FIFA immediately responded to requests for comment.

The report expressed particular concern about the amount of transactions which were carried out in cash and without the necessary supporting documentation.

“Large numbers of payments were made in cash, typically involving CAF issuing a “cheque to cash”, which is then spent by a CAF Staff,” it said.

“The use of cash for businesses expenses in this manner results in little or no audit trail to verify if the cash has been spent legitimately or not. These disbursements are often high value round sum amounts. (e.g. USD 215,000 spent in cash during General Assembly meeting in Ethiopia in March 2017).”

FIFA effectively took over the running of African football after the corruption scandals which consumed CAF last year, including allegations against the African soccer body’s president Ahmad Ahmad which he has denied.

FIFA confirmed at the time that Ahmad, a former cabinet minister in his native Madagascar, was being investigated by its ethics committee although he was not suspended.

Ahmad was also briefly detained and questioned by French authorities in June as part of a corruption investigation.

Fatma Samoura, FIFA’s secretary general, had been made “general delegate for Africa” as part of the intervention but her mandate has now ended.

PWC examined 40 payments from FIFA development funds totalling $10 million and found that 14 payments totalling $4.6 million (47%) had “no or insufficient supporting documentation to determine the beneficiary, purpose, and benefit for CAF”.

It said 21 payments totalling $3.6 million were considered “unusual or deemed higher risk” and that only five payments totalling $1.6 million had “sufficient documentation and appeared to be aligned to the described purpose.”

The joint FIFA-CAF task force looking into the running of the Cairo-based African body highlighted several areas that needed investigation.

In a recommendation document seen by Reuters, the task force said CAF needed to examine the lack of documentation for expenses, look in detail at the broadcast rights deals struck with France-based sports marketing company Lagardere and carry out due diligence into the use of FIFA funds for development programmes.

The task force also recommended CAF investigate possible “misappropriation of funds” linked to the Centre of Excellence in Mbankomo, Cameroon and conduct an inquiry into “hacking/email spoofs” which it said resulted in “attempted and/or executed fraudulent bank transfers” in order to “clarify the circumstances around the incidents to rule out insider involvement”.]]>
2/9/2020 1:53:00 PM
<![CDATA[Atletico get timely victory, Getafe make top-four statement]]>
Argentinian forward Angel Correa scored Atletico’s only goal in the sixth minute at the Wanda Metropolitano, netting for the fifth time in nine matches.

Atletico had goalkeeper Jan Oblak to thank for preserving the three points with a superb save from Roberto Soldado’s crafty second-half backheel.

Diego Simeone’s side could be overtaken on Sunday by Sevilla, who visit Celta Vigo, but the coach welcomed the return to form for a side who must face holders Liverpool in the last 16 of the Champions League later this month.

“We needed to win. Our stadium’s support was extraordinary, we needed that energy,” Simeone said.

Getafe took another step towards Champions League qualification as Jorge Molina scored twice in a sensational 3-0 win over fellow top-four contenders Valencia.

The 37-year-old Molina capped a storming performance with two goals in the second half before Jaime Mata added a third with three minutes left, after Valencia’s Alessandro Florenzi had been sent off.

Getafe stay third, three points ahead of Atletico and Sevilla.

Up next for Jose Bordalas’ side is a trip to Barcelona next weekend but on this evidence, it will be the stumbling Catalans feeling nervous ahead of that game.

Getafe face La Liga’s defending champions on the back of four consecutive victories, in which they have scored nine goals and conceded none.

They bullied Valencia from start to finish, faster to the ball and hungrier in the tackles with all three goals coming from Getafe’s players reacting quicker than their opponents.

“It was all shit, in defence and in attack,” said Valencia’s Gabriel Paulista. “We have to change today’s attitude. They have been more like men.”

After Barca, they will play Ajax in the Europa League.

Valencia, meanwhile, have won only four out of nine games since the turn of the year, with their own Champions League last 16 tie against Atalanta fast approaching.

Getafe had to wait until 13 minutes into the second for Molina’s opener. He slid the ball to Mata and then beat two Valencia defenders to the rebound from Jaume Domenech’s save.

Dani Parejo was at fault for the second as he gave the ball away in midfield and one pass set Molina free. He had three defenders to beat but somehow bundled through, a final pirouette making space for a smart finish.

Florenzi was sent off with 12 minutes left for a frustrated spear tackle from behind on Marc Cucurella before Mata made it three.

Villarreal were held to a 1-1 draw by Real Valladolid as well-travelled French forward Hartem Ben Arfa made his debut as a second-half substitute. - AFP

2/9/2020 1:51:43 PM
<![CDATA[Goals and assists from Everton's dynamic duo sink Palace]]>
The scintillating form has been in large part sparked by Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who Ancelotti has paired up front and who both scored — and provided each other with an assist — in Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Crystal Palace.

The Brazilian, set free by Calvert-Lewin’s flick on the halfway line, forced his way into the area and fired home after 51 minutes before returning the favour by setting up his strike partner’s late goal with a header off the bar into his path.

Calvert-Lewin’s 11 goals this season are the best by an English striker at Everton since Andy Johnson in 2006-07 and are clearly a product of the confidence he feels since Ancelotti and his assistant Duncan Ferguson took charge.

“I am enjoying playing with Richi (Richarlison), since Dunc (Ferguson) came in we have been a partnership - we work together, complement each other,” said Calvert-Lewin.

“It wasn’t the best performance from me but I got the goal, should have had another. We get on off the pitch as well.

“We knew how important it was today, back-to-back wins puts us in good stead going into the (winter) break. It’s good we won, it wasn’t the prettiest game but we dug in and won our individual battles.”

Everton are now seventh, five points off fourth-placed Chelsea whose inconsistency has raised questions about whether they can hang on to a Champions League qualification spot.

The only Everton player who let the pitch dissatisfied was goalkeeper Jordon Pickford who allowed Christian Benteke’s strike to go under his body for the equaliser.

England’s No. 1 described his error as “disgusting”.

“I was disappointed with myself. My studs got caught but I hold my hands up for that. I reset and I never let anything affect me. It shows my character,” Pickford said.

The goal was a personal milestone for Benteke, who had not scored for 1,476 minutes.

“This was the hardest moment of my career so far in England,” he said. “It hasn’t been easy but every week is another chance and today I took it. We didn’t win and we are in a really bad mood.”]]>
2/9/2020 1:48:11 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt loses AFCON Futsal Final ]]>
Morocco repeated their victory over the Pharaohs as the Lions of Atlas defeated Egypt in 2016 to win the title in South Africa.

However, Egypt and Morocco secured their spots at FIFA Futsal World Cup in Lithuania alongside Angola who defeated Libya to win the bronze medal.

Egypt have had an amazing run at the competition as they secured the top spot at the group with three straight victories over Guinea, Angola and Mozambique.

At the semi-final, Egypt defeated Libya 5_1 to win qualification for the World Cup for the seventh time.

Egypt's best achievement at the tournament came in 2016 in Colombia when Egypt were knocked out of the competition at the quarter-finals.]]>
2/8/2020 2:56:46 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly want to face Mamelodi Sundowns at Cairo Stadium ]]>
Al-Ahly used to play CAF Champions League games at Al Salam Stadium with an all-seated capacity of 30,000 but the club board want to play at Cairo Stadium to receive support from 50,000 Al-Ahly passionate fans who will cheer for the club at this big game.

Al-Ahly, who finished the group stage as runners-up, will face South African giants, Mamelodi Sundowns, in a repeat of their clash at the same round last season, which witnessed a humiliating elimination for Al-Ahly. 

The Red Devils suffered a 5-0 loss at the first leg in South Africa and they could not bounce back at the second leg in Egypt which ended with a 1-0 win for Al-Ahly. 

The Red Devils have won a record 8 CAF Champions League titles and they aim to achieve the long-awaited title as the club last won the title in 2013.]]>
2/8/2020 1:56:45 PM
<![CDATA[Argentina qualify for Tokyo 2020 football tournament ]]>
Argentina opened the score at the first five minutes of the second half through Agustin Urzi and three minutes later Patricio Perez doubled the score for La Albicelestes.

Edwuin Cetre scored a goal for Colombia from the penalty spot after 70 minutes but Los Cafeteros failed to equalize the score at the remaining minutes.

Argentina won the tournament after achieving their second win at the final stage while Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia will battle for the other ticket.

The 10 South American teams took part in the early stage of the qualifiers, which see the teams divided into two groups.

Argentina and Colombia secured the top two spots of Group A while Brazil and Uruguay secured the top two spots at Group B to advance to the final stage.

Colombia and Uruguay, with one point each, will meet at Estadio Alfonso López in Colombia while Argentina will face Brazil, who gained two points from two draws, at the last final stage game. ]]>
2/7/2020 6:31:58 PM
<![CDATA[Guardiola urges Messi to stay at Barcelona ]]>
“He is a player for Barcelona, he will stay there, that is my wish. I am not going to talk about players for another club. I think he’s going to finish his career there, it’s my wish.” Guardiola said on Friday.

Abidal criticized Barcelona players’ for not working hard under former coach Ernesto Valverde and the Argentinean star hit back at him on Instagram.

This war brought to the surface concerns about the possibility of Messi’s departure away from the Catalan club who failed to win the UEFA Champions League title since 2015 and were knocked out of the last two editions with dramatic scenarios.

Guardiola was Barcelona’s manager during the Golden era of the Catalan team between 2009 and 2012, during which the club dominated the domestic football in Spain and won two UEFA Champions League titles. ]]>
2/7/2020 4:56:14 PM
<![CDATA[Trezeguet dreams of winning EFL Cup title ]]>
Trezeguet’s goal against Leicester won the club’s Goal of The Month award for January.

On 1 March, Aston Villa fans will pack Wembley stands to support their players who aim to achieve the club’s sixth title at the competition.

“Playing against Manchester City is very difficult and exhausting. You feel that you’re up against 22 players on the pitch. Of course, winning the cup with Aston Villa is a huge dream.” The Egyptian winger said.

The Egyptian winger joined the Villans last summer from Turkish side, Kasımpaşa, and since then he established himself as a key player for the team and earned a place in his fans’ hearts.

Trezeguet praised the massive support from Aston Villa fans, saying “They support us at the game if we win, lose or draw. They are always with us. I always want to make them happy and I hope we do lots of times between now and the end of the season."

Aston Villa players’ focus is on the two league games against Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton on 16 and 22 February respectively before shifting their focus to the Cup Final. ]]>
2/7/2020 3:25:32 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly extend lead after a dramatic win over Pyramids ]]>
Al-Ahly manager counted on Ali Maaloul to lead the left flank while Ayman Ashraf started the game as a defender alongside Mahmoud Metwally.

The manager decided to keep January signings, Mahmoud Kahraba and Aliou Badji, on the bench and started the game with at attacking line of Hussein El Shahat, Junior Ajayi and Marwan Mohsen.

On the other hand, Pyramids players wanted to keep their habit of clinching the three points against the Red Devils as they defeated Al-Ahly in three occasions last season.

However, Pyramids, led by Croatian manager, Ante Čačić, missed their best player, Abdullah El Said, for suspension and the Croatian counted on Amor Layouni, John Antwi and Islam Issa to lead the team attacking line.

Both teams failed to open the score at the first half and played with greater caution which had a bad impact on the game rhythm to end the first half with a goalless draw.

The second half was a totally different story for each team as Ali Gabr opened the score for Pyramids after 8 minutes to put more pressure on Al-Ahly players who found themselves behind for the first time this season.

Al-Ahly players needed 20 minutes to bounce back and return at the game as Aliou Dieng shot was deflected by Badji, to equalize the score.

At the last minute of the game, Badji passed the ball to Dieng who struck an absolute thunderbolt of a shot through Pyramids defence, past their goalkeeper and into the back of the net to secure his team’s victory.

Al-Ahly leads the table with 39 points while Pyramids stayed at the fifth position with 26 points. ]]>
2/7/2020 1:22:04 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt futsal team qualifies for 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup]]>
Abdelrahman Mohamed opened the score for the pharaohs at the first half but the Libyan side secured a 1-1 draw before half time through Mohamed Suleiman Ghaeb.

The Egyptian side dominated the second half and added four goals through Abdelrahman Mohamed, Ahmed Mohamed, Mostafa Khalaf and Elmoatazbellah Abdelhalim while Ibrahim Lahammel added the second for the Libyan side.

The Egyptian team continued their amazing run at the competition as they secured the top spot at the group with three straight victories over Guinea, Angola and Mozambique.

Three-time champions Egypt booked a place at the final against the host nation and defending champions, Morocco, who defeated Angola 4-0 at the semis.

2020 Final will be a repeat of 2016 Final when Morocco defeated Egypt 3-2 in South Africa. ]]>
2/6/2020 6:32:09 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek captain comments on CAF Champions League draw ]]>
CAF Champions League quarter-finals draw resulted in a tough clash for Zamalek who will face defending champions, Espérance of Tunisia.

“We want to win the title and we are ready to defeat any opponent.” Imam said on Thursday.

The White knights will play the first leg two weeks after playing against the Tunisian giants at CAF Super Cup, scheduled on 14 February.

Zamalek are having a busy month full of tough clashes as they will face Ismaily on 9 february at the league before facing Espérance at CAF Super Cup.

Zamalek will play two derbies against Al-Ahly at the Egyptian Super Cup on 20 February and four days later at the domestic league.

Zamalek’s focus will shift towards the CAF Champions League competition as they will face Espérance at the quarter-finals on 29 February in Egypt and 6 March in Tunisia. ]]>
2/6/2020 3:36:15 PM
<![CDATA[Tough clashes for Al-Ahly and Zamalek at CAF Champions League quarter-finals ]]>
Al-Ahly, who finished the group stage as runners-up, will face South African giants, Mamelodi Sundowns, in a repeat of their clash at the same round last season, which witnessed a humiliating elimination for Al-Ahly.

The Red Devils suffered a 5-0 loss at the first leg in South Africa and they could not bounce back at the second leg in Egypt which ended with a 1-0 win for Al-Ahly.

On the other hand, 2019 CAF Confederation Cup winners, Zamalek will face CAF Champions League defending champions, Espérance.

The Tunisian giants eye winning the trophy for the third year in a row to be the first African club to win three straight titles while the White Knights of Egypt aim to continue their continental success and win their first Champions League title since 2002.

The draw also resulted in another Arab derby as Etoile Du Sahel will face Wydad Casablanca while the other Moroccan giant, Raja, will face TP Mazembe. ]]>
2/6/2020 1:14:21 PM
<![CDATA[PSG march on as Icardi rediscovers scoring touch]]>
Icardi, who had not scored in his last six competitive games, found the back of the net just before the half hour and Thilo Kehrer added another after the break before Moses Simon reduced the arrears for Nantes in the 68th.

PSG moved to 58 points from 23 games and lead second-placed Olympique de Marseille, who play at St Etienne on Wednesday, by 15 points.

Nantes slipped down to 10th on 32 points.

An early Loic Remy goal earned fourth-placed Lille, now on 37 points, a 1-0 home victory against third-placed Stade Rennais as they narrowed the gap with the Brittany side to three points.

Three days after showing his frustration at being substituted in a 5-0 Ligue 1 win against Montpellier, France striker Kylian Mbappe started alongside Icardi, with Neymar missing the game due to a minor rib injury.

Icardi, who had last scored with a treble in a 6-1 demolition of St Etienne in the League Cup quarter-finals almost a month ago, found the back of the net in the 29th minute, deflecting home an Angel di Maria shot.

PSG have now scored in their last 31 away games in Ligue 1, just one shy of the French top-flight record set by Sedan between 1957-59.

Kehrer doubled the lead in the 57th minute, heading in a Di Maria corner for PSG’s 100th goal in all competitions this season.

Simon pulled one back by scoring from close range after benefiting from a defensive blunder by Presnel Kimpembe, but PSG were still a cut above as they claimed their 10th win in their last 11 league matches.

Elsewhere, Monaco won their first Ligue 1 game of the year by beating visiting Angers 1-0 courtesy of a first-half Stevan Jovetic goal, that moved them up to ninth on 32 points.

2/5/2020 10:57:38 AM
<![CDATA[Critchley thanks Milner for inspiring Liverpool youngsters]]>
With Juergen Klopp opting to rest his senior squad for the replay during the Premier League’s winter break, Milner, 34, took it upon himself to get heavily involved in the young side’s buildup to the clash at Anfield, which Liverpool won 1-0.

“He trained with us yesterday and he asked whether he could come along. I was like, ‘I think the answer is yes to that one. Of course you can,’” He was very respectful to ask,” Critchley told reporters.

“He has achieved so much in the game because of who he is; he was giving words of advice to the players, he was getting right behind them, he was vocal in the dressing room and animated behind me.”

Critchley said Milner, who has been sidelined with injury, was delighted with the performance against the third-tier side.

“I don’t think he’s available yet ... but he was jumping up and down behind me so I think he was desperate to get on,” said Critchley, adding that Klopp had also sent a message to the team.

“He’s buzzing. We’ve given him a (fifth round) game against Chelsea away to look forward to.”]]>
2/5/2020 10:55:23 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalake faces Harase El Hedoud in the Egyptian league]]>
Midfielder Ferjani Sassi took part in the training session after he missed the past two days with permission from the coaching staff, and the Tunisian is ready to face Haras El Hedoud on Wednesday in the Egyptian Premier League.

Meanwhile, striker Mustafa Mohamed got a rest with permission from Carteron, especially since he will be absent from Haras El Hedoud match because of the suspension.

Carteron explained before the training some technical matters for the players to be applied against Haras El Hedoud in the Cairo stadium in the 16th round of the league.

Zamalek is fifth in the league standings, with a score of 25 points.

The White Knight hopes to correct his domestic path after he tied in the last round with a goal to play against the Tigris Valley.

After the border, Zamalek is a guest of Ismaili before heading to Qatar in preparation for the Tunisian Esperance match in the African Super Cup on February 14th.

And from Doha to Abu Dhabi to fight Al-Ahly in the Egyptian Super Cup on February 20.

On Wednesday, Zamalek is awaiting the draw for the African Champions League quarter-finals to identify its next competitor in the continental championship.

Zamalek will play against the Tunisian coastal star, Esperance, or South African Mamelodi Sun Downs.]]>
2/5/2020 10:51:10 AM
<![CDATA[Trezeguet wishes to participate in Tokyo 2020 Olympics]]>
"I wish to take part in the Tokyo Olympics," Trezeguet, 25, said on Tuesday through Al-Nahar.

The former Al-Ahly & Kasim Pasa player can participate in the Olympics if coach Shawky Gharib includes him. Every team participating in the Olympic soccer tournament is entitled to include 3 players over the age of 23 years.

Egypt will participate in the championship next July, after winning the African Cup for its players under 23 years.

Trezeguet revealed that he would have left the Red Team early by saying: "I almost left Al-Ahly after 4 years as I did not get an opportunity to participate, but Ali Maher shortened the road to me and signed the first professional contract for LE 15 thousand, and convinced me to refrain from the idea of ​​traveling abroad. "

But after staring in the red shirt and with the Pharaohs, in 2015 Trezeguet made his way to Belgium to play in Anderlecht and then Moskron before moving to Kasim Pasa and from there to the Premier League.

Trezeguet presented a good season with Aston Villa after scoring the goal of crossing the team to the League Cup final, in which he will play against Pep Guardiola men, Manchester City.
2/5/2020 10:39:16 AM
<![CDATA[FIFA ends intervention in African football]]>
World soccer’s ruling body also confirmed that its secretary general Fatma Samoura’s role as “general delegate for Africa” had ended on Feb. 1.

FIFA effectively took over the running of African football after the corruption scandals which consumed the Confederation of African Football (CAF) last year, including allegations against CAF president Ahmad Ahmad which he has denied.

FIFA confirmed at the time that Ahmad, a former cabinet minister in his native Madagascar, was being investigated by its ethics committee although he was not suspended. Ahmad was also briefly detained and questioned by French authorities in June as part of a corruption investigation.

A number of proposals were presented to the CAF executive committee in Rabat on Sunday following the end of the mission, FIFA said.

These included the creation of a group of professional referees, financed by FIFA in partnership with CAF, and the creating of a $1 billion fund to invest in infrastructure, including stadiums, in all 54 African member associations.

It was also proposed to create a pan-African league, outlined by FIFA president Gianni Infantino in a speech on Saturday, and seek new initiatives in women’s football, youth categories and national team competitions. A 100-point “good governance” plan was also proposed.

“FIFA is satisfied that the joint effort made with CAF was done and delivered within the initial proposed time frame,” FIFA said.

“(It) reiterates FIFA’s commitment to be at the disposal of African football to assist in the process of raising its level to the top of the world.”]]>
2/4/2020 10:32:44 AM
<![CDATA[Ramadan will not participate against Pyramids FC: Al Ahly's doctor]]>
"We are waiting for Ramadan to return to examine him to confirm the degree of healing rupture, but he will be away from facing Pyramids," Mahmoud told reporters after the team's training.

He added, "Ramadan Sobhi still needs more time to complete his medical readiness. The player has not finished implementing his rehabilitation program to recover from a back muscle injury."

"The recent x-rays made by Ramadan proved the healing rupture well, but the player still needs more time to declare his readiness. Ramadan Sobhi will undergo a medical examination in the next team's training, in order to check on his condition and complete his qualification program."

Ramadan has been absent from Al-Ahly for 6 weeks due to a rupture in the posterior muscle.

As for Ahmed Fathi, Mahmoud said: "Fathi performed a session in the gym on Monday after he had an ankle injury in Sudan, and he will undergo a rehabilitation program and we will follow up with him in the next two days to clarify his position."

Mahmoud confirmed the readiness of Yasser Ibrahim, who participated in the team's training on Monday, after stitches were made for the player who suffered a head bruise that caused a wound in the Sudanese Al-Hilal match.

Another winger, Junior Ajayi, was subject to a cold, and on Tuesday, he will participate in the team's training, according to Mahmoud.

Al-Ahly qualified for the quarter-finals of the African Champions League after drawing 1-1 with Al-Hilal Al-Sudan in Khartoum 1-1, as runners-up to ES Sahel in the first group.

Al-Ahly is preparing to face Pyramids next Thursday in the sixteenth round of the Premier League competition.

Al-Ahly is top of the Premier League trip with 36 points, collecting them in 12 consecutive games.]]>
2/4/2020 9:45:43 AM
<![CDATA[Real Madrid aims signing Mbappe in 2021]]>
The next bright star in the football sky, an unobtrusive goal for Real Madrid, and the newspaper "AS" clarified the plan of Real Madrid's board to bring him.

AS explained that the Florentino Perez, Real Madrid's board director, is aiming to bring Mbappe in the summer of 2021, not next summer, and described it as the "longest transfer" Perez was working on.

Mbappe contract with his current team Paris Saint-Germain expires in the summer of 2022, which means that they will be forced to sell him in the summer of 2021 so that he does not leave for free in the second summer.

The deal was valued at between 150 and 200 million euros, to be the most expensive in Real Madrid's history.

Real Madrid will be keen during this period to open an indirect line of communication with the circle surrounding the player, to persuade him not to renew for Paris Saint-Germain.

The newspaper stressed that if Mbappe renews his contract, he will be away from Real Madrid, because the Royal Club is completely relying on pressure on Paris the summer before the contract expired.

A similar strategy was to bring Eden Hazard last summer from Chelsea for 100 million euros, a year before his contract expired.

Mbappe, 21, has been playing in Paris Saint-Germain since the summer of 2017, after he started his career in Monaco.

World champion with his country France scored 82 goals in 112 games with his current team, and made 45 goals.

The relationship between Mbappe and his coach Thomas Tuchel was strained recently, and the player objected to his replacement on two different occasions.

Zidane flirted with his countryman during a press conference, declaring that "Mbappe has always stated that his dream is to play for Real Madrid."

Leonardo, the sporting director of Saint-Germain, criticizes these statements, saying: "These are statements that destabilize us."]]>
2/4/2020 9:06:51 AM
<![CDATA[Teenager Fati back among the goals as Barca see off Levante]]>
Fati, 17, latched on to a superb crossfield ball from Lionel Messi and fired between the legs of Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez to give Barca a deserved lead on the half-hour mark.

The Guinea-Bissau-born forward promptly linked up with Messi again to double Barca’s lead two minutes later, getting some good fortune as the ball bobbled through the legs of Fernandez and into the net.

Levante, who beat Barca 3-1 at home earlier this campaign, got a consolation goal in added time through Ruben Rochina and the forward had a chance to snatch an unlikely equaliser moments later but could not keep his shot under the bar.

The victory took second-placed Barcelona to within three points of leaders Real Madrid, who beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the city derby on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Getafe climbed into third place after winning 2-0 at Athletic Bilbao, leapfrogging Sevilla who could only draw 1-1 at home to Alaves.

“This is all a dream, I dreamed of moments like this and I want to thank my team mates and my coach for giving me another opportunity,” Fati told reporters.

“It’s not easy to come into a team like this as a young boy but I’m very grateful for the support I’ve had. I’ve still got a lot more to come, I like playing with Messi it’s a dream to play alongside him, but I want to continue fighting for my place.”

2/3/2020 9:12:50 AM
<![CDATA[Ekramy announces leaving Al Ahly by the end of season]]>
Sherif Ekramy wrote through his official account on Twitter: "At the end of the current season, my role ends as a player in my house, with my will I leave from the big door, with the head held high, proud of what I achieved, searching for a new experience and challenge, and I will always be grateful to this entity and proud of my belonging to the club and the fans who have the credit after God in everything, and I will return to the club one day in the future if predestination wills. "

The 36-year-old is from the junior sector of Al-Ahly, and in 2005, he moved to Dutch Feyenoord and played as a loaner to Turkey's Ankara Guzhou.

Ekrami returned to Egypt in 2009 via the El Gouna Gate, before returning to his original home a year later.

With Al-Ahly, Sherif Ekrami lifted 7 titles for the Egyptian League, the Egypt Cup title, 5 Super Local titles, along with two African Champions League titles, one for the Confederation of Africa, and two titles for the African Super.

Ekrami guarded Al-Ahly's goal in 271 games in total, and he played 24 international matches with the Egyptian national team.]]>
2/3/2020 9:11:08 AM
<![CDATA[We don't want to face Zamalek: Ehab Al-Msakani]]>
The draw for the quarter-finals of the African Champions League will be held next Wednesday, waiting to know the fate of Zamalek and Al-Ahly.

Ehab Al-Maskani spoke of the draw, saying: "I do not want to face Zamalek."

He added in his comments on the Tunisian foot24, "Unlike Zamalek, welcome to any other team. "

On the same side, Makram Al-Badiri talked about the draw, saying: "Let the other clubs choose."

"We are ES Etoile and we are not afraid of anyone."

ES Etoile's Hamza Lahmar agrees with Makram Al-Badiri's opinion, saying: "Zamalek, Wydad or Raja, it does not matter. They will fall with us," he said.

Zamalek is awaiting one of ES Etoile, Espérance, or South Africa's Sun Downs in the CAF Champions League quarter-finals.
2/3/2020 9:06:09 AM
<![CDATA[Liverpool are six victories away from the Premier League title]]>
Tottenham beat home City 2-0 in the 25 round of the English Premier League.The difference between leaders Liverpool and Manchester City widens to 22 points.

Thus, assuming City will win all of their remaining matches, Liverpool will be able to clinch the league title against Crystal Palace in Round 31.

The Crystal Palace match at Anfield stadium takes place on March 21, 7 rounds before the end of the competition.

If Liverpool had done it and had achieved the league on that very early date, it would be a record.

"The current record for the earliest Manchester United league hit in the 2000/2001 season on April 14th, 5 rounds before the end."]]>
2/3/2020 8:59:20 AM
<![CDATA[Infantino wants Africa Cup of Nations every four years, plans pan-African club competition]]>
The FIFA president, speaking at a seminar in Rabat on the development of African football, complained that football in the region had not progressed as expected and that he wanted to “project African football to the top of the world.”

Infantino’s remarks came less than one month after the Confederation of African Football decided to move next year’s AFCON tournament in Cameroon from June-July back to its traditional January slot, prompting criticism from clubs who would have to release players at a key point in the season.

However, playing in June-July would have meant following on from FIFA’s revamped Club World Cup in China.

“We have been talking about the development of African football for many years,” said Infantino. “Pele once said that an African team would win the FIFA World Cup, but this hasn’t happened and it seems we are not making progress. Today must be the day we turn that page.

“The (AFCON) generates twenty times less than the Euros (European championship). Having a CAN every two years, is that good at the commercial level? Has this developed the infrastructure? Think about spending it every four years.”

Infantino then gave details of his proposal for a pan-African league which he said had been developed in conjunction with CAF.

“I want to create a real pan-African league that would feature 20-24 clubs with a maximum of maybe two clubs per country that would still play in their national leagues but that would play during the year so we can really crown the club champions of Africa,” he said.

FIFA said in a statement that the permanent member clubs would be urged to provide an investment of $20 million annually over five years and would also have to meet other participation criteria such as investment in youth and women’s football.

FIFA added the competition would have the potential to generate a revenue of $3 billion over a five-year cycle – and would also create the conditions for African football to be able to retain some of most talented players on the continent.

CAF currently organises two continental competitions for clubs – the CAF Champions League, for domestic champions plus runners-up from the bigger leagues, and the CAF Confederation Cup for lower-ranked teams.

Infantino also unveiled a plan to invest $1 billion to build “at least one top stadium” in each of Africa’s 54 FIFA member associations. Where good stadiums already existed, the investment would be used on other infrastructure.

He also planned to set up a group of 20 referees who would be professionalised. “Referees have to be above and beyond doubt and to do that we have to protect them,” he said.

“We will take 20 of the best African FIFA referees, professionalise them, and give them permanent, professional contracts.”]]>
2/2/2020 11:58:43 AM
<![CDATA[Salah shines in Liverpool's 4-0 victory over Southampton]]>
Liverpool beat Southampton 4-0 at Anfield stadium, in the 25th round of the Premier League matches.

Mohamed Salah scored two goals, while Oxlade Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson scored one for each.

The victory lifted Liverpool's score to 73 points in the Premier League lead alone, while Southampton's balance stuck at the 31 points in 11th place.

Liverpool started the meeting with Mohamed Salah as a main in the starting line-up, next to Roberto Firmino and Ox Chamberlain.

On the other side, Southampton began the meeting with an attack consisting of Danny Ings, Shane Long and Nathan Redmond.

2/2/2020 11:55:38 AM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly & Zamalek await tough draw in CAF Champions League quarter-final]]>
Al-Ahly finished second in the second group with 11 points. Zamalek also ranked second in the first group with 9 points.

The draw takes place on February 5 in Cairo, and is governed by 4 basic rules:

- The four leaders face second-placed teams.

- Two teams from the same country may face each other.

- A team cannot play against the leader of their group.

- The second leg will be played in the leader home.

Consequently, in the quarter-finals, we may see a Tunisian-Tunisian confrontation between Esperance and ES Etoile, and it was confirmed that Al-Ahly and Zamalek will not face, and they will play again outside their stadiums.

The teams Al-Ahly can face:

1- South Africa's SunDowns

2- Congolese Mazembe

3- Tunisian Esperance

The teams that Zamalek can face:

1- ES Etoile

2- South Africa's SunDowns

3- Tunisian Esperance

The draw will determine the path of each team until the final match, as no separate draw will be held before the semi-finals.

The quarter-final matches are played on February 28th and 29th. The return matches will be played on March 6 and 7.
2/2/2020 11:51:20 AM
<![CDATA[Guardiola unconcerned by Sterling slump]]>
Sterling has not scored in six appearances this year, with his last goals coming in City's 3-2 defeat by Wolves on 27 December.

Last season's football writers' player of the year in England had a great chance to break that duck as City progressed to the League Cup final against Manchester United on Wednesday, but he shot over the bar after rounding goalkeeper David de Gea.

However, Guardiola believes Sterling is still making a contribution with his all-round game.

"Raheem defended incredibly well against (Aaron) Wan-Bissaka in the last game and he had the clearest chances that no other player can create for himself and unfortunately he could not score a goal," said the Catalan.

"But he was there and so I am more than delighted with the performance he made against United.

"A month ago, people were talking about his statistics, the goals, the assists, but I always said that I was not just judging Raheem on those points. It was important, but not the only one."

Sterling has already scored 24 goals in 39 games this season for City and England, but he has slowed down after a flying start in which he had 17 by the end of October.

He has only missed two of City's 24 Premier League games and so far escaped injury, but Guardiola has no plans to take him out of the firing line.

"I don't think he needs a rest," added Guardiola.

"He is one of the guys who can recover quickest that I have ever met in my career.

"He is incredible, he could play every two days and of course when he plays regularly, the better he feels, but all the players feel that."

- Mourinho 'needs time' -

Guardiola takes his team to Tottenham on Sunday in the Premier League where he will face old adversary Jose Mourinho for the 23rd time in their managerial careers.

They last met in a Manchester derby in November 2018 as Guardiola's City ran out convincing 3-1 winners over Mourinho's United.

The Portuguese had left Old Trafford a month after that defeat and after nearly a year out of the game, he replaced Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs in November.

The 57-year-old has not had the convincing start he would have hoped for, winning just eight out of 17 games in all competitions so far, but Guardiola understands why it has not been smoother.

"I saw the last game against Southampton and I saw a team completely alive," added Guardiola, who has won 10 and drawn seven of his previous meetings with Mourinho.

"They conceded a goal in the last few minutes but I saw a team that is there.

"Every manager has different ideas. Pochettino was there for five years and Mourinho has been there months, and every manager needs time to make the team try to play in the way you want and maybe it's still too early for him."

2/2/2020 6:25:44 AM
<![CDATA[Hazard, Bale out of Madrid derby]]>
Hazard has returned to training this week for the first time since hurting his ankle against Paris St Germain on Nov. 26 but was left out of the squad for the derby after Zidane said he would take no risks with the Belgium international.

Bale has trained all week after recovering from a slight ankle injury and his absence seems to be another sign he is no longer a first-choice player for Zidane, despite the Frenchman insisting earlier that the Wales forward was in his plans.

The absence of Bale and Hazard has barely affected Real’s form, however: they are unbeaten since October and have won six of their last seven games, their only draw being in the Super Cup final against Atletico which they won on penalties.

“There are many reasons behind it but I would highlight how hard we have worked and the belief we have in what we are doing,” Zidane told a news conference ahead of the derby.

“Tomorrow we have another game and we’re going to have to prove ourselves once again.”

Real are top of La Liga with 46 points from 21 games, three ahead of Barcelona, while Atletico are fifth on 36 points.

2/1/2020 1:15:02 PM
<![CDATA[Man United agree deal to sign Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon]]>
Sporting confirmed United will pay an initial fee of 55 million euros ($61 million), although the overall cost of the deal could increase with performance-related add-ons worth 25 million euros.

United confirmed Fernandes’ move is subject to a medical and agreement of personal terms.

Fernandes will become United’s first signing of the January transfer window as the club look to reinforce their midfield in the absence of injured duo Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay.]]>
2/1/2020 1:13:25 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly faces Al Hilal in search for at least one point]]>
Al-Ahly faces Al-Hilal on Saturday evening in the last round of the group stage of the African Champions League.

"Al-Ahly is totally ready for the Al-Hilal match now," said Weiler at the press conference.

"We are playing the game in search of victory. Al-Ahly always plays to win and collect the three points."

"The team prepared well for the match, and was fully prepared to face the Sudanese champion in order to achieve the desired goal by going up to the next round," Fyler explained.

Weiler will hold a session with his coaching to study the Al Hilal team in video, in preparation for the start of his technical lectures with the players.

The coaching staff focuses during the video lectures on the match between Al Hilal against Zimbabwe's Platinum, which they won it 1-0.

Al Ahly needs to win or at least 1 point to guarantee qualifying to the 16th round of the CAF Champions League.
2/1/2020 1:06:23 PM
<![CDATA[Newcastle complete loan deal for Spurs defender Rose]]>
The 29-year-old is Newcastle manager Steve Bruce’s third signing of the January transfer window and follows midfielders Valentino Lazaro and Nabil Bentaleb into the club, who are 14th in the Premier League.

"It's a great honour for me to be here," Rose, who has 29 England caps, told Newcastle's website here "I'm so grateful that the manager has brought me in and I'm looking to repay him in every way I can as soon as I'm playing."

Rose had said in November that he was prepared to run down the final 18 months of his contract at Tottenham and leave for free after not being handed a new deal.

Earlier this month, Spurs manager Jose Mourinho played down reports of a training ground row with Rose after the full back was left out of the goalless draw against Watford.

Bruce said he was pleased to secure a deal for Rose to boost their defence, which has conceded 36 goals in 24 matches.

“It’s been clear we’ve needed some help in the left back position, so we’re absolutely delighted to get a player of Danny’s calibre through the door,” Bruce said.

“He’s proven quality, as he’s shown over several years for club and country, and is a class act. It’s a big coup for us to get him here and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

Rose could make his Newcastle debut in Saturday’s home game against bottom-placed Norwich City.

1/31/2020 6:52:36 AM
<![CDATA[Violence erupts again in Santiago after soccer fan run over by police]]>
Protesters attacked more than 20 police stations through the night and early morning, shouting in rage, throwing Molotov cocktails and lighting some on fire, leaving one dead and 46 police injured, according to official reports.

Several Santiago metro stations and bus lines were shut down overnight, though most had reopened in the early hours Thursday.

“Without a doubt, this was the most violent day of 2020,” regional police chief Enrique Bassaletti told reporters early Thursday, warning that it harkened back to the “worst moments” of the previous October.

Chile’s police force, known as the Carabineros, came under fire after protests in Chile broke out in late October last year. Several human rights groups accuse security forces of violations from rape to torture and undue force.

The 2019 protests, the most violent since the country’s return to democracy in 1990, plunged Santiago and much of Chile into chaos. Vandals burned downtown buildings, rioters looted hundreds of grocery stores and military tanks took to the streets for the first time since the dictatorship of strongman Augusto Pinochet.

Anger erupted again in Santiago earlier this week when a police truck allegedly ran over and killed a fan of local soccer team Colo-Colo as he left a stadium following an evening match.

Police arrested the driver of the truck and said they are investigating the incident.

Fellow soccer fans called for a mass protest this Friday evening in a central Santiago square to commemorate the death.

Though violence had largely subsided in recent weeks, scattered incidents across Santiago and Chile point to lingering tensions.

1/31/2020 6:50:07 AM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly's delegation flies to Sudan]]>
Al-Ahly will be a guest of Al-Hilal on Saturday evening at Al-Gawhara Stadium. Al-Ahly tops the standings with 10 points, while Al-Hilal and ES Etoile equal with 9 points each.

It is scheduled that Syed Abdul Hafeez, the football director and Samir Adly, the administrative director, will receive the team’s delegation upon their arrival in Sudan.

Abdel Hafeez and Adly had preceded Al-Ahly’s mission on Wednesday, to check on all the arrangements for the team's trip, residence and security.

Coach Rene Weiler has set up the team’s program in Sudan and includes one training on, Friday, at Al Jawhara Stadium.

Weiler will hold a session with his coaching to study the Al Hilal team in video, in preparation for the start of his technical lectures with the players.

The coaching staff focuses during the video lectures on the match between Al Hilal against Zimbabwe's Platinum, which they won it 1-0.

Al Ahly needs to win or at least 1 point to guarantee qualifying to the 16th round of the CAF Champions League.

1/30/2020 6:13:19 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool sink West Ham to open 19-point lead]]>
Mohamed Salah fired them ahead from the penalty spot in the first half and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain doubled their advantage early in the second to wrap up a remarkable 23rd win from 24 games this season and stretch their unbeaten league run to 40.

In a fixture postponed from December, when Liverpool were busy winning the Club World Cup, they never looked under much pressure and picked West Ham off at crucial moments, defending manfully when needed and looking a constant menace on the break.

Salah stroked home from the spot in the 35th minute after Divock Origi was chopped down from behind and Oxlade-Chamberlain finished off a lethal counter attack of the sort that has come to characterise Liverpool’s season in the 52nd.

The victory was achieved comfortably enough, but Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp remains a hard man to please.

“These boys have played outstanding football throughout the season. Tonight was a normal performance,” he said.

His West Ham counterpart David Moyes was more effusive in his praise of Klopp’s side.

“They are as good as there has been around at this moment in time, and it is very difficult for me as a former manager of Everton and Manchester United to say that,” Moyes said.

West Ham had glimpses of goal, with Manuel Lanzini fluffing an excellent opportunity at the start of the second half and Robert Snodgrass drawing a fine stop from Liverpool keeper Alisson, but their plight looks increasingly bleak.

While Liverpool have amassed a whopping 70 points, Moyes’s side sit 17th with 23, outside the relegation zone only on goal difference.]]>
1/30/2020 6:06:18 PM
<![CDATA[Ramadan's current price is LE 200 million: Nader Shawki]]>
Asked about the possibility of Ramadan continuing in Al-Ahly, Nader Shawky replied, "This is an early question, but can a club in Egypt pay LE 200 million for a player?"

Shawky added on the radio program (One to Two) "Ramadan moved to Stoke City 4 years ago for £5.6 million, and currently his price will not be less than £10 million pounds."

"Every club is free to buy what they want; £10 million is a very ordinary number in Europe, but in Egypt it is different."

He revealed, "I knew that Huddersfield started marketing Ramadan Sobhi."

On the upcoming Al-Ahly player’s destination, Nader Shawky replied, “Any club that appreciates talent, this is a time to play. Ramadan has grown old and matured.”

Shawky concluded his remarks "Ramadan Sobhi is the highest priced in the advertising market due to many considerations, including age, interface, championships, club and attractiveness."

It's worth to mention that Ramadan has led the Olympic Egyptian national team to qualify for the 202 Olympic games in Tokyo after winning the U-23 AFCON held in Egypt.

1/30/2020 6:04:02 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek prepares for Primero de Augusto]]>
Mahmoud Hamdi "Al-Wensh" team defender, joined in training after his absence Wednesday, due to an ankle bruise.

Training session started with a five-minute running warm-up period, after which the players underwent physical training under the supervision of Amir Abdel-Aziz, the team's assistant coach.

Mohamed Osama, the team’s doctor, used sprayers ’feet and arms to prevent mosquito bites on the field, to prevent mosquito bites on the field.

Carteron instructed players to consume quantities of water after each training session due to the high temperature on the field.

The medical staff had taken quantities of water and juices to avoid heat and moisture.

Zamalek is preparing to meet Primero de Augusto next Saturday, in the last round matches of the group stage of the African Champions League.

Zamalek guaranteed qualifying to the championship quarter-finals, while Mazembe secured the top spot in the group.
1/30/2020 5:54:17 PM
<![CDATA[We deserved the victory over Zamalek: Wadi Degla's coach]]>
"We could have achieved a better result, we wasted easy opportunities, and in the first half we had a penalty kick that the referee did not count," Abdelbaky said on the youth and sports radio.

"Zamalek is a great team and a draw is a win, but at this level we were more likely to win."

He continued, "We are happy with the performance and results in the last 4 rounds, we won twice, we tied like them and we hope to continue with the same rhythm, Degla is among the top teams in creating chances & wasting them,"

"We suffered a lot from lack of confidence due to stumbling in the first rounds," he said.

"As for the last 12 games of the last season, we lost only once against Zamalek, so when the results improve, I am confident that we will appear better and stronger."]]>
1/29/2020 12:45:26 PM
<![CDATA[Historical Trezeguet leads Aston Villa to Carabo Cup Final]]>
The two Egyptian substitutes participated in the 77th minute for Trezeguet, and the 84th minute for Muhammadi. Muhammadi made a wonderful cross for Trezeguet, who played it inside the net in the 91st minute to announce the qualification of Aston Villa in the second leg, 2-1, after a 1-1 draw at King Power Stadium back.

Matt Target took the lead for Aston Villa in the 12th minute of a powerful shot from inside the penalty area, and in the 72nd minute, Ihenacho tied for Leicester from a cross following James Madison's cross.

But Trezeguet's goal sent Aston Villa to Wembley, waiting for the winner from Manchester City and Manchester United, who won the semi-final.

Aston Villa has qualified for the final of the tournament for the first time since 2010, when they lost to Manchester United.

But Villa won the championship 7 times, most recently in 1996.

This is the fourth goal for our Egyptian professional in 27 games this season.

After the match, fans of the villa entered the Villa Park stadium and celebrated the victory with the players, led by the decisive goal player Trezeguet, who was raised on the neck to celebrate his historic goal.
1/29/2020 12:40:14 PM
<![CDATA[Inter Milan sign Denmark playmaker Eriksen from Spurs]]>
Eriksen was out of contract at Spurs in June and had suffered a dip in form this season before making one of the most high profile moves so far in the January transfer window.

The 27-year-old flew from London to Milan on Monday to complete his medical and was greeted by jubilant Inter fans at the Humanitas clinic in Rozzano.

“I couldn’t wait to join, it’s wonderful to be here and I’m happy to be a new Inter player,” Eriksen told Inter’s club website.

“I’ve already experienced their warmth, it’s been a fantastic welcome. I feel great.”

There were no financial details available but reports said the move was worth 20 million euros ($22.19 million).

Eriksen has scored 51 goals and registered 62 assists in the Premier League since joining the London club from Ajax Amsterdam in 2013 and helped Spurs reach the Champions League final for the first time last year.

However, his below par appearances this season and his increased substitutions had seen him fall out of favour among fans.

“The numbers say that I did really well in England,” he added. “It’s now time to start a new challenge, I’m really happy to have the opportunity to play in Serie A for a big team.”

Eriksen becomes Inter’s third signing from the Premier League this month, having already secured Ashley Young from Manchester United and Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea.

Inter manager Antonio Conte will be hoping Eriksen can add some ingenuity in the engine room and create more chances for prolific strike duo Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez.

“I was able to get to know him when I was at Tottenham, we came up against his Chelsea side and it was very difficult,” Eriksen said. “I’m excited to learn more about him and how his sides play.”

Inter currently sit second in Serie A, three points behind leaders Juventus.

Meanwhile, Tottenham confirmed that they have signed Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis on a permanent deal after a successful loan spell.

The Argentina international, who has made 20 appearances for Spurs across all competitions this season, has signed a deal until 2025.]]>
1/29/2020 11:55:11 AM
<![CDATA[Manchester United chief Woodward's house attacked with flares]]>
A video posted on social media showed the group gathered outside the house in Cheshire chanting threats towards Woodward, who is married with two children.

British media reported that neither the 48-year-old Woodward nor his family were present at the property.

United are fifth in the Premier League, 33 points adrift of leaders and arch-rivals Liverpool - and Woodward has been the target of blame from the fans for the club’s recent struggles.

United said in a statement carried by multiple British media outlets: “Manchester United Football Club have tonight been made aware of the incident outside the home of one of our employees.

“We know that the football world will unite behind us as we work with Greater Manchester Police to identify the perpetrators of this unwarranted attack.”

“Anybody found guilty of a criminal offence, or found to be trespassing on this property, will be banned for life by the club and may face prosecution. Fans expressing opinion is one thing, criminal damage and intent to endanger life is another.

“There is simply no excuse for this.”]]>
1/29/2020 11:53:00 AM
<![CDATA[Weather conditions scrutinized as probe into Kobe Bryant's fatal helicopter crash opens]]>
An 18-member National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team, assisted by FBI forensic specialists, began mapping the wreckage site with drones and examining debris scattered across the hillside where the helicopter went down on Sunday.

Los Angeles County coroner’s investigators, working alongside aviation NTSB inspectors, said they had recovered the first three bodies from the crash site and were searching for more remains.

In a sign that clouds, fog and limited visibility were of particular interest to investigators, NTSB board member Jennifer Homendy appealed to the public to come forward with any photographs that might help document local weather conditions at the time of the crash.

1/28/2020 10:17:38 AM
<![CDATA[Teenager Saka helps Arsenal into FA Cup fifth round]]>
Left-back Saka and striker Eddie Nketiah netted inside 26 minutes as Arsenal’s much-changed lineup made a dominant start and fought off a late Bournemouth rally to secure a tie against third-tier Portsmouth back on the south coast.

Saka, 18, blasted the ball into the roof of the net from a tight angle before his low cross provided a tap-in for Nketiah, who was recalled this month from a loan spell at Leeds United.

Sam Surridge scored in the fourth minute of added time to set up a nervous finale for the visitors but Bournemouth could not find an equaliser and are left to focus on the battle for Premier League survival.]]>
1/28/2020 10:15:39 AM
<![CDATA[Nouran Gohar crowns Carol Weymuller championship]]>
Nouran beat her fellow countryman Nour Al-Tayeb, who is ranked fourth in the world, in the final match held in the first hours of the morning, by three clean runs in a match that lasted 27 minutes, and the result of the runs were as follows: 11-9, 11-5, 11-2.

This final is the second in which Nouran Johar outperformed Nour El Tayeb during the current season, and Wadi Degla player had overcome El Tayeb before in the US Open Squash Final.

Since the start of the current season last September, Egypt has dominated the major titles, where Mohamed El-Shourbagy and Nour El-Tayeb were crowned with the first championship which is the China Open, and El-Shourbagy and Renim El-Waili were crowned the San Francisco championship, and he beat Farag in the American Open, then Karim Abdel-Gawad won the two Egyptian international championships that It was held at the foot of the pyramids, Nour El Sherbiny won the World Championship for the second time in a row and the fourth in its history, and finally Tariq Momen was crowned world champion with the team.

The last GB Morgan Championship, held in New York in mid-January, was the first of the major tournaments in 2020, when Egyptian champion Mohamed El Shourbagy crowned him after defeating his compatriot Tariq Moamen, to restore the top of the world rankings, which was dominated by Faraj, the player of the Tigris throughout 11 months in a row, since he defeated Shorbaji in the same tournament last year.
1/28/2020 10:12:29 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalek hosts Wadi Degla in the Egyptian league]]>
The match between Zamalek and Wadi Degla will be held at 7:30 PM on Tuesday evening and will be broadcast on Time Sport and On Sport channels.

It is expected that the French coach Patrice Carteron will pay the Zamalek team a formation that includes:

GK: Muhammad Abu Jabal
DEF: Hazem Imam, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Al-Wensh and Muhammad Abdul Shafi, MID: Ferjani Sassi, Muhammad Hassan, Shikabala, Muhammad Onajim and Obama
ATT: Mustafa Muhammad.

It is expected that the game of Zamalek will witness the appearance of the Congolese striker Kassongo, who is returning from loan to Moroccan Wydad, after being registered in the local and african list in the current winter transfers.

Zamalek enters the game, ranking fourth in the Premier League table, with 24 points, after 12 games during which they won 7 matches and drew 3 matches and were defeated in two games. They scored 17 goals and received 9 goals, while Wadi Degla ranked 12th in a table Ranking with 13 points after 14 games, they won 3 games, drew 4 games and was defeated in 7 confrontations, during which they scored 16 goals and received 22 goals.

1/28/2020 10:08:51 AM
<![CDATA[Handball: Egypt delegation returns home after qualifying to Tokyo Olympics]]>
The joy spread among the handball team delegation in Tunisia after winning the African title, booking the Tokyo ticket and avoiding participating in the qualifying stage.

The first half ended with Egypt advancing Tunisia with a result in a meeting that saw the superiority of the Pharaohs in a difficult confrontation, especially since it is on the opponent’s land and among their fans.

The handball team qualified for the final by beating Algeria 30/27 in the semi-finals, while the Tunisian national team qualified by beating Angola 39/23 in the same round.

The quarter-finals saw Egypt's handball team beat Gabon 36/17, before defeating Angola 33/26 in their second meeting to qualify for the semi-finals as the first group to face Algeria.

Egypt succeeded in achieving the complete mark in the first round by defeating Guinea 39/22, then Kenya 44/19, and finally the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a score of 28/19.

Previous meetings witnessed the player Wissam Nawar's title of Man of the Match against Guinea, while Mohsen Ramadan won the promising player and he won the title of best in the Kenya match, while Mohamed Mamdouh Hashem won the title of best player in the match between Egypt and Gabon in the quarter-finals before Ahmed Al-Ahmar got the title of the best against Algeria in the semi-finals.

The competition was held with the same system of the World Cup for adults, which was held last year in Denmark and Germany, qualifying 8 teams from the first round to the quarter-finals with direct confrontation points divided into two groups, the heart of qualification to the semi-final through to the final.

The list of players includes: Karim Hindawi, Issam Al-Tayyar, Mohamed Ali for the goalkeeping, and each of Muhammad Sanad, Akram Yousry in the center of the right wing, Ahmed Al-Ahmar, Yahya Khaled and Mohsen Ramadan in the right-back center, Ahmed Khairi, Saif Al-Daraa and Ahmed Hisham Al-Sayed in the playmaker center.

Yahya Al-Deraa, Ali Zain and Hassan Kaddah live in the center of the left-back, Omar Bakkar and Ahmed Moamen in the center of the left wing. In the center of the circle, the coach chose 5 players: Ibrahim Al-Masry, Mamdouh Hashem, Wissam Nawar, Ahmed Adel and Khaled Walid, while the mission is headed by Moamen Safa, the treasurer of the Federation.]]>
1/27/2020 10:37:18 AM
<![CDATA[EFA to implement VAR by the end of this season]]>
A source in the Football Association revealed a surprise regarding the date of applying the video technology in the Egyptian league this season, and clarified that it is possible to postpone the application of the experiment and not start it with the beginning of the second stage of the league.

The source said to "Youm7", the matter is ultimately dependent on the approval of the FIFA subsidiary responsible for the video technology to grant the Egyptian referees the video referee license, indicating that although Egyptian referees understood training courses and their regularity, in the end it may be granted to the FIFA delegate The license after the session ends to 15 or 20 referees only, out of the 54 participants, which is an insufficient number to apply the technology in all public league matches starting from the second stage.

The source added that the Football Association is sticking to the application of the technology this season after contracting with the Spanish company and the arrival of all devices and equipment, but it depends on the license by the "FIFA" after the end of the current session on 8 February.

The five-member committee of the Football Association, headed by Amr Al-Ganaini, has officially signed contracts for the application of video technology in the Egyptian league with a Spanish company for 3 and a half years starting from the second stage of the competition this season, after the arrival of an official approval from the Ministry of Youth and Sports on the contract.

The contract includes the application of video technology in Egypt as a financial lease and ends in sale, which ensures that all assets are transferred to the ownership of the Football Association at the end of the implementation period (3) And a half years).
1/27/2020 10:24:00 AM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly defeats ES Etoile, one point away from CAF quarter-final]]>

Al-Ahly's Junior Ajayi scored in the 31st minute, and in this way Al-Ahly succeeded in keeping their chances alive in the journey to restore the African Champions League title "African Princess", which has been absent from the Reds since 2013.

This victory brings the balance of Al-Ahly to 10 points, topping the group, and the balance of ES Etoile stopped at 9 points and falls to second place, with a difference of goals from the Sudanese Al Hilal in the third position, and Zimbabwe Platinum lies in the last place with one point.

Al-Ahly played the match with the following line-up:

GK: Mohamed El-Shennawy

DEF: Ramy Rabia, Yasser Ibrahim, Mohamed Hani, Ali Maaloul

MID: Hussein El-Shahat, Alio Diang, Amr El-Soulia, Ahmed El-Sheikh and Ajayi

ATT: Marwan Mohsen]]>
1/27/2020 10:16:35 AM
<![CDATA[Kobe Bryant's death leaves sports world stunned]]>
A true global superstar, the depth of Bryant’s popularity quickly surfaced as reports were confirmed that the Los Angeles Lakers great had been killed along with his daughter Gianna and seven others when his helicopter crashed in a remote field near the city of Calabasas.

As the deaths were confirmed social media exploded in grief while television programming was interrupted to report on the tragedy with video showing smoke billowing from the crash site as first responders put out the flames.

U.S. President Donald Trump was among the first to take to Twitter to express his shock.

“Reports are that basketball great Kobe Bryant and three others have been killed in a helicopter crash in California. That is terrible news!” tweeted Trump.

Trump and former U.S. President Barack Obama agree on little but were united in their grief over the five-time NBA champion’s untimely passing.

“Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents,” Obama wrote on Twitter.

Where Bryant’s death hit close to home was on the basketball courts, where his skill and personality made him one of world’s most recognisable and popular athletes.

“The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning.

“He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals.

“He will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability.”

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But perhaps it was three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade who best expressed the disbelief and sadness that washed over the league, tweeting: “Nooooooooooo God please No!”

Two of the greatest players of all-time, Hall of Famers Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, praised Bryant as one of the best ever to set foot on the court but noted he was an even better person.

“Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players,” tweeted Abdul-Jabaar. “But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete.”

No group was left more devastated than the Lakers family that Bryant had been a part of for 20 seasons as a player.

“As I try to write this post, my mind is racing. I’m in disbelief and have been crying all morning over this devastating news that Kobe and his young daughter, Gigi have passed away in a helicopter crash. Cookie and I are heartbroken,” Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson wrote on Twitter.

As a slate of NBA games tipped off on Sunday, teams and players searched for ways to pay tribute to the man they knew as “Mamba”.

The NBA champions Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs honoured Bryant by both choosing to run out the shot clock on their opening possessions.

It was not just basketball fans left blindsided by Bryant’s death, as tributes poured in from other athletes, other sports, on other fields, golf courses and arenas around the globe.

In France, Brazil soccer international Neymar dedicated his goal scored from a penalty for Paris St Germain at Lille in a Ligue 1 match on Sunday to Bryant, holding up two and four fingers (Bryant’s retired jersey number), putting his hands together in prayer and bowing before the crowd.

“It’s very sad for the world of sport and for all of us, not just for the basketball fans as he did so much for sport in general,” said Neymar. “I hope he will rest in peace.”

“A legend in one sport who loved, and was loved in, ours,” tweeted FIFA, world soccer’s governing body.

It was not just the sports world left crushed as Bryant’s popularity cut across cultures and countries.

Being a Hollywood fixture, the death of Bryant, who also won an Oscar to go along with his five NBA titles, sent shockwaves through the music, entertainment and business worlds as well.

“It can’t be. You always encouraged me mamba. Gave me some of the best quotes that we smile about to this day! Love you man!” tweeted singer Justin Bieber.

At the end of the day those impacted most, however, were Bryant’s ordinary fans, who took to social media in millions in an outpouring of sadness.

“Feels like a bad dream,” wrote Twitter user @mischiefluis. “Kobe’s the reason I love the game. My super hero. My heart breaks for his family and the other 4 individuals involved.

“Let’s keep the memory of Kobe alive.”

1/27/2020 10:06:01 AM
<![CDATA[Ex-basketball star Kobe Bryant dead in helicopter crash]]>
The Los Angeles County Sheriff said on Twitter that five people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, about 40 miles (65 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and that there were no survivors. It did not identify the victims.

First responders put out the flames of the crash site, the sheriff's department said, posting a picture of a fire truck and smoke emerging from the brush in a ravine.

Bryant was known to use a helicopter for travel dating to his days as a star player for the Los Angeles Lakers, when he commuted to games in a Sikorsky S-76 chopper, the celebrity news website TMZ said.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration identified the crashed helicopter as a Sikorsky S-76, saying in a statement that the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate.

Bryant won five NBA championship rings with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was an 18-times NBA All-Star who wore the No. 24 during his 20-year career with the team.

Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, have four daughters: Gianna, Natalia, Bianca, and Capri, who was born in June 2019.]]>
1/26/2020 10:24:32 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi congratulates Egyptians on African Handball title]]>
Egypt defeated defending champions Tunisia 27-22 on Sunday to claim the title and book a berth at this year's Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.]]>
1/26/2020 9:56:06 PM
<![CDATA[Athletic Bilbao's Williams speaks out against racist chanting in Espanyol match]]>
“I’m sad because of the draw but above all because I suffered racist insults, no black player or any player ever wants to hear that,” Williams told the club’s official media after the game.

“It’s completely out of order, people should go to matches to enjoy themselves, to support their team; football is a team sport and should be played in a friendly atmosphere.

“It’s a sad day because of these incidents which have no place in football.”

Espanyol did not immediately respond to a request for comment.]]>
1/26/2020 12:30:49 PM
<![CDATA[Bayern Munich defeats Schalke in the Bundesliga]]>
Forward Robert Lewandowski set the Bavarians on their way by scoring his 21st league goal of the season in the sixth minute and, after they had two goals disallowed for offside, Thomas Mueller added the second just before halftime.

Leon Goretzka scored a brilliantly improvised third in the 50th minute before Thiago and Serge Gnabry added two more as Bayern completed their fifth successive league win.

RB Leipzig, beaten 2-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt earlier on Saturday, lead with 40 points from 19 games, with Bayern on 39, Borussia Moenchengladbach on 38 and Borussia Dortmund on 36. Schalke, on 33, lost ground with the top four.]]>
1/26/2020 12:28:30 PM
<![CDATA[Fares El-Desoky faces Suraf Guzal in Pittsburgh Squash Final]]>
The tournament is hosted by the United States of America, held from January 22 to January 26, and the value of the prizes for the championship is about 47 thousand dollars.

The Egyptian duo Fares El-Desouky and Omar Mosaad had succeeded in qualifying for this round out of five Egyptians who participated in the tournament, and Mohamed El-Sherbiny came out after the loss in the quarter-final, while Zahid Salem bid farewell to the tournament from the round of 16, and Karim El-Hamami lost in the first round.

Fares El-Desouky qualified for the final match after defeating French Gregor Marsh in the semi-final by three runs against a half-game in a match that lasted 62 minutes, while Omar Massad bid farewell to the tournament after losing against the Indian Sourav Gouzal 3-0 in a match that lasted 73 minutes and the result of the games was as follows: 11-6, 16-18, 11-7, 12-10.

Since the start of the current season last September, Egypt has dominated the major titles, where Mohamed El-Shourbagy and Nour El-Tayeb were crowned with the first championship which is the China Open, and El-Shourbagy and Renim El-Waili were crowned the San Francisco championship, and he beat Farag in the American Open, then Karim Abdel-Gawad won the two Egyptian international championships that It was held at the foot of the pyramids and Channel Vaz, Nour El Sherbiny won the World Championship for the second time in a row and the fourth in its history, and finally Tariq Momen was crowned world champion with the team.

The last GB Morgan Championship held in New York in mid-January was the first major championship in 2020, when Egyptian champion Mohamed El-Shourbagy crowned him after defeating his compatriot Tariq Moamen, to restore the top of the world rankings, which was dominated by Faraj Wadi player Tigris throughout 11 A month in a row, since he defeated Shorbaji in the same tournament last year.

In the women's competition, Nour El-Sherbiny lost to the French ranked No. 5 in the world, which managed to overcome the first three positions in the world rankings during her journey towards the title of championship.]]>
1/26/2020 12:24:57 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly faces ES Etoile in a decisive match]]>
The match's difficulty is not for the opponent only but because of the several scenarios in the group between the three teams, Al Ahly, ES Etoile and Al Hilal of Sudan.

All the three teams have chances for qualifying for the CAF Champions League quarter-finals, but how they will qualify?

ES Etoile is leading the group with 9 points from 4 games "goal difference from Al-Hilal". Sudanese Al Hilal is second with 9 out of 5 games and Al-Ahly Club is in third place with 7 points from 4 games

Platinum Stars outside the calculations as they have one point in 5 games.

Al-Ahly has 4 solutions to break the bottleneck and qualify for the quarter-finals.

1- Beat ES Etoile and Al-Hilal to win 13 points in the lead
Al-Ahly's victory over ES Etoile in Cairo, and then their victory over the Sudanese Al-Hilal in Omdurman, guarantees their qualification.

2- Beat ES Etoile and draw with Al-Hilal to collect 11 points.
3- A draw with ES Etoile and beat Al Hilal to collect 11 points
4- Losing to ES Etoile and beating Al Hilal to collect 10 points

Several scenarios which may be witnessed by the end of this round. Al Ahly's line-up will be as follows:

GK: Mohamed El Shenawy
DEF: Ali Maaloul, Ramy Rabeaa, Mahmoud Metwalli, Mohamed Hany
MID: Amr El Soleya, Alieu Dieng, Mohamed Magdy Afsha, Junior Ajayi, Hussein El Shahat
ATT: Marwan Mohsen]]>
1/26/2020 12:18:21 PM
<![CDATA[Nour El-Tayeb, Mariam Metwally qualify for US Open quarter-finals for squash women]]>
Nour Al-Tayeb beat her Egyptian compatriot, Farida Mohamed, by 3-1 in a 37-minute match. The result of the runs was as follows: 11-5, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7.

Meanwhile, Maryam Mitwalli beat her Indian rival Joshna Chenaba by 3/2 in a match that lasted 62 minutes, and the results of the games were as follows: 11-9, 11-6, 10-12, 9-11, 11-9.

Since the start of the current season last September, Egypt has dominated the major titles, where Mohamed El-Shourbagy and Nour El-Tayeb were crowned with the first championship which is the China Open, and El-Shourbagy and Renim El-Waili were crowned the San Francisco championship, and he beat Farag in the American Open, then Karim Abdel-Gawad won the two Egyptian international championships that It was held at the foot of the pyramids, Nour El Sherbiny won the World Championship for the second time in a row and the fourth in its history, and finally Tariq Momen was crowned world champion with the team.

The last GB Morgan Championship, held in New York in mid-January, was the first of the major tournaments in 2020, when Egyptian champion Mohamed El Shourbagy crowned him after defeating his compatriot Tariq Moamen, to restore the top of the world rankings, which was dominated by Faraj, the player of the Tigris throughout 11 months in a row, since he defeated Shorbaji in the same tournament last year.

In the women's competition, Nour El-Sherbiny lost to the French ranked No. 5 in the world, which managed to overcome the first three works in the world rankings during her journey towards the title of championship.]]>
1/25/2020 1:31:11 PM
<![CDATA[Atletico CEO backs Simeone after embarrassing Cup defeat]]>
Thursday’s 2-1 extra-time defeat eliminated Atletico from the Cup at the last 32 stage for the first time since they were beaten by Albacete in December 2011, a loss which led to then coach Gregorio Manzano being sacked and Simeone hired in his place.

The Cup defeat came hot on the heels of a 2-0 reverse at La Liga strugglers Eibar last week which left Atletico third in the standings, eight points adrift of pacesetters Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“This was a tough and unexpected blow for all Atletico fans but and I understand why many are so disappointed but we should not judge the club in the heat of the last two results,” Gil Marin told the club’s official website on Friday.

“We should be responsible and value who we are, where we are and what we have achieved with this coaching staff and this squad. The more people from the outside doubt our work, the more united and stronger we need to be.”

Led by Simeone, Atletico broke Real and Barca’s nine-year stranglehold on the Spanish title in 2014, reached two Champions League finals and won two Europa League titles plus the Copa del Rey under the Argentine.

But they have badly missed influential players such as talisman Antoine Griezmann, midfielder Rodri and stalwart defenders Juanfran, Diego Godin, Lucas Hernandez and Filipe Luis who all departed the club last year.

“In the last decade we have competed in many finals, we have won nine trophies and consolidated ourselves among the greatest teams in Europe,” added Gil Marin.

“The quality and commitment of the squad and coaching staff, led by Diego, cannot be questioned and I have no doubt they will achieve the club’s objectives this season and help us grow over the next few years.”

Atletico midfielder Saul Niguez gave a scathing assessment of the team’s predicament after Thursday’s chastening defeat.

“I hope and want the team to see this loss as a very painful defeat and that it can spur us into action because we cannot allow something like this to happen again,” he told reporters.

1/25/2020 12:29:52 PM
<![CDATA[Brighton turn Mooy's loan deal into permanent contract]]>
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are delighted to have agreed a permanent deal with Aaron and Huddersfield. He’s been an important player for us and will have a key part to play going forward,” said manager Graham Potter on the club website (www.brightonandhovealbion.com).

“We knew what Aaron would bring, and he’s proved to be an excellent addition to our squad and a great professional both on and off the pitch.”

Brighton are 15th in the league, two points above the relegation zone.]]>
1/25/2020 12:28:04 PM
<![CDATA[Teenager Haaland scores another two as Dortmund thump Cologne 5-1]]>
Jadon Sancho, another 19-year-old, was also on target with his 11th Bundesliga goal of the season and his eighth in his last eight outings as Dortmund outclassed the hapless Billy Goats.

Raphel Guerreiro and Marco Reus set Dortmund on the way with first-half goals as they cut the gap between themselves and leaders RB Leipzig to four points ahead of Leipzig’s visit to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Guerreiro opened the scoring in the first minute and Reus doubled their lead before the half hour, the referee awarding the goal after a VAR review after initially disallowing it for offside.

Sancho increased the lead three minutes after the re-start and Mark Uth pulled one back with a superb volley from a tight angle, before Haaland scored a poacher’s goal, turning in a rebound for in the 77th minute.

The Norwegian then latched onto a through ball, raced past goalkeeper Timo Horn and turned the ball in from a narrow angle for his fifth goal in two appearances. (Writing by Brian Homewood, editing by Pritha Sarkar)]]>
1/25/2020 12:25:51 PM
<![CDATA[Manchester United fall to Burnley as fans turn on U.S. owners]]>
Goals from Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez ensured victory for Sean Dyche’s Burnley on a night when United looked nothing like a ‘big six’ team.

United fans chanted protest songs aimed at the Glazer family, who have owned the club since 2005, while their team fell to a second straight loss.

After Sunday’s defeat by leaders Liverpool amid criticism of the club for failing to secure any new additions so far in the January transfer window, there is an air of crisis around United.

The club’s decline since the departure of manager Alex Ferguson after their last Premier League title in 2013 shows no signs of being reversed and the fans clearly put the blame on the Glazers and their chief executive Ed Woodward more than manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Yet the Norwegian accepted that he was “responsible” for what happens on the field and admitted it was not up to expectations.

“Tonight wasn’t good enough for a Manchester United team. We have got to hold our hands up and say it wasn’t good enough,” said Solskjaer, who is without key players Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford through injury but hopes for some new faces.

“We are working to improve and get players in and hopefully we can get something over the line — I think everyone can see these players are being stretched, they are stretched,” he said.

Thousands of fans flooded out of Old Trafford well before the end of the game while the hardcore supporters in the Stretford End chose to stay and continue to make their feelings known.

“(In the) 84th minute I saw people get up and go. That is unheard of at this stadium. Seeing people leave with disdain on their face. It is an embarrassment. The downward spiral in seven years has been remarkable,” former United defender Rio Ferdinand said in his role as a match pundit for BT Sport.

The defeat leaves United fifth in the standings, six points adrift of Chelsea who currently occupy the fourth Champions League qualification spot.

Wood fired Burnley ahead in the 39th minute with a half-volley on the turn after a simple free kick routine in which Ben Mee headed the ball down into the path of the New Zealand international.

The Clarets, who move up to 13th place, doubled their lead, seven minutes after the break, through striker Rodriguez who blasted into the top corner after a smart exchange with Wood.

United had a last-minute header from Luke Shaw ruled out for pushing but created few clear cut chances as Burnley held on for their first victory at Old Trafford since 1962.

“It’s mad that. It’s a great feeling. The lads have come in the dressing room buzzing,” said Burnley-born Rodriguez.

“These are the moments you work hard for. We stopped them playing. We showed our qualities to keep the ball and hurt them.

“That two-goal cushion was good for the team. This result means everything,” he added.

The Clarets, deserved winners, had drifted towards the relegation zone after four straight losses but Wednesday’s victory, following Sunday’s win over third-place Leicester City has steadied the ship.]]>
1/24/2020 2:19:56 PM
<![CDATA[New Barca coach Setien faces stern Valencia test]]>
Setien, who replaced Ernesto Valverde earlier this month, has yet to see his new side thrive in his possession-based system. They narrowly beat Granada last weekend before requiring an injury time winner from Antoine Griezmann to scrape past third tier Ibiza in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

Valencia’s high-pressing system is similar to that implemented by the Balearic Island outfit and it will test the league leaders’ mettle in what has often been a tricky fixture. The Catalans are winless at Mestalla in La Liga since 2016.

“I didn’t like what I saw (against Ibiza),” Setien said.

“I’d have liked it to have gone differently. I wanted us to be a lot more precise and to have played better, but I think in the long run this will do us good.

“We will use this to make decisions moving forward. When you don’t do things well it means there’s room for improvement.”

While the rested Lionel Messi will return for the trip to the Costa Blanca, Setien will be without the injured trio of Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele and backup goalkeeper Neto.

For the home side, keeper Jasper Cillessen faces a late fitness test to see whether he will be able to line up against his former club. Rodrigo Moreno and Geoffrey Kondogbia are likely to be back.

Second placed Real Madrid, who are level on 43 points with their great rivals, will be ready to take advantage of any slip-ups when they visit Valladolid on Sunday.

Coach Zinedine Zidane used Wednesday’s Copa victory over Unionistas to give playing time to a number of squad players and, barring an injury picked up by forward Gareth Bale, the Frenchman was pleased with what he saw.

“Bale twisted his ankle a bit. I’m not sure what it is but I don’t think it’ll be too big a problem. He wasn’t able to continue, and we’ll see how it develops,” said Zidane.

“The good thing is that we’ve got players who hadn’t played in a long time but their level was right up there, especially in terms of their intensity.”

The weekend’s action kicks off with Levante’s trip to Osasuna on Friday. Third placed Atletico Madrid, who are eight points adrift of the leaders, host second-bottom Leganes on Sunday. Sevilla, behind Atletico on goal difference, host Granada.]]>
1/24/2020 1:09:56 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool charge towards title with win at Wolves]]>
Henderson’s opener in the eighth minute, which came off his shoulder from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner, quietened a raucous crowd inside a mist-shrouded Molineux.

But Wolves, under coach Nuno Espirito Santo, have built a reputation for upsetting more illustrious opponents and came roaring back in the 51st when Raul Jimenez steered home a powerful header from the lively Adama Traore’s cross.

Both sides squandered chances in a breathless game of counter-attacks, before Firmino found space in the box to settle the outcome with an 84th minute strike that gave Liverpool a 14th consecutive league win.

It was the Brazilian’s sixth goal in his last eight games for the club in all competitions.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp punched the air and the fans sang “We shall not be moved” as the relentless Reds close in on their first top-flight title in three decades.

But Klopp, whose team missed out to Manchester City last season by one point, was taking nothing for granted.

“It’s over when it’s over, not before. So why should we really think about it? Let’s carry on,” he said, praising “super, super” Firmino and “unbelievable” Henderson for their match-winning performances.

Laughing at his goal from a rare offensive foray on a set-piece, captain Henderson echoed his manager’s words that the title was not in the bag - even though the whole of England thinks it is - and praised Wolves’ impressive resistance.

“You know it’s going to be difficult here. They’re a good team, they make you work. But we knew we could keep going, keep fighting,” he said.

1/24/2020 1:07:00 PM
<![CDATA[South Korea, Saudi Arabia seal Tokyo Olympics berths]]>
The Koreans beat Australia 2-0, a victory that was more comprehensive than the scoreline suggests, while Saudi Arabia edged past Uzbekistan 1-0 to book their place at the Olympics for the first time since 1996.

Despite dominating against Graham Arnold’s side, Kim Hak-bum’s impressive Korean team had to wait until 11 minutes into the second half before opening the scoring when Kim Dae-won converted from close range after Lee You-hyeon’s initial shot came back off the post.

Lee Dong-gyeong added a second 20 minutes later to earn the Koreans one of the three places available for the continent at the Tokyo 2020 Games, which will be held in July and August, and maintain the country’s run of qualifying for every Olympics since 1988.

The Saudis booked their berth in Tokyo with victory over Uzbekistan in the opening semi-final.

Nasser Al Omran’s strike from distance took a deflection off Abdullah Al Hamdan and wrong-footed Uzbek goalkeeper Abduvakid Nematov before nestling in the net.

The win ended Saudi Arabia’s 24-year absence from the Olympics, having not qualified for the finals since appearing at the Atlanta Games.

Saudi Arabia will face the Koreans in the final of the Asian Under-23 Championship on Sunday while Uzbekistan and Australia will meet on Saturday, with the winner taking the continent’s third and final place at the Olympics.

Japan, who made a shock early exit from the competition in the group phase, qualify automatically for the Games as hosts. (Reporting by Michael Church, Editing by Toby Davis)]]>
1/23/2020 11:57:44 AM
<![CDATA[Villa sign AC Milan goalkeeper Reina on loan until end of season]]>
Reina spent eight seasons with the Liverpool first team between 2005-2013 where he won the Premier League Golden Glove award for most clean sheets in his first three seasons with the club.

The 37-year-old, who also had spells with Bayern Munich and Napoli before moving to Milan in 2018, has been brought in as injury cover by Villa after Tom Heaton was ruled out of the rest of the season with a knee injury.

"We've managed to secure a player in Pepe who has a wealth of Premier League experience," Villa boss Dean Smith said in a statement here "At the start of the summer we were looking for an experienced goalkeeper and brought in Tom Heaton.

“Unfortunately, his injury has ruled him out for the rest of the season but Pepe fits our criteria not just because of his experience but also because of his leadership qualities.”

Reina has also played over 30 times for Spain and he was a member of the squad that won the World Cup in 2010 and the Euros in 2008 and 2012.]]>
1/23/2020 11:44:40 AM
<![CDATA[Fakhruddin bin Youssef joins Ismaily SC]]>
The 28-year-old reached the club’s headquarters on Wednesday morning to sign the contracts for joining Al Darawish, after undergoing a medical examination.

The Ismaili statement said on its official website: "The international player was presented to the coaching staff led by Didier Gomez, who was very optimistic by player's experiences and great scoring capabilities."

The statement continued, "This comes within the Board of Directors' plan to support the team's deficiencies on the offensive side with players who have significant technical expertise, in order to increase the team's effectiveness during their local and continental competitions."

The player will join the training in the coming hours in preparation for the upcoming competitions in the Arab Championships and the local league.

The 28-year-old Tunisian wing has ended his contract with the Saudi Al-Ittifaq team, and he was free to sign for any team.

Fakhr El-Din Bin Youssef had never played in the Egyptian League, while he wore the Esperance and Sfaxien shirt.

Fakhruddin bin Youssef participated in 21 games last season with Al-Ittifaq and succeeded in scoring 3 goals and making three also.]]>
1/23/2020 11:40:36 AM
<![CDATA[Handball Egyptian national team qualifies to AFCON Semi-finals]]>
The Egyptian national team won the first half in their favor 15-15, before finishing the match in by a difference of 7 goals, to announce that they led to the first group with 3 victories against Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gabon.

Egypt team is waiting to face Tunisia and Algeria in the semi-finals next Friday.

The teams of Angola, Tunisia and Algeria guaranteed the qualification for the World Cup which will be held next year in Egypt.

Egypt seeks to win the championship to qualify directly to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, without the need to contest the qualifying supplement in the event of reaching the final and losing it.

Egypt and Tunisia met in the final of the last two copies of the tournament, where Egypt won in Cairo in 2016 and the Pharaohs lost the last final in Gabon two years ago.

Egypt seeks to win its seventh championship to equal the Algerian national team, while Tunisia won the title 10 times.]]>
1/23/2020 11:34:36 AM
<![CDATA[Odriozola joins Bayern Munich on loan from Real Madrid]]>
Bayern Munich CEO Carl Heinz Rummenigge said: "After internal talks we decided to agree to the coach's request to strengthen the defense, and we decided to bring Odriozola together."

"We are very happy with the signing and we would like to thank all Real Madrid officials for their cooperation in the negotiations," he added.

"We are convinced that Odriozola will help our team with the quality he owns, and very happy that we found a right-back like him," said Hassan Salmedzic, sports director of the German club.

The 24-year-old joined Real Madrid from Real Sociedad in the summer of 2018, for 30 million euros.

And he participated with the Spanish international this season in only 5 games in all competitions with Real Madrid, during which he made one assist.]]>
1/22/2020 12:29:29 PM
<![CDATA[2022 World Cup African qualifiers draw revealed ]]>
Gabon, Libya, Angola, will compete with the Egyptian team for only one qualifier to the final stage.

The Egyptian team should lead the group, for an opportunity to meet one of the other nine leaders in the final stage to reach the World Cup that will be held in the winter of 2022 in Qatar.

Egypt aims to qualify for the World Cup for the second time in a row and the fourth in the history of the Pharaohs.

It is the first time for Egypt to play against Gabon in any official qualifications, where they met twice in friendly games, in which the team won 4-0, and 2-0 in 2000 and 2004, respectively.

But Egypt previously fell to Gabon in the 1994 African Nations Cup, and then the team won 4-0 as well.

As for Angola, Egypt faced them 5 times.

Two of them were in the 1994 World Cup qualifiers, when Egypt won in Home with the goal of Hossam Hassan, and they tied away without goals.

The last confrontation was in the 2008 African Nations Cup, when Hassan Shehata's sons won 2-1 on their way to winning the title in Ghana.

As for the Libyan team, Egypt faced them 21 times, the Pharaohs won 13 times, drew 3 times, and the team lost 5 times.

In the World Cup qualifiers, the Pharaohs fell to Libya only once, in the 2006 qualifiers, when the Egyptians lost 2-1 in Tripoli, and they won 4-1 in Egypt.

The first round of playoffs will be played between 5 and 13 October, while the second round will take place between 9 and 17 November 2020.

In 2021, the third and fourth round of the World Cup qualifiers will take place between 22 and 30 March.

The fifth round will take place between August 30 and September 7, and the sixth round will take place between October 4 and 12.

The final round of the World Cup qualifiers will remain as scheduled, between 8 and 16 November 2021.]]>
1/22/2020 11:41:01 AM
<![CDATA[Azzaro joins Saudi club, Al-Ittifaq]]>
The travel of the Moroccan player comes after negotiations have reached official agreements between the two parties in the past days, when a delegation from Al-Ittifaq Club came to Cairo recently to negotiate with Al-Ahly and the player regarding the completion of the deal.

All the details regarding the salary that the player will receive are agreed upon, and Al-Ahly agrees to loan Azzaro.

Al-Ahly signed Azzaro in the summer of 2017 for 4 seasons, coming from the Moroccan club, Al Difaa` Al Hassani Al Jadidi. In general, since joining Al-Ahly in the summer of 2017, the Moroccan participated in 89 games with Al-Ahly, scoring 41 goals and making 16.

Al Ahly is preparing to play against ES Etoile in the fifth round of the CAF Champions League.]]>
1/22/2020 11:29:49 AM
<![CDATA[Bahader joins 6th of October club, oldest player in the history]]>
The Egyptian Football Association registered Bahader during the current winter registration period, after he signed for the 6 October Club.

Walid Al-Attar, the Federation's executive director, received in his office the player and club officials when they came to complete the registration procedures.

Ezz El Din Bahader is preparing to put his name in the Guinness Records, as he begins participating with his club in the matches.

Bahader is expected to participate in two full games with his team in order to agree to break the record.

6th of October club's coach, Ahmed Abdel Ghani, the star Haras El Hedoud and the former Egyptian national team, described signing Bahader, as "Out of patriotism,".]]>
1/22/2020 11:08:56 AM
<![CDATA[Inter Milan to sign Eriksen from Tottenham]]>
Eriksen's contract expires at the end of the season and he earlier refused to renew his contract with Tottenham, which made the English team want to sell him.

Inter is one of the clubs that wants to include Eriksen, and the club has already made a formal offer to sign the player.

"We made an official offer for Tottenham for Eriksen," said the sports director for Inter.

"Eriksen is a great player and we hope to conclude the deal successfully," he added in his comments with Sky Italia.

"We are now waiting for Tottenham's response," he added.

The 27-year-old Danish has participated in 27 games this season with a Tottenham shirt and succeeded in scoring 3 goals and an industry like them.

Since joining Tottenham, Eriksen has scored 69 goals and made 89 during his appearances in 304 games. Eriksen's deal may take place, but another deal has already been done and he is Nigerian Victor Moses.

"We reached an agreement with Chelsea to borrow Moses," said the sports director of Inter.

"As for Oliver Jiro, the deal may take place if any striker from our team leaves," he said.

The Sky Network revealed earlier that the agreement between Chelsea and Inter for Muses to join the latter on loan until the end of the season with the eligibility to buy.

Moses participated in 7 games this season and succeeded in recording once and industry once.

Moses played two seasons under Conte in Chelsea as a right back, during which he won the League once.

The Nigerian winger appeared in 78 games under the leadership of Conte, and managed to score 8 goals and 8 industry.

The 29-year-old lifted the league title once, the England Cup once and the European League twice.]]>
1/21/2020 11:26:00 AM
<![CDATA[Handball: Egypt thrashed Gabon in the AFCON quarter-finals]]>
Egypt defeated Gabon 36-17 in the quarter-finals, on Monday. The quarter-finals round is set to end on Wednesday by facing Angola.

The first half ended with the Egyptian team winning 20-7.

The first and second group that includes Egypt, Angola, Gabon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo qualify for the semi-finals, to face one of the top of the second group from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Cap Verde.

Egypt defeated the Democratic Republic of Congo with a score of 28-19 at the end of the group stage matches, to enable the Pharaohs to get the full mark.

The holder of the current edition of the African Cup Nations will qualify directly to the Tokyo Olympics, while the second-place player will play the international play-offs.

Egypt and the Democratic Republic of the Congo qualify for the quarter-finals, together with the teams of Angola and Gabon, from Group Two.

The Pharaohs qualified with two points from a victory over the Democratic Republic of the Congo and equally with Angola, a winner over Gabon.

Egypt will play on Monday, at 1 pm against Gabon, to finish the quarter-final matches against Angola at five in the evening Wednesday.

The first and second places in the new group qualify for the semi-final stage, which eliminates the knockout system.

The second group in the quarter-finals includes Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Cape Verde.
1/21/2020 10:21:00 AM
<![CDATA[Tazkarti opens online resercation for Al Ahly vs ES Etoile match]]>
Tazkarti, in coordination with Al Ahly's board of directors, set the value of tickets prices as follows: 1000 pounds for "V.V.I.P", 500 pounds for "V.I.P", the first class LE 200, the second class LE 150, and the third LE 75.
Mohamed Morgan, the executive director of Al-Ahly club, said that the electronic reservation of tickets for the Al-Ahly and ES Etoile match will be opened, on Tuesday , through the "Tazkarti" website.

Morgan continued: "The tickets will not be received without the presence of the fan ID of the fan, which is extracted from Tazkarti website, and its existence is a prerequisite for obtaining match tickets,"

It's worth to mention that the Egyptian Football Association received approval from the security authorities to open the doors for 10,000 fans in the Al-Ahly match.

On the other hand, The Swiss coach René Weiler, the coach of the first football team in Al-Ahly Club, set a special physical and technical program for the new team striker, Alio Badji.

Weiler asked Thomas Pinkel, the load planner, to put in place a special program for "Badji" to implement it over five days, before he can participate in the group exercises for Al Ahly.]]>
1/21/2020 10:15:00 AM
<![CDATA[He is no more part of us: Weiler on Saleh Gomaa]]>
Weiler answered the question (What do you think of Saleh Gomaa's last statements?), Saying: "Although I do not read what is written in the media, I really knew what he said."

He added in his statements during the press conference, "Any footballer has two parts; one technical and the other is mental. Saleh Gomaa have the technical side, but he does not have the mental aspect of the focus, and the evidence for this is that he was fined by the club more than once."

"Saleh Gomaa will not have any role with us. I wish him success in any other team."

Al-Ahly decided to fine Saleh Gomaa due to his absence from training without permission. The fate of Saleh Gomaa became clear and the player was already close to leaving Al-Ahly in January, according to Sayed Abdel Hafeez, the club's football director.

1/20/2020 1:15:55 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt qualifies for the handball AFCON quarter-finals]]>
Egypt defeated the Democratic Republic of Congo with a score of 28-19 at the end of the group stage matches, to enable the Pharaohs to get the full mark.

The holder of the current edition of the African Cup Nations will qualify directly to the Tokyo Olympics, while the second-place player will play the international play-offs.

Egypt and the Democratic Republic of the Congo qualify for the quarter-finals, together with the teams of Angola and Gabon, from Group Two.

The Pharaohs qualified with two points from a victory over the Democratic Republic of the Congo and equally with Angola, a winner over Gabon.

Egypt will play on Monday, at 1 pm against Gabon, to finish the quarter-final matches against Angola at five in the evening Wednesday.

The first and second places in the new group qualify for the semi-final stage, which eliminates the knockout system.

The second group in the quarter-finals includes Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Cape Verde.]]>
1/20/2020 1:11:36 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly defeats Arab Contractors 2-0]]>
Al-Ahly reached their 12th victory in 12 of the league's matches in the league so far, to continue their impressive start in the competition and maintain the full score of points and victories.

The win raised Al-Ahly's record to the 36th point in the Egyptian League standings away from their runner-up, the Arab Contractors.

The Arab Contractors' balance was frozen after the loss at point 29 in second place.

Al-Ahly's double scored by Hussein Al-Shahat and Walid Soliman, and the match also saw Rami Rabiaa's dismissal in the 74th minute.

Al-Ahly formation came as follows:

Goalkeeper: Mohamed El Shennawi.

Defenders: Ayman Ashraf - Rami Rabiaa - Yasser Ibrahim - Ahmed Fathi.

Midfieldrs: Amr El-Soulia - Mahmoud Metwally, Hussein Al-Shahat - Mohamed Magdi "Afsha" - Ahmed Al-Sheikh

Attackers: Junior Ajayi

While for Arab Contractors, Emad Al-Nahhas relied on:

Goalkeeper: Mahmoud Abu Al-Souod.

Defenders: Amir Abed - Mohamed Samir - Faruqa Nur al-Din - Hassan al-Shami.

Midfielders: Karim Mostafa - Mohamed Megally - Maarouf Youssef.

Attackers: Mohamed Salem - Shukri Nageb - Saif Al-Din Al-Jaziri.
1/20/2020 12:31:20 PM
<![CDATA[I returned from injury so we won: Salah]]>
Salah finally broke his fast against Manchester United by scoring the second goal for Liverpool in a 2-0 victory, as he was unable to score in their net with four previous encounters.

Sky Sports reporter asked Salah about his opinion on Liverpool's victory over United after drawing 1-1 in the Premier League first stage.

"I returned from injury and so we won," Salah said, laughing. "I got the pass this time from Alisson and this is amazing."

The Egyptian star was absent from the first stage match at Old Trafford due to an ankle injury.

And on the top of the league table, Salah said, "We have to focus, because we suffered in such a period last season and we should not think beyond the next match."

Liverpool continued their victories, beating host Manchester United 2-0, at Anfield Stadium in the 23rd round of the English Premier League.

The victory put Liverpool to 64 points in first place, 16 points behind second-placed Manchester City, with one match for the Reds remains.]]>
1/20/2020 12:19:52 PM
<![CDATA[Egypian handball team prepares to face DRC]]>
Sunday's handball Egyptian team program includes eating breakfast and the coaching staff will hold a video lecture with the players, immediately before lunch, then a tea session in the fourth and a half before moving to the match room.

In this meeting, the Egyptian team seeks to achieve the third victory in order to qualify in the second round, achieving the full score by winning all its matches in the first group.

The Egyptian handball team won in the first and second encounters against each of Guinea with a score of 39/22 and Kenya 44/19, respectively.

 There are also strong confrontations on Sunday, aside from Egypt's match between Congo, Zambia and Guinea with Kenya and Morocco with Algeria, Côte d'Ivoire with Cape Verde, Angola with Gabon and Nigeria with Libya and Tunisia with Cameroon.

The team's list includes: Karim Hindawi, Muhammad Essam Al-Tayyar, Muhammad Ali, Ibrahim Al-Masry, Khaled Walid, Ahmed Adel, Wissam Sami, Muhammad Mamdouh Hashem, Ahmed Hisham "Dudu", Saif Al-Daraa, Ahmed Khairy, Yahya Khaled, Mohsen Ramadan, Ahmed Al-Ahmar, Akram Yousry, Muhammad Sanad, Yahya Al-Daraa, Ali Zain, Khaled Walid, Omar Bakkar, Ahmed Moamen.
1/19/2020 12:27:13 PM
<![CDATA[Carteron requests registering Kassongo in Zamalek's list]]>
Zamalek, under the leadership of French Carteron, is looking for, in the next stage, to continue their victories after winning the last 3 rounds of the Egyptian league competitions against Aswan, Tanta and El Gouna, respectively, with results of 2/0, 3/2 and 2/0.

Zamalek raised their score with the three victories to 24 points, and they occupy third place in the table of the competition.

The team is currently preparing for the decisive confrontation of the team in the African Champions League against Congolese Mazembe, which will be held next Friday, in the fifth round of the group stage of the African Championship, which Zamalek is searching for a win to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Zamalek Club decided to implement the French request for Cartier to register the Congolese Kassongo in the white team list, whether local or African, so the French Carteron studies the use of the player in the next stage, which the team begins to face Mazembe. As well as making sure of his complete readiness, whether technical or physical, to be present. In the confrontation, after the player carried out a special training program throughout the last period under the supervision of the French Patrice Carteron, after ending his loan to the Moroccan club, Wydad Casablanca.]]>
1/19/2020 12:22:22 PM
<![CDATA[Know the expected line-up for Al Ahly against Arab contractors]]>
Al-Ahly face Arab Contractors on Sunday night at the Egyptian League and the team manager, Rene Weiler, included his best players for the clash.

Weiler added Walid Soliman and Ayman Ahsraf to the team squad while Walid Azarro was ruled out.

Arab Contractors are having a great run at the league this season as they come second at the table with 29 points from 13 games and they hope to put an end to Al-Ahly unbeaten run this season.

Weiler’s chosen squad for the game consists of: Mohamed El Shenawy, Aly Lotfy, Mostafa Shobir, Aly Maaloul, Ahmed Fathy, Mahmoud Metwally, Ramy Rabia, Yasser Ibrahim, Mahmoud Wahid, Mohamed Hany, Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Afsha, Mahmoud Abdelmonem Kahraba, Amr El Solia, Aliou Dieng, Walid Soliman, Ahmed El Sheikh, Giraldo, Hussein El Shahat, Junior Ajayi and Marwan Mohsen.

Al-Ahly’s new signing, Kahraba, is expected to be at the team starting line-up after his amazing performance against Tanta as he scored two goal and provided an assist during his participation at the second half.

Expected line-up

Goalkeeper: Mohamed El Shennawy

Defenders: Mohamad Hani - Ayman Ashraf - Rami Rabia - Ali Maaloul

Center: Alieu Diang - Amr Al-Sulaya - Ahmed Al-Sheikh - Mohamed Magdi "Afsha" - Kahraba

Attackers: Marwan Mohsen or Junior Ajay

Al-Ahly are leading the league table with 33 points after 11 games and they aim to extend their lead at the top with another victory.]]>
1/19/2020 12:16:37 PM
<![CDATA[Rashford out of Liverpool's clash]]>
Manchester United, fifth in the Premier League standings, prepares to face hosts Liverpool on Sunday in the 23rd round of the English Premier League, in a difficult task at Anfield against a team that has lost only two points in the tournament's journey so far.

Solskajer announced the list of that traveled to Liverpool, missing the name Rushford.

The Norwegian coach said last Thursday in statements highlighted by his club's website: "Rashford had a problem with his back recently, but what he suffered against Wolverhampton is a different injury."

The list saw the presence of Eric Bailey, who recovered from his injury.

United are hoping to stop Liverpool's triumphant career in the league, which is 13 points behind runners-up Manchester City.]]>
1/19/2020 12:02:29 PM
<![CDATA[City drop two points after a draw with Palace at home ]]>
It is another damaging blow for the defending champions as they are now 13 points behind Liverpool who still have two games in hand and will play against Manchester United on Sunday at Anfield.

Crystal Palace new signing, Cenk Tosun, opened the score five minutes before half time after an amazing pass from Gary Cahill.

Manchester City’s response came through their target man in front, Sergio Aguero, who added two goals at the last 10 minutes of the game to give his team a 2-1 lead.

The Etihad Stadium’s fans were celebrating the comeback when Crystal Palace winger, Luis Zaha, decided to silence the stands.

Zaha dribbled two Manchester City defenders and provided a cross that was deflected to find its way towards the back of the net.

Manchester City failed to create chances at the added minutes and the game ended with a 2-2 draw. ]]>
1/18/2020 7:33:19 PM
<![CDATA[If I win playing badly, I won't go home happy: Setien ]]>
"I want to win. If I win playing badly, I won't go home happy.I'll never tell the players that the result is worth more.” Setien said ahead of his debut as Barca manager.

Barcelona fans criticized the team’s style during the era of former manager, Ernesto Valverde, despite leading the club to achieve two league titles in a row.

Setien continued “We all know that if we play well we have a better chance of winning, and I always try to make my team play well."

Barcelona aim to bounce back on Sunday against Granada after losing the Spanish Super Cup title in Saudi Arabia after being knocked out of the semi-finals against Atletico Madrid.

The new manager commented on his first week inside the Catalan club, saying “I was surprised to see the attitude of acceptance to the changes I proposed. I'm very happy with everything. It's all been wonderful."
1/18/2020 7:14:57 PM
<![CDATA[Soliman returns to Al Ahly squad ahead of Arab Contractors clash ]]>
Weiler added Walid Soliman and Ayman Ahsraf to the team squad while Walid Azarro was ruled out.

Arab Contractors are having a great run at the league this season as they come second at the table with 29 points from 13 games and they hope to put an end to Al-Ahly unbeaten run this season.

Weiler’s chosen squad for the game consists of: Mohamed El Shenawy, Aly Lotfy, Mostafa Shobir, Aly Maaloul, Ahmed Fathy, Mahmoud Metwally, Ramy Rabia, Yasser Ibrahim, Mahmoud Wahid, Mohamed Hany, Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Afsha, Mahmoud Abdelmonem Kahraba, Amr El Solia, Aliou Dieng, Walid Soliman, Ahmed El Sheikh, Giraldo, Hussein El Shahat, Junior Ajayi and Marwan Mohsen.

Al-Ahly’s new signing, Kahraba, is expected to be at the team starting line-up after his amazing performance against Tanta as he scored two goal and provided an assist during his participation at the second half.

Al-Ahly are leading the league table with 33 points after 11 games and they aim to extend their lead at the top with another victory. ]]>
1/18/2020 6:42:06 PM
<![CDATA[We don’t think about being unbeaten, Salah ]]>
The Reds’ fans aim to win the long-awaited league title in a style and repeat Arsenal’s achievement when they won the title in 2004 unbeaten. However, Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, believes that winning the league title is the most important thing.

“We don’t think about being unbeaten until the end of the season. If we do that, it would be great, but at the end of the day we just want to win the Premier League. That’s the most important thing. Unbeaten or not, it’s not necessary – we want to win the Premier League.” Salah said ahead of the clash against Manchester United on Sunday at Anfield.

Liverpool played 21 games at the league and Manchester United venue was the only place where they dropped points this season when the first game of the season between the two giants ended with a 1-1 draw.

Salah added “It’s a game we have to win. Of course we know it’s big for the fans, for the city and for us. But at the end of the day, we play the game to win. It’s unbelievable.”

Liverpool are leading the table with 61 points. ]]>
1/18/2020 6:16:56 PM
<![CDATA[Ronaldo, Barcelona top online influence charts in China]]>
The annual ‘Red Card’ report, released by digital marketing agency Mailman, saw Ronaldo beat long-time rival Lionel Messi and Neymar to the top spot for a second year in a row.

The report found that while digital engagement with players has shrunk 15% in 2019, Portuguese forward Ronaldo was one of the few players to see both his Weibo engagement and follower growth increase from the previous year.

“I am very pleased with this award,” Ronaldo said in a statement. “I know that I have a huge part of fans in China and it means a lot to be on top of the table for the second year in a row.”

Barcelona topped the club standings, climbing from fifth place to overtake Spanish rivals Real Madrid.

Chelsea took third spot to become the most influential English club in China, leapfrogging traditional heavyweights Manchester United and Liverpool.

In the league rankings, the English Premier League finished well ahead of Spain’s La Liga and the German Bundesliga.

China is now the Premier League’s most lucrative overseas market, paying 564 million pounds ($737.54 million) for a three-year TV rights deal.

Notably, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, and Liverpool did not visit the region during their off-season break and dropped down the club rankings.

The report referred to brands such as Arsenal and American-based basketball league NBA learning “a difficult lesson” in 2019, with their social media activity making a negative impact in China.

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil had criticised China’s treatment of its Uighur Muslims, prompting a social media backlash in the country against the club.

The NBA is trying to repair damaged relations with China after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey voiced support on Twitter for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

1/17/2020 11:23:31 AM
<![CDATA[El Said joins the 100 club ]]>
However, Mohamed Anwar scored for Al Ittihad at the opening minutes of the second half to grant his team a point.

El Said is one of the veteran players at the league as he plays at the Egyptian league since 2004 when he was promoted to the first team at is childhood club, Ismaily.

El Said’s story began in 1995 when he joined Ismaily academy at 10 and since then he got promoted through the club rankings till he joined the first team.

The young player did not need much time to prove his talent as he established himself as one of the best players in the attacking midfielder position at the League.

During his time at Ismailia, El Said scored 36 goals including his memorable two free kick goals against Al Ittihad in Alexandria.

The magician left his home in Ismailia to join the capital giants, Al-Ahly, in 2011. Inside the Red Castle, El Said enjoyed the best spell of his career as he touched the silverware on domestic and continental level.

El Said won two CAF Champions League titles in a row as well as playing a massive part in Al-Ahly’s dominance over the league.

The midfielder spent 7 years at Al-Ahly and scored 50 goals but in 2018 the player shocked Al-Ahly fans with his decision to leave the club to join Pyrmaids.

Between April 2018 and January 2019, he played for Finish side KuPS and Saudi giants, Al-Ahly then he joined Pyramids to start his third spell with Egyptian clubs at the league.

El Said helped his team to establish themselves as one of the promising teams in Egypt and played a big role in their achievement last season when they finished third at the league and played the Cup Final.

The veteran added 16 goals to his tally while wearing Pyramids’ shirt to join the 100 goal club.

El Said became the 9th Egyptian player in the history to join the club. ]]>
1/17/2020 9:57:52 AM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly sign Aliou Badji from Rapid Wien ]]>
The player signed the contracts to join the Red Devils for te next four and half years.

The Senegalese forward is set to arrive in Cairo on Thursday night and he will undergo medical tests on Friday to be ready to join the first team training sessions.

Badji is expected to replace Al-Ahly Moroccan striker, Walid Azarro, who lost his starting position since the club appointed Rene Weiler as the club manager.

Badji, born in 1997 in Senegal, started his career with local club, Casa Sports de Ziguinchor, before moving to Sweden to play for Djurgårdens IF in 2017.

The Senegalese failed to establish himself as the first choice striker despite scoring important goals for the club and he left in February 2019 to Austria to play for the capital giants, Rapid Wien.

After less than a year in Austria, the player returned back to Africa to play for one of the best clubs in the continent. ]]>
1/16/2020 4:05:12 PM
<![CDATA[Xavi reveals reasons to turn down Barca's offer ]]>
"Yes, I received an offer from Barcelona in a meeting with Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau, but I did not accept it, especially because it is too early to train Barcelona." Xavi told press on Thursday.

Barcelona wanted to follow the same manner of 2009 when the board gave the chance to their former captain, Pep Guardiola, who led the club to win six titles in the first season and dominated the domestic and international competition by his football.

Xavi added "It will remain my dream in the future to be a Barcelona coach."

Barcelona sacked Ernesto Valverde after the club was knocked out of the Spanish Super Cup as they lost to Atletico Madrid 3_2 at the semi-final.]]>
1/16/2020 3:41:11 PM
<![CDATA[LE 3.5 million for Al Ahly & Zamalek in Egyptian Super Cup: Fadl]]>
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"The previous value was 350,000 dirhams (UAE dirham) for the winner and 150,000 for the loser," the former Al-Ahly and Ismaili player said on Wednesday at a press conference.

"Now the winner will receive half a million dirhams, and the loser will receive 300,000."

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Thus, the value of the financial prize that Al Ahly and Zamalek will receive is approximately 3 and a half million Egyptian pounds. The winner gets two million and 160 thousand pounds, and the rest is for the loser.

The two teams will play at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium next February 20, the Egyptian Super match for the 2019-2020 season, and the match will start at 7:00 pm Cairo time.

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It will be managed by a foreign referee, and VAR will be applied for the first time in a match between two Egyptian teams.

Al-Ahly played against Zamalek last September in the Super Cup for the 2018-2019 season and won the first 3-2.

UAE hosted the Egyptian Super Cup in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

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In 2015, Al-Ahly defeated Zamalek 3-2, in 2017 the latter defeated the first on a penalty shootout, and in 2018 Al-Ahly crowned Al-Masry.

1/15/2020 2:52:45 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly faces Tanta in the Egyptian league]]>
Al-Ahly will play Wednesday night against Tanta in the 13th round of the Egyptian League in Cairo Stadium.

Al-Shahat missed the previous three matches of Al-Ahly in front of both Misr Al Makassah, FC Masr and Zimbabwe's Platinum due to the injury.

The left back, Mahmoud Waheed, also returned after a period of absence to be injured.

While Walid Suleiman and Sherif Ekrami are absent and Ayman Ashraf for suspension.

Al-Ahly's list came as follows:

Goalkeepers: Mohamed El Shenawy - Ali Lotfy - Mostafa Shouber.

Defenders: Mahmoud Waheed - Ali Maaloul - Rami Rabia - Mahmoud Metwally - Yasser Ibrahim - Muhammad Hani - Ahmed Fathi.

Midfielders: Amr El-Sulaya - Mohamed Magdi "Afsha" - Ahmed El-Sheikh - Hussein El-Shahat - Geraldo.

Attackers: Kahraba - Walid Azzaro - Salah Mohsen - Marwan Mohsen - Junior Ajay.

Al-Ahly leads the Egyptian league standings with 30 points, while Tanta comes in 16th with 10 points.]]>
1/15/2020 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[El Badry requests travelling to London for following Egyptian players]]>
Hossam El-Badry is discussing with his assistant coaching staff to travel to Europe in the coming days, and holding sessions with professional players to communicate with them, especially since the last camp for the team in last November, and the new camp will be held next March in preparation for the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.

The squad includes five professionals, Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool star, Mohamed Elneny, the Turkish player of Besiktas, Ahmed Hegazy, the West Bromwich player, Trezeguet, Aston Villa player, and Ahmed Hassan Koka, the Portuguese striker, Braga.

And Egypt booked its seat in the first level by drawing the African qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar.

Egypt ranked seventh in the teams of the continent in the classification issued by the International Football Association "FIFA", after the African Union announced that the participating teams in the World Cup qualifiers were divided into 10 groups, so that each group includes 4 teams, based on the classification issued in December 2019.

The teams of Senegal - Tunisia - Nigeria - Algeria - Morocco - Ghana - Egypt - Cameroon - Mali - the Democratic Republic of the Congo are in the first level of the lottery that will be held on January 21 in Cairo.

He added that the draw will include the joining of the 14 qualified teams from the first round to the 26 teams classified in Africa to form 10 groups, each of which includes four teams based on the December 2019 version of the FIFA Association classification.

"The CAF" continued the second round of the African qualifiers, which started in March 2020 and concluded in October 2021, with the ten teams winning the groups qualifying to the third round designated for them in November 2021, the lottery will be divided for elimination matches, the five winners of which will be guaranteed in Qatar 2022.]]>
1/15/2020 10:06:00 AM
<![CDATA[Shikabala returns to Zamalek squad]]>
The list included:

Goalkeepers: Muhammad Awad - Muhammad Abu Jabal - Muhammad Subhi

Defenders: Mahmoud Alaa - Mohamed Abdel-Ghani - Mohamed Abdel-Salam - Hazem Emam - Ahmed Eid - Abdullah Gomaa

Midfielders: Tarek Hamed - Ferjani Sassi - Muhammad Hassan - Mahmoud Abdel Razek Shikabala - Ashraf Bin Sharqi - Muhammad Onajem - Youssef Obama - Mustafa Fathi - Islam Gaber

Attackers: Mostafa Mohammed - Omar Al-Saeed


Meanwhile, French coach Patrice Carteron decided to exclude Mahmoud Hamdy El Wensh, Mohamed Abdel Shafi, Emam Ashour, Mohamed Antar and Karim Bambo from the list of Zamalek heading to El Gouna.

Zamalek seeks to return again to the right path and continue moving towards the top of the league after reaching the third place in the standings with 21 points, after Al-Ahly, leading with 30 points, and the Arab contractors ranked second with 29 points, in contrast, the El-Gouna team ranks 12th in the standings with 12 points.
1/15/2020 9:01:00 AM
<![CDATA[I was walking among the cows yesterday, today I coach Barcelona: Setien]]>
Quique Setien says he did not imagine in his “wildest dreams” that he would become Barcelona manager.

Setien has replaced Ernesto Valverde on a contract until the end of the 2021-22 season and was unveiled at a press conference on Tuesday.

“I want to thank this institution for giving me the chance,” Setien said.

“Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this. I have to thank the club. I’m excited about this challenge and this project.

Setien added: “Yesterday, I was walking around my home town with cows around me and now I’m here at Barcelona managing the best players in the world.”

Barcelona will face Granada at Camp Nou in the first match of Quique as the coach of the team on Sunday, in the 20 th round of the Spanish League.]]>
1/15/2020 7:16:00 AM
<![CDATA[Perez praises Zidane after winning the Super Cup]]>
"Zidane has many cups and we are very happy for him. I hope he crowns with more trophies," Perez told the Spanish newspaper Marca.

"There is a good relationship between Zidane and Real Madrid. He decided to rest for a year and now he has returned with renewed energy. He is a blessing from heaven," Perez continued.

"We came here without big players like Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. Zidane managed to create a good combination in the team and won the cup. I think we rediscovered ourselves after a slight stumble. New players joined that made the team stronger, We are on the right path. "

"We brought him here because we see him as the best goalkeeper in the world, and he was. he was one of the most important elements of the victory," Perez said, praising his goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois.

Real Madrid won their 11th Super Cup, while Atletico's credit was frozen at only two titles. Real Madrid took revenge for the loss to Atletico Madrid in 2014 Super Cup.

Zinedine Zidane also defeated Diego Simeone in a new penalty shootout final, after the Champions League 2016 final.]]>
1/14/2020 11:06:00 AM
<![CDATA[EFA requests to hold Al Ahly vs Zamalek league match in UAE]]>
The league atch comes only 4 days after the local Super Cup match between Al-Ahly and Zamalek on the 20th of Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, so the Football Association prefers to play the two matches there, and the Football Association is awaiting the official response.

Mohamed Fadl, a member of the five-year committee in charge of managing the Football Association, announced the official date for the Egyptian Super Cup Meeting between Al-Ahly and Zamalek.

The Egyptian Super Cup match will be held at 09:00 p.m. in the evening on Thursday, the 20th of next February at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Mohamed Fadl revealed the completion of the agreement with the UAE federation, as well as "Presentation" company, the official sponsor of the Egyptian Association regarding the organizational matters related to the match.

Fadl traveled to the Emirates with Hossam Al-Zanati, Director of Egyptian Competitions, Super Cup Match coordinator, and Amr Al Bortqali from the marketing team, to finalize all the organizational matters.

The Egyptian delegation visited three stadiums before settling on the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, in the presence of 37,000 spectators.

The match will be managed by a foreign referee, which the Egyptian Referees Committee will select with the application of video technology during the match.]]>
1/14/2020 9:01:00 AM
<![CDATA[I apologized to Morata fo what I did: Valverde]]>
Valverde sacrificed his continuation on the field by blocking Alvaro Morata, who was going to score a goal, moments before the end of the Super Cup, which ended by the victory of Real Madrid in the end.

Valverde spoke of the block, saying: "I apologized to Morata for what I did in the match."

"It was not good at all what I did, but there was no other option in front of me," he added in his comments, reported by the Spanish newspaper Marca.

He continued, "My colleagues supported me immediately after the red card, as well as the coaching staff and Simeone as well."

And he continued, saying: "I am very happy with the title. What happens to me is wonderful and incredible."

"I will also be a father, and that makes me very happy," he continued, laughing.

Federico Valverde and Thibaut Courtois were the protagonists in the Super Cup. The first sacrificed his place on the field and went out at the end of extra time to prevent a goal for Atletico Madrid. As well as Courtois, who saved his net several possible goals during the match.

Real Madrid won the 11th Super Cup, behind Barcelona, the record holder with 13 titles.

As for the Atletico Madrid, it was frozen at only two titles.

Real Madrid took revenge for the loss to Atletico Madrid in 2014. Zinedine Zidane also defeated Diego Simeone in a new penalty shootout final, after the Champions League 2016 final.]]>
1/14/2020 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's handball team prepares for African Cup of Nations]]>
The African Cup holders qualify directly to the Tokyo Olympics, while runner-up plays another qualifying match.

Egypt is in the first group, next to Guinea, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The first and second of the four groups qualify for the quarter-finals, who will play in the two groups system, as the first includes the finalists from the first and second groups, while the other includes the qualifiers from the third and fourth groups.

After that, the first and second place winners qualify for the semi-finals, and the competitions will be held from January 16 to 26.

The team's list includes: Karim Hindawi, Muhammad Essam Al-Tayyar, Muhammad Ali, Ibrahim Al-Masry, Khaled Walid, Ahmed Adel, Wissam Sami, Muhammad Mamdouh Hashem, Ahmed Hisham "Dudu", Saif Al-Daraa, Ahmed Khairy, Yahya Khaled, Mohsen Ramadan, Ahmed Al-Ahmar, Akram Yousry, Muhammad Sanad, Yahya Al-Daraa, Ali Zain, Khaled Walid, Omar Bakkar, Ahmed Moamen.]]>
1/14/2020 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalek prepares for El Gouna]]>
Zamalek defender Abdel-Ghani participated naturally in the training in preparation for facing El Gouna on Wednesday in the league.

The duo Abdel Ghani and Gomaa were absent from Zesco's clash in the CAF Champions League due to an injury.

Zamalek is preparing to meet the El-Gouna team on Wednesday night in the matches of round 13 of the Egyptian League.

Mohamed Abdel Shafi, the left back of Zamalek, got a break from the team's training, based on permission from coach Patrice Carteron.

Cartiron held a session with Youssef Ibrahim "Obama" in order to give him some technical instructions.

Carteron stressed that Obama is one of the important elements in his offensive calculations, praising his recent level and calling for more focus in the coming stage.]]>
1/13/2020 11:21:00 AM
<![CDATA[Volleyball: Egypt sack Guido Vermeulen after failing to qualify for 2020 Olympics]]>
The Egyptian Federation, headed by Ahmed Abdel-Dayem, sacked the Dutch coach of Egypt, Guido Vermeulen.

The Egyptian team bid farewell to the African qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics, after losing 3-0 to Tunisia at Cairo Stadium.

The Egyptian team played its last match against Cameroon, and the Pharaohs beat Cameroon 3-0 but it wasn't enough for qualifying.

Abdel Dayem revealed that the decision to sack the coaching staff after the loss from Tunisia, but preferred to wait until the end of the qualifiers to preserve the team spirit.]]>
1/13/2020 10:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Hamada Sidki leaves Al-Hilal, joins Smouha]]>
Smouha's president, Farag Aamer, announced the signing of a contract with Sidki to succeed Hossam Hassan with Ahmed Nagy to train the team’s goalkeepers.

Smouha tied on Sunday with Haras El Hedoud, negatively, in the match that took place between them at Haras El Hedoud stadium, in the 13th week of the Premier League competition, adding: “Hamada Sidki will lead the team from Monday, after signing the contracts."

The coaching staff assisting Hamada Sidki with Ahmed Nagy includes both the duo Ahmed Abdel Fattah and Khamis Jaafar as assistants, in addition to a foreign load coach.

Sidki led Al Hilal in only 3 confrontations, with a match in the 17th week of the Sudanese league, against Mareekh Al-Fasher, and he achieved a 3/0 victory. Then, in the third round of the group stage of the African Champions League when he beat ES Etoile before losing with the same result against ES Etoile in Sudan.
1/13/2020 10:15:00 AM
<![CDATA[Pyramids FC beat Al Masry 2-0 in CAF Confederation Cup]]>
Pyramids FC defeated Al-Masry 2-0 in the fourth round of the first group of the Confederation Cup.

Pyramids FC two goals came through by Eric Traore and Nabil Emad "Dunga" in the 21st and 71st minutes.

Pyramids FC has won 4 out of 4 games in the group stage, and is the only team in the Confederation Cup and CAF Champions League to do so.

Pyramids officially guaranteed its qualification to the Confederation quarter-finals, as the first Egyptian team in the African Championships to do so.

Al-Masry's record of points are six points and they need a single victory to ensure qualification.

Croatian Ante Cacic, coach of Pyramids, relied on Dodo Al-Gabbas as a striker, and was succeeded by Erik Traore, Islam Issa, and Abdullah Al-Saeed.

Ehab Galal, in turn, pushed Austin Amoto into the attack, and was succeeded by Moftah Taktak, Hassan Ali and Amr Musa.]]>
1/13/2020 9:06:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt Ice Hockey Announces Participation and Rosters For 2020 Kuwait Arab Club Ice Hockey Championship]]>

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“We are very grateful to our hosts for inviting us to this great tournament. We are excited to see how much the sport has progressed around the Arab world and Egypt. said Yasser Ahmed, Tournament Manager and the Director of Hockey Operations for Egypt Ice Hockey.

The Pharaohs roster includes 11 Egyptian players, led by: Sameh Ramadan (New York, USA) and Ayman Abdallah (Cairo, Egypt) who will serve as team captains.

“We really like our roster, this is the best Egyptian Ice Hockey Club Team we have ever put together” said Co- Captain Sameh Ramadan. “It’s a group that brings versatility and experience and includes players who have a lot of passion about representing our country.”

The Egypt Ice Hockey Pharaohs team will be represented by Egyptians from the United States, Canada, and Egypt. Additionally Import players from Europe, the USA and Canada will round out the roster.

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The opening game for the Pharaohs and the Tournament will be February 2 vs the United Arab Emirates Theebs Club at 13:00. The Tournament includes teams from Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. The tournament will be broadcasted on Kuwait Sports Channel.


Currently, in Africa only 5 countries have established Ice Hockey Programs. Of these counties, only 2 are members of the IIHF (South Africa and Morocco). We would like to make Egypt number 3.

In 2002, a few local players began playing ice hockey at the Maadi Family Land ice rink
we now call our headquarters. Without nets and barley any equipment, these players introduced Cairo to live hockey for the first time. Quickly word spread and the sport grew. Club Teams were established, a regular time slot for the games was created and a tournament league formed. Currently, there are more than 100 ice hockey players playing in Egypt.

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February 2016 after years of preparation, Egypt was formally invited to the First African
Ice Hockey Cup of Champions. The countries participating were Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and the host country Morocco.

September 2016, Cairo Anubis vs International Anubis exhibition match. Players and
Egyptian Expats from the USA and Canada played vs our Local Team. The Match was held at our sister rink in Genena Mall. Over 200 spectators watched the 1.5-hour match. It was the most competitive Ice Hockey match ever played in Egypt.

October 2016, our Egypt Ice hockey was accepted to be represented in the International
Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada. This museum is the most popular hockey museum in the world with over 300,000 visitors’ annually. Proudly Egypt will now be represented with the best in history. In November 2016 four members of the Anubis Team including two board members traveled to the Hall of Fame as guests for the showcase unveiling.

September 2017, our Pharaohs Club team made history by winning Egypt’s first
International Ice Hockey match vs Morocco Club (B) 3-2 in Montreal, Canada. It was the firsttime Egyptian players from Egypt, the USA and Canada played together.

April 2018, The Pharaohs club participates in the first Arab Club Cup in Abu Dhabi UAE.
Teams included clubs from Lebanon, UAE, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt. The Pharaohs win their first International tournament match vs the Corsairs Club from Algeria, 8-7.

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1/12/2020 4:08:27 PM
<![CDATA[I can't deny my desire to coach Barcelona: Xavi]]>
"Radio Catalonia" revealed earlier that Eric Abidal, the sports director of Barcelona, ​​had traveled to Qatar to meet with Xavi.

With increasing reports that Xavi was close to Ernesto Valverde’s succession, the coach did not hide that news.

"Certainly, I cannot hide my dream of coaching Barcelona one day," said Xavi.

He added in his statements during the press conference after his team beat Al-Rayyan in the Qatar Cup 4-1, "I dream of coaching Barcelona, ​​but now my focus is only with the Qatari Al-Sadd and the final of the cup."

"My focus is now only on meeting Al-Duhail in the cup final."

About having a session with Abidal, Xavi said: "Abidal is my friend and we talked about many things. I will not be able to mention everything we talked about."

"I could not deny sitting with Abidal, but we talked about a lot of things and he came here to see Osman Dembele," he noted.

"As I mentioned, all my focus now is with Al-Sadd," he stressed.

The Qatari club Al Sadd will play against Al-Duhail next Friday in the Qatar Cup final.

Barcelona legend Xavi started his training career early this season with the Qatari club Al Sadd after retiring at the end of last season.

The 39-year-old Spaniard led the Qatari champions in 26 games, won 14, drew 2 and lost 10, and finished sixth in the Club World Cup.

Barcelona lost the Spanish Super Cup semi-final to Atletico Madrid 3-2 in an exciting meeting that made Valverde's job "at stake", according to Spanish reports.]]>
1/12/2020 3:03:37 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian committee chose the Super Cup match stadium]]>
The Egyptian Super Cup match will be held at 09:00 p.m. in the evening on Thursday, the 20th of next February at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Mohamed Fadl revealed the completion of the agreement with the UAE federation, as well as "Presentation" company, the official sponsor of the Egyptian Association regarding the organizational matters related to the match.

Fadl traveled to the Emirates with Hossam Al-Zanati, Director of Egyptian Competitions, Super Cup Match coordinator, and Amr Al Bortqali from the marketing team, to finalize all the organizational matters.

The Egyptian delegation visited three stadiums before settling on the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, in the presence of 37,000 spectators.

The match will be managed by a foreign referee, which the Egyptian Referees Committee will select with the application of video technology during the match.]]>
1/12/2020 2:56:15 PM
<![CDATA[Presentation promises a thrilling Super Cup game]]>
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The latest hours have witnessed intensive preparations inside the company under the directions of the CEO Tamer Morsi. Board member and the deputy head of Presentation Sport, Zaki Abdel Hamid, flew to the UAE along with the EFA member, Mohamed Fadl, to seal the last agreements regarding the game that expects to have more than 37 thousand fans at Mohammed bin Zayed stadium.

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El Nabarawi and the members of Presentation Sport are holding intensive meetings with the EFA to have the expected game broadcasted in a way that copes with the prestigious reputation of Egyptian football.

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1/12/2020 4:18:38 AM
<![CDATA[Barcelona plays down Valverde sacking talks ]]>
Barcelona lost 3-2 to Atletico Madrid at the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals and they were victims to another comeback as they were leading 2-1 till the last 10 minutes of the game.

“It has bothered us a lot to lose. There are many and very important games. Of this you say about Valverde, there is nothing." Amor told press on Friday.

Koke opened the score for the Los Rojiblancos at the first minutes of the second half but Barcelona’s Lionel Messi needed just five minutes to equalize the score.

VAR saved Atletico as the referee disallowed two goals for Barcelona through Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique which could finish the game.

Despite the VAR decisions. Barcelona scored the second goal through Antoine Griezmann who scored against his former club after he followed a wonderful header from Luis Suarez.

The fans at King Abdullah Sport City Stadium expected the Catalans to dominate the game after the second goal but Los Rojiblancos made a memorable comeback.

Ángel Correa was the hero for his team as he won a penalty for his team which was successfully converted by Alvaro Morata to make the score 2-2 then five minutes later Correa added the third goal for his team to make the score 3-2 and grant his team a ticket to the final.

Atletico will face Real Madrid on Sunday at the final. ]]>
1/10/2020 1:43:48 PM
<![CDATA[Koka misses Spanish Super Cup Final ]]>
Koke, who took part in the game at the second half, opened the score for his team minutes after half time but he was forced to leave the pitch after suffering from an injury to be replaced by Marcos Llorente.

Atletico Madrid achieved a stunning comeback to defeat the Catalan club and secure a spot at the final against their bitter rivals, Real Madrid.

Koke opened the score for the Los Rojiblancos but Barcelona’s Lionel Messi needed just five minutes to equalize the score.

VAR saved Atletico as the referee disallowed two goals for Barcelona through Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique which could finish the game.

Despite the VAR decisions. Barcelona scored the second goal through Antoine Griezmann who scored against his former club after he followed a wonderful header from Luis Suarez.

The fans at King Abdullah Sport City Stadium expected the Catalans to dominate the game after the second goal but Los Rojiblancos made a memorable comeback.

Ángel Correa was the hero for his team as he won a penalty for his team which was successfully converted by Alvaro Morata to make the score 2-2 then five minutes later Correa added the third goal for his team to make the score 3-2 and grant his team a ticket to the final.

Atletico will face Real Madrid on Sunday at the final. ]]>
1/10/2020 1:03:31 PM
<![CDATA[Our goal is to win CAF Champions League title, Fathy ]]>
“Champions League is tougher than Confederation Cup but our goal is to win the Champions League title this season.” Fathy said ahead of his team’s clash against Zambian giants, ZESCO United.

Zamalek plays in Group A alongside ZESCO United, Congo’s TP Mazembe and Primeiro de Agosto of Angola.

Zamalek comes second at the group with four points from a victory over the Angolan giants and a draw with ZESCO in Zambia. The White Knights’ only loss was at the opening round of the group against the group leaders, Mazembe.

Fathy added “It is a very important game and we have to win. The Zambian team will try to achieve a positive result after they lost two points against us at home.”

Zamalek are one of the biggest clubs in the continent and they won the Champions League title five times but they failed to win the title since their memorable victory in 2002. ]]>
1/10/2020 12:19:17 PM
<![CDATA[Barcelona face Atletico Madrid in Jeddah ]]>
Both teams will fight for a spot at the final against Real Madrid who defeated Valencia 3-1 on Wednesday.

Barcelona qualified for the tournament as LaLiga champions while the Capital giants secured their spot as they finished second at the league table last season.

“It is a definitive match, not a qualifying round. The one who wins is in the final and we’ll take it as a LaLiga match knowing the difficulty of Atletico.” Valverde said ahead of the game.

Barcelona are missing their veteran goalkeeper, Marc Andre Ter Stegen, and he will be replaced by Barcelona second choice goalkeeper, Norberto Neto.

The two teams met at the first half of the season in Madrid and the Catalan club secured the win thanks to a late goal from Lionel Messi.

The game starts at 9:00 pm. ]]>
1/9/2020 4:30:07 PM
<![CDATA[Mane blames Tottenham clash for missing Senegal trophy party ]]>
Mane scheduled a trip to Senegal but he missed it due to travel disruption as his team, Liverpool, are facing a tough clash on Saturday against Tottenham.

“It was my plan to first fly to Senegal to thank the people of my country and recognise them for everything they have given me on my journey, but unfortunately we were unable to make the visit.” Mane said on Thursday.

Sadio Mani attended the CAF party that took place in Hurghada, Egypt, and received the award from Ahmed Ahmed, president of the Confederation of African Football Association, "CAF", while Mohamed Salah and Riyadh Mahrez were absent from the ceremony.

Mane added "I am of course very happy and proud to win this award and I want to dedicate it to everyone who has helped me on my journey from the very beginning.”

Sadio Mane, the Senegalese star during 2019, participated in 52 games, scored 31 goals and provided 13 assists and he played a massive part in his team’s journey to win UEFA Champions League, European Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
1/9/2020 2:38:52 PM
<![CDATA[El Shenawy expects a tough clash against FC Platinum]]>
Al-Ahly goalkeeper expects a tough clash against the Zimbabwean giants despite their poor run at the competition as Platinum lie at the bottom of the group with zero points.

“We will face a solid team in front of their fans. However, all the players are focused on achieving the three points as the situation in the group is so complicated.” El Shenawy told Al-Ahly official website.

After a frustrating start at the Group Stage with a 1-0 loss to Etoile Du Sahel, Al-Ahly bounced back to gain six points from two wins and they share the top of the group table with Etoile du Sahel and Sudan's Al Hilal.

El Shenawy added “We are used to play under tough conditions and I hope that we can win the three points.”

Al-Ahly achieved 10 consecutive wins, their best ever start at the league, and they are leading the Egyptian league table with 4 points clear. ]]>
1/9/2020 1:47:28 PM
<![CDATA[Aston Villa gets a positive result at Carabao Cup semifinal first leg ]]>
Aston Villa, who are seeking for their first appearance at League Cup Final since 2010, started the game with an attacking line of Trezeguet, Anwar El Ghazi and Jack Grealish while the hosts counted on their regular two strikers, Jamie Vardy, James Maddison and Ayoze Perez.

The visitors opened the score after 28 minutes by Frédéric Guilbert who received a wonderful cross from El Ghazi to grant his team the lead.

The second half was a good response from the home team as they equalized the score through their Nigerian substitute, Kelechi Ihenacho.

Both teams failed to add another goal at the remaining minutes and the game ended with a 1-1 draw.

“Overall, I’m really proud of the players to be leaving here unbeaten. It took a lot of hard work, a great defensive display and in all that we gave them a goal as well.” Aston Villa manager, Dean Smith, said after the game.

The two teams will meet at the second leg on 28 January at Villa Park. ]]>
1/9/2020 12:39:00 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly heads to Zimbabwe to face Platinum stars]]>
Al-Ahly will play against Platinum next Saturday in the fourth round of the group stage of the Champions League.

Al-Ahly announced that Hussein Al-Shahat was included in the list before announcing the removal of his name because of his continued injury.

Shahat missed the last two games in the Egyptian League against Misr Al Makkassa and FC Masr.

Al-Ahly's list came as follows:

Goalkeeper: Sherif Ekramy - Mohamed El Shennawi - Ali Lotfy.

Defenders: Ahmed Fathi - Muhammad Hani - Rami Rabia - Ayman Ashraf - Yasser Ibrahim - Mahmoud Metwally - Ali Maaloul.

Midfielders: Alieu Diang - Amr Al-Sulaya - Muhammad Magdi "Afsha" - Walid Suleiman - Ahmed Al-Sheikh - Giraldo da Costa - Junior Ajay.

Attackers: Marwan Mohsen - Walid Azaru - Mahmoud Abdel Moneim "Kahraba".]]>
1/8/2020 9:12:09 AM
<![CDATA[Blaili wins best African Player in African club]]>
Belaili , 27, won the award on Tuesday at the CAF ceremony held in Hurghada.

Dennis Onyango, the Ugandan, was the last to win the award, in 2016, before CAF cancelled the award in the last two years.

No Algerian has won the award before, since CAF first presented the award it in 2005, and Mohamed Barakat, the former star of Egypt and Al-Ahly, won it at the time.

Belaili was one of the Tunisian Esperance stars crowned in the 2018-2019 African Champions League after a controversial confrontation with Moroccan Wydad, the outcome of which was the Sports Arbitration Court.

Al-Badri teammate crowned him, while Tarek Hamed, the Zamalek midfielder, won the Confederation.]]>
1/8/2020 9:08:22 AM
<![CDATA[Know all the CAF awards winners]]>
This is the first time that Egypt hosts the CAF ceremony for the Best awards in Africa, 27 years after the launch of the award, which is being contested by the trio; the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, the Algerian Riyad Mahrez, and the Senegalese Sadio Mane.

The city of Hurghada was decorated to receive the most important event of African football which was held in the Albatros Resort; Sahl Hasheesh in Hurghada on January 7, and with the great cooperation of the governor of the Red Sea, all the streets of Hurghada have been decorated and the roads leading to Sahl Hasheesh Resort with the spread of the CAF flags and the competition in all the streets of Hurghada.

Here are all the winners in CAF awards arranged by time of winning:

10:20 - Sadio Mane is the best player in Africa

10:17 - Ashwala of Barcelona and Nigeria are winning the best female player in the continent

10:13 - TP Mazembe president wins best club president in 2019

10:00 - Egypt wins the Best Football Federation in Africa award

9:55 - Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi wins best continent coach award

(2019 best line-up)

Goal: Andrey Unana (Cameroon)

Defenders: Ashraf Hakimi (Morocco) - Kalido Coulibaly (Senegal) - Joel Matip (Cameroon) - Serge Aurrier (Cote d'Ivoire).

Midfielders: Riyadh Mahrez (Algeria) - Idrissa Gaya (Senegal) - Hakim Ziyech (Morocco).

Attackers: Mohamed Salah (Egypt) - Sadio Mane (Senegal) - Aubameyang (Gabon).

9:42 - Riyad Mahrez's goal with the Algerian national team in Nigeria wins the award for the best goal

9:25 - The Algerian national team wins the prize for the best team in Africa

9:20 - Cameroon's women's team is the best women's football team on the continent

9:16 - Ashraf Hakimi wins the award for Best Rising Player in Africa

9:15 - Algeria's Youssef El-Bailaili, star of the Algerian national team, wins the award for best player in the continent]]>
1/8/2020 8:44:27 AM
<![CDATA[CAF reveals number of votes for Mane, Salah & Mahrez]]>
CAF announced on his official website that Mane, 27, got 477 votes (44%).

While his colleague in Liverpool, Mohamed Salah, the star of Egypt, came second with 325 votes (30%).

And in the third place is Riyadh Mahrez, the star of Manchester City and Algeria, with 267 votes (26%).

CAF experts committee, as well as coaches and leaders for all of Africa's teams, chose the best in Africa.

Sadio Mane won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2019, and led Senegal to the final of the African Cup of Nations held in Egypt before the 1-0 loss to Algeria.

Sadio Mane, the Senegalese star during 2019, participated in 52 games, scored 31 goals and made 13 others, and crowned with Liverpool UEFA Champions League, European Super Cup and Club World Cup.

At the international level, accompanied by his Senegalese team, he played 11 games, scored 4 goals and made 3, and he managed to lead the Lions of Teranga to qualify for the African Nations Cup final, but did not win the title after losing his country against Algeria with 0-1.
1/8/2020 8:34:56 AM
<![CDATA[Mane crowns Africa's Best Player in 2019]]>
The Senegalese star Sadio Mane, Liverpool's winger, won the 2019 Player of the Year award for Africa for the first time in his career, after a great competition with his teammate, Egyptian star Mohamed Salah, and Manchester City player, Algerian star Riad Mahrez.

Sadio Mani attended the CAF party that took place in Hurghada, Egypt, and received the award from Ahmed Ahmed, president of the Confederation of African Football Association, "CAF", while Mohamed Salah and Riyadh Mahrez were absent from the ceremony.

Mohamed Salah has been named Best African Player in the last two years 2017 and 2018, while Mehrez won the award in 2016.

Sadio Mane won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2019, and led Senegal to the final of the African Cup of Nations held in Egypt before the 1-0 loss to Algeria.

Sadio Mane, the Senegalese star during 2019, participated in 52 games, scored 31 goals and made 13 others, and crowned with Liverpool UEFA Champions League, European Super Cup and Club World Cup.

At the international level, accompanied by his Senegalese team, he played 11 games, scored 4 goals and made 3, and he managed to lead the Lions of Teranga to qualify for the African Nations Cup final, but did not win the title after losing his country against Algeria with 0-1.
1/7/2020 11:05:22 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt returns with 20 medals from Squash British Open]]>
The delegation returned with 7 gold medals out of 10 medals possible in the championship in addition to 6 silver medals and 7 bronze medals.

While the remaining countries participating in the championship won only ten medals in all competitions.

The young pharaohs were accompanied by Eng. Ashraf Qenawy, Omar Al-Morshedy and Eng. Hani Hamouda, members of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Squash Federation.

The results of the Egyptians were as follows:

Girls U-19:

Jana Shiha won the gold medal after defeating her Malaysian opponent Eva Azman 3/0.

Boys U-19:

Mustafa Al-Sirti won the gold medal after defeating his compatriot Yahya Al-Nawasani 3/0, to crown the latter with the silver medal.

Girls U-17:

Sana Ibrahim won the gold medal after her victory in the final match over her compatriot Nour Abu Makarim 3/0, who won the silver medal.

Girls U-15:

Fayrouz Abu Al-Khair won the gold medal after defeating her compatriot, Malak Taha, with a score of 3/0, who won the silver medal.
Girls U-13

Amina Arafi won the gold medal after defeating the Indian Anatha Singh 3-0 in the final match

Boys U-13:

Youssef Salem won the gold medal after defeating the Egyptian citizen Ahmed Rashad 3/1, in the final match, who won the silver medal.

Boys U-11:

Yassin Koreitem won the gold medal after defeating his compatriot Saif Bilal, 3/0, who won the silver medal.

The names of the bronze medals winners are as follows:

Karim Al Barbari U19, Ahmed Ali U17, Yassin Shahdi U19, Yad Hossam U13, Yassin Azzouz U11, Barb Barh allowed the competitions of the U13 U13, Maya Mandour U11 .]]>
1/7/2020 11:03:16 AM
<![CDATA[Jose praises Weiler on amazing performances with Al Ahly]]>
"I watch Al Ahly's matches and see that the team performs well in the African competition as well as in the League," Jose said.

"I think Al Ahly will win the African Championship this season if the final is held in Cairo," he added in his comments to On Sport.

On Weiler, Jose said: "Weiler is a great coach and offers distinguished levels with Al Ahly."

He continued, "Weiler is able to achieve the achievements that I did with Al-Ahly."

"I think Weiler will become a new version of Manuel Jose," he said.

Swiss Rene Weiler has led Al-Ahly in 16 games so far. Al-Ahly did not know the taste of defeat with Weiler except only once against the ES Etoile in the African Champions League.

The Reds won 15 games under Weiler, and did not draw on any occasion. Al-Ahly under Weiler scored 41 goals, and the team conceded only in just 6 times.]]>
1/7/2020 9:01:02 AM
<![CDATA[Tarek Hamed heads to Hurghada to attend the 2019 Best of Africa Gala]]>
The heart of the lion, as he likes to be called by Zamalek's fans, competes with Youssef El Baili, the star of the Algerian national team, currently in Al-Ahly in Jeddah and the former Esperance, and Anis Al-Badri, star of Esperance of Tunisia, for the award of Best player inside Africa.

Tarek Hamed obtained permission from the Zamalek and the coaching staff to be in Hurghada on Tuesday to attend the Best in Africa event.

The 2019 Best Player in Africa event takes place in Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, on Tuesday evening.

Zamalek fans launched a hashtag (#Tarek_Hamed_King_of_Africa) to support Tarek Hamed.

Tarek Hamed is the only player from the Egyptian league that continued for the final stage, after the initial list included his teammates Mahmoud Alaa, Tunisian Ferjani Sassi, and Al-Al Ahly player Ali Maaloul.

This is the second nomination for Hamed, who was nominated for the first list of the best African player in 2017.

Hamed led Zamalek to win a continental title that has been absent from the club's treasures since 2003, and he ran for the prize created this year, just as his former coach, Swiss Christian Gross, the current coach of the Saudi Al-Ahly Jeddah club.]]>
1/7/2020 8:55:39 AM
<![CDATA[Photos: Mane arrives to Sahl Hasheesh for CAF Gala]]>

Liverpool's Sadio Mane does not want to leave any day to pass without continuing his training to keep fit.


Mane will train at a private pitch in El Gouna Stadium on Monday evening, ahead of the CAF Best African Player, according to Filgoal website.

The Egyptian professional Mohamed Salah competes with Mane and Riyadh Mahrez for the Best Player in Africa award for 2019.


Mane arrived to Egypt on Monday afternoon, to train at El Gouna Stadium on the same evening.

Mane is accompanied by 7 trainers from Liverpool, including a physical trainer, with whom he will lead the exercises at El Gouna Stadium.


CAF officials have invited some of the Egyptian League's clubs presidents, headed by Mahmoud Al-Khatib, head of Al-Ahly Club and head of Al-Jazira Club Omar Jazzarin, in addition to Hassan Shehata, former coach of the Egyptian team, and Shawky Gharib, coach of the Egyptian Olympic team, to attend the ceremony of the best player in Africa hosted by Egypt, specifically Hurghada. On January 7th.

1/7/2020 8:35:36 AM
<![CDATA[Officially: Salah will not attend 2019 CAF Best Player ceremony in Hurghada]]>
An official source from CAF, who preferred not to be named, spoke, saying: "Mohamed Salah will not be present at the 2019 Best Player in Africa Gala,".

He continued, "The second plane was supposed to take off from London Heathrow airport with the presence of Salah and Mahrez, especially with Salah not arriving on the same plane with Sadio Mane, but now the flight has been canceled and the plane will not depart for Hurghada."

Liverpool star Sadio Mane arrived in Hurghada on Monday evening in preparation for the 2019 Best Player in Africa Gala.

The 2019 Best Player in Africa Gala event takes place in Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada.

Manchester City star Riad Mahrez, eariler, has officially apologized for not attending the event.

Mane competes with our Egyptian professional Mohamed Salah, his colleague in Liverpool, alongside the Algerian Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City star.]]>
1/7/2020 8:31:14 AM
<![CDATA[Klopp impressed but not surprised by teen hero Jones]]>
For his manager Juergen Klopp, the sight of the Liverpool-born teenager curling in a winner that any of his first-choice stars would have been proud of was no surprise at all.

“Unbelievable player, Scouser, very confident, can’t wait to play in the first team, good, rightly so, he is (on) a very good way,” said Klopp after the 1-0 win.

“I have known him for three-and-a-half years, he has made big steps, will 100% be a Liverpool player, if nothing strange happens. Great.

“That he scores that goal? I am not surprised. He is for these situations. Still a lot to learn, a lot to improve. Sometimes people forget in training, he is 18, unbelievable,” he said.

Jones has been making clear to Klopp that he feels ready for the first team and admitted he had found it hard to feature only infrequently for the Premier League leaders and European champions.

“It’s been frustrating at times being on the bench and then getting a taste on the pitch and then being back on the bench,” he said.

“I’ve been basically begging to come on but hopefully I’ve topped it off with a good goal,” said the academy product.

“I can’t sum up my emotions. For me it’s huge just being around this team every day and learning from this group of players. There are world-class players all over this team but I think I went out and showed what I could do on the pitch,” he added.

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti rejected the suggestion that his team had been affected by Liverpool making nine changes and fielding such a young side.

“The line-up of Liverpool didn’t affect our idea of how to play; we knew that Liverpool put in fresh players and that the intensity could be a high intensity so I think the defeat arrived because we were not able to keep the intensity in the second half,” he said.

We lost energy, we lost confidence, we were not able to build up quick from the back.”

The Italian has faced a busy schedule of matches since taking over last month and said he was looking forward to finally getting down to work on the training ground with his squad.

“We are going to speak and work together to find a solution to help improve the team. I know we have to work,” he said.

“Next week we have all week to prepare the team and train. In this period we played only games and didn’t train practically. To train will be good to improve the quality of our play and to have more confidence on the pitch.”]]>
1/6/2020 8:42:14 AM
<![CDATA[Mane will train on El Gouna stadium before CAF Ceremony]]>
Mane will train at a private pitch in El Gouna Stadium on Monday evening, ahead of the CAF Best African Player, according to Filgoal website.

The Egyptian professional Mohamed Salah competes with Mane and Riyadh Mahrez for the Best Player in Africa award for 2019.

Mane arrives to Egypt on Monday afternoon, to train at El Gouna Stadium on the same evening.

Mane is accompanied by 7 trainers from Liverpool, including a physical trainer, with whom he will lead the exercises at El Gouna Stadium.

On Monday, El-Gouna Stadium officials will be notified of the details of Mane's presence on the stadium and its duration.


A Liverpool security couple has already arrived at the residence hotel on Sunday to secure Mane's room lockout procedure.

The CAF Best Player ceremony will be held in Hurghada on January 7th.

CAF officials have invited some of the Egyptian League's clubs presidents, headed by Mahmoud Al-Khatib, head of Al-Ahly Club and head of Al-Jazira Club Omar Jazzarin, in addition to Hassan Shehata, former coach of the Egyptian team, and Shawky Gharib, coach of the Egyptian Olympic team, to attend the ceremony of the best player in Africa hosted by Egypt, specifically Hurghada. On January 7th.

1/6/2020 8:39:30 AM
<![CDATA[Zizo leads Zamalek to a 3-2 victory iin the Egyptian league]]>
Zamalek defeated Tanta 3-2 at Ghazl El Mahalla Stadium, in the 12th round of the Egyptian League.

The victory raised Zamalek's balance of points to the 21 points in third place in the Egyptian League ranking.

Omar Al-Saeed, Mohamed Onajem, and Ahmed Sayed "Zizou" scored the Zamalek three goals, while Walid Adel scored two goals for Tanta.

Patrice Carteron began the match with a line-up from the substitutes. Mohamed Sobhi guarding the goal, while Omar Al Saeed leads the attack line.

Goalkeeper: Mohamed Sobhy

Defedners: Ahmed Eid, Mohamed Abdelsalam, Mohamed Abdelghani, Abdallah Gomaa

Midfielders: Mohamed Hassan, Youssef Obama, Karim Bambo

Attackers: Omar Al Saeed, Onajem, Islam Gaber]]>
1/6/2020 8:34:52 AM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly thrashes FC Masr 3-1]]>
Al-Ahly has continued to collect the full points from the matches so far, and has reached point no. 30 in the league lead, 4 points over the Arab contractors, who are in second place, and there are still two matches left for the Reds.

While the balance of FC Masr stayed at point 11 in the thirteenth place.

Al-Ahly's three goals was scored by Marwan Mohsen, two goals, and Junior Ajayi scored, while FC Masr goal came through Ahmed Sheikh, was scored from a direct free kick.

It was also the first participation match for Mahmoud Abdel Moneim "Kahraba" with Al-Ahly after joining the Red Castle a few weeks ago during the current winter transfer period.

Al Ahly started the game with:

Goalkeeping: Mohamed El Shennawy

Defenders: Ahmed Fathi - Rami Rabiaa - Ayman Ashraf - Ali Maaloul

Midfielders: Amr El-Soulia - Alio Diang - Mohamed Magdy “Afsha” - Geraldo - Junior Ajay

Attackers: Walid Azzaro]]>
1/6/2020 8:28:29 AM
<![CDATA[CAF highlights 2019 stats for Salah, Mane & Mahrez]]>

Mohamed Salah played 55 games, during which he scored 26 goals and assisted 10 other goals, Riyad Mahrez played 48 games, during which he scored 14 goals and assisted 18 goals, while Sadio Mane played 61 games, during which he scored 34 goals and made 12 other goals.


Mohamed Salah won the African Player of the Year award "twice" in 2017 and 2018, and Riyadh Mahrez "once" in 2016, while Sadio Mane did not crown the award before.


CAF officials have invited some of the Egyptian League's clubs presidents, headed by Mahmoud Al-Khatib, head of Al-Ahly Club and head of Al-Jazira Club Omar Jazzarin, in addition to Hassan Shehata, former coach of the Egyptian team, and Shawky Gharib, coach of the Egyptian Olympic team, to attend the ceremony of the best player in Africa hosted by Egypt, specifically Hurghada. On January 7th.

1/5/2020 4:31:26 PM
<![CDATA[Solskjaer slams Pogba's agent Raiola for criticising Man United]]>
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola told an Italian newspaper that he would no longer send his players to United - “a club out of touch with reality” - and that they would even ruin the career of “Diego Maradona and Pele” if they moved to Old Trafford now.

When asked if agents should be offering their opinions on clubs, Solskjaer said: “No. I can speak to Paul Pogba about it.

“I don’t think I should talk to - or about - agents that talk about us.

“But Paul is our player and agents are hired by players - not the opposite way around. It is not agents’ players, it is our players.”

Solskjaer was also left unimpressed by the comments of former United striker Robin van Persie, who criticised the Norwegian’s demeanour after United’s 2-0 loss to Arsenal on Wednesday.

Van Persie, who wore the same shirt number as Solskjaer during their playing days at Old Trafford, won the Premier League title with Manchester United in 2012-13 season.

“I don’t know Robin and Robin doesn’t know me,” Solskjaer said. “He probably doesn’t have a right to criticise my management style and I won’t change.

“He took my number 20 shirt and that’s probably all he’s going to take from me as well.”]]>
1/5/2020 3:44:35 PM
<![CDATA[Varane powers Real to win at hard-nosed Getafe]]>
The win takes Real top of the standings on 40 points after 19 games, one ahead of champions Barcelona in second who visit local rivals Espanyol later on Saturday.

France defender Varane forced the opening strike for Real in the 34th minute, out-jumping goalkeeper David Soria to meet a cross from Ferland Mendy which rebounded off the keeper into the net for an own goal.

Varane again showed his aerial prowess to double Real’s lead in the 53rd minute with a towering header from a Toni Kroos free kick, while Luka Modric rounded off the win by tapping a Federico Valverde pass into an empty net deep in added time.

“We knew we’d have to roll up our sleeves against a team who are very strong at home and we did a superb job and deserved the victory,” said defender Dani Carvajal.

“It was a very important victory for us, we came here feeling good about our recent performances although we had only picked up three points out of nine and when you are fighting for the title you have to try and win every game.”

Real were aiming to get back on the right track after drawing three games in a row against Valencia, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.

They were missing captain Ramos through suspension and were tested to the limits by seventh-placed Getafe at a sold-out Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium and the final scoreline flattered Zinedine Zidane’s side.

Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made two top saves to shut out the home side in the first half, tipping away a thumping drive from Mauro Arambarri when the game was goalless and later thwarting Leandro Cabrera to protect the 1-0 lead.

Real went all out for a third goal in the closing stages of the game and Gareth Bale and Vinicius Jr. both missed clear chances to score before Croatia midfielder Modric finally struck to complete a rapid counterattack.

Bale had launched a pass into the path of Uruguayan youngster Valverde who raced into the area and could have shot himself but opted to selflessly square the ball to Modric who could hardly miss.]]>
1/5/2020 3:41:42 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly hosts FC Misr to continue Egyptian league leadership]]>
Al Ahly will face FC Misr in the Egyptian league to maintain their leadership and continue their amazing performance.

It seems that the Swiss will continue to rely on the trio of Mohamed Magdi "Afsha", Ahmed El Sheikh and Junior Ajay, behind a one striker who is expected to be Walid Azzaro.

Goalkeeping: Mohamed El Shennawy

Defenders: Ahmed Fathi - Rami Rabiaa - Mahmoud Metwally - Ali Maaloul

Midfielders: Amr El-Soulia - Alio Diang - Mohamed Magdy “Afsha” - Ahmed El-Sheikh - Junior Ajay

Attackers: Walid Azzaro

Mahmoud Abdel Moneim "Kahraba", Al Ahly's player, joined his team's list to face Egypt Club in the 12th round of the Egyptian League.

Kahraba appeared for the first time in his team's list after joining Al-Ahly weeks ago, after his departure from the Portuguese club FC Portugal.]]>
1/5/2020 11:15:32 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalek faces Tanta in the Egyptian league]]>
Zamalek's coach, Patrice Carteron preferred to give rest to Mohamed Abdel Shafi, Mostafa Mohamed, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdi "Al-Wensh" and Mohamed Abu Gabal.

Meanwhile, Abdallah Gomaa will return to Zamalek's line-up alongside Mohamed Hassan and Omar Al-Saeed and Mohamed Awad will protect Zamalek's net.

Ahmed Sayed "Zizou" participates in the midfielders zone near Mohamed Hassan, and the youngster Ahmed Eid continues in the right-back position.

The expected formation of Zamalek in front of Tanta, is:

Goalkeeper: Mohamed Awad

Defenders: Abdullah Gomaa - Muhammad Abdul Salam - Muhammad Abdul Ghani - Ahmed Eid

Midfielders: Ashraf Benchariqi - Zizou - Youssef Ibrahim "Obama" - Mohamed Hassan - Mohamed Onagem

The attack: Omar Al-Saeed

Zamalek will visit Tanta in round 12 of the Egyptian Premier League.

The white knight is fourth in the championship standings with 18 points after ten matches.]]>
1/5/2020 11:07:37 AM
<![CDATA[Council of Arab youth, sports ministers convenes 64th session]]>
The agenda of the council includes a number of topics that address Arab youth issues, atop of which are updating the Arab policies regarding youth, launching a campaign to empower youth during the upcoming meeting of the council and inking a MoU between the council and the United Nations Population Fund, said Arab League Assistant Secretary General for Social Affairs Haifa Abu Ghazaleh.

Saturday's meeting took up a set of topics of interest to Arab athletes, especially those with regard to a proposal to establish an Arab institute for sports science and human development, Abu Ghazaleh added.]]>
1/4/2020 2:39:52 PM
<![CDATA[Rooney dons captain's armband on Derby debut in win over Barnsley]]>
The 34-year-old, Manchester United and England's most prolific striker, signed an initial 18-month deal at the second-tier side where he will also work as a coach as he chases his dream of being a manager.

Rooney, who last played for U.S. Major League Soccer side DC United, floated a free-kick into the box at the stroke of halftime which allowed striker Jack Marriott to give Derby the lead with only his second goal this season.

"It was a big night for myself, big night for the club, a lot of excitement, but the main priority tonight was to get three points," Rooney told BBC Radio. "It feels good to finally make my debut and help the team win.

"It was a difficult game, I thought Barnsley played well, made it tough for us, but we worked hard, created chances... It was a good ball and a great finish from Jack. I'm pleased for Jack because he needed that goal."

Derby are 17th in the standings with 33 points from 26 games while Barnsley are in the relegation zone with 21 points, ahead of bottom side Luton Town on goal difference.]]>
1/3/2020 9:01:40 AM
<![CDATA[Cricket's favourite warm-up routine claims another victim]]>
Not only because they look as if they are going hurt themselves, but because that is often what happens as their child-like enthusiasm for a kick-about clashes with the tenets of professional sport.

The latest casualty is Rory Burns, England's opening batsman who top scored in the first test against South Africa but who will now return home with a serious ankle injury, missing out on the rest of the four-match series.

He hurt ligaments on Thursday trying to kick the ball away as his captain Joe Root bore down on him.

It came only 24 hours after Ollie Pope had taken angry exception to a crunching tackle from teammate Matt Parkinson that in a real game of football might have earned the leg spinner a red card.

"If you look at what football does, the benefits from a psychological and fun point of view are outstripped by the dangers from it, but we will discuss that. I am not coming in with an iron rod right now," said Ashley Giles -- a year ago when he was appointed the new England director of cricket.

But England have now added yet another name to a growing list of soccer casualties.

Just over a year ago, Jonny Bairstow lost his place as wicketkeeper on a tour of Sri Lanka after damaging ankle ligaments in a kick-about.

A decade ago, then England coach Andy Flower banned the warm-up soccer routine after Joe Denly damaged a knee because of an unwieldy tackle before a one-day international match against Australia at The Oval.

Like Bairstow, Denly is on tour in South Africa and might have offered some caution, as might have James Anderson, who turned his ankle playing soccer on tour in New Zealand in 2008.

Opponents South African can relate. Ace bowler Vernon Philander was out for eight months after he damaged his ankle in a pre-match kick-about in India.

But South Africa also still continue to play an awkward version of a rondo, where a few players in the middle of a circle of others try to intercept a soccer ball being passed between the players on the outer ring.

Australia's culture is reflected in their choice of touch rugby rather than soccer to get the blood flowing.

But this proved even costlier. In was during such a game that Glenn McGrath stood on a stray cricket ball left on the outfield at Edgbaston and ripped the ligaments in his right ankle, changing the course of the Ashes in 2005.]]>
1/3/2020 8:59:06 AM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly continued leading the league by a 2-0 victory over Misr Al Makassah]]>
Al-Salam stadium witnessed Al-Ahly 2-0 victory over Misr Al Makassah in the 11th round of the Premier League competition.

Al-Ahly raised their score to 27 points in the top of the league standings from 9 games, and Misr Al Makassah balance frozen at 9 points in the 15th position.

Al-Ahly's goals were scored by Ali Maaloul, from a penalty kick in the 74th minute, and Mohamed Magdi "Afsha" in the 80th minute of the match's events.

Rene Fyler pushed the duo Walid Suleiman and Geraldo instead of Ahmed Sheikh and Mohamed Hani, to return Fathi to his natural position in the right back, and Maaloul also returns to lead the left front.

With strong pressure from Al-Ahly, they got a penalty kick in the 73rd minute after a cross from Geraldo touched the hand of Al Makassah defender Ahmed Yassin.

Maaloul went ahead to score the first goal in the 74th minute. Al-Ahly pressure continued and Afsha scored the second goal after a wonderful pass from Alieu Dieng that put him in front of the goal in the 80th minute.

1/2/2020 3:57:44 PM
<![CDATA[Arteta praises Arsenal players' commitment]]>
The team secured their victory thanks to two goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis after an impressive first half from the Gunners.

"Everything we tried to do and planned to do against them worked really well. I think we had enough chances to put the game to bed much earlier. In the second half, we knew that physically we were going to drop," Arteta said after the game.

Arteta, who wore the Gunners' jersey for the last five seasons of his football career, replaced Unai Emery after the team suffered a poor run at the league.

Arteta added, "The commitment and the desire the boys are showing at the moment is terrific. We have to entertain the fans here and hopefully we’ve given them something to be proud of today."

Arsenal, who last appeared at UEFA Champions League competition in 2016, aim to achieve a stunning comeback and secure a spot at the prestigious competition.

Arsenal are having a tough test at the next round when they face their neighbours, Crystal Palace, at Selhurst Park.

1/2/2020 3:51:43 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool challenges Chris Wilder's boys at Anfield]]>
The hosts are expecting a tough clash as Sheffield, who won promotion to the top division last season, achieved a tremendous run at the Premier League and are eighth at the league table with 29 points. They have the chance to jump to the fifth position if they manage to get the three points from Liverpool.

Liverpool did not lose a single game at the Premier League this season after 19 games and they only dropped two points at Old Trafford with a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, won Manager of the Year award as he beat Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Man City's Guardiola after he took the league by storm this season.

Klopp praised Sheffield's manager, saying "He’s doing an incredible job there. They’re a really organised team that has caused every team problems – like City a few days ago. They are just too good to have no problems.”

Klopp's team seems unstoppable this season and they are the main contenders for the title. However, Chris Wilder's boys are one of the teams that have the ability to put an end to the Reds' winning streak.

The game starts on 10 p.m.
1/2/2020 3:50:39 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt decorates to host CAF awards on January 7]]>
This is the first time that Egypt hosts the CAF ceremony for the Best awards in Africa, 27 years after the launch of the award, which is being contested by the trio; the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, the Algerian Riyad Mahrez, and the Senegalese Sadio Mane.


While, the Egyptian star Tarek Hamed, the player of Zamalek team, for the prize for the Best player within the continent, where the duo "Algerian Yusuf Al Balaili and Tunisian Anis Al Badri" will compete.

And the city of Hurghada is decorated to receive the most important event of African football. The African Football Confederation Awards ceremony is the best enough for 2019 to choose the best African player, which will be held in the Albatros Resort; Sahl Hasheesh in Hurghada on January 7, and with the great cooperation of the governor of the Red Sea, all the streets of Hurghada have been decorated And the roads leading to Sahl Hasheesh Resort with the spread of the CAF flags and the competition in all the streets of Hurghada, beside decorating Hurghada Airport with flags and completely changing its decor with banners welcoming the global award ceremony guests, with emphasis on facilities for all coming for the ceremony.

The event is taking place amid unparalleled global and African interest, as the ceremony will be broadcasted through more than 150 international channels, and it is expected that around 1.2 billion people around the world will follow it amid a state of anticipation for the winner of the 2019 African Player of the Year award, which is contested by three of the most famous African players, the star The Egyptian Mohamed Salah, the Algerian Riyad Mahrez and the Senegalese Sadio Mane.

1/1/2020 12:17:31 PM
<![CDATA[Salah is Liverpool's last decade top scorer]]>
Salah, 27, is in his third season with Liverpool and has broken many goal records, and has also won the Champions League, European Super Cup and Club World Cup titles with them.

The Egyptian star scored 84 goals with Liverpool jersey in all competitions, to be the most prominent scorer throughout the decade.

Salah surpassed Luis Suarez, who scored 82 goals between 2011 and 2014.

Roberto Firmino came in third on the list with 74 goals since the summer of 2015 until now, one goal behind Sadio Mane who joined the Reds in the summer of the following year.

Daniel Sturridge, who has worn the Liverpool shirt for 6 years from 2013 to 2019, scored 67 goals for the European champion and finished fifth in the scorers of the current decade.

The Five attackers feature on the list of the top 50 scorers for Liverpool in history.

Salah is in 18th place and Suarez is in 20th, Firmino and Mane are 30th and 31th, while Sturridge is 36th.

The former Arab Contractors player who is currently shining with Liverpool left Chelsea and moved to Fiorentina in February 2015 and then to Rome in the summer of the same year to offer two amazing seasons and a half in the Italian League.

And that is before joining the Reds in the summer of 2017 and winning the Golden Boot award for the English Premier League goals in the past two seasons.]]>
1/1/2020 12:02:05 PM
<![CDATA[Real Madrid shows interest in Sadio Mane]]>
Real Madrid's interest in the captain of Senegal is generated since last year, earlier reports said that the Merengue team wishes to include the services of the 27-year-old.

Mane, the 2019 European Champions and Super Cup champions and Club World Cups, extended his contract with Liverpool to 2023.

His exceptional performance last year made him fifth in the FIFA Award for World Player of the Year award; Fourth in the ranking of the golden ball.

Mane is one of the indispensable elements in the squad of the European champions, and his outstanding brilliance in recent years with Liverpool made him the focus of attention of several clubs Real Madrid, one of them.

Mane has participated in 27 games this season with Liverpool, scored 14 goals and sent 11 assists.

Liverpool topped the English Premier League and face Sheffield United on Thursday in round 21 of the tournament.]]>
1/1/2020 11:58:25 AM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly faces Misr Al Makssah in the Egyptian league]]>
The former Ismaili player recovered from the injury and took part in the 2-0 victory on Saturday against Platinum Stars in the CAF Champions League.

Metwalli will play alongside Rami Rabiaa in the Reds defense.

Mohamed Magdi "Afsha" is expected to return to the starting lineup of Al-Ahly seeking to win, in order to preserve the full mark in the Egyptian league.

The expected formation of Al-Ahly in the match is:

Goalkeeper: Mohamed El Shennawi

Defenders: Ali Maaloul - Rami Rabiaa - Mahmoud Metwally - Ahmed Fathi

Midfielders: Ahmed Al-Sheikh - Amr Al-Soulia -

Attackers: Walid Azzaro

The match kicks off at 7:30 pm on Al-Salam stadium and will be broadcast on On Sports and Time Sports.]]>
1/1/2020 11:55:16 AM
<![CDATA[Know most important Egyptian football moments in the past decade]]>
Egypt Today will summarize the most important events in the past 10 years in main 10 events.

1- Egypt is 2010 AFCON Champion for the third time in a row & the 7th time in the history. Hassan Shehata became the first coach to win three consecutive African titles.


2- Port Said disaster happened where 72 fans from Al Ahly died at Portsaid stadium on February 1, 2012.


3- Emad Metab gives Al Ahly and Egypt the title of CAF Confederation Cup for the first time against the Ivorian club Sewe Sport in 2014.


4- Air defense stadium disaster happened where 20 fans from Zamalek died before the Zamalek and Enppi match, which was supposed to witness the return of the public to the stadiums on February 8, 2015.


5- Zamalek won the double; the Egyptian league & Egyptian Cup for the 2014/2015 season for the first time since 2003.


6- Mohamed Salah becomes the best player in Africa in 2017, the first Egyptian to win the award for the first time since El Khatib won it in 1983.


7- Mohamed Salah is the first Arab to win the Premier League Golden boot by scoring 32 goals with Liverpool.


8- Mohamed Salah scored a penalty against Congo at the last minute of the match, so that Egypt qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1990.


9- Egypt organizes the 2019 AFCON for the first time since 2006. Unfortunately, Egypt was knocked-out from the 16th round against South Africa.


10- Egyptian Olympic national team wins the U-23 AFCON and qualify to Tokyo Olympics 2020.

12/31/2019 1:46:27 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek to launch official channel in 2020]]>
Zamalek received the approval of the security authorities, before contacting the central administration of the public free zone in Media Production City with the approval of the security.

The Zamalek channel is expected to appear in the next few days, the club indicated.

Zamalek previously launched the "first promo" for the club's channel. The official Youtube channel of Mortada Mansour, president of the Zamalek club, released two promos videos for the channel whose launch date is approaching.

The promos witnessed the appearance of Hazem Imam, the historical legend of Zamalek, alongside the stars of the club's first football team.

The new Zamalek channel is scheduled to be broadcast via the Nilesat satellite, throuhg the following frequency: 11449, horizontal - 5-6-27500.

And Zamalek club is waiting for the launch of its official channel early next year 2020.

12/31/2019 9:14:32 AM
<![CDATA[Inter Milan aims to sign Vidal from Barcelona]]>
Zanetti said: "We will see how the winter transfer market will go, and we have one month to get things done."

"Vidal is an experienced player who has a great personality, and we will see what happens. We are talking about a player who is able to raise our level, and we are already at a good level," he added, speaking to ESPN.

The Spanish newspaper ABC had reported in a report two days ago that Vidal had started proceedings against Barcelona due to the non-payment of financial rewards amounting to 2.4 million euros.

The newspaper said that the player's lawyer filed a lawsuit on the fifth of December because of Vidal's failure to obtain rewards related to posts.

According to the report, it is assumed that the player will receive two million euros when he plays 60% of the official Blaugrana games last season.

The Chilean midfielder has not reached that many matches, as he has to play at least 45 minutes in the match, which will exempt him from receiving rewards according to the club.

The player's lawyers also rely on the failure of Chile to obtain the rewards of the team's arrival last season in the Champions League quarter-finals and is also estimated at 1.4 million euros for each stage, but the club discounted 50% of them.

The player also received only 50% of the rewards for winning the Spanish League title, as he won one million and 693 thousand euros instead of 4 million and 79 thousand.

The report stated that Barcelona sees it as a move by the player to allow him to leave the club in the winter transfer market.

Vidal, 32, has played 19 games this season, scored 5 and scored one goal.]]>
12/31/2019 9:04:04 AM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly to face Al-Hilal on January 13]]>
Al-Ahly set a preliminary date for the match on January 13th, after the approval of coach Rene Weiler, the Reds' coach.

"Sayed Abdul Hafeez, Director of Football at Al-Ahly Club, confirmed that he had held a meeting with Swiss coach Rene Weiler, the coach of the first football team, to discuss Al-Ahly's participation in the retirement festival of Libyan star Tariq Al-Taib, facing the Saudi Al Hilal team in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

He explained that the coach agreed to participate in the match, despite the consecutive pressure of the matches at the local and continental levels in the recent period, especially that the match will be held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and in appreciation of the generous initiative by Chancellor Turki Al Sheikh, head of the Entertainment in the Kingdom, which will sponsor the festival, and within the framework of the close relations that link Al-Ahly and all their brothers from Arab clubs and their stars over generations, led by Libyan star Tariq Al-Taib.

Abdel Hafeez added that the matter was discussed in all its aspects with Weiler, and that, according to the local and African team links, the proposed date of the match so far is January 13th.

The team will be traveling to Zimbabwe by a private plane to play against Platinum Stars in the fourth round of the group stage of the African Champions League on January 11, then the private plane transports Al-Ahly's mission from Cairo to Zimbabwe, then flies after the Platinum match to Saudi Arabia on January 12, to run the Saudi Al Hilal match on the 13th of the same month, to return immediately thereafter to Cairo to face Tanta in the Egyptian league on January 15 ".
12/31/2019 8:58:37 AM
<![CDATA[Al-Hilal's chances are equal with Al Ahly & ES Etoile: Hamada Sidky ]]>
"We have two games left in Sudan against ES Etoile and Al-Ahly, and we will face Platinum Stars in Zimbabwe," Sidki said to Masaa` Al Anwar.

He added, "I see that the chances are equal between Al-Hilal, Al-Ahly and ES Etoile. We need to resolve our matches in Sudan and win them both."

"I thought of a tie, but the victory gave us great hope, and the enthusiasm of the players and the aspiration of the fans to qualify and reach the longest range were increased," Hamada Sidki said.

"Al Hilal players felt fear of ES Etoile in the first half, but our players were men, and with the passage of time ES Etoile became nervous, and we succeeded in taking advantage of the counterattack."

Al-Hilal Al-Sudan is equal with Al-Ahly and ES Etoile with six points, while Platinum is at the bottom without points.]]>
12/30/2019 9:23:06 AM
<![CDATA[Season is not over yet: Klopp]]>
Liverpool continued their Premier League victories and beat Wolverhampton in the 20th round of the competition 1-0

"The season is not over, we are still in the middle of the road," Klopp said after the match.

"We have 19 games left, which is half the number of league matches, and all teams will fight against us, and we must be ready for that."

"Who cares about the number of points in the month of December? It is too early to talk about the Premier League title being decided."

"The fans of the team are fully aware of this and they, just like us, are not interested in the title at the moment and do not want to celebrate now," he said.

Liverpool topped the English Premier League standings with 55 points, 13 points behind second-placed Leicester City, with a game in hand.]]>
12/30/2019 9:14:17 AM
<![CDATA[Negotiations between Abdullah Al Saeed and Zamalek are going on]]>
Zamalek wants to sign the veteran midfielder for 12 million pounds this season instead of 15 million pounds.

Abdullah Al-Saeed requested that he wants 15 million pounds in order to sign for Zamalek, but the white club officials have assured Al-Saeed that he will receive a large portion of his contract this season immediately upon signing for the White Castle.

Zamalek administration asked him to reduce his financial requirements, after the White's officials reached to an initial agreement with Abdullah Al-Saeed.

Abdullah Al-Saeed continued his brilliance this season with his team, where he scored 9 goals in the league competition to lead them to top scorer in the competition for the current season.

It is expected that Mortada Mansour, president of the Zamalek Club, will hold a session with Abdullah Al-Saeed, on Monday evening, to get his signature, after the player welcomes to join the White Castle, pledging to end his joining with the White team from Pyramids, where his contract with his team expires at the end of this season and he has the right to sign Starting from Wednesday, which is the beginning of January, in a free way for any club,

The current period will witness the conclusion of negotiations between the President of Zamalek and Al-Saeed on the issue of whether or not he will join the White Castle, especially with one seat remaining for the team in January next by substituting in the local team list.
12/30/2019 9:04:03 AM
<![CDATA[Marwan Mohsen returns to training session with Al Ahly]]>
While his colleague, Ammar Hamdi, suffered an ankle sprain and did not complete the exercise.

Al-Ahly is preparing to face their host Misr Al Makassah on Wednesday in the 11th round of the Egyptian Premier League.

Al-Ahly hopes to continue their domestic winning streak after achieving the full score of 8 games.

Al-Ahly tops the championship standings with 24 points, two points away from runners-up Arab Contractors.

Al-Ahly players, who participated in the 2-0 victory to Platinum on Saturday, went through a rehabilitation exercise.

Prior to training, Al-Ahly coach Rene Weiler held a technical lecture for the players.]]>
12/30/2019 8:29:38 AM
<![CDATA[Mostafa Mohamed on bench for ZESCO United clash ]]>
The French manager decided to keep the team regular striker, Mostafa Mohamed, on the bench and he will count on Achraf Bencharki, Mohamed Ounajem and Youssef Ibrahim Obama.

Carteron’s starting line-up for the game consists of: Mohamed Abou Gabal, Mahmoud Alaa, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Abdel Ghani, Mahmoud Hamdy, Mohamed Abdel Shafy, Ferjani Sassi, Ahmed Sayed Zizou, Achraf Bencharki, Mohamed Ounajem and Youssef Ibrahim Obama.

CAF Confederation Cup champions, Zamalek, are having a good journey at CAF Champions League as they are second at the group with three points after defeating Angola’s Primeiro de Agosto 2-0 at matchweek 2.

Despite the team’s success on continental level, they are suffering at the domestic league as the team dropped 7 points at the last three games of the league after losing to El Gaish and drew with Smouha and El Entag. ]]>
12/28/2019 2:41:42 PM
<![CDATA[Winning the title is very complicated, Guardiola]]>
Manchester City are third at the league with 14 points behind the leaders, Liverpool, who are not the only happy team with Man City’s loss, as City are more close now to other teams who are seeking a spot at the Champions League next season.

"We cannot prioritise or next season we'll not be in Europe. It is a really bad situation for us. A frustrating first half of the season. Nobody expected us to be this far away from Liverpool at this halfway point.” Guardiola said after the game.

Manchester City lost their goalkeeper, Ederson Morales, at the first half of the game as he was sent off after tackling one of the home team players but they were focused and led the game with two goals through Raheem Sterling.

The Wolves returned in the game after a magic performance from Adama Traore who scored the opening goal and provided an assist for the equalizer then Matt Doherty secured the victory for his team.

The Wolves are facing a tough test on Sunday when they face the unstoppable Liverpool Anfield. ]]>
12/28/2019 10:32:48 AM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly’s focus shifts to CAF Champions League ]]>
Al-Ahly have had an amazing run at the domestic league and they achieved their best ever start at the competition as they gained 24 points from eight games to top the table with a comfortable lead.

However, the team fans’ eyes are focusing on the African competition as the club who won a record eight CAF Champions League titles failed to win the competition since 2013.

Al-Ahly have had a frustrating start at the competition as the team lost the opening game at the group stage 1-0 to Etoile du Sahel but they bounced back with a 2-1 victory over Sudanese giants, Al Hilal.

“Our goal is to secure the three points to take another step towards the next stages. All the players are focused to win the title this season.” Al-Ahly defender, Ramy Rabia, said during the pre-game press conference.

Al-Ahly and Al Hilal share the second place with three points each and they are three points behind the Tunisian giants who won the first two games but they are facing a tough test earlier on Saturday as they host Al-Hilal in Rades. ]]>
12/28/2019 10:19:07 AM
<![CDATA[Carteron eyes victory in Zambia ]]>
Zamalek dropped 7 points at the last three games of the league after losing to El Gaish and drew with Smouha and El Entag.

The Whites are facing a tough test in Zambia when they meet the nation’s giants, ZESCO United, at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“I am used to work under pressure as I was in charge of big teams in the continent like Mazembe and Raja Casablanca. We came here to win. I know we are facing a tough opponent but we need the three points.” Carteron said at the pre-game press conference.

CAF Confederation Cup champions, Zamalek, are having a good journey at CAF Champions League as they are second at the group with three points after defeating Angola’s Primeiro de Agosto 2-0 at matchweek 2. ]]>
12/27/2019 1:00:34 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool go 13 points clear after a 4-0 victory in Leicester ]]>
Liverpool gained 52 points from 18 games and they only dropped two points after a draw against Manchester United in Old Tarfford. The Reds are 13 points ahead of Leicester City who played 19 games and they could lose their position if Man City gained the three points against the Wolves on Friday night.

Liverpool’s victory came after a breathtaking performance from the team who just crowned FIFA Club World Cup Champions.

Liverpool right back, Trent Alexander-Arnold, was the main man behind his team’s victory as he provided two assists to Roberto Firmino’s double and his cross granted Liverpool a penalty as it was blocked by Leicester defender’s hands and was converted by James Milner.

Arnold scored the fourth goal in the game from a counter attack led by Sadio Mane who provided a wonderful pass to the youngster who smashed the ball in the back of the net.

Liverpool are facing the Wolves on Sunday at home and they hope to keep the winning streak alive and take more steps towards achieving the long-awaited Premier League title. ]]>
12/27/2019 12:42:33 PM
<![CDATA[Suez to host 6th Zayed Charity Marathon on Friday ]]>
The marathon comes within the Ministry of Sports’ efforts to emphasize the societal role of sports.

Minister of Sports Ashraf Sobhy announced that world soccer stars will come to Egypt on January 6-7, to take part in an exhibition game organized under the foot of the Giza Pyramids on the first day. On the second day of the match, a celebration will be held in Hurghada, Red Sea governorate to announce the best soccer player in Africa for 2019.

The annual marathon is held in cooperation between the Egyptian and UAE sides, represented by the Ministry of Sports and the UAE Embassy in Cairo. The marathon bears the name of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan.

The fifth edition of the marathon was held in December 2018 in Ismailia.

12/26/2019 5:21:24 PM
<![CDATA[Messi reveals Eto’o’s advice that shaped his career ]]>
"I remember many times Eto'o told me, the day you start scoring goals, you're going to be easier. Until one day everything opened up, then they went in and all started going in." Messi told La Liga.

Messi is now the highest top goal scorer in La Liga’s history and his accomplishments with his childhood club is guaranteed as the player improves his skills year after year.

Messi became a specialist in free kicks which became one of his best skills and he secured many points for Barcelona through free kicks.

Messi continued "Yes, in the last few years I began to look and see if the goalkeeper moves before I hit the ball. if he takes a step or not, how the wall is placed. I study it more now. And I started improving the way I hit the ball during training." ]]>
12/26/2019 4:08:52 PM
<![CDATA[Griezmann reveals reasons behind leaving Atletico Madrid ]]>
The French seems to enjoy his time at Barcelona despite playing out of position as the team manager, Ernesto Valverde, uses him as a left winger with more defensive duties.

“I didn't leave Atletico neither to win the Champions League nor to win more trophies. I left Atleti to learn a new style of play, new philosophies.” Griezmann told Marca on Thursday.

The French striker was Atletico Madrid’s biggest star during his spell with Los Rojiblancos and he led them to 2016 UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid in Milan where the French missed a penalty during the game paving the way for their rivals to win the title.

Griezmann added "I think it was my penalty that lost us that final. We were so good and I'm sure if we scored that we'd have had another. It will always hurt because it was my goal and dream to win that with Atletico. I can't go back, but that'll hurt in 10 or 15 years as well."

Griezmann aim to achieve is first UEFA Champions League title with the Catalan giants who failed to win the title since 2015. ]]>
12/26/2019 3:28:53 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool aim to extend lead at the top ]]>
Liverpool will face Leicester City at King Power Stadium where the hosts enjoy an undefeated run since April.

Liverpool suffered during the two teams’ clash at the first half of the season in Liverpool as the Reds decided the game thanks to a late penalty from their veteran James Milner.

The Foxes’ manager, Brendan Rodgers, was the man in charge in Liverpool before the arrival of the German manager, Jurgen Klopp, and he believes that the team now is one of the best in the world.

“You know they're a very resilient team. They have shown if they're [not] playing at their best they still get the results somehow, that's always the mark of a team with a winning mentality, especially when it's consistent.” Rodgers said at the pre game press conference.

On the other hand, Liverpool have a big chance to increase the gap at the top as they are leading the table with 49 points, 10 points ahead of the foxes who played a game more than the Reds. ]]>
12/26/2019 2:49:13 PM
<![CDATA[Estadat organizes Best In Africa ceremony in Sahl Hasheesh]]>

Estadat statement said: "Beck Albatros, which has marketing and commercial rights, chose the best player award in Africa this year, in agreement with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to assign the organizational work, production, photographing and directing the ceremony to the National Estadat Holding Company."

"The contracts were signed by the stadiums of Mohamed Kamel, CEO and Managing Director, and Kamel Abu Ali, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Beck Albatros Company, in the presence of Moaz Hajji, Secretary General of the Confederation of African Football."

The statement concluded, "With this, the announcement ceremony for the best awards in Africa this year 2019 will become a pure Egyptian in rights, sponsorship, organization, television production and broadcasting, and will be held on one of the most beautiful places of Egypt, Sahl Hasheesh, in Hurghada, on January 7, and in the presence of world stars in football."

Mohamed Salah is competing for the award for the best African player for the third time in a row after winning it last two years, this time against his teammate in Liverpool, Senegalese Sadio Mane and his rival in Manchester City, the Algerian Riyad Mahrez.

Tarek Hamed is also competing for the title of Best player in African club competitions, against the Algerian Youssef Bailaili, former Esperance star and the current Al-Ahly player in Jeddah, and the Tunisian, Anis El-Badry.]]>
12/25/2019 11:28:00 AM
<![CDATA[The road to the second winter signing is going well: Sayed Abdelhafiz]]>
Abdel Hafeez added, "We have reached advanced steps regarding the second winter deal, but it is preferable not to rush to announce it in anticipation of any developments that are beyond our control."

He pointed out via Al-Hadath channel, "January is 31 days, yes it is possible to take advantage of winter deals starting from the month, but there are 30 days."

He continued, "I will not deny that we are going in good steps. Contractual matters may not be appropriate on the financial level, whether with the player or his club."

Regarding the possibility of hiring an attacker or a defender, Sayed Abdel Hafeez replied, "I will not specify a specific position. There may be a surprise in the exercises, conveying our thoughts and calculations to support a completely different position."

Al Ahly signed Mahmoud Kahraba two weeks ago as their first winter signing.]]>
12/25/2019 10:23:00 AM
<![CDATA[Basketball: Al Ahly beats Zamalek 82-68]]>
Al-Ahly had beaten Talaea Al Gaish, while Zamalek defeated Smouha in the opening round of the competition.

Zamalek defends the title of the Super League after winning it last season over Al Gezira.

The matches of the current round of the competition will be organized according to the round-trip system. The clubs will be arranged from the first to the eighth.

In the next stage, the first plays against the eighth, then the second against the seventh, and so on under the system of Best of 5, meaning the winner of three games qualifies for the semi-finals.

In the same way, the semi-final and final matches are held.]]>
12/25/2019 9:17:00 AM
<![CDATA[Two points in three matches, Zamalek draws with Al Intag Al Harby]]>
Since Zamalek won against Pyramids in the 7th round, Zamalek lost to Talea Al-Gaish 3-2, then tied 0-0 with Smouha and then Al Intag Al Harby.

Zamalek reached point No. 15 in the fourth place, which is the same balance of Al Intag Al Harby, which is ranked fifth.

The choices of Patrice Carteron, the coach of Zamalek to face Al Intag Al Harby, were as follows:

Goalkeeper: Mohamed Abu Gabal.

Defenders: Hazem Imam - Mahmoud Alaa - Mohamed Abdel Ghani - Mohamed Abdel Shafi.

Midfielders: Tarek Hamed - Ferjani Sassi - Ahmed Sayed Zizou.

Attackers: Youssef Obama - Mostafa Mohamed - Ashraf Bencharqi.

Zamalek's next match will be against Zesco United in the 3rd round of the CAF Champions League group stages.
12/25/2019 8:14:00 AM
<![CDATA[We cannot afford the price of French players: Liverpool]]>
"There is no specific reason for this," Klopp told French channel Canal +.

"Killian Mbappe plays in Paris Saint-Germain. (Antoine) Griezmann wanted Barcelona in a regulated manner, we know how strong this team is." Klopp said.

"We wish for a French player, but we are not able to afford the price of many of them," said the former Borussia Dortmund coach.

Liverpool are preparing for a strong showdown on Thursday when they visit Leicester City in Round 19 of the Premier League.

Liverpool leads the championship, 10 points behind runner-up Leicester city.

The Reds crowned the Club World Cup in Qatar on Friday, dropping the Brazilian Flamingo with a goal by Roberto Firmino.]]>
12/24/2019 8:30:25 AM
<![CDATA[Genesh recovers from injury, participates in Zamalek training]]>
Genesh had suffered a cut in Achilles' tendon during the national team's preparation for the 2019 AFCON held in Egypt.

Zamalek will play against Al Intag Al Harby in the 10th round of the Egyptian League competition on Tuesday evening.

Mahmoud Abdel Razek "Shikabala" participated in the group exercises held at the club's headquarters.

Shikabala underwent a series of physical exercises under the supervision of team coach Antonio.

Shikabala had missed the team's recent training due to his complaint that he had a severe cold.

Zamalek coach Patrice Carteron was keen to follow up on the players' training.

This paragraph witnessed a special interest in the player Ahmed Sayed "Zizou" in order to prepare him to face Al Intag Al Harby.

Abdullah Gomaa, the left-back, continues his rehabilitation program on the sidelines of the group training, after suffering an injury in his foot.

On the other hand, Mahmoud Hamdi "Al-Wensh" continues his rehabilitation program on the sidelines of the group exercises.

Al-Wensh suffered a back muscle tear during the encounter of Zamalek against Congolese Mazembe at the opening of the group stage in the African Champions League.]]>
12/24/2019 8:27:53 AM
<![CDATA[Mahrez chooses his favorite titles]]>
"The most important tournament I got was the 2019 African Nations Cup in Egypt with my country," Mahrez told the beIN sports network.

He explained, "He has witnessed many feelings and the title represents a lot to me because of my family and country."

"The Premier League title with Leicester City was a tremendous achievement that no one expected, but we achieved it."

Besides the two titles, Mahrez has achieved 3 titles with Manchester City this year, the League, the England Cup and the Professional League Cup.

On what characterizes his country, Algeria, Mahrez explained, "The Algerian people love football, talk about it constantly, and have an enormous passion for it."]]>
12/24/2019 8:23:58 AM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly achieves new records with Weiler]]>
The strongest attack line with 23 goals and the strongest defenders in the league so far, as they conceded only once.

Great records and statistics provided by Al-Ahly with their coach Weiler in the Egyptian league this season.

The eighth victory in a row in the league's start, Al-Ahly defeated Al-Ittihad of Alexandria 4-0, in the tenth round of the competition.

Al-Ahly achieved with Weiler a record for the fifth time in the league's history, winning the first 8 games of the competition.

Al-Ahly's start is the most amazing for Al-Ahly in the history of the league by winning 8 wins, scoring 23 goals and receiving a single goal, something that has never happened before with any other coach of the Red Castle.

Before defeating Al-Ittihad and achieving the eighth consecutive victory in the Egyptian league, Al-Ahly repeated this in history 4 times earlier.

Since the start of the first season of the Egyptian League in 1948-1949, Al-Ahly has won in their first 8 games in the competition 5 times, the last of which occurred after the victory over Al-Ittihad of Alexandria.]]>
12/24/2019 8:21:45 AM