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Mido fever mounts at Middlesbrough

CAIRO: Premiership side Middlesbrough have ordered new shirts for Egyptian striker Mido after fans flooded the club s retail stores to buy their favorite man s kit. Mido is clearly the new Juninho with our fans. Shirts beating his name are in very heavy demand, a Boro spokesman said on the club s official website. …

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Hassan considers January return to Egypt

CAIRO: Ahmed Hassan said on Wednesday he might return to Egypt in the January transfer window if he convinces Anderlecht officials to release him. Hassan initially planned to leave Anderlecht when his contract expires next summer but opted to make it earlier following the Belgian champions elimination from the UEFA Champions League. The Egypt skipper, …

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Easy draw for Egypt in Arab Games

CAIRO: Egypt got a relatively easy draw for the group stage of the Arab Games on Tuesday as they will face Libya, United Arab of Emirates and Palestine in group A. Saudi Arabia have been put on top of group B alongside with Sudan, Yemen and Kuwait. Port Said will host the group A matches …

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CAF to launch new competition in 2008

CAIRO: The African Football Confederation (CAF) announced the creation of a new international tournament only for players participating in their country s local league. CAF president Issa Hayatou said that the competition is intended to give a chance to local African players. We have decided to create a new competition that will showcase the best …

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Zamalek include Ashraf in ENPPI game

CAIRO: New signing Sherif Ashraf could make his Zamalek debut after being selected by manager Ruud Krol for Thursday s league game against Enppi The 20-year-old striker, who made controversial move from Zamalek s arch rivals al Ahly two weeks ago, has been leading the headlines recently despite not playing a single senior game. Zamalek …

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Hassan apologizes for Burundi red card

CAIRO: Egypt skipper Ahmed Hassan apologized for being sent off in the 2008 African Nations Cup qualifier 0-0 draw in Burundi on Sunday. The Anderlecht playmaker saw red shortly after the break when he lashed out at a Burundi player, and his expulsion had a negative impact on the African champions. I want to apologize …

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Fathi's agents warns of imbedding problems in Al Ahly deal

CAIRO: Ahmed Fathi s move to Ahly will not go smoothly because the player had signed a paper prohibiting him from playing for any Egyptian side except Ismaili, his agent revealed on Monday. I was surprised of this move, Ahmed Al-Rifaie told Egyptian TV. I knew about this deal after Fathi has already agreed terms …

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Ten-man Egypt held by Burundi

CAIRO: African champions Egypt have once again failed to grab a win away from home, settling for a goalless draw at minnows Burundi in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers on Sunday. Egypt played the second-half with 10 men after skipper Ahmed Hassan was handed a straight red card for kicking an opponent in the …

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Ahli-Contractors game to be played Thursday

CAIRO: The league game between Al Ahly and Arab Contractors will take place this Thursday after the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) rejected Al Ahly’s request to move the game before Ramadan. The EFA did not specify any reasons for the decision which came against the desire of both clubs, who jointly agreed upon moving the …

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Al Ahly agree to play Contactors before Ramadan

CAIRO: Al Ahly agreed to play Arab Contractors on Wednesday, instead of Thursday, which will likely be the first day of Ramadan. According to Al Ahly s official website, the club accepted the Contractor s request on Saturday, and both teams will await the final decision of the Egyptian Football Association. Striker Osama Hosni will …

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Abou-Greisha turns down Gulf offer

CAIRO: Ismaili striker Mohamed Mohsen Abou-Greisha said he has turned down a loan offer from UAE side Ras Al-Khaimah, preferring to stay with the Egyptian side until his contract runs out in June. At the end of the season, I will see whether to sign a new deal with Ismaili or to move away from …

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Libya miss out on Nations Cup spot

CAIRO: Libya missed out on a place in next year s African Cup of Nations following a 1-1 draw with DR Congo on Saturday. Galatasaray striker Shabani Nonda gave the hosts the lead five minutes before the break through a penalty following Mbala Mbuta’s fall inside the area. Libya’s Khaled Hussein leveled the score seven …

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Egypt team moves training after chaos

CAIRO: The Egyptian team were forced to change their training ground on Tuesday after supporters invaded the pitch in absence of appropriate level of security. Chaos ruled in Maadi Sporting Club as fans mixed with reporters just before the training began. Club officials and security forces failed to clear the pitch, forcing manager Hassan Shehata …

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Zidan dropped from Burundi trip

CAIRO: Mohamed Zidan has been ruled out of Egypt s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Burundi on Sunday due to injury. Egypt doctor Ahmed Maged told reporters on Wednesday that the Hamburg forward suffers a foot injury that he aggravated during his side’s 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Zidan attempted to …

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Abd-Rabou's case takes another twist

CAIRO: Fifa have sorted out Hosni Abd-Rabou s transfer wrangle by ruling in favor of French club Strasbourg, Egyptian Football Association (EFA) Vice President Ahmed Shobeir said on Thursday. Although the EFA have given Ismaili the green light to field Abd-Rabou last month, it now appears that the Egypt international midfielder will return to Strasbourg, …

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Saied issues Ankaragucu ultimatum

Ibrahim Saied claimed that he told Ankaragucu Chairman Cemal Azmi Aydin he will not play for the club as long as manager Hans-Peter Briegel is in charge. The Egypt defender, who joined Ankaragucu from Rizespor in May, has been rarely given a chance to play for the Turkish side after four league games this term. …

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Omar confirms Ittihad exit

Mohamed Omar confirmed on Sunday that he stepped down from his post as Ittihad coach due to the unhealthy atmosphere within the team. There are many people who destabilize Ittihad through their greed in having a leading role in the club, Omar told FilGoal.com. I can t work in this unhealthy atmosphere so I decided …

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Zaki banned for referee abuse

Zamalek striker Amr Zaki is banned for one league match plus a fine of LE 5,000 for verbal abuse of Mohamed Farouk the referee of Zamalek and Baladeya game that was held last Saturday. Egyptian Football Association board member Ayman Younes told FilGoal.com that the decision was taken by the disciplinary committee late on Wednesday. …

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Hassan regrets Ittihad move

Veteran striker Hossam Hassan said he regrets joining Ittihad in the close season, revealing his intention to leave the Alexandria-based club in the January transfer window. The 41-year-old penned a one-year deal with Ittihad after he opted not to renew his contract with Tersana. However, he is now considering his options three matches into the …

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Abou-Treika fit for ASEC clash

CAIRO: Mohamed Abou-Treika has been declared fit to participate in Al Ahly’s crucial CAF Champions League clash against Ivorian side Asec Mimosas on Sunday after recovering from an ankle injury. The classy playmaker has been initially ruled out for one month after spraining his ankle in Al Ahly’s 3-0 defeat to Sudanese giants Hilal on …

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Zamalek ease past helpless Ittihad

CAIRO: Zamalek were far from impressive but found no difficulty in beating Ittihad 2-0 in the Egyptian League at Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday. Mohamed Abdul-Rahim’s goal in the first-half gave Zamalek the lead before new-signing Ahmed Magdi scored his first goal for the club to ensure the win. Zamalek s second successive victory put …

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Ismaili thrash Telecom Egypt 4-1

CAIRO: Ismaili maintained their perfect start of the season as they beat Telecom Egypt 4-1 on Tuesday. The hosts could only hold for 34 minutes before Mohamed Fadl opened the score after being sent clear on goal by Hosni Abd-Rabou. Fadl, after a skilful effort, assisted Captain Mohamed Soliman Homos doubling the lead for the …

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Shadi scores the winner as Al Ahly beat Haras Al-Hodoud

CAIRO: Al Ahly got back with three precious points from Alexandria after beating Harras Al-Hodoud 2-1, on Tuesday, in the third day of the Egyptian League. The team s hero in absence of Mohamed Abou Treika, Mohamed Barakat broke the deadlock and gave Al Ahly the lead after 13 minutes. Wael Cheetos Riad produced the …

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Ahly request EFA to protect players

CAIRO: Ahly filed an official request to the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) to provide more protection to their players in domestic competitions. The Egyptian champions official site stated that the club filed a complaint to the FA, claiming that Ahly players are suffering from intentional aggression during league games. The African champions are claiming that …

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Mido slams 'drunk' abusers, FA to probe case

CAIRO: Ahmed Hossam Mido revealed he was annoyed by the opponent fans’ abuse aimed at him during Middlesbrough s 2-2 Premiership draw with Newcastle on Sunday. The Boro striker had been subjected to a torrent of sick taunts shortly before his 29th minute equalizer to Charles N Zogbia s early strike. I m used to …

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Southgate defends abused Mido

CAIRO: Middlesbrough coach Gareth Southgate defended Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ as he gestured to Newcastle fans to shut up after being subjected to terrorist chants. The Egyptian international was taunted Mido, he’s got a bomb you know by the away fans during the 2-2 draw on Sunday and his gestures prompted a yellow card by the …

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Jose not worried despite disappointing form

Manuel Jose does not believe that Ahly are facing a crisis after his side struggled to claim a 3-2 home win over Ghazl Mahalla, continuing a succession of poor displays for the Cairo giants. Our recent below-par form is due to the over-confident approach the players had after Ahly won the Egyptian Cup and the …

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Egypt propose friendly against England

CAIRO: Egyptian Football Association (EFA) Vice President Ahmed Shobeir revealed that an official proposal has been sent to the English FA in order to arrange a friendly game between the two nations. We proposed a friendly against England and we are waiting for their response, Shobeir told FilGoal.com on Wednesday. The English FA are free …

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Egypt in goalless stalemate with Ivory Coast

African champions Egypt settled for a goalless draw with Ivory Coast at Sebastien Charlety stadium in Paris in an African Cup of Nations qualifiers warm-up on Wednesday. The five-time African champions played against Ivory Coast twice during the 2006 Cup of Nations. Egypt defeated the Elephants 3-1 in the first round before beating them again …

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'Bored' Saied could quit football

Ankaragucu defender Ibrahim Saied revealed that he is having a tough time at his new club and that he could be forced into announcing an early retirement. The 27-year old stopper joined the Turkish side this summer from Rizespor, but he seems to be having problems adapting to his new club despite enjoying a fine …

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