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Al-Sayed won't be rushed in against Baladeya

Although he is back after four months out with an injury, Zamalek’s keeper Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed won’t be included in the Whites’ squad when they take on Baladeya next week. The 29-year-old keeper produced a brilliant performance in his first training session with the team on Monday night, but he is still not fit enough to …

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Barakat left out by Egypt for Ivory Coast Friendly

CAIRO: Ahli winger Mohamed Barakat has been excluded from the 20-man squad announced by Egypt Manager Hassan Shehata for the friendly match against Ivory Coast on August 22. The versatile midfielder has been a key figure in Egypt s 2006 African Nation s Cup triumph, but he has no place in the Egypt roster for …

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Egypt crushes Chile in World's Junior Championship

Egypt thrashed Chile 41-21 in the Handball World s Junior Championship on Tuesday to stay on top of Group B. The Pharaohs showed no mercy for their opponents as they went to the dressing room with a huge 23-6 lead. The Egypt coach rested his key players in the second half to end the game …

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Zamalek assistant coach not worried despite defeat

CAIRO: Zamalek assistant coach Moatamed Gamal said that he is unfazed despite the team s opening day 1-0 home defeat against Ismaili in the Egyptian league on Monday. We are not worried because we have confidence in our players abilities, I believe we played a fine game, but there were some players making their debuts …

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EFA give Zamalek one week to resolve El-Abdi case

CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has set a one-week deadline for Zamalek in order to resolve their row with Tunisian side Sfaxien over the transfer of defender Wissem El-Abdi. Zamalek claim that they have paid the amount owed that enables them to keep the Tunisian defender on a permanent basis, whilst Sfaxien insists that …

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Ismaili's Abou Greisha banned for Super Cup protest

CAIRO: Ismaili striker Mohamed Mohsen Abou Greisha has been banned for 10 days and fined LE 10,000 by the club due to undisciplined behavior towards his coach Fawzi Gamal. The club s marksman has widely protested against his absence from the game seeing that the team needed a striker and that he might have changed …

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Shikabala ready for Zamalek's season opener

CAIRO: Zamalek wizard Mahmoud “Shikabala Abdul-Razek is ready for his side’s season opener against Ismaili on Monday, while Jordanian full-back Khaled Saad will be on the bench. Shikabala will play a pivotal role behind striking duo Gamal Hamza and Abdul-Halim Ali in Ruud Krol’s debut after taking over as Zamalek manager, FilGoal.com has learnt. New …

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Fathi rubbishes Zamalek claims

CAIRO: Sheffield United midfielder Ahmed Fathi denied on Wednesday Zamalek s claim that he has agreed a four-year deal with the Cairo giants. Zamalek spokesman Khaled Gabr told FilGoal.com that the Egypt international will fly to Egypt on Thursday to pen the contract. However, Fathi has insisted that there were no negotiations with Zamalek and …

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Al-Hadari named in Al Ahly squad for Ismaili game

CAIRO: Al Ahly goalkeeper Essam Al-Hadari has been included in his side s squad for the Egyptian Super Cup game against Ismaili on Thursday after recovering from a face bone fracture. The Egypt international keeper sustained the injury during Al Ahly s 3-0 home win over Esperance in the CAF Champions League last month. However, …

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Krol close to Zamalek return

CAIRO: Former Zamalek Coach Ruud Krol is tipped to return to the Cairo giants to replace departed Frenchman Henri Michel, FilGoal.com learned on Monday. The Dutch manager has agreed in principle to take over at Zamalek after receiving a phone call from the club s chairman Mamdouh Abbas. Negotiations are ongoing between Krol and Abbas …

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Only 18 African nations have safe stadiums

CAIRO: After completing an inspection of 50 of the continent’s 53 nations, FIFA announced that only 18 countries have safe stadiums to host World Cup qualifiers. The world soccer governing body inspection delegation did not visit Kenya, Somalia and World Cup hosts South Africa. These inspections come after FIFA expressed their worries about the safety …

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Zamalek decide on new coach, wait for approval

Zamalek board decided to hand over the club s managerial position to an Egyptian coach, but is waiting for his approval to make the official announcement. The men in white stepped up their efforts to sign a new coach following Henri Michel s shocking resignation this morning. We have settled on the new coach but …

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Gohari named EFA technical director

CAIRO: Veteran coach Mahmoud Al-Gohari has been appointed as the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) technical director, said the EFA on Sunday. We have a deal now and a press conference will be held on Thursday to announce all the details, said the president of the EFA, Samir Zaher, to FilGoal.com. Al Gohari will have a …

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French coach Michel quits Zamalek

Frenchman Henri Michel made a surprise announcement on Sunday morning stating that he is quitting his job as Zamalek’s coach, the Egyptian club said. Michel, who signed a two year contract extension with the Cairo based club in April, made the announcement to his players in the morning session of training in France where the …

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Zamalek beat Brugge in pre-season friendly

CAIRO: Zamalek edged Belgian side Cercle Brugge 2-1 in the third match of their pre-season European tour on Sunday. Tunisian defender Wissem El-Abdi put the Egyptian side ahead at the half-hour mark, but Ukranian international Serhiy Serebrennikov leveled the score for Cercle after 69 minutes. Zamalek veteran striker Abdul Halim Ali scored the winner 10 …

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Egypt beat Bahrain in World Youth Championship

Egypt beat hosts Bahrain 35-28 on Monday in the first round of the main draw to edge closer to a spot in the semi-final of the World Youth Championship. The Pharaohs had the lead since the first minute but they could only end the first half with a small advantage, 11-9. Egypt’s young men were …

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Benfica coach proud of Jose's achievements

CAIRO: Benfica coach Fernando Santos said on Saturday he is proud of what his compatriot Manuel Jose achieved with Al Ahly during his two seasons with the Cairo giants. Fans favorite Jose led Al Ahly to three CAF Champions League titles, three Egyptian League triumphs, two Egyptian Cups, three African Super Cups and two local …

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Egypt-Ivory Coast friendly postponed

Egypt s friendly against Ivory Coast, which was scheduled for Aug. 21, has been postponed for one day due to Al Ahly s continental commitment, national team assistant coach Shawki Gharib said on Saturday. Al Ahly will face Sudanese giants Hilal away from home on Aug. 19 in the CAF Champions League, just two days …

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Ismaili to face Al Ahly in Super Cup

CAIRO: Ismaili is set to play Al Ahly s in the Egyptian Super Cup game, scheduled for Aug. 9, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said on Wednesday. The EFA have previously sent an invitation to Ismaili to take part in the match but they didn t reply, so we considered it as a rejection, EFA …

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Angola settle Gilberto feud

CAIRO: Angola has decided to pay the costs of Gilberto s treatment after the midfielder threatened to end his international career. The left-winger suffered an Achilles tendon injury during an African Cup of Nations warm-up between Angola and Morocco, the injury which sidelined him for over a year. Al Ahly has paid for the treatment …

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Al-Qabani joins Telecom Egypt

CAIRO: Newly promoted side Telecom Egypt announced on Tuesday the signing of former Zamalek duo Wael Al-Qabani and Mahmoud Mahmoud on a free transfer. Qabani signed a three-year-deal worth LE 900,000 per season and Mahmoud will earn LE 700,000. Al-Qabani inserted a release clause in his contract in case he receives another offer, especially from …

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Shikabala banned from representing Egypt

CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) decided to suspend Olympic team star Mahmoud Abdul-Razeq Shikabala for one year. Shikabala will not take part in any international games played by the national team for a whole year. EFA cited the recent “disappointment at the All-African Games in Algeria. A spokesman from the EFA informed FilGoal.com that …

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Egypt clinch volleyball gold medal in All-African Games

ALGIERS: Egypt added another gold medal in the 2007 All-African Games after the Egyptian volleyball team beat Tunisia 3-1 in the final on Sunday. The Egyptian team was a set down after Tunisia won the first set 25-21, but the lively quartet Hamdi Al-Safi, Abdullah Abdul-Salam, Ahmed Salah and Mohamed Abdel-Moniem turned the game in …

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Meteb sanctioned by Al Ahly

CAIRO: Al Ahly has suspended its star striker Emad Meteb for 10 days and fined him LE 40,000 after he protested furiously to being substituted in Al Ahly s 3-0 CAF Champions League win over Esperance on Friday. Meteb was taken off 15 minutes into the second half, and he appeared to be unhappy with …

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Shikabala banned from representing Egypt

CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) decided to suspend Olympic team star Mahmoud Abdul-Razeq Shikabala for one year. Shikabala will not take part in any international games played by the national team for a whole year. EFA cited the recent “disappointment at the All-African Games in Algeria. A spokesman from the EFA informed FilGoal.com that …

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Ittihad lose to Aluminum in friendly tournament opener

ALEXANDRIA: Hosts Ittihad suffered a 2-1 defeat to newly-promoted side Aluminum on Wednesday in the opener of a pre-season friendly tournament. Ibrahim Abdul-Rahim put Aluminum in the lead in the 37th minute before Mostafa Abbas doubled the lead one minute before the interval. Ittihad newly-signed player Mahmoud Shaker scored the club’s only goal at the …

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EFA board elections to be held in 2009

CAIRO: The Egyptian Higher Council of Sports informed the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) that the elections for the next board will be held in 2009. The election process is supposed to take place every four years. The last elections were held in 2005. However, the EFA are likely to request a one-year extension to the …

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Egypt slips three spots in FIFA ranking

CAIRO: African champions Egypt slipped three places in the FIFA monthly ranking, taking the 42nd place. The Pharaohs did not play any games since the last edition. Brazil kept its place at the top, especially after the Selecao s continental achievement. The Brazilian team clinched the 2007 Copa America title in Venezuela, beating Argentina 3-0 …

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Mido confirms Birmingham move

Egyptian star striker Ahmed Mido Hossam is set to join Birmingham city on loan starting from next season, the player announced. Both sides have agreed. I will move on a one-year-loan deal to Birmingham worth 1 million euros and at the end they could buy my contract for 5 million euros if the club survives …

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Al-Gaish could face Al Ahly in Super Cup

CAIRO: Al-Gaish are likely to be the team facing Al Ahly in the Egyptian Super Cup next month. An Egyptian Football Association (EFA) member informed FilGoal.com that the association will be forced to get Al-Gaish, who finished fourth in the league last season, to face Al Ahly. Al Ahly clinched the two top titles – …

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