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Gunners skipper unfazed by Ahly

CAIRO: Lowly Gunners, champions of Zimbabwe, are unfazed by Ahly s experience prior to their clash in the African Champions League, according to skipper Trymore Mtisi. We are ready for any team in the first round of the competition, Mtisi was quoted as saying by Zimbabwean media. As Gunners, we are ready for Ahly. I …

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Zidan's father claims interest from Arsenal, Barcelona

Mohamed Zidan is targeted by Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona, according to the Egyptian striker s father. Abdullah Zidan said that his son has been contacted by the three European giants for a move in the summer. Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona have talked to Mohamed s agent, he told Dream TV. Zidan scored once …

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Yasser joins Zamalek after leaving Ahly

CAIRO: Qatar forward Hussein Yasser has joined Zamalek on a free transfer, shortly after leaving Ahly, the Whites said on Wednesday. Yasser, 27, rescinded his contract with Ahly earlier on Wednesday after he agreed to pay $300,000 in compensation. His capture is intended to boost Zamalek s attack following the departure of Egypt striker Amr …

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Mido's potential exit causes unrest in Zamalek

CAIRO: Zamalek officials are exchanging accusations over the potential exit of Mido in January. Football director Ibrahim Hassan said he filed an official request to the board for holding on to Mido. Mido joined Zamalek in the summer on a one-season loan from Middlesbrough. But the 26-year-old striker said he wants to return to Europe …

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Suspension ends Gomaa record

CAIRO: International defender Wael Gomaa will miss Ahly s game with Ittihad Alexandria on Thursday due to suspension that ends his 100 percent appearance record this season. Up to the 10th matchday, Gomaa and goalkeeper Ahmed Adel were the only players in Ahli s squad to start all games. He received a third yellow card …

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Hossam Hassan Facts

. Born on Aug. 10, 1966 and was scouted by Ahly . Made his first team debut in the 1984-1985 season . Became a regular starter in 1985-1986, scoring six goals in 17 games . Was a member of the Egyptian team that won the African Cup of Nations in 1986 in Egypt . Qualified …

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Al-Badri happy with stand-in players

CAIRO: Ahly manager Hossam Al-Badri said he is happy with the performance of his stand-in players in the 2-0 victory over Arab Contractors. The title holders played without Mohamed Abou-Treika, Emad Meteb and Moetazbellah Eno Mohamed because of injury. Ahmed Fathi also was serving an automatic one-match suspension. Al-Badri gave Gilberto, Mohamed Fadl and Abdullah …

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Hossam Hassan named Zamalek manager

CAIRO: Hossam Hassan has been named new Zamalek manager, the Cairo club said on Monday. The former Egypt captain was in talks with Zamalek for the last 24 hours after the sacking of French manager Henri Michel. The coaching staff hasn t been announced yet but Hossam s twin, Ibrahim, is expected to be appointed …

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Zamalek to fine Shikabala

CAIRO: Mahmoud “Shikabala Abdel-Razeq is set to be fined by Zamalek after missing Thursday s training without permission, according to managing director Hussein Abdel-Meneam. The absence comes after the international midfielder repeated his controversial, offensive actions towards Zamalek fans following the 1-0 defeat against Ghazl Mahalla on Wednesday. He was swearing in fury towards angry …

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Zidan eyes move out of Germany

CAIRO: Mohamed Zidan has seen enough of German football and is now looking forward to making a move out of the Bundesliga, he told a German website. The Egypt striker has played in Germany since landing from Denmark in 2005, switching between Mainz, Werder Bremen, Hamburg, and finally Borussia Dortmund. I have already talked with …

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Egypt reach Handball Junior World Cup semis

CAIRO: Egypt booked a place in the Junior World Championship with an impressive 28-22 victory over France on Saturday. Egypt, who won the first half 14-11, finish Group A in second place behind Germany as both teams have eight points, but the later are superior in the head-to-head record. The young Pharaohs will face Group …

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Ismaili trio doubtful for Mansoura clash

ISMAILIA: Ismaili newly-signed players Essam Al-Hadari, Ahmed Abou-Mosallam and Mohamed Selliti could all be unavailable for the team s game against Mansoura on Thursday. The Dervishes are yet to receive the trio s international cards from their former clubs, and the players may not be named for the Egyptian Premier League opener. While Al-Hadari was …

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Egypt game most difficult, says Italy U-20 boss

CAIRO: Italy youth coach Francesco Rocca is aware of the pressure his side will face when they play against U-20 World Cup hosts Egypt next month. Rocca highlighted the importance of the fans backing to the Young Pharaohs in the last game of Group A, also including Trinidad & Tobago and Paraguay. It won t …

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Egypt up five spots in FIFA ranking

CAIRO: Egypt have jumped five spots to lie 33rd in the monthly FIFA Ranking for national teams. The 3-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Rwanda in July helped the African champions gain 25 points, making them the highest-scoring nation in the top 50. The progress saw Egypt leapfrog African rivals Nigeria and Ghana to become …

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Abou-Treika pens new Ahly deal

CAIRO: Mohamed Abou-Trika has pledged his future with Ahly by signing a four-year extension to his contract with the league champions. “It is logic that Abou-Trika sees his future with Ahly, football director Hadi Khashaba told Ahly’s official site. “It proves the unique caliber of the player and his loyalty to the club. The Egypt …

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Ismaili to bar monthly salaries

CAIRO: Ismaili will not be paying players monthly wages, director Ihab Galal said. Like any other professional club, Ismaili players used to get paid their contract s worth in addition to monthly salaries and annual bonuses. Galal told FilGoal.com that from now on, every new contract will include an article banning monthly salaries, adding that …

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Al-Hadari sent-off in Ismaili friendly

CAIRO: Egypt goalkeeper Essam Al-Hadari was dismissed during Ismaili s 2-1 friendly win over Gaish on Tuesday. The 36-year-old, who recently joined the Dervishes from Swiss club FC Sion, took part in the game straight after the interval. However, he was shown straight red midway through the second half after a harsh tackle on Gaish …

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Foreign-based trio named for Guinea friendly

CAIRO: Egypt coach Hassan Shehata has called-up three foreign-based players for the Guinea friendly which will be held in Cairo on August 12th. The Egyptian Football Association announced that Borussia Dortmund striker Mohamed Zidan, Middlesbrough midfielder Mohamed Shawky and Hosni Abd-Rabou of Ahly Dubai were named by the Master. The squad witnesses the absence of …

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No Pompey offer for Zaki, says Zamalek

CAIRO: Zamalek board member Sabri Serag said that the club haven’t received any new offers for striker Amr Zaki. Sources close to Zaki had said earlier that Premiership club Portsmouth made an official approach to sign the 26-year-old. Serag denied such suggestion. No offers were made for Zaki. Not from Portsmouth or any other side, …

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Tharwat swaps teams during Zamalek friendly

CAIRO: Zamalek newly-signed midfielder Ahmed Tharwat joined Military Production on a one-year loan deal. Tharwat was informed of the deal by Zamalek assistant coach Mahmoud Saad few minutes before the two teams friendly on Monday. Saad asked me to put on Military Production s kit and play for my new club while I was ready …

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Ittihad sign Abdullah

ALEXANDRIA: Former Ahly and Zamalek midfielder Mohamed Abdullah has officially signed a two-year contract with Ittihad, the club s president Mohamed Moselhi said. Moselhi added that Abdullah will receive LE 500,000 during his first season and 550,000 in his second year at the club. The ex-Dervishes man insisted to have a clause in his contract …

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Mostafa shines in Zamalek friendly

CAIRO: Zamalek newly-signed midfielder Hassan Mostafa produced a solid display during his club s 3-2 friendly win over Military Production on Monday. The two teams previously agreed that the game will be prolonged to three halves as each was played for 45 minutes. Zamalek went 3-0 up in the first half, thanks to goals from …

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Ahly sign Hibs striker

CAIRO: Ahly signed Hibernians Moroccan striker Abdessallam Benjelloun, the club s marketing director Adli Al-Qaeyi told FilGoal.com. Al-Qaeyi said that the 24-year-old signed a three-year-contract with Ahly on Monday. It is yet to be known how much Ahly paid the Scottish Premier League side for Benjelloun s services or what will be the player s …

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Ittihad to choose between Abdullah and Saied

CAIRO: Ittihad coach Taha Basri announced that his club will soon make a decision to sign either Zamalek midfielder Mohamed Abdullah or Ahmed Saied of ENPPI. We are watching both players closely before I decide which of them will suit our requirements, Basri told FilGoal.com. The former ENPPI tactician added that he refused to sign …

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Ismaili conclude Al-Hadari deal

CAIRO: Ismaili have finalized the transfer of Egypt goalkeeper Essam Al-Hadari from Swiss club FC Sion. The Dervishes President Nasr Aboul-Hassan told FilGoal.com that both clubs agreed to conclude the deal for a sum of $600,000. Aboul-Hassan added that Al-Hadari s personal demands will be financed from outside the club s official budget. Despite receiving …

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Gamal dismisses retirement rumors

ISMAILIA: Ismaili playmaker Omar Gamal refuted talks that his current injury could force him to retire from the game. The 27-year-old damaged a cruciate ligament while playing for the Dervishes against Egypt Telecom last May. After undergoing surgery in Egypt, the player flew to Germany to start a rehabilitation program. However, he cut the program …

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Zamalek draw 1-1 with Neuchatel

CAIRO: Zamalek drew 1-1 with Neuchatel Xamax of Switzerland in the off-season friendly played on Tuesday. Striker Sherif Ashraf broke the deadlock on 65 minutes before Nuechatel leveled the score 10 minutes later. The game was part of the White Knights Swiss training camp, where they earlier lost to Sochaux and beat UEFA Cup champions …

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Ahly to start league campaign with Mahalla game

CAIRO: The Egyptian Premier League draw paired Ahly with Ghazl Mahalla in their next season inaugural match. Egyptian champions Ahly will have the home advantage, while Zamalek will play their first game at ENPPI. The next season kicks off early in August, and the Egyptian Football Association will schedule the games in the immediate future. …

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Vuckovic chose Ismaili over Gulf temptations

ISMAILIA: Ismaili newly-appointed coach Nebosja Vuckovic said that he rejected some lucrative offers from Arabic Gulf sides in order to take over the Egyptian club. The Serbian has officially become Brazilian coach Ricardo s successor at Ismaili by leading the team’s training on Wednesday. I received many tempting offers from clubs in the Gulf, but …

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Contractors to keep Al-Masri

CAIRO: Arab Contractors football director Mohamed Ramadan refuted rumors that the club will sell striker Ibrahim Al-Masri to Zamalek next January. Zamalek s have earlier expressed a desire to sign Al-Masri and the 23-year-old showed initial approval to join the White Knights. It was reported that Contractors want to wait until next January to make …

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