Egypt national football team

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Egypt Egypt
Nickname(s) The Pharaohs
Association Egyptian Football Association (EFA)
Confederation CAF
FIFA code EGY
FIFA ranking 5 Decrease 2 (31 December 1963)
Highest FIFA ranking 3 (1962)
Lowest FIFA ranking 24 (1954)
First international  Italy 3–2  Egypt (August 28, 1920, Gident, Belgium)
World Cup appearances 3 (First in 1930)
Best result Group Stage, (1930, 1958, 1962)
Africa Cup of Nations appearances 3 (First in 1957)
Best result 3x Champions


The Egypt national football team is the association football team that represents the country of Egypt in international competition and is controlled by the Egyptian Football Association. Egypt has qualified for three FIFA World Cups with their best performance being a group stage exit in all three tournaments. They have also competed at the Africa Cup of Nations where they have won three titles.

History[edit | edit source]

Pre WWII[edit | edit source]

Egypt first ever international football match was in 1920 when they became the first African team to compete in an international football tournament as they competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics. Egypt's opening match was against Italy and Abbas Safwat became the first Egyptian scorer in the 15th minute and after Hussein Hegazi scored in the 46th minute, an upset was possibly coming for the African team, though an hat-trick from Adolfo Baloncieri would knock out Egypt from the tournament.

After skipping the 1922 FIFA World Cup, Egypt next tournament was the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. After defeating Yugoslavia in the opening round and Belgium in the quarter-final by the same scoreline (2-1) they had became the first non-European or South American team to make it to the top four of an international tournament. Though they would get demolished in the semi-final to Italy 5-1 with Hegazi being the only goal-scorer. A 1-0 loss to the Irish Free State meant that they would finish (as of this time), their current highest finish in fourth place. Hegazi would score the winner in Egypt's first World Cup qualifying match as he was the only goalscorer in the 1-0 victory over Turkey. Though the Egyptians would be eliminated at the play-offs to France 5-0 with Jean Boyer scoring the hat-trick.

Egypt next tournament was the 1928 Summer Olympics. In their opening match against the Irish Free State, Mahmoud Mokhtar El Tetsh scored a hat-trick as the Egyptians won 4-0. In the quarter-finals, they would lose to Portugal by the same scoreline with the Portuguese having three different goal-scorers in the defeat. This was than followed by [[1930 FIFA World Cup qualification|qualifying for the 1930 FIFA World Cup which was being held in Uruguay. Egypt was drawn in a group which featured Belgium, France and Portugal. In the opening match, they cause an 1-0 upset over Belgium with Sayed Fahmy. A 1–1 draw to Portugal followed which meant that a win over France would book a spot into the World Cup. But three goals in the second half of the match saw Egypt qualifying for the play-offs against the Irish Free State. Two goals from Raqab Hasan meant that Egypt became the first team in Africa to qualify through to the World Cup.

Competing in their first World Cup, Egypt was drawn in group C which featured Brazil, Italy and Sweden. For the Egyptians, they finished in third group in the group as they finished behind in goal scored to Brazil after they drew all three of their matches with a one-all draw against Sweden and Brazil while Italy's match was a nil all draw. During this World Cup, Mahmoud Ismail and Hasan each scored a goal at the World Cup. The next World Cup qualifying campaign wasn't a good performance with the Egyptians only finishing third in the group which featured Poland, Romania and Yugoslavia. This campaign did show some promise when they defeated Yugoslavia 2–1 but it wasn't to be. Egypt's final tournament before World War II was the 1936 Summer Olympics in Hamburg with the team losing to Austria 2–0 in the round of 16.

African champions[edit | edit source]

After the World War, the Egyptians didn't play in many matches with the national team skipping qualifying for the 1950 and 1954 FIFA World Cup, this didn't stop the national team from competing in international tournaments with Egypt entering the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. After only scraping to a 2–1 victory in the opening round against Denmark from an 114th minute goal from Mahmoud Hafez, the Egyptians cause a massive upset in the quarter-finals where three different goalscorers gave Egypt a 3–1 victory over Italy to qualify through to their second Olympic semi-final. Though once again they wouldn't make it to the gold medal match with two goals from Swedish player Henry Carlsson knocking out Egypt down to the bronze medal match where they would lose to France.

After a first round exit to Argentina at the 1952 Summer Olympics, Egypt claimed their first international trophy taking the gold medal at the 1953 Pan Arab Games defeating Syria 5-0 in a dominating fashion. Egypt next appearance was meant to be the 1956 Summer Olympics which was held in Argentina, but the team however withdrew from the tournament due to protesting about the protection of French and British soldiers in Israel. The following tournament was qualification for the 1958 FIFA World Cup with the creation of the African region in World Cup. This creation though only be lumped with the APFC for the following two editions until the break-up to have their own spot at the expanded cup in 1966. Taking on South Africa in the opening match, Ad-Diba scored three goals in the 5–0 result. This match would be the only match in the first round with South Africa later withdrawing from the competition.

An 11–0 aggregate win against Kenya in the second round meant that they qualified for the final round with the two Asian teams in Indonesia and Korea. During the African rounds, they also won the African Cup of Nations for the first time as they defeated Ethiopia in the final 3–0 with Ad-Diba scoring a hat-trick in the victory. For the Egyptians, they would score six points from the four matches as the team finished ahead of Indonesia by goal average to qualify for their first World Cup since 1930. As the team in pot four, Egypt was drawn in Group A with Great Britain, Soviet Union and hosts Switzerland. After losing to Great Britain by a single goal in the opening match from a goal by Johnny Haynes, the Egyptians would score two draws against the remaining two opponents with a two all draw against Switzerland being followed by a one all draw against the Soviet Union. The game against the Soviet Union saw a rough match with two injuries occurring to Egyptian players.

Competing as United Arab Republic[edit | edit source]

In mid 1958, Egypt joined Syria to form the nation of the United Arab Republic, their first tournament was the 1959 African Cup of Nations, the team would win both of their games against Ethiopia and Sudan respectively to claim their second African title, later that same year the national team competed in the qualification for the 1960 Summer Olympics. Being drawn in Group 2 with Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda, the UAR easily qualified through to the Olympic Games finishing four points ahead of their nearest opponent in Ghana. For the United Arab Republic, with the hopes of the nation on the line, the team finished second in Group A as 4–1 defeat to Yugoslavia in the opening game would be the deal breaker as wins against Romania and Turkey wasn't enough to qualify through.

In late 1960, the United Arab Republic competed in the second round of qualifying for the 1962 FIFA World Cup which was being held in Mexico. Being drawn in Group 1 with Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia; the United Arab Republic finished top of the group with five points which was enough to qualify as winners of the group with the sealing result being a 2–1 win against Morocco with Hassan El-Shazly scoring a double. This meant that they went to the final round of qualifying where they were joined by fellow African nation Sudan, Korea and South Vietnam. After a convincing win in both home and away against Sudan, the team hosted the two Asian teams in June 1961. A 3–0 win against South Vietnam was followed by a one all draw against Korea which meant all they had to do was win one of the remaining two matches in Asia. Two goals from Taha Ismail in the match against South Vietnam was enough as the United Arab Republic qualified for the 1962 World Cup.

Before the World Cup, the team took part in the 1962 African Cup of Nations which was being held in Ethiopia. Competing as the defending champions, they claimed the third consecutive title as they defeated Kenya in the final 3–0. Moustafa Reyadh and Badawi Abdel Fattah being the leading top goalscorers with two each. From there they competed at the World Cup with the team being drawn in Group B with Brazil, Bulgaria and the Netherlands. After conceding a double from Pepe in a 3–1 defeat to Brazil, the United Arab Republic recorded their first win in their World Cup history with a 3–0 win over Bulgaria with Saleh Selim scoring two goals in the result. This meant that they had to defeat the Netherlands to book a spot into the quarter-finals, but a goal from Tonny van der Linden gave the Dutch the victory and knocking out the United Arab Republic.

Competitive record[edit | edit source]

FIFA World Cup[edit | edit source]

     Gold       Silver       Bronze  

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
France 1906 Did Not Enter
1910
England 1914
Netherlands 1922
Spain 1926 Did Not Qualify
Uruguay 1930 Group Stage 10th 3 0 3 0 2 2
Italy 1934 Did Not Qualify
Argentina 1938 Did Not Enter
Sweden 1950
Chile 1954
Switzerland 1958 Group Stage =11th 3 0 2 1 3 4
Mexico 1962 Group Stage 11th 3 1 0 2 4 4
Total Group Stage 3/12 9 1 5 3 9 10

Africa Cup of Nations[edit | edit source]

     Gold       Silver       Bronze  

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 6 0
United Arab Republic 1959 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 5 1
Ethiopia 1962 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 6 1

External Links[edit | edit source]

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