Sports – Daily News Egypt https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:21:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Bundesliga: Bayern Munich turn the screw in a reminder of champions past https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/20/bundesliga-bayern-munich-turn-the-screw-in-a-reminder-of-champions-past/ Sat, 20 Apr 2019 17:01:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=696504 The post Bundesliga: Bayern Munich turn the screw in a reminder of champions past appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Bayern Munich’s six consecutive titles have been marked by finding any way to win. That hasn’t always been the case this term, but their 1-0 win over a stubborn Werder Bremen team bore the hallmarks of a champion side."We're playing against the strongest squad in Germany but we have an idea," said Werder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt just before his side strode in to the Munich sun as the latest supporting characters in the Bundesliga title story.

Bremen, who also play Bayern in the German Cup on Wednesday, came into this game against the Bundesliga leaders as one of only two sides in Europe's major leagues to have scored in each of their league games (the other being Paris Saint-Germain). Kohfeldt's plan didn't rely on Bremen's most obvious strength and it took some mental and tactical strength for Bayern to overcome it.

The Green and Whites were set up to frustrate and to maintain another streak — their unbeaten record in 2019. The visitors were compact, organized and happy to be a little physical. Theodor Gebre Selassie thundered into Kingsley Coman either side of the break, frustrating the French winger, while Milos Veljkovic took an early yellow for dumping Robert Lewandowski to the turf as the striker tried to turn in the 18th minute.

In the first half, Kohfeldt's idea looked a sound one and more dropped points looked a possibility for the champions. Niko Kovac's iteration of Bayern Munich have struggled at several points this season to put sides away, whether conceding sloppy goals or failing to capitalize on periods of dominance. And until Niklas Süle's deflected 75th minute strike, it looked like that might be the case again.

The Bavarians struggled to adapt to Bremen's shape and physicality in the opening period but were happier to use the wide areas, Serge Gnabry in particular, to trouble their opponents after the break. Though the dismissal of Veljkovic helped, there was a relentlessness to Bayern's second half pressure that felt familiar to anyone who has watched the Bundesliga in the past six seasons. It felt like the muscle memory of this experienced team of title winners was starting to return.

Jiri Pavlenka made exceptional saves from Gnabry and Lewandowski, and Thomas Müller missed from close range before Süle's speculative drive deflected in.

A title-worthy performance

If the goal was fortunate, the win wasn't. For all that Kohfeldt's idea was sound, it was the first part of his comment that rang truest, Bayern do look the "strongest squad in Germany."

While the demolition of Borussia Dortmund earlier in the month was a statement of power and intent, this win by the Bavarians was the stuff titles are made of. Bayern came through a difficult opening, and found a way to beat stubborn opponents. It wasn't especially pretty and the profligacy of Gnabry, Müller and, late on, Lewandowski will be a concern for Niko Kovac.

But they got the job done once again and move four points clear ahead of Dortmund's trip to Freiburg on Sunday. They picked a good time to rediscover old habits.

That Bremen's scoring run should be dashed against the rocks at the Allianz Arena is of no huge surprise, with Saturday's shutout Bayern's fifth in a row at home. Another hurdle has been cleared as the title race enters its home straight. Bayern may not quite be at full pelt, but they know how to win from the front. Over to you, Dortmund.

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Chess world champion Magnus Carlsen wants to keep winning streak going https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/19/chess-world-champion-magnus-carlsen-wants-to-keep-winning-streak-going/ Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:58:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=696313 The post Chess world champion Magnus Carlsen wants to keep winning streak going appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Magnus Carlsen is on form again. The Norwegian will face his World Championship rival Fabiano Caruana at the Grenke Chess Classic tournament in Baden-Baden and Karlsruhe. A big young talent is set to represent Germany.Magnus Carlsen was in good spirits as he took part in the Shamkir tournament in Azerbaijan. That comes as little surprise, as the chess world champion finished the tournament with a two-point advantage at the top of the table. A 5:0 win in the Champions League final in football terms.

Carlsen's last run of three wins in a row was particularly impressive. His last opponent, Russia's Alexander Grischuk, was somewhat shocked by the world champion's performance. "Carlsen played strikingly well," he said.

Carlsen relies on attack

One thing is certain: Magnus Carlsen, chess world champion since 2013, is enjoying the game again. This wasn't the case just a few months ago at the world championship game in London. Asked about his favorite player, the Norwegian gave an insight into his spiritual side.

"My favorite former player is probably myself, three, four years ago,” he said.

Carlsen's sister even speculated that he could retire. However, there is no noticeable sign of tiredness now. In Shamkir, Carlsen eased past many of his top-class opponents. He's put his opposition under more and more pressure by targeting the opposing kings. The Norwegian was perhaps inspired by the latest developments in computer chess.

An application called Alpha Zero has been shaking up the chess scene for more than a year, using so-called neural networks. The computer teaches itself the game so well that it doesn't only beat human opposition, but also conventional chess programs.

Alpha Zero as a role model?

The way Alpha Zero wins games received lots of attention in the chess scene. The program is not perfect defensively, but it turned out to be an aggressive attacker. Magnus Carlsen has surely watched carefully. Those that watched him in Shamkir had the impression that he had changed his game orientation in accordance with the program's, and was successful at it.

His fans would naturally want his run of form to continue in the Grenke Chess Classic event in Baden-Baden and Karlsruhe, starting on April 20. In this year's most important chess tournament to be held in Germany, Carlsen is set to play against Fabiano Caruana again, who has always took the initiative in his style of play, but has not been in good form since the World Cup.

Other names to take part are India's former world Champion Vishy Anand, still one of the best players in the world, Armenia's Levon Aronian and world number eight Maxime Vachier-Lagrave from France, or "MVG," as he's often referred to, who could be a threat to Carlsen and Caruana.

Young German talent to take part

None of the German players are likely to finish in the top spots. However, respectable performances are expected from Germany international Georg Meier, as well as the country's highest ranked player Arkadij Naiditsch.

However, a 14-year-old schoolboy from the outskirts of Mainz is at the center of attention. Vincent Keymar is regarded as the biggest German talent in 50 years. This will be his first chance to compete with the world's best. Keymar is not officially a Grandmaster, but that did not prevent him from beating some top players in the past.

His first game against Magnus Carlsen will be the highlight of the tournament from a German perspective. Will the world champion be playing against his possible successor?

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Eintracht Frankfurt, a perfectly balanced club https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/19/eintracht-frankfurt-a-perfectly-balanced-club/ Thu, 18 Apr 2019 23:15:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=696320 The post Eintracht Frankfurt, a perfectly balanced club appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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After years of instability, Eintracht Frankfurt are enjoying a magical season in both the Bundesliga and in Europe. DW’s Felix Tamsut describes another magical night at the Waldstadion, and explains what’s behind it.Two hours before kickoff in Frankfurt, the home fans started swarming into the Waldstadion. There was a sense of optimism in the air, a sense of belief that a first European semifinal in 39 years was possible.

Eintracht Frankfurt and their fans are one of the most celebrated teams in Germany at the moment. The Eagles' attacking, fun-to-watch football has led to an extraordinary Europa League run, as well as put them in contention for a coveted, Champions-League securing fourth place in the Bundesliga. All along the way, their fans have organized choreographies in each and every home game in Europe this season, and their away following numbers have often been in double digits. One of those fans is Susie, and she can't believe how things have changed this season.

"When we lost away to Ulm in the first round of the German Cup, I thought: We've won the cup, we had an incredible season, but from now on it's back to normal,” Susie told DW. "Now, I have the hope we'll get to the Europa League final in Baku. The hope dies last.”

For Susie, and for so many Frankfurt fans, one of the reasons it's so incredible to be a fan of this club is the delicate but existent relationship between the club and its active fan and ultra groups.

While many clubs criticize their fans, she says, things at Eintracht work a little differently. "The club talks to its ultras and fan groups, and this makes the positive package that is Eintracht so special," Susie said. "This is the secret of our success."

Internal talks instead of public criticism

While the current relationship is blooming, it hasn't always been easy. When pyrotechnics were thrown from the direction of Eintracht Frankfurt's stand during the away game against Inter Milan in the previous round, the club opted for an internal discussion between the fans and the board rather than the common practice, often seen at other clubs, of publicly criticizing their fans in similar instances.

In a conversation with DW, Eintracht Frankfurt's vice president Stefan Minden describes how this decision came about.

"We see developments with other clubs' handling of their active fan scenes, but we have people in the boardroom that get our fans, our ultras, know what moves them, and that makes a difference," said Minden, who believes the importance of dialogue between both sides cannot be underestimated.

"It's very important for us to talk about things from the inside, and surely it doesn't help to go on camera and say how bad our fans are," Minden added.

Both Susie and vice president Minden agree that the fine balance that Eintracht have achieved this season is, at least in part, why the team on the pitch is playing so well.

The atmosphere at the Waldstadion for the second leg against Benfica was nothing short of electric. Often only a club's hardcore support are the ones that constantly sing and support their team, but that wasn't the case against Benfica. In truth it hasn't been the case for all of Frankfurt's home games in Europe. The stadium created a wall of noise throughout the game, including from the stands that are not part of any ultra group. The sound was deafening every time Eintracht got close to goal.

When Filip Kostic scored the opener, the stadium got so loud that the stadium announcer's attempts to shout Kostic's name were drowned out by the fans. The noise continued in the second half, and then, 23 minutes from time, Sebastian Rode delivered the decisive second goal. This time, the scorer's name was heard loud and clear.

Balance exemplified

Frankfurt overcame a nervy finish to pull off another sensational European success. After the final whistle, the club's ultras couldn't help themselves and drew closer to the pitch in order to hug their heroes. As the stewards refused to let them through, the players jumped over the advertising boards straight into the ultras' arms. It was a moment that exemplified the perfect balance that currently exists between Eintracht Frankfurt, the players and the club's hardcore support. They work together, and the result is a European run that'll be remembered in Frankfurt forever.

Despite the difficult opposition in Premier League side Chelsea, the Europa League final in Baku is in reach.

Susie's hope never wavered.

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Mentally frail Borussia Dortmund relying on individual brilliance https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/13/mentally-frail-borussia-dortmund-relying-on-individual-brilliance/ Sat, 13 Apr 2019 19:55:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695850 The post Mentally frail Borussia Dortmund relying on individual brilliance appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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The title race is a psychological battle as much as a sporting one. Borussia Dortmund had Roman Bürki, Jadon Sancho and Mario Götze to thank against Mainz on Saturday, but questions over mentality remain.Roman Bürki used his chest to save the first effort, and then a combination of flailing limbs to scramble away the rebound. Finally, when the ball came back in his direction for the third time in as many seconds, he smothered it on the line. Borussia Dortmund had survived.

The relief inside the Westfalenstadion was palpable and cries of "Roman Bürki" rained down from the Südtribüne in grateful praise of the Swiss stopper whose heroics had secured three vital points, sending Dortmund back to the top of the Bundesliga for at least a day.

"I'm not happy with the second half," the Bürki told broadcaster Sky after making nine saves in the win over Mainz. "I feel like we got scared after they made it 2-1. We had our backs against the wall in our own stadium."

A week on from their mauling in Munich, Borussia Dortmund were expected to show a reaction and send a signal that the Bundesliga title race was still alive. In the first half, they did, thanks to more brilliance from Mario Götze and Jadon Sancho.

Götze, surprisingly left out of the starting eleven against Bayern, set up Dortmund's first with an exquisite turn and cross. He sparked the move which led to the second too. Sancho scored both, the 19-year-old's ninth and tenth Bundesliga goals this season.

Terrific then tired

Two goals to the good and Dortmund were flying, any lingering doubts from their battering in Bavaria seemingly banished. But it's been a long season for Lucien Favre's young team and, as the second half wore on, the physical and mental fatigue began to show. Mainz's pressure grew. Dortmund wilted visibly, as passes went astray and red shirts were first to every loose ball.

"The first half was fine but I can't explain why we stopped playing football in the second half because Mainz were pretty much dead," said captain Marco Reus, who had been brutally honest in his criticism of himself and his teammates last week. "It's a question of mentality. We have a lot of young players, and we need to stay relaxed and keep having fun."

It's difficult to put a finger on the mentality of this Borussia Dortmund team. In the weeks building up to the game in Munich, they proved they had the belief in their own ability to win games late on against Stuttgart, Hertha Berlin and Wolfsburg – only to meekly cast themselves in the role of David when facing Goliath in the Allianz Arena.

The psychological meaning of this nerve-jangling win over Mainz will be made clear at the end of the season. Should Dortmund survive a tough run-in (Freiburg, Schalke, Bremen, Düsseldorf and Gladbach) and capitalize on a Bayern slip-up to lift the title, this narrow win will be remembered as a mental triumph, a turning point in the title race.

But if similar lapses occur between now and mid-May, it will go down as just another day on which Dortmund's psychological frailty cost them the title. The individual heroics of Götze, Sancho and Bürki will have been in vain.

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German Football Ambassador 2019: Klopp, Kroos, Podolski on the list https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/12/german-football-ambassador-2019-klopp-kroos-podolski-on-the-list/ Fri, 12 Apr 2019 11:47:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695756 The post German Football Ambassador 2019: Klopp, Kroos, Podolski on the list appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Manchester City pair Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gündogan are up against the likes of Toni Kroos and Anja Mittag for the German Football Ambassador public award. In the coaches category, Jürgen Klopp faces stiff competition.When German football personailities move overseas, their achievements and notable social projects in foreign countries can build bridges between communities and contribute to a positive image of Germany around the world.

There are two main categories: the public award for players, and a "coaches" award.

The nominees for the public award:

Leroy Sane, Manchester City, England
Anja Mittag, FC Rosengard, Sweden
Dzsenifer Marozsan, Olympique Lyon, France
Thilo Kehrer, Paris St. Germain, France
Antonio Rüdiger, Chelsea, England
Julian Draxler, Paris St. Germain, France
Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Barcelona, Spain
Toni Kroos, Real Madrid, Spain
Ilkay Gündogan, Manchester City, England
Lukas Podolski, Vissel Kobe, Japan
Julian Gressel, Atlanta United, USA

Loris Karius won it last year, and his predecessors were Bastian Schweinsteiger (2017), Emre Can (2016), Mesut Özil (2015), Andre Schürrle (2014) and Sami Khedira (2013).

Klopp among nominees in "Coaches" category

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp headlines the three choices to succeed last year's "Coaches" winner Gert Engels. While the the former Mainz and Dortmund coach may have won over the Anfield faithful, he'll have to get past Petra Landers and Michael Weiß to scoop the award.

After a successful playing career, Petra Landers has been on a mission to level the playing fields between men and women in football. She was a pioneer in establishing womens' football in Germany, and has dedicated her life to getting girls from all walks of life involved in the sport. In 2017 she played in a game near the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania , which holds the record for the highest match above sea level at 5,714 metres. The match sought to highlight discrimination women face football.

Michael Weiß has been nominated for the award once before. The globetrotting coach, who has worked with Europe's top clubs, coaches the central Asian nation of Mongolia. Weiß found success coaching the Philippines national team, and he has also worked on football programs in Rwanda, China and Japan.

Honorary nominees

Additionally, a player or a coach can be honored in the category "honorary prize" for his or her extraordinary commitment.

The first honorary prize winner was Dettmar Cramer, in 2013, who worked in the United States, Japan and Saudi Arabia. His work was as unique as that of globetrotter Rudi Gutendorf. The man who has coached more national teams than anyone else (18) is the patron of this initiative.

Thomas Hitzlsperger won the 2015 honorary prize for his efforts to combat racism, homophobia and right-wing extremist violence.

In 2016, the honorary prize winner was the man who has scored more goals for Germany than anyone else, Miroslav Klose.

What is the award?

The German Football Ambassador award was first presented in 2013. It is a social football project that recognises the efforts of German football coaches and players who use the sport as a vehicle for effecting positive development abroad.

In that time, 26 charity projects have benefitted from their support. The Peres Center for Peace in Israel is an example, in which frameworks were established, which are designed to help Jewish and Arab children (and adults) to learn how to overcome religious and cultural barriers through football.

The initiative also supports a number of football related charities affiliated to German footballl personalities in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and the Caribbean.

How to vote

The winners will be chosen by the fans via online voting. Voting runs until April 28. Deutsche Welle is a media partner and will publish a portrait of the winner.

When is it awarded?

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will present the player award, coach award and honorary award at a gala in Berlin on May 15.

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Old Trafford to host classic UCL clash between Barcelona, Manchester United https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/10/old-trafford-to-host-classic-ucl-clash-between-barcelona-manchester-united/ Wed, 10 Apr 2019 11:00:59 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695570 The UEFA Champions League will continue its excitement on Wednesday with two strong clashes in the quarter-finals first leg. At 9 pm, Manchester United will host Barcelona at Old Trafford Stadium, while AFC Ajax will host Juventus at Amsterdam Arena. Ajax aims to keep his surprising results in the competition, after beating Real Madrid in …

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The UEFA Champions League will continue its excitement on Wednesday with two strong clashes in the quarter-finals first leg.

At 9 pm, Manchester United will host Barcelona at Old Trafford Stadium, while AFC Ajax will host Juventus at Amsterdam Arena.

Ajax aims to keep his surprising results in the competition, after beating Real Madrid in the round of 16.

The Dutch team was drawn in Group E with German giants Bayern Munich, S.L. Benfica, and AEK Athens FC. They qualified unbeaten for the round of 16 to meet Real Madrid. They beat the Spanish team 5-3 on aggregate.

In the Dutch league, the team played six matches, scoring 18 goals and conceded only six goals.

The Dutch team have been absent from the knockout stage in the UEFA Champions League in the recent seasons, despite having won the title four times, including three times in a row.

Meanwhile, Juventus, which beat AC Milan 2-1 in the Serie A on Saturday, will enter the game with high spirits.

However, the team will likely miss his star Cristiano Ronaldo for the injury he suffered last month with his Portuguese national team against Serbia.

The Italian club depends primarily on the defensive tactics, as they have two prominent defenders, namely Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci. The team only conceded six goals throughout its run in the Champions League this season. But they also a remarkable attacking line led by Argentinian Paulo Dybala and Croatian Mario Mandžukić.

In the other quarter-final clash, Barcelona enters the game with high spirits after beating Atletico Madrid in the La Liga, getting closer to win the Spanish league title for the second time in a row, next to qualifying to the final of Copa del Rey.

Barcelona hopes to end its curse in the knockout stages of the Champions League, as they failed to go beyond the quarter-finals in the last three editions. The Spanish team has never won at the Old Trafford.

The Catalan team is counting on its attacking line, led by Argentina’s star Lionel Messi, the team’s top scorer, and Uruguayan Luis Suárez.

Barcelona’s coach Ernesto Valverde will likely rule out French Osman Dembley after he suffered an injury against Lyon on 13 March.

As for Manchester United which was revived by Ole Gunnar Solskjær who took charge of the team following Jose Mourinho, they aim to continue their good results in the competition and avenge their lost against Barcelona in the UCL final in 2011.

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Al Ahly aims to overcome its African slip against Misr Lel Makkasa https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/10/al-ahly-aims-to-overcome-its-african-slip-against-misr-lel-makkasa/ Wed, 10 Apr 2019 10:00:03 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695569 Al Ahly aims to restore its balance and overcomes its defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns in the African Champions League, when it meets Misr Lel Makkasa on Wednesday in the 28th week of the Egyptian Premier League. They will be looking forward to placating their fans who were deeply saddened with the Red Devils’ biggest defeat …

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Al Ahly aims to restore its balance and overcomes its defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns in the African Champions League, when it meets Misr Lel Makkasa on Wednesday in the 28th week of the Egyptian Premier League.

They will be looking forward to placating their fans who were deeply saddened with the Red Devils’ biggest defeat in Africa.

Al Ahly has 55 points in the second place with only two-point difference from leading Zamalek. Misr Lel Makkasa is ranking fifth with 40 points and aims to win the game to qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup next season.

Since Misr Lel Makkasa was promoted to the Premier League in 2010/11, it faced Al Ahly 15 times, of which Al Ahly won 10 times, Misr Lel Makkasa won twice, and three games ended in draws.

In the current season, Al Ahly played 24 league games, of which it won 17, lost three, and four games ended in draws, scoring 40 goals and conceded 15.

Misr Lel Makkasa played 27 games, of which it won 11, lost nine. and seven games ended in draws. They scored 27 goals and conceded 27.

Al Ahly’s line-up is expected to include Mohamed El-Shenawy as goalkeeper, Yasser Ibrahim and Rami Rabia as defenders, Mohammed Hani and Tunisian Ali Maaloul as wingers, and Hossam Ashour, Amr Soleya, and Nasser Maher as midfielders.

Geraldo, Hussein El Shahat or Nigerian Junior Ajayi, and Marwan Mohsen will lead the team’s attacking line.

Chairperson of Al Ahly SC, Mahmoud El Khatib, held an urgent meeting, on Monday, with the club’s football players and the coaching staff over the team’s 5-0 defeat against South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns.

El Khatib met sat with the players before their training session at the club, expressing his disappointment over the players’ performance in that game. He also criticised the coaching staff led by Uruguayan manager Martin Lasarte, accusing everyone of causing this huge loss which faded the team’s hopes to win their first Champions League title since 2013.

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We will play second leg very seriously, hinting at sorcery is not appropriate: Sundowns Manager https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/10/we-will-play-second-leg-very-seriously-hinting-at-sorcery-is-not-appropriate-sundowns-manager/ Wed, 10 Apr 2019 09:00:27 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695568 Following Mamelodi Sundowns’ historic five-goal win over Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League quarter-final, Pitso Mosimane, the manager of Sundowns, said there’s still a long way to go in the title race. He told Daily News Egypt that facing Al Ahly in the second leg in Cairo will not be easy. “We hope to …

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Following Mamelodi Sundowns’ historic five-goal win over Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League quarter-final, Pitso Mosimane, the manager of Sundowns, said there’s still a long way to go in the title race.

He told Daily News Egypt that facing Al Ahly in the second leg in Cairo will not be easy. “We hope to keep a clean sheet in the first 15 minutes as we expect Al Ahly to attack aggressively on Saturday,” he added.

Mosimane said he would have preferred to avoid confronting Al Ahly in the quarter-finals, because it is one of the best teams. Sadness was dominating the South African team after the Moroccan Wydad Athletic Club led their group putting Sundowns in a direct clash with the Club of Century. But we prepared well for the match, which was clear in the first leg of the game.

Furthermore, he stressed that he studied Al Ahly well and watched seven previous games of the Cairo giant to know their strengths and weaknesses, which enabled Sundowns to utilise uncovered spaces behind Al Ahly players to achieve a great victory.

“Sundowns have big players and are capable of playing well in Cairo. We aim to keep a clean sheet and put pressure on Al Ahly midfielders and maybe score a goal or two,” he said, adding that they respect the competitor and warned players of sluggishness against Al Ahly, which won the African title eight times and have a wide experience in the competition.

Asked about recent rumours that Sundowns used sorcery to beat Al Ahly, Mosimane smiled and said this is inappropriate, as big teams rely on their experience and science while talks about magic and sorcery is irrelevant, noting that they beat Zamalek in the 2016 Champions League final’s first leg 3-0 and lost 0-1 in Cairo, which gave them the title.

He pointed out that South Africa is amongst the advanced countries in football and has many good players, which could be seen in the country’s results in African championships.

On the other hand, Mosimane said that Al Ahly has the right to play among its fans, which will be subject to security approvals, adding that the attendance of fans gives the team an edge.

He added that he set his programme before coming to Cairo, where he will give the players respite after reaching Egypt to avoid fatigue after their eight-hour flight. The players will then train on Wednesday and Thursday. They will then train for 15 minutes on the night before the game. He noted he likes to reduce the pressure on the players before the game.

Over and above, Mosimane said he watches his competitors’ games in the presence of his players to explain and clarify their mistakes and tell his players how to carry out their roles.

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El Khateeb holds urgent meeting over Al Ahly’s biggest Champions League defeat https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/09/el-khateeb-holds-urgent-meeting-over-al-ahlys-biggest-champions-league-defeat/ Tue, 09 Apr 2019 09:00:20 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695453 Cairo giants lost three out of four away matches this season

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Chairperson of Al Ahly SC, Mahmoud El Khatib, held an urgent meeting, on Monday, with the club’s football players and the coaching staff over the team’s 5-0 defeat against South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday in the CAF Champions League quarter-finals.

El Khatib met sat with the players before their training session at the club, expressing his disappointment over the players’ performance in that game. He also criticised the coaching staff led by Uruguayan manager Martin Lasarte, accusing everyone of causing this huge loss which faded the team’s hopes to win their first Champions League title since 2013.

However, El Khatib said there is still slight hope in the second leg match in Egypt, and called on the players to present a strong performance.

Al Ahly will need to score six goals against Sundowns next week to qualify for the semi-finals.

Al Ahly’s fans were shocked after their team’s huge loss, described by some as scandalous, which turned Al Ahly’s dream to claim their ninth African title into ashes.

Lasarte was the main one to blame for the team’s series of losses in Africa. Since he claimed the leadership of Al Ahly late last year, Lasarte played seven matches, of which four were outside Egypt. The team lost three of these away matches.

The Uruguayan so far showed a poor performance with Al Ahly in African clashes outside Egypt, especially that he keeps making changes in the team’s formation that led them to collapse, as was the case against Sundowns.

Before Al Ahly, Lasarte has never played in African competitions, however he used to play in South America which is quiet similar to the atmosphere in Africa which makes his argument weak.

On the other hand, Lasarte presents a different performance in the Egyptian Premier League, as he managed to lead Al Ahly to achieve nine consecutive wins, bringing the club to the second place with only two-point difference from leading Zamalek. Al Ahly, under Lasarte, also won their four home games in the CAF Champions League.

Apart from the constant modification of the team’s formation, Lasarte seems very conservative with Al Ahly outside Egypt, as he exaggerates in his defending tactics even if the opponent was Tanzania’s Simba.

Ironically, Lasarte’s defensive style failed against Sundowns. Although the team had three midfielders, Ahmed Fathy, Amr El Solia, and Karim Walid, the team lost linkage between its lines, which was Lasarte’s main responsibility.

Additionally, Lasarte’s insistence on placing Nigerian Junior Ajayi as a winger makes Al Ahly lose an important element in its attacking line, especially that the player is not quick enough for this position, as he performs much better when is a spearhead, especially beside Marawan Mohsen who also lacks speed.

Al Ahly now needs a miracle in the second leg, which is very unlikely to happen, given the weak performance of Al Ahly and the strength showed by Sundowns. All the odds are in the favour of Sundowns who has now become the strongest candidate for the title.

El Khateeb ruled out sacking Lasarte as the team will play several important matches locally and continentally in the upcoming period which requires stability. Al Ahly is now strongly competing over the league title, and has a strong clash against Misr Lel Makkasa on Tuesday, so any changes at the present time would make the situation much worse.

Some of Al Ahly’s board members suggested dismissing Lasarte and appointing Mohamed Youssef as a temporary coach, however, that board delayed making its decision until the second leg of the quarter-finals planned to be held next Saturday. In case the team failed to qualify, the board will probably dismiss Lasarte.

The team returned to Cairo on Sunday from South Africa and resumed training on Monday, in preparation for Misr Lel Makkasa, as the coaching staff and the team realize that losing any point will put the team’s dream of the league title aside.

Lasarte will be holding a session with the players before the training in an attempt to remove any negative feelings the players still have from the recent loss.

In a related context, defender Saad Samir underwent some tests after his knee injury against Sundowns.

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'Why not both?' Jürgen Klopp eyes double with Liverpool https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/08/why-not-both-jurgen-klopp-eyes-double-with-liverpool/ Mon, 08 Apr 2019 15:26:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695418 The post 'Why not both?' Jürgen Klopp eyes double with Liverpool appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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With Liverpool still competing on two fronts, Jürgen Klopp’s rhetoric and the pressure he’s facing haven’t changed. To shake his reputation as a loveable loser, the “Normal One” needs to deliver a title this season.At the elite level, titles are the measure of success in football. While his charisma has reignited the fervent passion that Liverpool FC is famed for, silverware remains the only thing Jürgen Klopp has failed to deliver since taking over in October 2015.

Since completing a league and cup double with Borussia Dortmund in the 2011-12 campaign, Klopp has been on the losing side of six major finals, four with LFC.

The most recent of which – a Champions League final loss to Real Madrid – sparked fears of a decline similar to the one experienced by BVB towards the end of Klopp's tenure. Those have since been waylaid as Liverpool have maintained their momentum despite suffering set-backs.

One-point clear at the top of the Premier League with five games to play and in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, the Reds have silverware within their grasp on two fronts.

Klopp eyes another double

According to Klopp, Liverpool fans would jump from a tall building it would end their 29-year wait for a Premier League title and would "sacrifice" the Champions League to do it.

However, the former Mainz man is incapable of settling for anything less than the maximum and, when asked about his own perspective replied with: "Why not both?" The 51-year-old's response is indicative of his serious, yet sartorial tone, but also of the pressure he puts on himself, not to deliver for personal glory, but for those that matter most to the club.

"I would certainly not die unhappy if I don't become champion again as a coach," Klopp told Die Welt am Sonntag. "But, I'm here to try everything to do it. The club has given me and my coaching team the means to put together a good team.

"If we can use that to make the fans happy with the title, it would be an absolutely huge thing for me. But, it means even more to the fans. To exaggerate: some [Liverpool fans] would be ready to jump off the 16th floor of a building if it meant winning the title."

That kind of passion is not foreign to the fist-pump's biggest fan, who in the words of club legend Jamie Carragher "would be like a god", if he were able to end the season with Liverpool's first league title since 1990.

Klopp in a pressure-cooker

There are five games remaining to decide Klopp's titanic tussle with Pep Guardiola for the Premier League title, which also happens to be the number of games required to go one better than last season's Champions League loss in Kyiv. If they want another shot at lifting the trophy in Milan on June 1 though, they will first have to book their ticket.

With that in mind, Liverpool welcome Porto to Anfield Road in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie at Europe's top table on Tuesday. The Reds beat the Portuguese side 5-0 on aggregate in the round of 16 en route to last season's final, but Klopp battered back talk of it being a simple step into the final four.

"We know that a lot of people are saying that Porto were the easiest draw, but that's nonsense," he said. "Porto may not have as many big a name as City or Barcelona, but they are a real challenge. We've got to give everything to reach the next round."

While Klopp seems intent on keeping his feet planted firmly on the ground, he can't expect the fans, whom he often refers to as Liverpool's "advantage,",to do the same. The manner of the win over Bayern Munich only served to stoke the fires of optimism burning in Merseyside, but with that comes a growing sense of pressure.

Nevertheless, the 51-year-old is confident his "mentality monsters" can withstand the challenges that lie ahead. If that results in silverware come the campaign's conclusion, Klopp would likely become immortal in a city in which he's already loved.

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Bayern Munich: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to be replaced by Oliver Kahn in 2021 https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/07/bayern-munich-karl-heinz-rummenigge-to-be-replaced-by-oliver-kahn-in-2021/ Sun, 07 Apr 2019 14:45:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695241 The post Bayern Munich: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to be replaced by Oliver Kahn in 2021 appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Bayern Munich’s CEO has confirmed reports that he will leave the club in 2021, with the former Germany and Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn set to step into the role. “I feel like it’s a good time to stop,” said Rummenigge.Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed he will leave the club in the end of the 2020/21 season.

"I think it's a good time to stop,” Rummenigge told Sky Sports. "I've been doing this for 20 years.”

Rummenigge has also said that Bayern Munich are planning for former captain Oliver Kahn to be his successor.

According to Rummenigge, whose contract at Bayern was renewed in December, Kahn will start working closely with him "sometime, at a time which is not yet fixed or known to me,” in an attempt to prepare him for the "gigantic challenge.”

Kahn himself told Germany public broadcaster ZDF that discussions are still "ongoing,” and that the talks are "good” so far.

Oliver Kahn spent 14 years as Bayern Munich's top goalkeeper, in which he won the Bundesliga eight times, as well as six German cups and one Champions League title in 2000/01.

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Bundesliga: Bayern Munich dish out a 'football lesson' https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/06/bundesliga-bayern-munich-dish-out-a-football-lesson/ Sat, 06 Apr 2019 21:42:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695273 The post Bundesliga: Bayern Munich dish out a 'football lesson' appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Dortmund coach Lucien Favre admitted his side had been taught a ‘football lesson’ after their hammering in Munich. DW’s Mark Lovell saw a typically Bayern display and a BVB side who may have blown their biggest chance.Squandering a golden chance to move five points clear at the top, overawed Borussia Dortmund were comprehensively knocked off top spot as champions Bayern Munich handed the deposed Bundesliga leaders a "football lesson” in a ruthless 5-0 Klassiker victory.

A global event, beamed all around the world in over 200 countries, expectations were high that this 100th Bundesliga meeting of the two German heavyweights would live up to its billing. This was the Bundesliga's biggest game since the crunch six pointer decided by Robert Lewandowski's deft backheel when a dramatic late Arjen Robben penalty miss gave Jurgen Klopp's BVB an unassailable lead in 2011/12.

However, with the title up for grabs in Munich, this "Klassiker" (classic) soon became more about "Der "Klassenunterschied" – (the difference in class) as the champions ran rampant while Dortmund visibly wilted under the Munich spotlight. Those millions of viewers worldwide didn't get much of a contest.

BVB have been unceremoniously sent packing on their previous three visits 6-0, 5-1 and 4-1, so once Mahmoud Dahoud's gilt-edged chance brushed past the wrong side of the post in the seventh minute, one sensed a certain air of inevitability about the result, despite this being a far from vintage Bayern side.

And so it proved. First Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski, title winners at Dortmund under Klopp, added insult to injury before Javi Martinez and Serge Gnabry put the game out of reach by the break. Lewandowski's strike took him to 200 Bundesliga goals in only 284 appearances.

Cruise control

With the game in the bag, a tedious second half ensued as Bayern visibly went easy on hapless Dortmund, happy to regularly engage cruise control against a demoralised side. However, in their efforts to rile Lewandowski, Axel Witsel and Thomas Delaney only succeeded into goading the prolific goalscorer into adding the final goal of the evening.

In an act of mercy, referee Manuel Grafe blew his final whistle promptly on 90 minutes, with no added time, to stop Dortmund from receiving further punishment.

A bewildered BVB captain Marco Reus bemoaned his team's inexplicably inept display: "We played and defended catastrophically,” he said. An equally despondent coach Lucien Favre admitted that his side had been given a "football lesson” by a "dominant” Bayern.

Don't forget this was an extremely vulnerable Bayern side who have grabbed draws from the jaws of victory against Bundesliga minnows Fortuna Düsseldorf, Augsburg and Freiburg (twice). Bayern were there for the taking this season. Nico Kovac's ageing squad tottered alarmingly between transition and crisis in the autumn, while Favre's then unbeaten side built up a seemingly impregnable nine point advantage.

After frittering away that lead, Dortmund travelled to the Bavarian capital more in hope than expectation. With Bayern on the brink of rejuvenation following an unprecedented spending spree, this has been perceived by many as Dortmund's last chance to seize the Bundesliga title for the foreseeable future. However, Favre's men collapsed, suffering a massive case of stage fright – not helped by their alarming inability to defend simple crosses into the box. With the visitors overawed by the occasion, typically Bayern seized on their nervous frailty, raising their game on the big Bundesliga occasion, spurred on by a joyous home crowd.

Where does the Bundesliga go from here?

With six games remaining, it's hard to see how Dortmund can recover from this potentially fatal blow to their title hopes. This match promises to have handed their remaining opponents a huge lesson, i.e. regularly pump a few crosses into the box. Having assumed what they consider their rightful position at the top, expect Bayern to kick on from here and seal a magnificent seven in a row. It's how they roll in these parts. At least in the Bundesliga.

Bayern's rebuilding will continue in earnest over the summer with French World Cup winners Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez set to bolster a brittle backline.

The marketing men won't like this, but if Bayern retain their advantage at the top this season, their winning run would seem set to run well into double figures.

Cue louder noises for a European Super League.

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Visa hosts gala dinner to reveal 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations trophy https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/06/visa-hosts-gala-dinner-to-reveal-2019-total-africa-cup-of-nations-trophy/ Sat, 06 Apr 2019 19:10:08 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695196 Visa, the global leader in digital payments, and sponsor of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations football tournament, hosted a prestigious gala dinner to celebrate the reveal of the highly anticipated Total AFCON 2019 football tournament trophy. The AFCON trophy was displayed and received great admiration from among an esteemed crowd of Visa’s financial …

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Visa, the global leader in digital payments, and sponsor of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations football tournament, hosted a prestigious gala dinner to celebrate the reveal of the highly anticipated Total AFCON 2019 football tournament trophy.

The AFCON trophy was displayed and received great admiration from among an esteemed crowd of Visa’s financial institution clients and stakeholders, representatives from Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) and the media.

Following the reveal, the trophy will be showcased at several Egyptian banks from the 6th to the 9th of April where bank staff can get up close and personal with the trophy. The trophy will then be transported to its various venues by a Visa branded bus and will provide exciting photo opportunities for the staff.

As a sponsor, Visa is the exclusive payment services provider at all venues during the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations tournaments in 2019 and 2021 and will be the preferred payment option for tickets bought both in-person and online. In addition, Visa will be the official partner of the player escort programme, giving over 1,100 children the opportunity to lead their football heroes out at the Total AFCON 2019 matches. 

Visa’s General Manager in North Africa, Ahmed Gaber, commented on Visa’s sponsorship of the AFCON: “Football is a universal language and the AFCON resonates greatly with Africa. Despite the sheer size of our continent, we share an intense passion for football between us.

“Visa has a long and proud history of supporting football, having been a sponsor of the FIFA World Cup since 2007. Along with the Total AFCON 2019, Visa is also preparing for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. Being the exclusive payment services partner at some of the biggest global sporting properties in the world enables Visa to showcase the latest in payment innovation on a global stage. We are excited to work with the national committee in Egypt to prepare for the tournament in summer,” said Gaber.

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African national teams’ nicknames: expression of identities https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/06/african-national-teams-nicknames-expression-of-identities/ Sat, 06 Apr 2019 17:00:51 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695138 The CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will be held from 22 June to 20 July and will include 24 teams for the first time in the history of the championship. Five Arab teams will participate in AFCON 2019, and three teams will make their debut: Madagascar, Mauritania, and Burundi. African football teams have always …

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The CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will be held from 22 June to 20 July and will include 24 teams for the first time in the history of the championship.

Five Arab teams will participate in AFCON 2019, and three teams will make their debut: Madagascar, Mauritania, and Burundi.

African football teams have always had unusual nicknames, and this has become a tradition in the continent. Most of the teams are nicknamed after animals as they represent life, strength, and courage.

Some nicknames were made by the fans which are usually related to the colours of their flags or natural phenomena in the country.

Italian Rafael Pauli, researcher at the International Sports Center in Switzerland, said that the nicknames of teams are an expression of national unity and are another way of bringing people together. Football has played an important role in freedom and independence in African countries and has given them their own identities over the history.

Egypt “Pharaohs”

This nickname is basically related to the ancient Egyptians. Pharaohs were those kings in old Egypt who made great achievements, like building the Pyramids which are one of the world’s wonders.

The team also carries the name of “Prostraters”, since players usually celebrate their victory with prostration. This was clear during the previous AFCON editions in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

South Africa “Bafana Bafana”

In the Zulu language “Bafana” means “Boys”. When the South Africa joined the FIFA after the toppling of the racist apartheid regime, officials of football in South Africa started looking for a nickname for their football team. A journalist named Pero Meselco suggested the nickname as a reflection of youth. At first, football officials were not excited since the name does not represent strong brave men, however quickly the nickname was loved by football fans and spread among them, becoming the team’s official nickname very quickly.

Nigeria “Green Eagles”

The nickname is inspired from the eagles which Nigeria is famous for. Moreover, the main colour in the country’s flag is green. The team is also known for speed, accuracy, and strength, similarly to the eagle. 

Cote d’Ivoire “Elephants”

Elephants were the most prevalent animals in Cote d’Ivoire in the past. If reflects giganticness and strength.

Cameroon “The Indomitable Lions”

This nickname was inspired from the most famous animal in Cameroon. Lions are brave, strong, and fast. They are leaders, which is the same with the Cameroonian team.

“Untamed Lions” was one of the oldest titles in Africa, suggested back in 1972 by the Minister of Sports at Cameroon after the team was unable to qualify to the AFCON of the same year. At that time, the President of the country made drastic changes to the sector of football, and in one of the meetings with a public figure, the nickname was chosen, and “untamed” was added to distinguish the team from the rest of the teams.

Senegal “Lions of Teranga”

In the old Senegalese language “Wolof”, Teranga means hospitality, but like the Senegalese people say, it goes beyond mere hospitality. Teranga is not just a title, but a reflection of the nature of the Senegalese people who receive their guests with open arms, and allow them to enter their homes, meet their family members, and talk about their lives, religion, culture, and their own personal ideas.

Morocco “Atlas Lions”

This name came from the Atlantic mountains passing through Morocco.

Tunisia “Carthage Eagles”

Carthage is the cradle of the Tunisian civilization and the capital of the ancient Phoenician state. The nickname was chosen to suit their strength and speed while referring to the civilization of Carthage.

Algeria “Desert Fighters”

The Algerian national team has several nicknames: Desert Foxes, Desert Fighters, and The Greens. The desert fox lives in North Africa and some parts of the Arabian Peninsula in Saudi Arabia. It is distinct for its large ears.

Mauritania “Almoravid”

Mauritania was qualified for the first time for AFCON in its history. The Mauritanian national team is nicknamed “Almoravid”, referring to Almoravid dynasty which was an imperial Berber Muslim dynasty emerged in the 5th and 6th AH in the Islamic Maghreb region.

Guinea “National Elephants”

The Guinean team is known as “Syli nationale” in the local language, which means “National Elephants”. In their culture, the elephant is a symbol of strength and unity.

Kenya “Harambee Stars”

The team is nicknamed “Harambee Stars”. In old times, stars were considered a good omen and a way to drive out bad people.

Rafael Pauli says that some teams have taken nicknames inspired by celestial bodies out of the belief that this would eliminate bad luck and bad omens. Such nicknames are not famous, especially names of stars or such, unlike the names related to animals or colours.

Angola “sable antelopes”

Angola’s national team was nicknamed “sable antelopes” as they are the prevalent animals in the tropical jungles across Angola.

Benin “The Squirrels”

Benin was nicknamed “The Squirrels” which often live on trees. They are the prevalent animals across Benin.

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AFCON 2019 to witness new faces, absence of big teams https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/06/afcon-2019-to-witness-new-faces-absence-of-big-teams/ Sat, 06 Apr 2019 16:00:39 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695135 Twenty-four teams were qualified for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 which will be held in Egypt during the period from 22 June to 20 July. The upcoming edition is the first to include 24 teams in the history of the tournament, including five Arab national teams. Three national teams will make their …

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Twenty-four teams were qualified for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 which will be held in Egypt during the period from 22 June to 20 July.

The upcoming edition is the first to include 24 teams in the history of the tournament, including five Arab national teams. Three national teams will make their AFCON finals debut. They are Madagascar, Mauritania, and Burundi.

In the AFCON qualifiers, 48 teams were drawn into 12 groups of four teams (from Group A to Group L). They consisted of the 45 teams which entered directly, plus the three winners of the preliminary round whose identity was not known at the time of the draw.

Group A

The first group included Senegal, Madagascar, Guinea, and Sudan.

Senegal were qualified as the top of the group with 16 points, collected from five wins and a draw. They scored 12 goals and conceded only two goals.

Madagascar was qualified as second with 10 points collected from three wins and a draw. They scored eight goals and conceded eight goals.

Guinea ranked third with six points, and Sudan came last with only three points.

Group B

It included Morocco, Cameroon, Comoros, and Malawi.

Morocco were qualified as top of the group with 13 points collected from three wins and two draws. They scored eight goals and conceded only three goals.

Cameron came second with 11 points from three wins and two draws. They scored six goals and conceded three.

Malawi came third with five points, and Comoros came last with five points.

Group C

It included Mali, Burundi, Gabon, and South Sudan.

Mali were qualified as top of the group with 14 points collected from four wins and two draws. They scored 10 goals and conceded two goals. Burundi came second with 10 points from two wins and two draws. They scored 11 goals and conceded five goals.

Gabon came third with eight points, then South Sudan without any points.

Group D

It included Algeria, Benin, Gambia, and Togo.

Algeria were qualified as first of the fourth group with 11 points collected from three wins and two draws. The team scored nine goals and conceded four.

Benin came second with 10 points from three wins and a draw. They scored five goals and conceded six.

Gambia came third with six points, then Togo fourth with five points.

Group E

It included Nigeria, South Africa, Libya, and Seychelles.

Nigeria came first with 13 points from four wins and a draw. They scored 14 goals and conceded six goals.

As for South Africa, it ranked second with 12 points from three wins and three draws. They scored 11 goals and conceded two goals.

Libya came third with seven points, then Seychelles fourth with a single point.

Group F

It included Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone

CAF decided to disqualify Sierra Leone from the qualifiers, and all their matches were annulled, due to FIFA’s suspension of the Sierra Leone Football Association on 5 October 2018.

Ghana were qualified as first with nine points from three wins. They scored eight goals and conceded a single goal.

Ethiopia came third with a single point.

Group G

It includes Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Liberia, and Congo.

Zimbabwe topped the group with 11 points from three wins and two draws. They scored nine goals and conceded four.

DR Congo came second with nine points from two wins and three draws. They scored eight goals and conceded six.

Liberia came third with seven points, and Congo came fourth with five points.

Group H

It included Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, and Rwanda.

Guinea ranked first with three consecutive wins against Cote d’Ivoire, then Central African Republic then Rwanda before the three last rounds ended with draws, collecting 12 points. They scored eight goals and conceded four goals.

Cote d’Ivoire came second with 11 points from three wins and two draws. They scored 12 goals and conceded five.

Central Africa came in third with six points, and Rwanda came fourth with two points.

Group I

It included Angola, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, and Botswana.

Angola ranked first with 12 points from four wins. They scored nine goals and conceded six goals.

Mauritania finished second with 12 points from four wins. They scored seven goals and conceded six.

Burkina Faso came third with 10 points, and Botswana were the fourth with a single point.

Group J

It included Tunisia, Egypt, Niger, and Eswatini. 

Tunisia led the group with 15 points from five wins, scoring 12 goals and conceding four.

Egypt (host) collected 13 points from four wins and a draw, scoring 16 goals and conceding five.

Niger came third with five points, and Eswatini came fourth with a single point.

Group K

It included Guinea-Bissau, Namibia, Zambia and Mozambique.

Guinea Bissau qualified as top the group with three wins and three draws, collecting nine points. They scored eight goals and conceded seven.

Namibia qualified as second of the group with eight points from two wins and two draws. They scored five goals and conceded seven.

Mozambique came third with eight points, and Zambia came fourth with seven points.

Group L

It included Uganda, Tanzania, Lesotho, and Cape Verde.

Uganda led the group with four wins and a single draw, collecting 13 points. They scored seven goals and conceded three.

Tanzania came second with eight points from two wins and two draws. They scored six goals and conceded five.

Lesotho came third with six points, followed by Cape Verde with five points in fourth place.

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History of AFCON (2) https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/06/history-of-afcon-2/ Sat, 06 Apr 2019 15:30:28 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695098 Ghana make history in 1970, Egypt lose title in 1974 at home

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7th AFCON in 1970: Hosts win the title

The 7th CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) was hosted by Sudan for the second time, after the 1957 edition. Similar to 1968, eight teams qualified to the AFCON finals and were divided into two groups of four. Sudan won the title after beating Ghana 1-0 in the final.

Starting with this tournament, it was agreed to hold the AFCON periodically every two years.

The tournament was held from 6 to 16 February 1970. The first group included Cameroon, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ethiopia, while the second included Ghana, Guinea, Sudan, and Egypt.

The games were played on two venues: Municipal Stadium in Khartoum with a capacity of 15,000 spectators, and Wad Madani also of 15,000 spectators.

Cote d’Ivoire qualified to the next round as the top of its group with four points collected from two wins and a loss, followed by Sudan with also four points, but the former scored more goals.

In the second group, Egypt topped the rankings with five points collected from two wins and a draw, then Ghana with four points from one win and two draws.

In the semi-finals, Ghana beat Cote d’Ivoire 2-1, and Sudan beat Egypt in the other match. Ghana and Sudan qualified to the final.

In the final, Sudan won the title beating Ghana 1-0 in Khartoum. Egypt came third after beating Cote d’Ivoire 3-1.

The tournament marked the fourth final appearances in a row for Ghana, This record is currently unequalled.

8th AFCON in 1972: Congo clinch the title in Cameroon

The 1970 AFCON was the eighth edition of African championship. It was hosted by Cameroon for the first time in Yaounde and Douala cities. The competition witnessed the participation of eight teams that were split into two groups of four. Congo won its first title after beating Mali 3-2 in the final.

The tournament was held from 23 February to 5 March 1972. It was played in two venues: the Stade Omnisports in Yaounde (38,720 spectators) and the Stade de la Réunification in Douala (30,000 spectators).

The participating teams were divided into two groups, the first comprising of Cameroon, Mali, Kenya, and Togo. The second group included DR Congo, Congo, Morocco, and Sudan.

Cameroon was in the lead of its group with five points collected from two wins and a draw, Mali in second place with three points from three draws.

DR Congo qualified from the second group with four points collected from two wins and two draws, then Congo with three points from a win, a draw, and a single defeat.

In the semi-finals, Congo defeated Cameroon 1-0, and then Mali achieved a victory over DR Congo 4-3.

Congo beat Mali 2-3 in the final game. In the third-place match, Cameroon beat DR Congo 5-2.

9th AFCON in 1974: Egypt lose at home

The 1974 AFCON was the ninth edition. It was hosted by Egypt. Eight teams participated in the tournament in two groups.

Egypt had missed the 1970 championship after failing to qualify for the finals for the first time in its history before returning again after only two years to host the tournament.

Egypt hosted AFCON in 1959 under the name of the United Arab Republic.

The tournament was held from 1 to 14 March 1974, in four cities with the participation of eight teams, of which two teams qualified directly, Egypt as the host country and Congo as the title-holder.

As usual, the teams were divided into two groups. The first group included Egypt, Zambia, Uganda, and Côte d’Ivoire. In the second group were Congo, DR Congo, Guinea, and Mauritius.

Egypt qualified as the top of its group with six points from three wins. Zambia came in second with four points from two wins and a loss.

In the second group, Congo qualified with five points from two wins and a draw, followed by DR Congo with four points from two wins and a loss.

In the semi-finals, DR Congo beat Egypt 2-3 at the Cairo Stadium. In the other game, Zambia beat Congo 4-2.

In the final held on 12 March 1972, DR Congo and Zambia tied 2-2, before playing another game on 14 March. DR Congo won the title for the second time in history after beating Zambia 2-0.

10th AFCON in 1976: Morocco crowned champion

The 1976 AFCON was held in Ethiopia for the third time in history. Eight teams participated in the tournament. The teams were divided into two groups, but a final stage group was introduced with the top two finishers of each of the first stage groups. The 10th edition was played from 29 February to 14 March 1974.

As usual, the participating teams were divided into two groups, the first of which included Guinea, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Uganda. The second included Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan, and DR Congo.

In the first group, Guinea qualified with five points from two wins and a tie, followed by Egypt with four points from a win and two draws.

Morocco topped the second group with five points from two wins and a draw. Nigeria came in second with four points from two victories and a defeat.

The final stage group included Morocco, Guinea, Nigeria, and Egypt. Morocco won its first championship, by topping the final group with five points. Guinea finished second with four points.

Morocco won the title after a 1-1 draw with Guinea in their final match on 14 March 1976 in Addis Ababa.

11th AFCON in 1978: Ghana win title and Tunisia banned from CAF competitions

The 1978 AFCON was held in Ghana. Eight teams participated in the tournament. The teams were divided into two groups and the first and second teams of each qualified for the semi-finals. The final match was between Ghana and Uganda and ended with Ghana winning 2-0.

The tournament saw the absence of Egypt after losing in the qualifiers from Tunisia. Cote d’Ivoire originally qualified by beating Mali 2-1 on aggregate in the qualifiers, but both teams were disqualified: Cote d’Ivoire for fielding an ineligible player in the second leg, and Mali due to police and stadium security assaulting the match officials during the first leg. Burkina Faso, who had lost to Cote d’Ivoire in the previous round, took their seat.

The competition returned to its previous form, and was divided into two groups of four. The first includes Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, and Burkina Faso, while the second included Uganda, Tunisia, Morocco, and Congo.

Ghana qualified as the top of Group A with five points from two wins and a draw, to play Tunisia in the semi-finals that ranked second in Group B with four points from a victory and two draws.

Nigeria qualified as the second of group A with four points from a victory and two draws to play Uganda that topped Group B with four points from two wins and a defeat.

In the semi-finals, midfielder Karim Abdul Razak led Ghana to beat Tunisia 1-0. In the other game, Uganda won 2-1 over Nigeria.

Ghana secured the AFCON title after beating Uganda 2-0 and held the trophy for the third time in history.

In the third place game, the match was abandoned after Tunisia walked off in the 42nd minute with the score tied at 1-1 to protest the officiating. Nigeria were awarded a 2-0 win, and Tunisia were banned from CAF competitions for two years.

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12th AFCON in 1980: Green Eagles win first championship

The 1980 AFCON was held in Nigeria. Eight teams participated in the tournament. The teams were divided into two groups, the first and second teams qualified for the semi-finals.

Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Tanzania, Algeria, Guinea, Ghana, and Morocco participated.

The eight teams were divided into two groups: Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt and Tanzania in the first group, while Algeria, Guinea, Ghana, and Morocco were in the second group.

Nigeria came on the top of the first group with five points from two wins and a draw, while Egypt ranked second with four points from two wins and a defeat.

In the second group, Algeria qualified first with five points from two wins and a draw, followed by Morocco in second place with three points from a win, a draw, and a defeat.

In the semi-finals, Algeria beat Egypt 4-2 on penalties after the original time ended in a draw 2-2. In the other match, Nigeria beat Morocco 1-0.

In the final, Nigeria won the title for the first time in their history after a 3-0 victory over Algeria by Segun Odegbami and Muda Lawal. The match was held on 22 March at the Surulere Stadium, Lagos.

In the third place match, Morocco beat Egypt 2-0.

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Foreign players of Egyptian Premier League to follow in AFCON 2019 https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/06/foreign-players-of-egyptian-premier-league-to-follow-in-afcon-2019/ Sat, 06 Apr 2019 15:22:38 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695141 The qualifiers of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations came to an end. The finals will be held next summer from 21 June to 19 July in Egypt, and the 24 qualified teams were announced. Senegal, and Madagascar were qualified from Group A, Morocco and Cameroon from Group B, Mali and Burundi from Group C, …

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The qualifiers of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations came to an end. The finals will be held next summer from 21 June to 19 July in Egypt, and the 24 qualified teams were announced.

Senegal, and Madagascar were qualified from Group A, Morocco and Cameroon from Group B, Mali and Burundi from Group C, Algeria and Benin from Group D, Nigeria and South Africa from Group E, Ghana and Kenya from Group F, and Zimbabwe and DR Congo from Group G.

Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire were qualified from Group H, Angola and Mauritania from Group I, Egypt (host) and Tunisia from Group J, Guinea-Bissau and Namibia from Group K, and Uganda and Tanzania from Group L.

In this edition of AFCON, Egyptians will not only be following their national team, but also the foreign players who play for Egyptian clubs in the Egyptian Premier League, most prominently, the trio of the Tunisian team, Hamdi Nagguez, Ferjani Sassi, and Ali Maâloul. Nagguez and Sassi play now for Zamalek SC, while Maâloul plays for Al Ahly SC.

Alain Giresse, the coach of the Tunisian national team, is expected to rely on the three players who have previously played with Tunisia in the FIFA World Cup in Russia under the former coach Nabil Maâloul.

Moroccan Khalid Boutaïb is considered one of the main players in the Atlantic Lions team even before he joined Zamalek. French Hervé Renard relies heavily on him to lead the team’s attacking line. The Moroccan team is also likely to include Al Ahly’s star Walid Azaro, and Zamalek’s winger Hamid Ahaddad.

Al Ahly’s Geraldo is also expected to play with Angola’s national team. The player presents a good performance with the Cairo giants and definitely will be followed by the Egyptian fans.

The Namibian Benson Shilongo, who currently plays for Ismaily SC, will likely be included in his national team’s squad which return to AFCON after an 11-year absence.

Tanzanian players Himid Mao Mkami (Petrojet SC) and Shiza Kichuya (Enppi SC) will join their national team in AFCON which also return after a 39-year absence.

Malagasy Paulin Voavy who plays for Misr Lel Makkasa SC will also join Madagascar’s national team which will make their debut in AFCON finals this year. Voavy is one of the main players of the current squad of Madagascar.

Aboubacar Diarra, the attacking midfielder of Enppi SC, will be seen with Mali in AFCON, after he played most of the qualifiers.

DR Congo’s win over Liberia in the last round of AFCON qualifiers gave the chance to Enppi’s forward Chadrack Lukombe to play with his national team in the prestigious championship for the first time in his career.

For Zamalek’s Kabongo Kasongo, there are doubts about his participation with DR Congo in AFCON, as he is in a race against time to recover from his recent injury.

Journey of qualified teams for AFCON 2019

Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Congo, Mali, Guinea, Uganda, South Africa, Guinea-Bissau, Zimbabwe, Angola, Benin, Burundi, Tanzania, Namibia, Kenya, and Madagascar.

Team

played

won

drawn

Lost

Goals For

Goals Against

points

Senegal

6

5

1

0

12

2

16

Madagascar

6

3

1

2

8

8

10

Morocco, West, sunset

6

3

2

1

8

3

11

Cameroon

6

3

2

1

6

3

11

Financial

6

4

2

0

10

2

14

Burundi

6

2

4

0

11

5

10

Algeria

6

3

2

1

9

4

11

Boys

6

3

1

2

5

6

10

Nigeria

6

4

1

1

14

6

13

South Africa

6

3

3

0

11

2

12

Ghana

6

3

0

1

8

1

9

Kenya

6

2

1

1

4

1

7

Zimbabwe

6

3

2

1

9

4

11

Congo

6

2

3

1

8

6

9

Guinea

6

3

3

0

8

4

12

Cote d’Ivoire

6

3

2

0

12

5

11

Angola

6

4

0

2

9

6

12

Mauritania

6

4

0

2

7

6

12

Tunisia

6

5

0

1

12

4

15

Egypt

6

4

1

1

16

5

13

Guinea-Bissau

6

2

3

1

8

7

9

Namibia

6

2

2

2

5

7

8

Uganda

6

4

1

1

7

3

13

Tanzania

6

2

2

2

6

5

8

Africa Cup of Nations 2019 seeding pots

Pot 1

Egypt

Ghana

Tunisia

Cote d’Ivoire

Cameroon

Senegal

Pot 1

Morocco

Nigeria

DR Congo

Algeria

Guinea

Mali

Pot 3

Uganda

South Africa

Guinea-Bissau

Zimbabwe

Angola

Burundi

Pot 4

Mauritania

Namibia

Benin

Kenya

Madagascar

Tanzania

AFCON 2019 qualified teams’ previous appearances

Team

Participations

Senegal

14

Madagascar

Debut

Morocco

16

Cameroon

18

Mali

10

Burundi

Debut

Algeria

17

Benin

3

Nigeria

17

South Africa

9

Ghana

21

Kenya

5

Zimbabwe

3

DR Congo

18

Guinea

11

Cote d’Ivoire

22

Angola

7

Mauritania

Debut

Tunisia

18

Egypt

23

Guinea-Bissau

1

Namibia

4

Uganda

6

Tanzania

1

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Innovation of Cairo Stadium to be completed on 15 May: stadium’s developer https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/04/innovation-of-cairo-stadium-to-be-completed-on-15-may-stadiums-developer/ Thu, 04 Apr 2019 15:00:50 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695041 British experts oversee pitch development, CAF is satisfied

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A few days ago, the British newspaper The Mirror, put the Cairo International Stadium among seven stadiums in the world that can host the UEFA Champions League final in the future. This was not a coincidence, as the history of the stadium has given it a world-class reputation.

The Cairo International Stadium is the official stadium of the Egyptian football team, founded in 1958 under the name of Gamal Abdel Nasser. It was renewed in 2004 at a cost of EGP 150,000. This stadium hosted the 2006 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final, which was won by Egypt. Its capacity then reached 74,100 spectators.

The Cairo International Stadium is the first of its kind with Olympic standards in the Middle East and Africa. It is located in the Nasr City, northeast Cairo. It was designed by the German architect Werner Marsh, the same architect who designed the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, which hosted the Olympic Games in 1936. The stadium was completed in 1960 and inaugurated by the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser at the July revolution celebrations of the same year.

In 2005, the Cairo Stadium was developed according to the new Olympic standards for the 21st century. The stadium is located about 10 km from Cairo International Airport and 30 km from downtown Cairo.

The Cairo Stadium has a significant importance in the Egyptian sports history, hosting the major sports events in Egypt, such as the Clasico between Al Ahly SC and Zamalek SC.

As Egypt prepares to host the 2019 AFCON in June, Daily News Egypt visited the Cairo Stadium to see its preparations for the tournament on the ground.

Mohamed Hamdy is an Egyptian actor who starred in Wahed Min El Nas film (One of the People) and several series, such as Esm Moakat (Temporary Name), Rakam Maghoul (Unknown Number), and Kafr Delhab. Daily News Egypt interviewed him, not for his acting career, but for being the Chairperson of Nefertari Company, which is tasked to develop the Cairo Stadium.

Nefertari is an Egyptian joint stock company established in 2005. It is specialised in sports constructions, such as playgrounds and lounges. The most important of its projects were the Giftun Hurghada Stadiums, Smouha Sporting Stadiums, Savoy Hotel Stadiums in Sharm El Sheikh, and the Equestrian Stadium in Cairo Stadium – the company is the first in Egypt to specialise in this type of stadiums – along with Mountain View, Shooting Club, and New Maadi stadiums.

Mohamed Hamdy

The company always relies on foreign experts in its work. It is also a local agent for many European companies from Germany, France, and Spain, such as Javier and Emilio Sanchez, which operates in 95% of the world’s largest tennis courts. It is also specialised in equestrian. (Sánchez-Casal Academy)

The company has 35 employees, trained by foreign experts, so that they can perform at a high level of quality.

The transcript of the interview follows, lightly edited for clarity: When has the development work of the Cairo Stadium begun?

We started the development of the Cairo Stadium in July 2018. We did not expect Egypt to host the African Cup of Nations. The work started with analysing the soil of the pitch in European laboratories to select the best grass type to be planted there. We then began working on the drainage, irrigation, and pumps. Irrigation is carried out automatically, as in the largest stadiums in the world.

When will it be ready?

It will be ready on 15 May. Given the current status of the pitch, we can use it for matches now. The winter seeds are 100% grown. The development is carried out through a scientific method as we mixed winter and summer seeds and added some industrial materials.

How was your company assigned to develop the stadium?

The Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Cairo Stadium Authority communicated with the French company Tarkett to carry out the development of the stadium, and it happens that my company is the local agent of Tarkett in Egypt. Accordingly, the company was hired. We established a warehouse for the company’s equipments at a cost of EGP 500,000 that we paid ourselves. We also utilized the best machines that cost EGP 6m imported from Japan. There are English experts to oversee the work here.

What advantages does the company offer to the stadium?

The company offers a 15-year guarantee of the pitch. It will be suitable to host 1,000 hours per day. The stadium must be rested though.

How much was your profit from the project?

Working on the development of Cairo Stadium was not financially beneficial. On the contrary, we lost EGP 2m. But the company intends to introduce this type of flooring to Egypt. There are two stadiums in Saudi Arabia and Dubai using it, as well as in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup. This type has been used since 1989 in all the pitches of England and Spain. Working on the Cairo Stadium is a chance for the company to market itself in the private sector.

Would you do anything else other than flooring?

The company will install 30,000 seats at a cost of EGP 25m, including 2,064 VIP seats that will be imported from Spain. Stadia will install the remaining seats. This is one of the most difficult phases and needs much work. Developing the track would be the final stage. The company will also install new screens using Korean experts.

How much does the development process cost?

The total cost of the Cairo Stadium’s development is about EGP 50m.

How many workers are working there?

The company has 65 workers in the stadium.

Do you have enough time to complete all these tasks?

There are currently eight companies working on the development of Cairo Stadium and they aare doing their best to finish the work before the tournament.

How was the work for your company under this pressure?

The pressure in this type of work is not normal. It is not easy to deprive workers of their vacations for four months. I think working under such conditions is very difficult.

Are there any notes from the Confederation of African Football?

The CAF committees are satisfied with the work. They know our company very well and the quality we can provide.

What is your response to the criticisms?

I hope that the media will investigate the accuracy of what we are carrying out. Some of the reports convey some news without being confirmed, which costs a lot and expose the families of the workers to financial crises.

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Arabs in AFCON: many appearances with little achievements https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/04/arabs-in-afcon-many-appearances-with-little-achievements/ Thu, 04 Apr 2019 14:00:16 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695040 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is one of the largest continental competitions awaited by football fans from the moment its last match ends to the moment the new championship starts. AFCON is organised by the CAF every two years to determine the continent’s champion. It is ranked third in the world after the FIFA …

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CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is one of the largest continental competitions awaited by football fans from the moment its last match ends to the moment the new championship starts.

AFCON is organised by the CAF every two years to determine the continent’s champion. It is ranked third in the world after the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship for its high competitiveness, especially that it usually includes talented African players who play for the best European clubs, in addition to the best players in Africa.

AFCON started in 1957 and the first country to host it was Sudan. Egypt are the most successful team in the history of the competition as they won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010. Cameroon came second with five AFCON titles.

Arabs have participated in the continental championship for many times, however, they made little achievements. The Arab teams in the North Africa won 10 continental titles.

Egypt qualified to the AFCON finals 23 times before the current edition. It is one of the most participating nations in the championship. Egypt’s first participation was in 1957 and the last one was in 2017. The Pharaohs were runner-up for three times in 1963, 1970, and 1974, while it ranked fourth three times in 1976, 1980, and 1984.

The teams of Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia came second among Arab teams in terms of AFOCN participations, totalling 16 times before the current edition in 2019.

Tunisia won the 2004 edition which was held on their land, and came second twice in 1965 and 1996 editions. It ranked third once in 1962, and ranked fourth twice in 1978 and 2000.

As for the Algerian team, they won the title once in 1990 which was also held on their land, and came second in 1980. It came third twice in 1984 and 1988, and ranked fourth in 1982 and 2010.

As for the Moroccan team, they won the title once in 1976, and came second once in 2004. It also came third once in 1980 and fourth two consecutive times in 1986 and 1988.

The Sudanese team participated seven times in the AFCON and was one of the three teams contributing to the launching of this continental competition.

The Sudanese team won the title once in its history in 1970 and came second twice in 1959 and 1963. It came third once in 1957.

The Libyan team participated three times in the championship and came second in 1982 after losing the final on penalties to Ghana.

AFCON hosts usually win, Egypt sets good model

Egypt is preparing to host the AFCON for the fifth time in history, setting a record as the most country hosting the competition.

Egypt hosted the AFCON in 1959, 1974, 1986, 2006, and now in 2019, surpassing Ghana who hosted the championship four times in 1963, 1978, 2000, and 2008.

Many countries have hosted the AFCON and ended up winning its title. Ironically, Egypt was the first and last to both host and win the AFCON in 1959 and 2006. The first time was in 1959 when Egypt defeated Sudan in the final. The last time Egypt clinched the prestigious title on their land was in 2006 against Cote d’Ivoire.

In 1962, Ethiopia won the AFCON title on their land after beating Egypt in the final. Ghana was also one of the teams hosting the championship and winning its title in the 1963 edition after beating Sudan. Six years later, Sudan took revenge, winning the AFCON title in 1970 against Ghana.

In the 1978 edition, Ghana hosted the championship and won its title after beating Uganda 2-0 in the final. In 1980, Nigeria (also the host) won the title against Algeria after winning 3-0 in the final.

After a long absence, Egypt won the title when they hosted the competition for the second time in 1986, beating Cameroon on penalties in the final.

In 1990, Algeria won its first AFCON title after winning over Nigeria in the final. The Algerian team took revenge from Nigeria as the former lost the title race to the Green Eagles in 1980.

In 1996, South Africa won the AFCON title when they hosted it, beating Tunisia 2-0 in the final. In 2004, Tunisia won their only African title when they hosted the competition and beat Morocco 2-1 in the final.

For the third time, Egypt won AFCON when they hosted it in 2006, beating Cote d’Ivoire on penalties.

In the 1982 edition, Libya (the host) lost to Ghana 7-6 on penalties. In 2000, the Nigerian team lost to Cameroon 4-3 on penalties in the final.

Egypt’s coaches in AFCON: nationals are the most triumphant

The 2019 AFCON is going to be the 32nd edition of the old competition. Cameroon was selected to host the championship in the first place, however the CAF stripped Cameroon of the hosting rights on 30 November 2018 due to the country’s lack of suitable stadiums. Egypt was eventually chosen instead.

The race was between Egypt and South Africa, who submitted candidacies late last year after CAF stripped Cameroon of the hosting rights. The Egyptian Football Association said in an official statement that Egypt received 16 votes while South Africa won only one vote, in the ceremony held by the CAF in Dakar in January.

This championship is the first in Africa to include 24 teams according to the CAF decision issued on 20 July 2017.

Throughout the AFCON finals, Egypt were coached by 17 different coaches before the current Javier Aguirre. Only seven foreign coaches managed the Pharaohs in the AFCON finals.

The start was in 1957 with the national coach Mourad Fahmy who managed to win the African title. In the edition that followed in 1959, Pal Ticos was the first foreign coach to win AFCON with Egypt. In the 1962 edition, the duo Mohamed El Gendy and Hanafy Bastan handled together the coaching of the Pharaohs, securing the second place. The duo Mahmoud El Gohary and Hassan Shehata made the most appearances with the Pharaohs in the AFCON finals with three times each. El Gohary led Egypt in 1992, 1998, and 2002. He won the African title once in 1998. He was the first to win the title both as a player and a coach in Africa.

Shehata was Egypt’s coach in 2006, 2008, and 2010. He won the title in the three editions to be the only one in Africa to win the AFCON title in three consecutive editions.

The last coach who coached the Pharaohs in the AFCON finals was Argentinean Hector Cuper in the 2017 edition held in Gabon. In this year, the Egyptian team lost to Cameroon 2-1 in the final after a seven-year absence from the championship since the 2010 win.

Egypt’s coaches in CAF Africa Cup of Nations

Coach

Edition

Final ranking

Murad Fahmy

1957

Champion

Pal Tecos

1959

Champion

Mohamed El Gendy and Hanafi Bastan

1962

Runner-up

Fouad Sedky

1963

Third place

Saleh the beast

1970

Third place

Dimitar Kramer

1974

Third place

BorkardBape

1976

Fourth place

Abdel Moneim El Hajj

1980

Fourth place

Saleh the beast

1984

Fourth place

Mike Smith

1986

Champion

Mike Smith

1988

Sixth place

Hany Mostafa

1990

Eighth place

Mahmoud El Gohary

1992

11th place

Taha Ismail

1994

Fifth place

Rod Kroll

1996

Seventh place

Mahmoud El Gohary

1998

Champion

Gerard Geely

2000

Fifth place

Mahmoud El Gohary

2002

Sixth place

Mohsen Saleh

2004

Ninth place

Hassan Shehata

2006

Champion

Hassan Shehata

2008

Champion

Hassan Shehata

2010

Champion

Hector Cooper

2017

Runner-up

Host countries who won AFCON title

Edition

Host Country

Champion

Runner-up

1959

Egypt

Egypt

Sudan

1962

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Egypt

1963

Ghana

Ghana

Sudan

1970

Sudan

Sudan

Ghana

1978

Ghana

Ghana

Uganda

1986

Egypt

Egypt

Cameroon

1990

Algeria

Algeria

Nigeria

1996

South Africa

South Africa

Tunisia

2004

Tunisia

Tunisia

Morocco

2006

Egypt

Egypt

Cameroon

Host countries who couldn’t win AFCON title

Edition

Host Country

Champion

Runner-up

1965

Tunisia

Ghana

Tunisia

1982

Libya

Ghana

Libya

2000

Ghana – Nigeria

Cameroon

Nigeria

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Bayern Munich edge past Heidenheim in nine-goal thriller https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/03/bayern-munich-edge-past-heidenheim-in-nine-goal-thriller/ Wed, 03 Apr 2019 18:58:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=694980 The post Bayern Munich edge past Heidenheim in nine-goal thriller appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Bayern Munich are out of the Champions League, but they are still vying for two domestic trophies. They were nearly left with only one trophy left to fight for after an incredible German Cup game.Bayern Munich 5-4 Heidenheim
(Goretzka 12', Müller 54', Lewandowski 56', 84' pen., Gnabry 66' – Glatzel 26', 74, 77 pen., Schnatterer 39')

In what turned into a cup classic, Bayern Munich just about got past second-division Heidenheim in a game that had everything.

After Leon Goretzka had given Bayern the lead with a free header, the home side's day was turned upside down when Niklas Süle saw red for a challenge on the edge of the box after VAR changed Guido Winkmann's original decision to just give Niklas Süle a yellow card.

Inspired by their one-man advantage, Patrick Glatzel sent a header into the far corner and captain Marc Schnatterer delivered a superb low drive at the end of a counterattack to give Heidenheim the lead.

Niko Kovac reacted at the break, bringing on Robert Lewandowski and Kingsley Coman and instantly Bayern were a different side. Lewandowski set up Thomas Müller for a beautifully-executed third before, three minutes later, the two swapped roles as Lewandowski slid in at the back post to put Bayern up 4-2.

Despite being down to 10 men, the game seemed to be over. But Heidenheim weren't done and head coach Frank Schmidt made two changes of his own. One of them, Maurice Multhaup slipped through striker Glatzel who sent another composed finish into the far corner to reduce the deficit to one. Three minutes later after Mats Hummels tugged gently at Multhaup's arm, Glatzel converted the penalty and the score was level again, this time at 4-4.

With Coman struggling with what looked like an injury, Heidenheim suddenly had another chance to claim the unlikeliest of victories. Marnon Busch's needless handball changed all that though. With six minutes left, Busch's arm caught a cross and Lewandowski sent keeper Kevin Müller the wrong way to put Bayern back in front.

Gnabry hit the bar – the third effort off the woodwork in the game – but there was no drama left in what proved to be an incredible game. "Even though we were down a man, we can't be happy conceding two when we were leading 4-2," Thomas Müller said afterwards.

In the end it was job done for Bayern, but having come through a dramatic cup game unscathed the question will be whether they can make it count against Dortmund on the weekend.

As it happened:

FULL TIME

Bayern Munich have won an absolute cup classic here with more plot twists than a Game of Throne episode. Bayern were ahead, then a man down and two goals down, then they were ahead again, then it was level, and then, finally, they were ahead again. Just incredible. Tough on Heidenheim who deserved more than to score four and leave the competition, but such is cup football. Beautiful and brutal at the same time. I need a moment to recover from that one… wow.

90+3' Lewandowski down the line to Coman. He keeps it alive. Here comes a Bayern corner… This should be it.

90+1' Four minutes of added time. Lewandowski fouled. Time speeding up for the hosts now.

88' That should be enough, but what am I writing considering what has happened in this game already? Gnabry at the end of a break, smashes the bar. That's three efforts off the woodwork tonight. This game has had everything, honestly. Have to feel for Heidenheim a bit though. Score four in Munich and don't win? Tough.

84' GOAL! Bayern Munich (Lewandowski) This game. Honestly. I'm not sure I've seen anything like it. A cross comes in, Marnon Busch handles it rather unfortunately but also unnecessarily. Penalty! The Pole steps up and fools Müller with a perfect penalty. Five four. Just bonkers.

82' CHANCE! There's more drama in this game than in Game of Thrones. Wow. Heidenheim break forward, Glatzel has another chance but this time Ulreich saves. The rebound falls to another Heidenheim player, but Boateng just blocks his shot wide. Incredible cup game!

81' With Coman not comfortable, this is effectively 9 men for Bayern against 11 of Heidenheim. Bayern can make another sub if it goes to extra time, but who knows what will happen in this game?

77' GOAL! Heidenheim (Glatzel pen.) What is happening here? What a game! Multhaup bursts into the box, Hummels tugged gently as his arm. The winger eventually goes to ground. Winkmann says penalty! After a quick VAR check, he gives it and Glatzel dinks it down the middle and the game is level! Madness!

74' GOAL! Heidenheim (Glatzel) This game continues to astound. Heidenheim make that extra man count again! Maurice Multhaup, the aforementioned winger, slips in Glatzel. The striker finds the far corner perfectly and now there's just one goal in it!

72' What's this? Coman looks in pain. Adductors perhaps? Lewandowski rubs his stomach after pointing to his teammate. Well, Bayern haven't got any more subs but if they take off the Frenchman they'll have just 9 men left on the field to defend their two-goal lead. What now? Coman stays on, walking slowly. Schmidt, who has already brought on a winger for Schantterer, now brings off a defender (Theuerkauf) for attacker Denis Thomalla. Has to go for it – and has.

66' GOAL! And there's the fourth! After VAR checks and confirms, that is the goal that probably puts Bayern in the next round. Hummels flicks a corner towards the back post and Gnabry, unmarked, is there to tap home. Game over. Again, what a game.

64' And just like that Bayern look like the side with 11. Gnabry is causing problems in the box, as is the fresh-legged Coman. The pressure from the home side is growing. One more and they, the 10 men, are probably out of sight.

56' GOAL! Bayern Munich (Lewandowski) This is turning into a classic! Kimmich blocks a certain goal on the ground (not sure how aware of it he is) and then Bayern break. Gnabry feeds Müller on the left and he breaks into the box and he drags a low pass towards the back post that Lewandowski slides in. Two goals in two minutes. Bayern are ahead, but still a man down. What a game.

54' GOAL! Bayern Munich (Müller) Quality makes all the difference. Lewandowski goes on a run, no chance comes after he hits a pass wide to Gnabry too late, but Heidenheim's clearance falls to the Pole at the edge of the box. He brilliantly heads the ball into Thomas Müller who hits a volley on the turn into the net. A superb finish and the 10 men of Bayern are level!

51' Boateng has a go from range. Bit early for that isn't it? Dorsch comes off in a ground he used to call home (on a yellow). Arne Feick is on, giving Schmidt fresh legs at left back. Heidenheim still look dangerous on the break…

46' Off we go. Bayern have 45 minutes to turn this around. Kovac brings on Lewandowski and Coman for Rafinha and James. Going all in. Heidenheim are unchanged.

HALFTIME

Who saw that coming? The red card is obviously the turning point of the game, and remains controversial. Niklas Süle sees red after VAR for a tackle on the edge of the box that looked tough but not too rough. Guido Winkmann thought otherwise, and Heidenheim scored two brilliant goals thanks to captain Marc Schnatterer. Before the game, Hummels said Glatzel was good in the air and Schnatterer was a legend. Well, Hummels was not wrong.

45+4' Huge clearance to keep Müller away from a chance right at the end of the half, but Heidenheim do just that!

45+1' James gets the ball in the box but again doesn't shoot. Bayern are lucky though as the play is brought back for a free kick. Whipped in, but cleared. There will be three more minutes of added time.

43' Bayern trying to settle and figure out a way through, but Heidenheim have to lines of four and are going to make it very difficult from here onwards. Kovac will change up at the break and go for it, but the visitors have put themselves, with the aid of the red card, in a perfect spot.

39' GOAL! Heidenheim (Schnatterer) A perfect counterattack and the visitors lead! Frank Schmidt's plan has been perfect since the red card. A lovely ball down the left flank, Sebastian Griesbeck has the eye and just enough of a touch to poke it across to the on-running captain. Schnatterer just gets to it before Bayern's defense can, and he plonks it just inside the far post. The home side and crowd are stunned!

35' James dallies on the edge of the box when he should shoot. Kimmich eventually keeps it alive with some neat footwork, but a poor pass ends that move. Bayern edging their way back into this, as odd as that sounds.

32' Bayern are still in this. Sounds odd, but 10 vs. 11 won't feel like that for Heidenheim. Maybe on a counterattack or two (which is where they need to make it count), but the quality of the home team is huge. Goretzka nearly gets to the end of a low cross, but it's cleared. Rafinha tries a one-two with James, but it's cleared. Heidenheim try to break, but the final ball is off.

26' GOAL! Heidenheim (Glatzel) Heidenheim have made the extra man count! A great cross from the captain Schnatterer gets the ball beyond Bayern's central defenders and Robert Glatzel heads perfectly across goal in the far corner. All square with 70 minutes to go and one man more. Can Heidenheim record the greatest result in the club's history? They've got a chance now…

22' Schnatterer has another free kick but this one clips the top of the wall. Andrich goes on a great run but then can't get the ball out wide left to his captain. Just that bit of quality missing. Boateng comes on for Ribery. The Frenchman is not happy, not happy at all. Wouldn't want to be Kovac now. Not an easy conversation to have.

19' Well. Well. That has changed things. Kovac tries to figure out what to do (Boateng coming on?). In the meantime, Dovedan tests Ulreich with a low shot from the edge of the box. Heidenheim are becoming braver. I'd like to see the Süle challenge again you know? First look it looked tough but not a red card. Still, that's the advantage of seeing multiple angles. At least, it should be.

14' RED CARD! CROSSBAR! Well, Niklas Süle clatters Robert Andrich just outside the box. Free kick on the edge of the box. Süle is booked, but VAR makes the call and after a long look referee Guido Winkmann sends Süle off for seemingly a dangerous tackle. On second look, his feet are down as he slides across – and he's not last man – so it seems an odd one. The resulting free kick is clattered onto the bar by captain Marc Schnatterer. All happening!

12' GOAL! 1-0 Bayern (Goretzka) But from the resulting corner Bayern take the lead. Frank Schmidt won't be happy about this. Great delivery from Kimmich, but Leon Goretzka is very free and can head in from just a few yards out. Easy. Just like that, Bayern are ahead.

10' Bayern have stepped it up a gear. After a slip in midfield opens up space for Bayern, Ribery cuts in from the left but his pass is just beyond James. The pressure has definitely gone up a notch. Patrick Mainka then glances a header away from Müller, who was otherwise in on goal.

9' A chance! Bayern do eventually force a corner, Hummels rises but heads over. The pressure begins…

5' Fairly usual first five minutes of a cup team between Bayern and a supposed minnow. Heidenheim trying to find their feet, but sticking firmly to their plan of playing out of the back. Bayern looking to impose their quality but can't get enough control yet. Light sparring is how I'd describe it, but not even a light blow has been landed yet.

1' Off we go! Heidenheim get us underway with six players on the halfway line.

18:28 Teams are out. Bayern in red, Heidenheim in white. It's still light out. Love that. Cup football that starts in the light of the late afternoon and finishes in the darkness of the evening.

18:21 "Everything is mental," Kovac says before the game, adding: "That decides everything." Well that is true, but a little talent helps too I think. Kick off approaching here…

18:14 Worth remembering that Eintracht Frankfurt, under Niko Kovac, played Heidenheim in the German Cup last year. Kovac says before this one that it'll be harder this year because Schmidt has done some good work. Frankfurt squeezed past them in the Last 16 last season with a 2-1 scoreline. Can imagine Kovac will want more than that tonight. On Lewandowski, Kovac adds that the striker came to him this morning say he wasn't feeling right and that's why he's on the bench.

17:50 Fun fact! Mats Hummels used to put Marc Schnatterer, the Heidenheim captain, in his second-division fantasy football team because he would always get him points from free kicks. Perhaps he'll deliver another tonight, although I'm sure Hummels would prefer him not to. Kick off at 1830 CEST.

17:34 TEAMS! Bit surprised by this Bayern team. No place for Alphonso Davies in the squad. Kovac has picked a strong team, even with Neuer and Alaba out injured. Robert Lewandowski is on the bench because he's a little ill say the club. Sounds like a rest ahead of the big game.

This will be a big challenge for Heidenheim. Schmidt makes two changes from the team that drew in the league on the weekend. Note that keeper Kevin Müller saved a last-minute penalty in that one to secure the point. Some more heroics today? It is the cup…

Bayern Munich XI: Ulreich – Rafinha, Süle, Hummels, Kimmich – Thiago, Goretzka – Ribery, James, Gnabry – Müller

Heidenheim XI: Müller – Busch, Mainka, Theuerkauf, Beermann – Schnatterer, Andrich, Griesbeck, Dorsch – Glatzel, Dovedan

17:21 The scene is set. It's 19C in Munich at the moment, with a few clouds. Perfectly warm spring evening. Bring on the football!

17:04 So who are Heidenheim? A side that rose into the third division in 2009, eventually made their way in the second division in 2014 where they have solidified themselves as a mid-table team. Head coach Frank Schmidt has been in charge since 2007 and midfielder Niklas Dorsch will be looking to show his former employees what they should never have let him go. The 21-year-old left Bayern for Heidenheim in 2018 having been at the Bavarian giants since 2012. This season the club are 6th in the second division with – four points off the promotion playoff spot. Keep an eye on striker Robert Glatzel and Dorsch tonight.

16:58 Good evening! Bayern Munich can still win the double. Whether that will be enough to keep Niko Kovac remains to be seen, but it wouldn't be a bad season for the record champions. With one eye on their huge clash against Dortmund on Saturday evening, there's a potential for them to slip up tonight against second-division side Heidenheim. Keep up with all the action here!

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The major issues facing Reinhard Grindel's successor at the DFB https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/03/the-major-issues-facing-reinhard-grindels-successor-at-the-dfb/ Wed, 03 Apr 2019 15:25:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=694989 The post The major issues facing Reinhard Grindel's successor at the DFB appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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The ink had hardly dried on Reinhard Grindel’s resignation before plenty of speculation began to emerge about who could become his successor. DW looks at the key issues facing whoever takes over as DFB president.The next president of the German Football Association (DFB) has an unenviable task. Above all, the successful candidate will have to embody key character traits that Reinhard Grindel didn't: credibility, an impeccable compliance record, and strength in integration, communication and crisis management.

With the new chief to be elected at the German FA's congress in late September, there is still plenty of time for speculation about who will succeed Grindel. But just hours after his resignation, already a number of names were making the rounds – some well known, some, perhaps not so well.

Could Philipp Lahm step into the breach?

Former Germany players Philipp Lahm and Christoph Metzelder have been the pair most frequently mentioned so far, but they are not alone. Former women's national team coach Silvia Neid's name has come up, as have those of former Germany captain Lothar Matthäus, former Germany striker and head coach Rudi Völler, and the general manager of the national team, Oliver Bierhoff. A couple of other names may not be as well known to international football fans: DFB General Secretary Friedrich Curtius, former German Interior Thomas de Maizière, and Sylvia Schenk of Transparency International Germany.

Whoever the successful candidate turns out to be, he or she will have their work cut out for them. Here are the most pressing issues:

Structural reform

Considering the fact that Grindel is the third DFB president in a row to have had to depart prematurely, the first problem should be obvious: the organization is in urgent need of reform. What's needed is a streamlined structure and people in place who have the required know-how to deal with the increasing complexity of the footballing world.

Disconnect from the supporters

It's not without reason that hardly a Bundesliga game goes by without supporters shouting slogans slamming the DFB or unfurling critical banners in the stands. This is because the ever-increasing commercialization of football has left many fans feeling aggrieved. Among their main complaints are rising ticket prices and kick-off times that are aimed at generating maximum revenue, while not considering the impact on the "average" football supporter, particularly those who like to follow their teams on the road. The extreme marketing of the German national team or Die Mannschaft, has also contributed to the fans' alienation.

Disconnect from the amateur game

A disconnect between the DFB and smaller, amateur clubs has also developed. The small clubs complain that the DFB is only interested in the professional game while displaying a condescending attitude towards the amateurs. The amateur clubs are demanding financial support, particularly in less affluent regions of the country. They argue that with professional kick-off times being spread out through entire weekends and beyond, their revenues are taking a significant hit.

A dearth of young talent coming through

Germany's youth development program has fallen behind, and recent results have reflected this. Germany's under-19s failed to qualify for the last European championship, the under-17s only got to their Euros as one of the best group runners-up and German teams simply haven't been a factor in recent UEFA junior club competitions. Football development experts argue that there has to be a major shift in priorities, if things are to start to improve anytime soon.

Major projects

The ground-breaking ceremony for the DFB's new academy in Frankfurt, which Grindel has described as a "center of excellence for all German football" is to be held in early May, with construction meant to be completed by 2021 – at an estimated cost of no more than €150 million ($168.5 million). Another major project on the horizon is EURO 2024, which is to be hosted by Germany.

Shedding light on how Germany won the right to host the 2006 World Cup

Despite repeated pledges from the DFB since Grindel took over as president in 2016, there has been precious little progress on getting to the bottom of allegations that the bid committee greased palms to ensure that Germany won the right to host the 2006 World Cup. More than three years since the allegations first emerged in a Spiegel article, the DFB has failed be proactive in trying to get to the bottom of things, choosing instead to be reactive – to either media reports or criminal investigations related to the affair.

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Hoffenheim deliver Julian Nagelsmann's gameplan to prove collective quality https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/30/hoffenheim-deliver-julian-nagelsmanns-gameplan-to-prove-collective-quality/ Fri, 29 Mar 2019 22:47:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=694420 The post Hoffenheim deliver Julian Nagelsmann's gameplan to prove collective quality appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Hoffenheim hammered Bayer Leverkusen at the start of matchday 27 in the Bundesliga, proving more ruthless than their opponents. The game was also an example of Julian Nagelsmann’s fantastic coaching.Hoffenheim 4-1 Leverkusen
(Belfodil 10', 61', Amiri 51', Kramaric 79' – Volland 17')
PreZero Arena, Sinsheim

Julian Nagelsmann's habit of drawing games has returned again this season (Hoffenheim have 11 draws this season), but as the final stretch to the league campaign arrives another Nagelsmann trend emerges. The young coach's ability to take seemingly average talent and make them excel in a system continues to impress – and could turn draws into wins all over again.

Leverkusen came with Julian Brandt, Kai Havertz and Leon Bailey. The three flashed brilliance, notably when Julian Brandt assisted Leverkusen's only goal of the night with a delicious cross delivered from a static position, but were otherwise contained.

Instead, Ishak Belfodil, Joelinton and Andrej Kramaric delivered game-winning performances. Granted, Kramaric is a stand-out talent but that status is his alone in this Hoffenheim team. Joelinton returned from a loan spell in Austria and Belfodil was signed at the start of this season after an unremarkable spell at Werder Bremen. Individually this is not a terrifying team, but collectively this Hoffenheim side keeps being underestimated.

The strength of this team lies in it's ability to function as a unity. With that, comes a surprise surge in individual ability. "We used the space opened up by Leverkusen's aggressive defending to deliver superb counterattacks," Nagelsmann said after the game. "They did exactly what we trained – and added a few of their own ideas too… They deserved to beat a strong opponent."

This is a smart team. Belfodil's first goal came from vertical passing with Leverkusen in an advanced position. Kramaric's cross with the outside of his boot is the obvious piece of telling quality, but Belfodil's accurate finish should not go unnoticed. In midfield, Florian Grillitsch, another solid but unspectacular signing from Werder Bremen, looked extremely competent and the returning Benjamin Hübner also delivered a strong performance in the heart of a defensive unit that is run by former Cologne midfielder Kevin Vogt. They are not househould names, but they are making their head coach one by delivering his smart gameplan.

While Leverkusen were wilting late on, the fourth goal was superb. Hoffenheim won the ball and moved it forward quickly. Youth talent David Otto slipped in Belfodil, who was denied a hat trick by an opportunistic Kramaric. The move was slick, and required intelligence and quality to deliver.

Leverkusen were hampered by injuries forcing them into two changes, but Peter Bosz's ruthless persistence to defending so aggressively proved costly (and probably familiar for Borussia Dortmund fans). "If you defend like that in the second half, then the scoreline deserves to be what it is," Bosz said afterwards. "If it [the defense] is that open and the coordination isn't right, then it makes life easy for the opposition."

Clearly Leverkusen have the talent but in this game that counted for nothing against a Hoffenheim side well aware of what they needed to do to win. Grillitsch admitted his pass to Belfodil for the second goal was a bit fortunate, but it was played with the gameplan in mind. Belfodil's superb control and finish is a testament to that prepartion – and to how it can improve the individual's ability.

None of this is new. Nagelsmann has been doing this since he took over in 2016, and even though the results weren't there in their Champions League campaign this season, the brave and impressive performances were. The remarkable aspect is Nagelsmann's consistent ability to find players who perform in his system.

Last season, Hoffenheim collected 17 points from their final eight games. After tonight, they look ready to pick up something similar this time around. And who would bet against them?

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Aguirre fails to find solutions to national team’s weaknesses https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/29/aguirre-fails-to-find-solutions-to-national-teams-weaknesses/ Fri, 29 Mar 2019 19:14:30 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=694369 Salah's absence caused troubles, lack of focus behind defeat to Nigeria

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The Egyptian national football team returned from Nigeria after a defeat in a friendly match on Tuesday, as both teams prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The national team did not appear reassuring, in the absence of the team’s star and the Liverpool club’s player, Mohamed Salah, and the continuity of defence crises and the absence of offensive effectiveness.

The game showed that the players do not know how to deal with the cross-balls well, which posed a great threat to the goalkeeper. Nigeria threatened the Pharaohs with several attacks on the goal on more than one occasion as a result of this problem.

Mexican Javier Aguirre praised the match, stressing that the result of the match does not concern him, pointing out that he sought to put several players under a test in order to select the players who will play in the AFCON, stressing that the game has become official, especially since it is held outside the country amid a large audience.

He said that the absence of concentration in the first seconds of the match is the main reason behind the early goal, which caused the team to lose to Nigeria, stressing that it is a strong lesson for players before the most important event.

Furthermore, he added that the door of the team is still open to those who can prove their ability to join the Pharaohs in the next stage.

Aguirre admitted that there are some drawbacks which emerged in the matches against Niger and Nigeria and he seeks to correct them during the next stage, praising a number of players.

He was keen on sitting down with the players after the game to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the team.

Hany Ramzy, the coach, said that the players performed well against Nigeria regardless of the score, due to the absence of the team’s main elements. He said that Al Ahly and Zamalek’s game on Saturday also affected the players.

Ahmed Nagy, the national team’s coach, praised the level at which the goalkeeper appeared.

In a different matter, Aguirre expressed his displeasure with the news leak of the formation of the national team to the media, which affects the confidentiality of the preparations. He told Ihab Lehita, the team’s director, to impose more discipline within the team’s camp, especially since the formation was leaked 24 hours before the game.

Aguirre expressed his concern about the upcoming matches and their impact on the players, while noting that he is prepared for all scenarios.

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Al Ahly, Zamalek players valued at EGP 1bn https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/29/al-ahly-zamalek-players-valued-at-egp-1bn/ Fri, 29 Mar 2019 11:00:12 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=694367 Fans of Egyptian football are awaiting the important game between both rivals on Saturday in Borg El Arab in Alexandria. The match is particularly important as it will set the fate of the competition as Zamalek tops the ranking with 53 points, up by two points from Al Ahly in second place with 51 points. …

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Fans of Egyptian football are awaiting the important game between both rivals on Saturday in Borg El Arab in Alexandria. The match is particularly important as it will set the fate of the competition as Zamalek tops the ranking with 53 points, up by two points from Al Ahly in second place with 51 points.

The two teams witness the presence of players worth hundreds of millions of pounds, or about £48m ($65m). The total value of players in both teams exceed EGP 1.1bn, according to Transfermarkt. Al Ahly’s players are valued at £33.3m, while Zamalek’s players are valued at £17.4m.

The most expensive players in terms of market value in the two teams are Ramadan Sobhi-who is on a loan from Huddersfield Town- who is valued at £6.3m.

In second place is Moroccan striker Walid Azarou of Al Ahly who is valued at £2.52m.

Zamalek’s top player by market value is Mahmoud Abdel Moneim Kahraba, who is third on the list with a value of £1.8m.

Tunisian player Ferjani Sassi, a Zamalek player, and Nigerian Junior Ajayi of Al Ahly are equal in value at £1.62m.

The third place among Zamalek players are Moroccan Khaled Boutayeb who is worth £1.58m, Ibrahim Hassan who is worth £1.35m, Mostafa Fathi and Tunisian Hamdi Alnqaz who are equal in value, both worth the same of £1.08m.

In Al-Ahly, the trio Amr El- Solia, Mohamed El-Shenawy, and Tunisian Ali Maaloul, ae valued at £1.35m.

The list in the two teams is tailed by young players, Mostafa El Badry of Al Ahly and Seif Farouk Gaafar of Zamalek, each valued at £45,000, in addition to Mohamed Abdelsalam of Zamalek with a value of £90,000.

The list also includes Mohamed Nageeb of Al Ahly who is worth £135,000, the same as the upcoming goalkeeper of Zamalek Omar Salah.

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Zamalek’s Gross requests discretion, state of division over Kahraba, Ahaddad https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/29/zamaleks-gross-requests-discretion-state-of-division-over-kahraba-ahaddad/ Fri, 29 Mar 2019 10:30:25 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=694360 The Zamalek team announced an emergency level 48 hours before the game against Al Ahly, scheduled for Saturday within the 17th round of the Egyptian Premier League. Zamalek’s coach Christian Gross has decided to keep the team training secretly for the next few hours. He stressed that there should be no club official or fans …

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The Zamalek team announced an emergency level 48 hours before the game against Al Ahly, scheduled for Saturday within the 17th round of the Egyptian Premier League.

Zamalek’s coach Christian Gross has decided to keep the team training secretly for the next few hours. He stressed that there should be no club official or fans in the training or the team camp, which will kick off on Friday.

Furthermore, Gross also warned Zamalek players not to play in a hasty manner, which could cause them to waste their chances. He also asked them not to be nervous during the game.

For its part, the management of Zamalek warned the players of scuffling with Al Ahly players in the pitch or their response to the provocation of the fans.

The Zamalek administration also warned the players not to publish anything related to the game on their accounts on the social networking sites so as to not lose focus.

There is a state of division within the Zamalek technical apparatus led by Gross, about pushing either Hamid Ahaddad or Mahmoud Kahraba.

Gross preferred to rely on Ahaddad, especially since he is good at defensive duties, unlike Kahraba. The assisting technical staff, however, prefer Kahraba for his top-notch performance, and to benefit from him in order to exploit Mohamed Hany’s advances on the right side of Al Ahly.

A source in Zamalek said that Gross has not yet taken the decision. Meanwhile, he decided to include Ahmed Sayed Zizo at the expense of Ibrahim Hassan.

Zamalek’s board of directors also sent a message to the fans demanding restraint during the game.

On the other hand, there is uncertainty about the position of the Congolese Kasongo, the Zamalek striker-who is loaned to Al-Wehda club until the end of the current season-regarding his return to the White Citadel after the end of the loan period, especially as Zamalek currently has four foreign players in its ranks, namely Moroccans Hamid Ahaddad, Khalid Boutaib, and Tunisians Hamdi Al-Naqaz and Farjani Sassi.

The white’s officials look forward to the position of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) in order to consider the players of North Africa as locals next season, which is currently supported by Zamalek.

If the EFA does not endorse the decision to consider North Africans as locals, the players will be loaned again next season.

On the other hand, international players are subject to the healing training following their return to Cairo, after participating with the national team in the friendly match against Nigeria, which was held on Tuesday within the preparations of the Pharaohs for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Ali Maaloul, who is also in recovery, has participated as well in the friendly against Algeria with his national team of Tunisia.

For his part, Sayed Abdel Hafiz, Al Ahly football director, said that the atmosphere is calm inside Al Ahly before the match, and that the technical programme was developed to face Zamalek.

He stressed his confidence in the capabilities and the experience enjoyed by Ahly in such a difficult atmosphere, which is always good to deal with, and expressed his hope that the team will win.

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Al Ahly enters closed training camp in Borg El Arab in preparation for Zamalek https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/29/al-ahly-enters-closed-training-camp-in-borg-el-arab-in-preparation-for-zamalek/ Fri, 29 Mar 2019 10:00:33 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=694326 Lasarte considering to push Fathy to play to solve centre problem

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Al Ahly is scheduled to enter a training camp in Borg El Arab on Thursday in preparation for the upcoming Zamalek match scheduled for Saturday, which was postponed from the 17th week of the Egyptian Premier League. Uruguayan Martín Lasarte will announce the names of who will travel to Alexandria after the final training in Gezira Sporting Club.

Al Ahly’s management was keen on preparing a closed camp 48 hours before the game in order to force the players to focus and avoid the media and public pressure, as the competition between Al Ahly and Zamalek is very fierce, since the latter tops the ranking with 53 points while Al Ahly follows with 51 points.

This situation of the media and public pressure has made the technical staff decide to carry out the players’ training on Tuesday and Wednesday, without the presence of media representatives. Lasarte tried a number of technical and planning sequences in the hopes to surprise Zamalek and reap the three points to top the rankings.

He focused on the planning side for the past two days and has taken great care of the defence side to correct the mistakes of past matches.

The technical staff is choosing between Yasser Ibrahim and Ayman Ashraf to play next to Saad Samir. If Ashraf is playing, the chance will be open for Tunisian Ali Maaloul to focus more on the offense line, as Ashraf plays well as a left-back.

In the same context, Ahmed Fathi is undergoing an intensive preparation programme in order to prepare him for the game, in anticipation of the inability of Hisham Mohammed to start the game, especially since Fathi has been absent for a long time due to an injury, especially with the suspension of Karim Nedved.

The technical staff is considering this option, as they have reservations on the idea of engaging Hossam Ashour in the game, especially as the latter does not have the physical ability to play for 90 minutes, in front of the pair Ferjani Sassi and Tarek Hamed of Zamalek.

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Meet Egypt’s youngest female football coach https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/23/meet-egypts-youngest-female-football-coach/ https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/23/meet-egypts-youngest-female-football-coach/#respond Sat, 23 Mar 2019 11:00:55 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693679 Salem dreams of playing in Europe, Ronaldo is her role model

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A brunette young woman with childlike features decided to rebel against norms in order to realise her dream, which she wrote down when she was 15: the establishment of a football academy only for girls. Daily News Egypt had the chance to meet Farida Salem to talk about her Empower Academy.

When she was 15, Salem wrote down all her goals, which she has now achieved, including playing for a foreign football team, coaching, and establishing a football academy.

“When I was young, at 12, I wanted to play football. There was no football academy for girls, so I had to play with boys in the Gezira SC, which made me dream of opening an academy for girls. I worked as an assistant coach when I was 16 to prepare for this,” Salem said.

She is now 25 with a bachelor’s degree in sports, health and physical education, from Canada’s Vancouver Island University. She is both a football player and a coach at the same time.

Ever since she was young, Salem loved football. She, however, could not find a place to play at. So, she decided to play with her brothers in Gezira SC. When she became 15, she joined Wadi Degla’s female team, then Maadi SC.

She studied journalism at the American University in Cairo and played football with her university team, and was named the best female player in Egypt before receiving a scholarship from Vancouver Island University to study and practice football at the same time.

“I chose the game [football] after trying many sports. My goal was to prove myself in playing football as young people always see that girls are not capable of playing sports,” she said.

When she was in Canada, she faced several problems that forced her to reconsider her passion and dream. “After graduating, I worked there for a year in areas related to sports, but I felt frustrated. Every job I applied to rejected me for reasons I cannot change. I was not happy abroad, so I thought about my old dream of opening a female football academy.”

Salem did not listen to those who told her to change her plans for money. “Some told me to include boys in the academy to get more money. But in my opinion, girls are just like boys, and could be even better, like in the United States.”

She spoke about the strangest situations she had encountered during her journey with the academy, saying, “When I presented the idea to one of the clubs, an official told me that training girls is not profitable and will not be beneficial. I told him that if I got 20 girls who want to join the academy, I will be successful. He said if 10 joined, I would consider it a success. Two and a half months later, the academy is training 60 girls.”

She talked about her personal life, and the support she got from her family for her project. “I have two younger brothers, one of them works with me in the academy. He is a talented coach who also studied sports in Canada, and played in the US and Canada, as well as trained there. He also helps with the part I miss, financials.”

“Abdulrahman, my brother, came up with the name ‘Empower’. When I returned from Canada, I announced the idea to some of my friends, and they all talked about empowering girls.”

“My family always supports me. My father passed away. And my mother is very proud of me and tells everyone my story.”

Salem also talked about her ambitions to expand her academy. “Fees for joining the academy are EGP 800 per month. We try to offer the best services. We are partners with El-Karma SC in Sheikh Zayed and we have plans to expand in the future. I cannot judge the financial success of a project after only two and a half months.”

“One of my dreams, after five years, is to have a team that can compete in the local league. I am not in a rush for now. But I’m preparing for it by training girls for the future. I am fully dedicated to the academy and I believe that passion deserves all the time and effort I can spend.”

“One of the girls in the academy grabbed my attention, and I helped her to join Wadi Degla SC.”

She added, “I hope to live abroad, especially in Canada, to increase my experience in coaching.”

She, however, did not forget her dream of playing football herself. “I was injured, and my hand was broken, which hindered me from joining the Maadi or Wadi Degla clubs. The next season, I will join one of them, probably Maadi. I want to try playing in Europe and I had an offer from Sweden but could not go because of my studies.”

Salem believes that women’s football in Egypt is currently in crisis. “Women’s football in Egypt is suffering from a lack of attention. We are no longer ranked globally. Africans are better in terms of physical strength and we have to train harder to compensate that. I am keen to help young girls with the physical side to have more stamina not just to play football.”

She does not really follow Egyptian football. “I do not follow Egyptian football that much. I am a fan of Al Ahly in Egypt and Manchester United in England. I also like Amr Warda and Trezeguet, as I feel they do their best. I find Cristiano Ronaldo the best player as well as Ashley Young. For girls, I like Alex Morgan.”

On the conservative look for women who play football and that women’s lives end when they get married, Salem disagrees with that. “Marriage does not stop women from playing football. I will be married someday, which is a positive thing. Some have been married and gave birth but still play football. Ronaldo has the same 24-hour day like others but he was very successful, and I believe can do the same.”

Salem does not see that she is facing many difficulties, perhaps only a few frustrations. “The most frustrating thing for me is when I feel that my female trainees cannot understand my coaching techniques. However, I do my best and I am working to overcome this.”

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Jadon Sancho is the type of player England has and Germany wants https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/23/jadon-sancho-is-the-type-of-player-england-has-and-germany-wants/ https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/23/jadon-sancho-is-the-type-of-player-england-has-and-germany-wants/#respond Fri, 22 Mar 2019 22:36:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693719 The post Jadon Sancho is the type of player England has and Germany wants appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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A goal eluded Jadon Sancho on his first competitive start for England at Wembley on Friday night, but the Borussia Dortmund forward nevertheless showed why he is in such demand – at home and abroad.Jadon Sancho had two Czech defenders to beat at Wembley. After nutmegging the first, he was knocked off balance. But he recovered, regained possession and quickly flicked the ball through the legs of the second, as if in retaliation, winning a corner for England.

Many a Bundesliga defender this season will know exactly how Filip Novak and David Pavelka felt, the two hapless Czechs whose blood had been twisted by the teenager from London who has made a name for himself at Borussia Dortmund.

Nineteen months, ten goals, 21 assists and countless dribbles on from his decision to walk away from Pep Guardiola in August 2017, Sancho is a regular starter with the joint Bundesliga leaders. His performances have earned him a player of the month award in Germany and a call-up for England.

Dortmund last year extended his contract until 2022 in an attempt to stave off mega bids from the Premier League such as the one allegedly being prepared by Manchester United, who are reportedly ready to offer €90m ($100m) for the 18-year-old. A poorly-timed and quickly-deleted Twitter retweet has only fueled speculation.

Sancho is now hot property in two countries. He's the sort of player which England have and which Germany want. After World Cup humiliation, Nations League relegation and the Bundesliga clubs' Champions League elimination, the inquest into a dismal football year for Germany is in full flow.

And the conclusion most widely agreed upon so far is that, while the country's famed academy system has produced dozens of technically perfect and tactically shrewd young footballers, Germany lacks players with a "street football mentality."

"A uniform type of technically fine passers have been cultivated in the academies but the penetration in one-on-ones has gone missing," wrote respected football magazine Kicker this week, reporting on Germany assistant manager Oliver Bierhoff's plans to improve youth development. It's hard not to imagine Sancho being in his head.

"German football must be careful not to get left behind," said former Germany and Arsenal defender Per Mertersacker. "England, France, Belgium and others are ahead of us in this sort of training," added national team coach Joachim Löw.

While Löw now wants to build his latest, and probably last, Germany team around Leroy Sané, his English counterpart Gareth Southgate has Raheem Sterling and Sancho, who lined-up either side of Harry Kane against the Czech Republic on Friday night.

The outstanding Sterling will rightly grab the headlines after his hat-trick in England's 5-0 win, but Sancho will also be more than satisfied with his role in first competitive start for his country.

Shortly before his blood-twisting dribble, it was his first-time ball across the box which Sterling tapped home for England's first. He was also involved in the build-up to the fifth, injecting pace into the attack and combinging with Bayern Munich target Callum Hudson-Odoi.

And Sancho himself could have been on the scoresheet too in the second half were it not from a last-ditch block from Novak, clearly determined not to let Sancho have it all his own way.

"He didn't want to accept the challenge," Guardiola said recently of Sancho's decision to quit Manchester City. Far from it; the challenge has been well and truly accepted.

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Euro 2020 qualifying: Germany look to emulate neighbors in period of evolution https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/22/euro-2020-qualifying-germany-look-to-emulate-neighbors-in-period-of-evolution/ https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/22/euro-2020-qualifying-germany-look-to-emulate-neighbors-in-period-of-evolution/#respond Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:42:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693729 The post Euro 2020 qualifying: Germany look to emulate neighbors in period of evolution appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Both Germany and the Netherlands are in transitional periods going in to Sunday’s Euro 2020 qualfying encounter. The Dutch have a head start, however, as Germany hope to bed-in a new batch of world beaters.At almost any other period in the past 40 years, a clash between Germany and the Netherlands would mean a showdown between two of the world's elite footballing nations. Sunday's Euro 2020 qualifying opener doesn't quite have the same billing though, with both in the midst of a period of redevelopment.

"If you look back over recent months you can see they’re a little further along with the process of mixing younger talents with the more experienced heads,“ explained Germany forward Marco Reus. "Our goal is to get to that stage again."

Since failing to qualify for both Euro 2016 and last summer's World Cup in Russia, the Dutch have been through a drastic makeover, with aging stars such as Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben having retired to make way for a new crop of youngsters.

The famous Ajax production line has ensured the nation are well stocked for tournaments to come, with midfielder Frenkie De Jong and defender Matthijas De Ligt among the most sought-after talents in world football; De Jong has already secured a €75m switch Barcelona at the end of the current season. The youngsters have a combined 18 caps for their country, with De Ligt in particular benefiting from playing alongside the experienced Virgil van Dijk in defense.

Löw’s Germany are in their own period of transition, with stalwarts Matts Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Müller no longer part of the 51-year old‘s plans. While the decision caused a degree of backlash from fans, it’s a move which should allow youngsters to get a foothold in the national team.

New additions to the squad include Hertha Berlin defender Niklas Stark, 23, and midfielders Maximilian Eggestein, 22 and Lukas Klostermann, 22. Meanwhile, the likes of Serge Gnabry, 23, Julian Brandt, 22 and Kai Havertz, 19, are benefiting from the greater responsibility handed to them by Löw. Reus, now one of Germany's senior men, has seen his own role in the squad change in recent weeks.

"Everyone’s noticed [Hummels, Boateng and Müller] not being here,“ he said. „But I’m at an age now, also with my club side, when I want to take on more responsibility."

Leadership will be key in what promises to be a fiery affair on Sunday in Amsterdam. Leon Goretzka, another young player to have recently taken on a more prominent role in the national set up – it was his goal that salvagaed a draw against Serbia in Tuesday’s friendly – expects a tough game against their neighbours.

"It’s always a special match," he told reporters. "Of course, a lot of that‘s to do with the geographical proximity between us. We’ll certainly be fully motivated for Sunday’s match. It’ll be an intense battle."

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Luka Jovic: "Marco Reus is the best player in the Bundesliga" https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/21/luka-jovic-marco-reus-is-the-best-player-in-the-bundesliga/ https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/21/luka-jovic-marco-reus-is-the-best-player-in-the-bundesliga/#respond Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:49:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693570 The post Luka Jovic: "Marco Reus is the best player in the Bundesliga" appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Luka Jovic is on a roll. The Eintracht Frankfurt striker scored against Germany in the 1-1 draw on Wednesday. DW spoke to the in-demand Serbian international just after the game.DW: Luka, you scored very early in the first half to give Serbia the lead. How did you feel on the pitch against all these Bundesliga players?

Luka Jovic: It was a difficult game for us. Germany have so many fantastic players. They’re at the highest level. Many of them can make the difference on the pitch. We are happy with the result. Now we can focus on the Portugal game in a few days. We have to give our best again to get the three points.

DW: In the first half, Serbia seemed to cause problems for German, but then it changed. What happened in the second half?

Jovic: Difficult question. Germany are a strong side. And when Marco Reus came on, we didn’t know what to do. For me he’s the best player in the Bundesliga at the moment, moving between the lines and creating so many opportunities. We couldn’t really cope with his pace when he ran towards goal.

DW: What was it like to play against this new German defense? Niklas Süle and Jonathan Tah are strong, tough defenders …

Jovic: Well, it was tough. I know both of them from the Bundesliga and they might be the best defenders in the league. Especially when it comes to headers, they are really strong in the air. It’s difficult to win any duels, especially for me since I’m not that tall. And later on we played too many long balls. The most important thing is that we didn't lose. A draw is a good result for us.

DW: How do you see the development of the German national team after the departure of three World Cup winners in Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Müller?

Jovic: Germany have a young side – a bit like us. I think they did very well today. And in the future we will see what they’re really capable of. They are so many good players in the Germany squad.

DW: What does the future hold for Serbia? Now you face Portugal in the European qualifiers…

Jovic: We travel to Portugal with confidence. Of course, we want to win our first game in the qualifying campaign. It’s the first matchday, so everything is possible. But we definitely have to reach our full potential.

The interview was conducted by Nemanja Rujevic and Pascal Jochem.

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