This is the 3rd appearance in FIFA World Cup Finals for Egypt. After 1990, 28 years have passed getting another final. They had a pretty decent qualifying campaign leading the Group E in North Africa. In other world cups, they had ended up in the group stage.
For the first time, Pharaos are dreaming to reach the knockout stage. But it won’t be easy as the team mostly depends on Mohammad Salah who has a shoulder injury. But the update is he is now fit for World Cup and hopefully back on First match!
Though he said he could be fit for FIFA World Cup but it might be risky as he has not yet fully fit for his national side.
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Egypt FIFA World Cup 2018 Squad:
Hector Cuper the boss of Egypt has a defensive game plan. He will get Salah in up front and other 10 defending behind. Without Salah they have some players from English League who are really skillful.
Goalkeepers: Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohammed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), SherifEramy (Al Ahly), Mohamed Awad (Ismaily)
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Fathi), Ahmad Hegazi (West Brom), Ali Gabr (West Brom), Ahmed Wlmohamady (Aston Villa), Karim Hafez (RC Lens), Omar Gaber (LAFC), Amro Tarek (Orlando City)
Midfielders: Tarek Hamid (Zamalek), Mahmoud Abdel Aziz (Zamalek), Shikabala (Al Raed), Abdallah Said (KuPS), Sam Morsy (Wigan), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Kahraba (Ittihad), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan (Kasimpasa), AmrWarda (Atromitos)
Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Ahmed Gomaa (Al Masry), Ahmed “Koka” Mahgoub (SC Braga), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
There is a surprise choice for FIFA World Cup in shot stopper position of Egypt. Essam El Hadary the oldest player in FIFA World Cup is the first choice of Cuper. He is going to break the record of Farid Mondragon of Colombia in Brazil. The 45 year old Essam also thinks the age is only a number in a paper. The main point is to perform consistently. Hector Cuper has three other options from where he has to choose three. One of them will be left out soon for this summer in Russia.
The West Brom center back will start in the same position for Egypt in Russia. They are playing their best in English League and now have the chance to make the cut in FIFA World Cup 2018 for the national side.
The fullback position will be filled out by Mohamed Abdel Shafy in left or Karim Hafez. If Karim recovered from his injury he might be the first choice pushing Shafy in the bench.
Though they are midfielders, they will play the defensive rule preferred by the boss Hector Cuper. Abdallah Said and Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan named after David Trezeguet has a spectacular season in turkey.
They might pair in midfield and Sam Morsy from Wigan will add more efficiency. Tarek Hamid is also an automatic choice with Elneny. Despite Elneny had a great start of the season for Arsenal, he has been suffering from an ankle injury and lost half of the season in the pitch. So, there is some doubt if he comes fit and healthy in this FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Egypt has key players for forwarding line. But Cuper lineup favors only one in front will be provided by three attacking midfielders. In the right side, Egypt will depend on Mohamed Salah and Trezeguet on the left. El Said will make the connection from mid-point.
Egypt FIFA World Cup 2018 schedule:
- 15 Jun 2018 – Egypt v Uruguay – Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg
- 19 Jun 2018 – Russia v Egypt – Saint Petersburg Arena, Saint Petersburg
- 25 Jun 2018 – Saudi Arabia v Egypt – Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
Who will change the game?
Mohamed Salah is one of the best players in FIFA World Cup 2018. He might have the capability to glorify this world cup if he enters fit and healthy after the shoulder injury in UEFA Champions League Final.
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He had a great season in Liverpool scoring more than 40 goals to take them into UCL Final. He has also goals in almost every match in recent past for his national side. Mohamed El Nenny is another sensation to click for Egypt in FIFA World Cup 2018.
But he has also injury concern as he missed out this season for his club Arsenal because of an ankle injury. Karim Hafez also another superstar with the same concern. The only fit stars who might try to shine are Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan. He may catch all the light in favor of other key players.
Egypt FIFA World Cup 2018 Predictions:
This is only the third appearance of Egypt in FIFA World Cup Finals. So, it would be a luxury to expect Egypt goes far.
Uruguay is expected to top the table in Group A. Other three have to fight for the second place. Egypt may be weak in scoring but they can protect their half successfully. In two of the friendlies, they have tested against Portugal and Greece. They have lost both matches by the marginal difference.
But it is proved that they are a worthy defensive side to tackle any big teams. If they can win over Saudi Arabia, they could help them to precede knockout stage.