Sports – Daily News Egypt https://dailynewsegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Sat, 19 May 2018 11:32:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Happy Ramadan for Zamalek! https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/17/happy-ramadan-for-zamalek/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/17/happy-ramadan-for-zamalek/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 13:00:46 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=659679 Only 24 hours before the month of Ramadan, Zamalek SC and fans celebrated on Tuesday the winning of its 26th Egypt Cup title after beating Smouha SC 5-4 on penalties. The Zamalek members extended their gratitude to the club’s board of directors for their support of the team and its coaching staff throughout the season. …

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Only 24 hours before the month of Ramadan, Zamalek SC and fans celebrated on Tuesday the winning of its 26th Egypt Cup title after beating Smouha SC 5-4 on penalties. The Zamalek members extended their gratitude to the club’s board of directors for their support of the team and its coaching staff throughout the season.

The victory redeemed Zamalek’s difficult season, in which the team ranked fourth in the Egyptian Premier League, which means that it will not play in the next CAF Champions League. The club was also knocked out of the CAF Confederation Cup’s first round.

Mortada Mansour, president of Zamalek, expressed his happiness for claiming the cup title, thanking all the players and coaching staff for their efforts throughout the tournament.

“I dedicate the cup title to all Zamalek fans and everyone who loves the club,” said Mansour, adding, “this victory is the best response to the conspirators.”

He further added that the appointment of Khalid Galal as the coach of the club was risky, but he made good use of the opportunity, noting that referee Mohamed Farouk presented a good performance with no mistakes.

Mansour asserted that his team deserved to win the cup title for its great efforts and not with the help of the referees, as some claimed. He also expressed his delight to finish the season with winning the cup title, which qualifies Zamalek to play in the next Egyptian Super Cup against Al Ahly SC and participate in next season’s CAF Confederation Cup.

Zamalek’s president revealed that each player of the team will be awarded EGP 60,000 and a free Umrah trip. He expressed his rejection of the behaviour of Smouha coach Mimy Abdel Razek, who clashed with Mansour during the receipt of the cup medals.

This cup title was very special for Zamalek fans, as it came with the start of Ramadan, giving more joy to the White Knights’ fans.

Meanwhile, Mansour spoke about the coming summer transfer window, revealing that the club intends to sign only three or four new players.

He said that the team needs a left-back, playmaker, and striker, revealing that Zamalek had signed Amr Marey before he moved to the Tunisian club Étoile du Sahel.

Regarding the rumoured transfer of Enppi midfielder Mohamed “Afsha” Magdy to Zamalek, Mansour addressed Mahmoud Al-Khatib, president of Al Ahly SC, saying, “let us stop competing over the signing of players to avoid the rise of transfer values more than EGP 10m.”

Moreover, Zamalek’s coaching staff asserted that the team does not need a new goalkeeper, especially with the presence of brilliant goalkeepers like Mahmoud “Gennesh” Abdel Rahim and Omar Salah. They added that Ahmed Al Shennawi is expected to recover from his injury by the start of the next season.

Many Zamalek players were keen to travel to their hometowns to spend the first days of Ramadan with their families after the team’s coaching staff decided to give the players a month-long rest from training.

On the other hand, Zamalek’s management was not happy with the remarks of the club’s former stars, Ahmed “Mido” Hossam and Hazem Imam, where they dedicated the cup title to the players and fans only, excluding the management. Mido stressed the need for contracting with a foreign coach to lead the team in the next season, despite the success of the current coach, Galal. Zamalek’s management stressed that these remarks were inappropriate, especially in this “glorious moment” after winning the cup title.

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Mo Salah ‘extraordinary’, Egypt full of football talent: Del Piero https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/17/mo-salah-extraordinary-egypt-full-of-football-talent-del-piero/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/17/mo-salah-extraordinary-egypt-full-of-football-talent-del-piero/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 12:00:05 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=659720 Pharaohs can make big achievement in 2018 World Cup

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Juventus and the Italian national team’s legendary Alessandro Del Piero is one of the few football players to win the hearts of fans by his great achievements during his career with the Azzurri and the Old Lady team.

Del Piero is the historic top scorer of Juventus, with 290 goals in 706 games. He is also the second-highest scorer in the history of the Italian national team with 342 goals.

He won the 2006 World Cup with Italy after beating France 5-3 on penalties. Del Piero left Juventus in 2012 and joined Australia’s Sydney FC. He concluded his career in the Indian League in 2014 with Delhi Dynamos FC.

Daily News Egypt sat down for an interview with the Italian football icon during his visit to Egypt to participate in an advertising campaign for a telecommunications company.

Del Piero expressed his delight at visiting Egypt, asserting that he was thrilled by the warm reception of the Egyptians since his arrival.


Is this your first visit to Egypt?

No, but it is my first time to visit Cairo. I went to Sharm El-Sheikh 20 years ago and it was very charming.

What do you think of Egyptian football?

Egypt is full of football talent who are capable of playing in global football leagues. Mohamed Salah’s brilliant performance with Liverpool encouraged many European clubs to follow Egyptian football with the aim of discovering more Egyptian talents.

Speaking of Salah, what did you think of his performance with Liverpool?

Salah is an extraordinary player. He presents a steady and powerful performance with outstanding skills that qualify him to be the best player in the world within a few months.

I expect that Salah will compete for the world’s best football player award on the condition that he retains his brilliant performance and high goal-scoring rate.

Was AS Roma affected by Salah’s move to Liverpool?

No, because Roma is a big team and cannot be affected by the departure of any player, no matter his abilities. Salah had a great season with Roma but his move did not significantly affect the Italian team.

Do you think Salah should leave Liverpool?

I have no advice for Salah on that. He already plays for a big club. I do not think his debut season with Liverpool was exceptional. He always scored a lot of goals with the teams he played for, including Fiorentina and Roma. I think he is in a good place now and plays under a great coach who really helps Salah improve his performance.

What about Ahmed Hossam Mido, do you know him?

Certainly, Mido left a brilliant mark in European football. He was a great and talented player.

Mido played for Roma in 2004, coming from Marseille, and then moved to Tottenham Hotspur on loan before he completed his transfer to the English team in 2006.

How do you see Egypt’s chance for the 2018 World Cup in Russia?

The Egyptian team can qualify to the Round of 16 and perhaps to further stages in the upcoming World Cup on the condition that they work very hard. Egypt has a lot of talented players and I know many of them. Salah contributed greatly to Egypt’s qualifying for the World Cup, but the Egyptian team has many other talented players. I follow Egyptian football and I know that many Egyptian fans supports Italy.

Why did you move to Sydney after your long career with Juventus?

I moved to Sydney looking for a new experience, and I was keen to contribute to the development of Australian football.

Do you think that Gianluigi Buffon should retire by the end of the season?

I hope he will not. Everyone thinks that Buffon will retire, but he may play for more years. He is a great goalkeeper and he can help Italy overcome this difficult period.

How can Juventus achieve the UEFA Champions League title?

The team is playing very well, and it has concluded many big deals to achieve that dream. Juventus dominated the local competitions, but it experienced great misfortune in the UEFA Champions League. However, I think we can win the title soon.

How do you see Italy’s failure to reach the 2018 World Cup?

I am very sad for the Azzurri’s failure to qualify for the World Cup. I think this was a great disaster for us. It was not the fault of the players, but the Italian Football Federation.

From your point of view, what can be a real threat to the career of any footballer?

The real threat to any football player is losing self-confidence, not injuries. The players must work a lot on their psychological health. There is a big story behind the success of each player, and behind each great game.

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Nils Petersen: the ‘joker’ in Germany’s World Cup pack https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/16/nils-petersen-the-joker-in-germanys-world-cup-pack/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/16/nils-petersen-the-joker-in-germanys-world-cup-pack/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 11:50:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=659630 The post Nils Petersen: the ‘joker’ in Germany’s World Cup pack appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Jogi Löw made the surprising decision to omit Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner from his preliminary World Cup squad. In Nils Petersen, however, Germany’s coach has a striker that could make the difference in Russia.“My job as national coach is, unfortunately, to destroy dreams,” reflected Jogi Löw at Germany’s World Cup squad unveiling on Tuesday afternoon. He’d just been asked about one of the day’s hottest topics: the omission of Bayern striker Sandro Wagner. The player reportedly wept throughout a club training session following the news.

Leaving talented players out is part and parcel of any coach’s role but Löw will be pained, nonetheless, to know how badly his decision hurt Wagner. The flipside to his job, of course, is the ability to make players’ dreams come true. A case in point is the inclusion of the previously uncapped Freiburg captain Nils Petersen.

“It’s a huge honor for me,” Petersen told reporters after the squad was announced. “I am extremely grateful. Just having the chance to be involved is the crowning moment of the season.”

He should be grateful, too. The easy decision would simply have been to select Wagner. Given that Timo Werner is likely to start the vast majority of games for Germany this summer, the supporting cast of strikers will only be expecting peripheral roles, at best substitute appearances in Germany’s crucial encounters. Why risk harming a relationship with an established squad member, one that played a key role as Germany lifted the Confederation’s Cup twelve months ago?

Simply put, it’s because Petersen deserves it. The Bundesliga’s highest scoring German player this season, indeed the highest scoring German in any of Europe’s top leagues, should naturally be a consideration for Löw going into the World Cup. Petersen’s 15 league goals were also the difference between survival and relegation. Without them, Freiburg would have been 19 points worse-off; relegated in last position.

By contrast, Wagner’s 14 league goals were scored for two vastly superior clubs in Hoffenheim and Bayern. It would be hard to argue his contribution made any real difference to the destination of the title. His decision to take the easy option, serving as Lewandowski’s back-up as Bayern cruised to a sixth straight title, ultimately appears to have cost him.

Löw’s third back-up striking option, Mario Gomez, also appears to have bumped Wagner down the pecking order. His eight goals in 14 Stuttgart appearances since his January move from Wolfsburg lifted the club from relegation candidates to European hopefuls. Löw considers Gomez a like-for-like alternative to Wagner, and the 32-year old may be the only back-up striking option to keep his place when the squad is trimmed to 23 on June 4.

One thing Petersen offers above all others, however, is his ability to score ‘Jokertöre’ – goals from the bench. The 29-year old is the Bundesliga’s all-time top-scoring substitute, with 20. It’s a talent which could prove invaulable in the latter stages of the tournament.

“This was not a decision against Sandro,” explained Löw at the post-announcement press conference. “He proved his class with us. Such decisions are always made in terms of the team and I expect a lot from Petersen. He is a very, very good ‘joker’.”

Wagner’s attitude is also questionable. He’s publicly stated several times this season that he will go to the World Cup, even branding the idea of him not going “insane”. This, too, appears to have counted against him. Löw likes his squad members to be team players who prioritze the collective above all else. Petersen’s calm leadership at Freiburg this season has certainly shown that, and Löw should have no reservations about his character.

Germany’s coach knows that if his side are go all the way again this summer, it won’t be without their fair share of close shaves and tense encounters. A striker with Nils Petersen’s leadership qualities, goal-scoring prowess and ability to make a quick impact could make all the difference.

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Germany’s Joachim Löw unveils preliminary World Cup squad, signs new deal https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/15/germanys-joachim-low-unveils-preliminary-world-cup-squad-signs-new-deal/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/15/germanys-joachim-low-unveils-preliminary-world-cup-squad-signs-new-deal/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 11:26:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=659465 The post Germany’s Joachim Löw unveils preliminary World Cup squad, signs new deal appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Germany head coach Joachim Löw has named his preliminary squad for the World Cup, which kicks off in Russia next month. The DFB has extended the head coach’s contract through the World Cup in 2022.Head coach Joachim Löw named a squad of 27 players, who will accompany him to the national team’s training camp in Austria next week. This means he will have to cut four players from the roster before departing for the tournament.

Aside from the omission of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Götze, who scored the winner in Germany’s 2014 triumph, there were no major surprises in the squad, which was announced during a press event at the German Football Museum in Dortmund on Tuesday. However, a few questions were answered. Some had wondered whether first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer would be invited, given the fact that he hasn’t played a competitive match since September due to his foot injury. However, Neuer’s name is on the list, one of four goalkeepers who will travel to Austria.

Löw said that Neuer would get some much-needed playing time in two friendlies against Germany’s under-20 team during the training camp in Austria.

“At the moment, things are looking really good (for Neuer),” the coach said.

There had also been speculation that Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner could make the team, but the nod has gone instead to the in-form Freiburg striker Nils Petersen. Löw said he had high expectations for Petersen, who scored 15 goals for Freiburg this past season.

Özil and Göndogan included despite Erdogan meeting

Some had called for two of Germany’s players, Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan, to be left out following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London on the weekend. However, both were included in the squad.

The two German-born players of Turkish heritage have been widely criticized for Sunday’s meeting, which came while Erdogan is campaigning to be elected for a second term as president. Both presented Erdogan with a jersey and Gündogan has come in for particular criticism for the inscription: “With respect for my president” written on the one he gave the Turkish leader.

German football association (DFB) President Reinhard Grindel reacted to the news shortly after it became public on Monday.

“Football and the DFB stand for values that are not sufficiently respected by Mr. Erdogan,” Grindel said. “Our players have not helped our integration work.”

Gundogan later issued a statement saying that he had not meant to make a political statement or get involved in an election campaign.

From Grindel’s comments prior to the announcement of the squad on Tuesday, it was clear that neither Erdogan nor Özil would be left out of the squad due to their actions. Grindel said that “people make mistakes but we should deal with it in proportion.”

For his part, coach Löw described Sunday’s meeting between the players as unfortunate, but he also said that the idea of dropping them over the incident had never crossed his mind.

Löw’s contract extended

The extension of Joachim Löw’s contract came as little surprise, as Grindel, had previously said that the coach would remain in charge of the national team, even if Germany were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the upcoming World Cup. The contracts of assistant coach Thomas Schneider and goalkeeper coach have also been extended until 2022.

The contract of DFB director and national team general manager Oliver Bierhoff has been extended until 2024.

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Man City crowned EPL champion, Gunners bid farewell to Wenger, Salah breaks records as season concludes https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/14/man-city-crowned-epl-champion-gunners-bid-farewell-to-wenger-salah-breaks-records-as-season-concludes/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/14/man-city-crowned-epl-champion-gunners-bid-farewell-to-wenger-salah-breaks-records-as-season-concludes/#respond Mon, 14 May 2018 17:10:26 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=659342 The 2017/18 English Premier League (EPL) season came to an end on Sunday, with many long-standing records broken in the world’s most exciting football competition. Manchester City was crowned champion for the fifth time in its history, after the team reached the 100-point mark, surpassing runner-up Manchester United by 19 points. Pep Guardiola’s team won …

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The 2017/18 English Premier League (EPL) season came to an end on Sunday, with many long-standing records broken in the world’s most exciting football competition. Manchester City was crowned champion for the fifth time in its history, after the team reached the 100-point mark, surpassing runner-up Manchester United by 19 points.

Pep Guardiola’s team won the last game of the season at Southampton 1-0 on Sunday, to be the first English team to score 106 goals in a Premier League season.

This season also saw the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal, after 22 years of coaching the Gunners, witnessing many achievements and glorious moments.

The bright moment for all Egyptians was when Liverpool’s star Mohamed Salah claimed the EPL Golden Boot with a record of 32 goals.

Salah broke the Premier League’s record for goals scored in a 38-game season. The Egyptian forward scored the opening goal in the Reds’ 4-0 victory over Brighton during the Sunday game at Anfield. He became the first African to breach the 30-goal mark in a single campaign, and the only man to score against 17 different teams throughout the competition.

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Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan criticized for Erdogan meeting https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/14/mesut-ozil-and-ilkay-gundogan-criticized-for-erdogan-meeting/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/14/mesut-ozil-and-ilkay-gundogan-criticized-for-erdogan-meeting/#respond Mon, 14 May 2018 15:52:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=659362 The post Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan criticized for Erdogan meeting appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Germany players Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan have been criticized for meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Both are of Turkish heritage, but chose to represent Germany in international football.The Premier League stars, who were joined by a third player, Everton striker Cenk Tosun, met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at London's Four Seasons hotel on Sunday. President Erdogan, who is up for re-election on June 24, is in the British capital for a three-day state visit, where he is to be received by Queen Elizabeth II and meet with Prime Minister Teresa May on Tuesday,

Each player presented Erdogan with a football jersey from his respective club, before posing for a picture with the president. Gündogan's Manchester City shirt was also inscribed with the personal message: "With great repsect for my president."

While the added sentiment attached to Gündogan's shirt is significant, Özil’s presence seems particularly surprising. He told the German national daily Süddeutschen Zeitung, in a 2017 interview, that he generally refrains from commenting on political matters. "I don't speak about politics," he said at the time.

The German internationals were criticized on Monday by Reinhard Grindel, president of the German football association (DFB).

"Of course the DFB respects the special situation of players from migrant backgrounds," he said. "But football and the DFB stand for values that are not sufficiently respected by Mr. Erdogan. It's not good that our players are letting themselves be exploited for the good of his (election) campaign. The actions of these players have not helped the integration efforts of the DFB."

After the news broke, some took to Twitter to voice their disapproval with the meeting. In the four years since Erdogan, became president, Turkey has frequently come under fire for alleged human rights violations, as well as crackdowns on the press and social media. During that time, more journalists have been jailed under his regime than in any other country, and the former longtime prime minister has blocked Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube at various times. Many German media outlets have been particualrly critical of Erdogan's regime.

Although both were born in the western Germany city of Gelsenkirchen and chose to represent Germany internationally, both Özil and Gündogan are of Turkish heritage. Everton striker Tosun was also born in Germany, but he chose to play for Turkey.

The timing is far from ideal, given that German national team coach Jogi Löw is set to announce his preliminary squad for the upcoming World Cup on Tuesday. Both Özil and Gündogan are expected to make the squad, although as a result of Sunday's meeting, some fans have called for their exclusion.

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Mo Salah wins race for EPL Golden Boot with 32 goals https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/13/mo-salah-wins-race-for-epl-golden-boot-with-32-goals/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/13/mo-salah-wins-race-for-epl-golden-boot-with-32-goals/#respond Sun, 13 May 2018 21:30:29 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=659244 Liverpool’s winger Mohamed Salah made history in the Premier League after scoring his 32nd goal in the competition, against Brighton on Sunday, surpassing Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Luis Suarez, who share the record of 31 goals in a 38-game season. Salah secured the Premier League Golden Boot for the 2017/2018 season after Tottenham Hotspur’s …

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Liverpool’s winger Mohamed Salah made history in the Premier League after scoring his 32nd goal in the competition, against Brighton on Sunday, surpassing Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Luis Suarez, who share the record of 31 goals in a 38-game season.

Salah secured the Premier League Golden Boot for the 2017/2018 season after Tottenham Hotspur’s star Harry Kane stopped at the 30-goal mark.

He was also named the Premier League Player of the Season, adding to his major achievements throughout this campaign.

The Egyptian international player has been on fire this season, presenting his best career performance in the English Premier League. He won the PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year awards.

Salah also won the EA Sports Premier League Player of the month award for April. It is the third time this season that the Egyptian winger gained that trophy after winning it last November and February.

The Egyptian also became the first African to breach the 30-goal mark in a single campaign, and the only man to win three EA Sports Player of the Month awards in the same season.

The 25-year-old forward joined Liverpool in a club-record £36.9m transfer deal from AS Roma last June. Salah’s market value has almost doubled over the past six months, reaching £66.4m, according to the CIES Football Observatory.

The Egyptian now has 44 goals across all competitions this season, falling short of Ian Rush’s record return of 47—in 65 games—set in 1983/84.

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Borussia Dortmund need to rebuild after scraping back into the Champions League https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/12/borussia-dortmund-need-to-rebuild-after-scraping-back-into-the-champions-league-2/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/12/borussia-dortmund-need-to-rebuild-after-scraping-back-into-the-champions-league-2/#respond Sat, 12 May 2018 18:12:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=659212 The post Borussia Dortmund need to rebuild after scraping back into the Champions League appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Borussia Dortmund made it hard for themselves but have qualified for the Champions League — just. A complete overhaul is in order, but they could do worse than look to Hoffenheim and Julian Nagelsmann for inspiration.When the final whistle blew in Sinsheim on the final day of the Bundesliga season, two Champions League teams were stood on the pitch. But the mood in the two camps couldn't have been more different.

While Hoffenheim's players jumped around and hugged one another and their fans spilled onto the field in celebration, Borussia Dortmund's players slowly trudged off towards the away end to applaud their travelling supporters.

After finishing fourth last season and losing to Liverpool in the qualification round, Hoffenheim's 3-1 win saw them leapfrog Dortmund into third, securing automatic qualification to the Champions League for the first time in the club's history.

Just under an hour later, Peter Stöger confirmed in his post-match press conference what had been suspected by many for a long time – that he would not be in charge of Borussia Dortmund next season.

"It's a decision we reached together some time ago. A new impulse with a new coach will do the club good." Whoever his successor is – and there are strong suggestions that it will be former Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Lucien Favre – it can't do the club any worse.

"I'm happy that we've achieved our aim," added Stöger. They did. Just. But Borussia Dortmund had done everything in their power to drop into the Europa League, not just over the previous 90 minutes, but over the last 34 games. In the end, two late Hannover goals in Leverkusen ensured that they finished fourth by three goals.

'A lot has to change'

"Relief is the right word," said CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke. "But we're certainly not satisfied with what we've achieved this season. A lot of things have to change."

"We've had so many problems to deal with this season, enough problems for three seasons," added sporting director Michael Zorc. "We'll definitely be making repairs in quite a few areas."

From a purely personnel point of view, Dortmund need a long-term replacement for goal-scorers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Michy Batshuayi, plus a new defense.

The expected arrival of Augsburg's Marwin Hitz should serve as a warning to current goalkeeper Roman Bürki, whose error led to Andrej Kramaric's first-half opener, but lapses of discipline within the squad also need to be addressed, as does the apparent lack of a winning mentality.

Hoffenheim's heroics

If Dortmund's qualification for the Champions League was underwhelming, Hoffenheim's was nothing but miraculous given their poor first half of the season. "It's unbelievable that we've come third," said an emotional Julian Nagelsmann. "I've got tears in my eyes."

In a short space of time, Nagelsmann and Hoffenheim have managed to achieve in six months what a succession of Dortmund coaches have not been able to over a number of years.

Speaking in the Süddeutsche Zeitung this weekend, Watzke complained with some justification that Dortmund had been severely weakened by high-profile departures in recent years. Christian Pulisic could be next, if reports are to be believed.

This season, Hoffenheim have suffered a similar fate with Sebastian Rudy, Niklas Süle and Sandro Wagner all heading to Munich. But, aided by some smart transfer business which brought strikers Mark Uth and Serge Gnabry to Sinsheim, Nagelsmann has stuck to his principals and rebuilt.

The 30-year-old was drenched in beer by his jubilant players at his post-match press conference and thoroughly deserves his shot at the Champions League.

As for Borussia Dortmund, a synonym for tradition and identity in German football, they now need to find their identity again. Ironically, they could do worse than look to Hoffenheim.

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Opinion: Russia hasn't learned a thing https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/11/opinion-russia-hasnt-learned-a-thing/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/11/opinion-russia-hasnt-learned-a-thing/#respond Fri, 11 May 2018 19:19:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=659057 The post Opinion: Russia hasn't learned a thing appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Russia has denied investigative journalist Hajo Seppelt a visa to enter the country for the upcoming World Cup. Moscow is still refusing to come clean about its state-sponsored doping system, writes Tobias Oelmaier.Sometimes, the truth can be hard to take, especially when it comes after something has been exposed as a falsehood – or when it follows intentional and continuous fraud.

Journalist Hans-Joachim Seppelt can be a thorn in one's side. The people who work with him know this – and the subjects of his research know this even better. He is fully committed to what he does, which is a product of his convictions. This is because Hajo Seppelt is a man in search of the truth.

He has been pursuing the truth for over 20 years now, working mainly for German public broadcasters. Initially known only to a relatively small audience, he gained international fame in 2014, when, with the help of Russian whistleblowers, he uncovered state doping directed from Moscow.

There's probably no other country in the world that has cheated so comprehensively, so systematically and so unabashedly in the recent past as the Russians did surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. And not only that: The doping samples of Russian athletes were swapped out or manipulated in such a way as to ensure that none of them tested positive for a banned substance. Even Russian President Vladimir Putin is thought to have known what was going on, according to one of the key witnesses.

Hajo Seppelt brought all of this to light. These are bitter truths, which sparked international pressure and caused a few heads to roll. They also led to at least some Russian athletes being excluded from international events. Track-and-field athletes, Paralympians, and most recently winter athletes were barred from participating when a world championship or Olympic gold medal was up for grabs.

However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) left a back door open to allow athletes to compete – if they were able to prove that they had undergone comprehensive testing and were found to be clean. Those who managed to do so were allowed to compete – under a neutral flag and without the chance to hear their national anthem.

'Heroes, without exception'

But if you thought this would cause Moscow to see the error of its ways, you would have been mistaken. Sure, Moscow did pay the $15-million (€12.6 million) fine imposed by the IOC, a few officials were shown the door, and a new doping law was passed. However, the Russians continue to refuse to accept the evidence of state-sponsored doping set out in the McLaren Report.

And despite the fact that two of the 168 Russians who competed at the Winter Olympics in South Korea earlier this year tested positive for a banned substance, the Russian sports minister, Pavel Kolobkov, declared that all of these athletes, who had taken part for the benefit of the future of Russian sport, were "heroes, without exception." And despite these positive tests, the IOC lifted the sanctions it had imposed on the Russians just three days after the closing ceremony for the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Now sports journalist Hajo Seppelt has had his visa application denied, after Russia declared him to be a "persona non grata." His research – and the uncomfortable truths that would go with it – simply aren't welcome at the World Cup. So Russia hasn't learned a thing!

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A German investigative sports journalist has been denied entry to Russia for the upcoming World Cup. Hajo Seppelt has reported extensively on doping at the highest level of Russian sports.German public broadcaster ARD announced in a statement posted on its website on Friday that the Russian authorities had declared invalid a visa application sought for Hajo Seppelt on the grounds that the journalist's name is on a list of people declared "persona non grata" in the country. No further explanation was provided by the Russian authorities.

Since 2009, Seppelt and the ARD have repeatedly uncovered and reported on doping scandals, including working with whistleblowers to expose systematic cheating in Russian track and field. The 55-year-old Berlin-based journalist has won a number of awards for his work on doping and efforts to cover it up.

'Unprecedented infringement of the freedom of the press'

"The ARD regards this as an unprecedented occurrence in the history of ARD sports journalism and with regard to reporting on major events such as the World Cup of football, an unprecedented infringement of the freedom of the press," the broadcaster said in its statement.

It added that not only is the free access of members of the media from all over the world usually a matter of course for major sporting events such as the World Cup or the Olympics, but that it is also one of the requirements that must be met before a country can be chosen to host such events.

The ARD's director of programming, Volker Herres, expressed dismay at the news and said he hoped the Russian authorities would rethink the decision.

RUSADA still suspended over WADA report

Russia's anti-doping agency, RUSADA, has been suspended since 2015 after a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commissioned report revealed alleged widespread doping in the country.

A further report the following year by Canadian sports lawyer Richard McLaren found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors had been involved in a conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests over a period of five years and that football was among more than 30 sports involved.

Russia has repeatedly denied any state involvement in doping.

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Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius can add winning the German Football Ambassador player’s prize to the list of accomplishments in his young career. Globe-trotting coaches Otto Pfister and Gert Engels were also honored.Football is about much more than just getting results on the pitch. Liverpool keeper Loris Karius and coaches Otto Pfister and Gert Engels were all named German Football Ambassadors for their sporting and social commitments abroad on Tuesday night, in the Foreign Ministry building in Berlin.

Football bringing people and cultures together

Karius, who was brought to England by Jürgen Klopp, is having quite the year. He’s starting in the Premier League, is Champions League final-bound and, on Tuesday, he was voted winner of the player’s prize – which has a long-running association with Deutsche Welle – by the public. Not bad for a 24-year-old.

While Karius could not attend due to the ongoing football season, he said, “football has the power to bring people and cultures together,” in a video acceptance speech.

Pfister and Engels: Two of Germany’s top Coaching Ambassadors

The honorary prize was awarded to storied coach Otto Pfister by Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who praised Pfister, 80, for his, “respectful openness for other people and cultures.” Currently coach of the Afghanistan national team, Pfister’s career has spanned nearly six decades and seen him work in 19 countries on three continents. His selflessness was on full display as he immediately dedicated the award to all of the players, staff and colleagues who helped him achieve success over the years.

Read more: Bastian Schweinsteiger named German Football Ambassador 2017

Gert Engels, who has been a coach and football educator since 1990, won the coach’s prize. Engels coached in Japan for nearly 30 years, and his ‘Soccer Life’ football school continues to support cultural exchange between Germany and Japan. “It’s important to get on with other people, to be accepting and tolerant,” he said, before adding that he tries to focus on the commonalities, not the differences, between people through his work. Engels most recently coached Mozambique from 2011-2013.

Eschweiler inducted in Hall of Fame

Former referee Walter Eschweiler joined Uwe Seeler as the second member of the German Football Ambassador Hall of Fame, due to both his work in the game and his extensive and ongoing efforts as a sporting diplomat. Though it may not initially seem like it, diplomacy and sport go hand in hand, and Foreign Minister Maas emphasized football’s unique ability to open doors and build bridges between people everywhere.

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Egypt will host 2019 Gymnastics World Cup: African Gymnastics Federation president https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/06/egypt-will-host-2019-gymnastics-world-cup-african-gymnastics-federation-president/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/06/egypt-will-host-2019-gymnastics-world-cup-african-gymnastics-federation-president/#respond Sun, 06 May 2018 09:00:51 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658581 ‎We will work to expand sport in Africa, says Zaatar

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African Gymnastics Federation President Ali Zaatar recently attended the opening of the 14th African Championships in rhythmic and trampoline gymnastics, which was hosted by Egypt from 26-28 April at Cairo International Stadium.

The president of the African Gymnastics Federation said he is keen to support Egypt in the tournament and said the technical and financial support to the Egyptian Gymnastics Federation should not be underestimated.

Daily News Egypt sat down for an interview Zaatar, the transcript of which is below, slightly edited for clarity.

How do you asses the organisation of the African championships?

The President of the Egyptian Gymnastics Federation Ehab Amin succeeded with overwhelming success in organising the tournament. This was clear from the preparations before the start of the championships and the amazing opening ceremony that astonished all those present. That ceremony was appropriate to open a world championship and not just an African championship.

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What was the reaction of the International Gymnastics Federation president during the tournament?

President of the International Gymnastics Federation Morinari Watanabe was very happy when he saw this success and promised to give Egypt the privilege of hosting the 2019 Gymnastics World Cup, which is an annual tournament different from the World Gymnastics Championships.

Have you been in contact with the president of the international federation about Egypt hosting the Gymnastics World Cup?

The president of the international federation was impressed with Egypt and the opening ceremony, as well as the pyramids. He decided to have Egypt host the Gymnastics World Cup before he left Cairo to Japan. When he returned he affirmed that Egypt will organise the global event.

When will the Gymnastics World Cup be held?

The executive office of the International Gymnastics Federation will hold a meeting early next month to determine the date of the tournament, which will be enlisted in the annual agenda of the federation.

How do you see the presence of the minister of sports at the opening of the tournament?

Khalid Abdel Aziz, the minister of youth and sports, is one of the figures celebrated for his efficiency. His presence as a representative of the state at the opening ceremony drew eyes and attention to the tournament, amid a global media presence.

What do you think of the standards of gymnastics in Egypt?

Egypt is one of the leading countries in the field of gymnastics on the African continent, along with South Africa, Namibia, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. It has always competed at all levels and different branches in African championships.

When will Egypt win an Olympic medal in gymnastics?

The level of players in Egypt is constantly improving. If this trend continues, Egypt will soon win an Olympic medal in the Youth Olympics and the Olympic Games.

Algeria had a big role in Egypt winning the honour of organising the tournament. Why?

Egypt and Algeria are Arab brothers who have strong relations at all official and informal levels. The brothers always support each other. Egypt was voted to host the African Championships last season. Egypt enjoys sports facilities, infrastructure, hotels, and training grounds.

During the vote, Algeria was keen to support the Egyptian bid, which won the vote. Egypt is the beating heart of Africa which shows the capabilities of the continent.

Why did the tournament miss Egypt for nine years?

Everyone knows the political events that Egypt experienced during that period. After the situation eased following the 30 June revolution, Egypt became capable of hosting the tournament and other international and continental sports events. This helped attract the world’s eyes and boost confidence in the country.

Is there cooperation between the African federation and intentional federation?

The president of the international federation is a friend. We are always talking to discuss the newest developments at the continental and global levels. The man is very understanding. My discussions with him contributed to his visit to Cairo to attend the tournament. He enjoyed his stay here and was amazed by the view of the pyramids.

What kind of cooperation is there between the African federation and the Egyptian federation?

The President of the Egyptian Gymnastics Federation Ehab Amin is the deputy of the African Federation. We are always working together at the continental level. I always want to hear his opinions on the future of the game in Egypt and Africa, whether in Cairo, Algeria, or on calls.

Do you expect Egyptian players to reach the Youth Olympics via the African Championships in Namibia?

Ali Abul-Qasim may arrive at the Youth Olympics in Argentina next October during his participating in the African Championships hosted by Namibia amid a fierce competition with Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, South Africa and Namibia.

Will you run for president of the International Gymnastics Federation?

That is premature, and I do not want to talk about it at the moment.

Is there a plan to expand the base of gymnastics in Africa?

The African Gymnastics Federation is working with all the heads of civil associations to spread the game and expand the practice base. We have some difficulties in Africa, but things are going well.

What is your view on the future of gymnastics on the continent?

I hope that gymnastics on the continent will reach an international level and win world championships and medals, either in the World Cup, the World Championships, or the Youth and main Olympics. The continent will host major world championships soon and the start will be in Egypt in 2019.

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A drug testing officer says he gave three-time 1500-meter world champion Asbel Kiprop advance warning of a doping test. The Kenyan runner, 28, tested postive for endurance-enhancing drug EPO in November 2017.The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) confirmed on Friday that Kiprop had returned a positive test. They described the officer’s actions as “extremely disappointing” and said the International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) disciplinary tribunal will determine whether the tip-off rendered the test invalid.

If that proves to be the case, the 1500m Olympic champion from 2008 could escape sanction for the banned substance found in his urine sample from an out-of-competition test last year.

Read more: Olympic gold medallist Sumgong test positive for banned substance

Kenyan athletics boss alleged to have taken doping bribes

Kiprop has denied doping and says he paid the testers via electronic transfer and saw no issue with that decision.

“At that time I did not see the money as an inducement or bribe,” he said. “I gave it in good faith thinking they may have some need known to them.”

The Kenyan, also a police officer, claims “it is not beyond my suspicion that my sample turned positive because I might have remitted less money than I was expected to remit.”

The AIU denies these allegations and that any financial reward was offered.

“The purpose of the meetings was to notify him of the positive test and give him the opportunity to admit any offence promptly or to provide information about doping in athletics that could amount to “substantial assistance”.

“This is standard practice for the AIU when serious doping substances have been detected in any sample. Any suggestion that there was anything improper about this conversation is categorically untrue.”

The IAAF insisted that, despite the rural areas where they train proving difficult to manage, Kenyan athletes get no advance notice for doping tests, including the collection of urine samples, that don’t have to reach labs so quickly.

Kiprop won Olympic in Beijing in 2008 but was upgraded to gold when Bahrain’s Rashid Ramzi failed a drugs test. He added world titles in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and has run the fifth fastest 1500m of all time.

mp/mds (AP, Reuters)

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Egypt’s 2006 football generation was the best: Abo Rida https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/04/egypts-2006-football-generation-best-abo-rida/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/04/egypts-2006-football-generation-best-abo-rida/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 22:00:33 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658440 I hope to see national team in World Cup’s Round of 16, says Abo Rida 

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Hany Abo Rida was born in 1953 in Port Said. He used to play football for Al-Masry SC until he was seriously injured and retired early. Abo Rida graduated with a degree in engineering. During the 1980s, he took over the football management of Port Said city. In 1991, Abo Rida joined the Egyptian Football Association (EFA). He was elected for three sessions as its treasurer until 2003.

In 2004, Abo Rida joined the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). He showed great capability in the African arena and eventually headed the marketing committee of CAF. The general assembly of the CAF reelected Abo Rida as a member of its executive committee until 2011.

In 2009, he was elected as a member of FIFA’s executive committee (currently known as FIFA Council) and supervised some FIFA sporting events, including the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco. In 2016, Abo Rida became the president of the EFA, receiving the largest share of votes in the EFA election. Under the leadership of Abo Rida, Egypt qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 28-year absence.

Daily News Egypt sat down with Abo Rida for an interview, the transcript for which is below, lightly edited for clarity.

Can you tell us about your childhood and football career?
I grew up in an affluent family residing in Port Said. I am the youngest of my seven brothers and one daughter. I played football for Al-Masry and Zamalek for a short time until the six-day war.

How did you start your management career and join the EFA?

I opened my own business when I was young, and then I was enrolled in military service in 1975, when I met Ghazl El Mahalla’s star Mohamed Al-Sayaghi. Then, I met Mahmoud Al-Gohary and a strong friendship formed between us. After the 1990 World Cup, I was asked to join the EFA’s management council of the Suez Canal and Port Said region. Afterwards, I joined the EFA Competition Committee under the leadership of Harb Al-Dahshoury, Samir Zaher, and Hamada Emam. I was elected as EFA member and treasurer under Al-Dahshouri, and then vice president of EFA under Zaher. I am now the president of the EFA. I advise everyone who aims to take over major positions to gradually proceed in public work to increase their experience. There are many things that bothered me about Egyptian football and I hope to change them during my term in office.

What are these things?
The Egyptian national team used to stay at the EFA’s headquarters during its training sessions, but now they can stay in hotels or accommodations dedicated to housing the team during such periods. The stadiums which hosted the team’s training sessions were also poor and not appropriate for that purpose. Therefore, the EFA began to develop stadiums and the infrastructure of sports centres in coordination with concerned state institutions.

Do you intend to run for the CAF presidency?
It all depends on my health status when the election is held in 2021. I love to succeed wherever I go, but when it comes to my duty to represent Egypt, everything can be considered.

When can Egypt host the Africa Cup of Nations again?
Egypt is always ready to host the Africa Cup of Nations. The next championship will be held in Cameroon in 2019, the 2021 edition will be in Cote d’Ivoire and the 2023 edition in Guinea, so we can compete to win the hosting of the 2025 edition.

You supervised several of Egypt’s national teams over the years, what was that like?
I think I succeeded in this mission and I am happy to make achievements with Egypt’s various football generations that have influenced the local sport. The 1973 and 1975 generations were the best because there were unique talents among the team, such as Hazem Imam, Abdel Sattar Sabry, and Mohamed Sabry.

Do you recall any special situations with these players?
I was the first one to nominate Mohamed Sabry to play in Zamalek under the late coach Mahmoud El-Gohary. I once met Gohary in the street and asked him to give a chance for a young talent to play for Zamalek in its match against Al Ahly. Sabry presented a great performance and scored against Al Ahly. In the national team, I used to receive and deliver Sabry by myself to Ahmed Mostafa, the coach of the youth team at the time, to ensure his participation in the training camp, especially since Sabry lacked discipline. I think he could have been a great player, if he had developed himself.

Who was the best player in this period?
Imam, Sabry, Mu’tamad Gamal, and Osamah Nabih who unfortunately suffered serious injuries in a few years and played in other positions rather than his favourite one. Gamal was also a brilliant player. The former Dutch coach of the national team Ruud Krul once said that Gamal was the best sweeper he ever coached in his career.

Who are the best Egyptian players from your point of view?
Hassan Shehata and Abdel Karim Al Gohary were the greatest players in Egypt, they were underrated because of the lack of powerful media in the past.

How far do you think Egypt can go in the next World Cup?
It will be normal if Egypt could not go beyond the group stage, but I wish we can reach the Round of 16. Our team will clash with Uruguay, which has the best attackers in the world, such as Suarez of Barcelona and Cavani of Paris Saint Germain, the host Russia and Saudi Arabia, which will put huge pressure on both teams.

How do you see Cuper?
I am satisfied with what he has done so far with the team. The final results are the most important thing, and he achieved good results within the available possibilities.

What do you mean by “available possibilities”?
Cuper took over the team’s management in a difficult period after the retirement of great and experienced players. Most of those who played under him lacked international experience. Moreover, he lacked good alternative players in many positions. Portugal won the UEFA European Championship through Cuper’s defensive techniques and it did not present an outstanding football performance.

Will the EFA extend Cuper’s contract after the World Cup?
I will sit with him during the May and June training camps before the World Cup. Personally, I welcome this step and so does he, and that is the best for all.

What will happen if Cuper does not extend his contract with the team?
If Cuper refuses to extend his contract, I think the alternative coach will be a foreigner.

What about the Egyptian coaches who were once nominated to lead the team?
There are many Egyptian football coaches, such as Hossam Al Badri, Hossam Hassan, and Hassan Shehata, but I prefer to contract with a foreign coach.

Do you recall any special situations for the national team under Shehata?
Actually, the former general coach of the team Shawki Gharib was the main reason behind the nomination of Shehata to lead the team in 2004/2005. I once met Gharib and he recommended Shehata for the position, but the former head of the EFA, Abdo Saleh Al Wahsh, opposed the idea at the beginning. Eventually, he was persuaded to give the opportunity to an Egyptian coach and Shehata was assigned to lead the national team with Gharib as general coach. I always tell Shehata and Ghraib: “your luck is linked to each other.” After their departure, they did not achieve much with different clubs.

Which is the best football generation?

I think the 2006 football generation was the best. It included many special players in all positions unlike the current team, which lacks good alternatives. Drogba once said if I have Mohammed Aboutrika, Wael Gomaa, and Essam El Hadary on my team, I can reach the World Cup final match.

How do you see El Hadary?
He is an extraordinary and legendary player. He was the third goalkeeper of the team during the African Cup of Nations and became the first goalkeeper.

Many describe the national team as “Salah’s team”. What do you think of that?

When Mohamed Salah misses with the Liverpool squad, the team is affected badly, despite there being many stars in the English team. If anyone calls the national team “Salah’s team”, then we can call Argentina Messi’s team, Portugal Ronaldo’s team, and so on.

What do you think of Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup?

It was a political fight between the United States and Russia after the latter won the right to host the World Cup in 2018. There were many suspicious things which came to the surface after the arrest of some FIFA members.

What about the 2026 World Cup?

There is competition between Morocco and the US, Mexico, and Canada. Egypt will vote for Morocco as an Arab participant.

What do you think of Egypt’s failure to host the 2010 World Cup?

We gave more attention to the promotion of the event on the Egyptian streets rather than the outside world, so we got no votes.

Finally, would you like to say something to Egyptians?

I hope Egyptian fans deal elegantly with football in the coming years to maintain pace with the world football, especially because football fans will be allowed to attend matches in stadiums starting from the next season. I also hope that Egypt can achieve honourable results in the 2018 World Cup.

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Tales from World Cup history (3) https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/tales-world-cup-history-3/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/tales-world-cup-history-3/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 21:00:36 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658433 Argentina beats West Germany in 1986 World Cup final In the final game of the 1986 World Cup, hosted by Mexico, the German team presented an outstanding performance, but finally lost 2-3 to Argentina. The tournament saw the brilliant skills of the Argentine star Maradona, who is seen by many as the best football player …

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Argentina beats West Germany in 1986 World Cup final

In the final game of the 1986 World Cup, hosted by Mexico, the German team presented an outstanding performance, but finally lost 2-3 to Argentina. The tournament saw the brilliant skills of the Argentine star Maradona, who is seen by many as the best football player in history.

West Germany wins third World Cup title in 1990

In the final game of the 1990 World Cup, held in Italy, West Germany avenged its last defeat against Argentina. The Mannschaft won their third World Cup title after Andreas Brehme scored from the penalty spot.  That tournament saw the participation of Egypt and the UAE.

The Pharaohs presented decent performances in the tournament, drawing 1-1 with Netherlands, 0-0 with Ireland, and losing 0-1 to England. The UAE presented a poor performance and lost all three matches of the group stage; 0-2 to Colombia, 0-5 to Germany, and 1-4 to Yugoslavia.

Al-Owairan scores brilliant goal in 1994 World Cup

Brazil deservedly won the 1994 World Cup in the United States. Two Arab teams, Saudi Arabia and Morocco, participated in the tournament. In their first appearance at the World Cup, the Saudi team, known as the Greens, presented a strong performance, beating Belgium 1-0.

Midfielder Saeed Al-Owairan scored the Saudi goal against Belgium, which is considered one of the greatest World Cup goals of all time. He brilliantly sprinted across the field for about 80 metres to score the unforgettable goal. 

Saudi Arabia qualified for the Round of 16, but it was knocked out at the hands of Sweden.

Zidane leads France to win 1998 World Cup

The French star of Algerian origin Zinedine Zidane led the French team to win the 1998 World Cup held in France.

That championship saw the participation of three Arab teams, namely Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Tunisia. The undisputed star of the tournament was Zidane, who succeeded in helping his team win its first World Cup title.

The Brazilians came second in the championship. Four years later, they managed to win the 2002 World Cup held in South Korea and Japan.

Italy wins 2006 World Cup in Germany

The 2006 World Cup, hosted by Germany, was one of the most successful championships. Despite the strong performance of the Germans, especially against Argentina in the quarter-finals, they failed to qualify for the final match after they lost in the semi-final to the Italians 0-2.

In the final game, Italy clashed with France. It was a fierce match and the Azzurri managed to win the precious title through the penalty shootout.

This game witnessed the famous incident of Zidane, when he (playing in the last match of his career) was sent off for headbutting Materazzi in the chest after a verbal exchange.

Spain finds luck in 2010 World Cup

The 19th edition of the FIFA World Cup was held in South Africa in 2010, the first time it was held in Africa.

The tournament was held in 10 stadiums across nine cities and the final game was held at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa. Spain managed to win the title for the first time in its history after beating the Netherlands. Spain became the eighth country to be crowned a World Cup winner and the first European team to win the World Cup outside the continent. Host South Africa could not qualify for the Round of 16, marking the first time the host nation left the World Cup in the group stage. That championship also saw the defending champion Italy and the runner-up France’s failures to go beyond the first round.

Germany wins last edition of World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup was the 20th edition of the championship. It was the first time that FIFA set the intercontinental rotation system of selecting host countries. South America was chosen to host the tournament. No country but Brazil asked to host the tournament.
It was the second time that Brazil hosted the World Cup after the 1950 edition. Hence, Brazil became the fifth country to host the tournament twice (after Mexico, France, Italy, and Germany).

It was the first time that the South American continent hosted the World Cup since the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. It was also the first time that two consecutive World Cups were held outside Europe.


The tournament witnessed FIFA’s use of new technologies for the first time in the history of the World Cup, such as goal-line technology. This technology was implemented in the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Germany, Argentina, Brazil, and the Netherlands qualified for the semi-finals. Germany won its fourth title after beating Argentina 1-0. Germany became the first European team to win the World Cup in Latin America. It also marked the first time that three teams from one continent won three World Cups.

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5 goalkeepers expected to shine during 2018 World Cup https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/5-goalkeepers-expected-shine-2018-world-cup/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/5-goalkeepers-expected-shine-2018-world-cup/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 20:00:24 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658408 Many goalkeepers had stunning performances with their clubs, putting them under the spotlight in the 21st World Cup edition, being hosted by Russia between 14 June and 15 July. The following report reviews the most prominent goalkeepers due to play in Russia this summer. Thibaut Courtois (Belgium) Since Thibaut Courtois moved to Chelsea in the …

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Many goalkeepers had stunning performances with their clubs, putting them under the spotlight in the 21st World Cup edition, being hosted by Russia between 14 June and 15 July.

The following report reviews the most prominent goalkeepers due to play in Russia this summer.

Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)

Since Thibaut Courtois moved to Chelsea in the 2011 summer transfer window, he displayed brilliant performance with the Blues. Courtois signed for the English side for €9m coming from Genk. He then moved on loan for three years to Atletico Madrid, where he proved his great capabilities.

Sergio Romero (Argentina)

The goalkeeper of Manchester United and Argentina, Sergio Romero, has the highest record of caps as a goalkeeper of La Albiceleste with more than 90 games since his debut in 2009.

Romero played with Argentina in two World Cup editions and three Copa America competitions. With legendary Lionel Messi in the forward line, few may notice the goalkeeper of the team, but Romero always proves that he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Jordan Pickford (England)

After the poor performance of West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart, it became necessary for England to give the chance to more brilliant and experienced goalkeepers, such as Jordan Pickford, who joined Everton for £25m coming from Sunderland.

Alisson Becker (Brazil)

The Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker will face a tough challenge in the coming World Cup amid the fierce competition on his position in the team. Becker showed a superb performance with AS Roma at the local and European levels, grasping the attention of many major clubs, such as Real Madrid and Liverpool.

Becker’s international debut was in the World Cup qualifier match against Venezuela in 2015. He played 24 games with the Seleção so far.

Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany)

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen deserved his place in the German national team after his stunning performance with the Catalans this season. Ter Stegen significantly contributed to Barcelona’s winning of La Liga title as well as the team’s outstanding performance in European tournaments.

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Egypt wins first place at 14th African Championships for Rhythmic Gymnastics https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/egypt-wins-first-place-14th-african-championships-rhythmic-gymnastics/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/egypt-wins-first-place-14th-african-championships-rhythmic-gymnastics/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 19:36:08 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658482 The Egyptian Rhythmic Gymnastics under-16 team won the top prize and achieved three golden medals at the 14th African Championships for Rhythmic Gymnastics that was held from 26-28 April, held in Egypt. The team consists of six girls, Farida Nadir, Malak Sherif, Nermine Khaled, Salma Khaled, Farah Ihab, and Perihan Ayman. Under the training of …

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The Egyptian Rhythmic Gymnastics under-16 team won the top prize and achieved three golden medals at the 14th African Championships for Rhythmic Gymnastics that was held from 26-28 April, held in Egypt.

The team consists of six girls, Farida Nadir, Malak Sherif, Nermine Khaled, Salma Khaled, Farah Ihab, and Perihan Ayman. Under the training of Russian coach Alla Verrenova and Mayar Ragab, the team beat the South African and Angolan teams.

Taking place at the Cairo International Stadium, the championship brought together 25 players representing 14 African countries.

In the last competition, held in 2016 in Namibia, Egypt’s under-16 team won five gold medals, while Egyptian individuals won the first, second, third, and fourth places.

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Al Ahly, Zamalek to benefit from 2018 World Cup’s financial offerings https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/al-ahly-zamalek-benefit-2018-world-cups-financial-offerings/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/al-ahly-zamalek-benefit-2018-world-cups-financial-offerings/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 19:00:15 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658431 Egyptian football clubs, mainly Al Ahly and Zamalek, whose players will join their national teams will make significant gains from the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the clubs whose players joined their national teams did not get any returns, as the allocations were limited to football unions. …

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Egyptian football clubs, mainly Al Ahly and Zamalek, whose players will join their national teams will make significant gains from the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the clubs whose players joined their national teams did not get any returns, as the allocations were limited to football unions. The FIFA Council announced that the total contributions for these clubs will amount to $209m, up from $70m in the previous edition in 2014.

In order to be eligible to receive a share of the benefits of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, clubs had to fill and sign an application and send it to FIFA by 30 November 2017 at the latest.

Payments for the 2018 FIFA World Cup shall be calculated as follows:

The total number of players selected for all the representative teams participating in the competition is 736 (23 players in each team). On a cumulative basis, the players will participate in the competition for a total of approximately 24,500 days (starting two weeks before the opening match until the day following the last match of the representative team.

The distribution amount ($209m gross) is divided by the total number of days (24,500), which results in about $8,530 per player (prior to any taxes and deductions).

The amount of $8,530 is multiplied by the number of days each player is at the competition, starting two weeks before the opening match until the day following the last match of his representative team. It is not relevant whether or not the player actually plays in any given match. The total per player is distributed on a pro rata basis to the clubs with which the player was registered during the two years before the day following the last match of his representative team at the competition.

In case of ambiguity regarding the above calculation, FIFA shall decide on the payment and allocation on a case-by-case basis and its decision shall be final.

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42 days before kick-off of World Cup, Chechnya prepares to receive Egyptian team in Grozny https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/42-days-kick-off-world-cup-chechnya-prepares-receive-egyptian-team-grozny/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/42-days-kick-off-world-cup-chechnya-prepares-receive-egyptian-team-grozny/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 18:00:24 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658428 Authorities in Chechnya, a federal subject of Russia, began its preparations to host the Egyptian football team on 9 June to participate in the upcoming World Cup in Russia. “The Chechen Republic is fully preparing to receive the Egyptian team that chose Grozny to hold its preparatory camp before the start of the World Cup,” …

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Authorities in Chechnya, a federal subject of Russia, began its preparations to host the Egyptian football team on 9 June to participate in the upcoming World Cup in Russia.

“The Chechen Republic is fully preparing to receive the Egyptian team that chose Grozny to hold its preparatory camp before the start of the World Cup,” Magomed Davidov, representative of the Russia 2018 Organising Committee in Grozny, told the Russian news agency TASS.

“The Egyptian fans will stay at a carnival during the Egyptian team’s presence in Grozny,” he added.

Davidov pointed out that the president of Chechnya gave orders to facilitate the mission of the Egyptian team during its presence in Grozny in preparation for the World Cup.

The Egyptian team is set to stay in a five-star hotel built by Emirati investors. The hotel has a restaurant, parking area with a capacity for 500 cars, an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a tennis court, several conference rooms, and a shopping center. There is also a football stadium named Akhmat-Arena near the hotel.

Grozny, which means “fearsome” in Russian, is the capital city of the Chechen Republic and it will not host any games of the 2018 World Cup. Grozny was selected by Egypt from a list of 67 options presented to the World Cup finalists. Daily News Egypt reviews the most important features of the city.

The city’s airport will add two additional passport offices to deal with the large number of visitors expected to come to the city to support the Pharaohs.

The Pharaohs were drawn into Group A alongside hosts Russia, as well as Uruguay and Saudi Arabia, with their opening game coming against the South American side on Friday, 15 June in Yekaterinburg, 1,800 km away from Grozny. They will then face hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia on 19 and 25 June in Saint Petersburg and Volgograd respectively. The distance between Grozny and Yekaterinburg or Saint Petersburg is about 2,600 km, while Volgograd, which will host Egypt’s encounter with Saudi Arabia, is 800 km away.

Other World Cup matches will be held from 14 June to 15 July in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi, and Rostov on the Don River.

Food festival awaits Egyptian fans in Russia

The 11 Russian cities hosting the World Cup will launch a number of touristic and entertainment events for their visitors. One of these activities will be holding a popular food festival.

Russian food festivals will be organised in the host cities of the World Cup, along with a number of other recreational activities, to introduce Russian cuisine to the visitors.

For example, Saransk is famous for its pastries, while Rostov and Samara will offer seafood. Saint Petersburg is known for its delicious cakes, Kaliningrad offers Borodinsky bread or Borodino bread, while Sochi offers red mullet dishes.

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Sponsor struggle over Mo Salah stirs up troubles ahead World Cup https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/sponsor-struggle-mo-salah-stirs-troubles-ahead-world-cup/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/sponsor-struggle-mo-salah-stirs-troubles-ahead-world-cup/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 17:00:34 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658426 Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah’s conflict with the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) and its sponsor over the unauthorised use of his image for advertising made headlines in local Egyptian and some English media outlets. The crisis erupted around late March between Rami Abbas, Salah’s agent and lawyer, and the EFA, after the player starred in a …

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Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah’s conflict with the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) and its sponsor over the unauthorised use of his image for advertising made headlines in local Egyptian and some English media outlets. The crisis erupted around late March between Rami Abbas, Salah’s agent and lawyer, and the EFA, after the player starred in a television advertisement for a telecommunications company that competes with the sponsoring company of the EFA. The company threatened to seek compensation from the EFA for the incident.

The problem lies in determining the side that owns the sponsorship rights of Salah and who has the right to permit the player to participate in advertising campaigns? Do the rights of the sponsoring company of the EFA conflict with the rights of the other companies sponsoring Salah?

FIFA has clear rules that regulate sponsorship contracts of players, to which all parties should be committed. The crisis escalated sharply after Abbas referred via Twitter to a “big problem” facing Salah with the EFA without giving any details.

“We are facing a very serious problem with the EFA,” Abbas said, adding in another tweet, “You do not even know what you have?”

The dispute started when the EFA revealed the private plane that will be allocated to transport the national team to its training camps outside Egypt. The plane was already used to transport the team to Switzerland where Egypt played against Portugal and Greece in preparation for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The plane bears the photo of Salah wearing the national team kit next to slogans of the companies contracting with the sponsor of the EFA. The incident was rejected by Abbas, especially since those companies compete with other sponsors of the player.

Abo Rida meets Salah

Sources revealed that Hany Abo Rida, head of the EFA, had a friendly meeting with Salah during the training camp of Egypt held in Switzerland, during which he asked the Liverpool star to sign some kits of the national team for promotion’s sake and hold a photo session for one of the sponsoring companies of the EFA, in addition to sitting down for a short TV interview with one of the channels belonging to the sponsors. Salah showed no sign of objection at all.

EFA reacts to Abbas’ tweets

Following Abbas’ remarks, the EFA denied any disputes with the player, adding that the association has nothing to do with the statements of the “non-Egyptian” Abbas who the association said does not know the deep relations between Salah and the Egyptian people in general, and the EFA in particular.

Salah also starred in an advertisement as part of an anti-drug campaign titled “You are Stronger than Drugs”, which was sponsored by the Ministry of Social Solidarity’s Fund for Drug Control and Treatment of Addiction (FDCTA). However, the player’s agent objected to the use of this advertising clip by the sponsoring company of the EFA in two other advertisements, which was denied by the sponsoring company of the EFA.

The EFA stressed that the relationship between its sponsoring company and Salah as a player in the Egyptian national team is regulated by internationally recognised marketing rules. They added that it was unreasonable that a foreign company intervene in that relationship to achieve commercial purposes at the expense of Egyptians. They noted that the sponsoring company exercised its rights stipulated in the contract.

The sponsor of the EFA denied any disputes with Salah, asserting that he is “the pride of Arabs.” The company pointed out that Abbas made up the problem to oppose the company’s marketing rights, which involves Salah as a player in the Egyptian football team. According to sources at the company, Abbas refused that Salah appear in any advertising campaigns without reference to his legal representative, while the company insisted that it holds the sponsoring rights of the national team, especially since the companies that deal with the legal representative are not among the companies dealing with the EFA.

Legal opinions on the crisis

According to a number of legal sources and experts, the appearance of Salah in collective advertising campaigns or photos does not represent any conflict with the legal representative of the player because this is the original right of the sponsoring company contracting with the EFA.

Mohamed Fadlallah, a sports regulations expert, confirmed that the player’s appearance individually in press interviews or advertisements with any company that did not contract with the legal representative of the player is illegal and violates regulations governing sponsoring rights.

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Mad football player prices in Egypt https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/mad-football-player-prices-egypt/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/mad-football-player-prices-egypt/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 11:00:10 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658411 High prices due to conflict of Al Ahly, Zamalek, liberalisation of exchange rate, entry of Gulf market, experts say

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The prices of players over the past 25 years have taken a leap. That began in 1993 when Reda Abdulaal moved from Zamalek to Al Ahly for EGP 625,000. This year, the deal to move Mohamed Salah from Enppi to Al Ahly reached $42m. Moreover, the salaries of players reached up to EGP 40m, paid by Zamalek to Abdullah Said in the deal for a free transfer that was not sealed after extending the player’s contract with Al Ahly.

Daily News Egypt spoke with individuals involved in the transfers  to understand the reasons behind the increases.

Club administrations are to blame

Nader El-Sayed is the former goalkeeper of Egypt’s team. He currently has a marketing company for players. He believes the main reason for the increase in prices are the administrations of clubs that can make decisions worth millions of pounds and then easily leave their positions without any supervision once they file their resignation or finish their four-year terms.

He demanded creating separate administrations in clubs, so that each administration would handle a specific activity. The state must also have laws to hold these administrations accountable for what they spend.

Al Ahly, Zamalek to blame

Mohamed Meslhy, the chairperson of Ittihad Alexandria Club, said that Zamalek and Al Ahly are the ones to blame for the price increase. What both clubs spend to buy players does not match at all their current value, even after the liberalisation of the exchange rate. This threatens clubs like Ismaily SC and Al Ittihad Alexandria who do not have the same abilities as Al Ahly and Zamalek.

Meselhy believes that in order to overcome the issue, the number of players participating in the league must be reduced to 25 on clubs’ lists, and contracts should be signed with players whose deals ended with clubs’ “free transfer deals.”

Demand, supply govern transfers

Samir Halbia, the chairperson of El-Masry SC, does not believe there is an issue with the prices of players, as the market is governed by supply and demand. Each club has the right to support its team with the best elements available.

He said that his club deals with the price change through using new elements from the youth sector and investing in the team when it is young by selling them for large prices to clubs that want them.

Investments are reason for price increases

Yahia Ali is the most famous player agent in Egypt. He was always accused of being one of the reasons behind the price increase because of his mediation in the transfer of Salah Mohsen from Enppi to Al Ahly, and Hussein El-Shahat from Misr Lel-Makkasa SC to the Emirati Al Ain.

He defended himself by saying that all he does is bring European offers for distinct players, which makes Al Ahly and Zamalek propose similar offers—something players prefer, in order to stay in Egypt. 

He added that the reason for the price increase is the entry of Gulf countries into Egypt with large prices over EGP 30m, as was the case with Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim known as “Kahraba” and Moustafa Fathy, leading clubs to buy new players to replace them. With the announcement of prices, clubs begin to ask for large amounts of cash. All of these things are categorised as investments in players, enhanced by the presence of cash liquidity in clubs with people like Turkey Al Shaikh as a supporter of Al Ahly, and Mortada Mansour who has the ability to provide financial resources for Zamalek.

Ali noted that at some point, prices will decline again. This will happen when clubs stop paying large amounts of money, which will make sellers settle for lower prices.

Pound flotation is main reason for high prices

Rehab Aborgela, former member of Zamalek’s board of directors, said that there are two reasons for the increases. The first is the eternal conflict between Al Ahly and Zamalek to add players and considering deals a sort of a competition.

The second reason is the flotation of the Egyptian pound, which increased the values of player in Egyptian pounds.

Guilty Gulf market

As one of the most famous players agent, Mohamed Sheha said that the Gulf market is guilty for the price increase, especially after the success by Mohamed Abdulshafi in Saudi Arabia, as well as Kahraba, which opened the door for the transfer of Essam El-Hadary, Moustafa Fathy, Shikabala, Momen Zakaria, Ahmed El Sheikh, Amr Barakat, Hussein El Sayed, and Mohamed Atwa.

Sheha stressed that Al Ahly and Zamalek spoiled football in Egypt and put themselves in a corner by increasing the value of transferring players. It became a competition governed by their fear from the fans on social media. This clearly threatens other clubs that do not have the same financial abilities as Zamalek and Al Ahly.

He added that in order to get out of this tough situation, it is important to specify a maximum salary for players, hence, prices can be controlled in a way that does not let them increase beyond the value of a player’s actual ability.

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North and South Korea annouce joint table tennis team at World Championships https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/north-and-south-korea-annouce-joint-table-tennis-team-at-world-championships/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/north-and-south-korea-annouce-joint-table-tennis-team-at-world-championships/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 10:39:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658454 The post North and South Korea annouce joint table tennis team at World Championships appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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The North and South Korean women’s table tennis teams have joined together to form a joint team at the Table Tennis World Championships. The move comes as diplomatic tensions between the two countries thaw.Less than a week after the historic meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the military demarcation line on the Korean peninsula, the North and South Korean women’s table tennis teams have united to form a joint Korean team at the Table Tennis World Championships in Sweden – in the middle of the tournament.

After being drawn against each other in the quarterfinals of the tournament in the southwestern city of Halmstad, the two teams applied to merge and advance to Friday’s semifinal together, where a joint Korean team is now to face either Japan or Ukraine.

“When I informed the board of directors of the development, the representatives of the joint team stood up and applauded in a show of support for this historic step,” said Thomas Weikert, president of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

Ryu Seung-min, the vice-president of the South Korean Table Tennis Federation and member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), praised the ITTF for its spontaneous decision.

“This is an important statement to promote peace between our two countries through table tennis,” said the 2004 Olympic champion.

Read more: Korean family reunions: Too little, too late?

This is not the first time that the political rapprochement between the two Koreas has been reflected in the sporting arena. At the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in South Korea this past February, a joint Korean women’s hockey team took to the ice. Despite the fact that they lost all three group games and only scored one goal, the fact that the South Korean and North Korean women competed as one team seems to have contributed to the recent thaw in diplomatic tensions.

On April 27, Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in met in Panmunjom where they agreed to work towards the denuclearization of the peninsula and to reach a deal within the year to officially end to the Korean War, which has been in a state of ceasefire since 1953.

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Al Ahly will be among world’s biggest clubs within two years: club marketing manager https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/al-ahly-will-among-worlds-biggest-clubs-within-two-years-club-marketing-manager/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/03/al-ahly-will-among-worlds-biggest-clubs-within-two-years-club-marketing-manager/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 10:00:21 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658407 Negotiations began at $4m, we eventually obtained double that amount, Serag El-dein says

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Essam Serag El-dein, the manager of Al Ahly Sports Club’s marketing, has revealed that the club has future plans to develop and invest in the sports field. He spoke about the club’s accomplishments and the obstacles that faced it during the period he worked with it.

Obstacles of sports investment in Egypt

Serag El-dein said that there are not enough sports investments in Egypt even though research and studies undertaken stress that it is highly required in Egypt and important for national income. In 2008, in the US, sports investment brought the country an income of $212bn—a number that exceeded revenues from some major industries. This is why countries are racing to organise large leagues. Brazil, for example, achieved a great economic leap through arranging the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Its economy also grows by 5% every year thanks to its professional players around the world, estimated to be 20,000 in 2008.

“In Egypt we demanded keeping up with what is happening around the world and the importance of having an item in the constitution that obliges the state to give attention to sports. The 2017 constitution allows sports investment, but it is too general, and it must be precisely stipulated in the law like the rest of the sectors. The current situation scares investors, and it is noteworthy that the sector is rather new in Egypt. Political stability and encouraging laws, however, will change that,” Serag El-dein said.

Investment system and Al Ahly resources

In terms of the investment system and developing the resources of Al Ahly, Serag El-dein said it is the specialty of a committee formed during the administration of Mahmoud Al-Khatib, and it includes Farouk Al-Oqda, the former CBE governor, businessperson Yassin Mansour, and Mohamed Fekry, the chairperson of a bank. They are individuals with distinct investment mentalities, with Saad Shalaby, a professor of marketing and sports economy, as marketing supervisor.

The main accomplishment of the committee is brining investors to Al Ahly’s planned sports city, which will cost EGP 8bn. It will include investors from the UAE, KSA, and Egypt.

“Al Ahly SC has an integrated plan to become one of the largest clubs in the world. We are serious about the upcoming period to enable the club to achieve this leap, and we will be able to see its impact within two years,” said Serag El-dein.

Al Ahly channel, academies, and stores

“I believe in the concept of specialising in terms of managing the club’s facilities. It is important to have large specialised companies that ensure the quality of the products sold in Al Ahly stores,” Serag El-dein said.

The club’s channel has not achieved what was required from it up until this moment, he said. “We are working to develop the channel over the upcoming period through suggestions Saad Shalaby is working on. The same thing is true for Al Ahly stores. We have proposed new idea for development,” he added.

The club’s 11 academies spread the club’s brand name, Serag El-dein said. These academies aim to widen the fan base of the club, and hence, increase its financial revenues. “We are currently undertaking a study to understand our current situation and what we can plan to do in the near future,” he said.

Facing the issue of spectators’ absence

The absence of spectators, according to Serag El-dein, has a negative impact on the number of broadcasted matches. The presence of fans increases viewership rates.

“We try to overcome this issue through being present domestically and abroad through increasing the number of academies and organising sports events. For example, we have organised Africa’s Handball Championship and three sports channels broadcasted its matches,” Serag El-dein noted.

Football bringing the largest income

Serag El-dein explained that football is nearly the only activity that creates revenues, while other sports cost more than they bring. This is not the case in Europe, for example, as the sports in all large clubs bring income, he said. Football is the club’s main source of income alongside its membership fees.

“We seek to establish Al Ahly Football Company, and this is currently under study. We aim to separate football from the rest of the sports as is the case in Europe,” he said.

Misr El-Makasa, Enppi are best in football investment, Degla best in performance

The marketing manager of Al Ahly believes that the clubs Misr El-Makasa and Enppi are distinguished in terms of football investment, while the Wadi Degla club outperforms the rest in terms of sports performance. Both Misr El-Makasa and Enppi have great experience in brining players that shine over the course of a season or two and are then sold for high prices. “But performance-wise, we have Wadi Degla, which managed to establish many branches across the country and provide special packages for members,” he said.

“The spread of football investment in Egypt and the presence of marketing committees in clubs is related to a professionals’ league, obliging clubs to ensure that income and expenses are both equal,” Serag El-dein added.

Evouna’s deal changed vision

Serag El-dein spoke about the largest deal to move a player in the history of Egyptian clubs, resulting in Gabonese Malik Evouna moving to China’s Tianjin for $8m, and the role of this deal in changing football investment concepts in Egypt. According to Serag El-dein, the deal has changed a lot in terms of investing in players. Negotiations started at $4m and ended at $8m. Afterwards, Ramadan Sobhy’s contract was sold, followed by the contract of Hegazy. The moving of these two players is the equivalent of a sponsorship contract for an entire season, he said.

“The vision has changed. Now, clubs do not mind selling their players to increase their resources,” said Serag El-dein. “However, in Al Ahly, this is difficult because of the club’s wide fan base and the pressure and rejection of selling the club’s players. I am against this idea, as the club never really relies on a single player. If we have distinct players, we sell them and we bring other ones as an investment.”

Serag El-dein continued, “investing in football has specific standards and controls. Not all players can be sold abroad. In Al Ahly club, we always teach players to be number one, so we look for players who would be able to travel without causing issues because we take the future into consideration and the conditions of reselling a player.”

The youth sector in all Egyptian clubs, Al Ahly included, requires development, Serag El-dein said. “It is important to pay attention to players, trainers, administrators, and doctors. This will enable us to find a treasure and create players we can benefit from. These players can also be invested in through selling their contracts,” he added.

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Bayern Munich’s profligacy kills golden chance for Champions League glory https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/02/bayern-munichs-profligacy-kills-golden-chance-for-champions-league-glory/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/02/bayern-munichs-profligacy-kills-golden-chance-for-champions-league-glory/#respond Wed, 02 May 2018 10:48:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658348 The post Bayern Munich’s profligacy kills golden chance for Champions League glory appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Bayern Munich have thrown away the club’s best chance of winning the Champions League since their 2013 triumph. Real Madrid were there for the taking, but galling misses at clutch moments proved Bayern’s downfall.Bayern Munich should be on their way to Kiev. The Champions League final has once again slipped through their fingers for a fourth consecutive year, but on this occasion the club’s failure is difficult to explain.

Sven Ulreich’s dejected figure dominated broadcasts at the final whistle of Bayern’s 2-2 draw against Real Madrid.

The German goalkeeper’s blunder just after halftime will be replayed across the world over the next week, and will be relived in the 29-year-old’s mind eternally. He’ll be hard on himself in those moments where he finds himself alone and in a contemplative state.

Yet Ulreich’s moment of madness was not to blame for Bayern failing to reach the Champions League final. Instead, the German champion’s profligacy in front of goal – from some of their star players – let them down when it mattered most.

Big errors from big players

In the home leg, the culprits were many. Franck Ribery’s failure to score in the Champions League since March 2015 shone through as he miscontrolled the ball and fluffed a fantastic opporunity to put Bayern 2-0 up against a poor Madrid team.

And at the death, with Bayern down 2-1 by that stage, Robert Lewandowksi blew a glorious chance – one which he usually gobbles up in the Bundesliga – to leave his side with a mountain to climb.

In the return leg, Lewandowksi went missing again, extending his barren run in the Champions League to five matches. For a world-class striker, that record isn’t good enough. His opposite number, Karim Benzema, oft criticized for his own exploits in the penalty box, scored two.

With the odds well and truly against them, Bayern still should have progressed, albeit against a more switched-on Madrid side.

Defensive errors prove more glaring in the media lights and Rafinha’s gaff in the first leg and Ulreich’s “blackout” – as coach Jupp Heynckes described it – duly featured heavily in the highlights reels. It’s the unfortunate nature of playing in the defensive line, but Bayern’s attacking players have to shoulder the majority of the blame.

The frustrating aspect for Heynckes must be that the profilgacy in front of goal came from his most experienced players – Ribery, Lewandowksi and also Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels. The less experienced duo of James Rodriguez and Joshua Kimmich, on the other hand, stepped up to the occasion.

Madrid were there for the taking. Fifteen points off Barcelona in La Liga and coming off a quarterfinal where they were second-best to Italian giants Juventus. This is not the same team that has dominated Europe over the past few years and Bayern should be preparing for a final showdown in Kiev.

It’s a showdown that Bayern would have entered as favorites, too. The last four in this season’s Champions League is perhaps the weakest lineup in the past decade and, whether against Roma or Liverpool in the final, Bayern would have been confident of victory.

Bayern’s reboot

Bayern let Madrid off the hook at clutch moments over both legs and it will be difficult to assess how incoming coach Niko Kovac can improve their chances next season. This was probably Bayern’s last – as well as best – chance to reclaim the Champions League with their current squad.

Lewandowski could well find himself at Madrid next season, while even if Ribery and Arjen Robben do sign mooted contract extensions, their age means we could have seen the last of their dominant seasons. Bit-part players rarely prove decisive in Champions League finals.

A changing of the attacking guard is inevitably coming to a head, despite Bayern attempting to drain the last remnants out of their old charges. The burning question is whether they already have the goods or if they need to significantly invest.

Kingsley Coman produces nowhere near the goals or assists necessary for a starring role, while Corentin Tolisso has failed to live up to his hefty €40 million price tag. It is uncertain whether the incoming Serge Gnabry or Leon Goretzka can immediately slide into the starting XI, indeed Bayern’s previous attempts to replace their stars have fallen flat in Renato Sanches and Douglas Costa.

The Champions League is unlikely to be as quality-starved in the final four next season, if Bayern can even navigate their way into a fifth semifinal appearance in six years. A reboot is necessary, but as it stands, with Kovac to make his debut in the competition and the team’s attacking lineup uncertain, Bayern look like they’ve passed up their best chance of lifting the coveted trophy for some years.

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Champions League: Karim Benzema double dashes Bayern Munich’s treble dream https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/01/champions-league-karim-benzema-double-dashes-bayern-munichs-treble-dream/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/01/champions-league-karim-benzema-double-dashes-bayern-munichs-treble-dream/#respond Tue, 01 May 2018 20:52:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658361 The post Champions League: Karim Benzema double dashes Bayern Munich’s treble dream appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Bayern Munich’s quest for another treble under Jupp Heynckes is over after defeat in the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid. A 2-2 draw in Madrid was not enough for the Bavarians, who bow out 4-3 on aggregate.Real Madrid 2-2 Bayern Munich, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
(Benzema 11′, 46′ — Kimmich 3′, Rodriguez 63′)

Karim Benzema scored a goal in each half as Real Madrid sealed their place in a third successive Champions League final, with Bayern now having lost their last four semifinals in the competition.

The Bundesliga champions had left themselves with an uphill task after a 2-1 defeat in Munich last week, but will rue the individual errors that cost them over the two legs. Bayern played well enough to feel like they deserve to go through, but Real Madrid were ruthless in the key moments, while Bayern lacked that killer touch.

Things had started so well for Bayern, who put Real Madrid under pressure from the start. The lively Robert Lewandowski saw his shot saved by Keylor Navas, but the ball looped into the air and Joshua Kimmich pounced from close range after Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos failed to deal with it.

Read more: Jürgen Klopp issues battle cry ahead of Liverpool-Roma showdown

But Bayern’s lead lasted barely eight minutes. Marcelo whipped in a cross from the left and an unmarked Benzema nodded in at the far post, taking full advantage of slack Bayern defending. Bayern continued to dominate the half though and were the better team for long periods, stretching Real Madrid on both flanks, with Franck Ribery and James Rodriguez influential in the wide areas.

And Bayern’s best chance to re-establish their lead fell to the Colombian. A penetrating run by Mats Hummels from his own half all the way to the edge Real Madrid box created space for Lewandowski, whose shot was saved by Navas but Rodriguez, under pressure from Ramos, put the ball over from close range. It was a difficult chance, but a crucial one in a game of small margins.

Bayern could have been awarded a penalty before the break too, when Kimmich’s cross struck the outstretched arm of Marcelo, but nothing was given despite Bayern’s protests.

Bayern seemed well placed to take the game to the hosts in the second half, but Heynckes’ halftime plans went out of the window 20 seconds after the restart. Corentin Tolisso played a risky backpass to Sven Ulreich, who slipped at the crucial moment, allowing Benzema to nip in and roll the ball into the empty net to make it 2-1. It was a howler from Ulreich, and one from which Bayern would ultimately fail to recover.

Real Madrid toiled to put the game out of Bayern’s reach though, and the Germans were level soon after the hour, and the goal came courtesy of the man deemed surplus to requirements under Zinedine Zidane in Madrid. Rodriguez lashed a low shot under Navas from an angle to level on the night, as he stood with arms aloft refusing to celebrate.

With the clock ticking, Heynckes threw on Sandro Wagner in search of a late winner, but it failed to materialize. Real stood firm and absorbed the late Bayern pressure to eventually see off Heynckes’ side and confirm their place in the final in Kyiv on May 26. Bayern, meanwhile, are left to lick their wounds after coming up short once again.

As it happened:

+++ FULL TIME: REAL MADRID 2-2 BAYERN MUNICH (agg: 4-3) +++
It’s all over! Bayern Munich’s Champions League quest is over, and Jupp Heynckes’ dreams of a second treble are over. Once again, Bayern have more than held their own against the reigning champions but once again, they haven’t been clinical enough up front. Two goals in the Bernabeu represent a respectable effort but the game will be remembered for a terrible error from goalkeeper Sven Ulreich at the start of the second half.

90+4′ Corner for Real, who will now run the clock down.

90+3′ Martinez finds Hummels in the box but once again, Bayern will have wished it was a striker in the box as Navas saves.

90+2′ Hummels heads wide from Thiago’s corner.

SIX MINUTES OF ADDED TIME

90′ Thiago floats the ball towards the back post and Navas punches clear. Several Real players are down feigning injury, but the referee will add all this time on.

89′ Yellow card for Casemiro for a foul on Müller and Bayern have a free-kick in a dangerous position.

88′ There’s bound to be some substantial added time here, one would suspect.

87′ Substitution for Real Madrid
Marco Asensio is replaced by Nacho.

86′ Ronaldo plays in Bale who is one-on-one and Ulreich gets to the ball first – although the flag was up against the Welshman.

84′ Substitution for Bayernre
James is replaced by Javi Martinez. Respectful applause for the Colombian from the home fans.

83′ Kimmich kicks the ball out of play because Asensio is down, much to the displeasure of the travelling Bayern fans.

81′ Into the final 10 minutes. Bayern have recorded 19 shots on goal compared to Real’s nine. But that will count for nothing if they can’t find a goal.

79′ Müller gets up for a header at the back post and Navas saves. Corner to Bayern is far too deep. Bayern have another chance … cleared again.

78′ After winning the ball back in the center-cricle, Ronaldo feeds Modric and then sprints through the middle to receive the return pass. He looks to shoot but Niklas “The Wall” Süle slides in brilliantly to block. (That was the German commentator’s nickname, not mine.)

75′ Substitution for Bayern
And that was Tolisso’s final involvement, as he is replaced by Sandro Wagner. All out attack for Bayern now.

74′ Navas saves! Real don’t clear Alaba’s cross and it falls to Tolisso who snaps a shot at goal but Navas reacts brilliantly to save.

72′ Double substitution for Real Madrid
Karim Benzema and Mateo Kovacic and are replaced by Gareth Bale and Casemiro

70′ Now Kimmich goes into the book for a tactical foul on Marcello.

69′ Lewandowski plays in Ribery down the left and Müller is screaming for the ball in space in the box, but the Frenchman doesn’t cross, perhaps thinking Müller is offside. That was a good opportunity for Bayern.

63′ GOAL! REAL 2-2 BAYERN (James)
Game on! The Colombian’s initial effort is well saved by Navas but he follows up and sweeps home the rebound – against his parent club. In recognition of that, he celebrates respectfully. Which this writer won’t accept. It’s the Champions League semifinal! One more goal for Bayern would now send them through.

62′ Yellow card for Luka Modric following a foul on Tolisso.

60′ Chances for Bayern! Hummels, still up from the corner, flashes the ball across goal but Müller can’t convert. It falls to Niklas Süle, also still up from the corner, but his shot is weak. If only those balls had fallen to attackers rather than Bayern defenders …

59′ Another corner for Bayern after another run from Ribery. Again, it’s cleared.

58′ Good move from Bayern down the left as Ribery plays in Alaba, and Bayern win a corner … which is flicked on by Müller but then cleared.

55′ The German commentator has a little dig at the Portuguese: “He usually has no problem scoring goals. He’s good at fathering children too. Regularly. He’s not that good at taxes though … ” Ouch.

54′ Double chance for Ronaldo! First, he can’t quite get a touch on Asensio’s cross. Then, seconds later, he volleys over from Marcelo’s cross. What a let-off for Bayern.

53′ Modric sends a dangerous ball across the face of the Bayern goal but neither Benzema nor Ronaldo can get a touch on it, and Bayern survive.

50′ Chance for Bayern! But Navas gets down well to save from Alaba’s low shot.

46′ GOAL! REAL 2-1 BAYERN (Benzema)
What are Bayern doing!? 22 seconds after the restart, Tolisso plays a weak back-pass to Ulreich who inexplicably goes to ground and allows the ball to roll past him and Benzema taps into an empty net. What was he thinking? Replays suggest Ulreich initially went to smother the ball with his arms before realizing he couldn’t and attempting to use his feet, by which point it was too late. Dear, oh dear, oh dear.

+++ KICKOFF in the second half +++
Both teams are unchanged. As it stands, Bayern Munich need a goal to take the tie to extra time.

Should Bayern have had a penalty just before halftime?
Joshua Kimmich thinks so, after Marcelo appeared to block his cross with his elbow – inside the box. Admittedly, the Brazilian had turned his back and wasn’t looking at the ball, but he certainly stopped the cross with his arm.

“It was a clear penalty! He stops the cross. If we had VAR, that would have been a penalty. At the other end, he would have given it. We’re playing in Madrid, after all.” – Lothar Matthäus

+++ HALFTIME: Real Madrid 1-1 Bayern Munich (agg: 3-2) +++
Bayern Munich are well and truly in this game. They took an early lead through Joshua Kimmich but conceded a soft equalizer from Karim Benzema after the Frenchman was left unmarked at the back post. But as in the first leg, Bayern have had chances. In the second half, they need to take them.

45′ Tolisso curls a shot about a meter wide from the edge of the box.

42′ Bayern work it through the middle again but Thiago puts too much on his ball into Müller. Bayern are having a lot of joy in the center of the park where, without the support of Casemiro, Toni Kroos isn’t having the best of games. Elsewhere, Modric is often being called upon to help out Vazquez at right-back.

40′ Müller & Lewandowski combine again with a couple of neat flicks on the edge of the Real box but it doesn’t quite come off and Real clear.

39′ Ulreich saves from Ronaldo! The first real moment of danger from the Portuguese as he cuts inside past Alaba and shoots low with his left, but Ulreich saves well. From the resulting corner, Romas heads into the side netting at the back post.

38′ Lewandowski fires a pass at Müller on the left wing which the German has no chance of controlling. Instead, he remonstrates with the Pole, motioning that the ball should have been out to Ribery on the other wing.

33′ Close for Bayern! The move starts with a penetrating run from Mats Hummels out of defense. He reaches the edge of the Real box and plays in Lewandowski whose shot is saved by Navas. On the rebound, James fires over. Great move.

32′ Thomas Müller stabs a weak shot at goal which is easily saved, after Ribery had burst through. The Frenchman could have shot himself, but maybe Bayern over-worked that.

31′ Modric and Benzema combine and the little Croatian is sent through on goal but Hummels gets across. That was a neat move. In fact, everything Modric has done so far has been a joy to watch.

30′ Tolisso with a ball into Lewandowki but the Pole, with his back to goal, loses possession. Real break with Asensio but Thiago tracks back well.

28′ Marcelo gets in behind Kimmich once again on the left but Bayern somehow manage to clear his cross, with Ronaldo lurking in space. Again, that was too easy. Kimmich was left to deal with both Ronaldo and Marcelo.

26′ Franck Ribery switches play with a brilliant cross-field ball which Kimmich controls on the right. Müller takes over but his cross is poor and Real go back on the attack.

24′ Real are awarded a free-kick in midfield after wThomas Müller clatters into his compatriot Toni Kroos. Friendship put on hold, here, it seems.

22′ Corner for Bayern on the far right hand side. “Auf geht’s Bayern, schieß ein Tor!” is the chant from up in the away end – “Come on Bayern, score a goal.” But the corner comes to nothing.

20′ Chance for Bayern. Ribery finds Müller in yards of space in the box with a clever throughball, but the German can’t pick out a teammate. He may even have been able to get a shot away there, too.

17′ Lewandowski falls theatrically to the ground in the box under challenge from Sergio Ramos but his control had already let him down. No foul.

16′ Benzema attempts a one-two with Asensio but Ulreich beats the Frenchman to the return pass. The flag was up for offside anyway but, even though Real aren’t moving the ball that quickly, they’re finding it relatively easy to cut through Bayern, who aren’t closing down the spaces well enough.

13′ In the great scheme of things of course, the equalizer doesn’t actually change much; Bayern still need a second goal to take the tie to extra-time. But that’s a long way off yet.

11′ GOAL! REAL 1-1 BAYERN (Benzema)
That was far too easy. Marcelo finds a yard of space to cross pass Kimmich and Benzema ghosts in behind Alaba to head home at the back post. That was soft from a Bayern point of view.

6′ The first good chance for Real Madrid. Toni Kroos takes his free-kick short into Benzema who crosses to the near post but Ronaldo can’t reach it.

3′ GOAL! REAL 0-1 BAYERN (Kimmich)
Sergio Ramos doesn’t clear Müller’s cross and Kimmich stabs home from close range! The perfect start for Bayern in the Bernabeu!

2′ Alaba gets in behind the defense down the left and crosses low towards the near post but Thomas Müller can’t get there ahead of Navas.

1′ An early foul on Alaba from Modric as Bayern try to work the ball down the left.

+++ KICKOFF +++
We’re underway in the Bernabeu. Bayern Munich kicking from right to left all in red. Real Madrid, of course, all in white. “Bayern München, olé!” rings out loud and clear from the away end.

– Arjen Robben is out injured this evening but he says his teammates have nothing to lose: “We all know that we’re behind but we need to have confidence in ourselves. Real are the favorites so we have nothing to lose. When we get our chances tonight, we have to take them.

“Last year, if we’d had had normal referee, we’d have gone through. And we should have won the first leg. So that gives us hope.”

– Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has suggested in an interview with broadcaster SKY that the decision to start Tolisso over Martinez is tactical, rather than simply an injury precaution.

“The coach made the decision because he wants to go for a different option,” he said. “We want to attack, we want to go forward with pace. We want to take risks because we want to win the game and progress. We’re going to attack.”

– It’s a huge night for two youngsters on the Bayern Munich bench. Lars Lukas Mai made his first debut for Bayern away at Hannover two weeks ago, while Niklas Dorsch scored against Frankfurt on Saturday. On Sunday, he came on as a substitute for Bayern’s reserves in their 3-1 win over local rivals 1860 Munich in the fourth division. Now he’s on the bench in the Bernabeu. Not a bad week, really.

+++ TEAM NEWS +++
As suggested, Javi Martinez is indeed injured and starts on the bench for Bayern.

Only one big change in the Real Madrid XI as Mateo Kovacic starts ahead of Casemiro.

– Approximately 4,000 Bayern Munich supporters are expected inside the Santiago Bernabeu this evening, and they’ve already been making their presence felt in Madrid!

– So all eyes will turn to striker Robert Lewandowski. The Pole has faced criticism for his performances in big games and was quiet last week in Munich. For the first time in his career, he has now gone four consecutive games without a goal – a mini-crisis for a striker of his caliber.

If Bayern are to score two goals tonight (the absolute minimum) and progress to the final in Kyiv, they will need the Pole to be on form. And he can do it. Back in 2013, he scored four goals in a Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid – for Borussia Dortmund.

– In fairness, Bayern were forced into several early substitutions in the first leg following injuries to Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng – who both miss out tonight. Reports in Germany suggest that midfielder Javi Martinez could also be a doubt.

– Generally speaking, Bayern were the better team in the first leg and even took the lead through Joshua Kimmich, who said the score could have been as high as 7-2 to Bayern. But it wasn’t. The Germans wasted good chances and were punished by goals from Marcelo and Marco Asensio.

Read more: How good are Bayern Munich? Real Madrid loss poses more questions than it answers

– “Steh auf, Männer!” (stand up, men!) was the headline in Germany’s kicker magazine this week, demanding that Bayern Munich stand up and be counted after their 2-1 first-leg defeat last week.

And the Bavarians are certainly in a boisterous mood, with Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge demanding “courage, passion and fight” from the players, who should be prepared to “die a hero’s death” if they must.

+++ Buenas tardes! Guten Abend! Good evening! And welcome to DW’s live coverage of tonight’s Champions League semifinal second leg between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. +++

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Egyptian Rhythmic Gymnastics player qualifies for Youth Olympics https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/01/egyptian-rhythmic-gymnastics-player-qualifies-youth-olympics/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/01/egyptian-rhythmic-gymnastics-player-qualifies-youth-olympics/#respond Tue, 01 May 2018 20:01:26 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658265 Egyptian Rhythmic Gymnastics player, Tia Sobhy, qualified for the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina, after winning a gold medal in the individual competition of the 14th African Championships for Rhythmic Gymnastics. Sobhy competed with 19 girls from 14 other African countries. The 15-year-old Sobhy qualified along with another two contestants who won silver and bronze …

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Egyptian Rhythmic Gymnastics player, Tia Sobhy, qualified for the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina, after winning a gold medal in the individual competition of the 14th African Championships for Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Sobhy competed with 19 girls from 14 other African countries.

The 15-year-old Sobhy qualified along with another two contestants who won silver and bronze medals at the championships.

Azaro Diwan, a contestant from South Africa, won second place, garnering a silver medal, while Hada Lina from Tunisia won bronze.

Sobhy previously competed in several national and international championships under Al Gezira Sporting Club.

   

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Germany’s Marco Sturm: ‘We definitely need to forget about the Olympics’ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/01/germanys-marco-sturm-we-definitely-need-to-forget-about-the-olympics/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/01/germanys-marco-sturm-we-definitely-need-to-forget-about-the-olympics/#respond Tue, 01 May 2018 13:01:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658199 The post Germany’s Marco Sturm: ‘We definitely need to forget about the Olympics’ appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Germany’s hockey team looks rather different ahead of the World Championship. Several players who earned Olympic silver are out and NHL stars are back in. Head coach Marco Sturm speaks with DW about his team’s chances.DW: How big is the pressure to not spoil the newly acquired popularity from your silver medal performance at the Pyeongchang Olympics with a bad showing at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Denmark?

Marco Sturm: I believe many people know the relative strength in international hocky. They know that we will not win every game. But sure, we feel pressure. It is bigger than before. We will try to play as well as we did at the Olympics and at the last world championship. If that happens and we play good hockey, we will be satisfied.

The world championship is the second best highlight of the season after the Olympics. What is the appeal of going against the world elite again?

It is a new tournament. We need to forget about the Olympics. The tune-up games before the world championship showed us that there are still things to do. We need to be cleverer and develop more of an edge in front of goal. I think that, despite the different opponents, the players are bringing enough confidence to the world championship. There they can prove themselves anew.

Read more: Marcel Noebels: ‘It was a winter fairy tale’

You said soon after the Olympics that the team for the world championships would not be the same. Did you have such a big squad shuffle in mind?

Some players retired, a few are injured and others are mentally tired. Our outstanding goalie Danny aus den Birken is also out. It is a new start with a new young team. Our team at the Olympics was the oldest in the tournament. Now we have only five players over the age of 30 and 12 who are 25 or younger. Seven of them are at the world championship for the first time.

A little more routine might be useful at the world championship. Did Patrick Reimer, Marcel Goc and Christian Ehrhoff forsake the team with their retirements?

No. The three of them spoke with me last summer about their intention to retire at the end of the season. That wasn’t a consideration when we won Olympic silver. I couldn’t change their minds now. One also has to see that all three had long successful careers. I cannot hold it against them that they wanted to stop after that achievement (at the Olympics).

Three NHL players have now improved your squad. They surely aren’t coming in euphoric moods because their teams were eliminated early in the playoffs.

I am happy about every player that wants to play at the world championship. Leon Draisaitl is a top forward. He helped us a lot at last year’s world championship. Dennis Seidenberg at age 36 is an absolute leader. He gives our team a lot of stability. That also applies to Korbinian Holzer.

Markus Eisenschmid, Marc Michaelis and Manuel Wiederer are new names to surface. What kind of players are they?

They are prospects who play in the lower levels in North America — in the AHL (American Hockey League) or in college. We are searching for the right players, not just NHL players. Frederik Tiffels made a really good impression over the last year. He is now in the squad.

Winning the silver medal was the biggest accomplishment for German hockey. How did you experience it? What has changed since then?

It was unbelievable for all of us, the enthusiasm we had. Also for people, who have never or rarely experienced a hockey game live. We want to take the momentum with us in order to bring our sport further in Germany. We have a long-term project, “Powerplay 2026.” In eight years, we want to be among the world’s elite in ice hockey.

What is required to attain that?

We need to improve our player development: to inspire kids to play hockey, to invest in coaching education, to expand on a physical level — that also means more hockey rinks.

Read more: Sturm has Germany moving in the right direction again

Germany’s group in the opening stages is stacked. In Finland, Norway and Canada you are facing teams who played in the Olympic tournament. Which place are you aspiring to?

We are seventh in the world rankings. That is a position that we want to defend. To achieve that, we need to reach the quarterfinals. Along with the teams you named there is also the United States, Latvia, hosts Denmark and South Korea. We need to have the highest concentration and preparedness in every game.

Marco Sturm, 39, played 17 seasons in North America’s National Hockey League (NHL). He made 938 appearances for the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals, Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers. He played one season for the Cologne Sharks in the German Hockey League (DEL) before retiring in 2013. He has coached Germany’s hockey team since 2015.

The IIHF World Championship in Denmark begins on Friday, May 4. The final of the 16-team tournament takes place on May 20 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen.

The interview was conducted by Herbert Schalling

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Bundesliga: Schalke suspend Max Meyer after he accuses club executives of ‘bullying’ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/01/bundesliga-schalke-suspend-max-meyer-after-he-accuses-club-executives-of-bullying/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/01/bundesliga-schalke-suspend-max-meyer-after-he-accuses-club-executives-of-bullying/#respond Tue, 01 May 2018 10:01:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658209 The post Bundesliga: Schalke suspend Max Meyer after he accuses club executives of ‘bullying’ appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Max Meyer has been suspended for the final two games of the Bundesliga season after a Bild interview in which he claimed Schalke executives were “bullying” him. The club has denied Meyer’s allegations.Schalke on Monday suspended impending free agent Max Meyer until the end of the season for comments he made to Bild attacking the club’s front office.

“Max Meyer will no longer participate in first team training or feature for the club this season,” Schalke said in a statement posted on their website Monday.

Meyer has played 28 games for Schalke this season in the Bundesliga and the German Cup. The 22-year-old, whose contract expires in June, will miss the club’s final two Bundesliga games against Augsburg and Frankfurt as a result.

‘Feels like bullying’

In an interview published by the German daily on Sunday, Meyer claimed he was told by Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel that he “was not welcome anymore” after he rejected multiple attempts by the club to extend his contract. He also went after the club’s executive chairman, Clemens Tönnies, for insinuating on television that the reason why the German midfielder didn’t sign a contract extension was for monetary reasons, which he insisted wasn’t the case.

“I just didn’t want to be at Schalke anymore and work under Mr. Heidel. That’s why [I didn’t extend my contract]. Lately it just feels like bullying to me.” Meyer, who is in his sixth season with Schalke’s first team after coming through the club’s academy, told Bild.

Read more: Max Meyer to leave for free in close season, Schalke confirm

He also asserted that, after picking up a knock in practice last Wednesday, head coach Domenico Tedesco excluded him from training despite the midfielder’s insistence that he would be fit the next day.

“I said to the doctor [on Wednesday evening] that I could train. I was not injured,” Meyer said. “I told the coach (Tedesco) that on Thursday. He said before training that I should stay inside and wait until Monday to train. I was available since Thursday.”

When asked why he decided to go public with his complaints, Meyer said: “I didn’t want to leave and then talk. I’ve had enough of only reading things about myself. But neither Heidel nor Tönnies have talked with me. Now they can read about how the last two years at Schalke was for me.”

Schalke denies any wrongdoing

In their Monday statement, Schalke vehemently rejected Meyer’s claims and said his statements were out of line.

“We can’t tolerate such statements and such behavior,” Heidel said as part of the statement. “We’re upset more by his accusations of bullying, which we strongly deny, than his untrue allegations. Schalke have always behaved correctly to Max Meyer.”

“My impression for a long time was that Max felt at home here,” added Tedesco. “That’s what he expressed to the coaching staff. I’m disappointed in his personal attacks and can’t fully understand them as they simply don’t add up.”

Meyer had not played five of Schalke’s previous six games in the Bundesliga and German Cup before the suspension. He was substituted off at halftime in the one game he did play — the Royal Blues’ 3-2 loss to Hamburg. He was left out of the squad completely in the Royal Blues’ 1-1 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday.

The club said Heidel invited Meyer into his office to “discuss his future” after the midfielder’s halftime substitution in Hamburg, but “Meyer rejected the invitation.”

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Salah conflict with EFA seems appears to have ended https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/04/30/salah-conflict-efa-seems-appears-ended/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/04/30/salah-conflict-efa-seems-appears-ended/#respond Mon, 30 Apr 2018 16:25:36 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658181 Youth minister promises to meet Salah’s demands after Liverpool star’s tweet went viral

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Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah’s conflict with the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) and its sponsor, WE, over the  unauthorised use of his image on the national team’s official aeroplane, appears to have ended. The 25-year-old football player tweeted on Sunday that he was assured the issue will be resolved, while Egypt’s Minister of Youth and Sports Khaled Abdel Aziz promised to meet Salah’s demands.

“Thanks to everyone for such great support today, I was actually pleased with this unusual reaction,” said Salah, adding that he was “promised to reach a settlement of the issue and it will end soon.” For his part, Abdel Aziz tweeted: “We agreed with president of the @EFA to implement all the demands of @MoSalah. We will support him to fulfill all his deals in #England to avoid any troubles. Long live #Egypt.”

The issue began when the Reds’ 43-goal top scorer tweeted on Sunday: “Unfortunately, I was mistreated and humiliated, I was hoping the matter could be handled classier than that,” referring to the use of his image on the Egyptian national team’s plane, which was provided by WE. Salah has a sponsorship deal with rival telecommunication firm Vodafone. His tweet went viral among his fans and supporters on social media, who launched the hashtag #Support_Mohamed_Salah.

Meanwhile, Ramy Abbas, Salah’s agent, said that they were awaiting for a resolution to the matter, tweeting: “We have not even been contacted for a resolution! Nothing! Complete silence! What’s the plan?! We just see more and more billboards and ads coming out which we have never authorized! What effect do they think this is having? a good one?! Anyway, time is of the essence.”

He also insisted that the EFA and its sponsor WE had no right to use Salah’s image without written consent from MS Commercial, Cayman, the firm that owns Salah’s image rights.

Abbas previously tweeted that they have a “very serious issue with EFA,” adding, “any unauthorised use of image rights shall be dealt with severely.” He also wrote: “All options are on the table.”

Concerns were raised over Salah’s participation with the national team in the 2018 World Cup in Russia in June. However, Karam Kordi, an EFA member, said in statements on Monday that Salah did not hint at not participating with the national team.

Salah two goals against Congo in October last year qualified his country to the World Cup for the first time in over a quarter of a century. He has been seen by Egyptians as the hero who gave Egypt the opportunity to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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ElShorbagy, El Welily claim their first El Gouna International Squash titles https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/04/28/elshorbagy-el-welily-claim-first-el-gouna-international-squash-titles/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/04/28/elshorbagy-el-welily-claim-first-el-gouna-international-squash-titles/#respond Sat, 28 Apr 2018 18:31:23 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=658053 The Egyptian squash player Marwan ElShorbagy defeated on Friday Ali Farag 3-0 to secure the 2018 El-Gouna International Squash title. In the women’s edition, Raneem El Welily defeated her fellow Egyptian title holder Nour El Sherbini 3-1 to win her first El-Gouna title. The seventh edition of El Gouna International Squash kicked off on 20 …

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The Egyptian squash player Marwan ElShorbagy defeated on Friday Ali Farag 3-0 to secure the 2018 El-Gouna International Squash title. In the women’s edition, Raneem El Welily defeated her fellow Egyptian title holder Nour El Sherbini 3-1 to win her first El-Gouna title.

The seventh edition of El Gouna International Squash kicked off on 20 April. The men and women squash tournament was founded in 2010 and is a part of the PSA World Series.

In the tournament’s semi-finals on Thursday, ElShorbagy defeated his brother Mohamed, ranked the world’s number one, to qualify for his first ever El-Gouna final.

Meanwhile, his finals contender Farag beat the French player Grégory Gaultier in a tough match between the two.

On the women’s side, El Sherbini moved to the final after securing a victory against England’s Laura Massaro, while El Welily defeated her fellow Egyptian player Nour El Tayeb.

In the 2017 edition, the French national Gaultier won the men’s title after defeating Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad, and in the women’s edition, El Sherbini secured the title after a victory against El Welily.

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