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The first Egyptian national football team was constituted in 1920 to compete in the Summer Olympics in Belgium. The opening match of their campaign was a loss against the Italians. Egypt had appeared in two FIFA World Cups and they are the most successful team in the Africa Cup of Nations, winning the competition seven times, with the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations being the most recent one.
Egypt In Fifa World Cup:
Egypt has qualified for the FIFA World Cup three times: in 1934, in 1990 and for the 2018 editions. Egypt was the first African country to qualify for the World Cup.
It lost to Hungary 4–2 in their first and only match in 1934. They only scored one goal in the 1990 World Cup, scored by Magdi Abdelghani, to give the Egyptians their first points of the tournament. As of December 2017, Egypt has lost 2 games in the World Cup and have tied twice.
On October 8, 2017, Egypt qualified for the 2018 World Cup after a 2–1 win over Congo. The two goals were scored by Mohamed Salah with the second one in a dramatic last-minute penalty. Salah has scored the most goals (tied with Préjuce Nakoulma) in the third round of the CAF 2018 World Cup qualification campaign with five goals.
The official draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup was held in Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace on 1 December 2017. The draw placed Egypt in Group A with Hosts Russia, Uruguay, and Saudi Arabia.
A former coach of Valencia and Internazionale, Cooper took charge of Egypt in March 2015 and led the Pharaohs to the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations final. The Argentinian then guided the North Africans to their first World Cup appearance since 1990, as they topped African zone Group E.
EGY – CGO (2-1) 8 OCT 2017:
With nerves of steel, Mohamed Salah stepped up in the 94th minute for one of the most important single kicks of a ball in Egypt’s sporting history. From 12 yards, he made no mistake.
The speedy Liverpool star is undoubtedly Egypt’s talisman. Salah netted a remarkable 71 percent of the Pharaohs’ goals in Russia 2018 qualifying, scoring in every one of their third-round victories.