Tag: egypt

Amr Zaki: the man who disappeared as quickly as he arrived

ON 12 DECEMBER 2017, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was sitting top of the Premier League goalscoring charts, the Egyptian having netted an impressive 13 times since his summer move from Roma. On the…

The rise and fall of Mido, Egypt’s volatile son

BACK WHEN I WAS NINE YEARS OLD, we had a family vacation in England. As we were walking down the street in Cobham, Surrey, my father spotted a couple of Chelsea players,…

Mohamed Aboutrika: the greatest African to never star in Europe

Illustration by Federico Manasse It’s a curiosity that while Egyptians Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny, Mido, Amr Zaki and Ahmed Elmohamady are all readily familiar to fans across Europe, comparatively few would instantly…

Héctor Cúper: football’s most persistent nearly man

IMAGINE ONE OF THOSE BLOCKBUSTER SPY MOVIES. The opening scene features some cityscape and a superimposed date and place. After a bit of action, another cityscape appears, alongside another date and place,…

How Egypt’s Pharaohs arose from the abyss

When Egypt beat Tanzania 2-0 in June to qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations, it confirmed their first appearance at the tournament after failing to qualify for the last three…

A Tale of One City: Cairo

This feature is a part of A Tale of One City As his tiny chisel chipped away to create the first gap in the crumbling wall, Howard Carter breathed air that hadn’t…

The chaotic world of Al Ahly and their Ahlawy ultras

Al Ahly fans are used to success. In 2000, they received the highest honour from the Confederation of African Football by being named African Club of the Century, and who could argue with…