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Egypt in danger as glory beckons Botswana

By David Legge / AFP JOHANNESBURG: Defending champions Egypt are teetering on the brink of elimination from the African Nations Cup going into the new year while Botswana are just one win away from a fairytale first appearance. The struggle for 14 places at the premier national-team football competition on the continent will dominate 2011 with …

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Ahly and Zamalek face off in derby of pride

CAIRO: Zamalek will be eying a perfect end to the first round of the Egyptian league at Cairo Stadium on Thursday, ahead of the international break when they face their arch-rivals Al Ahly. Al Ahly will seek to end a series of bad results that have left the team lagging at fourth place, six points …

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Mido has to work hard to regain place

CAIRO: Mido admitted that he has to work hard once again in order to convince new Ajax manager Franck de Boer with his capabilities. Mido fell down the pecking order with the arrival of De Boer in place of Martin Jol, who needed a couple of months to start involving the Egyptian in his first-team …

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Gomaa, Gaafar relish derby contest

CAIRO: Ahly defense star Wael Gomaa explained how he intends to keep Zamalek striker Ahmed Gaafar at bay ahead of this week’s Cairo derby clash. “There is a basic rule in marking which says that the defender should remain close to his man to put pressure on him, but with Gaafar it is different,” Gomaa, …

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Ahly fined for chants against Shikabala

CAIRO: Ahly have been handed an LE 10,000 fine by the Egyptian FA after their fans verbally abused Zamalek wizard Shikabala following a league game last week. The Red Devils’ jubilant supporters hurled insults at Shikabala after the team snapped a four-match winless run by beating Harras Hodoud 2-1 last Tuesday. They retaliated after the …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: The year Africa held its first World Cup

By Stuart Condie/ AP LONDON: The World Cup finally made it to Africa in 2010 and plans were made to send football’s showpiece to even more new destinations. After South Africa overcame dire predictions of security problems and half-empty stadiums to stage a World Cup that united the country in celebration, FIFA voted to give future …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: Tiger’s fall, Europe’s rise mark year of transition

By Jim Slater/ AFP WASHINGTON: In a year when the world watched Tiger Woods lose his marriage, his top ranking, his iconic image and every tournament he played, golf thrived with new stars and looked to a less Woods-centric future. The fall of Woods dominated the year in golf, from a February apology that commanded global …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: Nadal dominates a year of few surprises

By Caroline Cheese/ AFP LONDON: Just as tennis fans were busy debating whether Roger Federer is the greatest player ever, Rafael Nadal provided further evidence that the Swiss star might not even be the best of his generation. Fifteen months after Federer became the sixth man in history to win all four Grand Slam titles, Nadal …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: A break with stereotypes

By Alaa Abdel-Ghani As far as friendlies go, Qatar’s 2-1 defeat of Egypt was not out of the ordinary, except that Egypt, No 9 in the world, lost to a country seeded 114. But Qatar is becoming used to causing upsets, beating much greater odds when it won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup. …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: A year of rising stars, records and major blows

By Tamim Elyan Sports pundits had a lot to speculate about and many occasions to celebrate in 2010, a year that witnessed the birth of new stars and new champions most of whom Africa has been the stage for. Before January, hardly did Alexandrian footballer, Mohamed “Geddo” Nagy, know that he would send millions of Egyptians …

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Revamped Treika lifts Ahly over Hodoud

CAIRO: Mohamed Abou Trika scored twice to lead Ahly’s comeback and give the league champions a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Harras Hodoud. A first-half strike from Pape Latyr N’Diaye gave the visitors a one-nil lead, but the in-form Abou Trika made it four goals in three games with a second-half brace. The Egypt talisman became …

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World Cup lifts Africa to dizzy heights

JOHANNESBURG: African football scaled dizzy heights in 2010 as it staged the World Cup tournament for the first time and received international acclaim. FIFA president Sepp Blatter gave South Africa nine out of 10 in his post-championship report card with security and infrastructure fears proving unfounded. South Africa had been at the receiving end of …

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Eto’o named African Footballer of the Year; Hassan best Africa-based player

CAIRO: Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o was named African Footballer of the Year a record fourth time at the annual CAF awards ceremony in Cairo Monday. Egypt’s Ahmed Hassan was awarded best Africa-based player. Egypt’s and Ahly star, 34-year-old Hassan, beat off competition from his compatriot Mohamed “Geddo” Nagui and TP Mazembe ace Alain Dioko. Hassan …

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Zamalek outcast staying put

Zamalek full-back Sabri Rahil intends to stay with the Cairo club despite struggling to find a regular place within Hossam Hassan’s selection. The 23-year-old, who joined from MCDR in 2007, has been playing second fiddle to Egypt left-back Mohamed Abdul-Shafi since Hassan has taken charge last year. While admitting he has received overtures from other …

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Zaher ensured of FA position after final appeal fails

CAIRO: Samir Zaher will remain as the chairman of the Egyptian FA after the final appeal against the legitimacy of his victory in the 2008 elections was turned down. The Egyptian court of law announced the ruling on Monday, which means that Zaher is staying in his position until the date of the next elections. …

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Hodoud to play attacking game against Ahly

CAIRO: Harras Hodoud manager Tarek Al-Ashri revealed that he will face league holders Ahly with a three-man attack. The cup champions visit Cairo on Tuesday hoping to cause another upset against the misfiring Reds, who have a number of key players injured. “Pape Latyr Ndiaye, Ahmed Eid and Ahmed Mekki will start upfront,” Al-Ashri told …

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Egyptian family completes takeover of Hull

By AP HULL, England: An Egyptian family has completed the protracted takeover of second-tier English side Hull. Local businessmen Assem and Ehab Allam initially struck a deal on Nov. 10 to purchase the northern club, which is reported in the British media to have debts of around £20 million ($31 million), from then-owner Russell Bartlett. Hull, …

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Qatar beats Egypt 2-1 in friendly match

DOHA: Qatar held on for a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Egypt on Thursday in its first match since winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup. The friendly match at the Khalifa Stadium attracted a capacity crowd of nearly 50,000, boosted by a large contingent of flag-waving Egyptian fans. Sebastian Soria gave the hosts …

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Caroline is queen, but Serena rules

PARIS: Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki ended the year the women’s world number one, but the consensus is that Serena Williams is the best player on earth. The problem as ever with the American, who will turn 30 next year, is her level of commitment to the sport as she continues to dabble in everything from acting …

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Roma stand between Milan and a great escape

ROME: Roma are the only team standing between AC Milan and a winter escape as Serie A gets ready to shut down for the Christmas holiday period. Milan already lead the table by six points with Juventus, Napoli and Lazio all level in the chase to rejoin the leaders. And those teams, as well as …

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FIFA: Gulf countries eager to host 2022 WCup games

ABU DHABI: Although several Gulf countries are interested in hosting games during the 2022 World Cup, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Friday that the decision on expanding the tournament beyond Qatar must come from the desert nation. Blatter, who met with football officials in Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait as well as Qatar during a tour …

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Masri snub Renard, name Geiger as new coach

CAIRO: Masri appointed Swiss Alain Geiger as their new coach on Wednesday, few days after announcing that Frenchman Herve Renard has taken up the vacant managerial seat. The Port Said-based club did not disclose any reasons behind the collapse of Renard’s deal, swiftly bringing in a replacement. "Chairman Kamel Abou-Ali has today finalized a deal …

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Egypt, Algeria chiefs make peace in Qatar

CAIRO: Egyptian FA chairman Samir Zaher and his Algerian counterpart Mohamed Raouraoua have finally patched things up, following a meeting organized by Qatari football chiefs on Wednesday. Zaher and Raouraoua were involved in an endless war of words during last year’s World Cup qualifiers, which witnessed some unpleasant events between Egypt and Algeria. An announcement …

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Qatar-led team finds its first alien world

By AFP DOHA: A Qatar-led international team has made its first find in its search for planets orbiting distant stars — a huge gas giant 20 percent larger than Jupiter that orbits a star 500 light years away. The planet has been named Qatar-1b and its discovery is to be reported in the journal Monthly …

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Egypt fans set to fill stadium in Qatar

CAIRO: The number of Egyptian fans will surely exceed that of the home fans when the African champions visit Qatar this week, according to the latter’s assistant coach. The friendly, which is not among FIFA’s international agenda, takes place in Doha on Thursday as part of the Qataris preparations for next month’s Asian Cup of …

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Zamalek midfielder warns against underestimating Ahly

CAIRO: Zamalek midfielder Hassan Mostafa has warned his teammates not to pay attention to Ahly’s poor form ahead of this month’s Cairo derby. For the first time in several years, the in-form Whites are favorites to win the top match amid their arch-rivals’ recent stumbling and change of management. However, Hassan, a former long-serving Ahly …

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Egypt climbs one spot as Spain ends year No.1 in football world rankings

ZURICH: Egypt leads the African nations and climbs one place to No. 9 on the FIFA rankings, as Spain ends the year it won its first World Cup top of the list and finishes No. 1 for the third straight year. The Netherlands, which lost to Spain in July’s final, is second while Germany has …

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America to face Egypt in Cairo friendly

CAIRO: The United States will visit Cairo for a football friendly against the reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions on Feb. 9, the US Soccer Federation announced Monday. The Americans have beaten the seven-time Africa Cup winners in both of their prior meetings, the most recent of which was their 3–0 triumph over the Pharaohs …

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Ahly’s Ashour fit for Hodoud game

CAIRO: Ahly’s holding midfielder Hossam Ashour is fit to play against Harras Hodoud in a postponed Egyptian Premier League match in Cairo on December 21. The Red Devils said on their official website that Ashour had participated in Monday’s training session after reaching full recovery. The 24-year-old was nursing a nagging back injury that took …

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USA coach Bradley excited over Egypt game

CAIRO: USA coach Bob Bradley is excited over his team’s match with Egypt, describing the Pharaohs as ‘extremely talented and competitive’. Both teams face each other in Cairo in a friendly game scheduled for February 9. It will be USA’s first-ever visit to Cairo. Bradley’s men downed Egypt 3-0 with ease in the 2009 FIFA …

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