World Cup 2018: Group A Review (Episode 1, Egypt and Saudi Arabia)


FIFA rank: 46

World cup appearance: 3rd time in 2018

World cup 2014: Did not qualify

World Cup 2018: Group A
Source: МанВал

Before Mohamed Salah, the Pharaohs were not that much popular in the international football arena. In the recent time, whoever knows a bit about football, especially European football, knows Egypt is the national team of Mohammed Salah.

Egypt was a member of the 2nd World cup back in 1934. That was their first and last ever World Cup appearance till 1990. After another 28 years since 1990, the Pharaohs have qualified for their 3rd World Cup in this year.

Egypt qualified from the group E of African region. They were the topper from their group and they were also the first nation from their continent to achieve the qualification to play World Cup 2018. They left behind Uganda, Ghana and Congo in their group.

Source: eNCA

In fact, before Salah, there were not too many stuff to talk about the Egyptian football. Of course, Salah is a great representative of his nation to the football world, but he is also just part of his national team. There are some other names also exists on their team you have to watch out for.

Egypt World Cup Squad

Egypt yet to announce their main team. This is the preliminary World Cup Squad – 29-man squad announced on May 14th

COACH: Hector Cuper

GOALKEEPERS: Essam El-Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Mohamed Awad (Ismaily).

DEFENDERS: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hamdy “El Wensh” (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel Shafy (Al Fath), Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom), Ali Gabr (West Brom), Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa), Karim Hafez (RC Lens), Omar Gaber (LAFC), Amro Tarek (Orlando City).

MIDFIELDERS: Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Abdel Aziz (Zamalek), Shikabala (Al Raed), Abdallah El-Said (KuPS), Sam Morsy (Wigan), Mohamed ElNeny (Arsenal), Mahmoud “Kahraba” (Ittihad), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud “Trezeguet” (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos).

FORWARDS: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Ahmed Gomaa (Al Masry) Ahmed Hassan “Koka” (SC Braga), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Now its time to see, out of Liverpool’s team combination, how productive Mo Salah can be for his nation?

Saudi Arabia

FIFA rank: 67

World Cup appearance: 5th time in 2018

World Cup 2014: Did not qualify

Nawaf Al Abed
Source: Arab News

Saudi Arabia is about to play in their 5th World Cup in Russia. Their first World Cup appearance was back in 1994, in which they reached the second round of the tournament. After that, they have consistently qualified for the next three World Cups as well, but have never been able to reach the second round again.

They couldn’t able to qualify for the last two World Cups. This year they have qualified from the group B of Asia along with Japan.

They have already announced their final squad for Russia. This is Saudi Arabia’s preliminary World Cup Squad

Saudi Arabia World Cup Squad

COACH: Juan Antonio Pizzi

GOALKEEPERS: Waleed Abdullah, Yasser Al Mosailem, Mohamed Al Owais

DEFENDERS: Mansoor Al Harbi, Saeed Al Mowalad, Yasser Al Shahrani, Motaz Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Mohamed Jahfali, Hassan Muath

MIDFIELDERS: Nawaf Al Abed, Salem Al Dawsari, Salman Al Faraj, Taisir Al Jassim, Abdumalek Al Khaibri, Salman Al Moasher, Housain Al Mogahwi, Fahad Al Muwallad, Yahya Al Shehri, Abdulfattah Asiri

FORWARDS: Mohammad Al Sahlawi, Muhannad Assiri

Now it’s time to see, how far they can go with the assistance of Chili’s two time Copa America winning coach from 2016?

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