Egypt have won two out of four FIFA World Cup playoffs

By Ahram Online:

Egypt national team

Egypt national team

Egypt will play their fifth World Cup qualifying playoff when they face Ghana for a place at next year’s finals in Brazil.

Out of the previous four occasions, Egypt qualified twice for the world’s most prestigious football event after overcoming Palestine and Algeria in 1934 and 1989 respectively.

They also lost twice to Italy and Algeria in 1954 and 2009 respectively.

Egypt vs Palestine (1934 World Cup qualifiers)

Egypt were paired with Palestine and Turkey in Group 12 of the qualifiers, which was the first time that system was introduced after world governing body FIFA invited teams to participate in the previous edition in 1930.

However, Turkey withdrew from the qualifiers, leaving Egypt and Palestine to battle it out for a place at the 1934 Italy finals.

Egypt hammered Palestine 7-1 in the first leg in Cairo, thanks to a hat-trick from Mahmoud Mokhtar Refai and a brace from Mohamed Latif, and beat them again 4-1 in Palestine to become the first African team to play at the World Cup.

Egypt vs Italy (1954 World Cup qualifiers)

Egypt were handed a tough playoff 20 years later after being drawn against Italy as both sides vied for a place at the 1954 Switzerland finals.

The Pharaohs were no match for their illustrious opponents, who eased into the World Cup with a 7-2 aggregate win.

Egypt slumped to a 2-1 defeat in the first-leg, with former forward Mohamed El-Diba scoring the hosts’ only goal.

Egypt then had a night to forget in the away leg after suffering a 5-1 loss to Italy as a solitary goal from Alaa El-Hamouly proved a mere consolation.

Egypt vs Algeria (1990 World Cup qualifiers)

Egypt finally made their second World Cup appearance after a 56-year absence and it came at the expense of fierce North African rivals Algeria, who were stiff opponents over two legs.

A cagey first-leg ended in a goalless draw but, four minutes into the second leg at the intimidating Cairo Stadium, then promising striker Hossam Hassan headed home following a pinpoint cross and Egypt held on for a famous victory that took them to the 1990 finals in Italy.

 

Egypt vs Algeria (2010 World Cup qualifiers)

A dramatic 2-0 home win for Egypt over Algeria, which included a goal from Emad Meteb deep into stoppage time, forced another playoff against the Desert Foxes, which took place in Omdurman in Sudan.

The Egyptian media euphoria that followed this remarkable win had many Egyptians thinking that a third World Cup appearance was a formality but Algeria had the upper hand in a tense playoff to snatch the 2010 World Cup ticket.

The match was settled five minutes before the break when Algeria defender Antar Yahia capitalized on a defensive lapse to volley home from a tight angle and send Algerian fans into raptures.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Viper says:

    I am confident,the only way I think Ghana will lose is lack effort from the players and nothing else….Ghana is good to beat Egypt home and away. Egypt is equally good side but let face it,Egypt at their best between 2006 and 2010 couldn’t make a soup with a crab let alone an ageing Egypt.

    • Joe says:

      @Viper, Egypt at their best couldn’t make a soup?
      So winning the tournament 3 times in a row is not good enough for you? and beating the so “called big” teams every time.
      2006 – beating Ivory Coast 3-1, Senegal 2-1
      2008 – Egypt 4-2 Cameron, Egypt 4 -1 Ivory Coast 1, Egypt 1 -0 Cameron
      2010 – Egypt 3 -1 Nigeria, Egypt 3-1 Cameroon, Egypt 4-0 Algeria

      Confederations cup 2010 , Brazil 4-3 Egypt (losing by a pen) Italy 0-1 Egypt.

      I think on this site you are either in denial, or do not know football or delusional.

      NOW – you keep speaking about an ageing Egypt. You guys have seriously not done any home work have you?!

      Mohamed salah – 21
      EL Nenny – 22
      Ikrami 29
      Ghaly 28
      Abd Rabou 28
      Gedo 28
      Shikabala 26
      We have Gomaa and Abu treka the only players over 31.

      You guys seriously do shock me specially “Viper” wow

      • Viper says:

        Okay,explain to me, how come Egypt after being so dominant with their national as well club side can’t make it to the world cup??????????? With the Confederation Cup,you qualify by right,being champion even Nigeria made it,come on explain it to me…how come after being dominant,yet can’t make it tell on the international scene??? Again Egypt is U20 CAF champions and were supposed to be the best of Africans at the wold cup but what happened??? Come on man…Respect Egyptian football but thats just about 70% until Egypt starts making it tell on the international scene,then I will say Egypt is undoubtedly the best football nation in Africa.You can’t be dominant in Africa and not make it tell at the international scene…

        • Wuatoto MaddDogg says:

          Poor @Viber can you tell why Ghana has or never qualified for the World Cup whenever they or you guys were paired with a North African Team? keep talking that the Pharaohs are an ageing team keep saying that your stars play in the UCL bla bla bla but also remember that your weak Black Stars is not a team but a bunch of names as the Pharaohs are team with one common goal coming to Kumasi to shock you boasting ghanaians as we Americans will rejoice for our country man Bob Bradley and you can e-mail me after the game ok

        • Kofi Africa says:

          It was a friendly match!!! U guys gain nothing when Egypt played Ghana we took the Africancup away from u guys & extending it to 31yrs cup drought …… I have a feeling that Egypt is gonna beat ghana hands down in Kumasi…. If u guys don’t make it u guys r gonna blame ur coach like always

  2. Dr Who says:

    This will be their third play off defeat

  3. Viper says:

    I respect Egyptian football for what they have achieved,but we must realised there are levels in this.How do you explain their dominance at national and club level but can’t qualify for the world cup??? Or make an impact???

    • Joe says:

      “I respect Egyptian football ” NO YOU DON’T!
      Look at your first comment “they cant make a soup” that’s just disrespectful to what we have achieved. But that’s your opinion. I wonder what Ivory coast and Cameroon would say to that considering they got “thrashed” every time they played this team who apparently “cant make a soup”

      anyway the 15th is not far away

      • Viper says:

        ..and that said,it doesn’t mean Egypt can’t beat Ghana,of course they can…but I feel, if Ghana play to their ability,yes it will be difficult for Egypt..

        • Viper says:

          If I say “couldn’t make a soup with a crab” don’t take it on the face value,its just a translation from our language which simply means, not making the most out of the best possible situation which is certainly the case with Egypt for not capitalising on their dominance between 2006-2010 to qualify fir the world cup…so nothing disrespectful..

  4. wee ba says:

    Sry egypt it aint yor tym,gh 2 egypt 0

  5. spellBOUND says:

    where are all the nigerian idiots boasting of egypt’s win. they are 2-2 in playoffs. not 4-0 idiots. they will be defeated on tuesday.

  6. Sherif says:

    Isa will be 3 out of 5 for Egypt, Ghana have the stars but Egypt have heart and team spirit. If you look at every time we hav’nt made it to the World Cup there has been weird situations like in 94 qualifiers a rock was thrown at a player so the match was replayed, Algeria in 2010, the list goes on but I’m optimistic this time that isa we will have a bit more luck this time and this team has won 6 in a row no other Egyptian team has managed to that ever in wc cup qualifiers even though I respect the Ghanaian team but I believe Egypt deserve it more good luck Egypt I will be praying that you make it isa

  7. Dr Who says:

    @spellbound,don’t mind those eagles.they suffering from bird flu.

  8. I love gaynaians for their patriotism. The truth be told, Gayna will go down against the pharaohs of Egypt. R.I.P GAYna. Am sorry

    • zambia is our toilet hole says:

      Hey let me remind you lest you forget.Egypt is a very good team and they are well behaved people so we Ghanaians love them.However,It takes Egypt 56 years to play once in a world cup tournament as compared to Ghana who plays in every four years .The statistics show that ,Egypt will wait for some few more years sine they are engaging themselves in this play off with a world cup regular team.Sorry for my Egyptian brothers.We pray for peace and tranquility in the country of Egypt.May God solve all those political problems and keep them safe.

  9. Josimar kwesi bonsu says:

    Let’s tk it easy show Maturity n avoid insults btwn Ghana n Nigeria whom I thought are quite close than other francophone countries,both nations need to support each other to the Mundial,bak to the topic,the Egyptians are dangerous customers anyday n a bad news for our team,wud av preferd Algeria,burkina faso or Cameroun for our playoffs,somtin tells me they wud score here for either a win or a score draw n the return Leg in Cairo is the Mother of all play off depending on the 1st Leg result.best of Luck Ghana.No curse oo personall opinion thuo.

  10. papa says:

    am having Egyptian soup after we cut them up and cook them on the 15th!!!

  11. Phil says:

    Egyptians are really scared. To beat Ghana is not a walk in the park. Egyptians have forgotten so soon the 3-0 trashing this year?
    Okay, refresh your memory…..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgE11As1R9o

  12. zambia is our toilet hole says:

    Hey let me remind you lest you forget.Egypt is a very good team and they are well behaved people so we Ghanaians love them.However,It takes Egypt 56 years to play once in a world cup tournament as compared to Ghana who plays in every four years .The statistics show that ,Egypt will wait for some few more years sine they are engaging themselves in this play off with a world cup regular team.Sorry for my Egyptian brothers.We pray for peace and tranquility in the country of Egypt.May God solve all those political problems and keep them safe.

  13. Ongun says:

    Correct if iam wrong I thought gayna has only been to the W/Cup twice but someone above thinks every 4 years. Still though Egypt will make it to Brazil doesn’t matter how but by nov 20th it will be Egypt.

  14. gpaulicus says:

    Ahh! Some men are behaving lyk ladies…ghana here come…