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Egypt does it for the third time at a world cup finals, in 1934 and 1990. At that last participation in Italy were the pharaohs is divided in group F with England, Ireland and the Netherlands. They ended when the last and sprokkelden two points, after draws against the Netherlands (1-1) and Ireland (0-0).

And like most of the fans in the African country is also a coach, Héctor Cúper optimistic, because the shoulder injury of star player Mohamed Salah – incurred in a trekduel with Real Madridaanvoerder Sergio Ramos – would belong to the past.

‘In our midst, we now have, again, one of the best players in the world. Mo is the Egyptian Messi. But we can’t only rely on him. Of course, Salah the star, however, it is also possible that the keeper, or someone from the defense gets up to save us.’


After twenty years, Morocco once again play at the world cup. The leads in their own country to some crazy situations, because a lot of people are very happy with this. The streets of the red colour in the large cities of Rabat, Marrakech, Tangier, Fes and Casablanca, while the WK-clothing over-the-counter flies.

The selection of the French coach Herve Renard moved Thursday to St. Petersburg for the confrontation against Iran. Midfielder Karim El Ahmadi (33) points in a fun and interesting detail for the many muslims in the selection. ‘The end of ramadan is celebrated with the Character, know the Feyenoordprof. ‘Hopefully we can after the contest is a great party building.’

Bert van Marwijk, the coach of Australia, makes little illusions. High is his team purely theoretical versus France won’t stand a chance. “Many of my guys play in the English second-class, that is also our level. While our opponent is currently one of the best teams in the world.”

But the 66-year-old Dutchman relies on his experience from the past to the players to convince. “They have to be just himself to stay. Then I grab back to the world cup-eindrondeduel of 2010 between Brazil and Orange. After 25 minutes, we were just 3-0 behind, we looked too much at their bottom. I said to Frank de Boer that, when we are at rest 1-0 could keep, we still have a chance. It worked, because we herpakten us and won. These guys have an exceptional team spirit, eager to learn and go for each other by the fire.”

Dual nationality

Over thirteen percent of the world CHAMPIONSHIP participants come from a country where he was born. Yet never were there at a time, so many players with dual nationality. Especially Morocco, Senegal and Portugal have a core with a large hyperdiversiteit. In the North African country, there were only six pros was born and raised in the country itself. Until the nineties, at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS, since 1950, the percentage of voetbalmigranten never higher than five percent. In 2010 we met for the first time above the ten percent. Senegal is a former French colony, hence many players were born. Same is true in Portugal with Angola and Brazil. Only that last country, in a final never seen a player who is not in Brazil was born. Unique.

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