Three Teams Primed to Shock Their World Cup Groups

Three Teams Primed to Shock Their World Cup Groups

The Premier League Golden Boot victor, however, will miss the Pharaoh's match against Kuwait on May 26 as he is participating in Liverpool's Champions League final showdown with Real Madrid in Kiev on the same day.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper is hoping star striker Mohamed Salah can transfer the stellar form he's shown for Liverpool this season to the national side at the World Cup in Russian Federation. When they qualified again in 1990, they became the team with the longest-ever gap between two FIFA World Cup matches: 56 years and 16 days had passed.

Egypt opt to play defence-first football, which some fans do not enjoy.

The competition will be "tough", he said of Egypt's Group A rivals Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia. earlier reported that Mohamed Salah broke the Premier League goals record after netting his 32nd goal against Brighton at Anfield.

Three Teams Primed to Shock Their World Cup Groups

Manager Héctor Cúper has included the likes of Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom), Ali Gabr (West Brom), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Sam Morsy (Wigan) and Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal).

"We have achieved some goals, but we have not reached the ceiling of our ambitions", said Cuper, who has been in charge since 2015. "But who dares take away our ambition?"

Cuper gave first-time call-ups to Tarek, defender Mahmdoud Hamdy, midfielder Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz, and forward Ahmed Gomaa.

Egypt will play at Kuwait on May 25 and then face Colombia in Bergamo, Italy.



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