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Egypt's Amr Zaki, left, has been ruled out of the tournament because of a hamstring injury. ((Ben Curtis/Associated Press))

SCHEDULE AND RESULTS

FIRST ROUND           
MATCH  DATE - TIME  TEAMS EXTRAS
3 June 15 - 10:00 AM ET <img src="/sports/soccer/FIFAconfederationscup/includes/imgs/flags/sml/egypt.jpg" alt="Egypt"/>[/CUSTOM] EGYPT vs. <img src="/sports/soccer/FIFAconfederationscup/includes/imgs/flags/sml/brazil.jpg" alt="Brazil"/>[/CUSTOM] BRAZIL Game Report | Full Game Video | Video Highlights | Game Tracker 
Venue: Mangaung/Bloemfontein - Final Result: Brazil wins 4-3       
June 18 - 2:30 PM ET  <img src="/sports/soccer/FIFAconfederationscup/includes/imgs/flags/sml/egypt.jpg" alt= "Egypt"/>[/CUSTOM] EGYPT vs. <img src="/sports/soccer/FIFAconfederationscup/includes/imgs/flags/sml/italy.jpg" alt="Italy"/>[/CUSTOM] ITALY Game Report | Full Game Video  | Video Highlights  | Game Tracker      
Venue: Johannesburg  - Final result: Egypt wins 1-0       
12  June 21 - 2:30 PM ET  <img src="/sports/soccer/FIFAconfederationscup/includes/imgs/flags/sml/egypt.jpg" alt="Egypt"/>[/CUSTOM] EGYPT vs. <img src="/sports/soccer/FIFAconfederationscup/includes/imgs/flags/sml/usa.jpg" alt="United States"/>[/CUSTOM] UNITED STATES Game Report | Full Game Video | Video Highlights  | Game Tracker       
Venue: Rustenburg    - Final result: United States wins 3-0   

SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Essam Al Hadari (Sion, Switzerland), Abdul Wahed Al Sayed (El Zamalek), Mohamed Sobhi (Ismaily), Al Hani Soliman (El-Ittihad Alexandria)

Defenders: Hani Said (El Zamalek), Mahmoud Fathallah (El Zamalek), Wael Gomaa (Al-Ahly), Sherif Abdul Fadhil (Ismaily), Ahmed Said (Haras El Hodood), Ahmed Al Muhammadi (ENPPI), Sayed Moawad (Al Ahly), Hazem Emam (El Zamalek), Ahmed Samir Farag (Ismaily)

Midfielders: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Mohamed Shawki (Middlesbrough, England), Hosni Abd Rabu (Al Ahli Dubai, United Arab Emirates), Ahmed Khairy (Ismaily), Mohamed Soliman (Ismaily), Abdul Aziz Tawfiq (ENPPI), Ahmed Hassan (Al Ahly), Mohamed Aboutrika (Al Ahly)

Forwards: Ahmed Eid (Haras El Hodood), Mohamed Zidan (Boroussia Dortmund, Germany), Mohamed Abougreisha (Ismaily), Ahmed Abdul Ghani (Haras El Hodood), Ahmed Raouf (ENPPI), Ihab Al Masri (Arab Contractors), Mohamed Mohsen Abou-Grisha (Ismaily)

Coach: Hassan Shehata

SCOUTING REPORT

Probable starting formation: (GK) Al Hadari - (D) Al Muhammadi, Moawad, Said, Gomaa - (M) Fathi, Hassan, Shawki, Aboutrika - (F) Abou-Grisha, Zidan

Strengths

  • Coaching: Hassan Shehata is an experienced coach and a well-respected tactician who has earned the loyalty and admiration of his players. Under his leadership, Egypt won the 2006 and 2008 African Cup of Nations, helping the Pharaohs cement their reputation as the best team in Africa.
  • Team balance: Credit must be given to Shehata for building an Egyptian side that perfectly balances experienced veterans (among them goalkeeper Essam Al Hadari and midfielder Ahmed Hassan) with youth (defender Ahmed Al Muhammadi and midfielder Mohamed Shawki).
  • No pressure: Egypt will compete in Group B with soccer super powers Brazil and Italy, but that could work to the team's advantage as few expect them to make it beyond the first round. As a result, the Egyptians can afford to go out and simply play their game, knowing that all the pressure will be on their opponents.

Weaknesses

  • Attacking options: Amr Zaki took the English Premier League by storm this past season with his solid performances for Wigan Athletic. But he's been ruled out because of a hamstring injury, and Egypt doesn't really have another world-class striker it can rely on for goals in South Africa.
  • Confidence: Self-assurance isn't exactly running rampant in the Egyptian camp. Considered one of the best teams in Africa, Egypt settled for a draw against lowly Zambia in Cairo in a recent World Cup qualifier, shattering players' nerves and public expectations in the process.
  • The Mido factor: Coach Hassan Shehata has taken a gamble by not selecting star striker Mido for duty, despite having a dearth of attacking options. Mido has won few friends with his disruptive behaviour in the past, but Egypt sure could use his goal-scoring ability in South Africa.

Players to watch

  • Essam Al Hadari: Egypt doesn't have anything to worry about between the posts. Al Hadari has a lot of international experience — he's made over 100 appearances for his country — and is considered among the greatest goalkeepers to come from Africa.
  • Mohamed Zidan: Zidan supplies Egypt with grit and steel with his ball-winning ability. Although a striker by trade, the Boroussia Dortmund star is known for his versatility, as he can also play as a winger or creative midfielder.

Key injuries/squad omissions: Curiously, coach Hassan Shehata chose not to call up star striker Mido, who plays in the English Premier League. Mido has been kicked off the team before because of his poor attitude, but it is a bit of a surprise that Shehata decided not to pick one of his country's most dangerous goal scorers. Egypt will also be without forward Emad Meteb, sidelined due to a knee injury.

ROAD TO FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP

2009 Confederations Cup qualification route: Egypt booked its spot in South Africa by winning the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana.

TEAM HISTORY

  • FIFA member since: 1923
  • Current FIFA ranking: #40
  • Team nickname: The Pharaohs
  • All-time caps leaders: Hossam Hassan (169)
  • All-time leading scorer: Hossam Hassan (69)
  • Number of Previous Confederations Cup Appearances: 1
  • All-time record: 3 games played, 0 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss
  • Goals for: 5
  • Goals against: 9
  • Top scorer: Samir Ibrahim (2 goals)
  • Most appearances: Several players (3 caps)

Confederations Cup History:

  • 1992 — did not qualify
  • 1995 — did not qualify
  • 1997 — did not qualify
  • 1999 — first round
  • 2001 — did not qualify
  • 2003 — did not qualify
  • 2005 — did not qualify

Achievements

  • African Champions: 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008

Legends from the past

Hossam Hassan: Considered by most as the greatest Egyptian player of all time, Hassan led his country to victories at the African Cup of Nations in 1986, 1998 and 2006.

Mahmoud El Khatib: An attacking midfielder who rose to fame with Cairo club Al-Ahly, El Khatib was the only Egyptian to win the African Footballer of the Year award handed out by France Football magazine.