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Egypt were the very first African nation to be represented at the FIFA World Cup, with the Pharaohs appearing at the 1934 tournament in Italy. The North Africans have only appeared in one further World Cup (1990, also in Italy) and they have never progressed beyond the first round.
However, Egypt are the most successful nation when it comes to the Africa Cup of Nations, winning the continental championships a record six times (1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006 and 2008). The North Africans have won the last two editions of the tournament and will be among the favourites for the 2010 edition.
In addition, the Pharaohs have appeared at two FIFA Confederations Cup tournaments (1999 and 2009), falling out at the group stage on each occasion.
Egypt are coached by Hassan Shehata, who masterminded their triumphs at the 2006 and 2008 Nations Cup tournaments, while the team boasts some of Africas finest players: Hosni Abd Rabou, Mohamed Zidan and Mohamed Aboutrika are just a few examples.
Al Ahly is the countrys premiere football club, having won the Egyptian Premier League 34 times (arch rivals Zamalek have won only 11) and the African Champions League a record six times (Zamalek have won it five times, Ismaily once). In 2000 they were named as Africas club of the century.
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