Egypt’s football team comes into the Cup ranked 46th after qualifying top of their group E with a game to spare. The 7-time African Champions have had mixed fortune over the past few years, failing to qualify for the African Cup of Nations after previously dominating the competition. They have only made 2 previous WC appearances and have never progressed past the group stage. They were the second African team to qualify for 2018, and have an experienced coach in the form of Argentinean Hector Cúper.
Argentinian Hector Cúper is a former coach of Valencia and Internazionale. Since taking charge of the Egyptian side in 2015, he has had great success with the team. In 2017, he led the Pharaohs all the way to the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations final. While they didn’t win, they have been going from strength to strength. Cúper is also responsible for guiding the team to their first Cup Appearance since 1990.
Egypt is one of the least experienced sides in terms of Cup experience. Their first appearance was back in 1934, where they achieved 13th place. From 1934 through to 1990, they withdrew, did not enter or failed to qualify for each successive campaign. Their second appearance in 1990 in Italy was less promising, as they failed to get out of the group stage and ended in 20th place. From 1994 onwards, they failed to qualify. 2018 will be their third appearance.
Designed by Adidas, the Egyptian National team have a bespoke outfit for this year’s tournament with predominantly red and white colours. The home jersey has a subtle chequered pattern on the front and the classic Adidas stripes down the side. The cuffs and collar of the home kit has black trimming. The Egyptian away kit is predominantly white with black trimmings and the three stripes appearing on the shoulder. This is extended with black shorts and white stripes.