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Sports in Egypt

Football is by far the leading sport in Egypt. The two clubs from Cairo, al-Ahly (also known as the Red Devils) and al-Zamalek (the White Devils), traditionally compete for the championship in the national league, with the former winning the top spot in the last seven consecutive years (since 2005).

Egypt’s national team has had some international success, especially in the Africa Cup of Nations, which it has won six times, most recently in 2006 and 2008, but it has not qualified for the FIFA World Cup since 1990.

Handball is the second most popular sport. In 2008, the national team won the African Handball Nations Championship for the fifth time.

Egypt has had only limited success on the international level. In all the Summer Olympic Games since 1912 Egypt has won only seven gold, seven silver, and nine bronze medals, mostly for weightlifting and wrestling.

The Egyptian Amr Shabana is arguably the world’s best squash player. He won the World Open three times (2003, 2005, and 2007) and was ranked number one in the world in 2006 and 2008.

In the 2012 Olympics, Egyptians won two silver medals, Alaaeldin Abouelkassem in fencing and Karam Gaber in wrestling.

Al-Ahly player Mohamed Abu Treka
Zamalek player Amr Zaki

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