Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Algeria-Egypt tensions mount
by Paul Kennedy, November 21st, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[WORLD CUP 2010 QUALIFYING] Tensions remained high between Algeria and Egypt following their two World Cup qualifiers that resulted in the Fennecs qualifying at the Pharaohs' expense. Alaa Mubarak, son of Egypt President Hosni Mubarak, fueled the fire by saying on Egypt's most popular television talk show that "we can't be silent about what happened there."

A riot took place outside the Algerian embassy in Cairo on Thursday night and Egypt recalled its ambassador to Algeria on Friday in response to Algerian attacks on Egyptian business interests.

"We have to take a stand," Alaa Mubarak went on. "This is enough. That's it, this is enough. Egypt should be respected. We are Egyptian and we hold our head high, and whoever insults us should be smacked on his head."

Trouble began when the Algerian team bus was attacked by youths in Cairo after the Fennecs arrived for the final group match. Egypt won the game, 2-0, to force a playoff in Khartoum, where thousands of fans from both countries fly to watch the playoff.

Algeria won the playoff, 1-0, to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. Egypt, the two-time African champion, had been seen as the favorite to qualify.

Thirty-five police were reportedly hurt in Thursday's rioting.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Concacaf Olympic women's qualifying results    
West Virginia University's Ashley Lawrence scored three goals and 16-year-old Deanne Rose had the other two ...
CCL Countdown: MLS's four clubs face daunting tasks    
MLS's four representatives in the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals -- the LA Galaxy, Seattle, Real Salt ...
WCQ Countdown: Guatemala wins in Claveri's debut    
Guatemala warmed up for its make-or-break World Cup 2018 qualifying series against the USA in March ...
What They're Saying: Prince Ali    
"How are you then going to earn the respect of the entire world and players across ...
What They're Saying: David Villa    
"Right now it's better for me, it is important for me. As captain of the team, ...
Making a List: MLS All-Stars vs. EPL Teams    
The MLS All-Stars will face Arsenal in the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 29 ...
MLS player tracker with complete rosters (Feb. 11)    
In need of help in central midfield following the knee injury to Designated Player summer signing ...
Video Pick: How MLS All-Stars vs. Arsenal came about     
The best promotional video ever gets underway with Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco and Herculez Gomez, features ...
Making a List: MLS players on move to NASL    
Brazilian defender Adailton became the latest former MLS player to sign with an NASL team when ...
MLS player tracker with complete rosters (Feb. 10)    
The Philadelphia Union signed forward C.J. Sapong to a three-year contract. He led the Union with ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives