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People wearing Brazilian flags arrive at the Santa Cruz Stadium in Ribeirao Prato to attend a France's national football team training session on June 10, 2014, a few days prior to the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.     


Time for Brazil

On Thursday, brace yourselves, because the football feast will start at the nation where football has been always at its best: Brazil.

In this file picture taken on 15 November 2013, England's Ross Barkley tries to block a kick by Chile's goalkeeper during the international friendly football match between England and Chile at Wembley in north London. 


Out of the shadows: Young players set to shine at 2014 World Cup

In less than a month, all eyes across the globe will be on Brazil for the World Cup. Every four years, football addicts worldwide share new tactics, squad lists, expectations and hopes. Amid all the obvious gems, it’s worth searching for those young players who might not yet have the crown of stardom around their …

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The Rise of the Minnows

Egyptian football has been deeply affected by the political and social events that stormed the country since the 25 January 2011 Revolution, especially by the Port Said massacre, which occurred on 1 February 2012, where 72 Al-Ahly supporters were killed in the Port Said stadium by Al-Masry fanatics. However, Egyptian football is trying to recover, …

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Diables Rouges

World football fans are familiar with the names of Eden Hazard, Jan Vertonghen, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini, Vincent Kompany, Thibaut Courtois and Simon Mignolet. Wwhat gathers this set of quality footballers are their Belgian passports. Belgium was never a football giant, as the national team appeared in 12 World Cups and their best result was …

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Interior ministry between honesty and deception

“It is a scenario everybody has become bored with for its repetitiveness. Football in Egypt has returned as an empty theater show for the sake of the Egyptian police, as if the decisions of the Egyptian security [apparatus] are revelations from above, even if it does not mean a thing but their inability to perform …


In Pictures: Protesters and police clash in Downtown Cairo

Downtown Cairo witnessed clashes between police forces and protesters on the third anniversary of the 25 January Revolution after police forces dispersed a protest organised by the Revolutionary Front outside the Press Syndicate. The Front announced that two protesters were killed during the violence which took place in Abdul Khaliq Tharwat Street in downtown. Photos …


In Pictures: Al-Talbiya Explosion

A homemade improvised explosive device (IED) exploded inside a billboard along Al-Ahram Street, eastern Giza on Friday morning. The explosion left no casualties, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior. The explosion took place in the Al-Talbiya district at around 10am. Photos by Ahmed Al-Mlaky  

A woman shows her ink-marked finger as she leaves a polling centre after voting on a new constitution on January 14, 2014 in Mounira, a district of Cairo. Egyptians vote on a new constitution amid high security in a referendum likely to prompt a presidential bid by the army chief who overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.    

What would follow a No vote?

Some experts say decision in Mansour’s hands, others point to presidential decree re-arranging roadmap