CAIRO: World Soccer magazine chose Egypt as the fifth best team in the world following the Pharaohs exploits in 2008.
Egypt won 4.4 percent of the votes to outshine several high-profile teams including Argentina and Russia, who finished seventh and ninth respectively.
EURO 2008 champions Spain finished on top, ahead of Champions League winners Manchester United, UEFA Cup holders Zenit St. Petersburg and Ecuador s LDU.
Egypt s respectful position came as a result of their African Cup of Nations triumph in February.
They clinched a record-breaking sixth continental title after overcoming four-time winners Cameroon 1-0 in the final.
Egypt coach Hassan Shehata was also recognized for the country s achievement in Ghana.
The 59-year-old was named as the fourth best coach, beating the likes of Russia s Guus Hiddink (5) and former Inter tactician Roberto Mancini (10).
Alex Ferguson is World Soccer s manager of the year after helping Manchester United retain their Premiership crown as well as guiding them to a Champions League triumph.
United s Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo was named the best player in 2008.