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World Cup 2018: Saudi Arabia vs Egypt prediction, team news and preview in final Group A match

By Joe Miles22nd June 2018, 7:45 pmUpdated: 22nd June 2018, 7:47 pm

SAUDI ARABIA and Egypt cannot progress to the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup.

Both teams are without a win in Russia and they will go head-to-head in their final Group A match on Monday.

Mo Salah pleaded for Egyptian unity after their dismal World Cup campaign
Saudi Arabia lost 5-0 to Russia on the opening day of the World Cup

Mo Salah and Co enter the match after a 3-1 defeat to the hosts while their opponents will be looking to bounce back from a 1 -0 defeat to Uruguay.

Best bet

Egypt need Liverpool ace Salah to fire in what is expected to be a close game - and Betway's offer of 16/1 for him to score and the match to end 1-1 looks tempting.

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Fact me

  • This is the first encounter between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at a tournament since the 1999 Confederations Cup â€" the Saudis won 5-1 thanks in part to four goals from Marzouk Al-Otaibi and Egypt receiving three red cards.
Mo Salah and Co in training ahead of Monday's showdown
  • Saudi Arabia have faced an African team in each of their four previous World Cup campaigns, never facing the same nation twice (W1 D2 L1). That one victory came against Morocco in 1994 â€" their first ever win at a World Cup finals.
  • This will be Egypt’s first ever World Cup match against an Asian nation and the third different continent they’ve faced after Europe and South America.
  • Each of the last eight goals Egypt have conceded in the World Cup have come in the second half of matches.
  • Egypt haven’t won any of their six World Cup matches (W0 D2 L4). The only nation to play more games in the competition without ever recording a victory are Honduras (nine games).
  • Defeat for either Saudi Arabia or Egypt in this game would see them be the first team to lose all three group games in this tournament, and the first to lose all three group games at a World Cup since Honduras in 2014.
  • Saudi Arabia are yet to score a goal at the 2018 World Cup â€" there have only been 11 previous occasions of teams failing to score at a World Cup finals tournament in 3+ games, with Honduras and Algeria the last teams to do this in 2010.
  • Saudi Arabia have now winless in their last 12 World Cup matches (W0 D2 L10) and they have lost their last four games in the competition without scoring a single goal.
  • Since joining Liverpool in July 2017, Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has scored 49 goals in 57 appearances for club a nd country in all competitions.
  • Egypt’s Mohamed Salah scored with his only shot on target in a World Cup match in their defeat against Russia last time out.
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Russia's Kadyrov honors Egypt's Salah at gala dinner

MOSCOW - Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed head of Russia's southern Chechnya region, hosted a dinner in honor of Egypt's football team and presented the Liverpool star forward Mohamed Salah with an award, the Chechen leader's press service said on Friday.
Rights groups and Western governments allege that authorities in Chechnya repress their political opponents, discriminate against women and persecute sexual minorities, all allegations that Chechnya's leaders deny.
The region is not hosting any matches during the World Cup but the Egyptian national team is using the Chechen capital, Grozny, as their base between tournament matches.
Salah has already been photographed alongside Kadyrov during his stay in the city, drawing criticism from human rights activists who say his actions are tacitly endorsing the actions of Chechnya's leaders.
"This n ight I signed a decree conferring the great footballer, and member of the Egyptian team and Liverpool, a distinguished title," Kadyrov was quoted as saying.
"At a gala dinner, which I gave in honor of the Egyptian team, I handed Mohamed Salah a copy of the decree and a badge. This is a deserved title!"
The Egyptian Football Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Source: Google News Egypt | Netizen 24 Egypt


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From the Pharaohs to Cleopatra and Julius Caesar: how Egypt influenced Greece and Rome

June 22 at 11:58 AM Email the author
Unknown artist. Antinous as Osiris, about 130. Roman, marble. (Musee du Louvre/RMN-Grand Palais/Daniel Lebee/Carine Deambrosis/Art Resource)

LOS ANGELES â€" Big, needlelike sculptures, based on Egyptian prototypes, are dotted all over America. The most famous, obviously, is the Washington Monument. Another, in Boston, commemorates the battle of Bunker Hill. There’s even an authentic, 3,000-year-old Egyptian one in New York’s Central Park, known as “Cleopatra’s Needle.”

All are “obelisks.” The word comes from the ancient Greek word for “little skewers.”

Why Greek, rather than Egyptian? Because that is what early Gre ek visitors to Egypt called these strange stone pillars, which they hadn’t previously encountered. Similarly, when the Greeks saw what the Egyptians had built at Giza, they were reminded of the little wheat cakes back home they called “pyramis.”

The nickname stuck. We still call them pyramids.

Marble head of Alexander the Great, 2nd-1st century B.C. Egyptian Ptolemaic, marble. (Copyright The Trustees of the British Museum)
Head showing signs of age, 3rd century B.C., Egyptian, Ptolemaic Schist. (KHM-Museumsverband)

“Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World,” at the Getty Center (through Sept. 9), is a deep dive into how encounters with ancient Egypt shaped the civilizat ions of Greece and Rome. The exhibit vibrates with charismatic objects, among them portrait busts of Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, and several famous sculpted heads depicting Egyptian priests.

The show culminates in a kind of tropical cocktail party, featuring hippos, palm trees and a nude acrobat balancing upside down on an Egyptian crocodile.

The show underlines an obvious but oft-overlooked fact, which is that for Greeks and Romans, Egypt was â€" as curators Jeffrey Spier, Timothy Potts and Sara Cole write â€" “the cultural and political behemoth of the Mediterranean.” It was “the most ancient, monumental, and powerful kingdom of their world and a land of incomparable wonder and mystery.”

Part of what’s thrilling about the story of Julius Caesar and Queen Cleopatra is the image it conjures of a meeting not just between two historical figures of unrivaled glamour but also between two great civilizations.

Such a coming toget her was bound to be momentous. What “Beyond the Nile” demonstrates is that, by the time of Cleopatra, encounters between Egypt and the Greco-Roman world had been taking place for at least two millennia, with consequences that had already proved momentous.

Hippopotamus, 2nd century. Roman. Rosso antico. (Ole Haupt/Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek) Inspiring the Greeks

The story begins with contact between Egypt and Minoans from Crete as early as 3,000 B.C. Evidence comes in the form of Egyptian scarabs â€" made from hippopotamus ivory â€" found in Minoan collective burial mounds.

There was later contact with Mycenaean Greece. A papyrus from 1,400 B.C., for instance, shows that Mycenaean mercenaries fought on Egypt’s side against Libyan invaders. And in the 7th century B.C., after a long hiatus, Greek soldiers were back in southern Eg ypt fighting for the pharaoh against the Nubians. We know this, because they left graffiti on monuments to the pharaoh Ramses II.

It was at this point that Greek sculpture started coming into its own.

The Green Caesar, 1st century B.C.- 1st century A.D., Roman, green slate. (bpk Blidagentur/Antikensammlung, Museen zu Berlin/PreuBischer Kulturbesitz/Art Resource)

What stimulated the Greek sculptural revolution, recognized to this day as among the crowning glories of Western civilization? In a word, Egypt. Without the phenomenon of Greek artists traveling to Egypt, returning home and trying to emulate the scale, skill and ambition of what they had seen, ancient Greek sculpture is impossible to imagine.

The show’s first really stunning display demonstrates the drama of this moment in the simplest way possible. A large Gree k kouros â€" a sculpture of a boy â€" carved from marble in about 520 B.C. appears alongside an Egyptian sculpture of a priest, carved from limestone maybe a century earlier. Both are frontal. Both show the figure with one leg advancing, as if mid-stride, arms stiffly by their sides.

The Greek kouros, on loan from the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, is not only bigger but also slightly fuller, and curvier. The figure’s stomach muscles are more exactly defined. And he is nude, unlike the Egyptian priest, who wears a shendyt, or kilt.

These small points of divergence will come to count for more and more as the centuries go by. But for now, what’s undeniable are the profound similarities.

A compelling pair

A little further into the show comes an even more compelling sculptural pairing. The Boston Green Head â€" a small, intensely naturalistic depiction (owned by Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts) of an Egyptian priest from Memphis, in Lower Egypt â€" has a counterpart, almost as famous, in Berlin. Both are displayed here in Los Angeles in what amounts to a coup for the organizers.

The two lifelike heads may reflect a reversal in the flow of influence between Egypt and Greece. Because scholars can’t agree on when they were made â€" at the end of ancient Egypt’s Late Period (circa 664-332 B.C.) or at the beginning of the Ptolemaic period, which began after Egypt’s conquest by Alexander the Great â€" there is lively debate about whether they were directly influenced by Greek naturalism.

In truth, it doesn’t matter. There is something incredibly concentrated, urgent and immediate about them. They were carved from dark, matte graywacke, a favorite material for Egyptian sculptors. Note the crow’s feet at the corner of the Boston Green Head’s eyes, the asymmetrical crease at the bridge of his nose, the wart on his left cheek, and the mounds and hollows of his shaved skull.

It’s astonishing, really. You l ook at it, and it is as if 2,400 years had simply evaporated, as if all the sediment and grime of history, all the death, the drama, the dismay, had been whisked away by an archaeologist’s brush, and a force like fate had placed us face to face with a familiar, clear-eyed contemporary.

Caesar and Cleopatra

The show has other moments that are almost as powerful. It is hard not to be mesmerized, for instance, by the larger-than-life-size head of Julius Caesar, carved from the same dark graywacke, quarried from the Egyptian desert, as the Boston Green Head. Or by the head of Cleopatra, made in Alexandria but discovered in Rome, where scholars believe that it may have been displayed in the home of one of Caesar’s aristocratic supporters.

As the last of the Ptolemaic rulers of Egypt, Cleopatra was “Egyptian” only to a point. The Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt went back to Ptolemy I Soter, the Macedonian general Alexander the Great installed on the throne after he conque red Egypt, established the city of Alexandria in 332 B.C. and basically changed everything.

Ptolemy established a cult to Alexander. A posthumous sculpted head on exhibit here depicts Alexander with plump lower lip, straight nose, heavy brow and the long, wavy tresses of an Italian soccer star. He is indistinguishable, in other words, from a god.

The final section of the show traces the ways in which Rome, after Caesar, succumbed to a rage for all things Egyptian. Cults to Isis were established. Painters decorated Roman villas with Nilotic scenes featuring crocodiles and hippos.

Proud, pharaonic Egypt was reduced from its daunting, imperious status to a cheap excuse for exotica, thereby establishing for Europeans a way of picturing North Africa that would prove remarkably enduring.

Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World Through Sept. 9 at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles.

Source: Google News Egypt | Netizen 24 Egypt


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UN Rights Experts Urge Egypt to Free Couple Unlawfully Detained


The daughter of the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and her husband have been unlawfully detained in Egypt for the past year without formal charge, U.N. human rights experts said on Thursday, calling for the couple’s release and compensation.

The Cairo government, in its reply published in the U.N. opinion, said that Ola al-Qaradawi and Hosam Khalaf were accused of belonging to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, which it says is a terrorist group, and providing financial support to it with the help of Qatar and Turkey.

Qatar and Turkey denying supporting hardline Islamists, though both enjoyed good ties with former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The family denies the accusation and brought the case last September to the U.N. working group on arbitrary detention. . In a statement, the family welcomed the opin ion issued by the panel’s five independent experts, posted on the U.N. website.

Al-Qaradawi and Khalaf, U.S. residents in their late 50s, were taken into custody by state security forces without an arrest warrant at their vacation home in June 2017 and have been held largely incommunicado since, the U.N. panel said.

Ola al-Qaradawi, a Qatari citizen, is the daughter of influential Qatar-based Muslim Brotherhood cleric Yousef al-Qaradawi, whose assets have been frozen in Egypt.

“The alleged legal basis for Ms. al-Qaradawi and Mr. Khalaf’s arrest and detention further suffers from other serious defects,” it said, noting they were not brought promptly before a judge and were denied access to family and lawyers.

The couple has not received a fair trial within a reasonable time and there was “no sign that their criminal trial will take place soon”, the U.N. experts said. Their “ordeals in prison amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment”.

The government said that the case was based on an investigation by the security services relating to an alleged plot by senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood to create an armed wing aimed at overthrowing the government.

The U.N. experts called on the government to “remedy the situation” including by releasing and compensating the couple.

Jared Genser, the family’s U.S.-based lawyer, said in a statement: “...(the) decision vindicates what we have maintained all along, that Ola and Hosam are innocent victims wrongly targeted and arbitrarily detained by the Government of Egypt.

“They must be released immediately and unconditionally.”

Egypt’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Egyptian authorities have detained thousands of political opponents to President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi since he led the 2013 overthrow of Morsi, Egypt’s first freel y elected president since the military toppled the monarchy in 1952. Sissi supporters say arrests have been necessary to help stabilize the country, whose stability and economy were rocked by a 2011 popular uprising.

Critics say it is the worst political crackdown in Egypt’s modern history.

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If Trump Won't Act on Egypt's Repression, Congress Needs to Keep Up the Pressure

U.S. President Donald Trump and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi walk the colonnade at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 3, 2017. Expand

U.S. President Donald Trump and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi walk the colonnade at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 3, 2017.

The arrest in Egypt of American-Egyptian dual citizen Amir Nagy, who founded an academy for children’s development in Nasr City, should be a wake-up call to the Trump administration on the questionable effectiveness of its quiet, behind-the-scenes advocacy on human rig hts in Egypt.

Authorities held Nagy incommunicado for two days before charging him with belonging to a banned political group, said Aya Hijazi, the founder of Belady Foundation, created to help Egypt’s street children, and a former political prisoner herself.

Even good news in Egypt, such as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s May pardon of over 300 prisoners â€" including Ahmed Etiwy, a US citizen rounded up in a 2013 protest â€" is coupled with repression. That same month, al-Sisi’s security agencies arrested activists Wael Abbas, Hazem Abd al-Azim, and Amal Fathy on charges that seem to be solely based on their social media posts and peaceful activism.

US President Donald Trump has made clear he is not interested in publicly discussing human rights with al-Sisi, favoring instead a quiet diplomatic approach. Publicly, Trump has called al-Sisi a “fantastic guy” and read-outs from their early phone calls and al-Sisi’s visit to Washington in April 2017 f ocused on rebuilding the partnership and security and trade concerns. Yet behind the scenes, Trump urged al-Sisi to release Egyptian-American Aya Hijazi from prison and cautioned al-Sisi against signing a draconian law that would criminalize the work of many nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

True, the Egyptian government did release Hijazi. But the NGO bill was signed into law, in breach of al-Sisi’s assurances to Trump.

For now, the bill remains frozen. That coincides with a US State Department decision, citing the NGO law, to withhold some of Egypt’s aid pending progress on democracy and human rights.

However, since the aid reduction, the Trump administration has issued little public response to Egypt’s worsening situation. This crackdown, aimed at silencing Egypt’s critical voices, begs a more proactive approach from the US, especially when Egyptian Americans are caught up in the process.

Private diplomacy can work, but smart politicians kn ow when to change their strategy. It’s time for the Trump administration to reassess its Egypt policy. If they won’t take the initiative, it’s up to Congress to step up to the plate. A prime time to do that is during this morning’s debate over the Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Bill, when the Senate Appropriations Committee decides which programs around the world â€" and in Egypt â€" to fund.

Source: Google News Egypt | Netizen 24 Egypt