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Team changes in the 2014/15 Egyptian Premier League season
After two incomplete seasons due to political instability and security issues, the Egyptian Premier League is about to come to an end with only the final stage remaining to decide the 2013/2014 champion.
With relegation taking place for the first time since the 2009/10 season, five teams were relegated from the Egyptian Premier League while three sides were promoted from Division B.
Entag El-Harby will ply their trade in the second division after five years of Premier League football. Entag had gained promotion after the 08/09, and were one of the most promising sides in the following season, however next season the Salam Stadium will host Divison B games after finishing bottom of Group A.
The second of the five relegated sides is Ghazl El-Mahalla. The giants of the Egyptian game have been relegated for the second time in four seasons, and fans of El Falaheen have already begun protesting against the board and the players.
Beni Suef Telephones surprisingly lost the relegation play-off against Al-Ragaa, courtesy of Tarek Salem’s lone goal. After three years in the top flight, the side will find themselves playing in Division B.
Joining Beni Suef Telephones will be El Minya and Qanah. The latter were relegated on the final day of the season after Al Masry and Beni Suef played out a 2-2 draw in Agroud, whilst the former were mathematically relegated in April.
In the 2014/15 Egyptian Premier League season we will witness two debutants in Al-Nasr and Asyouty, while Damanhour return for the first time since the 1991/1992 season.
First of the promoted sides were Al-Nasr, who agonisingly missed the play-offs last season. The Reds topped the Cairo group, and have gained many plaudits with their catchy football.
Damanhour were the second to be promoted after topping the Bahary group. Their promotion gained media attention when former Damanhour man and Egyptian international Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’ congratulated his boyhood club on Facebook, whilst also heaping praise on star man Mostafa Bedeiwy.
Asyouty SC have gained promotion to the top flight after topping the Southern Group with 13 points. The noveau-rich club have only been around for six years, and have also managed to achieve back-to-back promotions.