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Egypt in FIFA 16: The Pharaohs’ squad and ratings
KingFut.com‘s Ahmed Motaweh utilized his EA Access to score a couple of hours of gameplay in the highly-anticipated football video game FIFA 16, days prior to its official release.
A sample of the squad’s ratings was already known, via EA Sports’ FIFA Ultimate Team, with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Ali Ghazal, Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ and Mohamed Abdel-Shafy getting bumped up to 80, 77, 75 and 71 respectively.
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Ali Ghazal for one, was a bit surprised by his rating; which is three points higher than when he was a ‘silver’ player last year. The Nacional defensive midfielder joked that he’s been far from a 77 with the Egyptian national team during his handful of caps last year, where he mainly featured as a centre-back. Ghazal has not been called up to the squad for over a year now, since the Pharaohs’ 1-0 loss at home against Tunisia in 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.
@King_Fut I think they don't know that my rating in Egypt is 40 Hahahaha
— Aly Ghazal (@alyghazal66) September 6, 2015
Motaweh took the opportunity of his early access to have a sneak peak at the rest of the initial Egypt squad in the game, which we breakdown below.
List of Egypt’s full squad and ratings in FIFA 16:
Note: Players in italics need to be added from the national pool.
Ahmed El-Shenawy – 72
Sherif Ekramy – 68
Ali Lotfi – 63
Ahmed Elmohamady – 74
Hazem Emam – 66
Hussein El Sayed – 64
Karim Hafez – 62
Mohamed Abdel-Shafy – 71
Amro Tarek – 70
Ahmed Hegazy – 65
Saadeldin Saad (Saad Samir) – 69
Adam El-Abd – 65
Ayman Ashraf – 68
Ahmed Fathi – 66
Tarek Hamed – 64
Ibrahim Salah – 64
Ramy Rabia – 64
Amr Soleya – 62
Ali Ghazal – 77
Saleh Gomaa – 73
Hossam Ghaly – 71
Mohamed Elneny – 71
Trezeguet – 64
Mahmoud Kahraba – 66
Walid Soliman – 73
Alexander Jakobsen – 59
Mohamed Salah – 80
Ahmed Hassan (Koka) – 75
Emad Meteb – 73
Bassem Morsi – 71
Overall, it seems to be an improvement from the last few editions; EA give the Egypt squad a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Aside from the previously mentioned Pharaohs Abroad, EA also bumped up the overall ratings of the majority of the domestic-based players, such as Ahmed El-Shennawy, Saleh Gomaa and Walid Soliman. Some of the new additions to the game such as Bassem Morsi and Emad Meteb have their own photos, too!
Some of the noted disappointments include the fact that Hegazy is the only CB in the default squad, while his defensive partner Rabia remains listed as a CDM. Speaking of CDM, this squad has more of those than forwards combined! Fathi looks like he’ll retire before EA decides to change him from CDM to RB. On a side note, where did Ayman Ashraf come from?
Of course, it is important to note that teams in EA Sports’ FIFA change throughout the season, with regular online squad updates. Hopefully this means further additions to the game will soon be added, such as Ayman Hefny and Ramadan Sobhy, and others bumped up with respect to their form.
Let us know your thoughts on Egypt’s squad and ratings in the comments section below…