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About

Hosam El-Aker has been passionately covering Egyptian football in English since the late 1990s. He’s written for a number of online portals including Egyptian Soccer, Bleacher Report, Internet Soccer (now TEAMtalk), Arabia, Go Pharaohs and more. He also founded and managed the official website of Ahmed Hossam “Mido” – Mido-Online.com – from 2002 – 2005. Hosam played goalkeeper and striker for his high school and junior college teams and graduated from West Virginia University with a B.Sc. in Journalism.

  • Defense is the cure to Egypt’s World Cup ills

    Oct 1, 2016

    Embed from Getty Images The phrase “defense wins championships” is a popular one in North America. It’s meant to apply to team sports in general, and no where does it ring...

  • FIFA cancels corrected ranking, keeping Egypt in Pot 2

    Jun 22, 2016

    Embed from Getty Images In a dramatic, though not unexpected turn of events, FIFA has decided to nullify a previously announced “special” ranking set for June 21 that was meant to...

  • Is Egypt FA serious about challenging FIFA?

    Jun 13, 2016

    The views expressed in this article are those of KingFut columnist Hosam El-Aker and do not necessarily represent those of KingFut. After initially deciding to appeal to the Court of Arbitration...

  • CAS case: What Egypt should present

    Jun 10, 2016

    In the aftermath of irregularities surrounding FIFA’s extraordinary decision to issue an exceptional, “special” ranking to decide seeds (Pots) in Africa for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, KingFut exclusively learned that...

  • The stench of corruption: FIFA’s “special” ranking

    Jun 9, 2016

    Embed from Getty Images The views expressed in this article are those of KingFut columnist Hosam El-Aker and do not necessarily represent those of KingFut. “Fishy,” a term often used to...

  • WCQ: FIFA ambiguity leaves Egypt in the dark

    May 30, 2016

    Egypt’s World Cup qualifying Pot 1 fate remains uncertain thanks to opaque, changing information from FIFA. Though Sunday’s 1-1 draw between Kenya and Tanzania brought the answer into somewhat clearer focus,...

  • Egypt’s Pot A blueprint

    May 22, 2016

    The next two weeks are crucial to Egypt’s 2018 World Cup qualifying success. The Pharaohs’ qualifying campaign will ultimately be decided most by performance, but the next few weeks will determine...

  • Egypt risking World Cup hopes by playing Congo DR

    May 6, 2016

    Egypt’s recent decision to play a friendly against Congo DR could have dire consequences on its already tenuous grasp of a top seed in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying. The Pharaohs...

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