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Héctor Cúper announced as Egypt national team manager

Héctor Cúper

The Egyptian Football Association have announced the appointment of ex-Valencia manager  as the new manager of the Egyptian national team.

Following a Monday afternoon board meeting, EFA media chief Azmy Megahed announced Cúper as the new national team manager.

“An agreement has been reached for the appointment of Cúper as the new national team manager,” Megahed explained in a press conference.

EFA board member Mahmoud El-Shamy went on to reveal that, if Egypt fail to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Argentine’s contract will be terminated.

The 59-year-old reached two UEFA Champions League finals at the turn of the century with Valencia, although he lost on both occasions.

The Egyptian national team failed to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations under former manager Shawky Gharib.

The draw for the qualification rounds of the 2017 edition will be held next month, after the host nation is announced.

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  1. Hosam

    March 2, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Okay, so we know Egypt’s chance of qualifying for the World Cup is 0.0% now, Qualifying for the African Cup of Nations remains also as a serious question..

  2. Hosam

    March 2, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Another epic fail.. Isn’t Bob Bradley the biggest evidence of prooving that foreign managers without African experience hardly produce somthing good with the Egyptian national team.. Now we take a worse manager than Bradley who doesnt have any international experience. He was appointed as coach of the Georgian national team and coudn’t achieve a shit. His best period was 15 years ago by achieving the final of the European champions league. But what did he produce after that? Litterly nothing. He failed at several clubs and was the coach of one of the worst Turkish Clubs.

    I think next time we’ll lose 10-0 when we play ghana.. Really sad story.

    • GameRef

      March 2, 2015 at 11:01 PM

      Wow!!!How a coach who reached two Champions League finals in a row can be a complete looser?Let’s see at first.In my opinion this is a very great choice.

      • ahmed

        March 2, 2015 at 11:46 PM

        15 years ago man ! Since then it has only been from failures to failures for him + he has absolutely no African coaching (experience, which would have been acceptable if he had some NT management experience, but he does not)…he managed Georgia and failed to even a single game with them ? His CV for the last 15 years is crap. This guy was rejected by Zamalek…

        • Moe

          March 3, 2015 at 12:42 AM

          Rejected by Zamalek because they could not afford him not because he is bad. With how modern the game is African experience is not really needed. He has 2 an Egyptian coaching staff who will fill him in on what he needs to know about Africa.

          • ahmed

            March 3, 2015 at 1:42 AM

            Lets say you are right…the man is a failure for the last 15 years…how is that even a risk to take ? If you want to sign a foreigner sign a decent one or just sign another local. Thats like taking the worst decisions and hoping for the best

          • Moe

            March 3, 2015 at 3:33 AM

            How is taking a weak team like Valencia to 2 Champions League finals in a row not a good performance? The year 2000 is not long ago. what this shows me is that he knows how to overachieve with limited talent and is the kind of coach who can help Egypt pull upsets.

        • Hosam

          March 3, 2015 at 1:52 AM

          Totally right dude.. You just said what i was thinking.

          • François Paul Valérie

            March 4, 2015 at 7:37 PM

            ok, a guy who didn’t coach a big team for more than 10 years…football has changed a lot since then

    • omar

      March 4, 2015 at 6:08 AM

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  3. Moe

    March 2, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    He is better than Shawky Gharib and Herve Renard! Don’t let his luck Renards luck fool you, he is utterly useless. I think Egypt will be back in the African cup in 2017.

    • Amro

      March 3, 2015 at 2:10 AM

      There might be some luck involved in winning the African Cup of Nations once. But twice?? Don’t forget that when he was the coach of Zambia he held Egypt 1-1 at the WC qualifers of 2009. Also at the Africa Cup of 2008 Egypt couldn’t bet Renard’s Zambia while Egypt was at their best that year. Renard is the man in my eyes who can guide Egypt to the world cup but he doesn’t wanna leave Ivory Coast so I can’t blame the EFA of not choosing him but they could have choosed someone else with a good CV and enough international experience. They just choosed this guy cause he’s from Argentina and achieved the final of the champions league 15 years ago!!!!

      2018 would have been the year where players like Salah, Elneny, A. Hassan Koka, S. Gomaa, etc. could have matured enough to fight for Egypt but with a coach like Cuper we’ll have to wait till they allow 32 African countries at the WC to play there..

      • Moe

        March 3, 2015 at 3:38 AM

        Renard failed to qualify for the World Cup in 2014 after receiving 3 points in the group stage when Sudan beat his team but fielded an ineligible player. What makes you think he can qualify with Egypt? Bob Bradley is a better coach and at least had the team playing attacking football. He only had one bad match.

    • ahmed

      March 3, 2015 at 5:33 AM

      What is this argument man ? Weak team Valencia ? Do you watch football ? Historically after Barcelona and Real Madrid there is one team that is always close behind…Valencia. Besides . , what is your argument ? 99-00 Deportivo De la Coruna won La Liga…maybe we should dig and see who managed them and sign him while we are at it ? Its a much weaker team than Valencia according to your classification system + 15 years seems like nothing for you…

      15 years ago is 15 years ago man…you are going to ignore the fact that the guy did nothing worth mentioning in 15 years and stick on the 99-00 CL final ?

      + With the way you are rating managers, how would Renard be a bad manager ? Guy won with Zambia “a Weak Team” and repeated it with CIV.

      What is Cuper experience as a National team manager ? oh yeah 0 wins with Georgia…and that before sucking in the Segunda Division, the Greek league, the Turkish league and with AL-WASL in the UAE for 6 straight years without anything worthy even mentioning.

      This guy CV sucks and like it or not, there is little to no chances he will have success with our NT…another clueless hire by our FA

      Talking about WC when we cant even reach the AFCON…15 years of crap Cuper is supposed to be the savior.

      • Moe

        March 3, 2015 at 5:45 PM

        His success will largely depend on the assistant coaches attached to him. The U23 team looks good at the team should be built around them. The goalkeeping position is also still an issue. How he fixes the holes in the team and adapts to the realities of African Football will determine his success. I still rate him above Renard who I view as a lucky coach. Trust me when I say, no Club even in the midtable in any of the top 5 European leagues would hire Renard as a coach. Renard will also never coach in a Champions League match let alone a FINAL! In the end, this guys accomplishments speak for themselves and he will push Egypt to another level.

        • ahmed

          March 3, 2015 at 10:09 PM

          Would any top European leagues club even the bottom ones hire Cuper ?

          • Moe

            March 3, 2015 at 11:40 PM

            He has already worked for the topmost European Clubs. He has nothing to prove at that level. Renard could not even cut it at Sochaux. The only play a con like Renards can be successful is Africa. He is useless in Europe and to Europeans.

            Cuper will bring the Argentine winning mentality and grit and remove the losers mentality that has crept into Egyptian Football. By 2018 it will be basically 30 years since Egypt qualified for the world cup!

            The idea that Shehata who had his chance and failed would suddenly have figured it out is a joke. He was never going to figure it out. If Cuper can’t qualify for the world cup then Egypt will never qualify!

        • François Paul Valérie

          March 4, 2015 at 7:43 PM

          I follow the french league and believe me, even if sochaux was relegation zone ( the last day ), Hervé Renard made miracles with this was nowhere before his coming and apparently already condemned….

  4. Amro

    March 3, 2015 at 1:59 AM

    The Egyptian FA is just as ridiciolous as the government.. Why the hell are they wasting money on some crap? Seriously I just got furious by seeing this announcement. I’m very sure Egypt will play worse than ever with this piece of nothing.. His CV is crap.. I don’t think his personality fits in with these young players tho. Our national team need a strict smart men to guide them to succes again wether he’s Egyptian or a foreigner. Let’s hope Cuper will guide them to some succeses after this black period but i’m really sure he isn’t the right man.

    • Ossama

      March 3, 2015 at 7:10 AM

      Talking about the govt in an Egyptian post is never going to end pretty. Regardless, I agree.

  5. Maro

    March 3, 2015 at 4:01 AM

    I honestly believe we should wait before criticizing; someone who made the best of his players at Valencia and caused them to go to the final twice is not bad. We need someone who is passionate and could make the most of his players and Cuper may be the man for this job. I hope this goes well!

  6. djh

    March 3, 2015 at 7:03 AM

    ” Arabs cannot manage an empire or a country ” Ibn Khaldoun.
    Ibn Khaldoun forgot to say arabized cannot managed a football association.

    Seriously does boss in the EFA have shit in their eyes? Everybody know that except some exceptions and i cannot remember one to show you that they are very rare , all europeans coaches are in africa to make money because they are black listed in europe because they are bullshits like claude leroy , and all those shits. So if you cannot afford a good european coach so choose a local manager who will be much better than all those shits.

    Yalla good bye and thank to arabs conquest and saudi arabia to bring us the spirit light we still have today.

  7. saaid

    March 3, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    ok..federation are donkeys, what a bullshitt

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