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Where did they go next? Egypt’s 1990 World Cup squad

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After playing just one match at the 1934 World Cup, made their second appearance 56 years later at Italia 1990.

From legendary coach Mahmoud El Gohary’s final 22 man squad, only two played outside Egypt11 played for Al Ahly, six for Zamalek, and three from three other domestic teams. We take a look back at the players in the squad and where their careers headed after 1990.

The legendary Egyptian coach who became the first person to win the African Cup of Nations as a player and coach would be surprisingly dismissed from his post as Egypt coach after a heavy 6-1 defeat to Greece in a friendly in 1990. The General would return to lead Egypt in the 1992 AFCON, but the team was eliminated after the group stages.

He would return once again to the helm of the National Team for the 1998 AFCON, where Egypt won its fourth title after beating South Africa in the final. His last period as National Team coach came to an end as Egypt missed out on qualifying to the 2002 World Cup.

El-Gohary continued his career with the Jordanian National Team, coaching them to a quarter-finals place in the 2004 AFC Asian Cup. He sadly passed away in September 2012 after suffering from a brain stroke in Jordan


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In addition to being a football/soccer and basketball enthusiast, I am currently pursuing a combined BS/MD degree at VCU. I also currently work as a Pharmacy Technician in my spare time.



  1. Mohammed El Saka

    December 4, 2017 at 4:42 AM

    Nice one ! can you do the same topic but on the 1934 world cup ??

  2. Ashraf

    June 6, 2018 at 1:46 PM

    Thank you, enjoyed reading this 🙂

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