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Amr Gamal devotes complete focus on making it in European football

spoke to Finnish club HJK Helsinki’s official website about his life in Finland and what the future holds for him as well as his complete focus in football.

The player who moved to the Finnish club in a chance to get more game time to join Hector Cuper’s team travelling to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, failing to do so.

Gamal didn’t make it in Cuper’s 29-man provisional squad in spite of getting more game time since moving on loan from Al Ahly to Helsinki.

The player spoke of his transition from Cairo to the Finnish capital saying, “I worked with my agent to get myself at HJK. The team is playing good football and is the biggest club in Finland. The weather is the biggest difference between the two countries and it was known, but I was thinking of myself and I believed that I could adapt quickly to the team and to the ground. And so it happened.”

He was critical when comparing the Finnish league to the Egyptian Premier League mentioning the difference in game play.

“Real football is played in Finland. Every player knows what to do and how to move in certain situations. In Egypt, the game is more based on individuals. Strong and skilled players are important there.”

The 28-year-old striker discussed his future saying that he is focused on leaving his mark in European football and following the footsteps of his Egypt teammates, Mohamed Salah and Ramadan Sobhi.

“I am currently investing in football, and especially in getting to Russia in the summer. In the long run, my goal is in Europe, even though I’m still in Al Ahly’s books,” he said. “This is my first time in Europe and I must be above all patience. Things do not happen in an instant. And it must be remembered that life is not always a celebration.”

Gamal concluded by saying that he believes Germany and Spain are closest to the lifting the World Cup due to their team depth but he favors Argentina as well as Egypt. Speaking of Egypt’s victory he said, “Our victory is the greatest dream. Dreams can be unrealistic, but what can happen because sport, and especially football, is crazy at the moment.”

Youssef Wael is a massive Al Ahly and Manchester United supporter from Cairo, Egypt. One of the few Egyptians who never really wanted to have a career in football, just played it as a hobby. Wael also played squash for 7 years.

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