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Cesc Fàbregas: Saudi Arabia and Egypt are the worst teams in Russia

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Chelsea star Cesc Fàbregas has criticized and ’s performances at the .

The Spanish midfielder has not been impressed by the two Group A teams’ performances thus far labeling Egypt and Saudi Arabia as “the two worst teams in the World Cup by a distance.”

Both Arab nations suffered losses in their first two games and have officially been knocked out from the competition. Egypt suffered a heartbreaking 89th minute loss to Uruguay on June 15 before losing to Russia 3-1 on June 19. Mohamed Salah scored Egypt’s lone goal from the spot.

Saudi Arabia were picked apart by Russia and lost 5-0 in the opening match of the World Cup. Like Egypt, the Green Falcons lost 1-0 to Uruguay on June 20. The result officially knocked out both Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

“As you know, this can happen at the highest levels when there is a big difference in the levels,” Fàbregas expanded.

Egypt will face Saudi Arabia on Monday June 25 in their final group stage match.

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. Salah

    June 21, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    And he is right

  2. Sherif

    June 21, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    He’s absolutely right. Both played like shit this world cup. But fabregas didn’t even get called up to the world cup so his opinion is fucking useless

    • Mohamad

      June 22, 2018 at 3:29 AM

      @Sherif, he didn’t called up to Spain and he is a player that played for them during golden age and has played for several of the biggest clubs in the world oh and by the way he’s known for his high football intelligence on the field, so if he’s opinion is useless then none of us should even say a word. But that doesn’t matter we all have an opinion and they all matter no matter what nation/position/skill level we are at. The only exception are the people that have didn’t grow up playing the game often, their opinion counts less because they don’t understand the most complicated sport ever invented.

  3. El Pharao

    June 21, 2018 at 6:58 PM

    The Pharaohs are the biggest shame for us. Really and they were dreaming of the semi finals. Looool

  4. Fairplay Lover

    June 21, 2018 at 7:54 PM

    Overly extreme opinion given some of the other teams, but even if true, it’s thanks to his friend Ramos that Salah is unfit and Egypt is in this bracket.

    Perhaps his team will experience this bad cheating play, so he can shut his overly active mouth and keep his light-weight thoughts to himself.

    • Mohamad

      June 22, 2018 at 3:22 AM

      true that Ramos made Egypt worse without Salah BUT did you watch the games? At what point vs russia did egypt’s midfield create a dangerous pass? at what point did egypt attempt to choke off the supply coming in from midfield and control the field instead of retreating? At what point did trezgeut get released into open space so he can run at defenders? at what point did our Fullbacks provide support on the inside for a cutting winger? at what point did our striker properly control a ball so he can A) shoot or B) pass to his inverted wingers? At what point did the “wonder boy” sobhi try to dribble past anybody and create something? At what point did abdullah said look like he even belonged on a professional football field?

      Blaming this all on ramos is a joke, you want to blame him for Urguay ok fine but what we did against Russia was pathetic, THIS ONE IS OUR FAULT.

  5. Mrs Salah

    June 21, 2018 at 9:54 PM

    Says the one who didn’t even get called up. What a bitter, bitter boy, pretty sure he’s just jealous of our Mo’s success while he reached absolutely nothing this season LOL. I never liked Spain anyways.

    • Mohamad

      June 22, 2018 at 3:17 AM

      grow up.

    • Mr Salah

      June 22, 2018 at 3:10 PM

      Actually this season he won the FA Cup…

      • Mahmoud

        June 24, 2018 at 11:11 PM


  6. Hosam

    June 22, 2018 at 12:08 AM

    That’s the consequence of our terrible display against the Russians. Getting disrespected by everybody. It would have been better if we didn’t qualify at all.

    • Mohamad

      June 22, 2018 at 3:08 AM


  7. Henry AbuO

    June 22, 2018 at 2:03 AM

    We’re about to be worse than saudia Arabia lolllllllll they’re going to shut us doownnnnn

    • Mohamad

      June 22, 2018 at 3:34 AM

      Don’t even joke about that please, if that happens the whole world will think we are the worst nation to ever qualify.

      I hope that we find a way to win 3-0 or something, then atleast it will appear that what happened to us was due to the Salah injury… In reality we know we have huge problems in the midfield and cuper but in front of the world we need to win vs Saudi to save face atleast.

      • Mahmoud

        June 24, 2018 at 11:11 PM

        You wont win vs saudi

  8. Mohamad

    June 22, 2018 at 3:15 AM

    What did you expect non Africans to say? To them we are a team that hasn’t qualified to the world cup in 28 years and we did, we had zero creativity and no containment awareness, I mean how many times did we see Russian midfielders running with the ball from the halfway line to our 18 yard box unchallenged, we just keep backing up and giving up space. Against messi, isco, ronaldo, mbappe, greizman or any skilled player who can run with the ball and shoot we would have given up 6 goals, and I’m BEING SERIOUS when i say 6 goals.

    So again what do you expect people from Spain, Chile, Japan, Netherlands or any football playing country outside of Africa to think?

    Yes Africans know about us and our Afcon trophies, they know about Ahly and Zamalek, they know about Aboutrika, El hadary, Imam, Ahmed and Hossam Hassan. But guess what? nobody outside of Africa knows or cares, they know about Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, guess why? That’s right folks because they performed well at the world cup.

    So to the people criticizing him, grow up and stop being emotional. What he said is a fact!

  9. Zain

    June 22, 2018 at 3:22 AM

    Quick question
    If Egypt is the worst team at the world cup then how are they the best team in Africa

    • Mohamad

      June 22, 2018 at 3:25 AM

      one of life’s great mysteries. We are the best team in Africa based on what we’ve achieved in the contentent at both National and club level, but at the world cup we have no history.

      Also i’d like to think that Saudi Arabia and Panama are worse than us.

    • Fido

      June 22, 2018 at 7:58 PM

      Because Egypt is so closed on itself. They accumulate African trophies because they compete against weak teams in comparison to European clubs (even the teams in the African Cup of Nations are not steeled with their Europe-based players, because the tournament runs in the middle of the football season in Europe).
      Egypt finally qualified to the World Cup after their national league stopped for political reasons, which enticed the clubs in Egypt to sell their players to European clubs. Finally Egyptian players are familiar with intense, European-like competition. So they finally qualified 🙂

      • Fido

        June 22, 2018 at 8:03 PM

        If the Egyptian FA encouraged Egyptian clubs to sell their players to European clubs, like Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and most good football countries have been doing for decades, we’ll see more of Egypt in international football. Egyptians generally have the potential to thrive when rightly nurtured.

      • Mohamad

        June 22, 2018 at 10:20 PM

        I call BS on that, the AFCON brings home all the best African players in Europe, Eto’o, Drogba, Salah, Mane, Toure, etc… they all came back in January and played in Afcon. Don’t make stuff up.

  10. Ahmed

    June 22, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    I agree.. I am originally from Egypt and the team never made any serious effort to score.. Seems like they were content with having a tie and when you go with that attitude, you end up losing. Salah was not in his best shape but what is he going to do with no support from the rest of the team.. ElShenawy is promising!

  11. Elgazmo

    June 23, 2018 at 5:36 AM

    First, I think Egypt’s performance against Uruguay was a solid defensive display. We lost focus at the conclusion of the game and paid for it. Just like against Portugal in the friendlies.

    Second, the performance against Russia was dismal. Just awful. There were a couple moments of real heart and passion, but again, we lost focus for about 15 minutes and that was it. We never stayed in the game.

    Third, I’ll say Argentina’s performance against Croatia was the worst performance of the tournament. Even when Saudi Arabia was down 3-0 they still tried to attack. Argentina had nothing. No heart. No plan. No defense. No offense.

    Fourth, Fabregas is entitled to his opinion. Though he’s overstating it. I believe his perspective is based on an unrealistically high degree of expectation on the Egypt camp, with all the buzz around Salah, etc. compare that with the under-estimation and over-performance of Russia (to their credit, they went for it, feeling very confident after the demolition of Saudi Arabia.)

    Lastly (and thanks for reading this far), Egypt ALWAYS play to the level of their opponents. They’ll put up a good fight against a powerhouse, but fall apart against a minnow. I hope this World Cup will “break the ice” of our qualification drought. Hopefully, this will be the first tournament of many to come.

    I’m not trying to apologize for Egypt,

    • Elgazmo

      June 23, 2018 at 5:49 AM

      cont’d: but I’m trying to offer a fair analysis. We have a lot of work to do.

      And can we stop with the “foreigner’s complex”?!! Get an Egyptian coach (like Shehata) who can yell at the boys the way they need to be yelled at! Who can communicate perfectly. Who understands the culture and drive and passion. Who can develop a style of play that promotes our strengths. I’m pleased we made the tournament, but what’s with the fear of winning or losing? Damn it! As a player you’re living the dream! Have fun and put on a show! Go for it!

  12. Mahmoud

    June 24, 2018 at 11:15 PM

    Rubbisj team yalla go back

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