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We played well and I will not resign says Hector Cuper

Hector Cuper

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In the press conference Hector Cuper talked about ’s performance, how he found the team in good shape in the first half and why he will not resign.

Egypt’s coach started the conference by speaking about his players and how they were ready for the game against .


“The players were psychologically ready for the game and I believe our performance in the first half is enough  evidence for that.

“We were perfect in the first half and we managed to score and create more than one chance. If the group was not mentally ready, it would not have happened.”

Afterwards Cuper was asked why he did not play Shikabala although he said, the 32-year-old is Abadallah El-Said’s replacement.

“We played with a different formation.

“We played with a 4-4-2 formation, unlike the formation we always rely on, 4-4-1-1.

“There is more than one player who did not have the opportunity to participate.

“You always have to defend and you have to defend well and I believe that is what happened in the first half.

“We scored and created five crucial chances, so I believe our strategy was right.

“We did not get good results at the World Cup but the performance was not bad, we lost twice in the final minutes so I do not think the strategy was a failure.”

The Argentinian was asked if he is planning to resign from his position and he said: “No, I will not.

“But my contract ends with the Egyptian national team at the end of the World Cup and we will see what happens next. I spoke to the football federation and we will see what happens when we return to Cairo.

Cuper shared his last words in the conference on El-Hadary and the fact he has been receiving criticism for years with Egypt.

“All the goalkeepers are in on the same level,  I decided to play El-Hadary today.

“El-Hadary had an excellent performance today, he was fit for the game and Egyptians should feel proud of his records.

“I have been criticized for three and a half years, but we have had some successes, the performance was not bad, although the results were not good.”

London School for Journalism student. KingFut community manager, Saba7o Korah editorial team, Writing for Football Italia and I have featured for FourFourTwo, These Football Times and The Gentleman Ultra.



  1. Ali

    June 26, 2018 at 12:37 AM

    I swear to god if the EFA resigns him…

    • Mo

      June 26, 2018 at 12:48 AM

      I hope Not. Cuper has to go. We need Halilodzic he knows african football well and was at the world cup with Ivory Coast in 2010 and Algeria in 2014. Although he led Japan to the World Cup 2018.
      Actually he does not have a Team right now. Please EFA SIGN VAHID HALILODZIC

      • Ali

        June 26, 2018 at 12:55 AM

        100% was thinking the same thing. He’s my top choice

        • Mohamad

          June 26, 2018 at 2:19 AM

          I didn’t know who he was but if i remember correctly neither Ivory Coast in 2010 or Algeria in 2014 played the possession and build up game that we should be playing, are you sure his strategy fits what we do best? Don’t want another cuper who tries to get street football kids to play like they are an organized italian defense.

          • Mo

            June 26, 2018 at 2:08 PM

            He had good performances in the World cups with the Ivory Coast and Algeria. He plays attractive football, do you remember algerias performance against Germany in 2014?
            Look at what Ronaldo the brazilian said about Cuper. Cuper was his Trainer at Inter Milan and Ronaldo said in an interview he has the worst technique he ever saw in his life.

            Look up to the article, Cuper said “you always have to defend”. He is still thinking that his tactics are right. I hope we get rid of this stupid trainer as soon as possible!

  2. kos omak admin

    June 26, 2018 at 1:13 AM

    kos omak ya admin : now how can you still suck cuper ya kos omak el sharmota?

    • Mohamad

      June 26, 2018 at 2:17 AM

      eh yabni? 3ani howa el admin wala enta wala ana han7ded mosta2bel cuper? el kalam fel tv el masry w el ahawy w el hagat di hya el hatgeb natega, king fut walla haga fel kalam dah, belraha shewya.

  3. Gogi

    June 26, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    It’s usual that the staggeringly incompetent lives in denial and is not aware of his incompetence. But it’s astonishing that the EFA kept hold of Cúper for years although the uselessness of his “system”, or in other words his anti-football, has always been obvious to anyone with eyes to see and a small drop of intelligence. Strangely, even here on Kingfut you could read articles supportive of this sham of a coach until a few months ago. The run to the AFCON final and the qualification for the World Cup were achieved through luck, luck, luck and Mohamed Salah. The strong defense has always been a myth, especially for a team which scores rarely and far between even against low-class opposition. 5-3 and 8-4 goal records at AFCON and WC qualification respectively are anything but outstanding. Compare that to Morocco who haven’t conceded a single goal qualifying against much stronger opponents. Morocco is a team which was truly unlucky in this World Cup. Egypt didn’t play well. The crap we produced can’t even be called football.
    P.S.: Have we actually EVER won a game against non-African opponents in the Cúper era? Out of my head: losses against Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Belgium, Russia and Uruguay, draws against Kuwait and Colombia. So our dismal FIFA ranking comes as no surprise…

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