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Stadium: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
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Facing the 2002 World Cup winners in their first game of the campaign is certainly the most difficult start that the Egyptians could have ever got.
Egypt are successful on the African continent’s front with five African Nations Cup trophies in their room of awards. Despite being the first African country to qualify to the finals of a World Cup, Egypt have comprehensively failed to lift their image status internationally.
The Pharaohs are in the most uncomfortable position in their World Cup qualification campaign with only a single point from two games. A stunning 3-1 defeat away to Algeria in the World Cup qualifiers is by no means the best result to boost the team’s spirit ahead of the Confederations Cup tournament.
Coach Carlos Dunga is constantly under criticism despite Brazil’s recent excellent results. A Seleccao destroyed their Uruguayans counterpart 4-0 in a world cup qualifier earlier this month, but the team’s defensive style of play in this encounter came very much at the displeasure of Brazilian fans.
Retorting to the supporters’ angry claims, Dunga explained:
"From the moment that Brazil manages to equal other teams in terms of motivation and will to win, our technique will make the difference,"
"That's why that we say that talent is not enough. Talent is extremely important, but it has to be united with other things to have any effect. History shows this.
"On a lot of occasions, Brazil have had players of very high quality but haven't got the results."
Will they get it right against Egypt come Monday, June 15?
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Gomes (Tottenham Hotspur), Victor (Gremio)
Defenders: Maicon (Inter Milan), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Alex (Chelsea), Juan (AS Roma), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Luisao (Benfica), Kleber (Internacional), Andre Santos (Corinthians).
Midfielders: Anderson (Manchester United), Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos), Josue (VfL Wolfsburg), Ramires (Cruzeiro), Elano (Manchester City), Felipe Melo (Fiorentina), Julio Baptista (AS Roma), Kaka (AC Milan)
Forwards: Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Luis Fabiano (Sevilla), Nilmar (Internacional), Robinho (Manchester City).
Coach: Carlos Dunga
Goalkeepers: Essam Al Hadari (Sion, Switzerland), Abdul Wahed Al Sayed (El Zamalek), Mohamed Sobhi (Ismaily)
Defenders: Mahmoud Fathalla (Zamalek), Ahmed Said (Haras El Hedood), Ahmed Khairy (Ismaily), Hani Said (Zamalek), Ahmed Farag (Ismaily), Ahmed Hassan (Al-Haly), Ahmed Abdelghany (Haras El Hedood)
Midfielders: Ahmed Al Muhamadi (Enppi), Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Hosni Abd Rabbou (Al Ahli), Ahmed Eid (Haras El Hedood), Mohamed Shawky (Middlesbrough), Mohamed Homos (Ismaily), Abdelaziz Tawfik (Enppi), Sayed Moawad (Al Ahly), Amr Zaki (Wigan Athletic)
Forwards: Mohamed Zidan (Borussia Dortmund), Wael Gomaa (Al Ahly), Raouf (Enppi), Mohamed Aboutrika (Al Ahly)
Coach: Hassan Shehata