Egypt leads Arab World Cup hopes

From 1934 to 2018, Arab na­tions have been mak­ing waves on the big­gest stage

Gulf News - - FRONT PAGE - BY ASH­LEY HAM­MOND Staff Re­porter

I n light of Egypt’s first World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion in 28 years and Syria’s spir­ited run to the play-offs where they lost to Aus­tralia this week, we look back at the his­tory of Arab coun­tries at the tour­na­ment. Egypt join Saudi Ara­bia as the two Arab na­tions to have con­firmed their place at next sum­mer’s World Cup in Rus­sia, so far. They could still be joined by Morocco and Tu­nisia, who have games pend­ing on Novem­ber 11. If four na­tions make it through it would be the high­est Arab at­ten­dance at a World Cup ever.

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