Africa Cup of Nations
The CAF Africa Cup of Nations CAN referred to as AFCON, or Total Africa Cup of Nations for sponsorship reasons, is the main international association football competition in Africa. It is sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football and was first held in 1957. Since 1968, it has been held every two years; the title holders at the time of a FIFA Confederations Cup qualify for that competition. In 1957 there were only three participating nations: Egypt and Ethiopia. South Africa was scheduled to compete, but were disqualified due to the apartheid policies of the government in power. Since the tournament has grown making it necessary to hold a qualifying tournament; the number of participants in the final tournament reached 16 in 1998, until 2017, the format had been unchanged, with the sixteen teams being drawn into four groups of four teams each, with the top two teams of each group advancing to a "knock-out" stage. On 20 July 2017, the Africa Cup of Nations was moved from January to June and expanded from 16 to 24 teams.
Egypt is the most successful nation in the cup's history, winning the tournament a record of seven times. Three different trophies have been awarded during the tournament's history, with Ghana and Cameroon winning the first two versions to keep after each of them won a tournament three times; the current trophy was first awarded in 2002 and with Egypt winning it indefinitely after winning their unprecedented third consecutive title in 2010. As of 2013, the tournament was switched to being held in odd-numbered years so as not to clash with the FIFA World Cup; the origin of the African Nations Cup dates from June 1956, when the creation of the Confederation of African Football was proposed during the third FIFA congress in Lisbon. There were immediate plans for a continental tournament to be held and, in February 1957, the first African Cup of Nations was held in Khartoum, Sudan. There was no qualification for this tournament, the field being made up of the four founding nations of CAF. South Africa's insistence on selecting only white players for their squad due to its apartheid policy led to its disqualification, as a consequence Ethiopia were handed a bye straight to the final.
Hence, only two matches were played, with Egypt being crowned as the first continental champion after defeating hosts Sudan in the semi-final and Ethiopia in the final. Two years Egypt hosted the second ANC in Cairo with the participation of the same three teams. Host and defending champions Egypt again won, after defeating Sudan; the field grew to include nine teams for the third ANC in 1962 in Addis Ababa, for the first time there was a qualification round to determine which four teams would play for the title. Host Ethiopia and reigning champion Egypt received automatic berths, were joined in the final four by Nigeria and Tunisia. Egypt made its third consecutive final appearance, but it was Ethiopia that emerged as victors, after first beating Tunisia and downing Egypt in extra time. In 1963, Ghana made its first appearance as it hosted the event, won the title after beating Sudan in the final, they repeated that as they became champions two years in Tunisia—equalling Egypt as two-time winners—with a squad that included only two returning members from the 1963 team.
In 1965, the CAF introduced a rule. The rule persisted to 1982; the 1968 competition's final tournament format expanded to include eight of the 22 teams entered in the preliminary rounds. The qualifying teams were distributed in two groups of four to play single round-robin tournaments, with the top two teams of each group advancing to semi-finals, a system that remained in use for the finals until 1992; the Democratic Republic of Congo won its first title. Starting with the 1968 tournament, the competition has been held every two years in numbered years. Ivory Coast forward Laurent Pokou led the 1968 and 1970 tournaments in scoring, with six and eight goals and his total of 14 goals remained the all-time record until 2008. Play was covered for television for the first time during the 1970 tournament in Sudan, as the hosts lifted the trophy after defeating Ghana—who were playing their fourth consecutive final. Six different nations won titles from 1970 to 1980: Sudan, Congo-Brazzaville, Morocco and Nigeria.
Zaire's second title in the 1974 edition came after facing Zambia in the final. For the only time to date in the history of the competition, the match had to be replayed as the first contest between the two sides ended in a 2–2 draw after extra time; the final was re-staged two days with Zaire winning 2–0. Forward Mulamba Ndaye scored all four of Zaire's goals in these two matches: he was the top scorer of the tournament with nine goals, setting a single-tournament record that remains unmatched. Three months earlier, Zaire had become the first Sub-Saharan African nation to qualify to the FIFA World Cup. Morocco won their first title in the 1976 ANC held in Ethiopia and Ghana took its third championship in 1978, becoming the first nation to win three titles. Between 1980 and 1990, Cameroon managed to reach the final of the African Cup three times in a row, winning the competition twice in 1984 and 1988 and losing once on penalties against Egypt in the 1986 edition, the other dominant team during this period was Algeria, along with th
Qatar Stars League
The Qatar Stars League known as the Q-League, is the highest professional league in Qatari football, with the next tier being the Qatargas League. The league's first season was played in 1963, although the first official season occurred in 1972; the league's most recent winner was Al-Duhail SC, the club who has won the most cumulative championships is Al Sadd SC, with 13. The league features 14 clubs, with one club being demoted to make room for one club being promoted; the Qatari league system provides 4 domestic cups that these clubs are able to participate in: the Emir of Qatar Cup, open to all teams in both the first and second divisions, the Qatar Crown Prince Cup a postseason tournament played by the top four first division teams, the Sheikh Jassem Cup, a prelude to the first division regular season, the Qatari Stars Cup, a round-robin tournament played midseason. The league title has been won by 8 different clubs since its inception. There are 2 divisions in the Qatari football structure and the league has seen one club promoted and relegated each year except in expansion seasons.
The Qatar Stars League known as the Q-League features 14 teams, with the 2nd division featuring 18 teams. The top four clubs at the end of the regular league system participate in the Qatar Crown Prince Cup, formed in the 1994/95 season; the Qatar Stars League has expanded since the turn of the decade moving from 9 clubs to 10 clubs, latest setup of 12 clubs for the Qatari League 2009-10 campaign. It was announced that in the 2013-14 season, the number of clubs in the top division would increase to 14, whereas the second division would increase to 18 clubs which includes the reserve teams of the top division clubs. There are 4 official amateur football leagues in Qatar. Three amateur leagues are under the jurisdiction of the Qatar Community Football League, established by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the fourth, known as the Qatar Amateur League is recognized by the QFA. Inaugurated in November 2013, the QAL has 14 teams, all of which were established through the country's government and social sectors.
It was announced on 15 April 2009 that no clubs would be relegated from the top flight in the 2008–09 Qatar Stars League season, due to expansion reasons, however the announcement was made with only one game remaining. That year, the top league expanded to 12 clubs. In May 2013, the QFA again expanded the league by two more teams, bringing the total number of clubs in the first division to 14; the first unofficial season of the Qatar Stars League was the 1963–64 season, 3 years after the formation of the QFA. A second division was created during this time. For many years, there was no relegation system. In 1972–73, the first official season was played. Al Estaqlal, now known as Qatar SC, won the first championship; the first time there was a playoff for the championship was between Al Sadd and Al Arabi. Al Sadd won the match 1–0. Although a second division had been in place for some time, there was no relegation or promotion system. However, in 1981, such a system was put in place for the first time.
Five clubs participated in the second division that year. In 1984–85, there was no relegation or promotion due to the participation of a majority of the Qatari players within the national team, who were preparing for the qualification rounds of the 1986 FIFA World Cup. In 1994, for one season, the QFA launched a new system where matches ending in draws would end in a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner; this was put in place in an effort to improve attendance. Three second division clubs were dissolved in the 1990 season: Al Nasr, Al Tadamon, Al Nahda. Many of their players were distributed to first division clubs and became prominent players in Qatari football history, such as Fahad Al Kuwari, Ahmed Al Kuwari and Hamad Al Khalifa. After the dissolution of these clubs, there was no longer any relegation or promotion for five years. In 1995/96, the second division was brought back with five clubs, while there ten clubs participating in the first division. Another method the QFA attempted to develop the league was allocating each Q-League club with a sum of $10,000,000 to buy big-name foreign players in order to increase popularity in 2003.
It succeeded, players such as Ronald and Frank de Boer, Pep Guardiola, Gabriel Batistuta soon appeared in the league. In addition, in 2004, the Aspire Academy was formed, which provides world-class training facilities to young people in order to not only improve the footballing standard in Qatar, but internationally. Many notable players have graduated from the academy, including Abdelkarim Hassan, Saad Al Sheeb, Ibrahim Majid. In 2009, no clubs were relegated from the top division. Due to the recent formation of Lekhwiya and El Jaish, this meant that the second division would lose two clubs while two more clubs would enter the first division, bringing the total number of clubs in the first division to 12, the second division to 6; as part of the expansion campaign, the "Q-League" changed its name to what it is known as, "Qatar Stars League", inaugurated a new domestic cup, the "Qatari Stars Cup". Table as of 2018–19 Season: Al-Maref, a club representing the Ministry of Education and composed of foreigners, was dissolved in 1966-67 by decision of the QFA and its players distributed to other clubs.
Ivory Coast national football team
The Ivory Coast national football team, nicknamed Les Éléphants, represents Ivory Coast in international football and is controlled by the Ivorian Football Federation. Until 2005, their greatest accomplishment was winning the 1992 African Cup of Nations against Ghana on penalties at the Stade Leopold Senghor in Dakar, Senegal, their second success came in the 2015 edition, again defeating Ghana on penalties at the Estadio de Bata in Bata, Equatorial Guinea. The team qualified for three consecutive FIFA World Cups between 2006 and 2014, but has never advanced beyond the group stage. Ivory Coast has produced several notable players who have played in Europe, including Didier Drogba, Yaya Touré, Emmanuel Eboué, Wilfried Bony, Seydou Doumbia, Eric Bailly, Serge Aurier, Wilfried Zaha, Salomon Kalou and Kolo Touré. Having become a fixed presence in the World Cup and having won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, the team is considered to be one of the best African teams of the last decade; this is confirmed by FIFA Ranking in the reference period, never been so high for Les Éléphants.
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. ** Gold background colour indicates. *** Red border color indicates. Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991; the following players have been selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Rwanda on 23 March 2019 and the friendly match against LiberiaCaps and goals updated as of 26 March 2019, after the match against Liberia. The following players have been called up to the squad within the last 12 months; the Ivory Coast team is notable for having participated in the two highest-scoring penalty shoot-outs in international football competition — the 24-shot shoot-out in the final of the 1992 African Cup of Nations when Ghana was defeated 11–10, the 24-shot shoot-out in the quarter-final of the 2006 African Cup of Nations, when Cameroon was defeated 12–11. In 2015, Ivory Coast once again defeated Ghana in the final of an 2015 African Cup of Nations with a 22-shot shoot-out, winning 9–8.
After Uli Stielike left before the Africa Cup 2008 due to his son's health situation, Gerard Gili, the co-trainer, took his position. To compensate of the lack of another co-coach, Didier Drogba acted as a player-coach; this was only the second time that a player had acted as coach in the Africa Cup, after George Weah was both player and coach for Liberia during the 2002 tournament. In both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, Ivory Coast were placed in a so-called "Group of Death". In 2006, Ivory Coast faced Argentina and Serbia and Montenegro. In 2010, Ivory Coast was drawn with Brazil and North Korea. Ivory Coast finished third in Group G, as Portugal progressed. Africa Cup of Nations:Winners: 1992, 2015FIFA Confederations Cup:Fourth-place: 1992 Ivory Coast national under-20 football team Ivory Coast Association — official website Ivory Coast at FIFA.com Ivory Coast at the World Cups Ivory Coast Teams at World Cups Ivory Coast: Head-to-Head Records at World Cups Ivory Coast Players' Clubs
Olympique Gymnaste Club Nice Côte d'Azur referred to as OGC Nice or Nice, is a French association football club based in Nice. The club was founded in 1904 and plays in Ligue 1, the top tier of French football. Nice plays. Nice are managed by former French international Patrick Vieira and captained by Brazilian defender Dante. Nice was founded under the name Gymnaste Club de Nice and is one of the founding members of the first division of French football; the club has won the Coupe de France three times. Nice achieved most of its honours in the 1950s with the club being managed by coaches such as Numa Andoire, Englishman William Berry, Jean Luciano; the club's last honour was winning the Coupe de France in 1997 after defeating Guingamp 4–3 on penalties in the final. Nice's colours are black. During the club's successful run in the 1950s, Nice were among the first French clubs to integrate internationals players into the fold. Notable players include Héctor De Bourgoing, Pancho Gonzales, Victor Nurenberg, Joaquín Valle, the latter being the club's all-time leading goalscorer and arguably greatest player.
Gymnaste Club'Azur was founded in the residential district of Les Baumettes on 9 July 1904 under the name Gymnaste Club. The club was founded by Marquis de Massengy d'Auzac, who served as president of the Fédération Sportive des Alpes-Maritimes. Akin to its name, the club focused on the sports of gymnastics and athletics. On 6 July 1908, in an effort to remain affiliated with the FSAM and join the amateur federation USFSA, the head of French football at the time, Gymnaste Club de Nice split into two sections with the new section of the club being named Gymnastes Amateurs Club de Nice; the new section spawned a football club and, after two seasons, the two clubs merged. On 20 September 1919, Nice merged with local club Gallia Football Athlétic Club and, adopted the club's red and black combination. In 1920, the club was playing in the Ligue du Sud-Est, a regional league under the watch of the French Football Federation. While playing in the league, Nice developed rivalries with Marseille. On 22 December 1924, the club changed its name to Olympique Gymnaste Club de Nice.
In July 1930, the National Council of the French Football Federation voted 128–20 in support of professionalism in French football. Nice, along with most clubs from southern France, were among the first clubs to adopt the new statute and subsequently became professional and were founding members of the new league. In the league's inaugural season, Nice finished seventh in its group. In the following season, Nice were relegated from the league; the club did not play league football in the ensuing season and returned to French football in 1936 playing in Division 2. Nice spent the next three years playing in the second division. In 1939, professional football in France was abolished due to World War II. Nonetheless, Nice continued to play league football under amateur status with the club participating in the Ligue du Sud-Est in 1939 and the Ligue du Sud in the following seasons. After World War II, Nice returned to professional status and were inserted back into the second division; the club achieved promotion back to the first division for the 1948–49 season under the leadership of the Austrian manager Anton Marek.
After two seasons of finishing in the top ten, now led by manager Jean Lardi, achieved its first-ever honour by winning the league title in the 1950–51 season. Led by French internationals Marcel Domingo, Antoine Bonifaci, Abdelaziz Ben Tifour, Jean Courteaux, as well as the Argentine duo of Pancho Gonzales and Luis Carniglia and the Swede Pär Bengtsson, Nice won the league despite finishing equal on points with Lille. Nice was declared champions due to having more wins than Lille. In the following season, under new manager Numa Andoire, Nice won the double after winning both the league and the Coupe de France. In the league, the club defended its title by holding off both Lille. In the Coupe de France final, Nice faced Bordeaux and defeated the Aquitaine club 5–3 courtesy of goals from five different players. Nice continued its solid run in the decade by winning the Coupe de France for the second time in 1954; the club, now being led by a young and unknown Just Fontaine, faced southern rivals Marseille and earned a 2–1 victory with Victor Nuremberg and Carniglia scoring the goals.
Carniglia began managing Nice. In his first season in charge, Nice won the league for a third time after being chased for the entire season by rivals Marseille and Monaco, as well as Lens and Saint-Étienne. After the campaign, Fontaine departed the club for Stade de Reims. Three seasons Nice won the last title of the decade in 1959; the club finished the decade with two Coupe de France trophies. Nice appeared in European competition for the first time in the 1956–57 season, losing to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals. In subsequent decades, Nice struggled to equal the success of the 1950s with Reims and Saint-Étienne eclipsing the club in the 1960s and'70s. During this time, Nice competed in Division 1 with the exception of two seasons in Division 2 in 1965 and 1970. In 1973 and 1976, Nice achieved a second-place finish in the league, its best finish since winning the league in 1959. However, following the latter finish, the club finished in lower positions in the next six seasons and were relegated in the 1981–82 season after finishing 19th.
Nice played three seasons in the second division before returning to the top
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a forward. He is regarded by many in the sport, including football writers and fans, as the greatest player of all time. In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century award; that same year, Pelé was elected Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee. According to the IFFHS, Pelé is the most successful domestic league goal-scorer in football history scoring 650 goals in 694 League matches, in total 1281 goals in 1363 games, which included unofficial friendlies and is a Guinness World Record. During his playing days, Pelé was for a period the best-paid athlete in the world. Pelé began playing for Santos at age 15 and the Brazil national team at 16. During his international career, he won three FIFA World Cups: 1958, 1962 and 1970, being the only player to do so.
Pelé is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 games. At club level he is the record goalscorer for Santos, led them to the 1962 and 1963 Copa Libertadores. Known for connecting the phrase "The Beautiful Game" with football, Pelé's "electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals" made him a star around the world, his teams toured internationally in order to take full advantage of his popularity. Since retiring in 1977, Pelé has been a worldwide ambassador for football and has made many acting and commercial ventures. In 2010, he was named the Honorary President of the New York Cosmos. Averaging a goal per game throughout his career, Pelé was adept at striking the ball with either foot in addition to anticipating his opponents' movements on the field. While predominantly a striker, he could drop deep and take on a playmaking role, providing assists with his vision and passing ability, he would use his dribbling skills to go past opponents. In Brazil, he is hailed as a national hero for his accomplishments in football and for his outspoken support of policies that improve the social conditions of the poor.
Throughout his career and in his retirement, Pelé received several individual and team awards for his performance in the field, his record-breaking achievements, legacy in the sport. Pelé was born Edson Arantes do Nascimento on 23 October 1940, in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, the son of Fluminense footballer Dondinho and Celeste Arantes, he was the elder of two siblings. He was named after the American inventor Thomas Edison, his parents decided to remove the "i" and call him "Edson", but there was a mistake on the birth certificate, leading many documents to show his name as "Edison", not "Edson", as he is called. He was nicknamed "Dico" by his family, he received the nickname "Pelé" during his school days, when it is claimed he was given it because of his pronunciation of the name of his favorite player, local Vasco da Gama goalkeeper Bilé, which he misspoke but the more he complained the more it stuck. In his autobiography, Pelé stated he had no idea what the name did his old friends. Apart from the assertion that the name is derived from that of Bilé, that it is Hebrew for "miracle", the word has no known meaning in Portuguese.
Pelé grew up in poverty in Bauru in the state of São Paulo. He earned extra money by working in tea shops as a servant. Taught to play by his father, he could not afford a proper football and played with either a sock stuffed with newspaper and tied with a string or a grapefruit, he played for several amateur teams in his youth, including Sete de Setembro, Canto do Rio, São Paulinho, Amériquinha. Pelé led Bauru Athletic Club juniors to two São Paulo state youth championships. In his mid-teens, he played. Indoor football had just become popular in Bauru, he was part of the first Futebol de Salão competition in the region. Pelé and his team won several others. According to Pelé, indoor football presented difficult challenges. Pelé accredits indoor football for helping. In addition, indoor football allowed him to play with adults. In one of the tournaments he participated, he was considered too young to play, but went on to end up top scorer with fourteen or fifteen goals. "That gave me a lot of confidence", Pelé said, "I knew not to be afraid of whatever might come".
In 1956, de Brito took Pelé to Santos, an industrial and port city located near São Paulo, to try out for professional club Santos FC, telling the directors at Santos that the 15-year-old would be "the greatest football player in the world." Pelé impressed Santos coach Lula during his trial at the Estádio Vila Belmiro, he signed a professional contract with the club in June 1956. Pelé was promoted in the local media as a future superstar, he made his senior team debut on 7 September 1956 at the age of 15 against Corinthians Santo Andre and had an impressive performance in a 7–1 victory, scoring the first goal in his prolific career during the match. When the 1957 season started, Pelé was given a starting place in the first team and, at the age of 16, became the top scorer in the league. Ten months after signing professionally, the teenager was called up to the Brazil national team. After the 1958 and the 1962 World Cup, wealthy Euro
Egypt national football team
The Egypt national football team, known colloquially as The Pharaohs, represents Egypt in men's International association football and is governed by the Egyptian Football Association founded in 1921, the governing body for football in Egypt. The team's historical stadium is Cairo International Stadium but since 2012 the team has played most home games at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria. Between 1958 and 1961, the team combined with Syria to form the United Arab Republic national football team, although the team's records are attributed only to Egypt by FIFA. Egypt is the most successful national team in Africa, having won the Africa Cup of Nations a record seven times: the inaugural edition in 1957 and on home soil in 1959, as well as the 1986 edition, Burkina Faso in 1998, 2006 in Cairo, Ghana in 2008 and Angola in 2010 edition. Egypt has been as high as ninth in the FIFA World Rankings, making the team one of only three African national teams to enter the world's top ten. Despite their respectable continental record, Egypt has so far made only three appearances in the World Cup, failing to win a game on all three occasions.
The Egypt national team was the first team not from the Americas or Europe to qualify for the World Cup. Egypt is notorious for holding a spectacular continental record but yet failing to deliver in the world stage, their first and second participation was separated by 13 days, a record. Their third participation was 28 years and 3 days later. Another record Egypt holds is the oldest player. Goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, at 45 years old, played the full 90 minutes against Saudi Arabia, where he was able to save a penalty; the first Egyptian national football team was constituted in 1920 to compete in the Summer Olympics in Belgium. The opening match of their campaign was a loss against the Italians. Egypt had appeared in three FIFA World Cups and they are the most successful team in the Africa Cup of Nations, winning the competition seven times, with the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations being the most recent one. Egypt first participated in the first Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 1957. In their first game, a semi-final, they faced Sudan, winning 2–1 with goals from Raafat Attia and Ad-Diba, enabling Egypt to play in their first final.
In the final, they faced Ethiopia, in which Egypt won 4–0, with these goals being scored by Ad-Diba, thus making them champions for the first time in the Africa Cup of Nations. The top scorer of this tournament was Ad-Diba from Egypt with five goals. In their second participation in the Africa Cup of Nations in 1959, Egypt became champions again. There were only three teams in that tournament, being Ethiopia and Egypt itself. Egypt again was undefeated in this tournament, like in the previous tournament in 1957, defeating both Ethiopia and Sudan, their third appearance, in the 1962 African Cup of Nations, hosted in Ethiopia, in which Egypt faced Uganda in the semi-finals, there were only four teams in this tournament, by a score of 2–1. Egypt advanced to the finals, where they faced the hosts Ethiopia, but they lost 4–2 during extra time, thus losing their first final in the Africa Cup of Nations, along with Ethiopia becoming champions for the first time and being the first nation to win it other than Egypt, who were champions twice.
Their fourth appearance came in 1963 in Ghana. Egypt was placed in Group B with Sudan and Nigeria, winning Nigeria with a score of 6–3, but drawing 2–2 against Sudan. Despite being undefeated in the group stage, they were ranked second, behind Sudan by goal difference. Egypt, as runners-up in Group B, participated in the 3rd place match, playing against Ethiopia, winning Ethiopia 3–0. For the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt did qualify for the tournament, but they withdrew because of their diplomatic relationship with Tunisia, who were hosts of the tournament. Again, Egypt withdrew against hosted in Ethiopia. In the 1970 Africa Cup of Nations, hosted again in Sudan, Egypt were in Group B along with Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, known as Congo-Kinshasa back then. In their opening match, Egypt defeated Guinea by a score of 4–1, in which Ali Abo Greisha scored twice, Hassan El-Shazly scored once, Taha Basry scored once during that game. Egypt's next game was against Ghana, which ended as a 1–1 draw, with Ibrahim Sunday scoring for Ghana and Bazooka scoring for Egypt.
In their third game in this tournament, they faced Congo-Kinshasa, in which Egypt won 1–0 by a goal from Abo Greisha. Egypt ended being in first place, thus advancing to the next round. In the game against Sudan, Egypt lost their first game in the Africa Cup of Nations by a scored of 2–1, with El-Shazly scoring the equalizer that put Egypt to extra time, before being scored again by Sudan, thus eliminating them from playing the final. However, in the third place match, they won Ivory Coast by a score of 3–1, making Egypt become third place again in this tournament. For the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt failed to qualify for the first time in this tournament after being eliminated by Morocco by an aggregate score of 5–3. However, Egypt returned for the 1974 African Cup of Nations, in which they were hosts for the first time. In the group stage, Egypt were in Group A with Zambia and the Ivory Coast. Egypt was successful, defeating Uganda 2–1, Zambia with a score of 3–1, the Ivory Coast by a score of 2–0.
They progressed to the semi-finals to play against Zaire. Egypt lost 2–3 against Zaire, so Egypt had to face Congo for third place. Egypt won Congo by a score of 4–0. In the 1976 African Cup of Nations, in Ethiopia, they
Umm Salal SC
Umm Salal Sport Club is a Qatari professional association football team playing at the first level Qatar Stars League. It is based in Umm Salal, it used to be known as Al-Tadamun Sport Club. It is best known for being the first Qatari club to make it to the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League. Umm Salal were formed in 1979 under the name Al-Tadamun Club and entered into the Qatari Second Division along with five other clubs. After the dissolution of two other clubs in the second division, Al Tadamun was dissolved; the club was reformed with Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Thani heading the club. It won the Qatari 2nd Division in their second season after reformation, in addition to lifting the league trophy two more times in 2000 and 2006. In 2004, the club's name, Al Tadamun Club, was changed to "Umm Salal" by decision of the Qatar Olympic Committee, they won promotion to the Qatar Stars League in the 2006–07 season. They enjoyed league success. In 2008, they qualified for the AFC Champions League 2009 after defeating Al Gharafa 4–1 on penalties in the Emir Cup final.
They were knocked out of the ACL in the semi-finals, the furthest any Qatari club had advanced at that time. The team's nickname, Barzan's Falcons, is a reference to the Barzan Tower, which the Umm Salal Mohammed Fort houses; the tower became renowned for being used during Ramadan to ensure the holy month was observed at the correct time. Emir of Qatar CupWinners: 2008Sheikh Jassem CupWinners: 2009Qatari 2nd DivisionWinners: 1998, 2000, 2006 Q = Qualification GS = Group stage R16 = Round of 16 QF = Quarter-final SF = Semi-finalAFC Champions League As of Qatar Stars League: Only league games are counted. To appear in this list, a player must have either: Made at least 50 appearances for the team Scored at least 15 goals for the teamUpdated 14 August 2013; as of December, 2013. Fansite