Friday, November 13, 2009

Egypt v Algeria - Now THIS Is A Rivalry

The 4th biggest game in the world this weekend is Egypt v Algeria, for a spot in the World Cup. (#1 & #2 are MLS semifinals, and #3 is USA friendly, of course.) And this game is an insane rivalry.

The winner of this game goes to the World Cup, while the loser goes home.

Violence has always played a part and this time is no difference. Upon arrival in Cairo yesterday the Algerian team bus was attacked by people throwing bricks and rocks, injuring several people including four players.

Algerian newspaper Ennahar has and site in English with tons of articles on the madness, from the attack to the game itself.

Egypt's leading newspaper Al Ahram is in Arabic, but a rough English translation is here. They called the attack a "freak accident".

Here is some stunning video taken inside the Algerian team bus as the attack takes place:

The Match:
-Sat Nov 14
Egypt v Algeria - 11:30am Central time

Incidentally, if the two teams end tied on points and goal differential, then a playoff will happen next Wed Nov 18 in Sudan.


Anonymous jamesey said...

that is nuts, but not unexpected.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad that people can't remember that this is a game not a political agenda.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Sam said...

This has NOTHING to do with politics. This is purly about sports. Egyptian teams (in any sport) get treated the same when they go to Algeria. Egyptians have played the nice and took the high way for so many years. I really hope it doesn't turn into a bloodbath though.

12:01 PM  
Anonymous football shirt fan said...

As an Egyptian, I am ashamed. This is absolutely DISGUSTING behaviour because of a football match?

Ok, I get it - tensions are high - but to behave like animals against fellow Arabs and human beings like this is sick.

12:38 PM  
Blogger jass said...

Can you tell us Mister Sam when any egyptian team got treated like this?? don't try to justify such a barbarian act... it's such a shame...It's just a football game!!! 1,2,3 Viva Algeria!!!

12:41 PM  
Blogger Graham said...

If you want to hear a great bit about this listen to Thursday podcast from the guardian.

3:11 PM  
Blogger Shraf said... 2001 when Egypt came to Algeria in the final game of WCQ, Algerian fans threw bottles at Egyptian players which caused the game to stop for 35 minutes. People who live In glass houses should not throw stones

1:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe it was the Great Demetri Martin who said "No one should throw stones, regardless of their housing situation."

Can we all just agree that no one should do this regardless of what anyone did to anyone else in the past?

7:02 PM  
Blogger chwingum.y said...

i cannot believe that ppl can try to explain and give excuses to violence without limits , it still a match football of 90 minuts but these terrible wounds between arabic will remain 90 years... unfortunatly! ( maak yal khadra) peace

6:34 AM  

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