DARUSSALA, Egypt — The Egyptian national team will build muscle for its World Cup opener against Belgium.
The team’s World Cup-opening opener against the Netherlands on Saturday (June 10) will be the first time the Egypt’s players have played against a top-tier opposition since the end of the 2011 World Cup in Brazil.
The squad will be playing with new players, with former coach Anwar El-Sadr returning to lead the team as the new coach.
Egypt’s team was one of the best in the world in the 2013-14 World Cup, winning the silver medal.
It also earned its first medal at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
In the 2014 World Cup’s qualifying round, Egypt qualified for the quarterfinals and the group stage but fell to Germany.
Egypt qualified for next summer’s World Youth Championship in 2019, and has qualified for each of the last two World Cups.
The national team has won five of the seven editions since then.
Egypt won the Arab League title in 2013, finishing runners-up in the 2015 edition.
The national team is the oldest in the Arab world, having been formed in 1951.
The players were brought together during World War II by the Egyptian Army.