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Petersburg’s most prestigious venues, which will also host the Egyptian team’s matches, reported Al-Masry Al-Youm. Al-Shaer added that the concert is already a great success as almost 3,000 people have bought tickets.
Egyptian singer Amr Diab is also expected to hold a concert in St. Petersburg on June 18.
Al-Shaer added that around 10,000 fans from Egypt will be attending Egypt’s first three matches, adding that the number has pushed the company to reach a new agreement with the organizing committee to extend the time required to produce identifications for the spectators as well as the tickets till May 1, due to the increase in last minute bookings.
Al-Shaer also declared that the second most popular packages after the ones allowing Egyptians to attend three of the national team’s matches are the packages for the final.
Egypt is expected to play its first game against Russia on June 19. This is the first time Egypt has made it to the World Cup since 1990.
Mohamed Hamaki is an Egyptian singer who won the award “Best Arabian Act” in the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2006 for “Ahla Haga Fiki” (The Most Beautiful Thing About You). Famous songs of his include “Bahebak Kol Youm Aktr” (I Love You More Everyday), “Kheles El-Kalam” (Nothing Left to Say) and “Wahda Wahda” (Take it Slow). He is currently a coach on the hit talent show “The Voice Arabia.”
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Omar Gaber, who recently joined the new Major League Soccer club on a season-long loan from Swiss side Basel, where he struggled for game time, is expected to be part of Hector Cuper’s World Cup squad as the Argentinan coach always included the 25-year-old in Egypt’s squad in the World Cup qualifications and the 2017 African Cup of Nations.
Gaber recalled the dramatic match against Congo in the qualifiers, and how it’s hard for him to forget the feeling he had after Congo scored an equalizer in the last minutes of the game before Mohamed Salah’s last-gasp penalty guided the team to their first World Cup in almost three decades.
“I was on the bench at that time and after they scored a goal I started talking with my teammates about alternative scenarios,” Gaber told MBC Mast TV channel. “At the same time, we had hope that we can still win the game because we fought very hard.”
“Salah was under a lot of pressure and stress but he managed to surpass all that,” he said. “Salah is one of the top five players in the world right now.”
When asked about Egypt’s chances in Russia, Gaber said that he thinks his team can reach the semi-finals. The former Zamalek player believes that the national team will secure more than five points during the first round as they play against hosts Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia in Group A.
“Germany, Egypt, Brazil and Spain will manage to reach the semi-finals,” he added. “I believe Germany and Brazil will reach the final match and Brazil win the trophy. But Egypt can win bronze