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World Cup 2018: The Curse of the Pharaohs

As the World Cup draws to a close, Kerning Cultures looks at the Egyptian national team in this podcast.

This year, the Egyptian national football team ended a 28-year streak of bad luck when they qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

But their road to the tournament wasn’t an easy one. It’s a story of heroism, revolution and disappointment. In this podcast by Kerning Cultures, how the Pharaohs ended their curse.


Thank you to our guest, Hatem Maher, a Cairo-based sports reporter at Ahram Online. And to Sherif Abdelsalam, Omar, Amr Kotb, Leila Kabalan, Hossam Yousef, Ingy Bassiony, Menan Omar and Aly Kheireldin for sending us voice notes from Russia.

Produced by Alex Atack and Alexandra Chaves, with editorial support by Dana Ballout, Hebah Fisher and Bella Ibrahim.

*[Kerning Cultures is a partner organization of Fair Observer. The original podcast can be found here.]

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Fair Observer’s editorial policy.

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