Egypt FIFA 18 World Cup guide, squad, player ratings, tactics, formation & tips

Egyptian hopes will be pinned on Mohamed Salah this summer, but can you fire the Pharaohs to success on FIFA 18 in Russia?


Mohamed Salah has brought Egypt back to the World Cup for the first time since 1990, and although the Pharaohs aren’t a one-man team, the Liverpool winger played a huge part in taking them to Russia.

Salah scored in four of the six games in the final round of qualifying, including a double against Congo to take his country to just their third World Cup.

Of course, there are question marks over how fit Salah will be for the finals, after suffering a sprained shoulder in the Champions League final loss to Real Madrid. Fortunately for you, you won’t have to deal with an injured Salah on the World Cup update for FIFA 18. RealSport gives you all you need to know when setting up with Egypt for the tournament. 

Team rating

Egypt receive a four star rating on the World Cup update. This is made of a 75 attack, 77 midfield and 72 defence. 

Egypt’s potential World Cup fixtures

Group Stage

Uruguay

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Round of 16

Spain

Quarter-finals

France

Semi-finals

Brazil or Belgium

Final

Argentina or Germany

Being a smaller nation, Egypt were never going to get an easy World Cup draw but being put into Group A with hosts Russia is perhaps the best they could have asked for. No one in the group will be regarded as serious contenders for World Cup glory, and all three of the group ties for Egypt are winnable. If you pick up a point from the opening game against Uruguay, you should at least be able to hold on to second place in the group.

Spain and Portugal will battle it out for top spot in Group B, and if you do meet the Spanish in the Round of 16, your World Cup is likely to be over. The fixtures will not get any easier with France, Belgium and Germany the probable opponents, so you must defend deep and utilise Salah’s pace on the counter-attack to hurt the opposition. 

Formation

Egypt manager Hector Cuper has opted for a 4-2-3-1 wide formation, and you should do the same on FIFA 18. 

The 45-year-old Essam El Hadary is in goal, with the back four comprising Ahmed Elmohamady, Ramy Rabia, defensive rock Ahmed Hegazi (84 aggression) and Mohamed Abdel Shafy.

Lynchpin Mohamed Elneny (92 stamina) partners Tarek Hamed in defensive midfield as danger man (88 finishing) Mohamed Salah, Trezeguet and Kahraba float behind Hossam Hassan in attack. 

On the bench go for Sherif Ekramy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Fathi, Sam Morsy, Ramadan Sobhi, Abdallah El Said and Ahmed Gomaa.

Tactics

It may seem simple, but you need to hit Mohamed Salah. You should be looking to get the Ballon d’Or contender on the ball as much as possible, and not only that, get him close to the goal. To ensure this, head to the instructions tab, and on defensive support select ‘stay forward’. Chance creation should be put to ‘cut inside’ and support runs to ‘get in behind’ to make the most of his pace (93 sprint speed). Lastly, support on crosses should be changed to ‘get into box for cross’ and positioning freedom should be free roam’. 

Someone will need to supply Salah, and that is likely to be defensive midfielder Mohamed Elneny. The Arsenal man is comfortable on the ball and has a strong passing ability (84 long passing). 

With pace out wide in the form of Salah and Kahraba (87 spring speed), you should be looking to sit deep and then hit your opponents on the counter-attack. Against stronger opposition, Uruguay in the group stage and Spain in the Round of 16, you can afford to slip into a defensive mentality to suck the opposition in.

The Pharaohs return

Despite it being Egypt’s third appearance at a World Cup, expectations are high. Egypt are the most successful of all the countries in the African Cup of Nations with seven wins, but they have always struggled to compete, or even qualify, at the World Cup. If you want a challenge on the game, Egypt are a great option, and with Salah in the team you have a weapon that can damage any defence. How far can you take the Pharaohs in Russia?

Egypt squad player ratings

Player

Age

Pos

Club

OVR

Goalkeepers

Essam El-Hadary

45

GK

Al-Taawoun

75

Sherif Ekramy

34

GK

Al Ahly

71

Ahmed El-Shenawy

27

GK

Zamalek

67

Mohamed Awad

25

GK

Al-Wehda

64

Defenders

Ahmed Hegazi

27

CB

West Brom

78

Ramy Rabia

25

CB

Al Ahly

75

Ahmed Elmohamady

30

RB
RM

Aston Villa

74

Mohamed Abdel Shafy

32

LB

Al-Ahli

74

Ali Gabr

29

CB

West Brom

74

Ahmed Fathi

33

RB
CDM

Al Ahly

74

Saad Samir

29

CB

Al Ahly

72

Omar Gaber

26

RB
LB

LAFC

71

Amro Tarek

26

CB
LB

Orlando City

70

Karim Hafez

22

LB

Lens

69

Ahmed Duiedar

30

CB

Smouha

69

Mahmoud Hamdy

22

CB

Zamalek

68

Midfielders

Mohamed Salah

25

RM

Liverpool

88

Mohamed Elneny

25

CDM

Arsenal

80

Trezeguet

23

LM

Kasimpasa

76

Ramadan Sobhi

23

LM

Stoke

76

Kahraba

24

LM

Zamalek

76

Abdallah El-Said

32

CAM

Al-Ahli

74

Saleh Gomaa

24

CAM

Al-Faisaly

74

Walid Soliman

33

LM
RM

Al Ahly

73

Amr Warda

24

RM
LM
CAM

Atromitos

71

Shikabala

32

LM
RM

Al-Raed

70

Mahmoud Abdel Aziz

27

CDM

Zamalek

70

Moamen Zakaria

30

RM

Al Ahly

70

Sam Morsy

26

CDM

Wigan

69

Ayman Ashraf

27

LM
CAM

Al Ahly

68

Hossam Ashour

32

CDM

Al Ahly

68

Mohamed Fathi

24

RM
CAM
LM

Ismaily

67

Attackers

Hossam Hassan

25

ST

Smouha

77

Ahmed Gomaa

30

ST

Al Masry

73

Marwan Mohsen

29

ST

Al Ahly

72

Basem Morsi

26

ST

Zamalek

72

Amr Gamal

26

ST

HJK Helsinki

70

Amr Marei

26

ST

Etoile du Sahel

67

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