28 Sep 2020 11:50 AM +00:00

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

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. 

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Team rating

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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



Saudi Arabia

Round of 16






Brazil or Belgium


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. 


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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.


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’. 

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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
Essam El-Hadary45GKAl-Taawoun75
Sherif Ekramy34GKAl Ahly71
Ahmed El-Shenawy27GKZamalek67
Mohamed Awad25GKAl-Wehda64
Ahmed Hegazi27CBWest Brom78
Ramy Rabia25CBAl Ahly75
Ahmed Elmohamady30RB RMAston Villa74
Mohamed Abdel Shafy32LBAl-Ahli74
Ali Gabr29CBWest Brom74
Ahmed Fathi33RB CDMAl Ahly74
Saad Samir29CBAl Ahly72
Omar Gaber26RB LBLAFC71
Amro Tarek26CB LBOrlando City70
Karim Hafez22LBLens69
Ahmed Duiedar30CBSmouha69
Mahmoud Hamdy22CBZamalek68
Mohamed Salah25RMLiverpool88
Mohamed Elneny25CDMArsenal80
Ramadan Sobhi23LMStoke76
Abdallah El-Said32CAMAl-Ahli74
Saleh Gomaa24CAMAl-Faisaly74
Walid Soliman33LM RMAl Ahly73
Amr Warda24RM LM CAMAtromitos71
Shikabala32LM RMAl-Raed70
Mahmoud Abdel Aziz27CDMZamalek70
Moamen Zakaria30RMAl Ahly70
Sam Morsy26CDMWigan69
Ayman Ashraf27LM CAMAl Ahly68
Hossam Ashour32CDMAl Ahly68
Mohamed Fathi24RM CAM LMIsmaily67
Hossam Hassan25STSmouha77
Ahmed Gomaa30STAl Masry73
Marwan Mohsen29STAl Ahly72
Basem Morsi26STZamalek72
Amr Gamal26STHJK Helsinki70
Amr Marei26STEtoile du Sahel67