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. 

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

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

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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.

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’. 

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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
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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