Did Egypt learn from their World Cup 2018 mistakes? 

August 2, 2018 10:27 am

Source: Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino

Following a crushing defeat at the World Cup, the Egypt national team has been left in a tough spot.

After their championship exit, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) chose not to renew the contract for the Egypt national team’s technical manager Hector Cuper, Egypt International reported end of June.

Now, the Pharaohs could be headed by a French football legend. Thierry Henry, the renowned French player who has had many World Cup appearances and earned France their 1998 World Cup win, is in talks to become the Arab team’s new manager, according to an agent involved in the negotiations.

Have the Egyptians decided to turn a new page?

Egypt’s participation at this year’s World Cup was their first in 18 years. The team, which is primarily known for its Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, had been looking for its big break at this year’s tournament. The team’s dreams were cut short when Salah was injured in a game prior to the World Cup, leaving Egypt’s chances for success pretty slim.

Now, it seems that the team is taking active steps to course correct, to be prepared for the quadrennial event to take place in Qatar in 2022.

Nader El-Sayed, the agent involved in EFA’s talks with Henry, has said that the French player is holding off on a decision, pending a clear plan proposal by the EFA for the national team.

Most recently, Henry has been working as Roberto Martinez’s assistant for the Belgian team, which made 3rd place at this year’s tournament.

READ: The harsh truth about Arab teams’ failures at the World Cup

Manager figures revealed

Henry quit his $5.25 million-a-year pundit job at Sky Sports to pursue a manager career. El-Sayed has not revealed potential deal figures yet. He earned a modest salary for his job as assistant coach, estimated to be $58,500 a year, which Sport/Foot Magazine reports he has been donating to charity ever since he was hired in 2016.

Juan Antonio Pizzi, Saudi’s manager, is reported to earn a $1.68 million salary from the Kingdom, according to Total Sportek in a listing of every World Cup manager salary. Cuper, Egypt’s previous coach, is reported to have earned an annual salary of $1.75 million.

The three coaches with the highest salaries at this year’s tournament were Germany’s Joachim Löw, Brazil’s Tite, and France’s Didier Deschamps, at $4.5 million, $4.1 and $4.1 million respectively.

READ: Arab teams’ World Cup exit is killing their fans, literally

Salah sticks with the Reds

Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s $100 million transfer to Juventus, Real Madrid FC was left with a major hole to fill. Now, some news sources claim that the team approached Salah to take Ronaldo’s spot. No deal figures had been revealed, however.

If those reports are true, then it seems Salah is not interested. In early July, the Egyptian star renewed his contract with Liverpool for another five years, BBC reports.

Salah originally left Roma for Liverpool in 2017 for a $49 million transfer deal, according to CNN. The Telegraph reports that his value rose above $131 million during his stellar run in the 2017/2018 Premier League.

Zidane to Man United?

Zinedine Zidane, legendary player and recent coach of Real Madrid, is of Algerian Kabyle descent. His parents emigrated to Paris in 1953. According to the Sun, Manchester United FC are lining up to replace Mourinho with Zidane, winner of the Champions League trophy for the third year running at his previous managerial post with Real Madrid.

Forbes said that in 2017, Zidane’s salary doubled to $9.5 million a season with a similar increase to his bonus structure.

A Real Madrid playing legend himself, Zidane moved to the Spanish club in 2001 for a fee of $91.6 million and scored a spectacular goal in the 2-1 defeat of Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 Champions League Final, Forbes reported.

READ: France are World Cup champs, but soccer may have lost big time

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