Stuttering Ahly downed in Johannesburg as Pirates take first-leg advantage

File photo: Ahly defeated Orlando Pirates in the 2013 African Champions League final (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian side and title holders Ahly slump to a 1-0 loss away to South Africa’s Orlando Pirates in the first leg of the African Confederation Cup on Saturday Ahly’s worst fears of finishing a season without a major trophy for the first time in more than a decade could be realised after another poor showing saw them lose 1-0 to ...

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What they said after Zamalek defeated Ahly to win Egypt Cup


El Zamalek celebrate with the trophy after winning their Egyptian Cup finals derby soccer match against Al Ahly at Petro Sport stadium inZamalek won 2-0 on Monday to clinch their third successive Egypt Cup from archrivals Ahly.Thanks to striker Bassem Morsi’s goals in the 11th and 34th minutes, the Whites victory marked the league winners’ first domestic double (League and Cup ...

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Zamalek end 8-year Ahly jinx to clinch Egypt Cup title

Basem Mursi (L) of El Zamalek celebrates the second goal during their Egyptian Cup finals derby soccer match against Al Ahly at Petro Sport stadium in Cairo (Reuters)

Prolific striker Basem Morsi hit a brace to help Zamalek beat arch-rivals Ahly 2-0 on Monday, a victory that marked the league winners’ third successive Egypt Cup title and first domestic double since 1988. The win also ended Zamalek’s eight-year Ahly jinx. It is the first time for the Whites to defeat the Reds in 21 games in all competitions since ...

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Tripped-up Syrian boy greeted by hero Ronaldo


The Syrian refugee family whose plight was made famous when they were tripped by a Hungarian camerawoman as they fled were greeted by the stars of Real Madrid, including Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday. Osama Abdul Mohsen and his two sons Mohammad, 18, and Zaid, seven, have been brought to Spain due to the initiative of Miguel Angel Galan, the director ...

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Juventus rallies to beat Man City 2-1 in Champions League


Juventus cast aside its domestic woes by coming from behind to beat Manchester City 2-1 in their opening Champions League match Tuesday, with Alvaro Morata scoring an 81st-minute winner for last season’s runner-up. Winless in the opening three matches of its title defense in Italy, Juve went behind in its European debut in Group D when defender Giorgio Chiellini — ...

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Barcelona leads Spanish clubs’ charge in Champions League

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, right, celebrates with team mates after scoring during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday Sept. 12, 2015. (Photo. AP)

Spanish clubs have dominated the Champions League lately, and the odds are stacked in their favor again when the group stage begins this week. There will be five of them fighting for this year’s title, the most ever for a country in the tournament’s group phase. That’s because Europa League winner Sevilla joins the four teams who qualified through their ...

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Ahly are favourites to win Confederation Cup title, says Stade Malien coach

Ahly players (Photo: Reuters)

Djabour de Kamel believes Ahly will win the CAF Confederation Cup after his team lost 1-0 to the Cairo giants Saturday After losing 1-0 to Ahly in the final matchday of the CAF Confederation Cup group stage Saturday, Stade Malien coach Djabour de Kamel has announced that the Cairo giants are favourites to win the title this season. Thanks to ...

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Liverpool boss Rodgers concerned by lack of firepower

Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers shouts at his players after the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 (AP)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted he will have to find a solution to his team’s goalscoring woes after they were outplayed in a 3-1 defeat by bitter rivals Manchester United on Saturday. Liverpool have found the net just three times in their opening five Premier League games and were largely toothless in the defeat at Old Trafford. Rodgers’s side struggled ...

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Preview: Egypt’s Ahly, Zamalek eyeing top-place finish in Confed Cup group stage


Title-holders Al-Ahly, Zamalek, Orlando Pirates and Etoile Sahel have reached the CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals, but there is still a lot at stake in the final group games this weekend. Arch Egyptian rivals Ahly and Zamalek go into matchday 6 as the mini-league leaders with Etoile of Tunisia and Pirates of South Africa in very close proximity. Finishing the group ...

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War-torn Syria win again in World Cup qualifying tournament

Syria's Omar Kharbin fights for the ball with Cambodia's Soeuy Visal during their 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Phnom Penh (Photo: Reuters)

War-torn neighbours Syria and Iraq continued their unbeaten starts to the Asian World Cup qualifying competition on Tuesday. Forced to play all their matches away because of the problems in their homeland, Syria’s Eagles made it three wins from three matches with a 6-0 thrashing of Cambodia at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh. Syria’s 21-year-old striker Omar Khrbin scored ...

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