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Hossam Hassan among ‘Football Legends’ for Russia World Cup draw

Tuesday 21/November/2017 - 05:25 PM
Sada El Balad
Ahmed Mohsin
Egypt's football icon Hossam Hassan will participate following an earlier invitation from FIFA to attend the final draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Diego Maradona will be reunited on stage with 2018 World Cup rival Gary Lineker at the draw in Moscow next week.

FIFA says Maradona will represent Argentina in the State Kremlin Palace، where all eight World Cup-winning nations will send a playing great to assist in the draw.

Other stars include Laurent Blanc who won the World Cup with France in 1998، Brazilian two-time World Cup winner Cafu، Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan، Carles Puyol who won the 2010 World Cup with Spain، and English goalkeeper Gordon Banks.

The 51-year old Hassan، the current coach of Egyptian club Masry SC، was also invited to attend the FIFA Banquet، which will be held in the evening of Thursday، 30 November. Football stars from all over the world are supposed to attend the event.

Three-time African Cup of Nations winner Hossam and his twin brother Ibrahim had a long fruitful journey with the Egyptian national team. They were members in the squad that represented Egypt in its last World Cup appearance in 1990.

Hossam is Egypt's all-time top scorer with 69 goals in 169 appearances from 1985 until 2006.

Since their retirement from league play in 2007، the Hassan brothers took charge of a host of Egyptian clubs like Masry، Maqassa، Zamalek، Ittihad of Alexandria، and Ismaily.

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