Al-ahram Celebrating the World Cup through decades of Egyptian comedy films For a month building up to — and during — the 2018 World Cup، in which Egypt is participating for the first time in 28 years، much television programming، especially advertising has brought film stars together with football celebrities.
As it turns out this entertainment formula has existed since the 1930s.
Egyptian football films — comedies، by and large، in which famous footballers appear alongside famous comedians — have proved very popular through the years. Producers and directors have endeavoured to have the best known footballers from the top clubs play themselves whether as main characters or in small parts.
On occasion it angered the relevant club’s supporters، sometimes it was used as an antidote to fanaticism، but the footballer as film star phenomenon has sustained a stereotypical image of the football player since
Some of those films provoked anger for a certain club fans while other films attempted to challenge fanaticism.
Few football films were able to broke the stereotypical image of the football player as it used to be introduced in the screen even when the film star is not a real football player.
But in every case football played an important role in deepening the connection between many film stars and their audience. Al-Riyady (The Athlete، 1937)، written and directed by Togo Mizrahi (one of the founders of Egyptian cinema since the 1920s)، was the first Egyptian football film.
It stars Shalom (1900-1948)، a precursor to the great and today much better known 1940s-1960s comedian Ismail Yassin (Yassin too was to appear in a series films with titles that started with his real name).
Shalom starred in most of Mizrahi’s films during the 1930s، and in this feature he appears together with the then renowned football player Al-Sayed Houda، the striker of Al-Ittihad Al-Sakandari Club; Houda’s elder brother was the founder of the club، while his younger brother was another star footballer there.
The film is a comedy about a sandwich seller who comes into a huge inheritance before meeting Houda، who offers to teach him to play football. The film plays to the then growing popularity of Alexandria’s premiere side، which remains the third most popular after Cairo’s two big clubs Al-Ahli and Al-Zamalek.
Al-Akhbar Egypt calls for precautionary procedures to prevent terrorism reaching Sahel-Saharan states During participation in the 7th meeting of the ministers of defence of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) held in Nigeria from 20-22 June، Egypt has called for precautionary measures to be undertaken to prevent terrorism from reach community member states. Cairo suggested activating mechanisms of cooperation and coordination between national institutions in these countries and at a regional level within the framework of comprehensive military and security cooperation against the threat of terrorism.
Egypt also warned of the consequences of terrorism infiltrating Sahel-Saharan states in light of rapid developments in the capabilities of terrorist organisations in training and arming، as well as technological advancements and funding sources.
The head of the Egyptian delegation in the meeting، Major General Mohamed Al-Keshki، assistant minister of defence for external relations، affirmed the possibility of terrorist organisations transfering their activities from their places of origin to the vicinity of Sahel-Saharan states، especially as conflict settling efforts in some stricken countries appear to be slow moving.
The head of the Egyptian delegation also announced doubling the military aid allocation presented to Sahel-Saharan states and inviting the general secretary of CEN-SAD to visit Egypt.
Al-Keshky affirmed Egypt is establishing a Sahel-Saharan counterterrorism headquarters in Cairo، adding that Egypt will host the annual Sahel-Saharan counterterrorism training effort، in light of Cairo's desire to enhance military cooperation between Sahel-Saharan states.
Al-Keshky also presented Egypt's vision on counterterrorism and the burden it has imposed on military and security institutions، in addition to the political challenges and obstacles that slow social and economic development.
The Egyptian representative referred to Egypt's efforts in peacekeeping in crisis stricken countries in Africa، being one of the countries contributing the most to peacekeeping forces، in light of Cairo's interest in preserving security and stability in the African continent.
Sisi_is_my_leader still tops trends، MB trolls hashtag exposed 23 June 2018: For the second day، the hashtag ##السيسي_زعيمي_وأفتخر (Sisi is my leader and I am proud)، which was initiated in support of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi، has cropped up Twitter’s trending hashtags with numerous account reaches، posts and retweets.
The hashtag has been gaining popularity among Twitter users since it was initiated around seven days ago; it gained around 10،000 retweets and reached around 8،592،839 accounts in a week.
Tweets that included that hashtag praised the Egyptian leader and the achievements he managed since he was elected president، and according to the numerous accounts using the hashtag، he rescued Egypt from the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and prevailed in the war against terrorism. Deputy Head of the Parliament’s Housing Committee، MP Youssry al-Mughazi said the number of people reacting to the hashtag on Twitter to show how proud they are to have a leader like President Sisi shows how much Egyptians love their president and understand his decisions.