The phrase “defense wins championships” is a popular one in North America. It’s meant to apply to team sports in general, and no where does it ring truer than in the world of football.
“Fishy,” a term often used to evoke suspicion, isn’t strong enough to describe the tenor surrounding FIFA’s oddly-timed decision to issue an extraordinary “special” ranking to decide top seeds for forthcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers in Africa.
It’s been a little over a year since Héctor Cúper took over as manager of Egypt’s national team. In that span, his charges have played 12 matches, six of which were for official competitions; ample time to get an idea of how the 60-year-old Argentine is attempting to mold the Pharaohs in his image.