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Egypt’s XI against Uruguay was blessed with some truly wonderful nicknames

From Trezeguet to Electricity, Egypt's squad isn't short of a nickname or two

The main talk as Egypt v Uruguay kicked off surrounded who wasn’t playing.

Egypt didn’t risk Mohamed Salah from the start as he continues to come back from being Sergio Ramos’d in the Champions League final.

All the Arsenal fans tuning in to watch rumoured new signing Lucas Torreira were also left disappointed as the Frey Bentos-born midfielder joined Salah on the bench.


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Get him on

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Get him on

But Egypt’s starting XI more than made up for any absentees.

Not necessarily in terms of quality. We can’t say we were particularly excited about watching a Salah-less Egypt side.

Hector Cuper didn’t even start 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, meaning no broken records yet.

Nope, all the enjoyment could be found in the Egyptian nicknames on show.

Let’s start in defence.

Ahmed ‘Nesta of the Pyramids’ Hegazi partnered Ali’ Minister of Defence’ Gabr in the middle.

Sure, both were part of a West Brom side that finished 20th in the Premier League, conceding 56 goals in the process.

But don’t let that get in the way of a good nickname.

The Italian Hegazi

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The Italian Hegazi

We’re sure you can work out where midfielder Trezeguet’s nickname originates.

Trezeguet, who plays for Turkish side Kasimpasa, resembled the former France and Juventus striker growing up

Judge for yourself.

David? Is that you?

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David? Is that you?

Egypt aren’t done there.

Essam ‘The High Dam’ El Hadary and Kahraba, aka Electricity, both deserve mentions, although neither started.

Ten points for originality. Minus five points for anyone who uses ‘The Egyptian Messi’ and Salah in the same sentence.


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