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Two weeks to go before FIFPro reveals the 55 footballers on the shortlist of the 2011 FIFA FIFPro World XI. The World Players’ Union continues its countdown with news and images from Egypt.


This week FIFPro received hundreds of votes from Egypt, the reigning African champions. Egyptian football association (EPFA) president Magdy Abdel Ghany (a 1990 World Cup veteran himself) and his crew visited the national team of Egypt and almost all teams in their country, amongst others Al-Ahly, the current league leader, the most crowned club in Africa with 35 league titles, and the 6-time winner of the African Champions League.


Amongst the Al-Ahly players voting were renowned footballers: Ahmed Hassan (179 appearances for the national team of Egypt), Wael Gomaa (106), Mohamed Shawky (67), Mohamed Abou Trika (80), Hossam Ghaly (43) and Ahmed Fathy (83, pictured above). 



In the build up to last Tuesday’s friendly match against Brazil (a 2-0 loss for the Pharaos), national team manager Bob Bradley watched as his players wrote down the names of their favorite eleven players on the FIFPro voting ballots. Bradley even tried to sneak his own ballot in the voting box, but he was caught in the act by representatives of the EPFA: only players are allowed to vote...


The EPFA produced a video with images of various footballers voting for the 2011 FIFA FIFPro World XI. It is an exclusive look behind the scenes of Egyptian players voting, amongst others those of the national team, Al-Ahly, ENPPI Club, and Smouha.  



Mohamed Abou Trika, Hossam Ghaly (both Al-Ahly),

Ahmed Abd El Zaher, Mohamed Abou El Ela (both ENPPI),

Mohamed Shawky and Wael Gomaa (both Al-Ahly)