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Here it's called Kurat el Qadem

Max Nepstad
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In Cairo, it's all about El Ahly (ah-Ha-lee). Kurat el Qadem, as soccer is called in Arabic, is by far the most widely watched sport in Egypt. On nights of football matches, the red banner of the El Ahly team can be seen hanging from balconies or out car windows. The street coffee houses become mini sports bars as the usual denizens of the cafes are joined by the owners of nearby shops, even policemen on duty, and often people who just happened to be walking by. After a victory it's common to see parades of cars driving through the city, honking their horns to the same tune. Zamalek is El Ahly's greatest rival; however, it seems the El Ahly fan base overwhelms all competition.

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