Cairo International Stadium


* Address: Mamdouh Salem Street, Cairo
* Country: Egypt
* Capacity: 74,000
* Opened: 23 July 1960
* Main use: Football
* Tenants: Al-Ahly (football), Zamalek (football)

Extra stadium info – Cairo International Stadium

The construction of the Cairo International Stadium, which hosted various matches for the African championship for national football teams, started in 1955. Werner March from Germany was the architect of the venue. The national football team of Egypt played numerous matches at the stadium. Al-Ahly and Zamalek use the Cairo International Stadium for home games. Both clubs won the African championship for football clubs various times. Al-Ahly became the first African sports club with 10 million followers on its main social media page. Their arch-rivals Zamalek is one of the first African sports clubs with a value of $10 million. Zamalek won their 10th top-flight league title in 2003. Al-Ahly had 29 titles at that moment.

The rivalry between Al-Ahly and Zamalek is considered one of the fiercest in African football. Several matches between both clubs attracted crowds above 100,000. Ahmed Hassan, a former midfielder, played for both Al-Ahly and Zamalek. With 184 appearances for the national football team of Egypt, he became the most-capped male football player in history. Ahmed Hassan won the African championship for national football teams several times. In 2013, he ended his professional football career with Zamalek. Ahmed Hassan played for professional football clubs in Africa, Asia and Europe.

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