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Natural evolution

Sometimes, late at night, when the land is still, the world begins to make sense. All those tiny bits of information we receive and exchange all day fade into the background, and broader, more general truths appear.

Life is cyclical. Like a football. Rolling through time.

That's why the World Cup should be held in Egypt in 2010.

In Egypt, time is immemorial. It's not just a saying. The sheer weight of all the civilisations that lived on this land give life a supernatural feel, as hewed into the rock as it is ultimately liberating. It has produced a society and a culture that transcend time -- as captivating in its modern ways as it is stunning in its ancient glory.

The Cup The land of the Pyramids and the Nile has always fascinated the world. Six years from now, it hopes to host the world, and spread that superhuman emotion across the globe.

This magazine, prepared by Al-Ahram Weekly in support of Egypt's bid to host the 2010 World Cup, is our way of saying some things are just meant to be. Egypt has it all -- we can throw a good party, host a great event, and we've definitely got some of the best venues around.

Most important of all, we know our football -- both modern and ancient. It's no surprise how many global stars we have. After all, as you'll also find out on these pages, we invented the sport itself.

And that's definitely another compelling reason why the World Cup should be held in Egypt in 2010.

The idea is steeped in continuity... a modern approach to a future where civilisations join, and produce yet greater human success stories. Just as life is cyclical, the world is coming back to Egypt, rolling through time, in an attempt to find its roots.

A quick glance through these pages might spark your curiosity. A more careful read will confirm it -- the World Cup should definitely be held in Egypt in 2010.

By Tarek Atia

Nelson Mandela

No cream and no crop
South Africa's 2010 World Cup delegation to Zurich totally eclipsed that of Egypt's. Karim Hafez explains why

Losing 2010: a kinder view
Perhaps we were hoodwinked but Yasmine El-Rashidi would probably do it all over again

Zero in Zurich
South Africa 14, Morocco 10, Egypt, one goose-egg. From the Swiss city, Inas Mazhar reports on who won the right to host the 2010 World Cup and who won nothing at all

In Zurich, we await the verdict
From the Swiss city where the 2010 World Cup host will be decided, Inas Mazhar reports on Egypt and the other bidding countries as they prepare for their closing arguments

Fill in the blanks
While FIFA's evaluation of Egypt's potential to host the 2010 World Cup was encouraging, some basic points were missed out. Amira Ibrahim clarifies the situation

Cultural congeniality
Egypt, Yasmine El-Rashidi boasts, has something few other nations can claim

Playing it safe
FIFA needs to look no further than Egypt if it hopes to stage a safe World Cup. Alaa Abdel-Ghani examines the state's security

Will to win
With just a few weeks to the naming of the African host for the 2010 World Cup finals, the rivalry between the five competing nations reaches its climax. Inas Mazhar writes

Football's "rules" of partnership
When an Italian couple decided to get married in a football stadium two weeks ago, some people described them as "nuts". Reem Nafie provides an alternative perspective

In Egypt's favour?
Cameroon began its 2006 World Cup qualifying quest by being penalised with a six point deduction by FIFA. Abeer Anwar investigates what that loss means to Egypt's qualifying chances

The bid: The vision and the dream
Yasmine El-Rashidi assesses the prospects of Egypt being chosen to host global football's premier event

The kingmakers
As FIFA's team of inspectors flit from one bid country to the next, the fate of nations hangs in the balance. Nyier Abdou dissects a World Cup bid

Into Africa?
Gamal Nkrumah looks at Egypt's African heritage


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