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Friday, January 27, 2006

TB Goes To The Stadium

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Although I usually give the impression of a hard-headed, snobbish kind of intellectual who frets only about the most challenging problems, and the most paradoxical of philosophical paradoxes, I am also an avid football fan. (Yeah, it is football, not soccer, and if you don’t stop using soccer, I’ll start using the British name: footie; you’ve been warned) And as you might have guessed, the levels of my obsession with football are in an all times high now. With the Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Egypt, I can hardly keep track of all the matches, results, and news (especially that I have to do such trivial things as work, and so on). But I managed to get tickets for a couple of Egypt matches (very hard by the way); the opening match against Libya, and Saturday match against Cote D’Ivoire.
I know that this post is one week overdue, but you know: better late than never. So here are the photos of all the action of the opening day from the stands(until my camera battery died, my phone memory was full, and the guy next to me refused to give me his phone for a spin). You can’t get that anywhere.

1:30 PM The stadium is still empty, I guess we're early. What are they doing? Are they still painting the lines? Isn't it a little late for that?!! Only in Egypt, sigh



3:00 PM The stadium is starting to fill up. It wouldn't be a full house though. I hope I am wrong. Mounir is playing on the new scoreboards. They look cool!

Our beloved security forces are assuming a new role today: entertainers! The openinng show is played by approx. 5 thousand army soldiers.

4:30 PM Now we're talking

4:45 PM Some troubles at the Libyan stands

5:30 PM the opening is underway!

The marching band is one of my favorites. Their red customes on the new blue track is really cool

Wow! 16 parachautests each with the flag of one country are landing into the stadium. The whole stadium is singing: "Ahom Ahom Ahom El-Masreyen Ahom" ("Here Comes the Egyptians")




The sun ship entering the stadium. That's a real size replica

The Fans:



Let me leave you with some fireworks!



Meet you next match!

Moved on!


Welcome back.

By Blogger Seneferu, at January 27, 2006 10:09 PM  

i have an issue with those welocme backs (not that i'm not appreciating it)..but I always wonder: welcome back to where?

By Blogger Tomanbay, at January 28, 2006 1:13 AM  

I don't konw...the 'Egyptian blog ring' maybe? BTW, everytime I see the title of your post "TB goes to the stadium", I can't help but read it as Tuberculosis goes to the stadium. Kaffallashar, lol.

By Blogger Seneferu, at January 28, 2006 1:53 AM  

i know...i am familiar with the TB abbreviation...hmmm...i wonder if that means something?!!

By Blogger Tomanbay, at January 28, 2006 2:54 AM  

Hey there. I'm glad you found my blog. How did you do that? I thought it was boring enough that no one would care.... Anyway, would be interested to know if you are a student and how long you will be here. I am always looking for new friends. It can be lonely at first when you move to a new country. Go to my blog www.tortilla-soup.blogspot.com and send me an email....

By Blogger Cary Matthews, at January 28, 2006 1:13 PM  

Thanks for the little cheer that you threw my way.The photos granted me a seat at the opening ceremony which I saw on TV here in South Africa.
Much as one didn`t expect much from our squad I didn`t anticpate the humbling humiliation that was handed to the country that won the tourney in 1996!
How did you get the link to my blog and what do you think of it... I was just recently introduced to blogging and battling around.
Hoping to hear from you soon.

By Blogger WEAPON OF MASS CONSTRUCTION, at January 28, 2006 4:12 PM  

Thanks for the response...we`ll keep in touch...i am rushing to a campaign meeting as we will be having municipal elections on March and i sort of have to help out in ensuring that my party the ANC wins once more.
I watched bits of the match with Cote D`Ivoire...I wished I was an Egyptian..what is your take on Egypt`s performance thus far...
Chat to you tommorrow... now I must rush...

By Blogger WEAPON OF MASS CONSTRUCTION, at January 29, 2006 8:47 AM  

OK...I gave have up..where are you in my pics?! :)

By Blogger BP, at January 29, 2006 11:09 AM  

did you see the big flag in the middle of the second class? The one wich was written in latin (don't ask!) we were just above that...plus I could have been in any of your shots really...
nice job, though!

By Blogger Tomanbay, at January 29, 2006 12:09 PM  


Very well done! I want to give you my compliments on a well organized blog...

If all the rest are very similar to this at least mine is not. I was not able to create more than 6 posts. I got fed up.

I wish to start writing on something whilst getting feedback from comments but it is not yet a simple thing. I hope for the best.

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By Anonymous BayuFA, at February 04, 2006 5:09 PM  

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