Football is the clear number one sport in Egypt
. The Egyptian Football Association can look back on a successful history. The national team has won the African Cup of Nations four times (1957, 1959, 1986, and 1998), the African Games football tournament twice (1987 and 1995), and the African Youth Championship once (in 2003). The U-20 team also took third place at the FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina in 2001. Egypt
have played in the Olympic Football Tournament on three occasions (1960, 1964, and 1984) and participated in the FIFA World Cup? finals twice (1934 and 1990). In 1997, Egypt
hosted the FIFA U-17 World Championship and the nation is also among those bidding to stage the 2010 FIFA World Cup?. Egypt
's best-known coach is Mahmoud El Gohary, who took the national team to the FIFA World Cup? finals in 1990 and is the only person to have won the African Cup of Nations both as a player (in 1959) and as a coach (1998).