Al-Ahly and Zamalek are making the “final of the century” in Africa


Two years after a historic final in South America, all River Plate and Boca Juniors giants of Argentine football in the Copa Libertadores final, Al-Ahly and Zamalek giants of Egyptian football made a special event, with the first final between two teams belonging to one country, in the history of the African Champions League.

Zamalek defeated its Moroccan guest Raja by three goals against a goal yesterday, Wednesday, in the second leg of the African Champions League semi-final, after winning the away match with a clean goal, to continue the dominance of Egyptian football on the continent, after Al-Ahly swept its Moroccan counterpart Wydad with five goals to one, in the total of two first-leg matches. And back the same stage.

The 2018 Copa Libertadores final, which brought together the two sides of the “Super El Clasico” match, one of the most famous “Derby” confrontations in the world of football, accompanied by exceptional events, which ended with the postponement of the second leg and its stay in the Spanish capital Madrid, before River Plate won the historic title at the expense of its eternal rival .

The historic event of two teams from one country facing the final of the Latin championship first appeared in the history of the tournament in 2005, when São Paulo and Atletico Paranaense met Brazil, and São Paulo won the title.

The pure Brazilian final was repeated the following year, but defending champion Sao Paulo lost to Internacional, before the historic Argentine final that became world talk in 2018.

The European continent has become accustomed in the new century to special final confrontations, which appeared for the first time in the last years of the twentieth century, when Real Madrid beat Valencia by 3-0, in a pure Spanish Champions League final.

Italy entered the historic confrontation line in the Champions League, when the giants AC Milan and Juventus collided in the 2003 final, and the first won a penalty shootout, and in 2008 an English final appeared between Manchester United and Chelsea, and the first won on penalties as well.

“Bundesliga” joined the giant European leagues when Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund met in the 2013 UEFA Champions League final, and the Bavarian team won, before the Spanish clubs regained their supremacy, in two final matches in the Champions League, which Real Madrid won over its neighbor Atletico Madrid in two years. 2014 and 2016.

“Premier League” returned to impose its control again, and the historic Spanish figure, when they met Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the final of the most famous continental championship in 2019, and Liverpool won the title.

South Korea was the only country to dominate the AFC Champions League final, which was repeated on two occasions, when Pohang Steelers defeated Cheonan Ilhia in 1997, and Suwon Bolles defeated Anyang Cheetahs in 2002.

Al-Ahly and Zamalek met in the face of the African Super Cup in 1994, when Zamalek won the African Club Champions League Cup in 1993, and Al-Ahly won the African Club Cup Winners Cup in the same year, and Zamalek won the historic confrontation that was held in the southern African city of Johannesburg.

The two Egyptian giants have also met four times in the different rounds of the African Champions League, and the balance has tilted in all of those confrontations in favor of Al-Ahly, in 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2013.


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