Nationalism, desertion and devotion: Why Al-Ahly vs Zamalek is more than a game

In a city as crowded and polluted as modern day Cairo it is easy to lose any sensation that you are in the midst of the world’s oldest civilisation. Cairo houses a quarter of Egypt’s 70 million people alongside the only surviving Wonder of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramids, still standing after four and half millennia.

It's a Middle Eastern city where Christian and Muslim live together in something close to harmony. A city that can been seen from space not because of any mammoth feat of human ingenuity but thanks to the enormous cloud of pollution that pinpoints it on satellite pictures.

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