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The Egyptian national handball team is the national handball team of Egypt and is controlled by the Egyptian Handball Federation.

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Information
NicknameThe Pharaohs
(الفراعنة)
AssociationEgyptian Handball Federation
(الإتحاد المصري لكرة اليد)
CoachRoberto García Parrondo
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Home
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Away
Results
Summer Olympics
Appearances6 (First in 1992)
Best result6th (1996)
World Championship
Appearances15 (First in 1964)
Best result4th (2001)
African Championship
Appearances22 (First in 1979)
Best resultWinners (1991, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2016)
Last updated on Unknown.
Egypt national handball team
Medal record
African Championship
Gold medal – first place 1991 Egypt
Gold medal – first place 1992 Côte d'Ivoire
Gold medal – first place 2000 Algeria
Gold medal – first place 2004 Egypt
Gold medal – first place 2008 Angola
Gold medal – first place 2016 Egypt
Silver medal – second place 1979 Republic of the Congo
Silver medal – second place 1987 Morocco
Silver medal – second place 1989 Algeria
Silver medal – second place 2006 Tunisia
Silver medal – second place 2010 Egypt
Silver medal – second place 2018 Gabon

Egypt has been considered as one of the best Handball team in Africa along with Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and mostly recently, Angola.

The Team's performance in the 90's boosted the sport's popularity in the country and attracted media and official attention, especially after scoring a huge upset against former World champions Romania in the 1995 World Men's Handball Championship held in Iceland.

Egypt also became the first non-European team to reach the World Championship semi-finals in the 2001 Men's tournament that was held in France. The Egyptians dubbed that team as the "Dream Team".

Egypt has won the second most medals at the African cup, tied with Algeria and behind Tunisia.

HistoryEdit

 
Egyptian Handball Federation old logo

Egypt's first performance at the IHF World Championship was in 1964, where they failed to earn a point. But since they were the first African team to participate at the tournament, and the fact that non-European teams were heavily underdeveloped back then, it was considered a major achievement.

After Egypt started developing their Handball Infrastructure, Egypt finally participated again in the 1993 tournament at Sweden. They were able to win a game this time, against Czechoslovakia and were able to progress to the next round with 1 win and 2 losses. In the second round, however, despite close matches against all 3 opponents- Romania, France and Switzerland(going as far as 26-27 with Romania,) Egypt failed to progress to the next stage.

Egypt's performance at the 1995 Championship is what raised Egypt as a strong team. This time, Egypt was able to win against 3 out of 5 teams at the first round. They beat Brazil, Kuwait and a close match against Belarus. The match against Kuwait was notorious since both team played extremely defensively- the score was 10-0.

Egypt who were widely expected not to survive the knockout stage, beat former World Champions Romania. While they were beaten at the quarterfinals against Croatia, the team was highly praised back home. Handball continued to grow at Egypt and a rivalry formed between Egypt and Tunisia.

Egypt, at the 1996 Olympics, had their best performance after losing in the 5th place match.

Egypt went to the quarterfinals every time between 1995 to 2001. At 1999, where it was hosted in Egypt, they unsuccessfully failed to pass to the semifinals for the first time, after a loss against Russia.

In the 2001 IHF World Championship, Egypt beat Morocco, Portugal and Iceland, drew with Czechia and lost to Sweden. At the knockout stage, Egypt beat fellow Africans, Algeria. At the quarterfinal, where Egypt has been knocked out 3 times prior, Egypt was against Russia again. Egypt were able to have their revenge after winning the close game 21-19. Egypt then became the first non-European team to reach the World Championship semi-finals. However after losses against France and Yugoslavia(Serbia and Montenegro,) Egypt placed fourth. This was the best performance by a non-European team until it was equaled by Tunisia in 2005. It wasn't until Qatar at 2015, got the silver medal, that Egypt's record was broken. However there were multiple controversies about Qatar's Corrupted referees and that the fact that their team contains no native Qataris.

Egypt have been able to qualify to the Championships ever since, despite failing to pass the round of 16 every time. However, Egypt's performance at the 2019 IHF World Championship being the best since 2001 and Egypt hosting the tournament once again in 2021 has brought hope for a second golden generation.


 
Egyptian Handball Federation current logo

Competitive recordEdit

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place Olympic Games

Games Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
  1936 Berlin Did not enter
Not held from 1948 to 1968
  1972 Munich Did not enter
  1976 Montreal Did not participate
  1980 Moscow Did not qualify
  1984 Los Angeles
  1988 Seoul
  1992 Barcelona Match for 11th place 11th of 12 6 1 0 5 119 137 −18
  1996 Atlanta Match for 5th place 6th of 12 6 3 0 3 139 132 +7
  2000 Sydney Match for 7th place 7th of 12 8 4 0 4 197 194 +3
  2004 Athens Match for 11th place 12th of 12 6 0 0 6 134 163 −29
  2008 Beijing Group stage 10th of 12 5 0 2 3 127 132 −5
  2012 London Did not qualify
  2016 Rio de Janeiro Group stage 9th of 12 5 1 1 3 129 143 −14
Total 6/13 0 Titles 36 9 3 24 845 901 −56

World ChampionshipEdit

Year Position Pld W D L
  Germany 1938 Did not enter
  Sweden 1954 Did not enter
  Germany 1958 Did not enter
  Germany 1961 Did not enter
  Czechoslovakia 1964 14th 3 0 0 3
  Sweden 1967 Did not enter
  France 1970 Did not enter
  East Germany 1974 Did not enter
  Denmark 1978 Did not enter
  Germany 1982 Did not enter
  East Germany 1986 Did not enter
  Czechoslovakia 1990 Did not enter
  Sweden 1993 12th 7 1 0 6
  Iceland 1995 6th 9 5 0 4
  Japan 1997 6th 9 6 1 2
  Egypt 1999 7th 9 6 0 3
  France 2001 4th 9 5 1 3
  Portugal 2003 15th 7 2 1 4
  Tunisia 2005 14th 5 3 0 2
  Germany 2007 17th 6 2 0 4
  Croatia 2009 14th 9 4 0 5
  Sweden 2011 14th 7 2 0 5
  Spain 2013 16th 6 1 1 4
  Qatar 2015 14th 6 2 1 3
  France 2017 13th 6 3 0 3
 /  Denmark/Germany 2019 8th 9 3 1 5
 Egypt 2021 Qualified as host
 /  Poland/Sweden 2023 To be determined
Total 16/28 107 45 6 56

African ChampionshipEdit

Year Position
Tunisia 1974 Did not enter
Algeria 1976 Disqualified
Republic of the Congo 1979 Runners Up
Tunisia 1981 Fourth Place
Egypt 1983 Fourth Place
Angola 1985 Fourth Place
Morocco 1987 Runners Up
Algeria 1989 Runners Up
Egypt 1991 Champions
Côte d'Ivoire 1992 Champions
Tunisia 1994 Third Place
Benin 1996 Third Place
Year Position
South Africa 1998 Third Place
Algeria 2000 Champions
Morocco 2002 Third Place
Egypt 2004 Champions
Tunisia 2006 Runners Up
Angola 2008 Champions
Egypt 2010 Runners Up
Morocco 2012 Third Place
Algeria 2014 Third Place
Egypt 2016 Champions
Gabon 2018 Runners Up
Total 22/23

All-Africa GamesEdit

Mediterranean GamesEdit

Pan Arab GamesEdit

Islamic Solidarity GamesEdit

Year Round GP W D L Final Position
Saudi Arabia 2005 Third Place 7 5 - 2 3rd
Indonesia 2013 No Handball tournament Held
Total 1/1 7 5 - 2 -

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

Squad for the 2019 World Men's Handball Championship.[1]

Head coach: David Davis

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
5 RB Yahia Omar (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 22) 1.95 m 90   Veszprém
9 CB Eslam Eissa (1988-07-02) 2 July 1988 (age 31) 1.90 m 365   Al Ahly
17 CB Ahmed Khairy (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 25) 1.88 m 91   Al Ahly
18 P Mohamed Maher (1992-05-26) 26 May 1992 (age 27) 1.95 m 26   Al Gazira
22 LB Omar Hagag (1990-03-13) 13 March 1990 (age 29) 1.90 m 199   Al Ahly
24 P Ibrahim El-Masry (1989-03-11) 11 March 1989 (age 30) 1.95 m 158   Al Ahly
25 P Wisam Nawar (1990-02-14) 14 February 1990 (age 29) 1.85 m 152   Zamalek
28 LB Abdelrahman Abdou (1996-01-30) 30 January 1996 (age 23) 1.92 m 54   Al Ahly
31 LW Omar El-Wakil (1988-05-14) 14 May 1988 (age 31) 1.76 m 197   Al Ahly
39 LB Yehia El-Deraa (1995-07-17) 17 July 1995 (age 24) 1.90 m 145   Zamalek
53 RW Akram Saad (1994-11-22) 22 November 1994 (age 24) 1.82 m 82   Zamalek
66 RB Ahmed El-Ahmar (1984-01-27) 27 January 1984 (age 35) 1.89 m 705   Zamalek
88 GK Karim Handawy (1988-05-01) 1 May 1988 (age 31) 1.88 m 369   Beşiktaş
89 P Mohamed Shebib (1989-04-01) 1 April 1989 (age 30) 1.91 m 175   Montpellier Handball
90 LB Ali Zein (1990-12-14) 14 December 1990 (age 28) 1.94 m 239   Sharjah
91 RW Mohamed Sanad (1991-01-16) 16 January 1991 (age 28) 1.91 m 214   USAM Nîmes Gard
92 LW Karim Abdelrahim (1992-10-27) 27 October 1992 (age 26) 1.87 m 89   Zamalek
96 GK Mohamed El-Tayar (1996-04-07) 7 April 1996 (age 23) 1.92 m 51   Al Ahly

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