Egypt national handball team

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Nickname The Pharoahs
Association Egyptian Handball Federation
Coach Marwan Ragab
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Summer Olympics
Appearances 5 (first in 1992)
Best result 6th (1996)
World Championship
Appearances 13 (first in 1964)
Best result 4th (2001)
African Men's Handball Championship
Appearances 19 (first in 1979)
Best result Winners (1991, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008)
Last updated on Unknown.

The Egyptian national handball team is the national handball team of Egypt and is controlled by the Egyptian Handball Federation. The Team's performance in the '90s 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". Although they won the 4th place but they had the chance to win Egypt's second world handball title and were widely and internationally viewed as the rightful side to advance to the final match of 2001's tournament after the refereeing favouritism incidents which took place during the quarter final, semi final and bronze medal matches of 2001's cup through which the French hosts unrightfully qualified to the final match instead of Egypt.

Competitive record[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

Olympic Games[edit]

Games Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
Germany 1936 Berlin Did not enter
Not held from 1948 to 1968
West Germany 1972 Munich Did not enter
Canada 1976 Montreal Did not participate
Soviet Union 1980 Moscow Did not qualify
United States 1984 Los Angeles
South Korea 1988 Seoul
Spain 1992 Barcelona Match for 11th place 11th of 12 6 1 0 5 119 137 −18
United States 1996 Atlanta Match for 5th place 6th of 12 6 3 0 3 139 132 +7
Australia 2000 Sydney Match for 7th place 7th of 12 8 4 0 4 197 194 +3
Greece 2004 Athens Match for 11th place 12th of 12 6 0 0 6 134 163 −29
China 2008 Beijing Group stage 10th of 12 5 0 2 3 127 132 −5
United Kingdom 2012 London Did not qualify
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Not yet qualified
Total 5/12 0 Titles 31 8 2 21 716 758 −42

World Championship[edit]

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
Total 13/24 92 39 5 48

African Championship[edit]

Year Position
Tunisia 1974 Did not enter
Algeria 1976 Did not enter
Republic of the Congo 1979 Runners Up
Tunisia 1981 Fourth Place
Egypt 1983 Fourth Place
Tunisia 1985 Runners Up
Morocco 1987 Runners Up
Algeria 1989 Runners Up
Egypt 1991 Champions
Côte d'Ivoire 1992 Champions
Tunisia 1994 Third Place
Year Position
Benin 1996 Third Place
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 Qualified
Total 20/22

All-Africa Games[edit]

Mediterranean Games[edit]

Pan Arab Games[edit]

Islamic Solidarity Games[edit]

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 -

Youth Olympics[edit]

Year Round GP W D L Final Position
Singapore 2010 Champions 4 3 1 - 1st
China 2014 Runners-Up 4 3 - 1 2nd
Total 2/2 8 6 1 1 -

Junior World Championship record[edit]

Year Round Final Position GP W D L GF GA GD
Sweden 1977 Did Not Qualify
Denmark / Sweden 1979
Portugal 1981
Finland 1983 Preliminary Round 13th 6 2 - 4 105 143 -38
Italy 1985 Preliminary Round 15th 6 2 - 4 122 140 -18
Yugoslavia 1987 Did not Qualify
Spain 1989 Preliminary Round 15th 6 1 - 5 117 149 -32
Greece 1991 Preliminary Round 13th 6 3 - 3 153 141 +12
Egypt 1993 Champions Winners 7 6 - 1 179 139 +40
Argentina 1995 Quarter-Final 6th 8 4 - 4 191 196 -5
Turkey 1997 Quarter-Final 6th 9 4 - 5 237 247 -10
Qatar 1999 Semi-Final 3rd 8 5 1 2 257 194 +63
Switzerland 2001 Main Round 8th 8 4 - 4 192 218 -26
Brazil 2003 Main Round 10th 8 1 3 4 196 214 -18
Hungary 2005 Main Round 7th 8 6 - 2 235 227 +8
Macedonia 2007 Main Round 6th 8 5 - 3 244 213 +31
Egypt 2009 Semi-Final 4th 10 7 - 3 255 241 +14
Greece 2011 Semi-Final 4th 9 5 - 4 251 222 +29
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2013 Quarter-Final 8th 9 4 1 4 250 243 +6
Brazil 2015 Semi-Final 4th 9 5 1 3 282 258 +24
Total 16/20 1 Title 125 64 6 55 3266 3186 +80

Youth World Championships[edit]

Year Round GP W D L Final Position
Qatar 2005 Preliminary Round 5 2 - 3 6th
Bahrain 2007 Main Round 7 4 - 3 5th
Tunisia 2009 Preliminary Round 6 2 - 4 12th
Argentina 2011 Quarter-finals 7 5 - 2 5th
Hungary 2013 Round of 16 9 4 - 5 11th
Russia 2015 'Qualified'
Total 6/6 34 17 - 17 -

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

This is the squad for the 2015 World Men's Handball Championship.[1]

Head coach: Marwan Ragab

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
3 RB Mamdouh Abouebaid (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 27) 1.87 m 70 280 Egypt Al Ahly
5 RW Mahmoud Radwan (1989-10-19) 19 October 1989 (age 25) 1.86 m 111 444 Egypt Al Ahly
6 P Ahmed Abdelrahman (1984-01-26) 26 January 1984 (age 31) 1.85 m 75 300 Egypt Al Ahly
8 P Mahmoud Ramadan (1984-03-07) 7 March 1984 (age 31) 1.85 m 205 615 Egypt Al Ahly
9 CB Eslam Isaa (1988-07-02) 2 July 1988 (age 27) 1.86 m 180 270 Tunisia Club Africain
12 GK Hamada El-Nakib (1974-04-06) 6 April 1974 (age 41) 1.95 m 350 0 Egypt Alexandria SC
13 LW Omar El-Wakil (1988-05-14) 14 May 1988 (age 27) 1.78 m 50 200 Egypt Al Ahly
15 RW Mohamed Amer (1987-12-12) 12 December 1987 (age 27) 1.87 m 45 180 Egypt Al Ahly
19 CB Mohamed El-Bassiouny (1990-05-10) 10 May 1990 (age 25) 1.86 m 110 440 Egypt Alexandria SC
20 CB Mohamed Hasehm (1988-01-23) 23 January 1988 (age 27) 1.80 m 170 180 Egypt Aviation SC
24 P Ibrahim El-Masry (1989-03-11) 11 March 1989 (age 26) 1.95 m 95 380 Egypt Al Ahly
25 P Wisam Nawar (1990-02-14) 14 February 1990 (age 25) 1.88 m 53 318 Egypt Alexandria SC
39 LB Yehia El-Deraa (1995-07-17) 17 July 1995 (age 20) 1.90 m 35 120 Egypt Heliopolis SC
66 RB Ahmed El-Ahmar (1984-01-27) 27 January 1984 (age 31) 1.84 m 230 920 Egypt Zamalek
72 GK Mahmoud Khalil (1991-06-01) 1 June 1991 (age 24) 1.92 m 60 0 Qatar El Jaish
88 GK Karim Handawy (1988-05-01) 1 May 1988 (age 27) 1.86 m 175 0 Egypt Al Ahly
90 LB Aly Mohamed (c) (1990-12-14) 14 December 1990 (age 24) 1.95 m 104 416 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira

Famous past players[edit]

  • Ahmed Mostafa ElAhmar The best player to come in Egypt's history. Left Handed and very talented player. Played for zamalek for many years. Now at Al-Jaish in Qatar
  • Mohamed El Alfy One of the best handball players in Egypt's history and a very talented coach, he played for Heliopolis, Ahly and National team captain.
  • Alaa Elsayed (Arabic: علاء السيد‎) skipper of the first Egyptian National Handball to Win the African Championship in Cairo 1991, played for Altayaran Club, later became administrative manager of the National Team
  • Hamada El Rooby(Arabic: حمادة الروبي‎) One of the best goalkeepers in Egyptian history and was in the dream of 2001 who took 4th place in the World Cup.
  • Ahmed Belal (Arabic: أحمد بلال‎) Mastermind of the Egyptian National Team for a decade, played for Olympic Club of Alexandria, played in Germany
  • Ashraf Awaad (Arabic: أشرف عواض‎) skipper of the Egyptian youth team who won the World Youth Cup in Cairo 1993, to be the first non-European to win a world title at any level in handball, member of the Awaad clan who provided Egyptian Handball by several members namely Hazem and Belal.hussein, hassan, ibrahim and the young boy abdul rahman, played for Al Ahly
  • Bassem Elsobky (Arabic: باسم السبكي‎) Goalkeeper of Zamalek club, one of the best goalkeepers ever
  • Ayman Salah(Arabic: أيمن صلاح‎) Goalkeeper of Zamalek club, one of the best goalkeepers ever
  • Gohar Nabil (Arabic: جوهر نبيل‎) pivot of Ahly club one of the best pivots in world
  • Magdy Abo El Magd (Arabic: مجدي ابو المجد‎)pivot and captain of Zamalek team. officially one of the best players in zamalek club history and a talented working hard coach with clubs and the national team
  • Hassan Yousry (Arabic: حسن يسري‎) The mastermind of the Egyptian national team from 2004-2011 from the best CB in Egyptian history currently playing in AL jaish in Qatar.
  • Mamdouh Hashem Captain of the National team from 1980 to 1985 First Egyptian to play professional handball in Europe played for 2 years in Tuzem Essn club in Germany then he moved to Saudi Arabia as a professional player then as a coach. Later on he moved to Egypt where he took responsibility as the general manager of Al Zamalek club where he achieved with them many local and African championships.
  • Khaled Elawady (Arabic: خالد العوضى‎) goalkeeper of Ahly club, one of the best goalkeepers in Egypt
  • Hussein Zaky First Player To Play Abroad For Cuidad Real And Other Big Teams In Europe and was in the dream team of 2001 and was the goal top scorer the world Cup in France 2001.
  • Sherif Abdelghany Although this player is not given the credit he deserves, he is known for his power, agility and speed. Being the Heliopolis Club ace, Abdelghany has pushed his team to the first division, and will undoubtedly be a player whom the top teams shall fight for.
  • Ahmed Araby Porn in Cairo, Egypt on Aug,18,1984. Played for zamalek, giesh and Ahly. One of the youngest players to join the national team with Ahmed Al ahmer at age 16. Retired due to multiple shoulder injuries at the age of 18.
  • Medhat Motaweh Goal keeper for the national team in the 1970s. He was agile shot stopper. One of the best goalies in Egyptian handball history, he was known to occasionally score from his position.
  • Hussein Labib Right wing at Zamalek club
  • Hassan Sakr Right back at Zamalek club
  • Mostafa El-Ahmar Left Back at Zamalek club
  • Hisham Nasr Left back at Zamalek club
  • Tarek Anis Center Half And Mastermind Of The Egyptian National Team In the 80s

Notable former coaches[edit]

Refereeing favouritism[edit]

Quarter finals match of 2001 world tournament[edit]

During the Quarter finals match of Egypt vs Russia, the referees were openly and widely accused of being one-sided in favour of the Russian team which is considered to be one of Europe’s and the world’s major powers in handball. However, despite the obvious and shameful decisions taken by the referees during the match, the Egyptian team succeeded in defeating Russia by a two-goal difference with an outstanding show.

Semi finals and the Iconic match[edit]

Unfortunately, the same problem of refereeing favouritism didn’t only appear once again but even devastated the Semi final match between Egypt and the tournament’s hosts, France. This match which showed astounding efforts from both teams was regrettably ruined by refereeing favouritism despite the Egyptian superiority over the French. The corrupted decisions taken during the match made it an icon event for European refereeing favouritism in handball.

The referees who sided with the hosts and the European major team sent out countless Egyptian players for 2 minutes reasonably and unreasonably for innumerable times during the match. A sizable time of the match was played from the Egyptian side with 2 and even 3 players less than the French team. The periods of sending offs against Egyptian players were recognizably and consistently done when the Egyptians being ahead of France in goals.

The bias in favour of the hosts and corrupted refereeing didn’t only stop at this point, but it even expanded as accused by unbiased international sides to the fouls and tackles. Referees didn’t give the Egyptian team incalculable rightful foul incidents committed by the French players against them and especially at hot spots on the pith, while on the other side, they gave the French limitless numbers of unrightful fouls with exaggerated punishments like sending off for extremely minor tackles.

One of the most symbolic moments during the match which stand for the referring favouritism in this world class match was when 2 French players shot the ball in 2 different attacks directly toward the faces of the Egyptian goalkeepers Hamada El Rooby and Mohamed Bakir El-Nakib who both showed exceptional saving skills during the match and the tournament. The unreasonable and unfriendly shots even led El Rooby to suffer nosebleed at the end of the match when Egypt was ahead of the French team.

The iconic devastation of this world cup match is derived also from the fact that refereeing favouritism and corruption resulted in effectively and badly changing the result of the match in favour of the French team which was behind the Egyptians by 3 and even 5 goals during the match. These incidents resulted in intentionally blocking the first African team in history from rightfully advancing to the final match in the first time in handball history and handing the qualification ticket to the hosts. Favouring hosts is a known phenomenon in some incidents in some sports events. It occurs from personal or official sides in order to avoid angered hosting supporters and their gigantic numbers, and sometimes for other reasons like keeping the hosts’ team for the longest possible period in the competition to achieve the best ticket sales during the championship as more nationals and citizens will attend to support their team more than international spectators coming from abroad.

Interest in a Bronz medal[edit]

The intentional ruining of the Semi final match of Egypt vs France had also expanded consequences on the following Bronze medal game of Egypt against Yugoslavia in Paris when the Egyptian outstanding team was faced by a third refereeing favouritism in favour of Yugoslavia and the Egyptians had already lost interest and enthusiasm in playing a third-place match while they had the chance to rightfully advance to the final match as the first African team in the history of World Men's Handball Championship, and they had very promising estimations to win Egypt’s second handball world cup after she won the 1993 Men's Junior World Handball Championship.

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