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.
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
Quarter finals match of 2001 world tournament
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.
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.
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.