Egypt men's national handball team
|Association||Egyptian Handball Federation|
(الإتحاد المصري لكرة اليد)
|Coach||Roberto García Parrondo|
|Assistant coach||Magdy Abou El-Magd|
|Appearances||6 (First in 1992)|
|Best result||6th (1996)|
|Appearances||16 (First in 1964)|
|Best result||4th (2001)|
|Appearances||22 (First in 1979)|
|Best result||Winners (1991, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2016, 2020)|
|Last updated on Unknown.|
|1992 Côte d'Ivoire|
|1979 Republic of the Congo|
The team's performance in the 1990s boosted the sport's popularity in the country and attracted media and public attention, especially after scoring a huge upset against former World champions Romania at the 1995 World Men's Handball Championship held in Iceland.
Egypt's "Dream Team" was the first non-European team to reach the semi-finals, doing so in the 2001 Men's tournament that was held in France. They've won the second most medals at the African cup, with their most recent win in 2020.
Egypt's first performance at the IHF World Championship was in 1964, where they failed to win a game. 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 were able to qualify for 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 this one win. In the second round, however, despite close matches against all three opponents – Romania, France and Switzerland (going as far as 26–27 with Romania) – Egypt failed to progress to the next stage.
The team was widely expected not to survive the knockout stage, but surprised the world by beating former World Champions Romania in the round of 16. While they were later 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 advanced to the quarterfinals every time between 1995 and 2001, arguably the golden age of Egyptian Handball. They also reached 6th place at the 1996 Olympics and 7th at 2000, their best Olympic placements. Egypt hosted the World Championship in 1999 for the first time, failing to reach the semi-finals 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 quarterfinals, where Egypt has been knocked out three times prior, Egypt faced Russia again, having their revenge after winning the close game 21–19. Egypt then became the first non-European team to reach the semi-finals. After losses against France and Yugoslavia, Egypt placed fourth. This was the best performance by a non-European team until it was equaled by Tunisia at 2005 and beaten by Qatar in 2015.
Between 2003 and 2017, Egypt qualified every time but failed to impress, never advancing to the quarterfinals. Egypt broke this streak at the 2019 World Championship, when they placed eighth. A year later, Egypt beat their North African rivals Tunisia in their own court, qualifying to the 2020 Olympics. Egypt then went on to host the first 32-team Handball Championship in 2021, finishing seventh after losing to reigning Olympic and World Champions, Denmark on penalties. It's notable that the two teams that Egypt lost to in this tournament both ended up in the final. The team is set to play in the delayed 2020 Olympics on June.
Runners-up Third place Fourth place Olympic GamesChampions
|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|
|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|
|Germany 1938||Did not enter|
|Sweden 1967||Did not enter|
|East Germany 1974|
|East Germany 1986|
|/ Denmark/Germany 2019||8th||9||3||1||5|
|/ Poland/Sweden 2023||To be determined|
|// Croatia/Denmark/Norway 2025|
Islamic Solidarity Games
|Saudi Arabia 2005||Third place||7||5||-||2||3rd|
|Indonesia 2013||No Handball tournament Held|
Results and Fixtures
|13 January 2021
|Egypt||35–29||Chile||Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex, Cairo|
Referees: Schulze, Tönnies (GER)
|El-Deraa 6||(18-11)||E. Salinas 8|
|2× 7×||Report||2× 9× 1×|
|16 January 2021
|Egypt||38-19||North Macedonia||Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex, Cairo|
Referees: C. Bonaventura, J. Bonaventura (FRA)
|Mamdouh Shebib 8||(20-6)||three players 3|
|18 January 2021
|Sweden||24–23||Egypt||Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex, Cairo|
Referees: Jørum, Kleven (NOR)
|Persson 8||(9–12)||Sanad 8|
|20 January 2021
|Russian Handball Fed.||23–28||Egypt||Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex, Cairo|
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
|Kosorotov 8||(8–15)||Mamdouh Shebib 7|
|22 January 2021
|Egypt||35–26||Belarus||Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex, Cairo|
Referees: Nachevski, Nikolov (MKD)
|El-Ahmar 8||(21–14)||Vailupau 4|
|24 January 2021
|Slovenia||25–25||Egypt||Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex, Cairo|
Referees: Schulze, Tönnies (GER)
|Janc 7||(12–8)||Sanad 7|
|27 January 2021
|Denmark||39–38 (ET)||Egypt||Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex, Cairo|
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
|M. Hansen 10||(16–13)||Omar 11|
|1× 3× 1×||Report||5× 1×|
Squad for the 2021 World Men's Handball Championship.
Head coach: Roberto García Parrondo
Notable former coaches
- Dr. Hassan Moustafa- Current IHF President
- Egypt men's national junior handball team- Under-20 National team, 1-time World Champion
- Egypt men's national youth handball team- Under-18 National team, 1-time World Champion
- Egypt national beach handball team- 1-time World Champion
- "HANDBALL: Egypt announce squad for 2021 IHF World Championship". kingfut.com. 27 December 2020. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
- "Team Roster Egypt" (PDF). ihf.info. 15 January 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2021.