Egypt will face its Swedish counterpart today, Friday, at 9:15 am Cairo local time, at Yoyogi National Stadium in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, in the fourth and penultimate round of the second group of handball competitions in the Tokyo Olympics.
The two teams have met 10 times before, and the Egyptian team has never won over its rival Sweden, whether in the Olympics or the World Handball Championship.
Egypt and Sweden’s handball matches began in the 1964 Olympics, and the Swedish team won 26-11 in the group stage, then the date was renewed in the 1995 World Championships, and the Swedish team won 33-22, and the Sweden team excelled in the 2000 Olympics quarter-finals in Sydney, Australia, 27-23 Then they met in the 2001 World Cup in the group stage, and the Swedish team won by a score of 29-23, which is the result of the two teams in the 2003 World Cup in the group stage as well.
The two teams tied in the group stage of the 2015 World Cup, then met in the group stage of the 2016 Olympics, and Sweden won 26-25, then the Swedish team beat the 2017 World Cup with a score of 33-26.
Sweden also won the group stage in the 2019 World Cup, with a score of 27-24, and Sweden won the group stage of the World Championship last January, with a score of 24-23.
The Egyptian team is currently in third place with 4 points from two wins over Portugal 37/31 and Japan 33/29 and the loss from Denmark, the current world champion and holder of the last Olympic title, with a score of 27/32 after a strong match.
Sweden occupies second place in the group with 6 points, after winning three games with difficulty over Bahrain 29/28 in the last second, Japan with a score of 28/26, and then over Portugal with a score of 26/25.
The handball team draw resulted in the presence of the Egyptian handball team in the group that includes Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Japan and Bahrain. According to the Olympic system, the top four places qualify for the quarter-finals.
The Egyptian handball team began its Olympic campaign by playing against Portugal on July 24, and faced Denmark on July 26, then Japan on July 28, Sweden on July 30 and finally faced Bahrain on August 1.
The first-place holder qualifies for the fourth quarter in the Olympics, and the team seeks to achieve a medal to support Egypt’s mission in the Tokyo Olympics.
The team’s delegation includes 16 players, “Yahya Al-Dara, Ali Zain, Hassan Walid Qaddah, Ahmed Hisham (Dodo), Saif Al-Dara, Yahya Khaled, Ahmed Al-Ahmar, Muhammad Hisham Sanad, Ibrahim Al-Masry, Muhammad Mamdouh Hashem Hindawi, Al-Tayyar, Muhammad Ali, Omar Al-Wakeel (Bakar), Wissam Sami Nawar and Ahmed Adel.”
The technical staff consists of Spaniard Barondo, coach, Antonio Llorente, assistant coach, Vinio Luzert, goalkeeper coach, Dr. Mohamed Shawky, doctor for the national team, and Nour Abu Zeid as coach of the team.