The Egyptian national team is preparing for a strong confrontation against its Swedish counterpart, in the 2023 World Handball Championship, which is currently being held in Poland and Sweden.
The Egyptian national team won second place in Group D in the main round of the World Cup, after collecting 8 points, one point behind its Danish counterpart, who holds the lead.
Thus, the “Pharaohs of the Hand” will meet in the quarter-finals with the Swedish team, the leader of Group Two with 10 points.
The match is scheduled to take place tomorrow, Wednesday, in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, and kicks off at exactly nine thirty in the evening.
Curse of the World Cup
The Egyptian national team faced its Swedish counterpart on 10 official occasions, winning only 2 of them, while suffering 7 defeats, and one confrontation ended in a draw.
Egypt’s hand does not know the taste of defeating Sweden in the World Championship, as the two teams met 7 times, the Scandinavian team won 6 of them and tied once.
On the other hand, the Egyptian team won two out of the three times it faced its Swedish counterpart in the Olympics, and suffered a single defeat.-
In the 1995 World Championship in Iceland, the Swedish team defeated its Egyptian counterpart (33-22) in the preliminary round, and in the same round in the 2001 edition in France Sweden won (29-23), then repeated the same result in the first round in the next edition in 2003 in Portugal .--
In the 2015 World Cup in Qatar, the two teams tied 25-25 in the preliminary round, before Sweden achieved a 33-26 victory over Egypt in the same round for the 2017 edition that was held in France.
In 2019, the Swedish national team defeated its Egyptian counterpart (27-24) in the preliminary round, and in the next edition, which was held in Egypt in 2021, it won again with a score (24-23).
The first meeting between Egypt and Sweden in the Olympics came in the 2000 edition, which was held in Sydney, Australia, and ended with the victory of the European team (27-23) in the quarter-finals.
However, in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, the Egyptian team achieved its first victory over Sweden, with a score (26-25) in the group stage.
The matter was repeated in the last edition of the Olympics, which was held in Tokyo in 2021, where the Egyptian national team won (27-22) in the group stage.