The Egyptian men's team can
be broken down into three different generations, the first being players
who joined the National Team during the period 1990–1999 and participated in
all continental and international competitions from the 2000Sydney Olympic Games to the 2006 World Championships in Japan. The
oldest player on the team, captain Awad Hamdy, joined the National Team in 1990.
The second generation is composed of players born between 1983-1984,
who joined the Egyptian National Youth Team and participated in the 2001 Youth Boys' World Championship in
Egypt, where they came in fourth. The players then participated in the 2003 Junior Men World Championship in
Iran. They represent the majority of the senior team now, and started their
winning ways with the senior team at the 2005 Mediterranean Games in Spain, where Egypt won gold.
The team then
qualified for the 2005 World
Grand Champions Cup in Japan by winning the African Nations
Championship, before qualifying for the 2006 World Championship in Japan and the 2006 World League, in the process
becoming the first African team to play in the tournament.
The team represented Africa
in the 2007 and 2008 World League tournaments and won the 2007 All Africa Games
and 2007 African Cup of Nations, where they also qualified for the 2007 World
Cup as the African champion.
The third generation of players was born in and after 1985 and recently joined
the senior national team.
Africa’s leading Volleyball nation, having won more continental titles and participated
in more international competitions than any other nation.
won the African Nations Championship in 1983 to qualify for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Egypt
qualified for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, the 2002 World Championships
in Argentina and the 2003 World Cup in Japan.
Egypt won the African Championship and qualified for the Olympic Games in
has already qualified for the 2010 World Championship in Italy after winning
the African Qualification Tournament in August 2009.
qualified for the World Grand Champions Cup by repeating as African champions
in October in Morocco.
head coach Antonio Giacobbe is considered one of the most successful foreign
coaches in African Volleyball.
62-year-old Italian raised the level of Volleyball in Tunisia remarkably during
his long tenure as coach there, to a point where Tunisia has now won all the
continental competitions and represented the continent in international
competitions most often.
recently guided Egypt through a difficult qualification tournament for the 2010
World League, beating Japan in back-to-back matches to earn a berth at the
elite men’s tournament.
Giacobbe’s guidance, Egypt has also qualified for the 2010 World Championship
in Italy and won the African Championship to qualify for the FIVB World Grand
Before starting with Tunisia, Giacobbe worked as a coach in Italy before being
appointed head coach of the Italian
National Women’s Team.
The former professor of sports then took over the reins as head coach of the
Tunisian Men’s Team in 1999 and guided the country to incredible success.
Antonio Giacobbe was born on February 12, 1947 in Livorno, Italy.