Mohamed Salah isn’t the only soccer star that makes Egyptians proud. On Sunday, the Egyptian handball player Mohamed Hashem was crowned European Champions League champion alongside his Montpellier team after an intense game against Nantes.
This makes Hashem the second Egyptian handball player in history to have received the most valuable trophy in European handball competitions. The first was Hussein Zaki, who won the trophy in 2005 for one of Spain’s most prestigious teams, Ciudad Real.
Hashem played a strong role in the win, scoring six points for his team.
The Egyptian began his career in Zamalek and then played for AIX, which then loaned him to Montpellier. He will also be in the squad for the 2019 World Cup.
Montpellier is the only French club in history to have won the EHF Champions League. The first time the club won the tournament was in the 2002/03 season. The club has won several other prestigious tournaments including 14 times the LNH Division 1 championship, 12 times the Coupe De France, ten times the Coupe de la Ligue, the Championnat de France N1B (1991-92) and the Championnat de France Nationale 2 (1988-89)) and Championnat de France Nationale 3 (1987-88).
Some of the most notable French players in the team’s history include: Joel Abati, Gregory Anquetil, Cedric Burdet and Adrien Di Panda. Some of the team’s most impressive internationals are: Sorin Toacsen (Romania), David Juříček (Czech Republic) and Wissem Hmam (Tunisia).