Report: Egypt selects Bradley


Bob Bradley's lengthy courtship with the Egyptian national team appears to be reaching it's conclusion, and reports suggest an agreement between the two sides is imminent.

According to reports from Egypt, Bradley will sign a deal to take over as the country's national team coach early next week. Nothing has been signed as of yet, and Bradley roaming the Egyptian sideline is still pending a completed contract.

Bradley, who was let go after five years as U.S. national team coach in early August, was on a short list of candidates for the Egypt job that included Milovan Rajevac, Francisco Maturana and Zoran Filipovic.

Assuming a completed deal, Bradley will be tasked with getting Egypt to the 2014 World Cup, something the country has only done twice ever, with the last time being in 1990. Egypt has already been eliminated from qualifying for the 2012 African Cup of Nations, meaning that all focus is on the next World Cup.

What do you think about this development? Will you be rooting for Egypt? Excited at the prospect of Bradley coaching a non-United States national team?

Share your thoughts below.

  • GW

    “but he is not the great when it comes to changing tactics whithout having to sub players in and out of the game.”

    That is an interesting way to put it. How many current managers can you name who change their tactics without subbing in players?


  • GW

    Regardless of what you all think about BB’s tenure here, if he does well it will be a watershed moment for US managers and will send a very positive signal aboutthe state of the game here.

    If he crashes and burns then, oh well….


  • Joe

    I wish him all the best with Egypt. It will be quite the change for him and the squad if he tries to adjust their players to his tactics with the US. I think we’ll truly get an idea of how tactically adept he is if he can break out of his typical 4-4-2.


  • BF

    my 14 year old has more tactical awareness than many of the current starters, Bradley is clearly to blame for that. I kinda feel sorry for him because he doesn’t know any better.


  • predicto

    Salam Alikum wah Marharba Coach BB. Cultural clash coming for Egypt team. I hope BB sticks to his discipline and roots, because if he’s too culturally sensitive, he’ll fall prey to Insh Allah.


  • Joamiq

    You sound like a 14 year old, and yet your use of “communist” as a perjorative suggests that you are from the ’50s. Curious. Anyway, your stupidity has provided me with much amusement, so thanks


  • PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo

    Let’s just say the canceled USA vs Egypt game will likely be re-scheduled.

    And congrats to Bob Bradley, a coach who has not received the credit he deserves from many fans. Maybe not the media darling some wanted, but a coach who left the program better than he left it. No doubt we will look back at the Bradley era and think of his reign as a positive one.


  • Soccer Guy

    Is that you Bob?

    That’s the only way I can see someone seriously making a post like yours.

    What planet are you from? Bob Bradley has never been a good coach and never will be. His only claim to fame at all is his period with Chicago which even Bob admits was more attributable to Peter Nowak than anyone else.


  • beachbum

    disagree. 4 Finals in 5 tournaments played during his tenure. The one without the final was the WC, where his USMNT won their group for the first time in 60 years or whatever, and did so by winning its last group stage game Ever in WC play AND by overcoming 2 honest goals disallowed in that group.

    the Algeria game is an all-time USMNT classic, an dhis team beat Spain when they were on that ridiculously sick winning streak



  • beachbum

    see Morelia last night and their awesome strategy of conceding, at home, the winning goal to the Galaxy in extra time, and then having it disallowed…that is effective, no doubts there


  • A-Lott

    Didn’t Egypt hear? No one wants Bob Bradley. A said so, and he lived in Germany. Hard to top that kind of expertise.

    Seriously, though, best wishes to Bob.


  • jlm

    I don’t know. Maybe the opposite is true. Egypt could have hired him because Americans are seen as wanna be peacemakers.

    Aside from that, his structured/rigid/disciplined style could be seen as something that an underachieving qualifying team needs.


  • biff

    Let’s not forget that just over a week ago the story was that Bob Bradley was taking over the head coaching job at Santos Laguna in Mexico. As for the Egypt job, BB has not yet signed a contract. Quite frankly, although I think BB is capable of coaching the Egyptian team, I am going to be very surprised if he ends up with the job. From the very beginning there have been too many rumors and news stories about his taking the the Egypt job. Usually when these things are on track they aren’t announced until a deal is sealed. All that said, who knows, maybe BB will end up with the job and next year the USMNT will be playing a friendly against Bob Bradley and Egypt. Man, would that be a game to see…


  • PD

    Congrats to BB. it will be very interesting to see what he brings to that program. From a confederation standpoint, Egypt and the USA have some similarities–Egypt has some naturally talented players and a history of strength in their FIFA confederation. Creating a cohesive unit out of them might allow them to make some waves. It will be interesting so see what kind of results he gets and what kind of quality he brings out of these players.

    It will also be interesting to see if we get a peak inside how the federation works (youth development and how that is coordinated with the senior team etc.) might give folks like us some interesting connect into our own way of doing things.


  • biff

    A fresh story out today quotes Egypt’s Football Association Chairman Samir Zaher as saying BB has the job. “Bradley was the most flexible in his demands and has a vision and a good strategy to lead Egypt until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil,” Zaher is quoted as saying. “His monthly salary will be $35,000, we think this is fair.”

    According to my calculations that is $420,000 a year. Would BB really accept that salary? Does anyone know what BB was earning at USMNT coach? Here is the link to the news story:

    Egypt FA chairman: America’s Bradley is the Pharaohs’ next coach



  • Dennis

    It is not at the national team level that players should be learning tactics. About 95% of tactics are small group tactics and those better be learned at the club level, the remaining 5% are at the team level and those can and do change with the team. If the starters do not have tactical awareness, it is not the national team coach’s fault, except, perhaps in selecting those players. (Given the US talent pool who else would you call? Been over that, Klinsmann did not call in a single new player other than Hamid.)

    Most of the tactical errors the US made were not at the team level, in fact for most of the important games, conservative tactics are what nearly all coaches employ, Bradley was no different. Against more talented teams, those conservative tactics are well-warranted.


  • Smacking

    I seem to remember his US salary around 650k but I don’t know if that was the original or post cup…. Speaking of does the US continue to that contract out?

    Regardless, I think he’s going to a team that he can succeed with big he gets them to Brazil, he’ll have a good reputation


  • ThaDeuce

    especially when currently unemployed and the previous experience is training young men to run fast and kick a ball… Good on Bobo! We should all be so lucky. also, pretty sure that is way closer to his previous salary than mls would get. furthermore, usmnt still pays till contract is up, so i heard. wanna be a, balla?


  • ThaDeuce

    congrats to bobo! goodluck! yes I’ll be cheering egypt second. hope they do well, and we don’t hear anymore crud talk from him about about his former employer. would be fun, and very intense, if we meet up in the future.

    now, is this the first us coach to get another nation’s international headcoach gig?

    break out the champagne!!! usa! usa! usa!

    i hope he does well and continues to positively rep us soccer


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