Bob Bradley's courageous and inspirational turn as head coach of the Egyptian Men's National Soccer Team has been well documented, but the latest extended trailer for one of the movies being made about his journey provides one of the most thorough and captivating looks at just what Bradley has faced since taking the Egypt job.
Of Revolutions, Hopes, and Home: Bob Bradley In Egypt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
There was no fairytale ending to this story, because this story was no fairytale. This story, one of the most amazing in sports and life we have ever seen, was about preservation, fear, family, work, and just a little bit of soccer.
Not surprisingly, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has decided not to renew Bob Bradley's contract as coach of the national team after the nation exited in the World Cup playoffs stage due to their aggregate defeat to Ghana.
EFA Chairman Gamal Allam said:
"Bob Bradley's contract ended this night, and we will not renew for him.
The performance was admirable, but the end result was not what Bob Bradley and Egypt were hoping for.
Facing a near-impossible scenario to reach next summer's World Cup, Egypt defeated Ghana, 2-1, in Cairo on Tuesday but were eliminated from qualifying after falling 7-3 on aggregate in the two-legged playoff against the Black Stars.
Today will most probably mark the final day of Bob Bradley as Egypt manager. After losing the first leg 6-1 to Ghana, Bradley and his Egyptian team have an opportunity to hold their heads high today by getting a respectable result. It would be a miracle for them to win it by the 5-0 margin they need to qualify for World Cup 2014, but even if they draw or lose, Egypt needs to play well in front of their home crowd.
Following a humiliating 6-1 defeat to Ghana, many people in Egypt called for national team head coach Bob Bradley to be fired as soon as possible.
However, the Egyptian FA has decided to keep Bradley on as coach for the second leg at home against Ghana, even though it's looking very likely that Egypt's dream of returning to the World Cup for the first time since 1990 is over.
Watch Ghana vs Egypt, Noon ET, live on beIN SPORT, beIN SPORT Espanol and DishWorld.
Don't be surprised if you see a ton of neutral soccer fans cheering for Egypt today in their first leg of their World Cup qualifier against Ghana.
Egypt's journey through the World Cup qualifiers in the past two years has been an incredible story, with the national team having to overcome so muchadversity such as their footballers having no national league to play for because it was shut down, the riots at the Port Said massacre, playing in front of stadiums where fans were shut out and, despite all of this, maintaining an undefeated record in World Cup qualifying.
The beginning of the end of Egypt's turbulent road in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup is set to take place on Tuesday, as head coach Bob Bradley guides the Pharaohs into Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana to take on the Black Stars in the first match of their two-legged playoff.
Former U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley is set to face a familiar foe when he leads Egypt against its final hurdle on the way to the 2014 World Cup, and it makes the support for Bradley and Egypt among American soccer fans even stronger.
In case you missed Monday's African World Cup qualifying playoff draw, Bradley's Egypt was drawn against Ghana, with the winner of their two-game playoff securing a place in the World Cup.
Egypt, coached by Bob Bradley, have accomplished so much in the past two years under the leadership of the American — even despite the Port Said riots and the national league being shut down. Against all the odds, Egypt qualified for the World Cup play-off round on the African continent, but now faces an extremely difficult two-leg tie against Ghana to try to reach the FIFA World Cup 2014 tournament.
Former US manager and current Egypt salvation protagonist Bob Bradley will need to go back to the drawing board against the United States' World Cup nemesis Ghana to see his Pharaohs through to the World Cup.
The third round of qualifying in CAF is nothing short of nightmarish a simple home-and-away series for a World Cup berth.
He's two games away from becoming a legend in Egypt. With their 1-0 road win against Mozambique The Pharaohs sealed one of 10 spots in Africa's final-round playoffs that award the confederation's five spots in the World Cup. Egypt's last World Cup was Italy 1990. Mohamed Salah, 21, scored in the 42nd minute.
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We spoke briefly about Bob Bradley today, and I wanted to share this clip of him being interviewed by John Oliver on The Daily Show over the summer. It does a good job of illuminating both the themes we've discussed in class (soccer as a vehicle of political mobilization, the universality of the sport, etc) and precisely why Bob Barker is as fascinating a figure as he is.
If you're a soccer fan in the United States, you have a mammoth 29 live World Cup qualifying matches to choose from today, many of which have massive implications on what countries will be playing in the World Cup next summer.
First, if you want to watch Egypt, managed by Bob Bradley, take on Ghana today in the first leg of their World Cup qualifier, the match is being shown live on beIN SPORT.
International weekends are often a bit of a downer. But at least this weekend we've got some pretty decent, competitive fixtures to look forward to, rather than the pointless friendly games that regularly punctuate the domestic calendar.
It helps too when we're at the final knockings of a World Cup qualifying campaign.
beIN SPORT has acquired the US media rights to the African World Cup qualifiers including the massive two-leg playoff between Egypt, managed by former US coach Bob Bradley, and Ghana.
Under Bradley, Egypt has been on an incredible run but now face a formidable side, Ghana. Having the matches shown live on English-speaking US television is a huge plus for soccer fans in the United States, many of whom will be cheering on Egypt to see if the remarkable story of a country overcoming riots and league shutdowns can make it all the way to Brazil 2014.
According to the US State Department, there are 194 countries in the world. FIFA, as an international organization, acknowledges even more countries than the US, honoring 209 different nations and peoples the distinct privilege of having their own national team to support and cherish. Of those 209 national teams, only 32 teams qualify for the World Cup every four years.
Egypt vs England U20 Highlights 2013 World Cup 2-0 Trezeguet Hassan Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Egypt vs England U20 Highlights 2013 World Cup 2-0 Trezeguet Hassan Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Egypt U20 vs England U20 ( Egypt England VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Egypt U20 vs England U20 2-0 ( Trezeguet, Hassan) Ataturk Stadium, Bursa- 29 June, 2013- U20 World [.
I was unable to watch Ghana-Egypt today, as I was still in the office, but was following a live feed of the match as goals were pouring in. Egypt, 2010 African champions and the only African nation to go through a clean sheet in the first round of qualifying seem to have been no match for Ghana!But let us face the real World Cup facts: only one of these two nations belong in Brazil, and that is
The Ghanian FA has come out publicly with a plea to FIFA against Egypt's decision to hold the second-leg of the World Cup qualifying series between Ghana and Egypt in front of a partial crowd in Cairo.
Reports out of Egypt say that at least 50 people died last weekend during riots in the capital between police and supporters of former Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi, leading to the conclusion from the Ghanian FA that playing the match in Cairo isn't a safe option.
The African World Cup Play-off draw has led to the following clashes: Ethiopia-Nigeria Ghana-Egypt Ivory Coast-Senegal Tunisia-Cameroun Burkina Faso-Algeria The exciting newcomers from Ethiopia will have to play their best against Nigeria's African champions, while Ghana and Egypt will be an epic clash between two of the strongest footballing nations in Africa.
Under-20 World Cup 2013: Matchday One Tactical Review is a post from: Just Football
The first round of fixtures at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2013 in Turkey have now been completed and Sam Thompson, fromTTTFootball,discusses five of the big tactical points from the tournament so far.
So what will be the thing you're watching on 9/10? Apple's new Iphone iteration? Perhaps Obama begging Congress to let the US attack yet another nation? We here at Soccer Insiders recommend going with Option #3. Egypt v Guinea You read that right... Egypt plays host to Guinea in the final match of qualifying before the group stages of the WC for Africa.
There are plenty of feel good stories in the sports world, but one that jumps to the top of the list has to be the play of the Egyptian National Team.
Under head coach Bob Bradley's watch, the nation, suffering from internal political turmoil and a recently resumed domestic league is on the cusp of making the third round of CAF qualifying, putting them closer to making their first World Cup since 1990.
The fall-out of last year's death of 72 soccer fans in a politically-loaded stadium brawl has brought the need for reform of Egypt's law enforcement and judiciary to a head with football supporters in Egyptian cities protesting the verdict in the trial of those accused of responsibility for the incident.
Egypt's military has authorized the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) to resume league matches this weekend a year after they were suspended in the wake of a politically loaded brawl that left 74 soccer fans dead.
Escalating street violence in the wake of a partial verdict in the Port Said soccer brawl case pits enemies against one another, highlighting the urgency of moves for reform of law enforcement in a bid to end the turmoil and return the country to a path of economic growth, says James Dorsey
Expect more deaths on March 9 in Egypt—both from judicial death sentences and the inevitable post-verdict riot—in the continuing fallout from the demise of the Mubarak regime in January 2011 and the soccer stadium massacre an anniversary-perfect year later.
After a February 2012 match in Port Said, Egypt, between Cairo's most successful club Al-Ahly and its portside rival, Al-Masry, fans set upon one another with rocks, fireworks, broken bottles, knives and reportedly even swords.
Trouble followed the game between Al Masry and Al Ahly in February last year
Twenty one people have been sentenced to death in Egypt as punishment for their involvement in the football riots of Port Said last year in which 74 people were killed.
Riots occurred on February 1st 2012 following an Egyptian League match between Al Masry of Port Said and Al Ahly of Cairo in which fans of the home team, following their 3-1 win over the record champions, charged at Al Ahly supporters and accusations have also been made against the police who have been accused of not doing enough to prevent the trouble on the day.
As we enter into several days of World Cup qualifying matches, it's worth returning to some of the more dramatic moments of the 2010 qualifiers. This excellent short documentary (brought to my attention by Peter Alegi, editor of the blog Football is Coming Home) brings us back Algeria's qualification.
Pfft. Who needs to catch the ball? The ball will stop itself.
Egyptian keeper Amir Tawfik figured out a sure-fire way to go viral. It's probably under less ideal circumstances, but given the ways in which some people seek fame these days, it's pretty damn tame. Passivity just works sometimes.