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AFCON 2015 qualifying round-up: Holders Nigeria crash out at first hurdle, Congo through

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Matt Carter wraps up this week's Africa Cup of Nations 2015 qualifying games as holders Nigeria crash out early....

AFCON 2015 qualifying round-up Group A

An ongoing plethora of off-field problems had been a bubbling undercurrent to Nigeria's qualification efforts, but courtesy of a critical win in Congo it had appeared the Super Eagles would avert the ignominy of missing out on the tournament they won just under two years ago despite those issues.

AFCON 2015 qualifying round-up: Holders Nigeria crash out at first hurdle, Congo through

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Matt Carter wraps up this week's Africa Cup of Nations 2015 qualifying games as holders Nigeria crash out early....

AFCON 2015 qualifying round-up Group A

An ongoing plethora of off-field problems had been a bubbling undercurrent to Nigeria's qualification efforts, but courtesy of a critical win in Congo it had appeared the Super Eagles would avert the ignominy of missing out on the tournament they won just under two years ago despite those issues.

The Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

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The Africa Cup of Nations will take place in Equatorial Guinea in January, and the last qualifying matches took place today. One major surprise is that the defending champions from Nigeria failed to qualify: they needed to win at home, but only managed to draw 2-2 against South Africa. As Congo beat Sudan 0-1, they follow the Bafana Bafana to Equatorial Guinea.

Africa Cup Of Nations In Doubt As Host Country Withdraws Due To Ebola Concerns

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Next year's Africa Cup of Nations isin doubt after the proposed host country Morocco pulled out of the tournamentdue tofears regarding the Ebola outbreak on the continent.

Last week, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) received a letter from the Moroccan government asking for the tournament to be called off and had agreed to discuss the plans at the next executive meeting on November 2.

Ghana

U.S TV Schedule For Final Round Of African Nations Cup Qualifying 

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Wednesday marks the final round of qualifying for the African Nations Cup. It will now take place in Equatorial Guinea between 17 January to 8 February next year as Morocco were officially removed as hosts due to their reluctance of hosting the tournament due to fear of the ebola epidemic. Six places are still up for grabs prior to Wednesday's fixtures.

Bradley, Egypt bow out of qualifying with win over Ghana

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Thursday Kickoff: Egypt won’t fire Bradley; Casillas wants to remain at Real Madrid; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Ghana... GHANA!

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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

Ghana overwhelm Egypt in lopsided first-leg victory

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Bob Bradley's magical journey as head coach of the Egyptian national team looks like it could be coming to an end without fulfilling the African country's dream of reaching the World Cup.

Ghana dealt Egypt's quest of reaching the 2014 tournament in Brazil a serious blow on Tuesday with anoverwhelming 6-1 victory in the first World Cup qualifier of their two-legged play-off.

Tuesday Kickoff: Ghana protests to FIFA over Egypt hosting; Man United want Fellaini surgery; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

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From Italy: Dazzling winger set for Chelsea transfer in January

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The big news of the day has come from Italy Inter Milan have re-appointedtheir former manager Roberto Mancini. Inter are struggling at 9th in the Serie A, and Mancini has a tough task at hand to take this team into a respectable position at the end of the season.

PHOTO: Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal with Chelsea mates

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Mohamed Salah produced an inspired performance as Chelsea moved top of the Premier League table, after earning 3-0 victory over Stoke City.

On his first Premier League start, Salah didn't disappoint and the Egypt forward gave the Blues the lead just after the half-an-hour mark.

PHOTO: Mohamed Salah with his Chelsea shirt

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that he will wait to see if new signing Mohamed Salah is available for selection against Manchester City.

The 21-year-old joined the London outfit for a reported fee of 11m during the January transfer window and became the first Egyptian to sign for Chelsea.

Chelsea: The Great Hope Invested In Mohamed Salah

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Just a couple years ago, Mohamed Salah was playing for an Egyptian league team owned by an engineering contracting company. The team, perhaps not coincidentally, was called the Arab Contractors.

It was not a glamorous life.

PHOTO: Mohamed Salah holding the Chelsea Shirt

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Chelsea have completed their third signing in the January transfer window,after the Blues have signed Egypt midfielder Mohamed Salah from Swiss champions Basel for a fee in the region of £11m.

The 21-year-old who was also a target of Liverpool has signed a five-and-a-half year deal and will wear the number 15 shirt.

Liverpool still hoping to secure Mohamed Salah ahead of Chelsea

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is refusing to throw in the towel over Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah, despite Chelsea announcing yesterday that they had agreed a deal for the attacker with Swiss side Basel.

Mohamed Salah edges closer to join Chelsea

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Déj vu. Remember last summer? Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Willian and out-of-no-where Chelsea emerged and hijacked the deal.

We are close to witnessing yet another similar story.

Liverpool were linked with Mohamed Salah for some time now.

Chelsea to muscle in on Liverpool’s Salah deal?

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With a big tranche of money apparently on the way from Manchester United in exchange for Juan Mata, reports are suggesting that the cash is unlikely to stay in the Blues' bank account very long. The summer saw the west London club snatch wide man Willian from under the noses of Tottenham as they negotiated a deal with Shaktar Donetsk, and they may be looking to reprise the trick by signing Egyptian international Mohammed Salah who has been heavily linked with Liverpool.

Chelsea looking to hijack €18m Liverpool target

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The transfer window is now getting crazier with every passing hour. According to Sky Italy, Chelsea have joined the race to sign Mohamed Salah, who is also a target of Liverpool.

We reported few hours back that Egyptian media KingFut.

Liverpool agree £10m deal for Mohamed Salah – report

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According to the Egyptian press, Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Basel winger Mohamed Salahfor a fee of £10m.

Salah, who has shot to prominence this season after a number of impressive performances for Swiss side Basel, has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months, and now it seems Liverpool have managed to secure the player.

Salah will join Liverpool next week says former Spurs star

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Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Mido, now turnedTV pundit for Al Jazeera has claimed that FC Basel footballer Mohamed Salah will join Liverpool next week on his Twitter account.

The 21-year-old play-maker, who is often dubbed as Egyptian Messi, has scored 17 times in 26 appearances for his country and caught the attention of scouts of top European clubs for his performances against Chelsea in the Champions League.

Liverpool hopeful of landing ‘Egyptian Messi’ in January

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Liverpool could make Basel play-makerMohamed Salah as their first signing in January, if the reports are to be believed.

The Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has stressed the importance of bolstering squad in the January transfer window, as Liverpool are looking to mount a serious title challenge for he first time in many years.

10 Biggest Football Stories Of 2013

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2013 was a varied and often frustrating year in football on the world stage. From the Qatar World Cup debacle, to the looming outline of match-fixing becoming ever clearer behind the curtain of the game, there were plenty of scandals and sagas.

Of Revolutions, Hopes, and Home: Bob Bradley In Egypt

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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.

African football

AFCON 2015 Qualifying – 10 Best African Youngsters to Watch

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Who are the best African youngsters to keep an eye out for in Africa Cup of Nations 2015 qualifying? Matt Carter runs down 10 of Africa's finest young players....

Good Player Guide #25: Mohamed Salah – Egyptian football’s beacon of hope

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by Adam Moustafa

Mohamed Salah Ghaly, a name most non-Egyptians were unfamiliar with just over a season ago when the young Pharaoh arrived in Basel from Egyptian Premier League side Arab Contractors, is now proving how Ghaly – precious in Arabic – he really is, as the 21-year-old continues to make the headlines in European football.

World Cup

Soccer TV: Austria – Iceland and Chile – Egypt

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Austria plays Iceland, Chile hosts Egypt, and Bosnia & Herzegovina face fellow World Cup team Ivory Coast on Friday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

PBS to Show Documentary About Bob Bradley and Egypt National Team

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American Pharaoh is a documentary produced by PBS detailing the struggles in Egypt and one soccer team's journey to qualify for the ultimate tournament, the FIFA World Cup. American Pharaoh follows the Egypt National Team's former manager Bob Bradley, who also coached the U.S. Men's National team from 2006-2011.

2013′s Biggest Football Stories

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2013 was a varied and often frustrating year in football on the world stage. From the Qatar World Cup debacle, to the looming outline of match-fixing becoming ever clearer behind the curtain of the game, there were plenty of scandals and sagas.

Full Week: MLS Cup, World Cup Draw, and EPL – Soccer Yanks #26 recorded on 12/9/13

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After missing a week, we come back strong: MLS Cup Final was a great end cap to an exciting season, we throw out our early early World Cup predictions, and our usual EPL banter.

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Egypt vs Ghana, World Cup Playoff 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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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.

Bob Bradley

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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.

Ghana vs Egypt, World Cup Qualifier, First Leg; Watch It Live Beginning At Noon ET: Open Thread

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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.

Where to Watch Panama vs USA, Ghana vs Egypt & the World Cup Qualifiers On US TV & Internet

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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.

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television This Weekend

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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.

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After Egypt Decides Not to Renew Bob Bradley’s Contract, Bradley’s Next Job May Be In Norway

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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.

Bradley set to lead Egypt into Ghana for first match of two-legged playoff

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It all comes down to this.

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.

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Egyptian Winger Mohamed Salah Will Join Liverpool From Basel in January, Says Report: Nightly Soccer Report

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Egyptian wingerMohamed Salah will join Liverpool Football Club in January from FC Basel, according to a report tonight.

Salah'sclose friend and former teammate Mohamed Zika revealed the news to Egyptian TV today. Salah, a 21-year-old winger with 27 caps for Egypt and who is valued at 12million Euros, was namedCAF Most Promising African Talent of the Year in 2012.

Egypt FA hire Gharib to replace Bradley as National Team head coach

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By DAN KARELL

Bob Bradley's time as head coach of the Egyptian National Team is officially over.

The Egyptian FA announced on Wednesday that they've appointed former national team assistantShawki Gharib to the head coaching position, ending Bradley's two-year run.