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PHOTO: Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal with Chelsea mates

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PHOTO: Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal with Chelsea mates - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

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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Chelsea: The Great Hope Invested In Mohamed Salah - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

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 looking to hijack €18m Liverpool target

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Chelsea looking to hijack €18m Liverpool target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

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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Liverpool agree £10m deal for Mohamed Salah report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

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 hopeful of landing 'Egyptian Messi' in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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Good Player Guide #25: Mohamed Salah Egyptian football's beacon of hope is a post from: Just Football

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.

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.

The Resurrection of the Pharaohs

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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.

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

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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.

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, 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Egypt to host second leg of World Cup qualifying playoff vs. Ghana in Cairo

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For the first time in two years, Bob Bradley and Egypt are heading back to Cairo.

The Egyptian FA announced Wednesday that the Pharaohs will host the final leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff against Ghana at 30 June Stadium in Cairo on Nov. 19.

Bradley’s facing a foe both he and American soccer fans know all too well

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

World Cup Playoff Draw Revealed for Africa: Bob Bradley’s Egypt Faces Tough Tie vs Ghana

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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.

Bradley’s Egypt draws Ghana in African World Cup qualifying playoffs

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For the second time in his international management career, Bob Bradley will have to face Ghana, with defeat meaning the end of a dream for him and the nation he currently calls home.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) presented the results of their third-round draw on Monday morning, which will decide the five entrants to the World Cup in Brazil next year.

Egypt Draws The Black Stars of Ghana In Brazil 2014 Tilt

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The road just got steeper.

You just can't make this stuff up.

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.

World Cup 2014

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

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.

beIN SPORT Acquires Rights to African World Cup Qualifiers Including Egypt vs Ghana: Nightly Soccer Report

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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.

African World Cup Play-offs

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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.

Ghana

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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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.

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.

Egypt Staying Perfect

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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.