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Bradley ranked among best coaches

Apr 30, 2013, 9:25 AM EDT

Egypt's head coach Bob Bradley of the U.S. gestures during their 2014 World Cup Brazil qualifying soccer match against Mozambique at Borg El Arab "Army Stadium" Reuters

Bob Bradley, remember the name?

Bold headed chap, talks in a droll tone and was the USMNT’s head coach at the last FIFA World Cup in 2010… of course you do.

Well, the former US national team maestro has been handed one heck of an accolade over the past few days, as he was ranked as the fifth best national team coach in the world.

Tremendous achievement.

Bradley has become something of an icon since taking over as the Egyptian head coach, with the Pharaohs pushing on for qualification to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Three wins from their first three games sees Egypt top of Group G and hoping for the best in the playoff draw for the finals. But the tragedies in Port Said forced his national team to take on a larger importance with the Egyptian league postponed and many of his players hugely effected by the revolution taking place in the country.

So perhaps he deserves even more credit than the four coaches above him in the rankings? (Spain’s Vicente Del Bosque, Germany’s Joachim Löw, Holland’s ex-coach Bert van Marwijk and Uruguay’s Oscar Tabarez)

One thing you get with Bob is an underlying sense of commitment, dedication and humility. He understands what his players are good at doing and makes sure the team plays to those strengths.

Egypt failed to qualify for the 2013 African Cup of Nations but he hasn’t panicked. In a recent in-depth interview with FIFA.com, Bradley cited that the huge support his side are getting from the nation is striving him to aim high.

“We talked about the fact that we have this special opportunity; that people in Egypt had this hope and dream to get to the World Cup and that ultimately that was our responsibility.”

With Bradley at the helm, Egyptians are certainly believing again, as the national team hopes to qualify for the World Cup for the first-time since 1990.

  1. bryaneverson - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    I have a feeling that the backlash from U.S. fans would be far greater if they truly believed that they’d traded the fifth-best manager in the world on a national scale for one not ranked in the top 50, no? None of that is to discredit the job that Bradley is doing, particularly considering the other factors in play.

  2. talgrath - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    That seems impressive, until you look at how the rankings are calculated. Wins start off as 3 points, then are multiplied by the supposed strength of competition in the region/group the team is playing in. Egypt does play in a region with less competition, Bob Bradely was a huge acquisition for the Egyptian national team and gives them punching power far ahead of the region. Add in that Egypt was already one of the top teams in its region and you have a recipe for a false high ranking for Bob Bradley. Don’t get me wrong, Bradley is a good coach, but calling him the fifth best national team coach in the world is a major stretch.

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