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Bob Bradley’s time in charge of Egypt ends after World Cup “failure”

Nov 20, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

Egypt's head coach Bob Bradley of the U.S. reacts during their friendly soccer match against RD Congo in Doha Reuters

According to comments from the Egyptian FA, Bob Bradley is no longer the head coach of the Egyptian national team after his side failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Bradley’s contract expired following the unsuccessful World Cup campaign on Tuesday and word trickling through from Cairo is that the former U.S. national team head coach will no longer lead the Pharaohs.

Following a humiliating 6-1 first leg defeat to Ghana in the CAF World Cup playoff, Bradley knew his time in charge of the Pharaohs was all but over. Egypt’s 2-1 win over the Black Stars on Tuesday at least left the American coach with a win to close out his tenure in charge of Egypt but their 7-3 aggregate defeat has not been greeted kindly by the media or the Egyptian FA.

In initial World Cup qualifying, Egypt were the only side across the globe to win every single game. But when the tougher World Cup playoff rolled around, Bradley was paired with his old foes Ghana — who knocked his USMNT out of the World Cup in 2010 — and that shocking first leg display in Kumasi proved to be the downfall of the former Chicago Fire head coach.

Chairman of the Egyptian Football Association Gamal Allam confirmed Bradley’s contract had ended with Egypt.

“Bob Bradley’s contract ended this night, and we will not renew for him, we will start search for a new coach. I think Bradley will not accept to stay here following all the criticism from the media after the first match in Kumasi. We did not talk with him about staying and we will not do so. We won against Ghana but we did not qualify. We signed Bradley to take the team to the World Cup but he failed so we will search for new coach and we wish him good luck.”

It all seems to have ended a little bit sour but let’s not forget, Bradley has pretty much performed a miracle to even get his squad to the playoff stage and just a home and away series away from Egypt’s first World Cup appearance since 1990.

His leadership and strength of character has been sublime as the Egyptian nation has gone through radical changes since 2011 when he arrived on the scene. The Arab Spring, several uprisings and violent revolutions have marred his time in charge of Egypt as the country struggles with a vast outpouring of political and social unrest.

The Port Said massacre suspended the Egyptian professional soccer league and many of Bradley’s players were left without clubs to play for. The American coach performed his job without complaining and gave the Egyptian people belief that their side could go to the World Cup. He came up short. Just. And a new job in a new country awaits after he proved himself in the most difficult circumstances imaginable.

You didn’t get Egypt to the World Cup Bob… but love for your coaching skills was rejuvenated amongst soccer fans across the USA.

What next for Bradley? Several MLS teams would love to have him in charge and I suspect he’s already had contact from the various clubs in the hunt for a new boss. But a position in Europe or with another ailing national team may suit him better.

One things’ for sure, after his sterling work for Egypt it won’t be long before Bradley’s back in a job.

I can guarantee that.

  1. hildezero - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Well, Egypt does have a point. They signed him so he can qualify Egypt to the World Cup, but failed. Yet, Bradley improved Egypt to make them one of the best in Africa. I think they should’ve gave him another chance. Either two friendlies to see where they really stand in the world soccer ranks or to the Africa Nations Cup.

  2. lavatomy - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Hopefully he doesn’t come back to MLS and lands somewhere in Europe.

    • mikeevergreen - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Crystal Palace could use him. He could bring in a former Palace GK (Kasey Keller) to help him.

      • notaretard - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        yeah, bringing in a 43 year old goalie who hasn’t played professionally in 2 years, and who hasn’t played professionally in a top european league since 2008 makes so much sense, i wonder why no one has thought of doing that yet. seriously dude? come on

      • nbcrollaround - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:54 AM

        He probably meant as a GK coach…doosh

  3. footballer4ever - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Egypt Football Association is nuts to fire a coach who “failed” to take them to the WorldCup. Better luck finding a coach will give crap and put up with a lot unrelated football disruption and still have the love/dedication to continue. If it was a normal country, fine -fire him if it makes you happier, but Egypt with so much political turmoil, psst! You guys are nuts and i am sure Bradley will be glad to be out of there ASAP instead.

  4. tylerbetts - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Just me, or Bradley is the perfect kind of coach for Mexico?

    And, since he can’t come to Columbus, I’d like to see him stay away from MLS. Keep expanding and pushing. Get to more places we’ve never seen an American coach before.

    • mikeevergreen - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      He and Herrera are a lot alike. He and Herrera are the only guys who can get a Rafa to perform to spec. If Mexico can go after Sven Goren-Erriccssonn, they can go after Bradley.

    • nbcrollaround - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:56 AM

      Just you?

  5. midtec2005 - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    This also shows how brutal the African qualifying setup is. I would bet that if they had something like the Hex Egypt would have made it. Instead they just got a bad draw against the best team…

    • mikeevergreen - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      CAF knows absolutely zero on how to run a qualifier. They could stand a lesson from CONCACAF.

  6. geojock - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Not sure why he would want to stay. Not much to do for a coach with a team not in the Cup.

  7. hildezero - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Who said he wanted to stay?

  8. footballer4ever - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:11 PM


    if that’s a serious question, sure it is. Didn’t the US Mens natinal football team gave Mexico’s a lifeline for the WorldCup? It’s only natural a American coach shows them how to play football. :)

  9. themummy82 - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    KUMASI, not Kusami!

  10. godsholytrousers - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    There are many MLS teams who need a manager, yet I don’t see Bradley as a good fit for any of them (perhaps Chivas). His boring brand of football will not win him many fans in the stands.

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