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Preview: PBS will have an hour-long Bob Bradley documentary next year

Dec 1, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

Throughout Egypt’s near-miss World Cup qualifying campaign we read coverage of Bob Bradley, the former U.S. Men’s National Team boss who was trying to steer the seven-time African champions beyond Port Said, through revolution, and to the country’s first World Cup since 1990. By now we know how that turned out, but that doesn’t make the challenges Egypt was trying to overcome any less remarkable. And now, thanks to this documentary by Soura Films, we have a chance to put images to the last two-plus years worth of reports.

After watching this eight-minute preview, all previous attempts to describe Bradley’s challenges seem wholly inadequate. Hearing the words from Bradley and his wife Lindsay, seeing how people on the ground were relating to him, witnessing the reaction when Egypt eventually failed, it makes you think every story’s failed to capture the magnitude of the situation; as if the human element — the embraces, cheers, and tears — had been undersold. Either that, or there was no way to fully capture the story without a project like this: 800 days of behind the scenes access documenting Bradley’s entire tenure in Egypt.

From director Hossam Aboul-Magd and producers Charlie Stuart and Sandy Petrykowski, here’s the preview for American Pharaoh: 800 days with Bob Bradley and the Egyptian National Soccer team.

  1. footballer4ever - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    From a football perspective, not qualifying to the WC will be listed as a failure by some However, if you take everything into consideration, Bradley should be appeciated by the Egyptians to take on a very challenging coaching opportunity that few would have dared to take on and dedicated himself the way he did. I tip my hat to you and can see the big accomplishments others will fail to see.

  2. thos_prattt - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    The question is, by the time the documentary airs, will Bradley have taken the Whitecaps reported $1 million dollar offer to be their next coach. Granted, it’s all “sources close to the process” have confirmed to blog I’ve never heard of before. But it’s good gossip nonetheless.

    I think Whitecaps are a good position for him — ambitious, motivated ownership group, amazing city, good base of talent in place. It could help catapult him into good national position in Europe if he is successful, assuming there is no offer from Europe right now. Heck, if he wants a real challenge, he should try to coach the Canadian men’s team to a FIFA standing somewhere above their current place among countries that have yet to discover the wheel or electricity.

  3. footballer4ever - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    You know what, Canada would be smart to hire Bradley for the National team position. Of course that would entitle to be serious about things because the way things are going it looks that clowns or too many political stuff is run at the Canadian federation.

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