Dec 17, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT
Former United States national team coach Bob Bradley has said his public goodbyes to a country and a job that he poured himself into in a poignant interview with KingFut.com.
Bradley doesn’t leave much on the table, either.
He’s clearly quite emotional about the entire two-year experience, expressing regret and sadness that he couldn’t quite get the Pharaohs to World Cup 2014 in Brazil. What an achievement that would have been considering the tremendous challenges confronting Egyptian football during his time in charge.
Not only was the country in turmoil (still so in a lot of ways), the sport itself took on darker shadows due to the awful events in Port Said on Feb. 1 of 2012. At least 79 people lost their lives, and more than 1,000 others were injured amid mayhem in the grounds.
Port Said was unexpected,” Bradley told KingFut. “It changed everything.”
Bradley talks openly of the “uncertainty and instability” left by the Port Said tragedy. He addresses problems with the Egyptian FA, the notorious collapse against Ghana and the falling out with one of his best players, Hull City outside back Ahmed Elmohamady.
And he talks about his special relationships with players he will clearly miss.
It’s a great read … and a good look at one of the real gentlemen of the U.S. Soccer community.
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