Bradley hired as head coach of Egypt

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Bob Bradley is officially back in the coaching game.

Having been rumored to take over as head coach of Egypt's national team, Bradley has completed his move to coach the Pharoahs. Bradley flew to Cairo and met with Egyptian federation (EFA) officials to finalize the details of his contract on Wednesday, and the federation announced the deal was completed on its website on Thursday.

Details of the deal are expected to be announced on Saturday, Sept. 24 during a press conference that will follow the draw for the final round of African qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.

According to one report, Bradley's contract will run until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Bradley is reportedly going to make $40.4 thousand per month.

The EFA is still negotiating with Bradley over who will be on his assistant coaching staff, but it is likely to include former U.S. men's national team goalkeepers coach Zak Abdel, who is a former Egyptian national team goalkeeper and has worked with Bradley on the U.S. team and Chivas USA.

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41 Responses to Bradley hired as head coach of Egypt

  1. chris says:

    I cant wait to here the Micheal Bradley to Egypt joke

  2. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Good for Bob – a class act. Glad for him.

    Potentially great for US soccer. If he does well, maybe it will lead to a solid club job in Europe after the World Cup

  3. darby says:

    He is crazy. I fear for his life.

  4. yankiboy says:

    Don’t you mean the JB to Egypt joke?

  5. PaulTHEoctopus says:

    +1

  6. Turd Ferguson says:

    As long as he doesn’t voice his allegiance to the deposed Mubarak regime, he should be fine. Also, he should pick up one of these badboys before his first match.
    link to costumecraze.com

  7. yankiboy says:

    I’m wishing Bradley the best of luck and I appreciated his service. Nobody made him stay on with the USA. It was clear that he was going to stay until he got pushed out (and why not?) by a guy who finally gave in and agreed to grant the keys of the kingdom to the guy that he really wanted.

    Bradley was just keeping that seat warm. He knew it. Gulati knew it. Klinnsman knew it. Heck, everybody knew it…

    I credit him for his successes and his efforts. Time will tell if the “coveted one” will be able to get better results.

  8. HoBo says:

    wouldn’t be surprised to see some friendlies setup between US and Egypt

  9. DingDong says:

    Will Bob Bradley appear in “Americans Abroad” updates now?

  10. MensreaJim says:

    I don’t want to go overboard, but I think this is pretty great in every imaginable way.

    1. I like him, and this is a pretty darn good job.

    2. …pretty darn good job, and for a USMNT firee. That’s a great sign for our standing…even as in the “real” standings we slide to 31st, but I digress.

    3. (Perhaps overboard here) This is, possibly, a good sign of at least a non-adversarial attitude towards us in the new Egypt.

  11. Cairo says:

    This is going to be fascinating. As someone who follows Egyptian football and lived there for several years, I can tell you that Americans have no sense of just how soccer mad Egypt is. In terms of WC Qualification, Egypt is the world’s biggest underachiever. They regularly win the African Cup of Nations, yet always flame out in WC qualifying. In some ways, this is a win-win for Bradley. If he fails to get them to the WC, that’s just par for the course there. But if he gets them there, he’ll be a huge hero and other doors will open. Egypt produces a lot of good talent, has a decent domestic league with two great teams, but the national team is generally lacking in the one thing that Bradley is great at–organization.
    The interesting part will be how Egyptians, who wear their emotions on their sleeve, deal with stoic Bradley. He will be, I think, a little confusing for them. I think this will work IF the Egyptian Federation gives him time, which is certainly not a given.
    Kudos to Bradley for taking such an interesting job. Not only will he be doing what he loves, but he’ll be doing it against the backdrop of a country going through a huge political transformation. I respect him a lot for taking this on.

  12. Mark says:

    Agreed, good move for Bob, and good exposure for exposure for US coaching

  13. Kevin_amold says:

    Hopefully he’ll now be able to enjoy working with the “naturally talented” Egyptian players rather than with the American players who “rely solely on fitness.”

    Completely invented newspaper quotes aside, I am excited for him.

  14. Luke says:

    This has to be a first. Has an American ever coached a national team other than the USMNT?

    Hopefully he’ll do well and finally shatter the notion that American coaches can only coach MLS teams or the USMNT.

  15. RM07 says:

    Considering he told that to CNN, I doubt it was made up.

    That’s a very respected news organization, I seriously doubt they would make up quotes.

  16. Jamie says:

    +1 I lolled.

  17. Jamie says:

    You’d be surprised how much journalistic integrity has gone out the window, but I’m not sure either way.

  18. RK says:

    +1? To this stupidity?

  19. RK says:

    Steve Sampson, Costa Rica, for one…

  20. hogatroge says:

    I guess Bornstein’s great great great grand ancestors technically lived in Egypt.

  21. KungFuSoccer says:

    Never understood all of the hate on Bradley. The dude regularly met or exceeded reasonable expectations, except for those who play xbox too much. How many coaches can say that. He played conservatively and sometimes boring. Guess what, we don’t have the talent to take on most of the world with beautiful attacking football.

  22. JB says:

    Wow, that’s not a great salary for a World Cup-level national team coach. I hope he negotiated in some big bonuses.

  23. frank from sf says:

    exactly.

  24. Dainja says:

    EGYPT
    *Bob Bradley – did not dress (unless you consider his sweatsuit) in 90 minute match versus Algeria, but did lead several pitch invasions and throwing of rocks at opposition

  25. TomG says:

    Ohhhh noooooo. I didn’t see that one coming.

  26. TomG says:

    I’d say this has to be considered the biggest non-U.S. job a U.S. soccer manager has ever been tabbed for. Kudos, Bob.

  27. Kevin_amold says:

    You really believe Bob Bradley said something like that?

  28. Eric says:

    I don’t know if Bradley is actually as stoic as he appears most of the time. I honestly believe that the stoicism is mostly a public persona he adopts with the media. Considering how almsot all his players have loved him (Dempsey being a very vocal one for example), I get the feeling he is much warmer and emotional with players behind closed doors.

  29. Eric says:

    CNN took that quote from an Egyptian newspaper who admitted they had fabricated the quote.

  30. Centralscrutinizer says:

    Thanks, Cairo, for your informed comments and insight. It will be fascinating to see how Bob’s manner is received by the players, fans and federation execs in Egypt. I wish him the best.

  31. Steve says:

    Does anyone know if Bob speaks Arabic? (If not, I’d assume he’s trying to learn quickly right now.) Are Egyptian footballers typically fluent in English?

  32. Stormeagle says:

    +1 Too bad USMNT Supporters fail to realize this.

  33. beachbum says:

    This. Nail head, meet hammer.

    cheers KungFuSoccer

  34. NC Jeff says:

    Wonder if Egypt were to make the finals of the next 3 African Cup of Nations (winning one), make the finals of the Confederations Cup, win their World Cup qualifying group by going undefeated in group play but lose in OT in the Rd of 16 to a team from the host continent … if he’ll face the same criticism there that he did here.

  35. wilyboy says:

    This is going to be fascinating.

  36. Dennis says:

    Last one (this past summer) was cancelled due to unrest in Egypt.

  37. Dennis says:

    + so many I would get tired of tying 0

  38. yankiboy says:

    You left me speechless. Props!

  39. Cairo says:

    I think we can say for sure that Bob Bradley doesn’t speak Arabic. I wouldn’t worry about the language thing too much, though. Many Egyptians speak a little English, and many players speak “soccer” English. Quite a few of Egypt’s best players play or have played abroad, so I’d expect that they’ve been through this before. If this doesn’t work out, it will not be for language problems.

  40. WalkLikeanEgyptian says:

    Good luck to Bob. He received a lot of undue criticism while at the helm of the US National Team. So much so that he appeared to receive more respect abroad than on the US Team. It never ceases to amaze how people who do not play (manage), have not played (managed) or have long since stopped playing (managing) constantly spew venom toward Bradley. He did a good job with what he had to work with. And as far as his stoic personality and “stone-walling” of the media- his job is to coach and get the best results possible. Not to please press conferences full of journalists by bringing them milk and cookies.