After parting ways with the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2010, Bob Bradley was not out of a job for long. He quickly signed to become head coach of the Egyptian National Team. It is no mystery that Egypt has been a country in turmoil over the past three years. On Wednesday and Thursday, he returned to the United States to discuss not only his experience in soccer, but his experiences as an American in a foreign nation. Bradley first interviewed on MLS’s Extratime Radio podcast before recording his interview on ComedyCentral’s The Daily Show.
While the seriousness of the political turmoil is not lost, Bradley accepted the jabs made against Egypt, stating,
The only thing Egypt agrees on is that we must go to the World Cup.
Bradley discussed some of the hardships the country has faced, including the Port Said Massacre, a February 2012 riot among fans which occurred during an Egyptian premier league match and ended the lives of seventy-nine people. After the massacre, the Egyptian premier league shut down for one year. The few games that were played were decidedly played in empty stadiums. How does Bradley address his players before they took the field of an empty stadium?
I said ‘We need to look into those stands and see all 85 million Egyptians, because if they had the chance they’d be here.’
Bradley has found success in Egypt, leading them to a perfect 5-0-0 record in the second round of qualifying. Egypt has already qualified for the third and final round with one game left to play. Five of the ten teams in the final round will qualify for the World Cup in 2014. Under Bradley, the team boasts the fourth best goal differential in African qualifying games out of forty teams seeking to qualify.