Monday, August 8, 2011
Bradley in talks with Egypt
By Scott French
Bob Bradley's moving on following his dismissal as U.S. national team coach, and his next assignment could be historic.
Bradley is slated to interview this week for Egypt's vacant national team head-coaching job, and an Egyptian federation press officer told Major League Soccer's website that the former Chivas USA coach, based in Manhattan Beach, was the frontrunner.
“The president of the federation will meet with the coach this week,” Azmi Megahed told MLSsoccer.com. “He is maybe the top contender.”
Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram on Sunday listed Bradley, former Montenegro manager Zoran Filipovic and veteran Colombian coach Francisco Maturana as finalists for the Pharaohs job.
Egypt has won a record seven African Cup of Nations titles, including the past three, but Hassan Shehata resigned after they claimed just two points from their first four qualifiers for next year's continental championship. The Pharaohs are last in Group G with matches remaining away Sept. 3 at Sierra Leona and at home Oct. 7 against Niger.
Americans have coached foreign national teams before. Here are three from recent years: Greek-born Alkis Panagoulias was in charge of Greece at the 1994 World Cup, Calabasas' Steve Sampson was Costa Rica's head coach from 2002 to 2004, and Ian Mork guided Belize through the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.