Bob Bradley head coach of the USA looks thoughtful ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between USA and Algeria at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Bob Bradley Officially Becomes Egypt National Team Coach

Former United States coach Bob Bradley will try to help get Egypt back to World Cup for first time since 1990.

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Bob Bradley Officially Becomes Egypt National Team Coach

Almost two weeks after Egypt had said Bob Bradley had agreed to become their national team coach, the former U.S. manager has officially taken over the Pharoahs as they try to return to the World Cup for the first time since 1990. Bradley was introduced at a Saturday press conference.

Egypt is one of the most decorated teams in all of Africa. The Pharoahs have won a record seven African Cup of Nation titles and have the continents two most powerful club teams.

Bradley becomes the third American to coach a foreign national team, but this will clearly be the highest profile. Bill Moravek coached the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2000 and Steve Sampson led Costa Rica in 2002-04.

Reports out of Egypt said Bradley would be paid almost $500,000 annually, but that questions still remain over who will fill out his coaching staff. Egyptian-born Zak Abdel was Bradley's goalkeeper's coach with the U.S. national team.

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Egypt FA Says Bob Bradley Will Take Over National Team Post

Not even two months since being relieved of his duties as United States manager, Bob Bradley has found a new job. According to the Egypt FA, Bradley will travel to Cairo this weekend to finalize the details and put pen to paper on a contract that will make him Egypt's new national team manager.

"All is good. Bradley will be here on Sunday to sign the contract," EFA spokesman Azmy Megahed told the Associated Press.

Hassan Shehata stepped down as Egypt manager in June with the Pharaohs in the middle of a dreadful Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign. Egypt has already been eliminated from qualifying and will not take part in the competition for the first time in 33 years, ending their chances at winning a fourth straight Cup of Nations title.

As soon as Bradley was sacked by the U.S., his name was linked to the Egypt job. He was pegged as one of the favorites to take the job from the beginning and is now being handed the post. It will be his second national team job and the first time he has managed a team, club or country, outside of the United States.

It will be quite the task for Bradley to turn around a Pharaohs team that is aging and lacking in talent. While they have dominated the Cup of Nations, winning three straight titles, there isn't much in the way of quality on the roster. Even those who are young enough to continue to make a positive contribution have been plagued by dust ups with managers and a poor attitude, making Bradley's job that much harder.

The task Bradley is being handed is to qualify Egypt for the 2014 World Cup. The Pharaohs have only twice qualified for the tournament, the last time in 1990, but they do have a manageable qualifying group with Guinea, Zimbabwe and either Comoros or Mozambique joining them. They will have to finish first in their group to advance to a two-legged playoff for a spot in the World Cup.

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Bob Bradley Interviewing With Santos Laguna, Still Candidate For Egypt Post

Bob Bradley could have options as he looks for a new job. A month after being relieved of his duties as United States manager, the American is now a candidate for the Santos Laguna job, while remaining a finalist to be the Egypt manager. His consideration for the Egypt post dates back a few weeks, but the possibility of taking over Santos appears to have just come around in the last 24 hours.

Late Sunday night, reports out of Mexico indicated that Bradley was on his way to Torreon to take the Santos job. Many were skeptical that it was true until pictures began popping up of him at the airport at Torreon. All of a sudden the reports gained steam.

On Monday morning, the question is whether Bradley was there to interview for the job or that he'd already been pegged as Santos' top candidate and only contract details had to be worked out. There were reports that he'd both taken the job and was interviewing for the job. Interim manager Eduardo Rergis cleared everything up at an afternoon press conference though.

"Santos have more options for coach, Bradley isn' t only one," Reris said. "Yesterday we had contact with others on the phone."

So Bradley is a candidate, not Santos' choice. He is the only one in Torreon though and Rergis did go on to say that Bradley would meet with club officials later in the day so it's not just interest on Bradley's end only. Santos is at least interested and very possibly extremely interested with him possibly being the team's top choice at the moment.

While all this is going on, Bradley remains a candidate for the Egypt job. He was named as one of Egypt's three finalists a few weeks ago, but not decision had been made. All talk about the job had quieted in the last week, but Bradley's agent took to Twitter to clarify the situation on Monday.

Bob Bradley is in Torreon meeting with officials of Santos Laguna. Egyptian FA says they shall make a decision shortly.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Exactly what the Egyptian FA means by "shortly" is not clear. That could be a day or it could be two weeks. Meanwhile, Bradley is now a candidate for the Santos job.

If faced with a decision between Santos and Egypt, it stands to reason that Bradley would take the Santos job. They have good talent, with Felipe Baloy, Santiago Hoyos, Oribe Peralta and Juan Pablo Rodriguez so they're in a position to win. They are sound financially so it wouldn't be a surprise if Bradley is given funds to buy new players as well.

At the same time, Egypt has been awful in Africa Nations Cup qualifying and have been eliminated. They are older and short on talent so there isn't much reason to believe that they can be turned around anytime soon. All in all, the Egypt job looks like a bit of a pit, while there is promise at Santos.

This is all assuming Bradley even has a choice. He's a candidate for both jobs and maybe not even the top candidate. Exactly how much Santos and Egypt want Bradley remains unclear, but there is some level of interest and we are getting closer to a resolution with both jobs.

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Former USMNT Manager Bob Bradley Interviewing For Vacant Santos Laguna Job

Bob Bradley is one of many candidates interviewing for the vacant Santos Laguna job

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