2014 World Cup Qualifying: Bob Bradley The Reason For Egypt National Team's Inspiring Story

By Phil Naegely
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While Egypt is in a divided and dangerous state, one thing has kept the nation somewhat united – soccer. Former USMNT manager and current Egypt manager, Bob Bradley, has inspired not only the nation, but the global soccer scene.

Egypt has not qualified for a World Cup since 1990, but has already qualified for the 2014 World Cup. However, what is even more impressive, is that Egypt has gone a perfect 6-0-0 in qualifying so far.

There is one main reason why Egypt is playing well, and that Bob Bradley. For starters, he is an experienced coach on the international level. After being fired from USMNT following the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup to Mexico, Bradley was hired by Egypt. Many thought he would fail horriblly at his new gig, but some believed in him.

Well, Bradley is doing two great things for Egypt. First, he is leading the national team to unprecedented success in World Cup Qualifying, and possibly history, at the 2014 World Cup. In the two World Cups Egypt qualified for, they never got out of the group stage. In the 1934 World Cup, there was no group stage, and Egypt lost in the first round.

Additionally, Bradley’s success has brought some unity to the currently divided state of Egypt. Tuesday’s game against Guinea had to be played behind closed doors because of the unsafe conditions.

Egypt is in a dire state, but one person is bringing hope to the country. Bradley has brought life to both the national team and soccer fans. Additionally, he has brought hope to a country’s dire situation.

That’s what is great about sports, even in a divided nation, it can unite everyone.

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