Bob Bradley, remember the name?
Bold headed chap, talks in a droll tone and was the USMNT’s head coach at the last FIFA World Cup in 2010… of course you do.
Well, the former US national team maestro has been handed one heck of an accolade over the past few days, as he was ranked as the fifth best national team coach in the world.
Bradley has become something of an icon since taking over as the Egyptian head coach, with the Pharaohs pushing on for qualification to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Three wins from their first three games sees Egypt top of Group G and hoping for the best in the playoff draw for the finals. But the tragedies in Port Said forced his national team to take on a larger importance with the Egyptian league postponed and many of his players hugely effected by the revolution taking place in the country.
So perhaps he deserves even more credit than the four coaches above him in the rankings? (Spain’s Vicente Del Bosque, Germany’s Joachim Löw, Holland’s ex-coach Bert van Marwijk and Uruguay’s Oscar Tabarez)
One thing you get with Bob is an underlying sense of commitment, dedication and humility. He understands what his players are good at doing and makes sure the team plays to those strengths.
Egypt failed to qualify for the 2013 African Cup of Nations but he hasn’t panicked. In a recent in-depth interview with FIFA.com, Bradley cited that the huge support his side are getting from the nation is striving him to aim high.
“We talked about the fact that we have this special opportunity; that people in Egypt had this hope and dream to get to the World Cup and that ultimately that was our responsibility.”
With Bradley at the helm, Egyptians are certainly believing again, as the national team hopes to qualify for the World Cup for the first-time since 1990.
FC Dallas’ hopes of winning MLS Cup are about to take a major hit.
Colombian attacker Fabian Castillo is ready to further his career beyond Major League Soccer, according to Goal.com, and is on the verge of a $3-4 million switch to Turkish side Trabzonspor.
Thrice capped for his national team, Castillo has been dynamite for Dallas. He has five goals and five assists in 22 appearances this season, and scored a combined 19 goals in the previous two seasons.
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Trabzonspor finished 12th in last year’s Turkish Super Lig, but won the league as recently as 2010-11 and is the 59th ranked team in UEFA.
FC Dallas manager Oscar Pareja is a strong manager, but it will take everything he has to keep the club atop the Western Conference. With stingy Colorado on the docket today, let’s see if Castillo is in the lineup.
The transfer mill has been churning out big names moves a-plenty this week as teams gear up for their seasons.
Rumors are coming fast and furious still, and Saturday is no exception.
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Iceland’s run to the EURO quarterfinals may’ve opened a lot of eyes, but many already knew about Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Swansea man left for and returned from Spurs, but now could be on the move again.
The Express says Everton are willing to spend close to $33 million to lure Sigurdsson to Goodison Park. How wild have transfer fees gone in recent years? Brexit deflation aside, Sigurdsson’s moves to Swansea and Spurs cost between $9-12 million.
Eurosport reports that Arsenal is ready to go big in pursuit of Leicester City maestro Riyad Mahrez.
The Algerian international is said to have been “seduced” by the Gunners and wants to make a move to North London. The fee would be approximately $55 million, and take another instrumental part of the Foxes’ PL title run from the East Midlands.
The Sun claims that four omissions from Tottenham’s recent travel list mean all are destined to be sold by Mauricio Pochettino. Clinton N'Jie, Alex Pritchard, Nabil Bentaleb and Federico Fazio are ready for your club’s bid.
Zenit Saint Petersburg coach Mircea Lucescu told Calciomercato that there are three offers in for Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel, one in the Premier League and two in Serie A. Witsel has been linked with Everton, Liverpool and Roma this summer.
Young Spanish center back Carlos Blanco Moreno cranked home a long distance goal in Saturday’s International Champions Cup match between Juventus and Melbourne Victory.
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Ex-Barcelona man Blanco, 20, brought down a substandard clearance from Melbourne goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas, took a touch, and blasted a shot over the 24-year-old Australian backstop.
Melbourne would draw level before going on to win the match in penalty kicks, but this was the highlight of the match.
Sky Sports reports that longtime Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has found a home under his former manager.
The 35-year-old center back was released by the Reds this summer, and is undergoing a medical ahead of joining Brendan Rodgers at Celtic.
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Toure joined Liverpool from Manchester City in 2013, one year after Rodgers took the helm at Anfield.
The move would be Celtic’s second signing under Rodgers, as the Glasgow side added French forward Moussa Dembele from Fulham earlier this summer.