Throughout Egypt’s near-miss World Cup qualifying campaign we read coverage of Bob Bradley, the former U.S. Men’s National Team boss who was trying to steer the seven-time African champions beyond Port Said, through revolution, and to the country’s first World Cup since 1990. By now we know how that turned out, but that doesn’t make the challenges Egypt was trying to overcome any less remarkable. And now, thanks to this documentary by Soura Films, we have a chance to put images to the last two-plus years worth of reports.
After watching this eight-minute preview, all previous attempts to describe Bradley’s challenges seem wholly inadequate. Hearing the words from Bradley and his wife Lindsay, seeing how people on the ground were relating to him, witnessing the reaction when Egypt eventually failed, it makes you think every story’s failed to capture the magnitude of the situation; as if the human element — the embraces, cheers, and tears — had been undersold. Either that, or there was no way to fully capture the story without a project like this: 800 days of behind the scenes access documenting Bradley’s entire tenure in Egypt.
From director Hossam Aboul-Magd and producers Charlie Stuart and Sandy Petrykowski, here’s the preview for American Pharaoh: 800 days with Bob Bradley and the Egyptian National Soccer team.