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Bradley's 'big responsibility' in Egypt

  • AP, Friday, October 28, 2011 3:59 PM

Ahmed El-sedawy caught up with Bob Bradley in Egypt, where the former U.S. coach is preparing for his first game at the Egypt helm, a friendly vs. Brazil Nov. 14 in Qatar. Bradley's challenge is to qualify Egypt for the World Cup for the first time since 1990 and rebuild the three-time defending African Cup of Nations champion that failed to qualify for next year’s tournament -- all at a time of historic change in the North African country.

"As an American I saw on TV and read about the January revolution and I respect what the Egyptians have done for what they believe," Bradley said. "And when you are a coach of a national team your team must be connected to the people. Players must know when they wear the national team jersey that they are playing for millions of people who love the team of this country. ... I try to listen and learn about everything, not only football and sports and it's very exciting for me to be part of this life every day. ...

"Regarding not qualifying to the World Cup since 1990, everywhere I go, everyone I meet and who talks with me speaks about the World Cup dream. So, it's a big responsibility."

Bradley was dismissed by the USA after its 4-2 loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup final in June and replaced by Jurgen Klinsmann. "When you coach a national team, the judgment should be on your input with the team and the record and the results, and I think my results were good," Bradley said. "I'm now the coach of the Egyptian national team," he replied, after being asked on his thoughts surrounding his dismissal and his successor. "I'm not going to speak about Klinsmann now, give him time. I'm very proud of what we achieved in the last five years when I was the coach of the United States. The Gold Cup final was a good match. We worked very hard in the Gold Cup to reach the final and we gave everything against Mexico. They made a few plays and won. This is football."

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