Amwal Al Ghad English - 2013-10-16 08:59:28
Even before he moved to his new job, Bob Bradley knew something of how football and politics can cross. Prior to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the then USA coach and his squad were invited to the White House to meet President Obama and the former president Bill Clinton. Clinton then attended the Yanks' round-of-16 match in Rustenburg – which the USA lost 2-1 to Ghana.
Of course, the White House's involvement was a harmless photo opportunity. But as coach of the Egyptian national team since September 2011, Bradley has experienced a whole new game of political football.
"I think in many countries in the world there is a connection between football and politics ", says Bradley, 55. "But when you consider what happened in January 2011 and the role that Ultras played in that, I think that connection is even greater in Egypt."
January 2011 was the start of Egypt's Arab Spring. A month later, President Hosni Mubarak resigned after 30 years in power. At the heart of the revolution that displaced him were the hardcore fans of Egypt's two biggest clubs, Al-Ahly and Zamalek – otherwise known as the Ultras. More»