Richard Whittall:

“The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer has helped me immensely with great information and perspective.”


Bob Bradley, former US and Egyptian national coach

"James Dorsey’s The Turbulent World of Middle Eastern Soccer (has) become a reference point for those seeking the latest information as well as looking at the broader picture."
Alon Raab in The International Journal of the History of Sport

“Dorsey’s blog is a goldmine of information.”

Play the Game

"Your expertise is clearly superior when it comes to Middle Eastern soccer."
Andrew Das, The New York Times soccer blog Goal

"Dorsey statement (on Egypt) proved prophetic."
David Zirin, Sports Illustrated

"Essential Reading"
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Richard Whitall of A More Splendid Life

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Christopher Ahl, Play the Game

"An excellent Middle East Football blog"
James Corbett, Inside World Football


Saturday, September 17, 2011

JMD in NYT: What Kind of Job Is Bradley Walking Into?


September 16, 2011, 11:30 AM

What Kind of Job Is Bradley Walking Into?

If Bob Bradley is indeed headed to Egypt this weekend to sign on as the coach of its national team — not a done deal, according to at least one source close to Bradley — then what kind of a job is he walking into?
Egypt won the last three African Cup of Nations titles, but failed to qualify for next year’s tournament. It was closely aligned with the government of the former president Hosni Mubarak, a fact that doesn’t exactly count as a positive in Cairo these days. And when Egypt’s national league was suspended for much of the spring, many of the country’s most passionate fans — after coming together to help lead antigovernment protests — alternately waged open conflict with each other and the security forces.
In short, Bradley’s move is most definitely not the same as taking, say, the Vancouver Whitecaps job. So, wondering what he was thinking, and what he was in for, we asked James M. Dorsey, who writes comprehensively about soccer in the region on his blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, a few questions about what Bradley can expect, and about some of the obstacles he’ll have to overcome to keep the Pharaohs, a longtime African power, from coming apart at the seams.

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