Bob Bradley, from Coach of the U.S. Men\'s National Team to the sun drenched pyramids of Egypt.
Soccer News:Â PBS Announces AMERICAN PHARAOH, Documentary About the Egyptian National Soccer Team and Its American Coach, Bob Bradley
Program Scheduled to Air Prior to the World Cup in 2014Â
PBS today announced it will air the one-hourÂ documentaryÂ AMERICAN PHARAOH, which goes behind the scenes with the Egyptian national soccer team â€” the â€śPharaohsâ€ť â€” and its American coach, Bob Bradley. Scheduled to premiere in 2014, prior to the FIFA World Cup in June in Brazil, the film by Egyptian filmmaker Hossam Aboul-Magd follows the teamâ€™s efforts to qualify for soccerâ€™s ultimate event for the first time in more than 20 years. In production for more than two years, with scenes still being shot, the film sets the soccer teamâ€™s challenge to succeed against the backdrop of the incredible turmoil in Egypt today.Â
â€śThis is not just a film about soccer,â€ť says Aboul-Magd. â€śThis is about my country, my team, a coach I respect and the dream of capturing the World Cup in spite of enormous challenges.Â I see the goal of developing a strong team, in the middle of a revolution, as a metaphor for the rebuilding of Egypt.â€ť
â€śWhen Hossam approached PBS with this idea, we were immediately on board,â€ť says Bill Gardner, Senior Director, Programming, PBS. Â â€śThis film not only tells a compelling story, but also provides a unique window into Egyptiansâ€™ ongoing struggle to define themselves during a time of national unrest.Â The journey of the Pharaohs on the road to the World Cup with the perspective of their American coach make this a truly unusual and intimate film.â€ť
After a successful run as coach of the U.S. menâ€™s national soccer team, reaching the second round in the 2010 World Cup, Bradley signed on to coach the Egyptian team in September 2011. Faced with ongoing violence and political strife within the country, the team must remain united and work together to reach their ambitious goal.
â€śMaking it to the World Cup will not solve the lack of education and poverty in Egypt, but it would be a great symbol for the country,â€ť says Bradley.
AMERICAN PHARAOHÂ follows Bradley â€” only the third American coach to manage a foreign team â€” his wife, Lindsay, his staff and his players. In gaining access to the training camps and providing in-depth coverage of the Pharaohsâ€™ games in Africa, the filmmakers document the teamâ€™s personal and professional struggles to keep their eyes on the prize of getting to the World Cup while living in and representing a country in turmoil.