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    LONDON -- Bob Bradley persevered in Egypt through a violent uprising, exceled in Norway with limited resources and dropped into Frances second tier league to further prove his coaching credentials. Discount Air Max Shoes Wholesale .Throughout the arduous journey after leading the United States at the 2010 World Cup, Bradley remained fixed on the ultimate goal -- a job in a top European league.Now, after years of setbacks and rejections, the 58-year-old Bradley has arrived in the richest soccer league of all after landing a job with Swansea City on Monday.The Premier League has had 21 different nationalities managing its teams, but Bradley is the first American after replacing the fired Francesco Guidolin in south Wales.Bob is extraordinarily intelligent about the game, his work ethic is second to none, and the way he manages teams and deals with people are all outstanding, U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati told The Associated Press on Monday.You need a number of things to go right to get an opportunity like this (in the Premier League) and to break through if you are not in the regular circle of coaches that are considered for such opportunities.As the years rolled by, Bradley grew frustrated that he was interviewed for such opportunities in elite leagues but then overlooked for more established European names.In many cases decision-makers play it safe, Bradley told the AP last year while completing his second season with Norwegian club Stabaek. Theres certainly a network. There are still a lot of good managers. There are also a lot of bad managers. Its not to say that sometimes you dont shake your head at how certain guys keep popping up in jobs.Bradleys early career developed out of the limelight. Never a professional player, the New Jersey native gained his early managerial experience in college soccer. He coached Princeton University, became an assistant with Major League Soccers D.C. United in 1996, then led the Chicago Fire, MetroStars and Chivas USA teams before landing the U.S. national team job in 2006.The world was soon taking notice, particularly at the 2009 Confederations Cup where the Americans ended then-European champion Spains 35-match winning streak en route to the final.Bradleys reputation grew and the U.S. won a 2010 World Cup group, which included England, before going out in the second round.After being fired by U.S. Soccers Gulati in 2011, Bradley sought a new challenge. It was one of the most daunting in world soccer, taking charge of Egypt in the midst of the Arab Spring uprising.The American Pharaoh -- as he became known -- gained admiration there by sticking with the job even as Egypt was being shaken by deadly fan disorder, part of the wider anarchy in a nation going through violent street protests and bloody security crackdowns.Bradley left Egypt after failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup and moved to Stabaek, which he departed after securing qualification for the Europa League last year. He impressed in his next job too, in France, where Le Havre only missed out on promotion to the top division in May on goal difference.Bradley called the Swansea job a unique opportunity in a parting message on Le Havres website.I know its the exposure Ive enjoyed at the club that has given me the opportunity to coach a Premier League team, he said.Bradley is swapping one for small port city for another. Like at Le Havre, Bradley will be working under American ownership in Swansea, a former industrial city with a population of less than 250,000. Steve Kaplan, a minority owner and executive vice chairman of the NBAs Memphis Grizzlies, and Jason Levien, a part-owner of D.C. United, took control of Swansea in July.With Swansea winning only one of its opening seven league matches, the owners felt compelled to act. Guidolin, who has only been at the south Wales club since January, became the first manager to be fired in the Premier League this season -- and on his 61st birthday.After the two-week international break, Bradley faces a daunting first game in charge: a trip to Arsene Wengers Arsenal on Oct. 15.He is highly regarded as a coach and has a wealth of experience on the international and domestic front, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said. He is well aware of the clubs footballing philosophy and will provide us with strong leadership qualities and a renewed belief to compete at this level.It is never easy changing managers, but we are looking at a long-term appointment and we are confident Bob can settle us down and stabilize matters on and off the pitch.Bradley is not the only American manager in English soccer. David Wagner has started the second-tier League Championship season at Huddersfield by winning eight out of 11 games, taking the northern English team to top spot in the division.---Rob Harris is at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and www.facebook.com/RobHarrisReports Cheap Air Max Shoes With Free Shipping .B. -- The Baie-Comeau Drakkar took over sole possession of first place atop the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Thursday with their sixth straight win. Discount Air Max Shoes . LOUIS -- Roman Polak was celebrating even before Alexander Steen scored the winning goal in Saturdays 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. http://www.cheapairmaxdiscount.com/ . Jon Montgomerys gold medal in skeleton at the Whistler Sliding Centre and his subsequent auctioning off of a pitcher of beer in the village square elevated him to folk-hero status. Club rugby has a pulse. A powerful, healthy pulse. This is despite it being continually neglected, with funding chopped off by those who run the code, and has had to rely on the most selfless of volunteers to survive.But as was shown at the Shute Shield grand final on Saturday, it provides a vital core to the game. It is where so many discover and develop their love of the code. It continues to produce talent for the professional level. And as it involves intense tribalism, it really means something.That it still has a major impact has to be applauded when as the Sydney Rugby Union chairman and president Rob Millner explained in the match program that this years funding from the Australian Rugby Union (had been) cut to zero.You can have your many and varied professional competitions, with cobbled together teams. But for the bulk of the 10,000 or so who were at North Sydney Oval, they would say that the highlight of their season was witnessing this rollicking club final. It was where they can show their true allegiances.As delighted were those involved in the 7Two free-to-air television coverage, who have been enthused with their club rugby figures all season, where in NSW only they have been averaging 65-70,000 viewers per game.It was a highly emotional day. When the teams ran out- there were on-field scuffles among supporters from various clubs- not just the grand-finalists- who had formed tunnels for both sides. And it finished with a crowd invasion before the end of the game in the last minute, when hundreds hopped the fence and made a mad dash down the field to enjoy the moment when one of Sydney rugbys longest droughts ended. The final involved one of the powerhouses of the local game- Sydney University- which in recent times had become accustomed to accumulating premierships- seven Shute Shield titles in the past decade.Up against them was one of the competitions battlers- Northern Suburbs- an organisation which has had its tough times, but always boasted a strong club spirit. Nonetheless they had been under-achievers for some time- not having enjoyed Shute Shield success since 1975, or had appeared in a grand final since 1998.So the Norths diehards arrived at their home ground, buoyant about a lineup that had won 12 games straight to make the grand final, but with reservations, as they were aware of the difficulties of having to confront an opposition long accustomed to success.Among them were Norths Test representatives, including Al Baxter and Richard Tombs, while there was a sighting of their current Wallaby- Adam Ashley-Cooper- on the Hill. In the stands were representatives of Norths 1975 premiership tteam, including their captain Reg Smith, who long ago at the Sydney Sportsground had defeated an impressive Parramatta side that had Ray Price who was about to head to the league ranks. Cheap Air Max Discount. And like any good final, which must have its heroes and villains, they had someone to jeer on Saturday. In the Sydney University side was Tom Carter, long-time Waratah, playing his last game. For years, he has polarised crowds, irritating many with his on-field aggression and often masterful sledging skills. So the anti-Carter chants began.Carter had his moment of retaliation, when after Norths had dominated the first half, he scored after the break right in front of their cheer squad in the Charlie Macartney Stand. With it a fist pump aimed at both the Norths and University fans.It looked as if it had the desired effect, as University again scored shortly after to take the lead 15-13. But Norths, as they have done so many times this season, rallied, breaking through twice, including in the final minute that prompted the crowd swarm. A conversion still had to be taken, but due to the chaos, referee Will Houston had no option but to call full-time.After the game, Carter impressed many with his gracious words, explaining that the Shoremen fully deserved the Shute Shield and that it was a fitting way to end a 41-year famine.But it was still a tough moment.I suppose Ive made a lot of people happy in Sydney tonight going out a loser, Carter said as Norths were being presented with the Shute Shield.Its a shit way to finish your career, I guess. But Ive given it my all. I didnt play for Australia, and I didnt win a grand final in my last game. I still love the game and its given me a lot.Nearby on the field, Reg Smith was delighted he had witnessed such an important club moment and a day that reminded all how crucial this level of the game remains.They are a fabulous side, as theyve come from behind so many times to win, Smith said. They are so gutsy, so spirited. It wont be 40 odd years before we win another one, thats for sure.Its days like these which shows how much spirit there is in club rugby. Its all very well for the 0.1 per cent of the guys who make a living out of rugby, but for the rest this is the real heart and soul of the game.Thankfully there were ARU officials in attendance. After witnessing such a vibrant finale, it would have been impossible for them to ignore the fact that club rugby is alive, well and kicking... but most importantly deserves greater support. Or just some support. cheap falcons jerseys cheap ravens jerseys cheap bills jerseys cheap bears jerseys cheap bengals jerseys cheap cowboys jerseys cheap lions jerseys cheap texans jerseys cheap colts jerseys cheap jaguars jerseys cheap chiefs jerseys cheap rams jerseys cheap dolphins jerseys cheap vikings jerseyscheap saints jerseys cheap giants jerseys cheap jets jerseys cheap eagles jerseys cheap steelers jerseys cheap 49ers jerseys ' ' '