Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Bob Bradley faces a different sort of pressure.
Generally admired in Egypt for so completely immersing himself in the culture and lauded for his part in returning international football to Cairo for the first time in two years, few international managers are as popular as the 55-year-old.
But he still has to deliver results.
A successful group stage campaign took The Pharaohs into the playoff round of African qualifying as they’ll play the first leg of their series against Ghana on Tuesday.
A good result would serve to fire up the 30,000 supporters who will attend the return leg at the 30 June Stadium, and victory in the tie and a first World Cup appearance for Egypt since 1990 would see Bradley attain legendary status.
But however influential he has been in the tumultuous story of Egyptian football these last few years, failure to progress to Brazil would be a grave disappointment.