Why magical Brazil 2014 trumps London Olympics
Memorable action and immersion in an alien culture made World Cup a special experience
Talk about a thundering halt to a beautiful party; it was really quite startling on Monday night to witness just how quickly Rio had returned to a non-World Cup hosting city.
People had mostly scattered home and the sudden, jolting absence of bustle and colour was acutely felt.
This wonderful World Cup has thrown up 64 games across 32 days, 171 goals and deserving German champions. It has consumed attention to the point of interrupting Iranian nuclear negotiations.