Saturday 16 December 2017

World Cup forever in Brazil . . . and Italy

Declan Lynch is on the same side as Eamon 
Dunphy - one country should host the World Cup. But which one?

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

All World Cups should be held in Brazil. People say this in the enthusiasm of the moment, carried away by the greatness of this particular tournament, but not really believing that such a thing should actually happen. Deep down they are still of the view that it must be moved from continent to continent, that the present system is probably the best.

So when Eamon Dunphy suggested that all World Cups should in future be held in the same country, it seemed to some like a top-of-the-head comment on a tangential matter that did not merit any detailed discussion by the RTE panel, because, for a start, it is
never going to happen. So on a busy night, they moved on.

Yet there were a few of us who did not dismiss it as an obviously crazy and unworkable idea. I, for one, had a shock of recognition when I heard him mention it, because of late, my own thinking on this matter had also been moving in that direction.

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