Monday 23 October 2017

Why magical Brazil 2014 trumps London Olympics

Memorable action and immersion in an alien culture made World Cup a special experience

Dancers perform at the World Cup closing ceremony at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Pool/Getty Images
Dancers perform at the World Cup closing ceremony at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Pool/Getty Images

Joe Molloy

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.

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