The World Cup in Brazil finished on 13 July, concluding with the deserved crowning of Germany as world champions. The quality of the games and the football was generally outstanding, which was undoubtedly good news for the organising institution, FIFA. This is an organisation which did not deserve such good fortune because it is, to be blunt, a disgrace.
The World Cup was preceded by major protests in Brazil, especially in 2013, motivated by anger that the government was prioritising World Cup expenditure over the alleviation of the plight of Brazil’s many, many poor. The protests would have been less heated if there had been any trust that Brazil would receive a fair share of World Cup revenue from FIFA. Yet, as with the preceding host, South Africa in 2010, FIFA took the lion’s share of the profits, tax-free, instead of sharing equitably with a host country plagued by serious economic problems.