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  • Let troubled Colombia have its promised World Cup (who knows - a force for good?). Or, let others who'd subsequently pitch for it have it, including the USA (who knows - a force for football's growth there?). Or: secretly, manoeuvringly, never mind they'd already had that stage only sixteen years before, simply ensure that it went again to Mexico, whence operated certain people with endless supplies of brown envelopes and reciprocal favours.

    --Richard Brentnall, 2004, Pitch Black, p. 62

    February 21, 2008