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April 29, 2010

QT: New Book Exposes World Cup Chicanery

A new book is out, written by investigative journalists from South Africa and Britain, looking into the financial and political maneuvers that it took to put together the World Cup this summer… and it’s every bit as bad as you would expect.

The book points to stadia built with no competitive bidding, extortion, bribes and FIFA strong-arming of authorities in Cape Town and beyond. The New York Times says “The estimated taxpayer bill for stadiums, rail links and other projects has risen to approximately $2.4 billion from $310 million.” Meanwhile, FIFA stands to generate income of $3.2 billion to $4 billion from the 2010 World Cup.

Seems like a fair result for a country that still has trouble providing running water and electricity in some areas.

The book concludes: “Power is disproportionately allocated in favor of FIFA and corporate entities to the detriment of the host governments and their citizens.”

Well, that just about sums it up, doesn’t it?



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2 Comments


  1. Goat

    I think any one of us could have written that book without ever leaving the house.


  2. Written this before so foogettrn where I am. Cooper was in danger of becoming a victim of the general desire for competitive football. Hull City have already lost a few decent kids to the absence of meaningless end-of-season games and he could easily have gone the same way – for a few years now March and April have been all about going up or staying up, no freebies so no run-outs for the youngsters.He played a few Premier League games, which isn’t the same as being a Premier League player. But he showed great promise. Had he been a striker (like Mark Cullen) or a “strolling” midfielder (like Tom Cairney) he’d probably have played more, but when you’re under pressure you don’t fart about with your back four unless you have to.He’s decent on the ball and has composure. He shows good anticipation and decent pace and he’s certainly brave enough in the challenge. Whether that is enough to make up for him not being 6ft 5 inches remains to be seen.There have been question marks on the message boards about his commitment, about whether he reckons he’s made the big time already. Well if he thinks a starting spot in City’s reserves with the odd game for the first team puts him up there with Billy McNeill (Cooper played at under 17 for Scotland) then he might as well pack up now.But most of us here think he has a fair bit to offer. He needs games and a bit of time away from home shouldn’t do him any harm. He’s never let Hull down and this move could be the making of him.



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