Before the World Cup there was all the usual hype about how it would benefit the country. Yet, for all the more than six billion dollars worth of investment in stadiums, roads, airports and other projects, there has been very little that will benefit the vast majority of the population.
In the future, in a real human community, there will surely be football. Football has proved itself to be the most compelling team game of all. But there won't be any nation states, so the World Cup in its present form will have been consigned to the Museum of Football History.