Ewan MacKenna World Cup diary from Brazil

Ewan MacKenna World Cup diary from Brazil
Ewan MacKenna.

Some Brazilian airlines show live World Cup games on board.

It was at sunrise on Tuesday in a hotel in Brasilia that a group of Nigerian air force personnel presented themselves at the counter for check in. Of all shapes and sizes – one man of at least 25 stone claimed to be a jet fighter pilot – what they had in common was enough seniority to be allowed to fly in for their nation’s second-round game with France.

But, drawing the attention of the entire lobby,...

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