Lula was his usual charismatic and convincing self. “The event will have total transparency,’’ said the then president of Brazil. “We are going to put on an unforgettable World Cup. That’s the commitment. You can hold us to it.’’
In the background, Orlando Silva was hugely reassuring. “There won’t be one cent of public money used to build stadiums,’’ promised the then sports minister, as he addressed...
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