World Cup quote of the week

Over the next few weeks of football insanity we will occasionally draw your attention to a few choice comments.

From this week's FT, comes a comment that says as much about Japan's woes as it does about the World Cup it is co-hosting

The Sapporo Dome, for example, cost Y42.2 billion to build, plus a further Y11.5 billion for the purchase of the land. Asked whether it could ever recoup its costs, one government official in Hokkaido said revealingly 'Because it was constructed by the government, we do not really work on the principle of cost recovery.'

The Sapporo Dome features a natural grass pitch located outside the stadium so that it can grow in the open air. When football matches are to be played, the pitch is floated into the space-age arena...

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