Voices of boys were by the riverside
Sleep mothered them; and left the twilight sad
-- Wilfred Owen, The War Poems
On June 12, millions of fans sat glued to their TVs as Brazil took on Croatia in the opening game of the World Cup at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. It was a compelling match, with Croatia startling the hosts by taking an early lead before a nervy Brazil hauled themselves back into the game, winning 3-1 and setting the scene for an enthralling tournament.
But perhaps an even...