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MARTIN SAMUEL: FIFA took the World Cup to Qatar and now expect it not to be Qatari


At the Westin Hotel on Awaji island, near Kobe, Japan, Sven Goran Eriksson surveyed the players’ recreation room.

There were 23 individual, state-of-the-art games consoles, one for each member of the squad, a pool table, an air-hockey table, three games of table football, plus table tennis. Next door was a cinema and space for the 23 additional laptops that each player had received, along with a Walkman, a CD player and a mobile phone.

This, it was hoped, would keep restless minds active on their way to the inevitable quarter-final exit. Eriksson turned to the Football Association official by his side. ‘Why can’t they just read a book?’ he wondered.

Sven-Goran Eriksson once asked why England stars needed technology to be entertained

Sven-Goran Eriksson once asked why England stars needed technology to be entertained

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