It's all very well getting giggly and excited about the World Cup, but what of the social cost to Brazil? Do FIFA have a responsibility to ensure accord and sustainability..?
The stark realisation for Manchester United fans is that their Everton counterparts seem much happier without David Moyes. Even more so after their 1-0 win...
So, just how good are England?
This is not a rhetorical question, that it is not a statement. There is no exclamation to follow this unbeaten qualifying campaign, even if I exclaimed a few things when Steven Gerrard scored the goal against Poland that turned hope tinged with expectation into conviction. There is a genuine question to ask, as always, about how the national team rate as we contemplate first December's World Cup finals draw and then next summer's tournament itself.
We know, roughly, how FIFA assess us: their rankings, updated on Thursday, will show us well outside the seeds, even though we will advance a bit on the 17th place we were after September's draw in Ukraine. And on the basis of most of the performances in qualifying, that seems right. Yet we all know that FIFA's rankings, which will be updated on Thursday before the play-off draw, are an imperfect exercise.
This is necessarily so, for a number of reasons. First, the scarcity of games means that single results have an undue bearing, in a system that allocates a ranking on the basis of the average number of points per game. Second, rather than having each team start each year on zero in the manner of a league side in August, which makes sense in national divisions, results have to be taken over a number of years to produce a decent sample size. Third, arbitrary weighting has to be applied to competitive matches versus friendlies. Fourth, the opposition's ranking needs to be part of the weighting to reflect the fact that beating Poland 1-0 on Friday is a greater achievement for Ukraine than putting eight past San Marino on Tuesday; but this means that if a qualifying draw gives you only lower-ranked opponents for competitive games, you will score fewer points. There was no result available to England in Group H to match the points accrued by beating then high-flying Croatia in both qualifiers for the last World Cup.
As France are pointing out, being in a five-team group could be the difference between being seeded for the play-offs or not. They will be bolstered by two victories while Sweden lost to Germany after being Austria, but if the margin is slight then there is a chance that France could miss out on a seeding on the strength of Roy Hodgson's decision to try players out in the closing minutes of the friendly in Stockholm last November. That helped the hosts, keener on a win to inaugurate their new stadium than on the squad pointers England's manager sought in the closing stages, turn defeat into victory.
It's the play-off draw that is France's headache, yet Hodgson may wonder whether a less experimental approach is worth pursuing in future, simply to increase the chances of victory. "Meaningless friendlies" may exist in club football, but are a fiction in the international game, even if they count two and a half times less than a competitive match.
Is that factor correct? You can certainly quibble, argue for a division of friendlies between experimental ones and blue-riband ones, as one way you could claim to improve the system. Yet it would be impossible to get all to agree with whatever system were employed.
FIFA themselves have acknowledged there are problems, announcing that the finals draw will be based on this month's ranking, so the teams who qualify via the play-offs will not have their status boosted by points accrued in extra competitive matches. Yet without FIFA's rankings on what basis would draws be made? The system, for all its flaws, is better than its predecessor - smoke-filled rooms populated by the game's grandees.
The rankings, however much criticised, will endure. So when the Euro 2016 draw happens in February, don't think purely in terms of whether England's group gives them an easy or difficult passage - look at how many points will be on offer for a team needing to return to the elite.