WORLD CUP: It’s all coming down to 3-9-6-4

NARAYANAN MURALI KRISHNAN writes from Delhi: Brazil won the World Cup in 1994. Before that, it had won the title for the last time in 1970. If you add up, 1970 + 1994 = 3964.

Argentina won the World Cup for the last time in 1986. Before that in 1978. And 1978 + 1986 = 3964.

Germany won the World Cup in 1990. Before that, it had won in 1974. Look: 1990 + 1974 = 3964.

Using 3964 as the base figure, let's see who won the World Cup in 2002: 3964 – 2002 = 1962. Since Brazil won the World Cup in 1962, it was the winner in 2002.

So, who will be the winner of the 2006 World Cup? Let's see, 3964 – 2006 = 1958. And who won in 1958?

Oh, should you ask? B-R-A-Z-I-L.