Lichfield's article clearly reveals the imprint of the Sillon in Jules Rimet's vision of the World Cup.
Some extracts from Lichfield's article follow:
In the small village of Theuley-les-Lavoncourt in eastern France stands a monument to a local man who changed the world.
The monument takes the form of a grassed football penalty area, complete with a replica goal, and a portrait of a man who never kicked a ball in anger in his life.
His name was Jules Rimet. Of all the Frenchmen who touched the consciousness of the world in the last century - Charles de Gaulle, Henri Matisse, Marcel Proust - M. Rimet reached more people, in more countries, more lastingly than any other. His child - or monster - will make one of its four-yearly explosions into the world's rapt gaze from this Friday. M. Rimet, a grocer's son who became a lawyer, invented the World Cup.
Jules Rimet: The man who kicked off the World Cup, by John Lichfield, The Independent, 5 June 2006