Four friends watch the 1998 World Cup final together, as usual. One of them has an idea: let's write down our wishes for the next few years, put them away, and during the next final, four years from now, we'll get them out and see how many we've achieved. This is how 'World Cup Wishes' opens, and from here we follow the lives of the four, watching what happens to their wishes and their friendships as life marches on. The four men's bond is deep and solid: they talk to one another, think and consult, but they are also driven by their passions and competitiveness. Indeed, throughout the novel, suppressed violence simmers beneath the surface, threatening to erupt at any time. They are tested by betrayal, death, distance and personal changes. Each friend offers a different perspective, though not necessarily a reliable one...and as they and the world around them changes, so do their ideas of friendship and happiness. By the end they are forced to ask themselves: in a society such as this, a reality like ours, can wishes really be fulfilled? Or will their story turn out to be a requiem - for a generation, for friendship, or even for one of the four young men?