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Wenger ‘ready to take that gamble’ to stage World Cup every two years

Fri 24 September 2021 | 1:58

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he is “ready to take that gamble" to stage World Cups every two years.

The former

Arsenal

manager, now FIFA's chief of global football development, has faced criticism from football communities after suggesting that there should be fewer international breaks and more World Cups.

South American federations said a change

"could distort the most important football competition on the planet".

UEFA, meanwhile, said the plans will create significant "dangers" for football, including a potential loss in prestige for the World Cup and concerns over player welfare.

However,

Wenger

is confident that his suggestion will only improve the sport.

"The risk is to make football better, and I'm ready to take that gamble,"

he told

BBC Sport

.

"The international match calendar is fixed until 2024. Until then, nothing can change. I've been guided by a few ideas to propose a plan to reshape the international calendar.

"The first one is to make football better all over the world. The second one is to have a more modern way and more simple way to organize the calendar.

"Therefore, I want to reduce the number of qualifiers and to regroup the qualifying periods."

Wenger insisted he would have supported the idea if he had been a club manager.

"I'd agree with what I propose because I think for the club it's much better,"

he said.

"There's no interference during the season. I suffered a lot from interference during the season.

"It's not about me, it is about the proposal to make football better, clearer, more simple and more meaningful to the world.

"I am convinced that the clubs gain in it because they can focus completely, they have their players available for the whole season and the national teams benefit from it as well.

"There's no increase of number of games, there's a better rest period, less traveling and more quality competition. That's why I think this project is really defendable.

"Yesterday I was in a very long meeting with [players union] FIFPRO, we consult everybody. We are conscious that we need to talk to everybody.

"I think I've convinced FIFPRO that in my program the players were my first worry."

Wenger was confident the competition would not lose its reputation by being held every two years.

"The World Cup's such a huge event that I don't think it will diminish the prestige,"

he said.

"You want to be the best in the world, and you want to be the best in the world every year.

"I'm not on an ego trip. I've been asked to help to shape the calendar of tomorrow, I consult the whole world."


source: SportMob

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