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FIFA president Gianni Infantino defends biennial World Cup proposal

Wed 13 October 2021 | 2:58

FIFA president Gianni Infantino believes staging World Cup every two years will not deteriorate the magic of the tournament.

The international governing body of football is undertaking a feasibility analysis into the practicalities of the biennial World Cup, a move that has sparked outrage from numerous confederations, clubs, players, and fans.

"A World Cup with 48 teams [from 2026] has already been decided. Whether it will take place every two years or four years, that is under consultation,"

Infantino

told media in Israel

.

"Definitely believe in having more prestigious events, whether the World Cup or anything else... Precisely because it is a magi c tournament is perhaps why it should happen more often.

"The prestige of an event depends on its quality, not its frequency. You have the Super Bowl every year, Wimbledon or theChampions League every year, and everyone is excited and waiting for it."

Infantino also said FIFA is looking to expand the Club World Cup that is held annually.

"We would like to increase the value of national championships and domestic leagues,"

he added.

"We need to find the right format that won't be too disruptive to the calendar and all the other events."


source: SportMob

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