Coaches and players have no say on biennial World Cup - Simeone

Sat 23 October 2021 | 16:18

The Atletico Madrid manager thinks the money men are the ones who will make a decision on the World Cup happening every two years.

Diego Simeone

believes players and managers are not the ones to decide as FIFA chiefs try to have the World Cup be held every two.


Atletico Madrid

boss talked about the issue on Saturday, before the clash against Real Sociedad.

Simeone, who represented Argentina in three World Cups, thinks the power-brokers in the games are not directly involved, and those with balance sheets are the priority.


As much as one may comment on the proposed situation, the final decision is not for the players or the coaches,"

he said.

"I put myself in the position of a player of mine; I would always go to play with my national team, it is difficult to say 'no' to him.

"People who have to make decisions manage badly in the eyes of the players, they are getting worse and worse. But I am not going to put myself in something that cannot be changed.

"We can complain, express anger, protest, but television rules, money rules, clubs grow, clubs need money, national teams need money.

"We are in the middle, we can protest, complain, but life is like that for everyone."

Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s head of global development, is in charge of the push for holding the World Cup more often, but UEFA and CONMEBOL have pushed back.

Some players and coaches have also slammed the plans.


As a player I would have liked to play a World Cup every year. That's normal,"

he added.

"As a coach we obviously prefer to have the players."

source: SportMob

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