World Cup each two years European membership group firmly rejects
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has warned of a possible European boycott of the World Cup should FIFA host the World Cup every two years.
The world football association reviews the international game calendar under the direction of the former long-time Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who proposes a major tournament every year.
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According to the proposals, the World Cup would rotate with continental tournaments such as the European Championship and would be held every two years instead of every four.
“We can choose not to play,” Ceferin told the Times.
“As far as I know, the South Americans are on the same side. So good luck in a World Cup like this. I think that will never happen because it is so against the fundamental principles of football.”
“Playing a month-long tournament every summer is a killer for the players. If it happens every two years, it collides with the Women’s World Cup, with the Olympic football tournament.
“The value lies precisely in the fact that it takes place every four years, you wait for it, it’s like the Olympic Games, it’s a huge event. I don’t see our associations supporting that.”
However, FIFA’s plan to host the World Cup every two years met with “very positive feedback,” Wenger said on Thursday.
Former Brazilian striker Ronaldo appeared at a virtual press conference with Wenger and expressed support for the idea, with former Australian international Tim Cahill and former Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel also assisting the process.
Schmeichel said none of the players who took part in the discussion were against the idea of switching to a two-year cycle.
“Overall, I think I’ve had a very positive response, but this decision is a democratic decision and will certainly be made by the 211 countries affiliated with FIFA. I think we will continue to consult people,” Wenger said .
The Frenchman’s plans have also been rejected by the World Leagues Forum and the European Leagues, which represent professional club competitions in their respective regions.
When asked about this opposition and the risk of major conflict within the game, Wenger said his role was only to come up with a solution to the game.
“I don’t hesitate at all. I am 100% convinced that what I am proposing is the right solution for the modern way of organizing football. When people have better ideas, I am open to it and I am happy about any idea. ” better than me, “he said.
“I’m not going to vote. I’m just making one proposal that I think will make things better and life better for everyone, but most importantly, will make football better.”
Wenger added that his job is to convince people of the merits of his proposal. He also said that FIFA could decide on the next steps for the proposal as early as December.
LaLiga president Javier Tebas is the latest European football figure to speak out against the plans.
“A biennial World Cup is a threat not only to national football leagues, but to the entire tradition of world football,” he said.
“It would require a reshaping of the calendar that would disrupt the domestic leagues so badly that interest would be lost and continuity at risk.
“This would have a cascading effect on the entire football pyramid, so that the fans would lose interest in the sport. New competitions or more frequent games will not contribute to the growth of football, on the contrary.