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FIFA intensifies push to stage men's World Cup every 2 years

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By GRAHAM DUNBAR

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More world cups, more money bribes for FIFA..

Pathetic circus..

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FIFA World Cup? More like greed-fa world cup

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All for the money. Sporting ruling bodies eventually all go this way.

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Hoping this plan gets approved. Would be fabulous to watch the World Cup of 48 nations every 2 years! I know others disagree, but watching International soccer is the ultimate, far more appeal than meaningless Europa League tournaments, for example. Probably less money for the European confederation if it goes ahead, but money shouldnt be the main consideration. Just my opinion.

Europe and South America combine for 65 of the 211 FIFA members — fewer than the one-third total likely needed to block any proposal.

Good. Even if the EU and South America band together, they likely cannot block this proposal.

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino believes staging more tournaments would increase opportunities and enthusiasm in most of the 211 member countries, many of which never qualify to play at the World Cup.

If that be the case, then do away with the continental qualifers and hold a world cup with all 211 countries taking part. Of course we it isn't the case and FIFA like the corrupt IOC is interested in making more money,

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As if the footballers don't play enough matches already (i.e. a top footballer in england has to play EPL, EFL cup, FA cup, UCL/Europa and then international duty which includes UEFA Nations league and world cup/euros qualifications)... they are not robots! leave the world cup as is - every 4 years!

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Hoping this plan gets approved. Would be fabulous to watch the World Cup of 48 nations every 2 years! 

Nope. It would dilute the quality.

I’ve come across compelling arguments that the expansion is geared towards getting China into the tournaments on a regular basis - about 1.4 billion potential viewers.

Maybe you could call for a boycott if that happens.

but watching International soccer is the ultimate

Not the point.

The clubs pay the wages week-in, week-out. I don’t want players from my club increasing their risk of serious injury.

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The clubs pay the wages week-in, week-out. I don’t want players from my club increasing their risk of serious injury.

No problem. They can make themselves unavailable for international tournaments. Some players do this if playing for their club means more than for their nation. Their choice.

Its true that most of the money comes in from club football. But theres an argument that the inflated wages are too much anyway these days, and that and the size of these clubs makes them too powerful.

Maybe you could call for a boycott if that happens.

If China earn their place in the World Cup, fair play to them. But I cant see it happening unless they are hosting it themselves!

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FIFA would then have to stage the new World Cup without Europe and South America every other year

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A world-cup every two years would lessen interest by half, if not more.

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