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daib0 Offline
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New 48 team World Cup !!!
A FORTY-EIGHT TEAM WORLD CUP!



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http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/38449674

Global football federations are "overwhelmingly in favour" of plans for a 48-team World Cup, Fifa president Gianni Infantino says.

The head of football's governing body outlined his vision for an expanded tournament comprising 16 groups of three teams earlier this month.

The top two teams in each group would progress to the knockout rounds.

A decision will be made in January but any change to the 32-team format is unlikely to come in before 2026.

Fifa's council will discuss the proposal at a meeting on 9 January but Infantino, 46, made expansion part of his election manifesto.

"We have to be more inclusive," he said at a sports conference in Dubai, adding that a 48-team tournament was the most financially appealing. "If we can have a format that does not add any additional matches but brings so much joy to those who don't have the chance to participate then we will have to think about that," Infantino said. "When discussed with the associations in the summits they were overwhelmingly in favour, but more discussions will have to take place."

The number of competing teams at World Cups last changed in 1998, increasing from 24 to 32


See link above for full article ... would you be in favour?!
(This post was last modified: 28-12-2016 17:53 by daib0.)
28-12-2016 17:50
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Bally Offline
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RE: New 48 team World Cup !!!
The sweaties were hoping they would extend it to 96
28-12-2016 17:54
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Absolute nonsense and totally profit driven.

Totally unnecessary to expand the current format.
28-12-2016 17:59
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daib0 Offline
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if it goes this way, then the qualification groups would probably be quite small!
28-12-2016 18:22
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RE: New 48 team World Cup !!!
(28-12-2016 17:54)Bally Wrote:  The sweaties were hoping they would extend it to 96

They'd still struggle to qualify
28-12-2016 18:31
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Bally Offline
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(28-12-2016 18:31)Qblock87 Wrote:  They'd still struggle to qualify

Harsh.
28-12-2016 18:35
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There might be a few things wrong with the World Cup but the format is not one of them. How about addressing the way they pick the hosts rather than fucking with the most successful sports contest in the world.
28-12-2016 18:41
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(28-12-2016 18:35)Bally Wrote:  Harsh.

Well they are now officially behind the Isle of Man in the ratings
28-12-2016 18:56
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Adding more teams will just make the format and competition more diluted
29-12-2016 01:34
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Bally and Q are both cunts but probably speak the truth
29-12-2016 10:07
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rocky64 Offline
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Just means there's more teams for England to under achieve against
29-12-2016 22:43
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Sky Sports News HQ ‏@SkySportsNewsHQ 6m6 minutes ago
BREAKING: FIFA council unanimously vote to expand World Cup to 48 teams from 2026. 48 teams to be divided into 16 groups of three.
10-01-2017 09:46
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Magic147 Offline
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Wankers.

Soon there will only be 4 countries who don't qualify.

Scotland and 3 others.
10-01-2017 09:47
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Looking forward to Kazakhstan v Bosnia.

Having the World's best is what makes the tournament so special. They should have looked how the Checkatrade has gone down in England before messing with things.
10-01-2017 10:15
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Need to make their money somehow if the bribes are stopping.
10-01-2017 10:20
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