UEFA president has his say on Arsene Wenger’s proposed World Cup format
Wenger floats World Cup idea
Former Arsenal manager and current head of global football development at FIFA Arsene Wenger has recently put forward a plan to hold the World Cup finals once every two years, rather than every four.
FIFA’s chief of global football development Arsene Wenger is the driving force behind plans to hold a World Cup finals every two years instead of four
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 5, 2021
The Frenchman believes that fans will appreciate a more regularly held World Cup finals, which would increase the chances to see some of the smaller nations at a major tournament. Equally, as per Wenger’s ideas, International breaks for qualifiers would be scrapped during the season, with teams instead playing them all in one go during October.
This would certainly please fans who tend to view the international breaks as disruptive and boring during the hectic schedules of league football.
UEFA president has his say
Speaking today, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin argued that when it comes to the major tournaments, less is more:
“More is not always better. FIFA’s jewel of the WC has value because of its rarity. Every two years would mean less legitimacy and dilute the WC itself.”
Aleksander Ceferin on World Cup every two years: “More is not always better. FIFA’s jewel of the WC has value because of its rarity. Every two years would mean less legitimacy and dilute the WC itself.”
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) September 6, 2021
It is perhaps somewhat ironic given the recent implementation of further summer football, the UEFA nations league, designed to take place in non World Cup or European Championship years. More likely, it seems to be a power tussle between the head of international football and the European heads of football.
It also comes in the midst of Champions League reforms (run by UEFA), that are due to incorporate more games into an already packed season.
Something doesn’t add up.