THE CYNICS among us believe there are two motives behind the proposal to stage the FIFA World Cup every two years: the generation of more money for FIFA and its members; and an attempt to prise power away from UEFA … Continue reading Gorging the goose – the plan for a revised World Cup cycle
ALREADY considered by many to be pure folly, FIFA’s decision to host a 48-team World Cup may be brought forward to 2022 in the Middle East. Originally targeted for 2026 in North America, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in Kuala … Continue reading 32 to 48 – the madness goes on
WE ALL know that FIFA is a political beast and that FIFA grandees are all fully paid-up members of the self preservation society, but in this time of populist movements and tales of the unexpected, we should not be surprised … Continue reading Turkeys voting for Christmas: The end of the World Cup as we know it
WHAT exactly is FIFA up to with regards to the World Cup? Is it hell-bent on destruction of what is supposed to be the premier football event on the planet? Only this week in Dubai, FIFA President Gianni Infantino claimed the FIFA federations are all in favour of expanding the World Cup to 48 teams. Doubtless they have been won over – especially in the developing football worlds – by the promise of greater representation at the big event. Infantino justifies his pursuit of self-induced obesity by citing the encouraging example of Costa Rica in 2014, but this is more … Continue reading Infantino’s crusade – who really wants or needs it?