FIFA plans to hold World Cup every two years, UEFA president: Not suitable

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin urged FIFA to immediately cancel plans to host the World Cup every two years.

In December, FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, insisted he had the majority support from the national football federation over the plan.

According to him, holding the World Cup every two years will create additional revenue of 4.4 billion US dollars (around Rp. 63 trillion) for the World Football Agency.

However, European clubs and top leagues are reportedly against the idea. They reasoned it would have a bad impact on the physicality of the players and disrupt the existing competition schedule.

When contacted by Reutersa FIFA spokesperson said that their side would like to continue discussions on the international match calendar.

Ceferin himself claims that FIFA has realized his plans will not come to fruition.

“The biennial World Cup doesn’t suit everyone in football,” Ceferin told Financial Times Football Business Summit on Thursday. “I’m glad FIFA has realized that too.”

“I had a discussion with the FIFA president about it yesterday. We can’t say football on other continents can’t be developed, but we have to be in tune and that shouldn’t hurt the European Federation and South America.”

“We had discussions, but as far as I am concerned, a biennial World Cup is not possible. I am sure we will find a solution with FIFA soon.”

FIFA said it was continuing discussions to improve the development of football globally.

“We are engaged and debating a solution for everyone,” FIFA said in a statement.

“Football’s development around the world is critical, including areas that are increasingly lagging behind in terms of development and we look forward to continuing discussions on a new international match calendar for youth, men’s and women’s football.”

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