Gianni Infantino has a chrome-plated plan to hold the World Cup every two years, but the president of the International Football Association (Fifa) faces opposition.
Several football associations have reached out for the plans, and now two of football’s biggest star players are also appearing on the pitch with criticism.
Frenchman Kylian Mbappé from Paris Saint-Germain and Polish Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich are thus dating the Fifa president.
‘The World Cup is so special because it is every four years. If you play it every other year, it becomes a more normal experience, but the World Cup is not normal. It is fantastic, and you may only try it once in your life.
“If you want to give the fans something special, you have to let them wait for it. People want quality and great emotions. If you run the World Cup every other year, the level drops, “says Kylian Mbappé according to AFP.
That is exactly the view shared by Robert Lewandowski. He believes that the World Cup every two years will mean that the match program will be pushed too much together, and it will affect the players’ health.
“It is impossible for body and soul to perform at the same high level if there is the World Cup every two years,” says Robert Lewandowski.
At a meeting with Fifa member countries on December 20, Gianni Infantino presented a proposal for a future football calendar with the World Cup every two years.
The plan has met with opposition in both the European Football Association (Uefa) and the South American Football Association (Conmebol).
The director of Dansk Boldspil-Union, Jakob Jensen, has not hidden his skepticism either, but the criticism has so far bounced off Fifa.
“There are many questions to ask and a lot of criticism to bring forward, and I do not think the meeting today (December 20, ed.) Was characterized by the fact that you have quite a lot of desire to listen to that criticism,” said Jensen after the meeting with Fifa.
However, there is also support for the World Cup every other year. Infantino has thus himself said that he senses that there is a majority for the plan, which according to Fifa can ensure the affiliates improved finances.
In its campaign for the World Cup every other year, Fifa has also had several football legends to comment positively on the plans. Among others, Peter Schmeichel has spoken warmly about more frequent World Cup finals.
Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.
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