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Fifa Council in Miami : world Cup expansion postponed, great club world Cup comes

That was presented to Gianni Infantino determined differently: The mammoth world Cup in Qatar with 48 instead of 32 Teams is still in the queue for the new club world Cup turns soccer-Europe is transverse and the Global Nations Cup first from the table. After the Council Meeting in Miami, the Fifa President on Friday, trying the new competition in the summer to sell in 2021 with a total of 24 instead of seven teams as a success story. "This is a milestone for Fifa and a milestone for the world club football," said Infantino. But before in well over two years, the Premiere of the world Team Cup is to take place, waiting for tough negotiations with UEFA and the top clubs from Europe.

must quickly find Infantino even a solution for Qatar. Fifa is sticking to its plans for an expansion of the 2022 world Cup to 48 participants. Concrete progress has been made in Miami, but apparently. "We have submitted to the Council the feasibility study, in which we come to the conclusion: Yes, it is possible that the 2022 world Cup from 32 to 48 Teams to expand - provided that some conditions are met," said Infantino after the meeting at the Ritz Carlton.

it remains Debatable in view of the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf Region, however, what is urgently needed is the Co-host. "My impression is that the political situation leaves it completely open whether it comes to an extension of the world Cup in Qatar", said DFB-President and Council member Reinhard Grindel of the German press Agency. No speech is more of the Global Nations Cup as a further part of Infantino propagated 25 billion-Dollar Investments by including non-called donors.

In terms of Qatar will be developed by June proposals, said Infantino. The final decision on the Format of the world Cup in three and a half years, the Fifa Congress meets. And the meeting already on 5. June in Paris. "If it happens to be: fantastic. If it happens fantastic,“ said Infantino to the possible increase. The sound of a lot of verbal back door in case of failure of the project.

The world tournament in the desert state would be held in the case of an increase, according to the mode for the 48 world Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico 2026: The teams are divided into 16 groups of three, then four knockout rounds run to the final. In order for the scheduled tournament duration from the 21. November to 18. December 2022 will not be renewed, must take place in the group stage up to six games per day. Overall, the number of world Cup games would increase from 64 to 80.

the problem is that Qatar, the three neighbouring countries, and potential Co-hosts Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia diplomatically boycotted. The Saudis are considered to be the ideal candidate from Infantino. Currently, the politically neutral, Oman and Kuwait would host the most promising candidates for the role of Co -. A total of two to four more stages have to be in addition to the eight planned arenas in Qatar found.

Little enthusiasm for the European top teams on the club world Cup

In the club world Cup, the lines of conflict between the run Fifa Headquarters in Zurich and the head of the European top clubs ' quarters. The Fifa Council agreed, in spite of the sharp protests like the FC Bayern, and against the votes of its seven European representatives to Grindel, the enlarged club world Cup. But now track has to be, because without calibre like Real Madrid or Manchester City, the tournament makes no sense.

"We hope that all the big Teams to participate. We had positive and constructive discussion and continue this. The best Teams should play on this global platform. But it was our responsibility to make a decision today,“ said Infantino.

"We have represented the interests of the players and clubs in order to avoid too great a burden. It would be better in front of a club world Cup on the international calendar,“ said Grindel, the German press Agency.

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Initially, the Fifa wanted to even twelve European Teams. After protests from the European football Union, which sees the club world Cup as a competition for the Champions League, are now scheduled eight representatives. In a dispute over money and the influence to the international competitions had been previously, the European Club Association ECA against the plans of Infantino. (dpa)

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