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In Infantinos world great, everything is fast

An art mastered Gianni Infantino. He can weglächeln problems or simply ignore it. Does the Fifa President also, on Friday, as he keeps after the meeting with his Council in a Miami court and the world about the latest developments.

The new Club world Cup with 24 instead of only 7 teams means that starting in 2021. "Great," he says. The world Cup may already be in Qatar in 2022 from 32 to 48 teams inflated. "That's great, if it comes," he says, "that's great, if not."

Simply great seems like to be Infantinos world. The Elite of the European Topclubs rebelled against his plans, and the Boycott calls – him first a Smile and then the simple remark: "We'll see what happens. I hope that the biggest teams will be a part of it."

the 15-member Board of Directors of the ECA, the Association of 232 European Clubs, has announced that the Uefa and Infantino, in writing, to Each new Format of the Club world Cup was "in view of the existing competitions and the 2024 fixed international match calendar is not acceptable". And: None of the top clubs will participate "in a competition". The "Süddeutsche Zeitung" reported, and prints a facsimile, which shows the signatures of the entire ECA management. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Paris St-Germain – they're all represented.

Already in 2022, with 48 Teams?

"This is a milestone," says meanwhile, Infantino in Miami about the decision of a new Club-WM. It is one of its prestige projects, which he pursued since his inauguration as President of Fifa, three years ago. To him, as he likes to pretend that the new competition had a "fantastic influence" on the global Club soccer , as it was in the Champions League. The Club world Cup is first and foremost a part of its strategy to sell a Arabic-Asian consortium of 25 billion dollars for the rights to a total of two new competitions (including the global Nations League), and especially the world Cup.

Infantinos Council also laid the Basis for the world Cup will be held not only in 2026, and in the United States, Canada and Mexico, with 48 teams, but already in Qatar in 2022.

A Fifa-study shows that about half of the Mini-country on the Persian Gulf is possible if you have a neighbor with stadiums to help. For political reasons, an Alliance with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain is currently unthinkable. Kuwait and Oman are the Only.

"We will decide in June," says Infantino. The Fifa Congress is held in Paris, at the Valais for four more years the President will be elected. (

Created: 15.03.2019, 21:13 PM

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