FIFA President Gianni Infantino is once again forceful about proposing a World Cup every 2 years. “The Super Bowl is organized every year, why not have a World Cup?” He explained.
The FIFA president once again defended the modification of the calendar to celebrate a World Cup every two years instead of every four in his last institutional visit to Israel.
“Many critics say it would be detrimental, but FIFA studies assure that it would not diminish the magic of the tournament because its frequency would not affect its quality and reputation,” he explained.
A World Cup with 48 teams from 2026
The time lapse between World Cup and World Cup would not be the only change. Currently, 32 teams participate in the World Cup, from France 1998. “We have already decided that there will be a World Cup with 48 teams starting in 2026. If it will take place for two or four years, it is still in the consultation phase. Precisely because it is a magical tournament, it would have to be held more frequently, “he added.
“The reputation of an event depends on its quality, not on the frequency. Every year you have a Super Bowl, Wimbledon or the Champions League and everyone is excited and waiting,” he concluded.
Eto’o, in El Larguero: “As an African, a World Cup every two years interests me”
Despite the argument that a World Cup every two years would lose interest, Samuel Eto’o explained in El Larguero that this possibility could favor African countries.
“The two-year World Cup is not only the question of the World Cup, I think that this issue must be addressed in its entirety. And as an African, I am going to tell you that in its entirety it is something that interests me personally,” he explained during his chat with Manu Carreño.