Infantino should get his wish: 48-team World Cup

  • Guardian, Monday, January 9, 2017 11:07 PM
With an expanded World Cup -- from 38 to 48 teams in 2026 -- expected to generate an extra $1 billion in revenues, FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plan, would involve 48 nations playing in 16 groups of three teams, is expected to pass the new FIFA council.

Many feel the 32-team format is the best -- Reinhard Grindel, president of the German federation, noted his organization was “fundamentally convinced that the tried-and-tested model of 32 participating nations should be held" -- but no other nation has so far publicly opposed Infantino's idea.

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