Friday 15 March 2019
FIFA President Gianni Infantino is looking to pave the way for a new and wider world of football at the FIFA meetings in Miami, despite the opposition that has long been faced with proposals to increase the number of teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the expansion of the Club World Cup .
Perhaps, despite the opposition he faced from the European continent in announcing these ideas, the situation seemed somewhat different before the March 14-15 meetings, March.
"Participation in the World Cup is a dream for many countries in the world and is a catalyst for football in these countries," said German Football Federation (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel, who told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that " In FIFA, to increase the number of teams in the tournament to 48 teams. "
"We do not have to look at that with German eyes only," he said.
In the case of the expansion of the World Cup, the 2022 edition of the tournament in Qatar will increase the share of the European continent from the participating teams from 13 to 16 teams.
"The teams of Italy, the Netherlands, Chile and the United States have not been part of the World Cup," said Grindel, "so it is clear that an expanded version of the World Cup does not automatically mean a decline in the quality of the tournament."
The 2026 edition of the World Cup, scheduled to be held in America, Canada and Mexico, is scheduled to take place with the participation of 48 teams, but the controversy revolves around the 2022 tournament, which Qatar won under the 32-member system.
Although the Fifa meeting could pave the way for a final decision on the early expansion of the World Cup in 2022 at the FIFA Congress in Paris on June 5, logistical difficulties in hosting the tournament will be in place.
Qatar currently faces a boycott from a number of neighboring countries including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, reducing the possibility of co-organizing the tournament with another country if the number of teams increases to 48.
However, the chances of Oman and Kuwait to host the tournament remain open, given their neutral political stance.
Grindel said there should be no restrictions on the freedom of the masses, journalists and teams in any country wishing to organize the World Cup.
Prior to moving to the United States, Grindel took the headlines after cutting off an interview with Deutsche Welle when asked about the prospects of launching a World League tournament as well as potential funding by undisclosed investors worth $ 25 billion.
The disclosure of these investors is unlikely to take place at the Miami meetings, where the idea of the World League is still the top priority at the moment.
But the Club World Cup may see radical changes that make it a brand new tournament.
The tournament may be rescheduled in December, with a trial run in June 2021, with seven to 24 teams participating.
"The details of the changes in the clubs are bold," Grindel said. "It's too early for the final assessment."