Arsene Wenger declaring war on FIFA?

Well there is an interesting story about the FIFA elections at last. The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thinks that this selection process will ultimately make things even harder for the individual clubs that have most of their players in their respective international teams as well. He reckons that it is now obvious that the World Cup will be enlarged to accommodate 40 teams instead of the current 32, and the European Championship has already been increased, so there will be less time for domestic players to get any rest between seasons.

Wenger said: “It is now or never – you would like to put it all on the table,”

“You see the European Championship has gone from 16 to 24 teams. I bet you [because of] the way the system was organised, to be elected as new president of FIFA, the programme would be to move the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams.

“Why? Because Africa today has five countries in the World Cup and Europe has 13 – that cannot work for much longer.

“You cannot take countries away from Europe and if you want to be elected as Fifa president, you need the votes from the African countries, so you want to give more to Africa. So the next World Cups will be 40 teams.

“We face a situation where it’s impossible for the players to get through a season and have rest. This kind of friction that it creates between the clubs, national teams and international competitions can create a split.

“One day the clubs could move away and say, ‘Enough is enough, we pay a huge amount of money for our best players so we’ll get them together ourselves and organise our own competitions’.

“It’s important that all of that gets on the table while we have the opportunity.”

When you look at players like Alexis Sanchez, who played (and won) the Copa America this summer, and played in the World Cup the summer before, there has been very little time for him to rest and recuperate between seasons. I see that Wenger usually gets frustrated with international games anyway, but just imagine if the clubs themselves decided to implement something like a “Club World Cup”, would they be more attractive to players and fans rather than them playing for their countries?

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  1. Fatboy Gooney says:

    How stupid is that? ?

    There is not a single player in this world,
    that isn’t proud to play for his country!

    If wenger was the manager of the French or English national team, he would not be moaning about this, would he?

    I can only see two solutions to this problem,
    One is to have less international friendlys and the other logical way around this would be to up the squad numbers of the top teams in Europe,
    From 24 to 34 giving more room to rotating and resting players.

    1. GoonerLad says:

      He would, in fact Barca also stated they wanted a super European league because more and more teams are participating in European competitions. And you have to consider the length of a cup competition when more countries join in, at some point everything will have to be re-organized to accommodate the growing number of players and competition and it will be at the cost of the club competitions. Either that or longer international breaks which EVERY football fan HATES.

  2. G-Rude says:

    I like the idea of a club world Cup, but how many teams would be in it. Surely it would be bigger than world Cup?

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Theres already a club world cup competition,
      Where the champions league winners take part.

      Theres no way that world class player’s will boycott playing for their country!
      Just to take part in a World cup is a dream for most footballers!

      If you told Sanchez that he had to choose between club or country, he would be laughing all the way to the airport!
      He would wave

      1. GoonerLad says:

        Sanchez has more Copas than the entire Argentina squad and he won it with a “lesser” team. #WorldClass

  3. SoOpa AeoN says:

    i’m with wenger on this…………… And i keep asking why ain’t all the continents allowed an equal number of teams(country) to participate in the world cup?…… Africa -5 , Europe -13, Americas- ???, Asia – ????? … even is that?

  4. SoOpa AeoN says:

    so far……… Four(4) comments only ……. L()L

    1. SoOpa AeoN says:

      my bad!……..make that 6 ….. L()L

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