Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has slammed ideas to hold the World Cup every two years as “just about money,” but Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is a fan.
Fifa is doing a feasibility study to see if organizing men’s and women’s tournaments every two years instead of every four years is feasible.
Clubs, leagues, regulatory bodies, and even the British public have all spoken out against the proposal, but there are also others who support it, with Guardiola possibly being the most vocal.
“Ideas don’t have to be criminalized,” Manchester City manager Jose Mourinho stated.
“The World Cup is incredible. As a supporter, I enjoy watching, and every two years would be sufficient.”
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who is now Fifa’s global football development executive, is a driving force behind the proposed change.
It’s all about the money.’
Wenger is “100% persuaded” that abandoning the long-standing four-year cycle is the best way forward for the game as a whole, with intentions to decrease the number of mid-season international breaks and travel demands on players.
He stated, “Today’s calendar is obsolete.” “Despite the fact that the current four-year cycle began in 1930, 133 countries have never competed in the World Cup.”
Even if the plan includes scheduled break periods for players once tournaments are done, Klopp insists player welfare would remain a priority.
“There is no other sport on the planet with such a demanding schedule. We all understand why this is happening. Whatever people say about providing different countries opportunities, it’s all about money at the end of the day “Klopp remarked.
“That’s all right. But, in the end, someone has to realize that we can’t play this amazing game without the players, who are the most crucial components of it.”
Patrick Vieira, the manager of Crystal Palace and a World Cup champion with France in 1998, shares Klopp’s concern about player exhaustion.
Vieira admires his former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as a “visionary,” but believes his compatriot’s proposal jeopardizes the event’s prestige.
“I believe that having the World Cup every two years will lose some of its significance,” he remarked.
The planned calendar changes, according to Spain’s La Liga president Javier Tebas, “would disturb the local leagues to the extent that interest would be lost and continuity jeopardized,” a position mirrored by CONMEBOL, the South American football association.
The measures, according to Aleksander Ceferin, president of European football’s governing body Uefa, would “kill football,” and countries from his continent may boycott the tournament.
Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, said he is “pleased when fresh ideas are put on the table to consider,” and that clubs, leagues, and regulatory bodies will “defend their viewpoints.”
“It’s ludicrous to talk about global football concepts when everyone merely looks for themselves,” he remarked.
What are the opinions of the general public?
According to a new YouGov poll, 64 percent of Britons oppose a World Cup every two years, unlike Guardiola.
Younger fans were most in favor of having the event staged more frequently among the 1,000 supporters polled this week, but only 27% of 18 to 24-year-olds agreed.
Overall, barely one-fifth of respondents (21%) approve the plan, with only 8% strongly supporting it, while 40% strongly oppose it, with another 24% slightly opposing it.
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