Wenger enlists help of legends to force through FIFA’s World Cup transformation

FIFA’s radical plans to revamp the format of having a World Cup every four years to every two has been met by heavy criticism from those in Europe, but the discussion is just beginning

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FIFA supremo Arsene Wenger has enlisted the help of 10 footballing legends to try and force through the radical plans for the World Cup.

World football’s governing body wants to reduce the current format of a World Cup every four years to every two.

The idea has received huge backlash from Europe and the powerhouse clubs in the continent.

But there is a backing for the idea across the globe, meaning FIFA’s plans could well be put to all 211 members of FIFA next year.

In order to get a bigger push behind the radical change, FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development Wenger has enlisted the help of 10 well-known ex-footballers to try and turn around the opposition to the idea.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – The Best FIFA Football Awards – Zurich, Switzerland – December 17, 2020 Arsene Wenger during the awards Pool via REUTERS/Valeriano Di Domenico/File Photo


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The likes of John Terry, Michael Owen and Didier Drogba, as well as his ex-Stamford Bridge team-mate Geremi, will all form a “Technical Advisory group” to help Wenger, launching today in Doha.

German legends Jurgen Klinsmann and Lothar Matthaus are also on board, as well as Italy’s 2006 World Cup winner Marco Materazzi.

The star-studded line-up doesn’t end there though with Roberto Carlos, Peter Schmeichel and Yaya Toure finishing off what would have been an unbelievable side back in the day.

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Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has given his damning verdict on the idea.

He said: “There is no space for anything like this. No room at all.

“The players cannot play more games, that’s for sure.”

Meanwhile, PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi appeared to reveal the process was still in a very early stage.

John Terry and Didier Drogba are set to be part of Wenger’s panel



He explained: “I have been very clear – we want to have engagement.

“But we have had no approaches from Fifa. maybe they could approach us – and then we might have a discussion.”

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale made his opinion clear, insisting that playing the competition more often would tarnish the novelty factor of it.

Bale admitted: “It’s not something I really like.

“I like the tradition of every four years – it has the prestige, like the Olympics coming around every four years.

“It feels that little bit more special as it’s not happening too often.

“Having it every two years loses that bit of history. When it’s four years it’s a long time until the next one and it does make it that bit more prestigious.”

Wales and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is not a fan


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And Leeds owner Andrea Radrizanni suggested that there could be an amicable compromise.

“I would like it to stay every four years but perhaps there could be a discussion around every three,” said the Elland Road chief.

“Why shouldn’t Fifa engage? In my opinion there is a disconnect.”

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