Sport FIFA Consultant Wenger: World Cup plans No ego-trip

12:25  24 september  2021
12:25  24 september  2021 Source:   spox.com

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FIFA consultant Arsène Wenger wants to practice the plans for Football World Championships in the two-year rhythm despite heavy criticism.

Arsène Wenger, Direktor der Technischen Beratungsgruppe des Weltverbands FIFA. © Mike Egerton / Pa Wire / DPA Arsène Wenger, Director of the Technical Advisory Group of the World Association FIFA.

«If we go on, we drive against the wall," said the Director of the Technical Advisory Group of the World Association of the BBC. With the plans for a far-reaching reform of the game calendar, he was "not on an ego-trip," the 71-year-old assured. He was committed to considering the concept in its entirety and not to reduce the question of the World Cup alone. "Every two years a World Cup only makes sense if you look at the whole plan and restructured the qualifying matches," Wenger said.

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wenger: World Cup will not lose your value

After 2024, the Frenchman wants to reduce the number of qualifiers for tournaments and less, but set longer international game windows. As a result, the clubs with Wenger would have their players longer available, the professionals would have to travel less often. The number of games will not increase, provoked the former coach of the FC Arsenal. "I believe the clubs benefit and that players benefit," Wenger said.

The more frequent output of the World Cup will not reduce its value. "The World Cup is such a big event, which will not make your reputation. One wants to be the best in the world, and one wants to be the best of the world every year, "Wenger said. He was confident for the implementation of the suggestions, "but I do not know the forces that are or against it," he said.

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DFB warns of enormous loads

The FIFA plans had caused a lot of criticism especially in Europe. UEFA President Aleksander Cefer threatened Boycott and demanded a meeting with FIFA boss Gianni Infantino. The DFB was also clear against the proposals, which also provide for an annual change between World Cup and European Championship. This would lead to enormous loads for the players, warned the association.

headwind received Wenger and FIFA on Friday as well by the Club Association ECA, in which most top clubs are in Europe. The proposals would have a "direct and destructive influence on the club competitions, both internationally and national," warned the ECA. In addition, the plans would bring the health and well-being of the players in danger and reduce the importance of women's and junior researchers, it was said in a message.

In the Executive Board of the ECA was recent Bayern Munich's board leader Oliver Kahn, honorary chairman is his predecessor Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. The ECA criticized the PR campaign of FIFA to the Wenger concept, the world association's plans are selfish. A reform of the game calendar, which would be quite necessary according to ECA, is only possible with the consent of the clubs. Therefore, the association called for integration into the reform process. For September 30, FIFA announced an online summit over the international play calendar with its member associations.

FIFA: Better coordination of the game plans sought .
After the heavy criticism of plans for World Championships in the two-year rhythm, FIFA consultant Arsène Wenger and the former US national trainer Jill Ellis work closely together in coordinating the schedules. © Nick Potts / Pa Wire / DPA Arsène Wenger wants to cross the plans for World Cup finals in the two-year rhythm despite fierce resistance. This was announced by the Football World Association after an online summit on this topic.

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