FIFA President Gianni Infantino sets his plans against resistance from Europe – the increase of the World Cup in Qatar is becoming more likely.
Against the resistance from Europe, the World Football Association Fifa has reformed the club World Cup. The new tournament with 24 instead of seven teams will be held in the summer of 2021 initially as a "pilot project". The Confed Cup will be canceled. The European Football Union (Uefa), which vehemently resisted, will send eight top clubs. From Germany, Bayern Munich should have the best chance of an invitation.
"This is a milestone in the history of football and FIFA," said FIFA President Gianni Infantino, "I am very happy that the Council has made this decision and it is our duty and duty to strengthen club football worldwide want to see an interesting and prestigious contest. " The seven Uefa delegates were significantly inferior in the decision during the meeting in Miami in the 31-member Fifa Council outnumbered. The sharp criticism of Europe's influential club association ECA, which threatens to boycott the European top clubs, had ultimately no effect. "We've talked to everyone, the leagues, clubs, players and associations, there are different opinions and positions, I will not do that," said Infantino.
The tournament will be played from 17 June to 4 July 2021 and will be held every four years. The organizer still has to be determined. As with the replaced Confed Cup to build the World Cup host one year later, is as good as impossible. The finals of 2022 in Qatar were specially relocated to winter, because in the summer months on the Persian Gulf extreme heat prevails.
According to the Council documents, in addition to the eight Europeans, there will be three clubs each from Asia, Africa and the Americas / Caribbean region. South America gets six starting places, the oceanic confiscation one. Apart from the Uefa, all continental associations had spoken out in advance for the reform.
In addition, the increase in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is getting closer to 48 teams. The Fifa Council to DFB President Reinhard Grindel made on Friday in Miami a landmark decision for the bloated finals in three and a half years. If a suitable co-host is found in the currently crisis-ridden region, the Fifa Congress should approve the increase in June.
The Council recognized in the US state of Florida on the one hand, the Fifa commissioned feasibility study. The experts had come to the conclusion that the '48 tournament is possible when some of the then 80 games are "outsourced". Furthermore, the panel led by Fifa President Infantino decided that the Fifa Administration, together with the Qatari World Cup Organizing Committee, should draft a resolution by June.
Grindel: Many federations in the Fifa want the 48er format
Geographically, the co-hosts are the neighbors (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates). With these countries, Qatar has been in a kind of cold war since 2017. The three countries maintain an economic and political blockade against the emirate. Neutral partners in the region would currently be Kuwait and Oman.
The 2022 World Cup will be played from November 21st to December 18th, 2022, according to the feasibility study it would not change. Originally, only the 2026 World Cup in the US, Canada and Mexico with 48 instead of 32Mannschaften be aligned. Infantino had in recent months but massively recruited for the former increase, the last had barely more opponents.
"A World Cup participation is the dream of many countries in the world and a great boost for football there, so I can understand that many associations in Fifa want the format of 48," said Grindel the sid in the run-up to the Council meeting said: "We can not see that only through the German glasses."