Football / The World Cup is held every two years? Many bigwigs objected in unison
The International Football Association is currently promoting a proposal to shorten the current World Cup period from once every four years to once every two years. Although this proposal is still being discussed within FIFA, Premier League Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has objected and pointed out: "All is for money."
"No other sport in the world has such a ruthless schedule. We all know why this issue happened. No matter what people say is an opportunity for different countries, in the end all this is for money." Klopp said in an interview.
"But in the end people must start to understand that if there is a lack of players, the most important component of this beautiful event, we will not be able to continue the game." Klopp said that although the plan guarantees enough rest time for the players after the game, the player benefits It will remain the focus of long-term attention.
Patrick Vieira, French coach of Crystal Palace, and Klopp are also worried about player fatigue. At the same time, he is also worried that the motion promoted by Arsene Wenger will threaten the prestige of the World Cup.
La Liga chairman Javier Tebas said that this proposal will destroy the domestic league, people will lose interest and endanger the sustainability of football. The South American Football Association also made a similar point. At the same time, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin believes that this change will "strangle football" and European countries may boycott matches.
However, according to the "BBC" report, the Premier League Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola supports the motion. "The World Cup is great. As a supporter, I like watching it very much. It would be great if it could be held every two years." Guardiola said he was very happy to see new ideas being put on the table for discussion. It is expected that the management unit will put forward suggestions to defend its position. "When we talk about global football issues, people only think of themselves, which is absurd."
Wenger is the former Premier League Arsenal team coach and currently serves as the head of FIFA's global football development. The Frenchman proposed a supporting plan for changing the World Cup schedule, including limiting the number of international breaks during the season, and player travel plans. He believes that this is the best direction for the development of the entire game. "The current schedule is outdated. The current four-year cycle was established in 1930."
The British polling website "YouGov" made a statistics, about 64% of voters opposed the proposal, and 40% chose to strongly oppose it. Supporting votes accounted for 21% of the total, with the largest number of people aged 18 to 24, with about 1,000 people, but only 27% of the same age group.