The Biannual World Cup Proposition
The FIFA World Cup is one of the most iconic tournaments in the world. It’s watched by hundreds of millions of people all around the globe in every corner of the earth.
The conventional system see’s the pinnacle of international football played every four years; but recently there has been talk of it being held every two years.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is the main advocate for the increase in the tournament’s frequency stating: “I believe the players want to play big games. The big competitions are something that everyone wants to play in. If I gave you the chance to be world champion you would take it immediately. Players who are injured might not get to play at a World Cup for four to eight years. I want to give everyone the chance to play at a World Cup and represent their country on the big stage.”
Tom Clarke, the West Ham correspondent for Football London, is heavily against the idea of having the tournament saying “Take something that is special like the World Cup with it being every four years and making it more frequent will make it less special and brings up the possibility with clashes with intercontinental tournaments like the Euro’s and Copa America”
With the Qatar World Cup just eight months away, the excitement and anticipation is growing with England set to be one of the favourites to win their first World Cup since 1966.
England were drawn into Group B with IR Iran, USA and either Wales, Scotland or Ukraine
France, Brazil and Portugal are the other bookies favourites ahead of the competition.
The tournament is set to begin on the 27th of November with the Netherlands taking on Senegal.