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Old 04-04-2016, 07:10 AM
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The Panama papers seem to make for interesting reading, especially for the ethics committee...
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Old 05-04-2016, 06:04 PM
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Old 10-01-2017, 10:35 AM
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48 teams from the 2026 tournament.... it had been coming

16 groups of 3, top 2 go to last 32 KO round

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Old 10-01-2017, 10:52 AM
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My dream of a Greenland v Antarctica final is almost realised.
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Old 10-01-2017, 10:56 AM
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there already are good few shite teams in the 32 team format...adding 16 teams is just laughable...

640m USD extra in revenue though, that's all that matters
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Old 10-01-2017, 11:29 PM
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FIFA can not help themselves at times. Between Qatar and now this, they are stretching the credibility of the World Cup to breaking point.

The make up of the 16 additional teams will determine how much of a potential mess this becomes. If it is just a couple of UEFA spots, say one CONMEBOL, one CONCACAF, one Oceanic and the rest African and Asian nations then you could see a lot of weak teams qualifying. If you add too many CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, you then dilute the qualifying process there. UEFA should flex their muscle on this one. A World Cup without UEFA isn't worth talking about.

Worse than the 16 team expansion is the three team group stage. One journalist tweeted a list of possible group pairings based on current rankings. These included: England, Panama, and UAE; Wales, Curacao, and China; Poland, Tunisia and Uzbekistan. You get the drift.

Hopefully Ireland qualify for Russia next year. Russia is hardly ideal as a hosting country on many levels, but it might be the last time the BIG can take in a traditional World Cup experience.
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Old 10-01-2017, 11:37 PM
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FIFA can not help themselves at times. Between Qatar and now this, they are stretching the credibility of the World Cup to breaking point.

The make up of the 16 additional teams will determine how much of a potential mess this becomes. If it is just a couple of UEFA spots, say one CONMEBOL, one CONCACAF, one Oceanic and the rest African and Asian nations then you could see a lot of weak teams qualifying. If you add too many CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, you then dilute the qualifying process there. UEFA should flex their muscle on this one. A World Cup without UEFA isn't worth talking about.

Worse than the 16 team expansion is the three team group stage. One journalist tweeted a list of possible group pairings based on current rankings. These included: England, Panama, and UAE; Wales, Curacao, and China; Poland, Tunisia and Uzbekistan. You get the drift.

Hopefully Ireland qualify for Russia next year. Russia is hardly ideal as a hosting country on many levels, but it might be the last time the BIG can take in a traditional World Cup experience.
I see uefa either on their own or with their traditional allies south America forming a new world football body the way fifa are heading.
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Old 11-01-2017, 09:22 AM
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forgetting that the overall level of football played will dramatically be diluted, 2 'positive' things about this new format:

1 - the eventual winner won't need to play more games, it still is 7

2 - groups of 3 would get rid of the possibility of dead rubbers
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Old 11-01-2017, 09:44 AM
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It might get rid of dead rubbers, but it doesn't stop the possibility of teams colluding to draw the last group match.

...unless they go ahead with that penalty shootout idea to eradicate draws.
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Old 11-01-2017, 09:49 AM
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It's going to be a big ask for any country to host 48 teams, maybe Qatar can have it permanently?
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