The former Arsenal boss says a high quality over amount method is required when organising the worldwide soccer calendar
Arsene Wenger has backed plans to carry the World Cup every two years as a part of a revamp of the worldwide soccer calendar.
World governing physique FIFA is at present finishing up a feasibility research into making the males’s and ladies’s tournaments a biennial occasion relatively than every 4 years.
Wenger believes it could be potential to suit extra World Cups into the schedule by lowering the quantity of qualifying video games and worldwide breaks throughout the season.
What did Wenger say?
The former Arsenal boss is now FIFA’s chief of worldwide soccer improvement and a restructuring of worldwide soccer has been excessive on his agenda in latest months.
The Frenchman believes the present system of quick worldwide breaks dotted all through the season isn’t appropriate for the trendy sport because it locations a larger pressure on the gamers and might disrupt the campaigns of home groups.
Wenger cited the instance of Robert Lewandowski, who was injured on worldwide obligation with Poland in March and subsequently missed each legs of Bayern Munich’s Champions League quarter-ultimate in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain the following month.
He advised Kicker: “I always had the feeling that the many shorter breaks were rather unfavourable for the players. Those were always moments of uncertainty. How are the players feeling mentally afterwards? Do you come back hurt?”
“This is exactly what happened to Robert Lewandowski, who was injured with the Polish national team against Andorra. That ruined Bayern’s entire Champions League season.”
Instead, Wenger says there ought to be one month-lengthy worldwide break in October for groups to play their total qualifying marketing campaign.
That would see the variety of days reserved for worldwide breaks lowered to twenty-eight from 50, and the variety of qualifying matches would drop from 10 to seven.
“The nationwide groups can meet in October, play seven qualifying video games for a month after which play the finals of a match in June,” he added.
“We want to reduce the number of games, that’s very important because we can see the condition of the players.”
‘More knockout matches, fewer qualifying games’
Wenger says the discount in the variety of days reserved for worldwide breaks would enable for a serious match to be held every summer time with sufficient relaxation time for the gamers afterwards.
He believes soccer fans a lot favor knockout tournaments than qualifying video games, so this is able to be merely giving them what they need.
“We guarantee a period of rest after every tournament. Think of it this way: 2026 the World Cup in the USA, Mexico and Canada; 2027 a European Championship and the other continental tournaments; 2028 another World Cup; and so on,” he mentioned.
“The competitions will all stay in place till 2024, and adjustments can solely be made after that.
“More knockout matches, fewer qualifying games. That’s what the fans want.”