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Michel Platini Announces Plans For a 40 Nation World Cup

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UEFA President Michel Platini wants to expand the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams. Platini is expected to challenge Blatter for the FIFA presidency in 2015, and the interview may be the first step in the Frenchman sowing the seeds to win votes and hearts of soccer federations around the globe.

Platini said, in the interview with The Times newspaper:

“It’s not based on the quality of the teams because you don’t have the best 32 at the World Cup. But it’s a good compromise.

“It’s a political matter so why not have more Africans? The competition is to bring all the people of all the world. If you don’t give the possibility to participate, they don’t improve.”

Under Platini’s plan, he would add one team from Europe and give seven World Cup places to other countries around the globe. Platini added that it would only add three days to the World Cup competition.

The competition would be eight groups of five instead of eight groups of four.

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12 Responses to Michel Platini Announces Plans For a 40 Nation World Cup

  1. Ivan says:

    Oh, God…why don’t you just make the WC for 156 teams…all participating FIFA members will be in it and everyone will be happy…

    Platini and Blatter are trying to prostitute themselves in a bid for power. I remember Blatter saying something similar a few days ago…

    And, UEFA will suffer again; don’t matter than one among Zlatan and CR7 is bound to miss on the World Cup…

    FIFA’s so awful…the most corrupt organization in the history of mankind.

  2. Benny says:

    Essentially trading one crook for another… GREAT

  3. Brian D says:

    Platini is worse than Blatter. Adding any teams is ludicrous, there are already enough no-hopers at any World Cup. Adding Jordan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Panama, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Egypt and Ukraine makes the World Cup better how exactly?

  4. Taylor says:

    Please NO! The 32 team world cup has become meaningless. Too long.
    I prefer the 24 team format when every game was important and meaningful.

  5. David says:

    Being French, it makes sense he would want to add 40 teams. With 40 teams, France wouldn’t have to cheat to get into the World Cup.

  6. Aris says:

    I agree with 40 teams for the WC. I support this idea. In that case, here is my opinion about berth of each continent:

    Europe: 16.5 teams

    Asia and Oceania (This shgould be 1 continent for WCQs): 6 Teams

    Concacaf: 4 Teeams

    Conmebol: 6.5 teams

    Africa: 7 Teams

  7. Proud Eurosnob says:

    Oh please Monsieur Platini, merge CONCACAF into CONMEBOL and make the US team challenge the South American teams for one of 8 places in the World Cup instead of playing a bunch of cupcakes to qualify.


  8. Huw Roma says:

    As if ruining the European Championship wasn’t bad enough, now this? Platini was a genius on the pitch, but he is clearly the opposite off it. The WC is a shambles as it is, I guess at this point adding more inferior teams won’t make any difference. The WC died the day they changed it to 32 teams. Try telling me any of the last 3 tournaments have been good and I’ll know you’re a pandering liar.

  9. Smokey Bacon says:

    He’s just bitter that France may not make it this time around? Merde!

    • Taylor says:

      Unfortunately, I think we’ll have to live with him. I am not sure whether there’s anyone who can challenge Blatter other than him.

  10. Brad says:

    I’m not sure who I dislike more, Platini or Roger Goodell.

  11. Marco says:

    Bad ideia. Shut up mr. Platini. 32 teams is enough.

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