A World cup every two years?

It’s only a short one, because it’s not really relevant to the Villa as such, but it does affect the game.

It all started yesterday when I heard that Arsene Wenger has suggested a world cup every two years. I didn’t think much of it and frankly wondered what he was on about.
Until I heard that this has actually been proposed, which in my opinion is seriously bad news.

Gareth Southgate had said that a World cup every two years would be too much and for once, he’s right about something.
As it stands, the WC alternates with the Euros, ie they’re two years apart and every other year the domestic game is blitzed with breaks destroying any impetus that teams might have built up. I suppose you can also say it’s a welcome break for teams that are struggling, but either way, it just destroys the season for us fans.

I’ve suggested previously that the qualifiers ought to consist of all the teams thrown in the hat and whittled down like a conventional cup. Yes, it’s a lottery, but it was that format that made the FA cup so popular before the leagues totally debased it. You might actually get a Libya vs Brazil type final, which would make a great change.

Whatever, I didn’t hear anyone saying I was wrong and I really do believe noone is interested in the qualifiers.
The actual finals, fair enough. Even I find those very watchable and I think a lot of that is down to the timeline.
Who wants to watch a game when you don’t reap the reward until next year?
Of course some will love it and that’s fair enough. But I’m a Villa fan and England come a very distant second, particularly nowadays where some players think they’re bigger than the team.

I find it fascinating that Wenger is one of those proposing this and strongly suspect the shoe would have been firmly on the other foot if he was still a club manager, as opposed to being a Eufa advisor.

I suspect this is all about money, as it seems everything footy related is now and us fans need to be vigilant, as they’ll try and introduce this by stealth if we aren’t careful.

It already seems like we have qualifiers every couple of weeks and I don’t want to see any more of them, thanks.

Of course you might think differently.


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  1. Big Fat Ron
    Big Fat Ron September 7, 2021 at 10:17 pm . Reply


  2. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 September 8, 2021 at 6:24 am . Reply

    Definitely not

  3. Bill Pearson..
    Bill Pearson.. September 8, 2021 at 6:31 am . Reply


  4. Sidforever
    Sidforever September 8, 2021 at 6:33 am . Reply

    When are players meant to rest 1 in 4 years!
    World Cup
    World Cup
    Stupid plan, therefore very likely to be adopted.

    A number of top players will pack in international football to protect themselves from injury. Remember it is the clubs who pay their day to day wages.

    1. Big Fat Ron
      Big Fat Ron September 8, 2021 at 10:28 pm . Reply

      Sid, I will take your point a step further and predict that the day that players go on strike is approaching. Yes, they are handsomely paid. But they are not animals. Even a donkey will eventually give out if it’s pushed beyond its limit.

  5. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 September 8, 2021 at 7:42 am . Reply

    Badger, out of interest run a poll – or is it a foregone conclusion?

  6. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 September 8, 2021 at 4:44 pm . Reply

    I see the players not released for the Brazil game are banned for five days but it seems the Prem League clubs involved don’t accept it.

    What is galling about this is there’s no reference to clubs, like Villa, that released players for Argentina and will be without them for the Chelsea game and also have had their training interrupted as a result of the 10 day quarantine.

    If they get away with it, I hope Villa put in the strongest objection possible.

    Level playing fields – my arse!

  7. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 September 11, 2021 at 1:42 am . Reply

    So players not released for WC qualifiers are going to avoid bans but clubs like Villa that released players are to be penalised through quarantine rules.What is even more galling is that Buendia wasn’t even picked for either match day squad.

    What a f’ing mess.

    I’ll be really pissed off if Villa release players again in similar circumstances.

    I’m so angry and completely fed up with football.

  8. Neil
    Neil September 11, 2021 at 7:50 am . Reply

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