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    Default FIFA expanding world cup to 48 nations in 2026

    Thought this might be worth a bit of a chat. Personally i'm kind of intrigued by it but then again i'm someone who enjoys minnow matches at the cricket world cup.

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    Default Re: FIFA expanding world cup to 48 nations in 2026

    I bet even at 48, Canada wouldn't make it in.

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    Default Re: FIFA expanding world cup to 48 nations in 2026

    I'm mostly intrigued about how this affects the knockout round. If they stick with 16 teams in it, this could make a first match loss a death sentence.
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    Default Re: FIFA expanding world cup to 48 nations in 2026

    I think it's a terrible idea - we saw how the expansion of the European championships negatively affected the quality and the entertainment level of the football played, and I see this doing the same thing here with so many minnow teams likely to park the bus against the powerhouses, especially if they go with no draws during the group stage with games being decided by penalties.

    Aside from that, the most obvious problem is the three team group stage where there is so much potential for a biscotto.


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    Default Re: FIFA expanding world cup to 48 nations in 2026

    they are thinking of having 16 groups of three teams, I think its a terrible idea and it only due to money they are making the decision and not for the football reason, this will lower the quality of the footballl, and HR is correct you going to see lower level team try to get a draw against the bigger teams, and no matter the who you are having 11 guys in front of you ever time you attack makes it very hard and not the beautiful game of both teams looking for the win

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    Default Re: FIFA expanding world cup to 48 nations in 2026

    Terrible decision. Who in the blue hell green lit this proposal anyway?

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    Default Re: FIFA expanding world cup to 48 nations in 2026

    Quote Originally Posted by Jake View Post
    Terrible decision. Who in the blue hell green lit this proposal anyway?
    FIFA?


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    Default Re: FIFA expanding world cup to 48 nations in 2026

    Quote Originally Posted by HR View Post
    FIFA?
    No shit.

    Was it a slim majority or over-whelming majority vote?

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    Default Re: FIFA expanding world cup to 48 nations in 2026

    Quote Originally Posted by Jake View Post
    No shit.

    Was it a slim majority or over-whelming majority vote?
    It will increase revenue by a billion dollars - what do you think? The vote was unanimous.


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