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  1. kiwiqpr

    kiwiqpr Barnsie Mod

    May 11, 2011
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    All Whites legend: World Cup change 'amazing opportunity'
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    Clay Wilson, Sports Reporter
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    An All Whites legend is clear where he stands on a potential change capturing the attention of the football world.

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    Former All White Ryan Nelsen Photo: Photosport

    Global governing body Fifa, via a project led by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wegner, were exploring the possibility of holding the World Cup every two years, instead of every four.

    The latest step in the process was taking place in Qatar this week.

    Famous former players and coaches had gathered alongside Wegner, Fifa's chief of global development, and Fifa president Gianni Infantino to further discuss the proposal as part of a refreshed international match calendar.

    Among that group of stars, which included the likes of Brazilians Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos and Englishmen John Terry and Michael Owen, was New Zealand's Ryan Nelsen.

    The former All Whites captain led the team to the 2010 World Cup, the second of just two appearances the country had made at the event.

    The latter just one reason Nelsen was backing the idea to alter the cycle of the world's biggest sports tournament, with continental championships held in the 'in-between' years.

    "Some will say it devalues it. But does it?" the veteran of almost a decade in the English Premier League told RNZ.

    "The Champions League, NBA, Super Bowl are all every year and it doesn't devalue them.

    "It's the greatest sporting event on earth ... [but] 90 per cent of the world's countries don't get to go to the World Cup.

    "In a way it's actually too prestigious."


    The most powerful person in the game was also keen to get the discussion moving.

    Fifa president Infantino said the current match calendar had "reached some limits" and they hoped to finalise the process by the end of this year.

    The whole concept, though, was being met with stiff resistance from one of the powerbases of the sport.

    Many European administrators and fans had made their opposition clear and the president of the confederation's governing body UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin, had expressed "grave concerns".

    But 166 of Fifa's 211 national associations weren't so dismissive, voting in May for the ongoing feasibility study to go ahead.

    Nelsen said that was good news for the country he represented 49 times, which would benefit if the idea became reality.

    "Imagine New Zealand potentially vying for a World Cup every two years … think what that does for the football community.

    "What is also does is bring extra revenue that gets distributed around the world so all these countries can build better foundations and structure.

    "New Zealand Football will be able to have better academies, the coaching will get better and it will bring everybody up.

    "It's an amazing opportunity and what it might also do is change the whole sporting landscape. What does rugby do? What do all the other sports do?"

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    Football World Cup. Photo: Supplied: FIFA

    Another key component to the proposal was eliminating many of the 'friendly' matches played between international teams.

    Cricket had taken a similar approach with the introduction of the World Test Championship.

    An avid Black Caps fan, Nelsen said he watched almost every ball of the team's journey to the inaugural title because of the extra emphasis the new competition had given the sport.

    "All these rugby fans used to say to me 'you guys play friendlies, what are friendlies?'. And they're right, they're just part of filling the calendar.

    "This way, you're just playing competitive qualifying games to get you to a big tournament happening every European summer.

    "The meaningless friendly, where players have to fly all around the world … are fans really that interested?"

    Nelsen urged football fans to look to the future as they considered the idea.

    He said the World Cup had only been played every four years because organisers had copied the Olympic calendar, which was implemented when travelling across the world meant six months on a ship.

    "The world is moving at quicker pace now. It's smaller.

    "Just because it's happened for the last 50 years, doesn't mean it's right. We've got to be progressive enough to say 'OK, what is it going to look like in 20, 30, 40 or 50 years' time'.

    "I love this type of thinking because it's looking to the future. It's not just saying we've done this before so it's fine, we'll keep doing it."

    Former US women's coach Jill Ellis, who led the team to back-to-back World Cup titles, was leading a similar project looking at holding the women's tournament every two years.

    Excluding 1942 and 1946 because of World War II, the men's World Cup had been a four-yearly tournament since the inaugural event in 1930.

    The women's event began in 1991 and had also been held every four years since.
  2. jeffranger

    jeffranger Well-Known Member

    Mar 22, 2011
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    Are they going scrap Euro’s then? No thanks & too many international breaks now
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  3. Trammers

    Trammers Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2020
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    Nope....... overkill by FIFA........ obviously all about the money
  4. Flanman

    Flanman Well-Known Member

    Mar 22, 2011
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  5. cavanrebel

    cavanrebel Active Member

    Aug 12, 2011
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    A big fat NO for me it would ruin every other competition including domestic league's. The way things are run now there is a major champion every 2 years. Why change that there wouldn't be time for players to rest
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  6. stanleyparkerbowles

    stanleyparkerbowles Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2011
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    Every 3 for me
    Same with the euros
    Qualifying league for minnows

    WC yr 147 etc
    Euros 258 etc
    Year off before World Cup as we do now
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  7. IwasanotherwatfordR

    IwasanotherwatfordR Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2012
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    I think this will somehow cheapen the event, make it less special. None of that will matter though as it’s about the money.
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  8. Totallyqpr

    Totallyqpr Well-Known Member

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  9. awjm

    awjm Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
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    Far more important than this is taking the organisation rights off of FIFA and founding a new, democratic body to handle it.
  10. Didley Squat

    Didley Squat Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2012
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    No, for me.
    The wealthy clubs will just but more players and everybody else will struggle to cover players away and or injured.
    I know it would be played at the end of a season but teams will still be affected.

    To me, the season is more important than a two week lucky dip.
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  11. Sooperhoop

    Sooperhoop Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2011
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    I'm surprised someone like Wenger who has managed at Champions League level and often criticised lack of recovery times when competing should be advocating something like this. FIFA seem to be trying to muscle UEFA out of the way since the Nations League proved relatively successful and the players are the ones caught in the Cross-fire...
  12. WalsallHoop

    WalsallHoop Active Member

    Aug 7, 2012
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    Amazing what a few brown envelopes can do!!
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