Starting from the 2026 edition of the FIFA World Cup, that tournament will be experiencing a significant change as it has already been announced that the amount of teams participating in the biggest football competition in the world will be increasing as it goes from having 32 teams to 48 teams.
Even though this change still has not kicked off and it will take a few years before it’s even implemented, this decision has already received mixed feedback with some influential figures in the world of football stating that it’s a good decision as this will allow more room for diversity as more national teams will have the chance to compete in the FIFA World Cup.
However, not everyone is as happy about this change as there are managers and players that have expressed their disapproval and one of these figures who has recently voiced his thoughts was Germany’s Joachim Low.
According to the head coach of Germany, Joachim Low believes that allowing these many teams will lower the quality of the tournament as he said: “We must be clear that the quality of football could suffer in the long term.
We must be careful not to overdo it. World Cups and European Championships should feature the best teams. When you keep increasing the number of teams, you dilute the quality. In my opinion, from a sporting perspective, the tournament is perfect with 32 teams.”
The 2014 World Cup winner insists in saying that this expansion to 48 teams will hugely lower the quality of the tournament and in the long term it’s going to bring a much more negative effect than anything else.
The actual amount of players that will be able to participate in the 2026 FIFA World Cup is going to increase by 50% but the tournament in itself will still have a duration of 32 days and the finalists are still going to be playing a maximum of 7 matches. The only real big difference that will be done is the amount of teams as everything else will remain relatively unchanged.
Germany legend LotharMatthaus says that Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil is on his way to becoming one of the world class midfielders.
Only a few months ago, the former Germany captain claimed that Ozil was too inconsistent and was even going into hiding at several times during a game. The 28-year-old midfielder came to Arsenal in £42 million deal from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013. His statistics with the gunners has been almost identical to his days at the Spanish club. Many have criticised the decision of manager Arsene Wenger to sign the player, as many feel that the money could have been well spent elsewhere.
Ozil is entering into the final 18 months of his contract with Arsenal and there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding his future. The midfielder has claimed that he would stay at the Emirates Stadium only if the future of Wenger was sorted out. It is highly anticipated that he leaves Arsenal, he will be heading to Manchester United to be reunited with his former boss Jose Mourinho. Continue reading Matthaus Admits Mesut Ozil Is World-Class
Englishman Gary Cahill deserves to be celebrated as he is officially the last man standing from the crop of Chelsea players that defied the odds to win the UEFA Champions League in 2012. Stamford Bridge was lit as they achieved a long term dream and joined the elite clubs in Europe to have being crowned best club in Europe.
Didider Drogba, after scoring the winning penalty kick, left the club even though he returned for their EPL winning season under Jose Mourinho before leaving again. However the former Ivory Coast international double cemented his status as a legend. Continue reading CAHILL LAST MAN STANDING AFTER UCL WIN
Bayern Munich suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against archrivals Borussia Dortmund away from home.
This was the first defeat of the season for Bayern Munich, but it raised a lot of questions with regard to the formation and personnel. Manager Carlo Ancelotti opted for a three-man attack against Dortmund, and it was clear that the opposition took advantage of the gaps in the defence. However, Ancelotti has confirmed that there will be no change in the formation when the club take on Rostov in the Champions League. The Russian outfit have been hugely disappointing in the group stages after having taken only one point from their opening four matches.
It is expected to be a comfortable working the park for Bayern, who are in danger of missing out on the top spot. Atletico Madrid lead the group with four victories out of four, and it would take something special for Bayern to top the group now.
They should be ready to take advantage of any dropped points from Atletico. Since, Ancelotti is rumoured to have contemplated a switch in formation for the game against Rostov. The Italian says that there will be no such occurrences on Wednesday night. Despite coming in with a front three of Franck Ribery, Thomas Müller, and Robert Lewandowski, the team failed to find the back of the net.
“We played with three attackers against Dortmund and we won’t change this system for Rostov.Of course, we can play better than we did on Saturday and I’m sure we will show this tomorrow. We have to play when it’s cold and when it’s hot.If we are focused on the game, the temperature isn’t important. Rostov played well here against Atletico and PSV Eindhoven. We’ll have to play well and give 100 percent to win,” said Ancelotti.
European football heavyweights Germany thrashed Northern Ireland 2-0 in a Group C 2018 World Cup qualification clash.
Die Mannschaft are now the favourites to qualify from the group. Former Real Madrid star Sami Khedira and Arsenal summer target Julian Draxler inspired the Germans to the victory over the Irish side.
The visitors scored the first through Draxler. The young talent curled home a stunning effort before Khedira got another four minutes later. Germany had lots of chances to raise the goals margin but they failed to worsen the embarrassment on their hosts. Man City summer addition Ilkay Gundogan threw away an effort and Khedira lost an opportunity to grab a brace.
The Martin O’Neill-led side put up a decent show but they couldn’t handle the German machines. However, they remain set to pick up the runners-up spot in the group, despite being three points behind Azerbeijan.
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Brazil is set to get revenge when they play Germany in the final game of the men’s Olympic event at the ongoing Olympics in Brazil.
Brazil humiliated Honduras 6-0 at the semi finals in a bid to qualify for their rematch with Germany, while the Germans defeated Nigeria 2-0 in the other semi final fixture. Brazilian fans are still mad after they were disgraced by Germany in the semi final game at the last World Cup on home soil.
Brazil were the one of the favourites to lift the World Cup, especially as they were hosting the event on home soil, but the Germans wouldn’t allow. They didn’t just stop Brazil on home soil; they left fans wailing as they crushed their opponents 7-1 in a brilliant tactical display. The loss makes the top of the most devastating time in Brazilian football history.
Brazil have never won a gold medal in the men’s event at the Olympics despite being a top football nation. They have the opportunity to break this jinx and get revenge for the embarrassment of the last world cup when they play Germany on Saturday. The women team lost to Sweden on Tuesday in the semi finals, leaving the weight of getting gold on the shoulders of Barcelona star player Neymar and the rest of the Brazilian squad.
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