By Daniel Chokoe
Uefa president Michel Platini has called for the World Cup to be expanded from 32 to 40 teams, saying it would ensure better representation for non-European confederations.
Fifa counterpart Sepp Blatter recently spoke about Africa and Asia’s under-representation at the showpiece.
Blatter backs more African slots for World Cup But rather than reduce Europe’s finals quota of 13 teams, Platini feels expansion is the way to go.
“It’s good for everybody,” Platini told The Times. “I totally agree with Mr Blatter that we need more African and Asian (countries). But instead of taking away some European, we have to go to 40 teams in the World Cup.
“We can add two African, two Asiatic, two American and one from Europe. I support this idea totally.”
He continued: “Football is changing and now we have 209 associations. There are more countries so why reduce? Forty is not so bad.
“You have three days more of competition and you make more people happy.”
It would be a great idea but it favours Europe more, the whole concept of having more Europe nations is the fact that they provide better quality and competition however I think that is not really true. South Africa beat France 2-1 in the last world cup, bring on Russia,Portugal, Poland or even England they can still be defeated by an African or Asian nation.
Football has evolved worldwide the fact that Europe has more than double the advantage as oppossed to other federation bears proof to the list of achievers of the cup. It is most likely for a European team to win the World cup more than any other confederation, I suggest they reduce 13 nations to 9; and increase Africa, Asia, North and South America confederation with an additional one more spot respectively in the world cup. That way we do not change the format of the tournament but maintain a slightly better balancer between all continents.