Wenger calls for the establishment of the World Cup and the European Cup every two years and the cancellation of the Nations League
French coach Arsene Wenger, former coach of English club Arsenal, suggested holding the World Cup and European Nations Cup every two years instead of four years, with the elimination of the European Nations League championship to make football more attractive.
"We should have as many events as possible," Wenger told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday. "The World Cup and European Cup every two years will probably be more appropriate for modern football."
Wenger explained that in that case all qualifying matches should be held within one month because selling the rights to TV networks and sponsors would be easier.
Wenger noted that this matter was raised in the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) after he was appointed last year as the director of the global football development program.
"On a personal level, I think it will be a step forward," the French coach stressed, ruling out proposals that the image of major events will suffer through excessive holding.
"I always tell people who say this that the picture is not related to the time they wait before playing again, but to the efficiency of the competition, in addition to that, people watch the Champions League every year," Wenger said.
There are differences between FIFA and the European Union Football Association (UEFA) about the new competitions, and Wenger criticized the European Nations League, where the group stage activities of the second edition of the tournament are being held.
The French coach concluded his remarks by saying, "We have to get rid of the European Nations League with more meaningful activities that everyone understands. If you go to the streets and ask people what the European Nations League is, you will not find many answers."
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