World Cup every two years: Jurgen Klopp critical of plan but Pep Guardiola in favour

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Pep Guardiola was a Spanish player in 1994 World Cup. He says he loves to watch it now as a fan.

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager, has criticised plans for the World Cup to be held every two years as "all about money". However, Pep Guardiola, Manchester City boss is supportive of the idea.

Fifa is conducting a feasibility study to determine if it's possible to stage men's and woman's events bi-annually instead of every four years.

While clubs, leagues and governing bodies have all expressed disapproval, there are still those who support the idea, with Guardiola being the most prominent.

Manchester City boss: "You don’t have to criminalize ideas."

"The World Cup is incredible. As a fan, I enjoy watching the World Cup.

Arsene, a former Arsenal manager, is Fifa's chief for global football development. He is the driving force behind this proposed change.

"All about money"

Wenger believes that the only way to improve the game is to end the four-year-old cycle.

He said, "Today's calendar was outdated." "The current four year cycle was established in 1930. Yet, 133 countries have never attended the World Cup."

Klopp stated that player welfare will continue to be a concern even though the plan provides guaranteed rest periods for players after tournaments have ended.

"There is no other sport with such a constant calendar. It's not hard to understand why. Klopp stated that it doesn't matter what people think, it's about providing opportunities for different countries.

"That's fine. "That's fine. But, in the end, somebody must understand that we can't play this game without our players - the most important components of the wonderful game.

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira (a World Cup winner with France 1998) shares Klopp’s concern about player burnout.

Vieira regards his former Arsenal boss Wenger as a "visionary", but believes that his compatriot's idea is threatening the prestige of this event.

He said, "For me I think it will lose some of its importance to having the World Cup every other year."

Patrick Vieira, a World Cup winner and European Championship winner for France, was a nine-year Arsenal player under Arsene Younger.

Javier Tebas, chief of Spain's La Liga, says that the proposed changes to the calendar "would disrupt domestic leagues in the extent that interest will be lost and continuity jeopardised". This sentiment is also shared by CONMEBOL, a South American federation.

Aleksander Ceferin (president of European football's governing body Uefa) told The Times that the plans would "kill soccer" externally-link. He also suggested that countries from his continent could boycott this tournament.

Guardiola, Manchester City's boss, said that he was "glad" when new ideas are brought to the table and that clubs and leagues "defending their positions" is normal.

He said, "When we discuss global football ideas it's ridiculous because everyone just takes care of themselves."

What do you think the public thinks?

According to a YouGov poll, 64% of Britons oppose the World Cup being held every two years. This is in contrast to Guardiola.

The 1,000 respondents surveyed were more enthusiastic about the tournament being staged regularly. However, only 27% of those aged 18-24 supported it.

Overall, 21 percent of respondents support the plan. Only 8% supported it strongly, while 44% strongly opposed it. 24% were somewhat opposed.


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