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Wenger to meet Rohr, other national team coaches over biennial World Cup proposal

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Arsène Wenger, FIFA’s head of global football development, will meet with Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr and other coaches from the men’s national team this week to discuss reforms to the international calendar starting in 2024 and the controversial proposal to have the World Cup every two years.

Wenger is the leader of the scheme that has upset UEFA and CONMEBOL, the governing bodies of Europe and South America, along with many other football associations, clubs, coaches, players and fans.

The major criticism of the scheme among many other issues is the weakening of the special value of the World Cup and the increasing burden that a biennial World Cup could place on players.

The European Clubs Association also said it was willing to work with FIFA on possible changes to the international calendar, but has criticised FIFA for their attempts to introduce a biennial World Cup.

However, the Nigerian Football Federation and CAF; Africa’s governing body, have no qualms about the decision of the former Arsenal manager, who is determined to push it forward to convince people that change is inevitable and necessary.

The Frenchman will also try to convince critics that a biennial World Cup is the future and the push for this will be a part of the conversations with the coaches.

This meeting would be virtual and expected to be made on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The proposals, including one from Wenger to have only one international window each year, will be voted on by FIFA’s 211 member associations in December.

In 2018, long before Wenger’s proposals, FIFA President Gianni Infantino proposed that every two years, in addition to the traditional event, a mini-World Cup be held with eight international teams.

The tournament, known as Final 8, would be the culmination of a planned global Nations League competition that is part of an ambitious plan to reform international football that FIFA estimates at $ 25 billion over a twelve-year cycle.

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