The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has tentatively backed a biennial World Cup, with the interim president expressing support for a venture opposed by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). Rodrigues is due to travel to Paraguay this week to meet CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez, where they will discuss the idea proposed by FIFA.
“I really liked what I heard at the FIFA meeting I attended,” said Ednaldo Rodrigues, according to comments reported by the globoesporte website. “This chance will also create more competitions for young people, give value to the Copa America, which will serve as a qualifying tournament, and it will also generate more financial resources.”
“I’ll dig deeper. I want to hear from CONMEBOL before I decide.” CONMEBOL, the organization of 10 South American nations including Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, former World Cup winners, has said it will not support the FIFA president’s initiative, Gianni Infantino.
CONMEBOL said in September that a biennial World Cup was not at all viable and would put a “virtually impossible burden” on the international football calendar. FIFA argued that a biennial World Cup would increase countries’ chances of participating in the tournament and that a streamlined qualification process, with fewer international breaks, would reduce player travel.
But CONMEBOL and UEFA believe it will put undue stress on players and devalue the world’s biggest soccer tournament. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin warned Infantino that there would be “terrible consequences” in pushing through such a decision. FIFA is due to host a world summit of 211 member associations on December 20 and sources have indicated that it may hold a vote on the matter.
Rodrigues took over the interim presidency of the CBF in August.
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