Infantino keeps pushing for a 48-team 2020 World Cup

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 27: President of FIFA Gianni Infantino smiles during the FIFA executive football summit press conference on February 27, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 27: President of FIFA Gianni Infantino smiles during the FIFA executive football summit press conference on February 27, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)

The FIFA president has said if Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un can meet, then everything is possible in the world of football.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to expand the 2020 Qatar World Cup from 32 teams to 48.

But to do it, Qatar would have to talk to its neighbors in order to have some matches outside the country in the Arabic Gulf.

And it will not an easy task: the country has been in a diplomatic crisis for a while, and its neighbors have cut ties with the nation.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates are the possible options to expand the World Cup, and all of them have cut ties with Qatar.

“I think it’s worthwhile having a look at the idea and trying (to implement it),” Infantino told reporters today as quoted by the AFP.

AL WAKRAH, QATAR - MAY 16: A general view of the opening ceremony ahead of the Amir Cup final match between Al Duhail and Al Sadd at Al Wakrah Stadium on May 16, 2019 in Al Wakrah, Qatar. Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy launches Al Wakrah Stadium, the second FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 (TM) venue. (Photo by Christopher Pike/Getty Images for The 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy)

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The Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah was opened as Qatar is getting closer to hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

“Obviously it won’t be easy, but we’ve already made the decision to have 48 teams for 2026, so why not before?”

“It will be very difficult to organize it only in Qatar, because of the country’s geography, so we are wondering if we can play a few games out of the country,” Infantino added.

“The geopolitical situation is complex but I see that Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met today, so that means that anything is possible.”

“I am convinced that after this World Cup, the way women’s football is looked at around the world will change,” he said.

“We expect a billion viewers and 1.3 million fans in the stadiums. Media interest is very high and women’s football deserves it.”

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