Arsene Wenger wants World Cup and Euros played every two years and ‘kick out’ other competitions

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Arsene Wenger has called for the World Cup and European Championships to be held every two years.

Former Arsenal boss Wenger, who is the chief of global football development at FIFA, says the wait between tournaments is too long.

Wenger is chief of global football development at FIFA

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Wenger is chief of global football development at FIFA

The 71-year-old also called for other competitions to be scrapped and he’s previously spoken about how UEFA should get rid of the Nations League.

“Organise only competitions of meaning,” he told beIN Sports.

“Kick all the parallel competitions out of the game. People must understand what is at stake and only have games with meaning.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal won the UEFA Nations League in its inaugural season, Wenger would like it scrapped

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal won the UEFA Nations League in its inaugural season, Wenger would like it scrapped

“If you look at the teams in the World Cups usually the average age is 27 or 28. Because the World Cup is every four years there are very few chances to win it again because when they go back to the next World Cup they are 32 or 33.

“That’s why maybe we should organise the World Cup every two years.”

Wenger also wants to see a radical overhaul of the football calendar with an entire season played from March to November.

“It’s my dream you know, it’s not a dream I share with many people at the moment but I just think I have the advantage of having worked in Japan,” Wenger, who managed Nagoya Grampus Eight in the mid 1990s, said.

The delayed European Championships will be played this summer

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The delayed European Championships will be played this summer

“We played from March until November and it was perfect. You would not have anymore ‘he won the Championship in season 2018-19.’ No, the championship was won in 2018 or 2019 and in 2020.

“In fact, I believe as well, we have to re-organise completely the calendar. In FIFA, with [president Gianni] Infantino, we try to make meeting with all the stakeholders of the game to completely reorganise the calendar year, because you have to plan in the future where you may have to travel less.”





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