UEFA has not yet adopted its position regarding the increase of participants in the 2006 world Cup to 36 teams

UEFA has not yet adopted its position regarding the increase of participants in the 2006 world Cup to 36 teamsUEFA has not yet developed a clear position regarding the proposal to increase the number of participants of the finals of the world Cup to teams. As stated by the President of the organization Lennart Johansson, "neither side wants to say 'no' to this idea". It should be noted that the most ardent supporter of this idea is the Confederation of South American Football (CONMEBOL). As is known, earlier the team, which occupied the fifth place in the qualifying round of the zone, played a ticket to the world Cup with the team that won the first place in the Oceania area. Now that right South America lost and Oceania now has reserved one seat in the final stage of the world Cup."Opinions differ on this. We are going to discuss it for a long time to come to a common denominator. We have to make a decision until may 3, when we will hold a consultative meeting with members of the FIFA Executive Committee. I can say that the proposal made by CONMEBOL, quite sensible, because of this nobody will win and will not remain in the loser. So no one wants right to speak out against this decision," said Johansson on Wednesday after a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee, held in Rome.Member of Executive Committee of UEFA and FIFA from Germany Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder said Wednesday that the proposed plan is quite feasible."In principle, there is no difficulty to hold 70 games instead of 64, although, of course, the tournament may be delayed," said he.Also in the beginning of this month in support of this intention was supported by the Chairman of the organizing Committee of the upcoming world Cup Franz Beckenbauer."We can do this. Of course, we cannot say that in connection with this there will be some difficulties, but they are not insurmountable," said Beckenbauer.Note that, as history shows, there was a definite trend towards a continuous increase in teams participating in the finals of the world Championships. So, in 1954, during the world championship in Switzerland the number of teams was increased to 16. In 1982 at the world Championships, held in Spain, their number reached 24. Finally, in 1998, the participants of the world championship in France was already 32 national teams..



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