The biennial World Cup and ESL are no longer on the agenda as UEFA focuses on new priorities

By Paul Nicholson

December 10 – UEFA will host its Executive Committee next Thursday (December 16) via videoconference and with an agenda noticeably absent from the two biggest issues that Europe’s federations have faced in the past eight months – the biennial World Cup and a setback in plans for the European Super League (ESL).

On December 20, FIFA will hold its own members’ meeting to discuss the biennial World Cup – the latest of a series of disastrous proposals turning into a long line led by the president. FIFA Gianni Infantino promotes.

UEFA’s position for the biennial World Cup is clearly along the lines of ‘my corpse’, which Infantino appears to want to create with his many proposals going to eat into the calendar and revenue UEFA generates. out to sponsor their own matches.

Likewise, the ESL proposal, while still potentially potentially with a court ruling still pending, now appears to be heading to the periphery of reality, especially as reports The report of the European Union parliament slammed the proposals and the EU supported the European model of sport as a principled basis for organizing sport.

Putting them on the agenda is probably pointless, that is the unifying view in UEFA.

Both of these categories will likely be presented as ‘other business’ and UEFA’s determination should not be in doubt. Any push by FIFA for a biennial World Cup vote would ensure the departure of the vast majority of people from Europe, South America and possibly many other countries that rely on Europe. to develop their national team players. The FIFA giants were somewhat belatedly recognized before they turned what was intended – at least on a socio-political and performance level – to enhance football’s competitiveness. world, into an institution-breaking proposition. Europeans and South Americans would argue that Infantino did this, it was the political divisions and inequalities that he and his internal administration fostered.

Instead, UEFA will focus their exco meeting on issues other than the main agenda items listed as Football Strategy and Sustainable Development 2030; Update on the development of financial fair play regulations; UEFA Grassroots Award; Futsal competition – appoint the host; UEFA Health Regulations (2022 edition).

Political recognition

It has been a busy year politically for UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin (pictured), who has been recognized by the influential website as one of the 28 most influential people in Europe. The website says the compiled list includes “those most important and influential in provoking debate and decision-making in Europe”.

Calling him ‘The Goalkeeper’, Politico describes Čeferin as at the heart of the battle over the future of world football saying: “Has faced some of the biggest clubs in Europe because of what he has been. ta called a ‘disgraceful, self-serving’ plan to create an exclusive and non-competitive Super League, the 54-year-old now joins FIFA, opposes the proposal to host the two-year World Cup once by the global soccer body.”

Infantino is not on the list. However, he could make one for Africa or the Gulf countries.

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