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Arsene Wenger’s two-year World Cup plan could turn tournament into ‘social media channel’, says Lahm

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German World Cup winner Philipp Lahm warns the tournament could become ‘like a social media channel’ if Arsene Wenger has his way and FIFA hosts the event every two years

  • Philipp Lahm led Germany to 2014 World Cup glory in Brazil
  • Now Lahm is tournament director at Germany hosting the 2024 euro
  • But the German legend is vehemently opposed to a biannual World Cup











German legend Philipp Lahm, 2014 World Cup winner and Euro 2024 tournament director, has rejected FIFA’s plans to host a World Cup every two years.

Germany will host the next European Championship, but the European continental tournament faces a potentially complicated future beyond that date as FIFA revises the World Cup format.

Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s chief of football development worldwide, is in favor of a more regular World Cup, but Lahm is the latest voice to speak out against the proposal.

German legend Philipp Lahm has spoken out against plans for a World Cup every two years

Lahm is a World Cup winner - he led Germany to victory at the 2014 tournament in Brazil

Lahm is a World Cup winner – he led Germany to victory at the 2014 tournament in Brazil

“Shortening the World Cup cycle would give the impression that football is all about money,” Lahm told The Guardian.

And major sporting events require patience and time. That is crucial for their sustainability… Too much football would not in the least affect the social added value of football.’

Lahm also warned fans would lose out if a World Cup and even a European Championship were held every two years, as the sense of opportunity would be tarnished by their frequency.

‘Big tournaments are anchored in their memory; they make up many a biography. The Greeks were allowed to call themselves European champions for four years, from 2004 to 2008, the Portuguese for five, the Spaniards for eight.

From 2014 to 2018, Germany was the number 1 in the world. Speeding up the cycle would make many experiences and memories interchangeable.

“An annual tournament would be like an extra social media channel on your phone or another streaming app.”

Lahm led Germany to their 2014 World Cup glory, beating Argentina 1-0 in the final, but perhaps just as good as host Brazil 7-1 in the semi-final at the Maracana.

Arsene Wenger (right) and Gianni Infantino lead plans for a biannual World Cup

Arsene Wenger (right) and Gianni Infantino lead plans for a biannual World Cup

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has spoken warmly about the idea of ​​more World Cups

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has spoken warmly about the idea of ​​more World Cups

England and Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings has spoken out against the proposals due to the pressure on the football calendar.

Sportsmail reported Monday that England manager Gareth Southgate also did not accept an invitation to discuss the idea with Wenger.

Wenger said: “As coaches of the national men’s teams, their input is essential.

“There are very few opportunities for us to come together, but we must embrace these opportunities because such a dialogue helps us all to protect the unique place that football has in the world and to make it truly global.”

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola spoke warmly about the plan, saying: “You don’t have to criminalize ideas.

“The World Cup is great. As a supporter I like to watch, and if it’s every two years, that would be nice.’

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, has underlined his caution about the impact the overcrowded calendar is having on players.

“There is no other sport in the world with such a brutal calendar. We all know why it happens. Whatever people say is about giving opportunities to different countries, in the end it’s all about money,” Klopp said.

‘That’s fine. But eventually someone has to come to understand that we can’t play without the players – the main ingredients of this wonderful game.’

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