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国际足联宣布世界杯扩至48支球队
Fifa kicks off World Cup expansion to lift revenues by $1bn

2017-1-11 07:21| 发布者: 寒夜孤星| 查看: 129| 评论: 0

摘要: Fifa is expanding the World Cup to 48 teams in a move it believes could secure $1bn more in revenues, as Gianni Infantino, the new president of world football’s governing body, stamps his mark on the ...
Fifa kicks off World Cup expansion to lift revenues by $1bn
Fifa is expanding the World Cup to 48 teams in a move it believes could secure $1bn more in revenues, as Gianni Infantino, the new president of world football’s governing body, stamps his mark on the scandal-hit organisation.

At a meeting at its headquarters in Zurich yesterday, Fifa’s ruling council unanimously voted for an expansion of the quadrennial tournament from 2026. The move will lead to about a quarter of all nations in the organisation gaining entry to football’s most prestigious event.

When Mr Infantino floated the expansion plan in October, he was building on a campaign pledge he made to secure the Fifa presidency last year when he was elected to replace his disgraced predecessor, Sepp Blatter.

The plan had been expected to meet stiff opposition. Uefa, European football’s governing body, had previously objected to any dilution of its large presence at the World Cup.

But after weeks of talks, Mr Infantino appears to have carved out a solution to suit most parties.

“Sixteen more countries, some of which will never have dreamt of participating in a World Cup, will have the chance to participate,” said Mr Infantino. “There are some critical voices from some clubs, but I prefer to focus on the positive ones.”

Yesterday, the European Club Association, the body that represents the continent’s largest club teams, came out against any expansion over concern it would increase the workload for players. The ECA said: “We fail to see the merits to changing the current format of 32 that has proven to be the perfect formula from all perspectives?.?.?.?we understand that this decision has been taken based on political reasons rather than sporting ones.”

The expanded tournament will feature 48 teams playing in 16 groups of three teams. The top two teams in each group qualify for an extended knockout phase. Though the number of matches played would rise from 64 to 80, no team would play more than seven matches and the tournament would be completed over the same period as the current 32-team, month-long version.

Europe is expected to gain more places in the competition as well as there being big increases for African and Asian countries, though these details will be confirmed at a later date.

Leaked internal documents suggest Fifa expects the new format will increase revenues by close to $1bn, based largely on projections that the expanded event will secure nearly $500m more in television rights deals.

国际足联(Fifa)宣布将世界杯参赛球队数量扩大至48支,它相信此举可能带来10亿美元额外收入。国际足联新任主席詹尼?因凡蒂诺(Gianni Infantino)正努力在这个丑闻缠身的机构做出自己的成绩。

昨日在其苏黎世总部的一场会议上,国际足联理事会一致投票同意从2026年起扩大四年一届的世界杯参赛球队数量。此举将使得接近四分之一的国际足联成员国可以参加这场最具盛名的足球盛事。

当因凡蒂诺去年10月提出世界杯扩军计划的时候,他是在兑现去年竞选国际足联主席时做出的承诺——他成功当选,取代了名誉扫地的塞普?布拉特(Sepp Blatter)。

人们原本预计该计划将会面临激烈反对。欧洲足联(UEFA)早先曾反对任何稀释其在世界杯的多数地位的举动。

但在数周的谈判之后,因凡蒂诺似乎找到了迎合大多数人的解决方案。

因凡蒂诺表示:“有机会参赛的国家多出了16个——其中一些国家此前从未梦想过可以参加世界杯。一些俱乐部有一些批评的声音,但我倾向于聚焦于积极的声音。”

昨日,代表欧洲顶级足球俱乐部的欧洲足球俱乐部协会(European Club Association)表示反对任何扩军计划,原因是担心增加球员的负担。欧洲足球俱乐部协会表示:“我们未能看到改变当前32支球队模式的价值,事实已经证明,从任何角度看,32支球队都是完美的模式……据我们所知,该决定是基于政治原因而非体育原因做出的。”

扩军后的世界杯将有48支球队参赛,分为16个小组,每组由3支球队组成。小组内排名前两位的球队将有资格进入扩大后的淘汰赛阶段。尽管比赛场次从64场增加到80场,但任何球队的比赛都不会超过7场,全部比赛将和当前的32支球队模式一样,耗时一个月。

预计欧洲将会获得更多名额,同时非洲和亚洲国家的名额会大幅提升,不过这些细节稍后才会确定。

泄露出来的内部文件表明,国际足联预计新模式将会增加近10亿美元收入,这在很大程度上是基于扩军后的世界杯将会增加近5亿美元的电视转播权收入。

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