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Klopp insists FIFA World Cup plan ‘all about money’

Jurgen Klopp


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not only joined the league of those condemning proposed bi-annual world cup plans but insists its all about money.

The World football governing body according to him fails to consider the impact on the players who are “the most important ingredient.”

A FIFA feasibility study into biennial World Cups, overseen by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, has prompted vocal opposition from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

But sources have told ESPN that there is growing support outside of Europe for the proposal to reduce the World Cup cycle from four years to two and Klopp said football is in danger of putting too many demands on the players who he fears will be expected to play without sufficient rest and preparation if the new proposals become reality.

“If there’s a World Cup every two years that means, 100%, that there’ll be a European Championship every two years which means top players will have a tournament every summer and maybe a three-week break,” Klopp said. “That’s the situation.

“At some point, someone has to start understanding that without the players — the most important ingredient — then we cannot play.


“There aren’t many more relentlessly demanding sports as football. We all know why it’s happening — whatever people say about giving countries more opportunity in World Cup, in the end it’s all about money.

“That’s how it is. That’s fine. We get a lot of money. But all things that have come out about reform, it’s always about more games.



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