Loew, whose Germany side won the 2014 World Cup, has
criticized Infantino's plans to increase the amount of teams
from 32 to 40 or 48 and said it would dilute the quality of the
"It's easy for the world champions to have an opinion about the
World Cup," Infantino told reporters on Friday. "What can I say
to him? That he must be open to renewal, for football, for
football development. "Not everyone has the chance to qualify
for the World Cup every time like Germany do."
The FIFA council is studying proposals for the format and size
of the 2026 World Cup.
These range from keeping the current 32-team competition, to a
48-team tournament put forward by Infantino last week. The
council is due to make a decision by Jan. 10.
(Reporting by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis)
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