Should the Premier League embrace change, namely the major disruption of a potential winter World Cup?
Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s continued calls to switch the Qatar World Cup in 2022 has been met with dismay by both the defeated bidders and the governors of Europe’s most powerful leagues.
However, a winter World Cup could provide the opportunity to revive the most watched sporting competition on the planet. Putting aside grievances with the bidding system and the transparency (or lack thereof) of world football’s governing body, HITC ask - what is there to lose?
Every four years we are subject to a display of slow, tired and disinterested footballers, the best of which have already had 60-plus games sucked out of them through both domestic and European competitions.
For my mind, an entire generation have been robbed of seeing the tournament at its best – where players still had enough in their legs to run and enough appetite to care.
Logistically, a three week break in winter would give the remainder of domestic competition a welcome break, and players not involved a welcome rest.
Europe’s biggest competition, the Champions League, would be at its ‘break’ stage and it would simply require some synergy across the leagues.
Okay, players might have to play a week further into May, but the longer rest period offered during the summer might actually mean they are fitter come the next season!
Seldom do I agree with Mr Blatter, but he might be onto something…
Do you agree or is a winter World Cup just too much hassle?
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