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Triple bid is another sign of World Cup's dilution

The USA, Canada, and Mexico are set to join forces for a World Cup 2026 bid they are likely to win, writes Emmet Ryan

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent

7th April, 2017

Expansion in and of its own right isn't a bad thing. The decision to move from 24 to 32 teams in the World Cup for the 1998 edition made a great deal of sense. The break-up of the communist bloc coupled with the clear improvements in Asian, Concacaf, and African regions meant the tournament needed to adapt. Moving to 32 was the right call for the time. The next jump Fifa plans, to 48, doesn't have anywhere near justification.


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