Play World Cup every two years - Wenger
16/03/2021 | sport | other | 424
Arsene Wenger wants to see the World Cup and European Championship played every two years and have Fifa "kick all the rest out".
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16/03/2021 16:00:54 15 7
bbc
Why ? Stupid idea as it will become meaningless. Teams need 4 years to bring/develop the new young talent.
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16/03/2021 16:02:12 84 17
bbc
Part of the reason why the World Cup is so special is the length of time in between, play to often and you devalue it
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16/03/2021 17:19:21 13 12
bbc
Yes the longer the gap the more special. 25 years and w could call it a jubilee world cup
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16/03/2021 19:58:27 5 1
bbc
League matches and champions leagues are played yearly. Has its value and interest been devalued? Am with Wenger on this.
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17/03/2021 18:33:59 0 0
bbc
Well put BB .
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16/03/2021 16:02:16 8 1
bbc
Turning the qualifiers into a mini tournament will probably please clubs so they dont risk players being injured during the season playing internationals every couple of months
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16/03/2021 16:03:01 6 2
bbc
it becomes less prestigious then though, doesnt it?
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17/03/2021 18:47:45 0 0
bbc
Indeed , less is far more .
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16/03/2021 16:03:51 3 3
bbc
It would make more summers better.
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16/03/2021 16:04:21 13 8
bbc
He wouldn't be saying that if he were a club manager still. Disappointing that he is forgetting his roots.
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17/03/2021 18:44:25 0 0
bbc
Disappointing but not surprising, typical poacher turned gamekeeper .
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16/03/2021 16:04:53 97 5
bbc
Scrap everything apart from World Cups & UEFA Cups - Not sure about the every 2 years things but this all makes complete sense.

Most frustrating fixture of the season is the 1st International being after the 2nd game of the season - Crackers !!
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16/03/2021 16:12:50 59 2
bbc
International breaks should be scrapped entirely with qualifiers being played in 2 or 3 specified blocks in the year with room for 1 practise match before the qualifiers.

Why are they allowed to schedule multiple pointless matches every few months just to cash in on it?
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17/03/2021 01:36:35 0 0
bbc
agreed, the qualifiers could be played all at one time as mini tournaments during the summer when there's no WC/Euros. I suppose its more profitable the other way
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16/03/2021 16:06:04 182 25
bbc
Not for me. Having it every 4 years makes it special when it comes around. Every 2 years would remove this.
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16/03/2021 16:15:45 80 7
bbc
Agreed. It's meant to be difficult to win. While it may seem unfair that players like Kleberson and Mustafi have won World Cups, but Ronaldo & Messi haven't, that is the nature of the beast.
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16/03/2021 17:50:19 9 2
bbc
Precisely. A bit like having four Old Firm derbies every year since the restructuring of the SPL, and that without them meeting in the cup competitions as well. Dilutes the anticipation.
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16/03/2021 17:58:07 4 14
bbc
He is trying to get some attention. He knows what he is saying does not make sense.
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16/03/2021 18:04:13 1 32
bbc
Wenger thinks, he's a unique person and also have some unique idea. The reality is Wenger isn't anyone unique neither a legend. He better keep quiet and not to think about football too much. ??
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DR1
16/03/2021 18:05:00 1 1
bbc
Completely agree. Also players could comfortably play in 6 tournaments over a 10 year period, age 22-32 say. Possibly even longer considering longevity now of Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic etc.
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16/03/2021 19:11:26 7 5
bbc
Disagree, any team crowned world champions should have the chance to defend it much sooner, also top players who miss out through injury, fully deserve a chance to play in the Premier tournament
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16/03/2021 19:23:08 2 0
bbc
Essentially means a major tournament for the European national teams every year. I understand the ‘special’ sentiment but don’t agree to reject because it’s Wengers idea, a pioneer of modern thinking in football. Although cannot help but thinking there is a commercial angle here..attract more sponsorship and investment in venues in new countries with questionable human rights records.
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16/03/2021 19:58:14 0 0
bbc
Lets go with the goldilocks solution and hold it every 3 bears/years.
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17/03/2021 09:34:10 0 0
bbc
How would this reduce the number of internationals ? Twice as many tournaments means twice as many qualifiers.
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17/03/2021 17:47:47 0 0
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to right , how many worldcups has arsen got left ? considering his 71 yrs old , maybe 3 left
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16/03/2021 16:07:33 4 9
bbc
Yes, more football. That's what we need. Players need holidays. So play the World Cup twice as often! Better still, how about we run the World Cup as a five-a-side tournament every summer?
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16/03/2021 16:11:17 7 1
bbc
Did you even read what he said?
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16/03/2021 16:07:33 4 9
bbc
Yes, more football. That's what we need. Players need holidays. So play the World Cup twice as often! Better still, how about we run the World Cup as a five-a-side tournament every summer?
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16/03/2021 16:11:17 7 1
bbc
Did you even read what he said?
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16/03/2021 16:04:53 97 5
bbc
Scrap everything apart from World Cups & UEFA Cups - Not sure about the every 2 years things but this all makes complete sense.

Most frustrating fixture of the season is the 1st International being after the 2nd game of the season - Crackers !!
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16/03/2021 16:12:50 59 2
bbc
International breaks should be scrapped entirely with qualifiers being played in 2 or 3 specified blocks in the year with room for 1 practise match before the qualifiers.

Why are they allowed to schedule multiple pointless matches every few months just to cash in on it?
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16/03/2021 16:54:37 0 2
bbc
Mad aint it? Earning caps has lot all meaning too
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16/03/2021 17:55:00 3 0
bbc
You do realise that they do have it in specified blocks September October November and March
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16/03/2021 18:34:41 0 0
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????????????
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16/03/2021 18:56:00 0 0
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Go talk to all the grass roots bits of football who are funded by the FA......
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16/03/2021 21:26:02 1 1
bbc
they were supposed to be doing away with friendlies but brought in the silly cup, which soon got changed when the germans were relegated, theres far too many international breaks, stop them and bring back 22 in the premier but eufa wont allow it
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17/03/2021 16:21:18 0 0
bbc
Why on earth is there a need for even one practice match? Every team would be in the same boat without one so it is not like England will gain any advantage, that one practice match is still a completely useless friendly that everybody wants wiped off of the fixture calendar.
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16/03/2021 16:13:37 1 0
bbc
Yeah be a good idea if you can scrap other cups which isn't going too happen league Cup gone from top six might work but papa John's trophy that was won by Sunderland still have Irish internationals
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16/03/2021 16:14:57 0 2
bbc
oh its not about the money then but even more football, we've got blanket coverage already. people start switching off . Give it rest Arsene, Im sure players will be happy to have no holidays.
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Dad
16/03/2021 16:14:59 3 1
bbc
Would love to see the Olympics up against the world cup...
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16/03/2021 16:06:04 182 25
bbc
Not for me. Having it every 4 years makes it special when it comes around. Every 2 years would remove this.
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16/03/2021 16:15:45 80 7
bbc
Agreed. It's meant to be difficult to win. While it may seem unfair that players like Kleberson and Mustafi have won World Cups, but Ronaldo & Messi haven't, that is the nature of the beast.
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16/03/2021 17:47:50 5 0
bbc
I both agree and disagree with Wenger.
As the OP said, every two years makes it less of a special event.
On the other hand, we'd not have to suffer the mundane nations league.
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16/03/2021 20:09:14 0 0
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Kleberson was excellent in that World Cup??
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17/03/2021 02:40:46 0 0
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Some great players did miss World Cup during their peak years, such as Platini had his peak between 1982 and 1986 World Cup.

Both Ronaldo and Messi played World Cup four times, 2010 and 2014 were at their peak.
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16/03/2021 16:16:11 7 5
bbc
Great idea Professor Wenger! Should be considered.
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16/03/2021 16:16:41 5 4
bbc
Arsene Wenger a man I have always respected. This however is an absolutely terrible idea! It seems FIFA must be paying him the big bucks for him to come out with this drabble.
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16/03/2021 16:17:45 5 7
bbc
Wenger talking utter rubbish as usual!
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16/03/2021 16:19:29 2 0
bbc
4 years is too long to wait for the festival that is the World Cup. But I suppose that's what makes it so special and so anticipated.
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16/03/2021 16:20:02 2 0
bbc
what about African/South American & Asian Championships
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16/03/2021 16:20:48 3 2
bbc
So:- World Cup every 2 years & European Championships every 2 years = major International tournament EVERY YEAR - but he wants players to have more time off too. Don't think the concept of 'time' is Arsene's strong point! Then again he couldn't grasp that time added on was "a minimum of X minutes". Always got furious that the whistle didn't blow on the dot (at least when Arsenal were in the lead)!
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16/03/2021 16:20:56 0 1
bbc
Why?
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17/03/2021 12:46:45 0 0
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Are you waiting for an answer
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16/03/2021 16:21:16 69 7
bbc
Nah every 4 years is what makes these competitions so special and what makes us all look forward to it. I agree about getting rid of the Nations League though. That was a shocking idea. Also putting qualifiers in consecutive weeks in one or 2 months of the year. Everyone hates when league football keeps getting put on hold to watch England grind out a 1-0 win over Andorra.
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16/03/2021 18:16:48 13 11
bbc
I've got a lot of time for Wenger, even though I think he stayed at Arsenal too long in the end, his first ten years at the gunners he produced a brilliant team to watch. Unfortunately it seems his time at FIFA and hanging around Infantino and his team are putting some bad ideas in his head. Although I do agree we need to scrap these pointless friendlies, I mean recently Portugal played Malta ?
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16/03/2021 19:22:08 2 1
bbc
The Nations League replaced the dreadful friendlies that used to take place like England against New Zealand or Ireland against Oman. Countries of similar ability play each other in the Nations League with a minor championship at stake so the games are taken moderately seriously while still allowing managers sensible opportunities to introduce new players.
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16/03/2021 20:01:08 1 2
bbc
If you you want world cup every 4 years why not League matches every 4 weeks?
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16/03/2021 20:37:50 2 0
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Ummm... The Nations League was brought in precisely to stop constant England vs Andorra matches. Which is it you want?
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16/03/2021 16:21:52 9 6
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Also players once capped should not be able to swap allegiances in search of glory.

And remove the grandparent rule. Che Adams for Scotland?? Born in England, raised in England to English parents. Supports England. Utter farce.
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16/03/2021 16:29:08 3 4
bbc
Owen Hargreaves, Raheem Sterling, Matt Le Tissier, Graeme Le Saux, John Barnes, Terry Butcher...

All were born outside England.
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16/03/2021 16:36:20 0 1
bbc
Really?
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16/03/2021 16:22:10 63 20
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#Wengerout
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16/03/2021 16:36:46 13 7
bbc
????
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16/03/2021 18:12:26 0 3
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Haha, at last as a Spurs fan I can join in the Wenger out mob! Thank you Arsenal fans everywhere. It helps me with the pain of Sunday and our almost wilful capitulation. Wenger out!
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17/03/2021 11:55:03 2 0
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idiot
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17/03/2021 18:54:04 0 0
bbc
Please don't start
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16/03/2021 16:22:32 45 3
bbc
Players need holidays, yet you propose that a major tournament should be held every summer?? It's the fact that players only get 3 or 4 chances at it maximum that make it so special
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16/03/2021 21:27:40 7 1
bbc
you cant win with these blokes, one minute theyre paying too much and next ,well ,its money money money, hes been hanging around with his fifa mates too long ay
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16/03/2021 16:23:29 0 0
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If only premier league was every 4 years and that way arsenal fans might start believing in themselves again...
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16/03/2021 16:24:39 1 5
bbc
I'd be more than happy to see the world cup scrapped all together. Always a massive disappointment in the quality of games.
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16/03/2021 16:24:46 33 2
bbc
A World Cup AND Euros every 2 years means a major tournament every summer! Does he really mean that, as it seems overkill, and for international players, pre-season will start about 3 1/2 hours after the last season ended.

I respect Wenger, but this seems like madness.
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16/03/2021 21:29:02 1 0
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hahaaaa funny but your right
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16/03/2021 23:04:28 1 0
bbc
It will be major tournament's every summer anyway in the future. In the years between the World Cup and Euros/Copa America when we're back to normal(ish) will be Club World Cups.
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SLR
16/03/2021 16:25:00 0 3
bbc
I don't agree, however, make the world cup more participatory and played over a longer period so populous countries like Indonesia get to see their teams play some brilliant South American team more often. How often shall England play Bangladesh and why not?
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16/03/2021 16:27:34 1 2
bbc
Having given it some thought...if the euros expanded more i suppose this might make sense. it does seem a little silly that we have the african cup of nations, the euros and the copa america in the off years. The majority of the top players will play in those competitions, this makes the fatigue reason redundant - so perhaps if they are playing anyway they should play each other in 1 competition?
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16/03/2021 16:28:08 2 1
bbc
Smells of another money grab disguised
as a "for the betterment of players " idea.
Try to imagine the logistics of this setup.
Euros and WC are fine as they are.
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16/03/2021 16:28:33 26 3
bbc
How many brown envelopes will be needed to pass that I wonder ??
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16/03/2021 17:32:33 26 1
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Sepp Blatter would know
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16/03/2021 16:21:52 9 6
bbc
Also players once capped should not be able to swap allegiances in search of glory.

And remove the grandparent rule. Che Adams for Scotland?? Born in England, raised in England to English parents. Supports England. Utter farce.
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16/03/2021 16:29:08 3 4
bbc
Owen Hargreaves, Raheem Sterling, Matt Le Tissier, Graeme Le Saux, John Barnes, Terry Butcher...

All were born outside England.
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16/03/2021 16:44:05 5 0
bbc
He is alluding to Che Adams having zero connection to Scotland other than grandparents.

Only Owen Hargreaves who had never kicked a ball in England before a call up was given matches the situation.

All the others you mention were born under English sovereignty or crown dependency, or grew up in England from a very young age.
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16/03/2021 20:33:46 0 0
bbc
This has nothing to do with England. It’s about the credibility of International football. Currently on a par with Papa John’s Trophy.
International football should be about your best against their best.
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16/03/2021 16:29:23 5 15
bbc
I would scrap international football. It's an anachronism. It was very relevant in the 20th century but globalism now rules. International competition harks back to an era of insular petty nationalism. Most people care mainly about their clubs & they love the transfer windows. That's the era of football now. Supporters going on about net spend or their rich owners. International football is dead.
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16/03/2021 17:24:40 1 2
bbc
I agree with you. I remember when I was a kid, I used to get excited about seeing Brazil play at the World Cup. Their players seemed exotic and special. Now, watch Brazil and you see Gabriel Jesus (Man City), Richarlison (Everton) and everyone's most hated player Neymar in attack; Ederson or Alisson in goal; Coutinho playmaking in midfield. We know them all week in week out, the magic is gone.
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16/03/2021 16:30:28 3 2
bbc
They had the old FIFA Confederations Cup every 2 years initially; it led to the late Marc-Vivien Foé collapsing and dying in a match for Cameroon. (RIP) The consensus was that too much football every year led to complete exhaustion and that’s why the tournaments were spaced out. Huge tournaments every summer could put players’ health at risk.
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TV
16/03/2021 16:41:43 3 1
bbc
Not sure you can blame fifa for that. He had a heart condition.
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16/03/2021 16:31:24 24 3
bbc
Leave the WC and Euros as they are SCRAP the rest!
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16/03/2021 20:38:41 5 0
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No more league football then?
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16/03/2021 16:31:33 11 1
bbc
With every summer having a World Cup or the Euro's international players will get no breaks. That'll please club managers. Then you have to pack all the qualifying for the upcoming tournament into the season. Imagine the chaos if something prevented the competition from happening. You can't delay the tournament by 12 months as it will clash with the next one.
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16/03/2021 18:16:22 5 0
bbc
So you just...cancel it? Not too difficult to do.
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16/03/2021 16:31:43 3 7
bbc
Bog off Arsene, spouting claptrap, as usual
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17/03/2021 01:33:30 0 0
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yeah stating that games should have meaning instead of pointless friendlies and mickey mouse international tournaments, aka the Nations leagues is nonsense
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Y0U
16/03/2021 16:32:42 4 1
bbc
And do what? Run players into the ground? How do you imagine fitting qualification in to a normal season for this?
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SLR
16/03/2021 16:33:37 2 1
bbc
What would be interesting is if the Champions League and Europa League were held every two years and alternating, meaning there could be value attached to the tournaments.
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Dev
16/03/2021 16:34:34 3 3
bbc
Much as I admire Wenger I think his idea is a non starter.
Some players may relish playing for their country but the roots of football - and the money - is at club level. Clubs make a lot of money from the various tournaments so the players benefit. The Fans want good club games - world cups are the icing on the cake for a select few players.
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16/03/2021 16:36:07 3 4
bbc
Load of garbage. Unworkable and biased towards larger nations.
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16/03/2021 16:21:52 9 6
bbc
Also players once capped should not be able to swap allegiances in search of glory.

And remove the grandparent rule. Che Adams for Scotland?? Born in England, raised in England to English parents. Supports England. Utter farce.
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16/03/2021 16:36:20 0 1
bbc
Really?
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16/03/2021 16:42:06 0 0
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Yes - have you not got Google yet, Dave?
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16/03/2021 16:22:10 63 20
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#Wengerout
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16/03/2021 16:36:46 13 7
bbc
????
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16/03/2021 16:36:53 5 2
bbc
It’s all about money! Every sport is tinkering with the rules to try and get more TV money. They equate more excitement with more viewers and larger TV deals. They forget how viewers get turned off by an over abundance of coverage. It’s happened with golf and NASCAR already,
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16/03/2021 16:41:32 5 3
bbc
In terms of coverage I simply no longer can sit and watch a whole match given some of the dross delivered .... but you listen to Sky and you would think every one was the classic cup final i.e. end to end and exciting. Same for golf simply some are overrated AND overpaid
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16/03/2021 16:38:35 17 4
bbc
I think there have probably been worse ideas than this but I can't think of any off the top of my head. The Sinclair C5 and subprime mortgages spring to mind but I still think they were probably just slightly better ideas. That said, I will definitely have whatever Arsene has been smoking.
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16/03/2021 17:59:32 2 7
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He is saying it to get some attention.
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17/03/2021 11:43:54 1 0
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Then you have missed the point completely.
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16/03/2021 16:39:40 7 4
bbc
Stupid stupid idea - whilst I think footballers are over protected - Martin Tyler thinks they are "are “..... key workers” - and they are NOT that .... but to have the show piece finals every two years will be absolute stupidity
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16/03/2021 16:41:20 4 1
bbc
I agree with him regarding the qualifiers.

Condense them into a month-long qualifying tournament.
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16/03/2021 18:02:26 1 0
bbc
Yes do the qualifiers in June unless a major tournament is on
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16/03/2021 16:36:53 5 2
bbc
It’s all about money! Every sport is tinkering with the rules to try and get more TV money. They equate more excitement with more viewers and larger TV deals. They forget how viewers get turned off by an over abundance of coverage. It’s happened with golf and NASCAR already,
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16/03/2021 16:41:32 5 3
bbc
In terms of coverage I simply no longer can sit and watch a whole match given some of the dross delivered .... but you listen to Sky and you would think every one was the classic cup final i.e. end to end and exciting. Same for golf simply some are overrated AND overpaid
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16/03/2021 16:30:28 3 2
bbc
They had the old FIFA Confederations Cup every 2 years initially; it led to the late Marc-Vivien Foé collapsing and dying in a match for Cameroon. (RIP) The consensus was that too much football every year led to complete exhaustion and that’s why the tournaments were spaced out. Huge tournaments every summer could put players’ health at risk.
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TV
16/03/2021 16:41:43 3 1
bbc
Not sure you can blame fifa for that. He had a heart condition.
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16/03/2021 16:36:20 0 1
bbc
Really?
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16/03/2021 16:42:06 0 0
bbc
Yes - have you not got Google yet, Dave?
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16/03/2021 16:43:01 1 5
bbc
If he had said just the world cup every 2 years and nothing else that would make more sense wouldn't it?
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16/03/2021 16:43:56 4 1
bbc
If his reasoning is because players might only get one chance to win it, then he's missing the point of prestige.
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16/03/2021 16:29:08 3 4
bbc
Owen Hargreaves, Raheem Sterling, Matt Le Tissier, Graeme Le Saux, John Barnes, Terry Butcher...

All were born outside England.
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16/03/2021 16:44:05 5 0
bbc
He is alluding to Che Adams having zero connection to Scotland other than grandparents.

Only Owen Hargreaves who had never kicked a ball in England before a call up was given matches the situation.

All the others you mention were born under English sovereignty or crown dependency, or grew up in England from a very young age.
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16/03/2021 16:44:24 2 3
bbc
What an Arsen
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16/03/2021 16:44:32 8 4
bbc
You'd never guess he used to be a manager with players of his own to look after.

Is he on a bonus?

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17/03/2021 18:46:04 0 0
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What do you think ?
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16/03/2021 16:44:52 7 2
bbc
money money money , that is all they are interested in . FIFA / EUFA more snouts in the trough
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17/03/2021 18:43:28 0 0
bbc
Always follow the money .
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16/03/2021 16:47:42 3 2
bbc
All the spurs fans just disagreeing bc what Wenger did to them ??
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16/03/2021 16:48:52 40 6
bbc
Love to hear his views on this when he was Arsenal manager ...I’m sure he’d be the first to release his players every summer lol
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17/03/2021 11:42:14 1 0
bbc
I'm not sure you've read his proposal. He's probably uniquely positioned to consider the player, club and country positions, and as I read it they have all been incorporated into his proposal. The losers in the proposals are the minor international tournaments, but he has taken into account his own frustrations from club management.
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16/03/2021 16:49:02 3 9
bbc
He lost the plot in about 2010 and nothing he says now changes my mind blokes cuckoo
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16/03/2021 16:52:58 0 0
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im surprised its not liverpool wanting this.coz they want this and that changed .coz they won the league for the first time in 30 years
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16/03/2021 16:53:04 1 8
bbc
Most fans don't care for international football. International friendlies and qualifiers are a pain. Fans would rather see their club team in action. Tournaments are a bore until it gets to the business end and invariably it's the same teams competing for honours. World cup once every four years with top 16 seeded teams in 4 leagues, semis then final. Do away with all the qualifying nonsense.
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ash
16/03/2021 16:53:41 3 4
bbc
The old man is losing the plot... He should think before suggesting ideas otherwise the good ideas he does have will lose creditibility
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16/03/2021 16:12:50 59 2
bbc
International breaks should be scrapped entirely with qualifiers being played in 2 or 3 specified blocks in the year with room for 1 practise match before the qualifiers.

Why are they allowed to schedule multiple pointless matches every few months just to cash in on it?
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16/03/2021 16:54:37 0 2
bbc
Mad aint it? Earning caps has lot all meaning too
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16/03/2021 16:54:47 10 0
bbc
What about the Copa America or African Cup of Nations? A bit of a Eurocentric idea Mr Wenger! Keep all major international cups as they are...however I like the idea of condensing the qualifiers into a month rather than how it is now!
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16/03/2021 18:45:09 3 3
bbc
Copa America lost its value of crowning South American champions once they started inviting North American and Asian teams into it. I mean even the USA has hosted it now.
I don't think anyone outside of Africa actually rates the Cup of Nations. The Gold Cup might have more prestige to it tbh.
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16/03/2021 16:55:44 5 3
bbc
Think World Cup and Euros should stay as they are, as having the 4 year gap between editions makes it that more special and prestigious. Nations League is a complete waste of time though and I do think qualifiers should also be played in one or two blocks, with preliminary rounds added (as watching England beating a team of waiters and bank clerks 10-0 isn't entertaining at all)
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16/03/2021 17:04:39 3 0
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Another dig at Scotland I see
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16/03/2021 16:57:20 8 6
bbc
Pity he doesn't put as much effort into stopping players diving and rolling around the ground. (cheating) This is the one thing that really annoys supporters. Also five minutes added time for players time wasting.
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16/03/2021 17:17:23 5 2
bbc
That's not his role....That surely has to be down to rule makers and those that officiate the match....Oh well, hope you enjoyed your pointless Wenger snipe....
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16/03/2021 17:18:16 0 2
bbc
Also, players should be booked for screaming unless they're subsequently taken off injured. Lacazette squealed 3 times after a foul against Burnley then got up and walked away. I felt embarrassed for him
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16/03/2021 16:59:46 7 6
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I think keep it as it is. The whole point of playing these tournaments every 4 years is because it’s the holy grail of football. The World Cup especially. Players can play 4 or 5 anyway, just look at pele, maradona, lothar mattheus. Mbappe won it in 2018 and he’s very young so will probably play 5 world cups. Arsene is talking out of his Arsenal. ??????
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16/03/2021 17:02:16 5 2
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No international friendlies, no nations league. Condensed qualifying in 2 rounds of games. Groups of 5 with top 2 qlyfy and 3rd playoffs. No nations league. Built in 2 week rest winter 3 weeks summer. Would I rather see England vs Argentina or unfit xx united youth vs far off asian try hard team. Easy choice. Top level internationals. This is great idea. If fifa/uefa make money from it do i care
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16/03/2021 17:02:31 2 2
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Isn’t part of the reason these competitions are important because they are only every 4 years and players are lucky to get one chance to go.
This is typical Wenger, sees things from the players point of view and doesn’t show much concern for the supporters.
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16/03/2021 17:02:42 1 3
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This from a man who doesn't know how to zip or unzip a coat and put his hand in his pocket!
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16/03/2021 16:55:44 5 3
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Think World Cup and Euros should stay as they are, as having the 4 year gap between editions makes it that more special and prestigious. Nations League is a complete waste of time though and I do think qualifiers should also be played in one or two blocks, with preliminary rounds added (as watching England beating a team of waiters and bank clerks 10-0 isn't entertaining at all)
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16/03/2021 17:04:39 3 0
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Another dig at Scotland I see
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16/03/2021 17:04:40 19 4
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World cup / Euros are special precisely because they are every 4 years.
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16/03/2021 17:04:53 3 2
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How would they have the proper breaks and time off if every year there is a world cup or euros plus all the qualification
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16/03/2021 17:06:56 0 4
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How about World Cup every 10 years and scrap all the rest.
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16/03/2021 17:07:10 2 2
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Bring back the Intertoto Cup.
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16/03/2021 17:08:07 3 2
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While other managers are talking about player burnout, Wenger wants tournaments every year. Every other year is enough. They need time to recover. Some Spurs players have played 50 games already, not that it's an excuse for their negative tactics on Sunday
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16/03/2021 17:09:21 26 8
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Looks like he's lost the plot ,a world cup every 4 years is what makes it so special ,sounds like all they are interested in is making yet more money
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16/03/2021 19:18:40 7 6
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No it's the ECL who are in it for the money. Nowadays you can finish 4/5th in the Premier league and still qualify. It should change to the old format. As for the world Cup by the time you defend your crown your has beens and what about the players, missing out through injury is very cruel when you have to wsit another Four years to get another chance
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16/03/2021 21:28:20 0 0
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nailed it mate
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16/03/2021 17:10:49 8 2
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Less is more... Quality over quantity Arsene. If you play the WC every two years then it will have less prestige and lose its status. Too much of something good dulls the senses to what is great about it. The World Cup is a huge worldwide buzz once we get within a few weeks of it upto the first few matches. After that, well for England fans it usually loses its shine, but that is another topic! :)
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16/03/2021 17:12:48 3 1
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How will Dubai cope with every Footballer in the World descending upon them all in the same 4 weeks !!
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16/03/2021 17:12:54 2 0
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Africa Cup of Nations run every two years. Copa America every 2-4 years (I don't know why it differs so much).

Euros I see the appeal of changing to every two, but the World Cup should be left as every four years. It's far too prestigious of a trophy to bring it about more often than that.
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16/03/2021 17:13:27 2 2
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barmy idea. The African cup of nations was every 2 years for a while and you end up thinking, oh god not again.
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16/03/2021 17:15:15 3 7
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And this is the former Arsenal manager who used to complain about too games. T0ssR.
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16/03/2021 17:15:19 8 4
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THANK YOU ARSENE! Finally someone who is talking sense. The UEFA Nations League is the international equivalent of the Papa John Trophy which lets be honest nobody really understands or cares about. Friendlies are the biggest turn-off going. Playing likes of San Marino, Lithuania and Slovenia - it’s little wonder why the likes of Kane, Rooney and Sterling are breaking all kinds of modern records.
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Rio
16/03/2021 17:23:02 2 4
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disagree it totally has a purpose, you just dont understand it because its designed for lower seeds. not top seeds, so whilst it may seem a friendly for you it so important for scotland eg. if you continually fail to qualify then you always get a tough group and it an endless cycle, this give lower seeds a chance to progress through rankings.
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16/03/2021 17:24:39 0 0
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I notice u don't mention ronaldo or lukaku etc
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16/03/2021 18:01:02 0 0
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The reason they do it’s because they want to stop silly international friendlies such as Portugal v Lithuania and they do nations league for competing games against teams with similar level such as Lithuania v Luxembourg and Portugal v Spain
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16/03/2021 17:15:49 9 1
bbc
Don't agree on wc every 2 years but the condensing of qualifiers makes sense. Reduces the constanty garbage qualifiers we are forced to watch 2 weeks into a new season. 'England v Moldova'. Give me strength.

Naturally people only read the headline. The rest makes sense.
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16/03/2021 17:21:26 4 2
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can't see any sense in it myself. who wants a world cup every 2 years? the whole point is waiting and looking forward to it. Who cares if players only get to play in a couple... the best players still get to play in 4.
Removed
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16/03/2021 16:57:20 8 6
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Pity he doesn't put as much effort into stopping players diving and rolling around the ground. (cheating) This is the one thing that really annoys supporters. Also five minutes added time for players time wasting.
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16/03/2021 17:17:23 5 2
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That's not his role....That surely has to be down to rule makers and those that officiate the match....Oh well, hope you enjoyed your pointless Wenger snipe....
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16/03/2021 16:57:20 8 6
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Pity he doesn't put as much effort into stopping players diving and rolling around the ground. (cheating) This is the one thing that really annoys supporters. Also five minutes added time for players time wasting.
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16/03/2021 17:18:16 0 2
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Also, players should be booked for screaming unless they're subsequently taken off injured. Lacazette squealed 3 times after a foul against Burnley then got up and walked away. I felt embarrassed for him
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16/03/2021 18:06:27 0 0
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You do know someone kicking you does hurt.
It is also cheating when there is no attempt whatsoever to play the ball.
Granted the screaming was exaggerated but going out to deliberately hurt another player is a far worse thing
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16/03/2021 16:02:12 84 17
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Part of the reason why the World Cup is so special is the length of time in between, play to often and you devalue it
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16/03/2021 17:19:21 13 12
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Yes the longer the gap the more special. 25 years and w could call it a jubilee world cup
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16/03/2021 18:56:49 1 0
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You would need to change the trophy colour to silver which would, no doubt, be hideously expensive. Hold it every 50 years & the trophy colour can stay gold
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16/03/2021 17:15:49 9 1
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Don't agree on wc every 2 years but the condensing of qualifiers makes sense. Reduces the constanty garbage qualifiers we are forced to watch 2 weeks into a new season. 'England v Moldova'. Give me strength.

Naturally people only read the headline. The rest makes sense.
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16/03/2021 17:21:26 4 2
bbc
can't see any sense in it myself. who wants a world cup every 2 years? the whole point is waiting and looking forward to it. Who cares if players only get to play in a couple... the best players still get to play in 4.
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16/03/2021 18:18:46 0 0
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He literally started by saying 'i don't agree with the world cup every 2 years.' Do people even read these days?
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16/03/2021 17:15:19 8 4
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THANK YOU ARSENE! Finally someone who is talking sense. The UEFA Nations League is the international equivalent of the Papa John Trophy which lets be honest nobody really understands or cares about. Friendlies are the biggest turn-off going. Playing likes of San Marino, Lithuania and Slovenia - it’s little wonder why the likes of Kane, Rooney and Sterling are breaking all kinds of modern records.
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Rio
16/03/2021 17:23:02 2 4
bbc
disagree it totally has a purpose, you just dont understand it because its designed for lower seeds. not top seeds, so whilst it may seem a friendly for you it so important for scotland eg. if you continually fail to qualify then you always get a tough group and it an endless cycle, this give lower seeds a chance to progress through rankings.
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16/03/2021 17:40:26 0 1
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Spot on!! I thought the reason for the Nations League was stop totally needless friendly games and give the 'small' nations a 'back door' entry to the major competitions.
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16/03/2021 18:23:22 1 0
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I understand where you’re coming from. If that’s the case then top seeded sides such as England, Spain Germany etc should be excluded from the tournament and only allow the “smaller” clubs to battle it out between themselves rather than give the “bigger” clubs two opportunities to qualify for the finals. This way you would be guaranteed some minnows qualifying.
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16/03/2021 17:23:28 45 3
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Euros / Africa CoN / Copa America one year, World Cup the next? Winning will become monotonous and meaningless. No one will remember who won either because they’ll just merge into one.
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16/03/2021 19:25:47 17 8
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Wining will become monotonous? Pretty sure this is a problem that England won’t encounter.

In fairness, pretty biased when it come to Wenger. As an Arsenal fan he’s like football’s David Attenborough.
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16/03/2021 19:53:17 2 0
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A bit like the Premier League and Champions League then?
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16/03/2021 17:15:19 8 4
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THANK YOU ARSENE! Finally someone who is talking sense. The UEFA Nations League is the international equivalent of the Papa John Trophy which lets be honest nobody really understands or cares about. Friendlies are the biggest turn-off going. Playing likes of San Marino, Lithuania and Slovenia - it’s little wonder why the likes of Kane, Rooney and Sterling are breaking all kinds of modern records.
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16/03/2021 17:24:39 0 0
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I notice u don't mention ronaldo or lukaku etc
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16/03/2021 18:25:18 1 0
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True, but these guys have proven themselves on the biggest stage time after time
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16/03/2021 16:29:23 5 15
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I would scrap international football. It's an anachronism. It was very relevant in the 20th century but globalism now rules. International competition harks back to an era of insular petty nationalism. Most people care mainly about their clubs & they love the transfer windows. That's the era of football now. Supporters going on about net spend or their rich owners. International football is dead.
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16/03/2021 17:24:40 1 2
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I agree with you. I remember when I was a kid, I used to get excited about seeing Brazil play at the World Cup. Their players seemed exotic and special. Now, watch Brazil and you see Gabriel Jesus (Man City), Richarlison (Everton) and everyone's most hated player Neymar in attack; Ederson or Alisson in goal; Coutinho playmaking in midfield. We know them all week in week out, the magic is gone.
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16/03/2021 17:30:30 1 2
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Football has changed beyond recognition from the game as it was even as recently as 2006. Traditionalists and old order thinkers can't see this. International football is truly irrelevant. I have had conversations with people on here who don't care or have forgotten that Pogba and Mbappe are World Cup winners. Winning the Champions League with your club has become the measure of true prestige.
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16/03/2021 17:25:25 2 1
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Less is more, Wenger.
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16/03/2021 17:25:25 3 1
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So there's a major international tournament EVERY summer? No thanks Arsene.
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16/03/2021 17:27:31 3 1
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If I am not mistaken that will mean a major tournament every summer. No chance for players to rest properly. From a man who used to moan at the amount of games.
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16/03/2021 17:27:35 2 5
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Scrap international football altogether, or reduce it to amateur status.
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16/03/2021 17:37:00 1 1
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England would stand a chance ??????????????
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16/03/2021 17:28:36 1 0
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He is half right. Leave an International Tournament every 2 years as it is now, Euros as planned and World cup as planned. Every other year give the players a summer off to recharge. Put the Nations league and friendlies through the year in the bin so the season can be condensed by removing the Internationals in September/November and March and have a month International Camp in May each year.