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Loew confirms stance on 40-team World Cup

dpa logodpa 2/10/2016

Joachim Loew says making the World Cup a 40-team event will dilute the quality of the tournament.

Germany coach Joachim Loew, in an interview published on Sunday, reiterated he opposes plans to expand the football World Cup from 32 to 40 teams.

"The sporting value can not be diluted although I understand the smaller nations who could enter the big stage in this way," Loew told the Welt am Sonntag paper.

Gianni Infantino, the new president of the ruling body FIFA, is in favour of a 40-team World cup from 2026 onwards.

The issue is to be discussed by the FIFA council at a meeting in mid-October.

A bigger tournament would mean more matches for the teams, and the 2014 World Cup-winning coach Loew warned that the players have already reached their physical and mental limit.

"We must be aware that the quality will suffer in the long run. We not overdo it," Loew said.

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