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|Gianni Infantino's reign as FIFA president may be in its infancy Nico Hischier Jersey , but he's wasting no time in putting his own shine on the World Cup. His presidential campaign was based on expanding the finals of the tournament and he's been as good as his word, if not more so.
Talk prior to this week was that the World Cup finals would expand from its current 32-team iteration to 40 nations, in either 10 groups of four or eight groups of five. Infantino has now gone eight better and declared his preference is for a new 48-country tournament for 2026.
A 48-team World Cup with a playoff game for a place in the group stage having been mooted- as one option. Bizarre as that seems, Infantino argues, quite reasonably for the vast majority of FIFA's member nations that have never been to the finals, that ""an entire country lives for such a game.""
Whatever form it takes New Jersey Devils T-Shirts , it looks set to happen. After all, this is Infantino's priority and he was at UEFA when they decided to expand Euro 2016 from 16 teams to 24. While there was joy for newcomers Albania and Iceland, by and large the expanded format didn't deliver.
That has to be the worry with a larger-than-life World Cup. Aside from the logistical strain of 16 groups of three teams, the stakes are so high in the two games that each nation plays that it will surely result in the kind of risk aversive football that so often blights tournaments. Great news for kids who get to stay up past their bedtime for inevitable penalty shootouts, guaranteed boredom for the neutral.
The other outcome is that we end up with something like the UEFA -Champions League. We are guaranteed goals, but only because of the constant mismatches in the opening games of a tournament that has been expanded to breaking point.
There's a slim chance that FIFA's council will choose to keep the tournament at 32 teams New Jersey Devils Hoodie , but expansion of some description is much the likelier outcome when they convene next month. The proposed new spots would go to nations outside of UEFA, supporting FIFA's- expansion into emerging markets with the coincidence that it will aid votes when Infantino's re-election -campaign comes around.
A 48-nation World Cup may yet be the most unwelcome swelling, but it has people worrying about 2026 rather than Russia 2018 or Qatar 2022. Mind you, with Infantino also admitting to his support for up to three co-hosts, there's plenty of room for expansion when it comes to controversial hosts.
CLA website hits back at critics of cyberspace plan
A news portal under the Chinese Communist Youth League (CLA) has fought back against recent criticisms of the CLA's recent "cyberspace civilization youth volunteer" scheme.
An article published on a news portal under the CLA, youth Customized Adidas Devils Jerseys , Tuesday argues that the scheme, which asks young people to help "clean up" cyberspace, should be seen as a good thing, despite the fact that it was "misinterpreted" by some netizens.
The CLA called on Chinese youth earlier this year to participate in the scheme under which volunteers will commit to regularly posting comments in a "civilized and sensible" manner and to post articles, videos and Weibo posts that are related to the idea of socialism, according to the websites of several universities and CLA local committees.
Volunteers should also report and refute "malicious speeches" which harm national unity or involve pornographic or pro-drug messages.
A cleanup of cyberspace is urgently needed as netizens that maliciously attack those who post positive Cheap New Jersey Devils Jerseys , pro-government comments could confound right and wrong and disrupt the entire Internet environment, read the article.
Those netizens disrupt social stability and endanger the regimes' security, it said, calling on teenagers to participate in the CLA scheme and become "cyberspace civilization youth volunteers" to fight negative noises and spread positivity.
The article claimed that teenagers are the most active group online and the most influential in society and that they should be obligated to develop a civilized online environment.
The scheme aims to recruit about 10,000 volunteers, 4 Marcus Johansson Salute to Service Jersey ,000 of which are college students. Applicants have to submit their name, date of birth, political status as well as Weibo and Weixin account name, the South China Morning Post reported.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said in February that Internet security and informatization are major strategic issues concerning a country's security, development and the people's life and work. Xi also urged China to work to build a more "clean and chipper" cyberspace.
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