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UEFA on collision course with FIFA

FIFA may be hopeful of staging the World Cup in 2028, but UEFA is pushing ahead with plans for the European Championships to take place.

FIFA may be hopeful of staging the World Cup in 2028, but UEFA is pushing ahead with plans for the European Championships to take place.

UEFA has set out plans for Euro 2028, despite ongoing talk of the World Cup being moved to the same year as part of contentious plans.

FIFA’s head of global development Arsene Wenger is pushing for a revamp of the international football calendar that would see the global tournament staged every other year. European football governing body UEFA has strongly opposed the idea, which would lead to its own showpiece international tournament played in ‘odd’ years from 2025. Should the plans get the go-ahead, the first of FIFA’s biennial World Cups would be held in 2028.

However, UEFA is expecting the European Championship finals to be held in seven years’ time as originally planned, with the bidding process being laid out on Tuesday. Any countries interested in hosting the tournament have until March 2022 to declare their interest, with the winning bid to be announced in September 2023

UEFA will welcome single or joint bids for the competition, which will once again feature 24 teams. Germany will solely host the 2024 competition after seeing off Turkey in the voting process.

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