Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Infantino's 48 team World Cup receives "overwhelming" support

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Southampton 1-4 Tottenham
(van Dijk 2')-(Alli 19', 87', Kane 52', Son 85')

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In a vague endorsement of his own 48 team World Cup idea, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said that federations are "overwhelmingly in favor" of his expansion plan. His idea is to have a group stage featuring 16 groups of three teams with the top two moving along to a round of 32. Expanding the World Cup was a major part of Infantino's campaign to get himself elected and likely has the support of many smaller federations who don't qualify for the tournament on a regular basis. He made no mention of which federations are supporting him. Also, no confederation has come out supporting or working against the plan. My personal feelings are that Infantino is over thinking this plan and trying to bring too much radical change to a very strong 32 team format.

Former Manchester City star Carlos Tevez will be the latest player headed to China on a filthy tirch contract. He's spend the last couple years with Boca Juniors in Argentina since he was disgracefully shoved out of Manchester. The move is clearly about the money. He will join the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua for a transfer fee of around $11 million. He will also make a healthy sum of more than $700,000 per week.

Orlando City has signed Canadian international Will Johnson to a free agent deal. Johnson played in the MLS Cup Final last season with Toronto. He has been on two cup winning teams. He was with Portland Timbers in 2015 as well as Real Salt Lake in 2009. He's pretty experienced for a 29year-old midfielder and is reuniting with Jason Kreis, who coached him at RSL for five seasons.

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