A biennial World Cup will taint prestige of the spectacle

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The Fifa World Cup being played every two years as is being suggested would kill the special nature of the tournament, writes Matshelane Mamabolo.
JOHANNESBURG - IT would no longer have that novelty about it, would it? The Fifa World Cup being played every two years as is being suggested would kill the special nature of the tournament. Think about it.

What makes the World Cup such a special event? It is the wait, right? Don't you enjoy that four-year period between the different editions of football's ultimate event? I mean, there's that one year of reminiscing about the tournament that's just ended before we start looking ahead to the qualifiers for the next. And just like now with the qualification process for Qatar 2022, there's nearly a year of quality competitive football as the countries strive to book their tickets to the finals. There are debates as to whether particular players are good enough to be in the squad and team, and arguments about the coaches' playing system make for riveting anticipation of the matches.

Once the qualification process has been completed, there's a full year of build-up to the main tournament. There are friendly internationals as the countries ready themselves for the big event, and the Confederation Cup. That's the precursor to the World Cup in which continental champions clash as the country that will host the big event checks its readiness to welcome the world.

Our appetite for top class international football now whetted, the tournament arrives and for a month we are engrossed in the Beautiful Game as nations contest the right to be called the champions of the world. It's a lofty position they will get to enjoy for the next four years, the winning country's players seeing their status enhanced and thus getting the chance to cash in as top clubs jostle for their…
Matshelane Mamabolo
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