Breaking news: there is controversy about the 2022 Qatar World Cup. FIFA President Gianni Infantino proposed the idea of expanding the World Cup in 2022 from 32 teams to 48, four years earlier than the confirmed expansion in 2026. The European Leagues, a group for 32 leagues from 25 countries, is not in favor of the idea, as it would add more games and days to the World Cup, which already had to be moved to the winter to accommodate Qatar’s weather.
“We are not prepared to make any changes on the calendar for expanding the 2022 World Cup,” European Leagues President Lars-Christer Olsson said.
“We have already been flexible to allow the World Cup to be played in the winter and have agreed the dates, and we are not prepared for the duration of the World Cup to be any longer.”
The yearly summer tournament, the International Champions Cup, had its announcement celebrations on Tuesday, and released its full schedule. And the slate put together is absolutely stacked. Clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus, Tottenham, Liverpool, AC Milan, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris-Saint Germain, and Roma will play matches in the U.S., including places such as the Rose Bowl, the Big House, Levi’s Stadium, FedEx Field, and more. There are also some matches in Singapore, Italy, Madrid, and Sweden. There are 18 clubs involved, total, and each team plays three matches. Safe to say, this is a pretty great chance for a lot of U.S. fans to see their favorite teams and some of the biggest in Europe, and this is the biggest edition of the tournament so far.
New York City FC, according to reports, have a plan for a 26,000 capacity stadium as part of a $700 million project in Harlem River Yards. The project apparently, if it is not delayed, would be finished by 2022, and would include housing, retail space, and a park in the redevelopment of that part of Harlem. This could very well be the end of the stadium search for NYCFC, who have played in Yankee Stadium since their conception, and who have had stadium sites at Belmont, Flushing, and Manhattan fall flat.
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