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Javier Mascherano favours biennial World Cup after talks with Arsene Wenger

Former Liverpool star Javier Mascherano admits he would like the World Cup to be held every two years following discussions with fellow advocate and ‘visionary’ ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

  • The FIFA World Cup tournament is currently held every four years 
  • But FIFA believe there is a demand to stage the tournament on a biennial basis
  • Former Argentina star Javier Mascherano admits he is convinced by proposal

Javier Mascherano is backing the idea of holding the World Cup every two years.

The former Liverpool and West Ham star has joined Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger in calling for the current format of a four-year period in between World Cups to be slashed.

FIFA believe there is demand to stage a World Cup every two years with president Gianni Infantino adamant the majority of national associations are in favour the idea.

Javier Mascherano has agreed with the proposal

Former Argentina star Javier Mascherano (right) has backed the concept of a World Cup to be held every two years following talks with ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

And Mascherano has now thrown his weight behind the idea.

‘The first time I heard it seemed strange because we are used to thinking about the World Cup every four years,’ said Mascherano.

‘But then I thought more about it, I had the opportunity to talk with Arsene Wenger and other colleagues.

The World Cup is currently held every four years but there have been serious discussions on holding the international tournament on a biennial basis

The World Cup is currently held every four years but there have been serious discussions on holding the international tournament on a biennial basis

‘Wenger is a true football personality and has been a visionary in many ways for many years.

‘He still is and it is amazing to see someone from his experience committed to improving the game for future generations.

‘All of these topics are being reviewed in a process of consultations with football and their priority is looked at, not money or political reasons.’

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