Xavi calls to scrap the 48 team structure for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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The next World Cup in 2022 will take place in Qatar with the majority of the general public apprehensive about how the tournament will play out.

Temperatures are expected to be as high as 30 degrees despite the competition taking place in November, with many European nations expected to struggle in the humid conditions.

It will be the first World Cup ever to take place within the Arab world and the first in a Muslim-majority country.

An increase from 32 to 48 teams competing in the competition is currently scheduled for the 2026 tournament - which will be hosted by Mexico, United States and Canada - but according to FIFA President Gianni Infantino the change could come as early as 2022.

One footballer who knows what it's like to play in Qatar is Barcelona legend Xavi.

The 39-year-old, currently turns out for Al-Sadd in Qatar's top flight, believes it is not in the tournament's best interest to have 48 teams for the next World Cup.

“It’s too much and too long. Imagine 48 teams in Qatar, it will not be good in my opinion,” Xavi told reporters in Mumbai.

“It’s still for the organisers to decide, but for now Qatar is doing everything to prepare for 32 teams and it will be difficult to change it for more teams.


“Also, it’s good for football to have 32. That’s more than enough.”

Despite his views against the change in structure, Xavi has jumped off the bandwagon when it comes to denouncing Qatar as a worthy host nation.

Since moving to the country, the Spaniard has seen a vast improvement in their quality of football.

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“I thought the football there was the worst when I first went there,” the World Cup winner said.

“But they’ve improved a lot and very quickly since then, everybody saw it at the Asian Cup.”

With the decision still up in the air, what do you think? Should the 2022 Qatar World Cup have 48 teams? Have your say in the comments section below.


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