Podcast 79: A 128 Team World Cup Finals
There’ll be an article or two on the subject of Gianni Infantino’s recent proposals as the Chief Executive of FIFA on these pages over the next few days or so, and with this in mind, this week’s Twohundredpercent podcast takes his words to their logical extreme. A straight, 128-team knockout tournament. One leg per match, with the final rounds being played as a competition. We argue about the format – a little bit – and we argue about the nature of the way in which we chose the teams – the easiest, most expedient way, is it turns out – but then we turn to the draw itself, as we decide the First Round Proper of the 2026 World Cup finals, stopping off on the way to discuss the nations and critique the format of the tournament itself.
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