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Gareth Bale urges football bosses to block Arsene Wenger's plans to hold a World Cup every two years

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Gareth Bale urges football bosses to block Arsene Wenger’s plans to hold a World Cup every two years as it ruins the tournament’s ‘prestige’ and ‘history’…even though Wales have failed to qualify since 1958

  • Bale urges football bosses to block plans to stage a World Cup every two years
  • Ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is spearheading the move for more World Cup’s
  • The Welsh captain says he likes the tradition of the World Cup every four years
  • He says that the World Cup currently has that prestige like the Olympics Games
  • Bales hopes to help his country reach the Finals for the first time since 1958 


Gareth Bale has urged football bosses to block the plan to stage the World Cup every two years.

The Wales captain hopes to help his country reach the Finals for the first time since 1958, as they aim to register a third straight win in their qualifying group by beating Estonia in Cardiff on Wednesday.

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is spearheading the move for biennial World Cups, as part of his role with FIFA. But European football’s key figures are hostile to the idea and Bale echoed their concerns.

Gareth Bale has urged football bosses to block the plan to stage the World Cup every two years

Gareth Bale has urged football bosses to block the plan to stage the World Cup every two years

‘It’s not something I really like,’ said Bale, preparing to win his 99th cap. ‘I like the tradition of [the World Cup] every four years. It has that prestige like the Olympics where it comes around every four years and it feels that little bit more special because it’s not happening too often.

‘If we had one every two years, it would lose that bit of history. Once every four years does make it that bit more prestigious.’

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is spearheading the move for biennial World Cups

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is spearheading the move for biennial World Cups

The Wales captain hopes to help his country reach the Finals for the first time since 1958, as they aim to register a third straight win in their qualifying group by beating Estonia

The Wales captain hopes to help his country reach the Finals for the first time since 1958, as they aim to register a third straight win in their qualifying group by beating Estonia

Bale’s hat-trick – his second for Wales – secured a 3-2 win over Belarus in Kazan, Russia over the weekend and defeating Estonia will allow Rob Page’s men to keep the pressure on Belgium and Czech Republic at the top of the group.

Even if Wales finish outside the top two, they still have a strong chance of securing a play-off spot – another possible route to Qatar 2022 – thanks to their performances in the Nations League.

Bale added: ‘In terms of international football it’s the pinnacle. It’s something every player dreams of playing in. I’m no different and nobody else in the squad is any different.’

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