Yeah, my use of the word "elite" may not have been the wisest choice. My stance has nothing to do with being elitist and keeping small nations out, but more on keeping the competition in a state where it is comprised only of teams that are deserving of a place.
I just don't buy into the "bigger is better" philosophy for this sort of thing. I love the World Cup as much as anyone else, it's unquestionably the biggest, most prestigious and most exciting sporting event there is in my opinion. But by the end of it, I've more or less had enough, I don't see what value there is in prolonging it (other than the obvious financial gains to be had from doing so). I might be somewhat cynical, but after an entire year of seeing domestic/European football almost daily throughout the course of a season, and then several matches a day for a further month in a World Cup year, the last thing I want to see at the end of it is more football.
The African showing was a big disappointment in the last WC though wasn't it?
Dunno, don't think we need any more European or South American sides, suppose the expansion of the WC to 32 enabled more teams from other continents to participate and it is without doubt th number one world sports event so you wouldn't want corners of the globe not represented.
I think I would increase the amount of intercontinental qualifying at the end, so the last 4 spots or so could come from any continent.
Some kind of rules about how you gain and lose spots would be nice, though. Too subjective at the moment.
Always liked this explanation for the expansion: Football rankings: EURO expansion: Those crafty Scots and Irish!
Because Slovenia, Serbia, Greece and Switzerland so illuminated the last tournament.
Japan, Korea and every South American were far better value.
I think the balance of the World Cup is just about ok as it is, it's a shame that Russia and Croatia did not make it but that is their own fault.
Oceania have one spot too many. I think South America should be given an extra country especially with the Cup being in Brazil.
Still do don't they? :unsure: