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Wenger wants March – November Premier League season as part of radical overhaul


Arsene Wenger has revealed his ‘dream’ for the Premier League season to be moved with action played through the summer months.

The legendary forward Arsenal boss is the chief of global football development at FIFA, and he has suggested football needs a radical overhaul of its calendar.

Wenger is chief of global football development at FIFA

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Wenger is chief of global football development at FIFA

Wenger has even said he is trying to schedule a meeting with FIFA president Gianni Infantino and the major stakeholders of the game, to bring his ideas to the table.

The Frenchman doesn’t understand why football seasons around the world are split across two years, and believes it would simplify the calendar to have one championship per year, with the entire campaign being played between March and November.

He also believes the wait between major international tournaments is too long, suggesting the World Cup and European Championship should be played every TWO years, instead of four.

“It’s my dream you know, it’s not a dream I share with many people at the moment but I just think I have the advantage of having worked in Japan,” Wenger, who managed Nagoya Grampus Eight in the mid 1990s, said.

Wenger led Arsenal to three Premier League titles during his long career in north London

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Wenger led Arsenal to three Premier League titles during his long career in north London

“We played from March until November and it was perfect. You would not have anymore ‘he won the Championship in season 2018-19.’ No, the championship was won in 2018 or 2019 and in 2020.

“In fact, I believe as well, we have to re-organise completely the calendar.

“In FIFA, with [president Gianni] Infantino, we try to make meeting with all the stakeholders of the game to completely reorganise the calendar year, because you have to plan in the future where you may have to travel less.”

Wenger has also called for the World Cup and Euros to be held more regularly, saying all other competitions – like the UEFA Nations League – should be scrapped.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal won the UEFA Nations League in its inaugural season, Wenger would like it scrapped

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal won the UEFA Nations League in its inaugural season, Wenger would like it scrapped

“Organise only competitions of meaning,” he told beIN Sports.

“Kick all the parallel competitions out of the game. People must understand what is at stake and only have games with meaning.

“If you look at the teams in the World Cups usually the average age is 27 or 28. Because the World Cup is every four years there are very few chances to win it again because when they go back to the next World Cup they are 32 or 33.

“That’s why maybe we should organise the World Cup every two years.”





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