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    #26
    Platini's 2020 vision

    Spot the obvious flaw in the plan:

    "How the groups might look

    First division Spain, Germany, Holland, Italy, England, Portugal"

    So what happens when England get relegated and they play no friendlies against top sides for x years? Also, how do they fit in the Brazil friendlies?

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      #27
      Platini's 2020 vision

      Its more likely to be made up of four team divisions playing over two seasons H&A. That would allow friendlies against opposition from other continents to be fitted in.
      Im all for it.

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        #28
        Platini's 2020 vision

        A 40 team World Cup anyone?

        Someone tell him to shut the fuck up, please.

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          #29
          Platini's 2020 vision

          Current 32-team finals: 63 matches (64 with the third place play off)

          Proposed 40 teams in groups of five: 95 (96) matches

          32 extra games in only three more days might be difficult?

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            #30
            Platini's 2020 vision

            I can only assume they'll go to four games a day through the duration of the group stage. Giving the teams three rest days each it would take 20 days to complete the group stage compared to 15 currently. Whether he's planning to shave off a couple of rest days elsewhere, which would be mad, or he's just miscalculated we don't know.

            From a footballing point of view it makes little sense as well, as most if not all the additional teams sounds like they'll come from the weaker continents, filling the group stage up with even more boring games than it has at the moment. Keeping it at 32 but giving some of Europe's places to Africa and Asia will also be a negative until more of their sides start improving.

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