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GER­MANY coach Joachim Low yes­ter­day re­acted scep­ti­cally to a sug­ges­tion from FIFA pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino to ex­pand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams from 2026 on­wards. “The best teams should be at the World Cup and the Euro­pean cham­pi­onships. If you con­tinue rais­ing (num­bers) there is a wa­ter­ing­down of the qual­ity,” Low said as the Ger­man team gathered in Hamburg for two World Cup qual­i­fiers. Low, who coached Ger­many to the 2014 world ti­tle, named the cur­rent 32-team for­mat “great and ideal” but also said he was not fa­mil­iar with con­crete plans in con­nec­tion with the in­crease. The FIFA Coun­cil meets Oc­to­ber 13 and 14 in Zurich to dis­cuss the bid­ding process for the 2026 tour­na­ment as well as new World Cup for­mats.

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