FIFA agrees to 36-team World Cup

May 3, 2003
By Timothy Collings
ZURICH, May 3 (Reuters) - FIFA agreed to expand the 2006 World Cup in Germany to an unprecedented 36 teams following a heated seven-hour meeting of its executive committee on Saturday.But Sepp Blatter, president of world soccer's governing body, said the expanded format would not be ratified until they agreed on a format that avoided fixture problems and maintained the event's sporting credibility.A final meeting of FIFA's 24-man executive committee to decide on the format will be held in Paris on ...

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