Originally posted on Fox Soccer
By By Leander Schaerlaeckens  |  Last updated 10/29/13

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Michel Platini looks on during the second day of the 2007 UEFA Congress at the Congress Center on January 26, 2007 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
International soccer, and its capstone tournaments such as the World Cup and European Championship in particular, seem to exist primarily for two discernible reasons. To determine who is the best at soccer in the world or the relevant continent. And to make their respective governing bodies tall piles of money. Increasingly, the latter raison d'etre overrules the former. Chief expansionist, current UEFA president and aspiring FIFA president, Michel Platini, has already successfully pushed through an expansion of the Euro from 16 to 24 teams for the 2016 edition in his own France. And he is now proposing that the World Cup be built out from 32 teams to 40 ahead of the 2018 tournament in Russia. His comments come in the wake of current FIFA president Sepp Blatter's claim that more World Cup spots should go to countries from Africa and Asia, at the expense of Europe's 13 berths. Platini countered to The Times that "instead of taking away some European [nations], we have to go to 40 t...
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