FIFA President Gianni Infantino gestures during the Colombia 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup third place match between Iran and Portugal at the Coliseo El Pueblo stadium, in Cali, Colombia on October 1, 2016. / AFP / LUIS ROBAYO
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FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed in an exclusive interview with AFP Thursday that he backs expanding the World Cup to 48 teams, giving "more of a chance to more teams".Infantino, 46, succeeded the disgraced Sepp Blatter at the head of FIFA, and is determined to stamp his own authority on the job as president and on the sport's future.He had already suggested that he would be in favor of a 40-team World Cup, up from the current 32 .The 2016 European Championship in France, organised by Infantino's former employers at UEFA, featured 24 teams in a month-long tournament with just eight countries being eliminated at the end of the first stage.Infantino believes a 48-team World Cup would represent "a high sporting level because from each play-off the best teams would qualify.Away from a new-look World Cup, Infantino told AFP that he is also committed to forging a fresh and clean FIFA after a series of corruption scandals since May 2015 .
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