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FIFA wants to decide in January if the 2026 World Cup will expand from its 32-team format, with 40 or 48 teams the favored options.FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Thursday he expects a decision when the ruling council meets for the first time next year. It follows FIFA paying $453 million to Brazil's 2014 World Cup committee, and budgeting to spend $700 million on Russian operations running the 2018 tournament.The World Cup is FIFA's prize asset earning around 85 percent of its revenue, and shapes as a defining issue for Infantino before his term ends in less than three years.Infantino was elected in February having pledged during his campaign to add eight teams to the tournament.
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