UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin speaks during a news conference after the meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee at the UEFA headquarters, in Nyon, Switzerland, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)
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Europe will formally ask FIFA for at least 16 places in the expanded 48-team World Cup lineup, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said Thursday.FIFA decided last month to add 16 teams to the 2026 tournament. Two teams will advance to a 32-team knockout round from each three-nation group.If UEFA's requests are accepted by FIFA, it will ensure no all-European matches in the 12-day group stage at the 2026 tournament.Ceferin announced planned reforms for UEFA five months after he was elected to succeed Michel Platini, who was banned by FIFA for a financial conflict of interest.
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