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first_imgThe 37-member FIFA Council, which makes strategic decisions for soccer’s governing body, will on Tuesday decide whether to increase the tournament from the current 32 teams to either 40 or 48, starting in 2026.Infantino, elected last February to replace the disgraced Sepp Blatter, pledged during his campaign to enlarge the tournament – a promise designed especially to appeal to the bulk of FIFA’s 211 member associations that rarely or never qualify for World Cups.Infantino now says he has “overwhelming support” for his plans.The Council’s nine European representatives seem least likely to support the change.A spokesman for the European governing body UEFA offered little enthusiasm, saying it was “currently gathering feedback from its national associations – which are the ones directly impacted by any change”.The association representing Europe’s most powerful clubs, already struggling to nurse players through long domestic seasons, last month wrote to Infantino to say that “politics and commerce should not be the exclusive priority in football”.But even if the Europeans oppose the expansion, Infantino’s comment suggests they will be in a minority.Critics argue against expansion plansCritics say it would be wrong to change a 32-team format that, in 2014 in Brazil, produced a tournament of exhilarating football, unpredictable results and few meaningless or hopelessly one-sided matches.German football boss Reinhard Grindel said on Thursday that FIFA should stick to its “tried and tested formula”, and that all of the possible alternatives had “considerable weaknesses”.Infantino has said his preferred option is for a 48-team tournament that would start with 16 groups of three teams, where the top two would qualify for a knock-out round of 32.”For this alternative, the draw would probably have to be abolished to avoid tactical behaviour in final group matches,” said Grindel.”But having extra-time and penalties in the group stage is itself problematic, adding organisational difficulties to an already higher number of matches.”Infantino has also proposed a preliminary round of 16 knockout ties, with the winners joining 16 seeded teams in a 32-team group phase.”This would lengthen the tournament by one week for half of the participating teams, and considerably increase the burden on the players,” Grindel warned.There are also two proposals for a 40-team World Cup – the first featuring eight groups of five teams in the first round; and the second with 10 teams of four, where the group winners and six best runners-up would progress.Grindel said the first choice would lead to “a large number of matches where teams would be just playing for pride”, and the latter could leave some second-placed teams waiting for up to four days to find out whether they had qualified.”Past World Cups have always been tournaments that have enthused players, spectators and sponsors alike,” he said. “So why change it?”Reuterslast_img read more

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first_imgBallyshannon & Killybegs Credit Union are expanding their technology offerings for the south Donegal community with two major moves.BK Credit Union has launched a new website, www.bkcreditunion.ie offering a full suite of online services and recently launched an innovative mobile app for members to manage their money ‘on the go’.The App allows members access to the following features on  iPhone, iPad and Android devices: View Account BalancesView TransactionsTransfer between your accountsTransfer to External Bank AccountsPay a BillBallyshannon & Killybegs Credit Union AppBallyshannon & Killybegs Credit Union AppThe app contains a secure member login facility so members will have peace of mind knowing that their data is secure. The Ballyshannon & Killybegs Credit Union App is available on the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store.  For download links click here: http://www.bkcreditunion.ie/Mobile-AppThis facility is open to all members who have registered for Online Access. To register for Online Access click here: https://secure.bkcreditunion.ie/RegisterBallyshannon & Killybegs Credit Union AppSpecial Laptop and Tablet Bundle OffersAlso as part of their tech revolution, the BK Credit Union are now offering their members a Tech Loan .   This short term Loan is perfect for anyone going back to school or university or who wants to upgrade their laptop or tablet or mobile device for as little as €20 per week over 1 year. They have secured four exclusive Tech bundles with Compupac I.T solutions, offering high spec Laptops with one year Free Microsoft Office 365, Anti virus Software and 5 year warranty included OR an iPad bundle with Bluetooth Belkin lite keyboard and folio case with battery up to 10 hours.Compupac IT bundles with Ballyshannon & Killybegs Credit UnionCompupac IT bundles with Ballyshannon & Killybegs Credit UnionIt is easy to apply for in 3 clicks, go to https://www.compupacit.ie/bk-credit-union/ select your bundle and submit your query.BK Credit Union will then process the application and upon securing the finance Compupac will deliver direct to your door.Alternatively provide any branch with a quote of your Tech or Mobile Phone provider and they will process the application with a quick turnaround.For futher details or to try our free loan calculator go to: www.bkcreditunion.ie/loans Ballyshannon & Killybegs Credit Union, helping you, helping your communityTo find out more, visit your local branch or contact:Killybegs: 074 973 2158Ballyshannon: 071 985 2288 Email: marketing@bkcreditunion.ieWeb: www.bkcreditunion.ieBallyshannon & Killybegs Credit Union is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.  Ts and Cs apply. €20 per week calculation is based on €1,000 borrowed over 53 weeks, total cost of credit is 54.20Cyber boost brings new services to Ballyshannon & Killybegs Credit Union was last modified: October 6th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AppBallyshannonbankingcredit unionFinanceKillybegsTechnologylast_img read more

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