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We're ready for a 48-team Football World Cup 1 minute ago

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15.07.2018

OPINION: How good has this World Cup been? Russia 2018 will go down as one of the best we've ever seen.

We had five goals in the tournament opener, an unexpectedly strong performance from the hosts, a shock early exit for the defending champions, 37 matches before our first nil-nil draw, a record number of late goals. I never want it to end.

But tomorrow it will, with the possibility of a first-time winner when Croatia take on France in a final few would have predicted.

Well after a month of glorious football I'll predict this: the World Cup will be even better when it expands to 48 teams in 2026.

I never thought I'd say that after FIFA's decision in January to break with the format that's been in place since 1998, opting to go for an expanded 48-team tournament from 2026. But Russia 2018's convinced me that Fifa might've got this one right.

Above all else, what's made this a truly great World Cup is that it's been impossible to predict. There have been upsets everywhere you look: Mexico beating Germany,........

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