After a whole year of tough matches in a European football World Cup qualifying group, Greece made it to the playoff stage, where they were eliminated by Croatia. Normally, that would be the end of the road.
Now however; a new tournament is being planned for those countries that were eliminated from the World Cup finals. FIFA, football’s international body, will approve a potential tournament involving national teams that have not qualified for World Cup 2018 in Russia.
The idea of such a championship came from the US Football Federation. According to the BBC, FIFA will not interfere with the tournament, which will be presented as an alternative world championship.
It is still unclear whether such championship would materialize, and if approval will be given by the strongest teams that did not qualify, headed by Italy and the Netherlands, as well as the champion of South America; Chile. According to US media, the requirement will be for every team to play with all their stars.
Calls are likely to be sent to the three major African teams that have failed to qualify; Ghana, Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire. Besides Italy and the Netherlands, Europe may include Wales, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Greece and Turkey.