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53 European football nations to meet in Cyprus

UEFA summit held as influential clubs call for fewer international friendlies and smaller qualifying groups for major championships

AP, Tuesday 20 Sep 2011
Michel Platini
UEFA President Michel Platini (Photo: Reuters)

Europe’s 53 football countries will have the future and popularity of their national teams at the top of the agenda at a two-day summit meeting in Cyprus.

UEFA member federations are under pressure from influential clubs to play fewer matches by scrapping some international friendly dates and cutting the size of qualifying groups for the World Cup and European Championship.

Federation presidents and chief executives also will meet Europe’s eight representatives on FIFA’s 24-man executive committee four weeks before FIFA President Sepp Blatter unveils his detailed anti-corruption reforms to clean up world football.

First, UEFA President Michel Platini wants the brainstorming session in Limassol to help set priorities for his second four-year term in office.

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