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Germany’s Low skeptical about 48-team World Cup proposal

Germany v France - Semi Final: UEFA Euro 2016

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JULY 07: Joachim Loew, head coach of Germany looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 semi final match between Germany and France at Stade Velodrome on July 7, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Germany coach Joachim Low appears to be skeptical about FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s suggestion that the World Cup could be expanded to as many as 48 teams.

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On Monday, Infantino outlined the idea that would see 16 teams go home after playing one game in a new opening playoff round.

According to news agency dpa, Low says he isn’t familiar with the “concrete plans,” but the current level of 32 teams in the tournament is “excellent and ideal.”

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Low, who led Germany to the 2014 title, says “the best teams should be at the World Cup and the European Championship. If you keep on raising (numbers), there is a watering-down of quality.”