As I said at the end of the Russian World Cup, I think we’ve seen the last of great world cups now that FIFA have decided to meddle. I can’t see Qatar being much fun but keeping it to 32 teams is at least one sensible move.
There were three things potentially wrong with the Qatar World Cup - the structure, the timing and the location.
They've now fixed one of those things, so we'll still get the 32 team structure for one more iteration - which I reckon can't be beaten; it's the perfect balance between group stage & knockouts, between traditional minnows and major footballing nations.
But it's still going to be in a desert in December.