There's been a lot of negative publicity in the English language media about FIFA being typically money hungry in expanding the World Cup. But it's a fantastic thing for nations that have not qualified before. There are always shocks amongst the customary drubbings, but creating a pathway to recognition and a career in a big league would be huge for players (and fans) from those countries.
More importantly, the round robin Group Stage only has 3 teams per group, and allows for a longer knockout competition, which is a real win.
I'm all for it. What's the consensus here?