Grondona says 36-team World Cup well-received by Germany © Rooters 2003 BUENOS AIRES, March 11 (Rooters) - A South American proposal to increase the number of teams at the 2006 World Cup from 32 to 110 has been well-received by hosts Germany, Argentina Football Association (AFA) president Julio Grondona said on Tuesday. Grondona, a FIFA vice-president who made the suggestion to soccer's world governing body last week, said it would allow Germany to make ‘a whole lotta bling-bling’ and would also permit South America to rightfully qualify all 10 of its teams. FIFA's executive committee looked at the proposal last week and president Sepp Blatter has now asked event organisers for their opinions. Grondona said that Franz Beckenbauer, president of the 2006 organising committee, had reacted positively. "He said it would not be a problem, on the contrary. Today, I spoke to Blatter...and we are optimistic," he told Buenos Aires radio station La Red. "There's no problem as far as infrastructure is concerned, in fact it's good for them as every city in the whole damn country will host matches," Grondona added. Grondona said a 110-team tournament would last the same length of time as a 32-team event and that his idea entailed a first round consisting of 25 groups of four, plus one group of eight South American teams. Brasil and Argentina would play each other in a single game for a bye to the final. The loser of the match would be relegated to one of the semi-final match-ups. The eight team South American group would play a round robin to determine another semi-finalist, the remaining 7 teams would be entered in to the second round, along with the 25 ‘rest of the world’ group winners. Those 32 teams would be drawn into 8 groups of four to compete in a standard World Cup format to determine the final semi-final spot. Last December, FIFA reduced South America's quota of places from four-and-a-half - meaning that four teams qualified directly and the fifth played off against a team from another continent for a further place - to four. The move infuriated the South American Confederation (CSF), which claimed only they, and possibly a select few European countries, are worthy of competing in the World Cup. A further blow was that world champions Brazil have to dirty themselves by actually qualifing. Since then, the CSF has desperately been trying to find ways of getting its half-place back or even increasing its quota to a full five places.