Its been long coming and pressure from CAF, AFC and CONCACAF has been immense behind the scenes. What they lacked was ammunition... 5 teams are already out of the World Cup, 3 of them UEFA teams. Several other UEFA teams in precarious positions with regards to progressing (only 2-3 teams in pole position to make it out) it is very much in the realm of possibility that over half of UEFA teams will be out by the knockout phase. Coupled with a very strong CONCACAF showing and a high possibility of CAF having 2 teams in the knockout phase (with AFC fate undecided) the ammunition will be there. Given the number of votes between the confederations in question and UEFA's precarious position after two numerically poor tournaments (yet to be seen) it looks like Europe is now desperately fighting for status quo. Else I expect Europe to lose at least 1 slot, maybe even 1,5 slots (with CONMEBOL possibly earning a 5th full slot)... The implications of a poor UEFA showing would be tremendous.