On Feb. 26, the most powerful men in soccer will gather together at the Hallenstadion in Zürich, Switzerland to vote for a successor to Sepp Blatter in the FIFA Presidential Election. But who do we think should be the head of soccer’s governing body? Click here to find out!
It’s nearly here. The FIFA Presidential Election has thrust upon us five candidates vying to control soccer’s governing body. Gianni Infantino, Sheikh Salman, Prince Ali Bin-Hussein, Jerome Champagne and Tokyo Sexwale have all thrown their hat in the ring to succeed controversial figure Sepp Blatter as the beautiful game’s most respectable spokesperson. Click down to read who I think should win the vote.
Now, we’re in this mess because Sepp was banned from taking part in any FIFA activity for 8 years following allegations of bribery and corruption. We need a new figure-head, a man with a steely backbone but someone who plays by the rules. Who can that be?
I say, step-forward Gianni. As the UEFA General Secretary he has the experience needed to realize how the game should be run. Although he was formerly the right-hand man of Michel Platini, another shrouded in allegations of bribery, Gianni has appeared to have kept his nose clean and has had the best interests of the European game at heart in the past.
Some might ask, what is his experience in handling soccer on the world stage? And that’s a completely valid question. But let’s look at what he’s done in Europe as a precursor to what he could do governing FIFA. He was instrumental in expanding the European Championships from 16 teams to 24 — thus making it a longer and much more interesting tournament with a packed, exciting schedule.
He wants to do the same with the World Cup, expanding the competition to 40 teams and making that the showpiece it once was having lost out perhaps in excitement and quality to the Champions League in recent years.
Also, looking at the other candidates, it’s difficult to see who you can trust to manage the game better. After all, Tokyo is under investigation for the bidding process in which South Africa won the 2010 World Cup. Sheikh Salman is alleged to have been responsible for complicity in human rights abuses in his native Bahrain. Even Jerome upset many by apologizing profusely about the Sepp debacle, which is absolute madness. How can you justify that kind of behavior? Inexperienced Prince Ali seems genuine, but then you question his standout-proposal — a publication of the Garcia report in full, which will lift the lid on the corruption scandal. How does that improve soccer?
It could be considered a case of the best of a bad bunch, quite frankly. But there could be far worse choices than Gianni, who would certainly get our vote.
HollywoodLifers, who do you think should be voted as FIFA’s new President? Do let us know by sounding off below!