If you’ve ever watched a Champions League draw, the chances are you’ll recognise Gianni Infantino.
The UEFA general secretary has entered the race to become FIFA president after Michel Platini was banned from football for eight years last month and has vowed to reform world football’s governing body following the chaotic reign of Sepp Blatter.
Infantino is currently the bookmakers’ second favourite to become the next FIFA president, behind Salman Al Khalifa. But in his bids for votes, Infantino has received the backing of the legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
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“In my role as ambassador to UEFA over the last few years I’ve got to know Gianni very well. I must say that all the help he’s given me has been without question really really valuable to me,” the Scottish coach was quoted as saying by The Sun.
“I think he’s got good professionalism, discipline, organisational ability and knowledge of the game and I wish him every success in his quest to be a FIFA president.”
Infantino also has the backing of Jose Mourinho
Infantino appeared at Wembley earlier this week to unveil his “90-day plan” to reform FIFA.
The Swiss-Italian has also earned the backing of former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
“I think he’s very capable, very experienced, with a complete knowledge of everything around football and its organisation,” the Portuguese coach was quoted as saying by the Guardian. “I think he’s the one. I am here with a real feeling that I am supporting somebody that can do really well.”
With Blatter and Platini now off the scene, it promises to be a new era for FIFA.
But will the man who has received the backing of both Mourinho and now Ferguson get the job?
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