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Platini FIFA President Run: The UEFA Boss Is the Favorite

Aug 01, 2015
Michel Platini FIFA president

UEFA president Michel Platini has only one higher position to aim for in football (Photo: AFP)

The Michel Platini FIFA President run was launched officially as the UEFA leader confirmed that he will run for Sepp Blatter’s position.

The FIFA presidency will soon be vacated, as many who follow sports scores count the days. After Platini revealed his desire to lead international football’s governing body, he is considered as the favorite to win the next election, gambling news report. Platini is 1.53 (8/15) top dog at Bet365, while his major challenger, Prince Ali Al-Hussein’s victory is priced at 4.00 (3/1).

Some of his opponents consider Platini as the protégé of Sepp Blatter. They argue that Platini’s presidency won’t bring any major changes into the corrupt world of FIFA. Others think that his strong criticism of Blatter was inappropriate and this might hurt his chances in Africa. However, all this might not be enough to confirm his supporters to vote against him.

UEFA.com: Michel Platini FIFA president?

 
UEFA President Michel Platini has confirmed that he will run for the FIFA presidency in the organization’s next election. He considers this decision as a major point in his life, and launching the Platini FIFA president run might affect the future of international football indeed, according to several gambling blogs.

Michel Platini FIFA president ambitions

Yes, you! Vote for me, and we turn things around! (Photo: AP)

Platini wrote a letter to all the 209 FIFA members’ representatives. He said, “There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands. I am at one of those decisive moments, at a juncture in my life and in events that are shaping the future of FIFA.”

He went on, “During this last half-century or so, FIFA has only had two presidents. This extreme stability is something of a paradox in a world that has experienced radical upheavals and in a sport that has undergone considerable economic change. However, recent events force the supreme governing body of world football to turn over a new leaf and rethink its governance.”

Platini also added that he wants to transform FIFA to an organization where everyone respects the diversity of the game around the world. He also emphasized that he cannot succeed alone. The election will be held at FIFA’s extraordinary congress in Zurich, February 2016.

Timeslive.co.za: Africa won’t have Michel Platini FIFA President

 
France might have strong connections with Africa. These relations might be even stronger regarding football than other aspects of life. However the continent’s football representatives are yet to become enthusiast about the Michel Platini FIFA president run. Leader of the Liberian Football Association, Musa Bility went as far as to say Platini’s presidency would be unacceptable.

Musa Bility wont have Platini FIFA President

The Liberian FA president, one of Blatter’s cronies is confident he will defeat Platini (BBC)

He said, “Platini would not represent change, he has been a FIFA vice-president for eight years. He should not replace Sepp Blatter, it would be unacceptable.” Bility revealed that he will also stand for the presidency. However, according to experts of gambling facts, it might be hard for him to be nominated by the minimum of five associations before next year’s election.

Even Platini’s friend, Jacques Anouma, the former president of the Ivory Coast football association, expressed that he won’t support Platini by default. He said, “I do not deny the excellent relationship I have with Michel Platini as I have with many other leaders of world football. However I would like to advise that I will side with the decision of CAF to safeguard the interest of African football.”

By criticizing Sepp Blatter, Platini might worsen his situation in Africa, where the Swiss sports leader remains extremely popular. Abedi Pele, former vice president of the Ghana federation and three-time African world player of the year said, “His harsh words against Blatter were not right. He could have disagreed in another way.”

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Maradona to Run for FIFA President

Jun 24, 2015
Diego Armando Maradona aims to be the next FIFA president

Diego Armando Maradona aims to be the next FIFA president

Victor Hugo Morales, a Uruguayan writer, who is a close friend of Diego Maradona, revealed that the Argentinian footballing genius told him that he will run for the FIFA presidency in the next election. Sepp Blatter, who has been leading international football’s governing body since 1998, announced his resignation earlier this month after the FIFA corruption scandal escalated. The FBI and the Swiss authorities are also investigating the organization and several former leaders were arrested in connection of the bribe cases. Maradona, a regular critic of Blatter and his regime, stated recently that he was pretty much enjoying the ongoing FIFA scandal.

 

The Guardian: Diego Maradona to stand as candidate for Fifa presidency, say reports

 

After the FIFA scandal escalated to an extent where even Sepp Blatter had to resign, Diego Maradona, who is known for criticizing international football’s governing body for long, decided to run for the presidency in the next election, online gambling news report.

Maradona told Uruguayan journalist Victor Hugo Morales, who is famous for his commentary of Maradona’s goal against England from 1986, that he was a candidate for the presidency. Maradona also authorized Morales to let the press know about his intentions. Followers of sports scores might recall that Nicolas Maduro, the president of Venezuela recommended the nomination of the 54-year-old former Argentina captain earlier in June.

This is not the first time that a previous world class player from South America applied for the presidency of the FIFA, as the late Zico from Brazil also pursued an interest to lead international football. However he failed to gain support from five national federations, which is a must if someone wants to run for the presidency.

 

Telegraph.co.uk: Diego Maradona ‘ready to stand for Fifa president’

 

Diego Maradona reportedly plans to replace Sepp Blatter as the president of the FIFA. Victor Hugo Morales, a journalist from Uruguay, stated that the previous world class player told him about his intentions on Sunday. Morales initially called the former Argentina captain to check on his sick father’s condition, online mobile news report.

“He told me he was going to run for president of Fifa and authorised me to inform,” Morales posted on his social media account. He also added, “I am a candidate’ were the two words Diego Maradona used to answer me when I consulted him about the nomination for the presidency of Fifa.”

FIFA corruption investigations forced Blatter to resign. (Photo: The Telegraph)

FIFA corruption investigations forced Blatter to resign. (Photo: The Telegraph)

Maradona and Morales hosted a TV show together presenting the 2014 World Cup for a Venezuelan channel last year. Maradona had been criticizing Sepp Blatter long before the FIFA corruption scandal erupted, and he expressed that he was enjoying the torture of the leaders of international football’s governing body.

 

sports.yahoo.com: Maradona’s road to FIFA presidency filled with obstacles

 

Diego Maradona reportedly revealed that he intended to run for the presidency of the FIFA, somehow stunning many followers of live sports results. To become an actual candidate, he needs to be nominated by at least five national associations and to pass an integrity check.

Victor Hugo Morales, a close friend of Maradona stated that the former Argentina captain informed him about his plan to run for the presidency. After Sepp Blatter spoke about his resignation, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro named Maradona as the ideal person to replace the Swiss sports leader.

Can Maradona get enough support to become the new FIFA president? (Photo: Yahoo)

Can Maradona get enough support to become the new FIFA president? (Photo: Yahoo)

It would be a surprise however if several members of the FIFA opted to back such a controversial person to represent international football just after a scandalous period ended. Maradona probably couldn’t even manage to get the support of his native country as his relationship with the Argentinian federation wasn’t very good recently.

However, Cuba and Venezuela seems to be countries where he is welcomed by leading politicians, though it doesn’t necessarily mean that he will automatically get the nod from their respective national associations.

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