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Gianni Infantino - the President of FIFA

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Gianni Infantino - the President of FIFA

<p>Gianni Infantino an Italian Swiss is 45 and has been in the game for 15 years. He joined <span class="caps">UEFA</span> in 2000 as a lawyer and secretary general of the International Centre for Sports Studies.</p> <p>He owed his candidature for the presidency to the former <span class="caps">UEFA</span> President Michel Platini who had to stand down after being banned from football. He is supportive of expanding the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams.</p> <p>In the campaign Infantino said his manifesto was based on the need for ‎reform and also for a <span class="caps">FIFA</span> that genuinely serves the interests of all 209 national associations, big or small, and an organisation that puts football and football development at the top of its agenda.</p> <p>He has pledged to lead that change in partnership with all who want to see a <span class="caps">FIFA</span> worthy of governing the world’s number one sport with dignity and respect.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Truly humbled by today's decision. Let's bring <span class="caps">FIFA</span> forward together.</p>— Gianni Infantino (@Gianni_2016) <a href="https://twitter.com/Gianni_2016/status/703282125039124480">February 26, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Reinhard Raubal the German co-president said that he was the best candidate because of his work as general secretary of <span class="caps">UEFA</span> – he knows all aspects of the game, has outstanding international connections and speaks six languages.</p> <iframe src="//giphy.com/embed/xT9DPKjOm4tmM6lG6I" width="606" height="403" frameBorder="0" class="giphy-embed" allowFullScreen></iframe><p><a href="http://giphy.com/gifs/xT9DPKjOm4tmM6lG6I"></a></p>