Gianni Infantino an Italian Swiss is 45 and has been in the game for 15 years. He joined UEFA in 2000 as a lawyer and secretary general of the International Centre for Sports Studies.
He owed his candidature for the presidency to the former UEFA 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.
In the campaign Infantino said his manifesto was based on the need for reform and also for a FIFA 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.
He has pledged to lead that change in partnership with all who want to see a FIFA worthy of governing the world’s number one sport with dignity and respect.
Truly humbled by today's decision. Let's bring FIFA forward together.— Gianni Infantino (@Gianni_2016) February 26, 2016
Reinhard Raubal the German co-president said that he was the best candidate because of his work as general secretary of UEFA – he knows all aspects of the game, has outstanding international connections and speaks six languages.
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