FIFA to elect Blatter successor on Feb. 26

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It’s going to happen, really.

FIFA will have a full-time president, and his name is extremely unlikely to be Sepp Blatter.

On Feb. 26, 2016, the federations that comprise FIFA will meet to pick a leader, one who will be new to the post for the first time in 18 years.

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As for the contestants, Michel Platini is in (though he cannot campaign while suspended). H

Here’s hoping it’s an outsider as it’s very difficult to imagine a “fresh start” from anyone who’s been well-involved with the corrupt times at soccer’s governing body.

From the BBC:

Platini is seeking the next presidency, as is Prince Ali bin al-Hussein.


…Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain is expected to contest the election. Former Trinidad and Tobago midfielder David Nakhid said he will stand, while ex-Tottenham defender Ramon Vega is considering doing likewise.

We’ve nothing to add besides a sincere desire for it to be someone from the outside. It’s too easy to ignore that FIFA was widely-speculated, even known, to be corrupt well before these investigations blew it wide open.

At some point, so many FIFA insiders — good people, to be sure — just turned a blind eye or accepted the status quo. Don’t you want someone who could’ve, nay would’ve, been an agent of change before our sport took brief laughingstock status?