ELECTORAL REGULATIONS FOR THE FIFA PRESIDENCY:
1. Candidates for the office of president must meet the following requirements: a) The candidate shall have played an active role in association football (as a board member, committee member, referee and assistant referee, coach, trainer and any other person responsible for technical, medical or administrative matters in Fifa, a confederation, association, league or club, or as a player) for two of the last five years before being proposed as a candidate (cf. art. 24 par. 1 of the Fifa statutes). b) The candidate shall have been proposed by a member association in accordance with art. 24 par. 1 of the Fifa statutes. c) The candidate shall present declarations of support from at least five member associations (cf. art. 24 par. 1 of the Fifa statutes). Being proposed as a candidate by a member association shall be understood as a declaration of support. Each member may only present a declaration of support for one person. If a member association presents declarations of support for more than one person, all its declarations shall become invalid. 2. Members must notify the Fifa general secretariat in writing of a candidature for the office of Fifa president within the deadline stipulated in the Fifa statutes. 1. Candidatures for the office of Fifa president shall be proposed by member associations by the deadline specified in art. 24 par. 1 of the Fifa statutes, by a written proposal submission signed by the interested party and addressed to the Fifa general secretariat, including the candidate’s identification details and declarations of support from at least five member associations. March 3 1953 62 Brazilian Club boss Though he remains arguably the best player of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Zico, who is regarded as one of the finest playmakers and free kick specialists in history, has not set the scene ablaze in administration. He will have to rely on the football fraternity’s fickle memories of his magic with Brazil in his 10-year tenure with the national team to garner enough votes. His chances are quite slim. December 23 1975 39 Jordanian President of the Jordan Football Association, President of the West Asian Football Federation and Fifa vice-president The prince is an influential individual in world football. This was proved when he garnered 73 votes against Sepp Blatter’s 133 in the Fifa presidential election in March. He founded the West Asian Football Federation and, under his presidency, the membership increased to 13 countries. He beat the powerful Chung Mong-joon by 25-20 Asian votes to become a Fifa vice-president. Depending on how he plays his cards, he stands a very good chance of winning. June 15 1958 57 French French diplomat, football consultant, essayist and international speaker Champagne served Fifa in many capacities, first as international adviser to Sepp Blatter (1999-2002) then deputy secretary-general (2002- 05), delegate of the president (2005- 07) and director of international relations (2007-10), before leaving to become commissioner for the World Festival of Black Arts in Dakar (2010), adviser to the Palestinian Football Federation and the Palestine Olympic Committee, the Football Federation of Kosovo, the Cyprus Turkish Football Federation and, finally, the Congolese football club TP Mazembe. It came as a surprise when Champagne withdrew his candidature in February after failing to get enough support, having declared himself a candidate last September.
Luís Figo was also a wizard on the field of play