Chal­lenges for new pres­i­dent:

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It is clear that In­fantino is lead­ing a di­vided house af­ter Fifa’s se­nior vice-pres­i­dent, CAF pres­i­dent Issa Hay­a­tou, threw his sup­port to Asia pres­i­dent Sheikh, who is also an­other vice pres­i­dent. With other mem­bers of th­ese con­fed­er­a­tions in Fifa, In­fantino needs to find a work­able so­lu­tion and bring unity to the house.

World Cup spots

One of In­fantino’s key mes­sages in his elec­tion man­i­festo was to in­crease the num­ber of World Cup spots to 40 teams and to al­lo­cate more money to con­fed­er­a­tions and as­so­ci­a­tions. But he has to do a bal­anc­ing act be­tween his prom­ises and re­al­ity. Africa and Asia want more places.

Bal­ance of power

He will be on the spot again on how to deal with the de­vel­oped and de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. He has promised more funds to each con­fed­er­a­tion and as­so­ci­a­tion but other con­fed­er­a­tions want more rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the ex­ec­u­tive. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how he deals with the is­sue of club ver­sus coun­try. Uefa sup­ported clubs when they re­fused to re­lease play­ers to their na­tional teams.


In­fantino needs to re­build Fifa’s rep­u­ta­tion which has been tar­nished by the rev­e­la­tions of bribery and fraud. More than 40 se­nior foot­ball di­rec­tors and mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tives have been ar­rested or be­come sub­ject to in­dict­ments from the US depart­ment of jus­tice over the past months. All the cases are in con­nec­tion with the cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Staff morale

It is also said the moral at the Fifa house is at its low­est. Staff are de­mor­alised af­ter what has been go­ing on there. Will In­fantino come with just his jacket or will he move some of his loyal staff from Uefa to the Fifa head­quar­ters?

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