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FIFA Presidential election on May 29 will be a four horse race

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1.60K   //    03 Feb 2015, 22:16 IST
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan

The race to be president of the world football governing body FIFA from 2015 to 2019 will be a four horse race with incumbent Sepp Blatter having to take on FIFA & AFC vice-president HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, the Dutch Football Association president Michael van Praag, and former Portugal international and Ballon d'Or winner Luis Figo.

Having to drop out of the race as they didn't get endorsed by five national Football Associations are former FIFA assistant general secretary Jerome Champagne of France and former French footballer David Ginola.

Current FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who is 78, is aiming for a fifth term in office which he says would be his last as he wants to continue the reforms that he had started a few years back.

His three contestants are all saying that there is not enough change or no change at all at FIFA that the organisation needs to be cleared of all the controversies and wrong doings, while many critics say that all three opponents are driven by UEFA and Europe, which has its own commercial and power interests at heart rather than the interests of the beautiful game.

Each of the 209 FIFA member associations have a vote in the FIFA presidential, which is set to be held on May 29, 2015.

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