A year ago nobody talked about Gianni Infantino. He was the general secretary of UEFA and only two in the hierarchy of the European Confederation. But fate had planned other, great things for the Swiss, Italian origin, Multilingual legal. Just saw the light the scandal with the Frenchman Michel Platini immediately UEFA on October 26, 2015, he decided to support the person of Gianni Infantino its own candidacy.
And 45, a lawyer with many years of service in the events of football and the administration was able to carry out the largest of hitherto match.
He became the 10th president of FIFA essentially, after a long battle mainly with the Sheikh of Bahrain, Salman Al Khalifa. Infantino had two rounds to finally prevail. In the first vote he received 88 votes but was not enough as the required two thirds. The Sheikh at the same time had 85 votes. The quartet were vying for 207 votes from FIFA´s member associations (Kuwait and Indonesia suspended are).
This was the second vote Hallenstadion Zurich where Infantino reached 115 votes, against 88 Sheikh Salman – the others were far away as Prince Ali had four and the French, Champaigne 0. The victory was great and of course just through and through.
Now Infantino will manage the football world by 2019 in order to succeed in the difficult task of doubt and claim then a new term. He knows that things are extremely difficult, and for nine months has hurt greatly the prestige and credibility of the World Federation of revelations about corruption of several top executives. It will need to pay large and hard work, but are optimistic that we will succeed with the cooperation of all.
Dedicated to his father
Gianni Infantino has Italian roots as born in Calabria do not forget. So speaking in Italian radio dedicated the win to his father who is gone from life but always remember what he taught and his mother crying, but this time from joy. Do not forget that he too has an immigrant family who worked hard to survive in Switzerland. Infantino contacted both with Platini and Blatter him and thanked them.
Everyone recognizes that by election speech that took off Friday morning and was impressed would be the winner. When he addressed to all members of FIFA and told them «the money FIFA is yours. No money of the FIFA president. It is your money and promised to divide by 5 billion dollars which is its revenue, 5 million dollars to each association to a depth four years and 40 million. Dollars in each of the six confederations.»
The Japanese, Kohso Tshima, member of the Executive Committee did not hesitate to declare: «Speech of Gianni was the president´s speech,» showing how many votes he won at that moment and generally how the climate changed in the room.
Gianni Infantino was born on March 23, 1970 in Brig, Switzerland, just 10 km from Visp that Sepp Blatter was born.
Infantino has held the position of general secretary at UEFA, the European games´ governing body, since October 2009 after initially joining as a lawyer in 2000. His role has seen him help strengthen the national and international game across Europe, as well as try to increase the credibility and respect of UEFA throughout the rest of the world.
He is at the helm of UEFA´s administration and has tried to create a sustainable future for the game, including the introduction of Financial Fair Play, which he championed.
Infantino has also increased the participation numbers in Euro 2016 from 16 to 24 teams and spearheaded the campaign to have Euro 2020 hosted across 13 countries.
In his first official presentation to the press, obviously excited by Gianni Infantino said: «Thank you, Grazie, Gracias, Merci, Danke Schön, Obrigado, شكرا to everybody who supported me on my journey».
Thanked all in 7 different languages and pointed out that he wants to be president and all 209 of FIFA federations, and all together go to build a new era.
In an earlier session, FIFA delegates approved changes aimed at preventing corruption by a vote of 179-22. They include a maximum 12-year term for senior officials, pay disclosures and a complete overhaul of the executive board, a group at the center of the majority of wrongdoing.
South Africa´s Tokyo Sexwale suspended his campaign Friday, leaving Infantino, Salman, Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan and former Blatter aide Jerome Champagne. In the first round, Infantino received 88 votes, three more than Salman. Prince Ali received 27 and Champagne 7.
Most of the support from Prince Ali and Champagne moved to Infantino in the second round. Salman had 88 votes in the second ballot.
The new president of FIFA essentially succeeded by Sepp Blatter, who is accused of corruption and has punished with exclusion 6 years, like Platini, has a legal degree (from the University of Fribourg). He speaks fluently 6 languages (Italian, French, German, English, Portuguese and Spanish). Is married to Lebanese Leena Al Ashqar and has four children. The victory of his wife even announced just ran to him and kissed him visibly moved.
With his election to the presidency Infantino believed would soon turn many of the sponsors indicated they retire, and is expected to join the FIFA ranks are other equally important donors. Moreover, his campaign pledge to deliver an expanded 40-team World Cup might have played well in Africa and Asia but faces huge opposition from the increasingly influential European Club Association.
The ECA´s message of congratulations to Infantino reiterated its opposition to an expanded World Cup and included this warning from chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. «Everyone, the clubs, as well as the national and international associations, bears responsibility for the players,» a statement read. «We have reached a point where we cannot further burden the players, but need to relieve them. FIFA must fulfil this responsibility for the health of the players. »
Changes in the structure of FIFA
The most recent step towards this direction was taken in Zurich on 26 February 2016, when the Extraordinary FIFA Congress approved a set of reforms presented by the 2016 FIFA Reform Committee chaired by Dr François Carrard. These principles and recommendations were incorporated into an amended version of the FIFA Statutes and pave the way for further significant and much-needed changes to FIFA’s governance structure.
The main aspects of the reforms are:
• Clear separation between “political” and management functions: The FIFA Council (replacing the FIFA Executive Committee) is responsible for setting the organisation’s overall strategic direction, while the General Secretariat oversees the operational and commercial actions required to effectively execute that strategy.
• Term limits for the FIFA President, FIFA Council members and members of the Audit and Compliance Committee and of the judicial bodies (max. 12 years).
• Election of Council members supervised by FIFA and in accordance with FIFA’s own electoral regulations; all candidates subject to comprehensive eligibility and integrity checks conducted by an independent FIFA Review Committee.
• Greater recognition and promotion of women in football with a minimum of one female representative elected as a Council member per confederation; promotion of women as an explicit statutory objective of FIFA to create a more diverse decision-making environment and culture.
• Disclosure of individual compensation on an annual basis of the FIFA President, all FIFA Council members, the Secretary General and relevant chairpersons of independent standing and judicial committees.
• Enhanced control of money flows.
• Universal good governance principles for confederations and member associations.
• FIFA’s commitment to human rights to be enshrined in the FIFA Statutes.
• New Football Stakeholder Committee to ensure greater transparency and inclusion through broader stakeholder representation (including players, clubs and leagues).
The 10th president of FIFA
Gianni Infantino thus becomes the 10th president of FIFA. The residence record held by the French Jules Rimet (33 years), followed by the Joao Havelange (24 years), the Swiss, Sepp Blatter (17 years).
FIFA Presidents since 1904:
Name / Country / Age / Assumed / Presidency / Tenure
Robert Guerin France 28 1904 – 1906
Daniel Woolfall UK 54 1906 – 1918
Jules Rimet France 48 1921 – 1954
Rodolphe Seeldrayers Belgium 78 1954 – 1955
Arthur Dreway UK 64 1955 – 1961
Stanley Rous UK 66 1961 – 1974
Joao Havelange Brazil 58 1974 – 1998
Sepp Blatter Switzerland 62 1998 – 2015
Issa Hayatou Cameroon 69 2015 – 2016
Gianni Infantino Switzerland 45 2016…