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Factfile – FIFA presidential election sees Sepp Blatter the favourite

May 29, 2015 - SWITZERLAND

Sepp Blatter, FIFA president since 1998, is expected to be re-elected as head of soccer's world governing body. Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Michael van Praag, head of Dutch football, and Luis Figo, former Portugal international, stand against him.

• The election will be held at FIFA's congress in Zurich. FIFA (The Fédération Internationale de Football Association) is an association governed by Swiss law founded in 1904. It has 209 member associations, 53 in Europe, 35 in North and Central America, 10 in South America, 54 in Africa, 11 in Oceania, and 46 in Asia. The European UEFA is the only continental body actively opposing Blatter.

• 79 years old Blatter, seeks a fifth term to extend his 17 year presidency. Presidencies of this length are by no means unusual in FIFA's history, his predecessor Joao Havelange (Brazil) holding the office from 1974-98 (24 years) and Jules Rimet (France) 1921-54 (33 years).

• Despite corruption scandals and a reputation for ruling with a rod of iron, Sepp Blatter's presidency has seen FIFA become one of the most profitable organisations in the world, with financial reserves at the end of 2014 of some US $1.5 billion.

• Seventy per cent of FIFA's profits go back into football via the 209 FIFA member associations in the form of development funds.

• FIFA's new motto is "For the Game. For the World".

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Date written/update: 2015-04-19