Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein and UEFA president Michel Platini have emerged as the early front runners to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA chief.
Blatter made the shock announcement on Tuesday that he will stand down as football’s most powerful man amid the turmoil of the bribery scandal that has ripped through the governing body.
Here is a look at the possible contenders to replace Blatter as Paddy Power release the early odds.
Prince Ali is a vice-president of FIFA and the only man to stand against Blatter in last week’s election. Prince Ali withdrew after the first round of voting saw Blatter fall just shy of the two thirds majority needed to win.
Prince Ali is the president of the Jordanian Football Association and is the founder and president of the West Asian Football Federation and is also the brother of King Abdullah of Jordan.
Michel Platini – 7/4
Platini is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time and enjoyed success as a player with Juventus, winning the European Cup and two Serie A titles. He represented France 72 times and starred as they won the European Championships in 1984.
After a short spell in management with the French national team he moved into the world of football administration. Platini has been president of UEFA for the past eight years and stringly opposed Blatter serving as president again.
Wolfgang Niersbach – 10/1
Niersbach is a German former sports journalist and is now the president of the German Football Association. The 64-year-old has been vocal of his criticism of Blatter, claiming after he was re-elected last week: ‘I don’t believe Blatter will change. At 79 years old you have grown your style. My biggest concern is that it will not be possible to keep things calm. We need a strong FIFA but that is incredibly hard.’
Jerome Champagne 10/1
Frenchman Champagne was one of a number of candidates that wanted to stand against Blatter in last week’s election but, after announcing his candidacy in 2014, withdrew after failing to gain enough support.
Champagne worked for FIFA for more than 10 years in various roles, including international adviser to Blatter and deputy secretary general, before leaving the organisation in 2010.
On Wednesday he said he would likely run again – but called on the English FA to ‘stop pointing fingers’.
If I run again [as president], I will call upon the English football community to engage in the reform instead of just pointing fingers,’ he told talkSPORT. ‘We need English football to change FIFA. English football has done so much for football but we need to work hand in hand to develop the game.’
Jim Boyce – 10/1
Boyce served as the president of the Northern Ireland football association for 12 years and was also a FIFA vice-president until as recently as last week before stepping down to make way for former Manchester United executive David Gill.
Boyce called for FIFA officials that are found guilty of corruption to be dealt with in the ‘strongest possible manner by the authorities.’
Michael van Praag – 10/1
The Dutch FA chief stood against Blatter until pulling out of the race to back Prince Ali before last Friday’s election. He may struggle to get much support from the world outside of western Europe and has said he is not sure whether he will stand again.
‘I am going to first of all meet with different parties in Berlin (at the executive board meeting of UEFA on Saturday). Then I will be able to clarify my plans.’
Alfredo Hawit – 12/1
Has taken over as CONCACAF president following the suspension of Jeffrey Webb. The Copa America and Women’s World Cup will give him a chance to raise his profile in the coming months.
David Gill – 14/1
The former Manchester Untied refused to take up his place as Britain’s FIFA vice-president following Blatter’s initial election victory. But he may now serve under a new president and could even enter the race himself – thought that would be a huge surprise because, lest we forget, much of the world still resents England.
Luis Figo – 16/1
The former Portugal and Real Madrid star was a popular candidate when he announced he would stand against Blatter. Eventually Figo withdrew from the race, citing the undemocratic nature of the election.
On Tuesday he expressed his joy at Blatter’s departure and may yet stand again. He said: ‘A good day for FIFA and for football. Change is finally coming. I said on Friday that the day would come sooner or later. Here it is! Now we should, responsibly and calmly, find a consensual solution worldwide in order to start new era of dynamism, transparency and democracy in FIFA.’

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