Gianni Infantino retains his throne as FIFA President
Gianni Infantino was re-elected by acclamation for a second term as FIFA president at the Congress of world football’s governing body in Paris on Wednesday, 4th June, 2019.
The 49-year-old was elected President of FIFA during the 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress on 26 February 2016 - making him the first Italian to hold that position.
Recall that he became FIFA President, after his predecessor, Joseph ‘Sep’ Blatter was banned over allegations of corruption in FIFA at the time.
Furthermore, the disgraced former FIFA president (Sepp Blatter) has threatened to sue FIFA and his successor, (Infantino) over what he has claimed is a defamation of his character and the non payment of his monies from FIFA pension funds.
Infantino who is a father of four, began working with UEFA in August 2000, and was appointed as the Director of UEFA's Legal Affairs and Club Licensing Division in January 2004.
In 2016, he oversaw the expansion of UEFA Euro 2016 to 24 teams and played a role in the conception of the UEFA Nations League and the UEFA Euro 2020, which will take place in 13 European nations.
He defeated the favourite in the election, Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, by 27 votes in the second ballot to emerge President.
Mr Infantino scored 115 of the 207 eligible votes while Mr. Salman got 88 votes.
Mr Infantino is also polyglot who speaks at least six international languages – English Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish and German.
He spoke all five different languages in the first 75 seconds of his speech in his 2016 inauguration.
To top this, he holds a Swiss, Greek and Italian Nationality.