It is all certain, FIFA President Sepp Blatter will step down as the leader of football’s ruling body and the race to succeed him had already started.
On Tuesday, Sepp Blatter issued his resignation, even though he is to continue his functions as president until the new election is held.
FIFA rules state that all potential candidates must have played an active role in football for at least two years prior to the elections and must have the backing of at least five member associations.
Nominations will certainly open, Sports5050 takes a look at who might be the ‘One’ to do it.
He was the only leading challenger to Blatter who fought a valiant campaign to secure 73 votes in last Friday’s election in Zurich, which forced the election to go on second run and eventually conceded defeat.
He is eligible to stand because he is involved in football administration through the West Asian Football Federation.
Well-connected, he is highly regarded throughout the world game and is seen as a clean and safe pair of hands.
Even some of those who did not vote for him privately said how impressed they were with his ideas for making FIFA a more transparent and accountable organisation.
He charmed the world football family during his campaign and would be a popular choice if he was to throw his hat into the ring once more.
I don’t want to be a FIFA president, said UEFA’s president Michel Platini, but that was probably the fear of losing to Blatter.
Now Blatter is out of the way and the Frenchman might consider his chances of becoming the leader of football’s ruling body.
He is very experienced in the murky world of football politics, he is a smart operator and it will be no surprise if he is the number one choice for many.
With the bulk of smaller football nations (most of whom backed Blatter) fearful of UEFA dominance in FIFA, the big question is will Platini be able to assure them that he also has their interests at heart?
He is the CAF president, a pillar of African football. He tried in 2002 to become FIFA president when he stood against Blatter. But in recent years has become a part of Blatter’s inner’s circle.
He has been accused several times of running a Blatter-like regime within Africa. So the question is, will the whole of Africa back theirs when the Cameroonian decides to contest.
He is 79 years just like Blatter, with a formidable power base within CAF, he could well fancy his chances of becoming the first black president of FIFA.
He will need to convince that he has what it takes to reform world’s football governing body.
At least he has mounted the podium before when he was voted FIFA World Player of the year in 2001. He wants to give back to the organisation that bestowed him that honour.
He started his campaign to run for FIFA presidency, but stepped down as a candidate just a week to the election, to throw his lot behind Prince Ali.
He had an impressive campaign and demonstrated all of the attributes required to become a leader of the football’s ruling body.
What stands in his way is experience; he is popular but maybe does not have the experience yet to become FIFA president. Even if he loses, he has a bright future of becoming FIFA president one day.