A Guide to This Week’s Extraordinary FIFA Congress


Friday’s FIFA congress, which will elect the world soccer governing body’s next president, will be held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich.

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ZURICH — In a sport that has been noticeably slow to embrace technology, it should not be surprising that Friday’s vote for soccer’s highest office — FIFA president, which entails leading a multibillion-dollar organization atop the world’s most popular game — resembles a small-town student council election.

A massive line will greet more than 200 voters, organized alphabetically. There will be two booths with tables. An announcer with a microphone will urge voters to keep the process moving and go to their appointed booths. (Does anyone know where Malta is? Malta?) There will be paper ballots and there will be pens. There will be two large boxes. And after everyone is done, there is the dumping and counting of ballots and the craning of necks from the audience as…

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