In FIFA Pitch, Gianni Infantino Pushes Expansion and Continuity

He laughed. “And I won,” he said. “So she did.”

Nearly three decades later, Mr. Infantino is mired in an election race of significantly greater intensity and importance. On Friday, he will make a presentation to the 209 member nations of FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, imploring them to vote for him to become the next FIFA president — a position many people believe is the most powerful in global sports.

Who’s Running for FIFA President?

Five candidates are on the ballot this week for the election to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president. Who will win the vote at the special FIFA Congress on Friday in Zurich?

All indications are that Mr. Infantino is one of the two favored candidates. His primary competitor is Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, the president of the Asian Football Confederation, and the two men come to the race with vastly different backgrounds and similarly divergent forecasts of what scandal-strafed FIFA needs to do.

Mr. Infantino’s track record is as an administrator….

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