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skangles
DC
Post #1
Wednesday February 4, 2015 1:54am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,447
We have joined Jordan, England, Belarus, Malta and Georgia in backing Prince Ali from Jordan to unseat Blatter. I don't know anything about him but I am genuinely at the point of thinking that so long as he is not Sepp then he'll almost certainly be an improvement.

Also I can't be the only one who now has this stuck in my head.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEryAoLfnAA

BG6
Post #2
Wednesday February 4, 2015 2:00am

Joined May 2014
Total Posts: 91
Why support another bureaucrat? Figo has also thrown himself into the fray. In order to enact true change maybe a recent player perspective is needed? Agree though with the anyone but blatter sentiments

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #3
Wednesday February 4, 2015 2:01am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,504
But Alas Sepp Blatter has South America, Africa and most of Asia on his side.

The only way he will be unseated is if more of the big FA's from Europe don't support him.

hamsamwich
Post #4
Wednesday February 4, 2015 2:26am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 3,212
Figo may not be the answer either. Remember it's platini's fault the WC is in Qatar not Blatter. A change is needed but if it's for the worse, then no. For those who don't recall, platini voted for Qatar as the deciding vote because then French president sarkozy asked him to do so as a personal favor.

BG6
Post #5
Wednesday February 4, 2015 3:46am

Joined May 2014
Total Posts: 91
Not sure how Platini is the same as Figo, unless you are equating the former player status. Platini has been part of the bureaucracy in one form or another since 1988. I think too often we see lack of political experience as being a detriment instead of a potential positive in bringing fresh ideas outside the current dogma.

Admittedly however, I am extremely biased, I loved watching Figo play and at only 41 only have extremely vague and limited recollections of Platini, which I know are terrible qualifications to head FIFA...

Nice article from Portugoal on Figo's candidacy:

http://www.portugoal.net/portuguese-abroad/13...

My favorite part (echoed from someone who also commented in the article on the irony)

"All confirmed challengers must pass an anti-corruption test, according to Fifa electoral committee member Dominico Scala."

Of course it does only say challengers must past the test and not anything about incumbents so maybe Blatter is safely outside the scope of this requirement

hamsamwich
Post #6
Wednesday February 4, 2015 12:38pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 3,212
Just the ex player thing. Who isn't a fan of Figo the player?? Then again, put on the tapes, Platini is one of the best of all time.

My personal view on this is we should worry about the process more- and less about who is actually in charge. As an aside- the cringe worthy Sepp Blatter has been a good friend to us soccer hopefully a new president will also look fondly towards the USA. I'm up for any new member and trust 0% of them, no matter if ex player or accountant.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #7
Wednesday February 4, 2015 4:34pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,504
Power resides with the EXco not the presidency. As long as the same bloated bureaucratic whales are sitting on the EXco, then not much will change regardless of who is el presidente.

mmee
Culver City, CA
Post #8
Thursday February 5, 2015 12:52pm

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 2,147
Original post from skangles
I don't know anything about him but I am genuinely at the point of thinking that so long as he is not Sepp then he'll almost certainly be an improvement.


Right....
That instinct should be terrifying.

MSantoine
Post #9
Thursday February 5, 2015 1:59pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,723
IN all likelihood this election will be just like what happesns in any election where there is no perfect canidate. Figo, Ali, and the third canidate will all take votes from each other and Sepp will win. His overall percentage will go down relative to previous elections but he'll still be tops.


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