Zico may stand for presidency

Date published: Wednesday 3rd June 2015 9:35

“Why not?” he said on his Facebook page: “My life has always been in football. It’s a passion that I have always treated seriously and with respect in Brazil and other countries.”

The 62-year-old, who appeared in three World Cup finals for Brazil but never won it, added “I think football comes before politics.

“I don’t have support yet, but if it’s open, I can become a candidate. It’s still an idea. Who knows?”

Zico is currently the coach of Indian Super League club FC Goa. He has previously managed Fenerbahce and the Japanese national team, and was Brazil’s first sports minister in 1990. 

Meanwhile, South Korea’s Chung Mong-Joon, a former FIFA vice-president and powerbroker of Asian football, has also confirmed that he is considering a bid to succeed Sepp Blatter.

Chung, a billionaire businessmen, was a fierce critic of Blatter who had considered challenging him for the presidency before losing his own position on the FIFA executive board to Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan in 2011.

Speaking at a press conference in Seoul, Chung said he would decide on whether to run “after meeting with prominent figures in international football and listening to their opinions”. 

Prince Ali won enough votes against Blatter last week to have taken the election to a second round and has hinted he may stand again.

He said: “I think this is the right move from Sepp Blatter and I think we have to look to the future. I am always there to serve football and I think that’s the most important thing and to do so much work to fix this organisation in a proper way. I am at the disposal of our national associations.”

Former Tottenham and Newcastle star David Ginola, who was put up by a bookmaker to run against Blatter before failing to get a single nomination, has suggested he would again be willing to go for the presidency.

The Frenchman said: “FIFA has lost the trust of the people and of football. It’s time to restore the faith of those who love the game and the trust they have in the people who run football.

“I said my campaign was just the start of my journey to help bring football back to the people and I stand by my promise to bring reform to FIFA. I will stand as a candidate in the next FIFA presidential election and I vow to bring transparency, democracy and equality to football. It’s time for change. It’s time for a new and honest FIFA.”

UEFA chief Michel Platini, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah (newly elected on FIFA’s executive committee), Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (head of Asian football confederation), Dutch FA chief Michael Van Praag and Issa Hayatou (president of African football) are other possible candidates.

With Blatter set to stand down, it is expected a number of new faces are expected to throw their hat into the ring.

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