Monday February 2nd, 2015

FIFA confirmed the three candidates that will challenge president Sepp Blatter’s nearly two-decade reign over soccer’s governing body.

FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Dutch football association president Michael van Praag and former Portugal star Luis Figo all received the mandatory five nominations needed to appear on the ballot. The election will be held May 29 in Zurich.

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FIFA said that the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee will now assess the proposed candidatures, conduct background checks and review all of their submissions within the next 10 days, according to the FIFA electoral regulations.

Blatter, 78, has been FIFA’s president since 1998 and worked for FIFA in some capacity for the last 40 years. He has been under fire for the past few years as his sport has endured allegations of fixed elections leading to Russia and Qatar hosting future World Cups and corruption among its ranks.

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Most of the candidates have not spoken publicly about their agenda should they win election, but Van Praag wants to expand the World Cup beyond the current 32-team format to include more non-European teams. He recently said that FIFA has “lost all credibility" because of “conflicts of interest, of nepotism, of corruption.”

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