A look at previous FIFA presidential elections

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA will elect a new president for the second time in nine months on Friday.

On the deepest ballot paper in FIFA's 112-history, five candidates will be offered to the member federations. A total of 207 are eligible to vote.

Here is a look at some previous FIFA elections:


Joao Havelange of Brazil beat Stanley Rous of England 68-52 in the second round of voting in Frankfurt, Germany. By FIFA election rules, Havelange's 62-56 first-round lead was not decisive.

After 13 years of Rous as president, Havelange wooed voters outside Europe by promising more places at the World Cup and increased FIFA funding. Infantino is making similar promises today.

Victory for the imperious Havelange heralded a new era, driven by key FIFA sponsors such as Adidas and Coca-Cola.

Gone was the Rous style of gentlemen amateurs leading with a sense of civic duty. It was swept aside by aggressive commercialism in a soon-to-be booming sports marketing industry.

Havelange faced no election challengers during his 24-year presidency. Now 99 years old, he resigned as FIFA honorary president in 2013 before being stripped of the honor for taking millions of dollars in kickbacks from World Cup marketing deals in the ISL scandal.


Sepp Blatter beat Lennart Johansson of Sweden 111-80 in the first round of voting in Paris. Though Blatter, then the long-time FIFA secretary general, did not have the required majority, UEFA President Johansson conceded by declining to contest a second round. The election is remembered for allegations that Blatter supporters from the Middle East offered some African voters $50,000 to switch sides on the eve of the vote.


Blatter beat Issa Hayatou of Cameroon 139-56 in Seoul, South Korea. Blatter retained his presidency during bitter internal turmoil and a financial crisis at FIFA after the collapse of World Cup marketing agency ISL the previous year.

Hayatou, the Confederation of African Football president, and Johansson led an 11-member group in the FIFA executive committee accusing Blatter of financial mismanagement. Blatter's successor as secretary general, Michel Zen-Ruffinen, filed a criminal complaint against his boss with Swiss prosecutors. After Blatter's big victory - with support even from many African voters - Zen-Ruffinen left FIFA and the criminal complaint came to nothing.

Hayatou has been the FIFA interim president since October, stepping up from senior vice president status after his now close ally Blatter was suspended.


Blatter ran unopposed for re-election in Zurich.


Again, Blatter was unopposed in Zurich but it was a very different story. He had been challenged by former ally Mohamed bin Hammam, the Asian Football Confederation president from Qatar, who was a key campaigner in Blatter's 1998 and 2002 wins. Bin Hammam declared his candidacy months after helping persuade his executive committee colleagues to pick Qatar as 2022 World Cup host.

Days before what looked to be a tight vote, Bin Hammam withdrew and FIFA suspended him over accusations that Caribbean voters were offered $40,000 bribes. An attempt by England to postpone Blatter's ''coronation'' election failed.

Blatter was the only name on the ballot paper and needed just a single valid vote to win. He got 186 of the 203 votes cast.


Blatter's fifth straight victory was tarnished amid a FIFA meltdown that forced his resignation announcement four days later.

Two days before the vote, Swiss police acting for U.S. federal authorities raided FIFA's favored five-star hotel at 6 a.m. Seven officials, including two FIFA vice presidents, were arrested on suspicion of taking part in a bribery conspiracy worth at least $150 million over decades. FIFA headquarters was raided for evidence in a separate Swiss federal investigation.

FIFA was in crisis, Blatter disappeared from public view for 36 hours, and UEFA President Michel Platini urged him to go immediately.

Blatter refused and got a 133-73 win against Prince Ali bin al-Hussein. Not enough for outright victory but the Jordanian prince conceded rather than force a second-round vote.

Blatter criticized U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and was defiant at a news conference. But pressure built, and on June 2 he said he would step aside when a successor could be elected.

On Sept. 25, Swiss police were back at FIFA to quiz Blatter and Platini, the one-time protege and expected successor, over a $2 million payment deal in 2011. FIFA's ethics committee banned both for eight years.