Infantino is a 45-year-old Swiss-Italian, who will complete Sepp Blatter’s term and serve until 2019. He was elected as the ninth FIFA president at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich. The election went to a second ballot for the first time since 1974. The new president was born in Brig, Switzerland; 6 miles from Blatter’s hometown of Visp.
Infantino is the second FIFA president to be born in Switzerland. Prior to his new role, he had been UEFA General Secretary since 2009. He is also a qualified lawyer. He was originally nominated after Michel Platini was suspended by FIFA. Infantino advocates expanding the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams.
Vision Statement: “Taking football forward”.
Key promises: Implement strict and independent control over monetary flows, including public disclosure of payments to elected FIFA members and top management, as well as a clear and transparent bidding procedure for the FIFA World Cup.