Published on Sunday, 01 February 2015 11:25
Whatever happens in the FIFA Presidential election one thing is already clear. Sepp Blatter has split Europe wide open. The most powerful and richest confederation in world football, whose leagues dominate the game and whose prize competition, the Champions League, is the greatest club competition in the world, cannot agree on a candidate to oppose the Swiss. Already 11 of the 54 national associations of UEFA are publicly pledged to three different rivals of Blatter: Michael van Praag, Louis Figo and Prince Ali. If this was a political election, and Europe a political party, we would immediately write off its chances and say Blatter has already won.