FIFA election candidates: Who can replace Sepp Blatter in February?
FIFA has announced that it will elect its new president to replace Sepp Blatter on Feb. 26, 2016. Here are the top candidates who could take over.
The 60-year-old UEFA president is the clear favourite now that Asia has swung behind Europe, South America and CONCACAF in supporting the Frenchman.
Chances: very good
Prince Ali bin al-Hussein
Asia's backing for Platini means it is now unlikely that Prince Ali will stand again -- the Jordanian was comprehensively beaten by Sepp Blatter in May.
The former anti-apartheid activist who was imprisoned with Nelson Mandela would be a strong choice from Africa but might struggle to gain support from other confederations. He has been appointed to lead a FIFA committee monitoring Palestine/Israel.
Chances: fair to slim
Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah
The sports powerbroker from Kuwait already rules the roost in Olympic circles and Asian football. He has just been elected to FIFA's executive committee, but now it appears he would support Platini.
Poor health and questions about his own history within FIFA mean he is unlikely to stand despite being president of the powerful Confederation of African Football.
The former Brazil international has declared he wants to stand for the FIFA presidency but has little if any experience in football politics.
Chances: very slim