Former Brazil football star Zico wants to run for the presidency of FIFA.
“It’s sad for our sport to see what is happening in football today”, Zico said, accusing the current process of fomenting corruption.
Zico has declared his intention to run for the FIFA presidency, though he concedes the rules may have to change for him to get anywhere.
Zico, who hopes to replace Blatter, said FIFA rules would have to be changed to increase his chances of being elected. Zico, nicknamed the “white Pele” during a playing career which never yielded a World Cup triumph, joked that controversial Argentine legend Diego Maradona could serve as vice-president.
“I was asked if I had talked with Figo about his being a candidate for FIFA”, he said.
“I bring to the table experience and knowledge”, he insisted.
And legendary attacking midfielder Zico says that he feels it is his “duty” to stand in the next election and try to clean up the organization.
Zico, real name Arthur Antunes Coimbra, joins Jordanian FA President Prince Ali, who unsuccessfully stood against Blatter at the turbulent recent FIFA Congress in Zurich, and Frenchman David Ginola as confirmed candidates for the top seat at world football’s governing body. “I said I had and that set me thinking”.
The ex- Flamengo player criticized the long tenure of Blatter and his predecessor Brazilian Joao Havelange. He played at clubs in Brazil, Italy and Japan before going on to a coaching career in Turkey, Greece, Russia, Uzbekistan, the Middle East, India and Japan’s national team.
Swiss police are also looking into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. “As already communicated, the OAG has opened criminal proceedings against persons unknown. Let’s hope we can get it back onto some kind of track, it becomes the handsome sport that it is, the sponsors are back in competing against each other to get on the tournament, because it is a hugely competitive battle to get that kind of exposure, but it’s worth it”.
Incumbent president Sepp Blatter claimed last week that he will step down from the role, following the recent scandal surrounding the governing body.