Gianni Infantino: The King of football’s castle and FIFA’s toughest year since World War II

21 December 2020

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Photo: PA Images Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, when he attended the FIFA Council Meeting in Shanghai, China, 24 October 2019.

With football facing $14 billion combined Covid losses, FIFA faces its most difficult year since Jules Rimet’s post-war era.

Gianni is “Brilliant, exhausting, full of ideas and a belief that he can change everything but impatient of others who can’t keep pace with him.”

In 2021 Infantino faces challenges from football agents, confederations and Swiss prosecutors.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

As a new year beckons, most lists of football’s most powerful men lead as they always should: with the FIFA president.

Confederation heads, FA heads, super agents, egotistical club presidents, even some of the on-pitch megastars may try and lay claim to this title. But every other claim is really just noise.

No single individual exerts as profound and wide-ranging an influence on the game’s business, destiny and governance as the man who occupies the FIFA president’s office.

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