Blatter and Bin Hammam to contest Fifa presidency

Mohamed Bin Hammam and Sepp Blatter to go head-to-head in bid to be elected ninth Fifa president

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Sepp Blatter has been Fifa president since 1998 Photo: Marcello Casal Jr. / ABr

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Mohamed Bin Hammam and Sepp Blatter will contest the Fifa presidency after no new figurehead came forward to challenge the pair, the governing body has confirmed.

Bin Hammam, the Asian Football Confederation chief, now has two months to convince Fifa’s membership that it is time for a change as he bids to become the ninth president of the Zurich-based organisation.

Blatter, who was elected in 1998, is seeking a fourth term in charge but recently announced that he will step down in 2015 should he be re-elected in June.

Fifa refused to confirm the two-horse race until Monday to ensure that no last-minute nominations that pre-dated the 1 April deadline had arrived over the weekend.

A statement read: “The Fifa general secretariat received two candidatures for the Fifa Presidency by the statutory deadline (1 April 2011, midnight CET) in accordance with the Fifa Statutes.

“The election for the Fifa presidency will be held in Zurich on 1 June 2011 within the framework of the 61st Fifa Congress.”

Fifa presidents

1) Robert Guerin (1904-1906) – France
2) Daniel Burley Woolfall (1906-1918) – England
3) Jules Rimet (1921-1954) – France
4) Rodolphe Seeldrayers (1954-1955) – Belgium
5) Arthur Drewry (1955-1961) – England
6) Stanley Rous (1961-1974) – England
7) Jọo Havelange (1974-1998) РBrazil
8) Sepp Blatter (1998-Incumbent) – Switzerland

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