ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – A relatively young man who is still playing football will lead Fifa, the international football federation, into its new phase: Gianni Infantino, who holds Swiss and Italian citizenship and who grew up in Brig, Valais, not far from the French-German language line.
He was elected in a second round of voting, with 115 of the 207 votes cast. His term begins now and will run to the end of 2019, the end of the current presidential four-year period. Sheik Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, with 88 votes, was the only other real contender in the second round.
“Whew, it’s over!” was Infantino’s first reaction.
He has been the secretary general of Uefa, the European football body, since 2009.