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Gianni Infantino: New FIFA President

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The recent FIFA Presidential elections resulted in the victory of Gianni Infantino, the former lawyer from Switzerland and the Uefa general secretary by a whopping 115 votes out of 207, 27 more than his rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa. Gianni is a 45-year-old lawyer and holds Italian as well as Swiss nationality. His term will end in May 2019.

Blatter who had been the FIFA President since 1998, stepped down last year due to many allegations against him and then was also suspended from all football-related activities for 6 years for violating ethical guidelines of FIFA. Michel Platini, former UEFA president who was expected to be the successor of Blatter was also suspended for similar charges and hence could not stand in the elections.

The impactful 15-minute speech delivered by Infantino before the first round voting began was jaw dropping. He spoke in many languages without the help of any notes and presented himself as a leader for the world. He explicitly said that he travelled almost five times around the globe meeting the people who could vote for him.

“We will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA. And everyone in the world will applaud us.” Infantino said in his speech citing the corruption and bribery allegations during the Blatter era. “I will work tirelessly to bring football back to Fifa and Fifa back to football,” he said. “This is what we want to do.” He mentioned his administrative experience as he led Uefa out of a financial crisis and increased the revenues manifold.

Soon after the elections, Blatter voiced his opinions too. “I congratulate Gianni Infantino sincerely and warmly on his election as the new president. With his experience, expertise, strategic and diplomatic skills he has all the qualities to continue my work and to stabilize Fifa again”, he said.

This was the first time since 1974 that a second round was needed in the Fifa presidential elections. Joao Havelange of Brazil succeeded to win in the second round of the elections 42 years back.

It seems as if the most deserving and capable of delivering leader has been elected as a result of the elections. Infantino has a good practical experience in a significant football association, being involved with Uefa since 2009. Sheikh Salman has been alleged of human rights violations and also vote buying in the past. Jerome Champagne (also stood in the election) has been associated with football for only the past few years. 

Now the future will tell us whether Infantino will be able to carry the disgraced reputation of Fifa in the recent years on his shoulders and revamp it into the well-respected body it used to be or even take it to greater heights.

(Inputs from agencies)

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Twitter to Live Stream FIFA Related Content, An Effort by Broadcasters and Teams

Brazil, France and Spain are among the teams Twitter would be featuring as they train and travel around Russia.

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In a bid to engage more people on Twitter, broadcasters from the US and Australia, and several other teams competing in the FIFA World Cup will live-stream tournament-related content on the platform, a media report said.

“Within seconds of every goal at this summer’s FIFA World Cup, a highlight will be clipped and posted on Twitter,” SportTechie website reported late on Wednesday.

Every night, broadcasters in the US (Fox Sports) and Australia (SBS) will air live analysis shows on the micro-blogging platform, the report said.

“World Cup 2018 is the most global event in the history of our content partnerships business,” Jay Bavishi, Twitter’s Senior Partnerships Manager for Global Content, was quoted as saying.

"Within seconds of every goal at this summer's FIFA World Cup, a highlight will be clipped and posted on Twitter," SportTechie website reported late on Wednesday.
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According to the report, Twitter has partnerships with 24 publishers across 12 countries and regions for delivery of on-field content, studio analysis and behind-the-scenes access.

Brazil, France and Spain are among the teams Twitter would be featuring as they train and travel around Russia.

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Twitter recently commissioned research and said the results showed that more people use Twitter and stay longer on the platform during major live events than on other social media services.

“It is the first place that communities come to watch what’s happening and talk about it. That’s especially true around the soccer community and around World Cup,” Matt Derella, Twitter Vice President, Global Revenue and Partnerships, said.

The platform noted that football “fans are a particularly active bunch with a year-over-year increase in soccer video sharing of 144 per cent”. (IANS)

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