South Korea’s Chung Mong-Joon, a former FIFA vice president and powerbroker of Asian football, said Wednesday he was considering a bid to replace Sepp Blatter as president of world football’s governing body.
Chung, a billionaire scion of Korea’s Hyundai group, was a long-time critic of Blatter and had hinted at a challenge for the presidency before losing his own position on the FIFA executive board to Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan in 2011.
Addressing a press conference in Seoul, Chung said he would decide on whether to run “after meeting with prominent figures in international football and listening to their opinions”.
In the meantime, Brazilian football great Zico is also considering standing for the FIFA presidency after the resignation of Sepp Blatter.
The 62-year-old who appeared in three World Cup finals for Brazil but never won it announced his intention on his Facebook page late Tuesday.
“Why not?” he said. “My life has always been in football. It’s a passion that I have always treated seriously and with respect in Brazil and other countries.”
“I think football comes before politics,” he added. “I don’t have support yet, but if it’s open, I can become a candidate. It’s still an idea. Who knows?”
Zico is currently coach to Indian club FC Goa. He was one of the world’s best players of the late 1970s and early 1980s and was Brazil’s sports minister in the 1990s. – Agence France-Presse