FIFA elections: Meet the 8 candidates in the race

(FILES) In this file picture taken on June 11, 2014 UEFA president Michel Platini attends the 64th FIFA congress in Sao Paulo, on the eve of the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. A FIFA ethics watchdog on October 8, 2015 suspended world body president Sepp Blatter and UEFA leader Michael Platini for 90 days after they were named in a Swiss corruption case. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

Following Monday night’s deadline for the declaration by candidates for the FIFA presidential election in February 2016 where Nigeria failed to get a representation, Eight men will stand for election to become Fifa’s new president, after three new candidates entered the race on the final day before nominations closed.

The contest will revolve around powerful figures from football’s most powerful confederations with Africa holding 56 of the 209 votes in the election, Europe 54 and Asia 47.

The unprecedentedly crowded field includes serious and credible candidates from Africa, Europe and Asia, which will test the strength of Fifa’s traditional continental voting blocs and here, profiles eight of the known candidates.

  1. Michel Platini

Michel François Platini is the serving president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 2007, and formerly a French football player and manager.

Platini had been favourited to succeed Blatter with the backing of his own Uefa confederation, and had been all but reportedly assured the support of Asia, by its key power brokers, Sheikh Salman of Bahrain and Sheikh Ahmed of Kuwait with the former now in the race.

With nominations closing before any decision on Platini’s chances which has been marred by Fifa’s ethics committee, which provisionally suspended him two weeks ago over a suspicious £1.35m payment made to him in 2011 by the outgoing FIFA president Blatter.