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Gianni Infantino Elected FIFA President

He was elected as the ninth FIFA President after the second ballot with 115 of 207 total votes. In line with the FIFA Statutes, the mandate of the new FIFA President started after the conclusion of the Congress on Friday 26th of March, 2016.
At the beginning of the proceedings, it was confirmed to the Congress that 207 FIFA member associations were entitled to vote (the member associations of Indonesia and Kuwait could not vote due to their respective suspensions). The candidate Tokyo Sexwale withdrew from the election after his address to the Congress.
Results of the elections for the office of FIFA President:
Ballot 1:
HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein: 27 votes
Shk. Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa: 85 votes
Jérôme Champagne: 7 votes
Gianni Infantino: 88 votes
Ballot 2:
HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein: 4 votes
Shk. Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa: 88 votes
Jérôme Champagne: 0 votes
Gianni Infantino: 115 votes
While the world is still buzzing over the elections, Infantino got straight to work as the newly-elected President, opening the FIFA World Football Museum as his first official duty.
“This is a place in which football is lived and breathed,” he said in his welcome message to those present. “Here you can inoculate yourself with the football virus, if you don’t already have it. In this place, only football matters!”
Led on stage by Stephane Chapuisat – a former star of the Bundesliga and Swiss national team – a group of juniors from the local club FC Wollishofen entered the hall. The youngsters set the scene for the ‘F2 Freestylers’, who wowed the audience with their audacious tricks, before handing a ball over to the new FIFA President and museum director Stefan Jost for the museum’s official ‘kick-off’. A talk with Jost, Mario Fehr of the Swiss National Council, Norbert Müller, Chief of Staff of Zurich’s Mayor Corine Mauch, and FIFA Secretary General Markus Kattner rounded off the official part of the event.
“The opening comes at the perfect time, and – to a certain extent – symbolises a new beginning,” Jost added in reference to FIFA’s reforms and recent presidential election. Mario Fehr, Swiss politician and a self-confessed football fan, was also left mightily impressed by the city’s latest attraction. “It’s marvellous, and certainly an enrichment for the entire Zurich area.”
The museum’s aim is to take visitors on an emotional journey of footballing discovery, and Kattner for one is firmly convinced by its appeal. Covering an area of 3,000 m², over 1,000 objects, 1,400 photos, some 500 videos, 60 screens and 15 interactive stations all come together to form a unique football experience. Additionally, the museum also boasts a sports bar, a bistro, a café-bar and a library – all of which are available to the public – as well as events and seminar rooms.