Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Korean FA Chairman may run for FIFA Presidency

“People around me are encouraging me to run for the chairmanship of FIFA. I’m also thinking about it,” Chung Mong-joon, chairman of the Korea Football Association, told Dong-A Ilbo. “Michel Platini, the former French football star, was elected chairman of UEFA a while ago. After Lennart Johansson, who led UEFA for 16 years, left, a new era has come. The international football world is also experiencing a drastic change,” Chung said, “I will not consider the FIFA chairmanship as a title with power. I will think first how I can contribute as chairman.”

He is targeting the 2011 election. The tenure of a FIFA chairman is four years. Member country votes will decide who takes the office. This year’s election, where chairman Joseph Sepp Blatter will try to be re-elected for the third time, will be held in Zurich, Switzerland on 30 May.

While Chung has been leading Korean football for 14 years, in 1994, he became a vice president of FIFA and has been serving there for 13 years. During this period, he has been considered progressive, emphasizing the financial transparency of FIFA. Meanwhile, Chung, whose tenure as chairman of the KFA ends at the end of 2008, announced that he would like to finish his tenure by participating in the World Youth Championships and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games successfully, which will occur at the end of his tenure. Also, he made it clear that he will not take office as chairman of the KFA again.

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