Football By Joe Crilly

FIFA Election – A Betting Retrospective

Following the calling of an Extraordinary FIFA Congress last year the betting market for the next permanent President has been an up and down race.

When it was first announced, Prince Ali bin al Hussein was installed as the red hot favourite (as short as 1/3 with William Hill) after pushing Sepp Blatter to the wire, however, over the course of the last six months, his odds have drifted considerably – to 8/1.

As Prince Ali’s odds drifted it was initially Michel Platini who took over favouritism and at one point he could be backed at 1/4.

Since November, however, the market has been about two new candidates – Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa whose odds, even today, have become shorter. He is the 2/5 favourite ahead of the European, Gianni Infantino who is 7/4 (from 6/4 on Thursday).

Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne have been outsiders for the duration of the race and while the former’s odds have come in from 66/1 to 25/1, he remains an unlikely winner, while the Frenchman’s odds are 66/1.

“It looks like a shootout between Sheikh Salman and Infantino, with the Asian delegate a short priced favourite to land the top job,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

Next permanent FIFA President: 2/5 Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa; 7/4 Gianni Infantino; 8/1 Prince Ali al Hussein; 25/1 Tokyo Sexwale; 66/1 Jerome Champagne