Having spent 11 years serving as an executive for FIFA, Jerome Champagne is now looking to dethrone Sepp Blatter as the world governing body's president.
Champagne, a former diplomat who vowed to run against Blatter back in May, took to his official website on Monday to officially announce his intention to run for the position, stating that "my passion for football and my love of the world are the source of my strong will to bring about and crystallize a collective project to which we can all contribute."
I have the honor of informing you that I have just written to the FIFA Ad-hoc Electoral Committee and its president, Mr. Domenico Scala, to confirm my intention to run for FIFA president.
This confirmation has of course been made in according with the current FIFA regulations and in line with the announcement of my candidature of 20 January 2014 in London, in the same location where The Football Assocation was founded in 1863, the first of the 209 FIFA member associations.
On a personal level, I am happy that the debate about the future of FIFA and football has finally begun with the prospect of various candidates.
Since last working for FIFA in 2010, Champagne has worked as an advisor to numerous football federations and was a football commissioner for the World Festival of Black Arts in Dakar, Senegal.
Although Blatter was expected to step down from his post as FIFA president, he confirmed last week that he'd had a change of heart and will indeed run for a fifth term.
The election is scheduled for May and will take place at the FIFA congress.
Feature photo courtesy of Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett