Fifa elections 2016 candidates: Everything you need to know about Sheikh Salman, Gianni Infantino, Prince Ali, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne

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Five men are in the running to replace Sepp Blatter

Now the disgraced Sepp Blatter has finally been given the boot, Fifa will elect its first new president since 1998 next week with five candidates in the running for football's top job.

The diverse ballot list features a former anti-apartheid campaigner, two members of gulf state royal families, a former French diplomat and a bilingual lawyer.

Yet one thing that unites all five is prior experience in the often murky world of football governance and close ties to former members of the under-fire Fifa. Here's what you need to know:

Sheikh Salman

With the support I'm going to get we're going to turn it around very quick."

- Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa

Read more: Three potential obstacles for Sheikh Salman in his bid to replace Sepp Blatter

  • Current Asian Football Confederation president and Fifa vice-president.
  • Believed to have backing of majority of Asian and African federations.
  • Has backed 2018 and 2022 World Cups going ahead in Qatar and Russia.
  • Has been accused of complicity in the torture of footballers involved in 2011 democracy protests. He has said the allegations are "nasty lies".

Gianni Infantino

I will in due course be setting out my detailed thinking in a manifesto which will address the challenges and opportunities ahead."

- Gianni Infantino

  • Swiss lawyer and current Uefa general secretary with 15 years experience in football administration.
  • Backed by the FA and a number of other Uefa federations including the FA.
  • Former close ally of now-banned Michel Platini.
  • Wants to expand World Cup to 40 teams and host it across regions.

Tokyo Sexwale

Having spent time inside Fifa, I am more than ready to take on the world."

- Tokyo Sexwale

  • South African anti-apartheid campaigner who was jailed for 13 years alongside Nelson Mandela on Robben Island.
  • Member of Fifa anti-discrimination task force.
  • Served on the organising committee for 2010 World Cup but may have to combat allegations that the South African FA paid $10m bribe to Fifa officials - something it denies. Sexwale has described the allegations as "worrisome".

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein

The crisis at Fifa is a crisis of leadership. I believe in this organisation. Together we will make it great again.

- Prince Ali bin al-Hussein

Read more: Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein - Everything you need to know

  • Lost to Sepp Blatter in May presidential election.
  • Member of the Jordanian royal family.
  • Current president of the Jordan Football Association and former president of the Asian Football Confederation.
  • Only candidate to call for independent oversight of Fifa reform process.

Jerome Champagne

Above all we need to save FIFA and its role of governance and redistribution, which is in danger at a time when they are needed the most."

- Jerome Champagne

  • Former Fifa general secretary and spent 11 years working for the organisation.
  • Has pledged to develop game in poorer nations and cut the number of European teams at the World Cup.

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