SAO PAULO: Former Brazil international Zico has expressed a desire to run for president of FIFA following Sepp Blatterâ€™s shock resignation on Tuesday.
Blatter rocked the world of soccer by unexpectedly saying he would step down as FIFA president in the wake of a corruption investigation that reportedly may include the embattled chief himself.
The 62-year-old Zico, who played in three World Cups, served as Brazilâ€™s sports minister in the 1990s and has decades of experience at all levels of the game including management stints in Japan, Turkey, Russia, Greece and the Middle East.
â€œWhy not?â€ he asked in a Facebook post from Berlin where he attend Saturdayâ€™s Champions League Final. â€œMy life has always been in football. Itâ€™s a passion I served with seriousness and respect in Brazil and other countries.â€
â€œI was Sports Minister, I have experience with my club and in helping Kashima in Japan. I put football above politics.â€ Zico, who led Flamengo to the Intercontinental Cup in 1981 and was a member of the Brazil side at the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cup, admitted he had no backing to support a presidency bid as yet but would see how the idea developed.
â€œI donâ€™t have any support yet but if itâ€™s opened up then I can run (for president) of FIFA. Itâ€™s just an idea for now … But who knows?â€–REUTERS