Gianni Infantino was re-elected president of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) for the term 2023-2027 at the 73rd FIFA Congress held in Kigali, Rwanda on Thursday.
Infantino, 52, will continue his tenure as the FIFA chief as the only candidate for the position. He first took the job in February 2016, and was first re-elected in June 2019.
"Being a president is an incredible honor, privilege, and great responsibility. I'm so humble and touched. I promise I'm going to continue to serve for football, and for the member associations," said Infantino.
Ahead of the Congress, FIFA Council confirmed the expansion and change of format regarding the 2026 World Cup co-hosted by Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. There will be 48 teams playing a total of 104 games, instead of 32 playing 64 games.
In February, FIFA approved its Annual Report 2022, with a record-breaking revenue of $7.6 billion during the 2019-2022 cycle, which was confirmed by Infantino upon the re-election. Furthermore, he announced a projected income of $11 billion during the 2023-2026 period, which doesn't count the potential income brought by the new Club World Cup.
(With input from Xinhua)
(Cover: Profile of Gianni Infantino. /CFP)