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Bin Hammam sole Blatter rival in FIFA presidential elections

Sepp Blatter (left) and Mohammed Bin Hammam (right) will find out who will be the new FIFA president on June 1.
Sepp Blatter (left) and Mohammed Bin Hammam (right) will find out who will be the new FIFA president on June 1.
  • Sepp Blatter and Mohammed Bin Hammam are the only candidates in FIFA's presidential vote
  • The Qatari has been head of the Asian Football Confederation since 2002
  • Incumbent Blatter, 75, has been president of world football's governing body since 1998
  • He has not been opposed since the 2002 elections, when he beat Issa Hayatou

(CNN) -- Asian football chief Mohammed Bin Hammam will be Sepp Blatter's only opponent in the forthcoming FIFA presidential elections, the sport's governing body confirmed on Monday.

The 75-year-old Blatter, who has held office since 1998, will go head-to-head with the Qatari on June 1 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Elias Figueroa, a former international defender for Chile, had intended to put himself forward for the role but announced last week there was not enough time for a credible campaign to be launched.

American journalist Grant Wahl said earlier this year he was hoping to stand, but it was more a ploy to raise awareness about what he called the "need for change" at an organization which has earned $4.189 billion over the last four years than a realistic challenge to Blatter's supremacy.

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Africa's Issa Hayatou was the last candidate to run against the Swiss when he was defeated in the 2002 ballot, which came after a campaign of accusations of financial mismanagement at FIFA.

Bin Hammam, a FIFA executive committee member and president of the Asian Football Confederation, told CNN last month that the time had arrived for change in the organization after more than a decade under the stewardship of the Swiss.

Blatter, who has been involved with FIFA since 1975, announced at a recent UEFA congress in Paris this will be his last term as president if he is elected for another four years at the helm.

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The 61-year-old Bin Hammam became AFC chief in 2002 and has called for greater transparency among football's decision makers.

If successful in his bid to succeed Blatter, Bin Hammam would become the ninth president in FIFA's history.