All you need to know about Sunil Gulati, contender for Fifa president

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 04, 2015 00:57 IST

Indian-American Sunil Gulati's name has cropped up as one of the contenders in the race to become the next Fifa president after Sepp Blatter announced his resignation on Tuesday.

Various US media outlets on Wednesday said Gulati, 55, could be a potentially strong contender to replace Blatter, should the US have an interest in the position of Fifa chief.

But who is Sunil Gulati? Here is a factfile:

* Gulati is the president of the US Soccer Federation and is currently serving a record third term in the role.

* Allahabad-born Gulati, who is often referred to as 'the most powerful man in American soccer', is a senior lecturer at New York's Columbia University and is one of Blatter's most outspoken critics.

* He has a son, Emilio, and a daughter, Sofia, with his wife, Marcela. They live in New York City.

* He holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and an MA in Economics from Columbia University and has been instrumental in the development of US Soccer since the early 1980's.

* Gulati put his and the US Soccer Federation's support behind Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al Hussein in the recently-held Fifa elections, which was eventually won by Blatter.

* At the highly successful 1994 Fifa World Cup in the US, Gulati served as executive vice-president and chief international officer.

* He was also on the original US World Cup bid committee from 1986 to 1988 that helped bring the event to the United States for the first time.

* Gulati currently represents US Soccer Federation on the CONCACAF National Team Competitions Committee and serves on the Fifa World Club Championship Committee, as well as the Fifa Task Force for Clubs

* He also served on the board of directors of the 1999 and 2003 Fifa Women's World Cup in the US and is currently a member of the board in the US Soccer Foundation and National Soccer Hall of Fame.

* The college professor served as US Soccer's executive vice-president from 2000 to 2006 before stepping into his current role as president.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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