Mourinho gives backing to FIFA candidate Infantino

BY foxsports • February 2, 2016

Jose Mourinho has given his backing to Fifa presidential candidate Gianni Infantino, who has reaffirmed his desire to explore staging a World Cup in multiple countries.

Uefa general secretary Infantino is one of five hopefuls seeking to replace Sepp Blatter as the head of world football's governing body at an extraordinary congress on February 26.

Former Porto, Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid coach Mourinho appeared alongside Infantino at Wembley Stadium on Monday to endorse his campaign.

"I've known him for a long time," the Portuguese said.

"I know that he's very capable, very experienced, [has] complete knowledge of everything around football and this organization. I think he's the one. I support him with a real feeling that I'm supporting someone that can do very well."

Infantino, meanwhile, again made the case for Fifa to follow Uefa's example and look to share the financial burden of hosting a major tournament, the regional governing body having staged joint European Championships in Austria and Switzerland in 2008 and Poland and Ukraine four years later.

"What I'm ... proposing is to at least study the possibility of organizing the World Cup in several countries," he said.

"We're making the Euros in 2020 in 13 different countries in Europe. I think we don't have to exclude the vast majority of countries in the world from the dream of being able to organize at least part of a World Cup together with other countries. We can organize a Euros in 13 countries and organize a World Cup in four, five, six countries. 

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