Former France international, David Ginola has disclosed he will stand in Sepp Blatter’s way to the Fifa presidency.
It is not certain the ex-Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has the credentials to attract backing from continental football associations.
He needs the support of five football associations and must have been actively involved in football for two of the previous five years to be eligible to contest.
The 47-year-old is being backed by a betting firm, with whom he has arranged a news conference in London on Friday.
Ginola’s spokeswoman said: “We will be looking for the full support of Uefa and five football associations.”
He served as an ambassador for England’s failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup.
Nominations for the presidency of world football’s governing body close on January 29.
The other candidates are Fifa vice-president Ali Bin Al Hussein and former Diplomat Jerome Champagne.
Blatter is running for a fifth term in office after becoming the head of world football’s governing body in 1998.