Michel Platini, who entered FIFA politics as an adviser to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, could decide how long his mentor stays in power. A move to unseat Blatter appears to be growing, and Platini, the UEFA president, has the support of professional clubs and leagues.
The impending publication of a Swiss court report into the ISL bribery scandal could be the tipping point. The document will name two FIFA officials who accepted bribes during Blatter's tenure at FIFA, first as general secretary and now president.
Controversy continues to hound those under Blatter as four members of the 24-member FIFA executive committee have been suspended or expelled or quit amid bribery charges in the 15 months, and the future of Brazilian Ricardo Teixeira, one of those to be named in the ISL report, is in doubt.
FIFA could not confirm that Teixeira, who also headed the Brazil 2014 World Cup organizing committee, would be on hand for the upcoming FIFA inspection tour of Brazilian cities. Instead, Ronaldo and Pele -- locked in a bitter political war with Teixeira -- will be the soccer faces of the organizers.