Indian American Sunil Gulati, who is currently the President of the US Soccer Federation, could be in the race to replace Sepp Blatter as the new FIFA chief.
Allahabad-born Sunil Gulati is currently the president of the US Soccer Federation.
Gulati himself has been re-elected a record three times as the US Soccer Federation president, he is said to have voted against Blatter in last week’s Fifa election and the US soccer dispensation has broadly been against the Swiss soccer supremo.
Various US media outlets are reporting that Gulati could be a potentially strong contender to replace Blatter, along with French great Michel Platini and former Manchester United CEO David Gill, but compared to the other heavy weights he stands little chance.
But with the backing of the US media, Gulati is coming up as a very strong contender.
Gulati moved to Connecticut when he was five years old with his family, He studied at the Cheshire High School in Cheshire, Connecticut.
A graduate from the Magna Cum Laude college of Bucknell University, he earned his M.A. and M.Phil in economics at Columbia University.
Gulati resides in New York along with his wife and two children.
In 1991, the 55-year-old joined the World Bank through its Young Professionals Program and served as country economist for Moldova.
Gulati first became the president of the USSF in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010.
He won his third straight term in march 2014.
He served as US Soccer’s Executive Vice President from 2000 to 2006 before stepping into his role as president.
Gulati is a senior lecturer in the economics department of Columbia University.
Gulati is one of the major players in the development of football in the United States, and has been working towards the growth of the sport in North-America.
Gulati welcomed the resignation of Blatter as president of FIFA, he said the decision “represents an exceptional and immediate opportunity for positive change within Fifa” and commended Blatter “for making a decision that puts Fifa and the sport we love above all other interests.”
During the recently held elections for FIFA president, Gulati had backed Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein.