In response to French football legend David Ginola’s announcement on January 16 that he intends to run for FIFA presidency against current president Sepp Blatter, Icelandic football club Ginola released a statement in Ginola’s support last week, encouraging the Icelandic Football Association (KSÍ) to back his candidacy.
“FC Ginola builds its foundation on the values that David Ginola brought to the football world throughout his playing career. Those values, beauty, entertainment and refinement, should be the core values on which the entire international football community is built upon. David Ginola is the only man FC Ginola feels is up to that task. FC Ginola therefore strongly urges the Icelandic Football Association (KSÍ) to back Mr. Ginola in his quest for presidency,” the statement reads.
“FC Ginola will this summer, proudly honour the new president of FIFA, Mr. David Ginola, at the annual Pollamót Football Tournament in Akureyri, Iceland. FC Ginola would be delighted if the new president would be able to join us in our celebrations,” the statement concludes.
Nr. 2 John Cariglia (left) and FC Ginola’s manager Hlynur F. Þormóðsson (right) welcome team member Óðinn Árnason back from injury in 2013.
FC Ginola is comprised of a group of childhood friends from Akureyri, North Iceland, who founded a team in Ginola’s honor to play at the ‘old boys’ football tournament Pollamót in 2010 and have participated every year since, having been named ‘most entertaining team’ on more than one occasion.