Gianni Infantino will have the DFB's support as he runs as UEFA's representative for FIFA president. The FIFA general secretary is one of five candidates hoping to succeed current president Sepp Blatter.
The German Football Federation (DFB) announced Tuesday they will back Gianni Infantino in his bid to become the next president of FIFA after conferring in Frankfurt on Thursday.
Reinhard Rauball and the DFB hope Infantino's knowledge of FIFA makes him the governing body's next president.
Infantino announced his intention to run for FIFA president after current UEFA president Michel Platini was banned from the organization in October. He launched his manifesto for the election campaign on Tuesday, which included promises to expand the World Cup to 40 teams, provide more money to national associations and the confederations and clean up the scandal-hit FIFA.
Infantino will contest the leadership bid alongside Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Tokyo Sexwale, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and Jerome Champagne. The vote will take place during FIFA's extraordinary congress in Zurich on February 26.
sb/dv (AP, AFP)