UPDATE 1-Soccer-Rivals make final pitches for leadership of 'broken' FIFA

Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:09am EST
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* Acting FIFA chief speaks of historic week for football

* Delegates urged to vote for governance reforms

* Blatter's 17-year rule to end with Friday election

* New leader must clean up after corruption scandal (Updates with detail and candidate quotes)

By Simon Evans and Mike Collett

ZURICH, Feb 25 (Reuters) - The five men vying for the leadership of world soccer made their final eve-of-vote pitches on Thursday, outlining competing visions for the future of governing body FIFA as it tries to recover from the worst corruption scandal in its history.

Delegates from more than 200 countries will elect a new president on Friday to succeed Sepp Blatter of Switzerland, two days after Blatter and European soccer chief Michel Platini lost their appeals against bans for ethics violations.

Whoever takes over from Blatter, who ran FIFA for 17 years like a globe-trotting head of state, will inherit a very different job with a focus on crisis management.

"The world is waiting and watching - this is the biggest milestone in the history of FIFA. It will decide if FIFA goes ahead as we want or if it spirals down," said Jordanian candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein.   Continued...