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FIFA President Sepp Blatter Confirms 5th Consecutive Presidential Run

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Current FIFA President, Sepp Blatter has announced his bid for re-election, after first being elected as president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association in 1998 Blatter has served four consecutive terms for the past 18 years. Although Blatter hinted that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil would be his last, he recently announced his return to the FIFA presidential candidacy Monday in a pre-recorded interview shown at the SoccerEx conference. In the interview Blatter stated, “I will inform the executive committee. It’s a question of respect also to say then to the football family, ‘Yes I will be ready. I will be a candidate.'”

There are likely a few things that helped make Blatter’s decision for him, a successful tournament in Brazil as well as UEFA President Michel Platini deciding not to run. Platini would have been Blatter’s biggest opponent, but in an interview with German magazine Bild, Platini stated “I have not decided against Fifa, but for the Uefa. I consider myself a candidate for the future open.”

Platini was also asked if he thought Blatter should run again, “I think Blatter should not be standing. Fifa has a terrible reputation, which is even encouraged by Blatter.”

Platini’s feelings on Blatter’s interest in the FIFA Presidency once again is likely to be mirrored by the majority of the soccer community. Following the controversial decision to allow a World Cup in Russia followed by Qatar, Blatter’s presidency has been filled with corruption. Despite being boo’d at many World Cup games in Brazil, Blatter feels he has the majority support from FIFA members, “I got (from) the last congress in Sao Paulo not only the impression but the support of the majority, a huge majority of national associations asking ‘Please go on, be our president also in future.”

The scandals heading into Russia and Qatar are not likely to slow down, whomever is the future President of FIFA heading into 2018 and 2022 will need to be able to justify their choices and deal with backlash from not only fans but potentially sponsors as well.

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. yespage

    September 8, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Gus Fergeson for FIFA President!

  2. jtm371

    September 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Corruption at its finest. Platini is just a yes man for Blater. WC 22 details will come out but nothing will happen. Fifa run tighter than the mob.

    • Bishopville Red

      September 8, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Platini and Blatter are both ADIDAS men. Don’t confuse the succession, or the timeline. Platini will be Prez, but only after Blatter says so.

      SB

      • Flyvanescence

        September 8, 2014 at 2:28 pm

        Well in that case wheres the superior “Nike” guy to show them up?

      • jtm371

        September 8, 2014 at 4:02 pm

        Blatter has a lifetime appointment and when he is done Platini will take over and nothing will change.

        • Flyvanescence

          September 8, 2014 at 5:56 pm

          No it will get worse. Remember Platini is dead against goal line technology and also is the guy who introduced Financial “Fair” Play.

          At least Blatter finally realized the game had to get with the times a bit even if FIFA itself hasnt.

  3. CTBlues

    September 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    If so many of the federations think he should be out why would they vote for him again?

    • Bishopville Red

      September 8, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Because i federation = one vote, so Bahamas and Curacao carry as much weight as Germany and Spain. When you offer a million bucks to each federation, it’s a drop in the bucket to many, but the lifeline for many, many more.

      SB

  4. Justin

    September 8, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    man cannot give up running the most corrupt organization in the world.

    • Flyvanescence

      September 8, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Platini is worse. Who would you prefer? Grant Wahl

      • Flyvanescence

        September 8, 2014 at 12:50 pm

        * Wahl ;-D ?

      • CTBlues

        September 8, 2014 at 12:56 pm

        I’ll take Grant!
        His first act as FIFA president should be to release the findings of the Qatar WC bid.

        • Flyvanescence

          September 8, 2014 at 2:27 pm

          Dude, Wahl is as big a joke as FIFA. Creepier looking but less annoying version of Alexi Lalas.

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