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‘Sepp Blatter and FIFA,’ ESPN’s full-length e:60 documentary

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With the goal of expanding its union of journalistic excellence and compelling long-form storytelling, E:60 presents this ambitious new effort. Under the banner “E:60 Reports with Jeremy Schaap” the show devotes an entire program to an in-depth look at the most powerful man in the world of sports and the oft-criticized organization he oversees – Sepp Blatter and FIFA.

At the end of May, FIFA President Sepp Blatter is overwhelmingly expected to win re-election as head of soccer’s world governing body. It would be his fifth term, and give him over two decades in control of the game that is followed by billions. But Blatter’s reign at FIFA has been marred by scandal, lack of transparency, allegations of corruption, racism, sexism, mismanagement and outright ineptitude. It all culminated in the firestorm around the selection of Qatar as host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Qatar is a tiny country with little history in the game, without the necessary infrastructure and with a record of human right abuses. After months of filming across the globe, speaking with top voices in the sport — including the three candidates hoping to unseat Mr. Blatter — and people who have known Blatter for decades, Jeremy Schaap and his team of producers present the most complete look at this enigmatic figure done by television. From his beginnings in a modest Swiss household, through his rise to power, to his ability to hold on at the top of the beautiful game despite a storm of criticism, E:60 Reports delivers a riveting portrait of the man and the sport he oversees.

SEE ALSO — Listen to an interview with ESPN Coordinating Producer Michael Baltierra about the making of the film.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. ibukun adeyemo

    June 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Blater has finally thrown in his resignation letter, thank goodness, but previous attempts at ridden FIFA of corruption was just window dressing, i hope this time around a good job at purging FIFA of corruption will be done, i also hope the West who seem to hate Blater will not because of hatred destroy the beautiful Game we all love and enjoy.

  2. Pakapala

    May 15, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Meanwhile a couple months ago, UEFA quietly re-elected Platini who ran unopposed for a 3rd term. So UEFA claim to have beef with Blatter in part for the debacle of Qatar winning the 2022 WC bid, yet they voted Platini back into office who admitted to have voted for Qatar in 2010 while Blatter voted for USA.

  3. MntD

    May 15, 2015 at 10:02 am

    EPSN fluff piece – didn’t even score an interview with the man and those ex-associates wouldn’t name names on Sepp’s purchased election.

    • Daniel Feuerstein

      May 15, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      Where was the fluff in this piece? They tried to get an interview with him & Blatter denied it. These ex-FIFA executive are scared of losing their connections to FIFA if they talk.

      Understand very clearly, everyone is keeping their mouths shut to remain connected to Sepp Blatter.

      • MntD

        May 15, 2015 at 10:18 pm

        Hence a fluff piece. We all know there is corruption. Score an interview with someone naming names, figures, or facts and you’ve got something interesting.

  4. CTBlues

    May 14, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    That was really good. When will it air on ESPN or has it already? It would be awesome if they showed it on ABC.

    • Christopher Harris

      May 14, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      It aired on ESPN on Tuesday night. They may replay it again on ESPN2.

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