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Sepp Blatter to run for fifth term as FIFA President in 2015

May 9, 2014, 7:45 AM EDT

Joseph Sepp Blatter

You didn’t think Mr. Blatter was going to walk away, did you?

After previously stating he did not intend to run as a candidate for FIFA President in 2015, Sepp Blatter has told a Swiss newspaper that he intends to stay in the job he has held since 1998.

Blatter, 78, has become a focal point for complaints about world soccer’s governing body in recent years but has extremely thick skin and is determined to carry on his work in the face of many challenges ahead.

Speaking to Blick, Blatter said the following: “I’m a candidate again. My mandate has ended but my mission is not finished.”

So, with tensions building between UEFA president Michel Platini and current FIFA president Blatter, it is now clear for all to see that next year’s election may well be a two-horse race between the duo. However earlier on this year Jerome Champagne stated his intention to run for president in the next elections and CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb has also been mooted as a possible successor. In 2011 Blatter ran unopposed as the head man in world soccer, so more competition this time around well be healthy for the good of the game.

Many believe Blatter should step down now and not be the man in charge of the global game into his 80s. Right now there has been no official response to the reports from Blatter himself, as the future of FIFA continues to hang in the balance with two controversial World Cups coming up in Russia and Qatar.

FIFA needs a strong leader as those tournaments will push organizers and the governing body to its limit. Is Blatter the right man, once again, to handle the pressure?

  1. Greg - May 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    The real problem is who would (eventually) replace him? The 2018/2022 bidding process showed theres not a lot of good people in that “inner circle”

  2. geojock - May 9, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Just we he thought he had exploited everything he could to his benefit, he must have found another cookie jar to stick his hands in. FIFA is completely out of control and it is hard to believe this overt corruption and the uninhibited welding of power goes completely unchecked in the year 2014.

  3. Comrade23 - May 9, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    FIFA is corrupt beyond salvation. Changing out Blatter for another opportunist will make no difference.

  4. lewpuls - May 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    One of the most corrupt major organizations in the world four years ago, and not looking a lot better now: and Blatter is at the heart of it.

  5. bellerophon30 - May 9, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Sepp is going to be 79 when he runs for re-election. I mean, not to be an age snob, but what’s wrong with some relaxation during your later golden years? Surely he’s got enough money to retire, given all the bribes he’s taken. Hanging on like that is kind of…..well I’d say ‘sad’, but given that it’s Sepp Blatter, we’ll go with pathetic.

  6. lunasceiling - May 9, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    I just facepalmed so hard, I think I may have given myself a concussion.

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