UEFA president Michel Platini will not challenge FIFA head Sepp Blatter

UEFA president Michel Platini will not challenge FIFA head Sepp Blatter

MONTE CARLO, Monaco, Aug. 28 (UPI) --UEFA President Michel Platini said he has no plans to challenge FIFA President Sepp Blatter during a press conference in Monaco Thursday.
Aileen Graef
Pope not pleased over Argentina's World Cup loss

Pope not pleased over Argentina's World Cup loss

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 14 (UPI) --Pope Francis, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was not pleased with the outcome of the World Cup Final match between Germany and Argentina.
Ed Adamczyk
FIFA executives allegedly 'secretly doubled their salaries'

FIFA executives allegedly 'secretly doubled their salaries'

ZURICH, Switzerland, June 23 (UPI) --FIFA executives allegedly doubled their salaries in secret to compensate for the bonuses that were cut, according to leaked documents.
Aileen Graef
FIFA president: It was a 'mistake' to have 2022 World Cup in Qatar

FIFA president: It was a 'mistake' to have 2022 World Cup in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar, May 16 (UPI) --FIFA President Sepp Blatter admitted to Swiss television channel RTS that the decision to have Qatar host the 2022 World Cup was a "mistake" due to summer heat.
Aileen Graef

At least 15 dead in stampede at Congo soccer stadium

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, May 12 (UPI) --At least 15 people died in the chaotic end to a soccer game between rival clubs TP Mazembe and AS Vita at a stadium in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kate Stanton

Brazil World Cup preparations still on shaky ground

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- FIFA leaders blew hot and cold as they sought assurances from Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff that unfinished venues for the World Cup would be ready before the opening June 12.

Brazil's World Cup readiness issues sparks skepticism

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Brazil's readiness for next June's opening of FIFA World Cup tournament came under renewed scrutiny after senior officials from the international federation admitted delays at major sport venues.
Brazil stadium collapses, killing three

Brazil stadium collapses, killing three

Nov. 27 (UPI) -- A stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which will host the FIFA World Cup next year, collapsed Wednesday, killing three people.
Gabrielle Levy

Brazil struggles to overcome pre-Cup bottlenecks

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Brazil is struggling to overcome major bottlenecks in administration and infrastructure as it opens sale of tickets for next year's FIFA World Cup.

FIFA setting up new ethics panel

ZURICH, Switzerland, March 30 (UPI) -- The world governing body for soccer said Friday it is setting up a two-chamber ethics panel that can investigate and judge corruption charges.

Blatter apologizes for FIFA racism comment

ZURICH, Switzerland, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter apologized Friday for suggesting racial slurs on the soccer field could be settled by a post-game handshake.
Blatter re-elected FIFA president

Blatter re-elected FIFA president

ZURICH, Switzerland, June 1 (UPI) -- Sepp Blatter has been re-elected president of FIFA, soccer's international governing body, after running unopposed in Wednesday's vote.

FIFA's Blatter defiant amid bribe probe

ZURICH, Switzerland, May 30 (UPI) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter Monday denied soccer's world governing body was caught in a crisis despite a wide-ranging bribery investigation.

Blatter vows FIFA anti-corruption body

ZURICH, Switzerland, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- An anti-corruption committee will be established to police FIFA, the world soccer governing body, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Sunday.
Blatter joins in defense of World Cup ref

Blatter joins in defense of World Cup ref

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 12 (UPI) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter and others Monday defended soccer referee Howard Webb, who was harshly criticized for his performance in Sunday's World Cup final.
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Sepp Blatter

Joseph S. Blatter (born 10 March 1936) is the 8th and current President of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). He was elected on 8 June 1998, succeeding João Havelange.

Blatter was born in Visp, Canton Valais, Switzerland. He studied in Sion, Switzerland before he received a degree in business and economics from the University of Lausanne in 1959.

Blatter has a long and varied history including posts such as Head of Public Relations of the Valaisan Tourist Board in his native Switzerland, as well as General Secretary of the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation. He was Director of Sports Timing and Relations of Longines S.A. and was involved in the organization of the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games. In the early 1970s, Blatter was elected president of the World Society of Friends of Suspenders, an organisation which tried to stop women replacing suspender belts with pantyhose. Blatter first entered the world of Football in 1973 as president of The Zurich Brown Shirts, though ultimately failed to obtain the required funding and gain enough attention through various large rallies in order to turn the 'club' fully professional.

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