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Joseph Blatter : biography
Joseph «Sepp» Blatter born 10 March 1936 in the Swiss town of Visp, Canton of Valais. He studied at the College of Sion and St. Moritz. In 1959 he received a bachelor of business administration and Economics at the law faculty of the University of Lausanne. Became a member of the sports journalists ‘ Association of Switzerland.
From 1948 to 1971, Mr. Blatter played for one of the Swiss Amateur football clubs. In 1962 he began his career in the Swiss travel company. In 1964 became General Secretary of the Swiss ice hockey Association. In 1972, as a representative of the company Longines, attended the preparations for the Olympic games in Munich.
Technical Director of FIFA, Joseph Blatter was in 1975. In 1981 he was appointed Secretary General of this organization, its President, Joao Havelange. In 1998, the struggle for the post of FIFA President won the election of UEFA President Lennart Johansson. Blatter is the eighth President of FIFA. He was reelected to the post in 2002, 2007, 2011 and 2015.
Blatter repeatedly fell into the list of hundred most influential people in the world by the magazine «Forbes». He is holder of the Olympic order, the state awards more than 20 countries. Besides German he speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian.
Joseph Blatter: scandal in FIFA
At the end of may 2015, on the eve of the election of the FIFA President Joseph Blatter has attacked several media outlets in connection with a major corruption scandal in the leadership of the Federation. There are different opinions about the causes underlying the scandal in FIFA. There are three basic issues: strengthening the fight against corruption in sports is the desire to divert world attention from other issues, the attempt to abolish the world Cup in 2018 in Russia and 2022 in Qatar, transferring them to other countries.
Desire transfer world Cup 2018 from Russia, according to some experts, is associated with worsening of relations between the US and Russia. Some sources say that Blatter resisted. In favour of last version says that a corruption scandal is investigating American justice, and the arrests of a number of FIFA officials was done by the FBI.
Mr Blatter himself also explains the scandal around corruption in his organization, however, FIFA would have avoided the current problems, if as the hosts of world Championships are not chose Russia and Qatar. «I won’t use the word «coincidence», but I have a small question mark«, Blatter is quoted by the Associated Press.
29 may 2015, Joseph Blatter was re-elected FIFA President for a fifth term after the elections after the first round, withdrew the candidacy of Ali bin al-Hussein. And Blatter is not enough 7 votes for instant wins. But June 2, 2015, just 4 days after re-election, Blatter announced his retirement from the post of President of FIFA. Until new elections he will be acting.
Joseph Blatter: personal life
Personal life Joseph Blatter was always interested in the press. The official gave much food for gossip and gossip. 79-year-old Blatter divorced. From his first marriage has a daughter Corinne, and granddaughter Serena. The second wife was younger than Blatter, 41, and their marriage lasted 12 months.
At the ceremony of «Golden ball» 2013 years FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter came with his new girlfriend. His companion was a 49-year-old Linda Barras, has Armenian roots. Barras lives in Switzerland.
The FIFA President has been married three times, but officially was not involved in the employment relationship over the last 6 years.
Joseph Blatter: photo