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Blatter determined to run for re-election

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Sepp Blatter was never going to just sit there with his arms crossed following UEFA's request for him not to present himself as a candidate for re-election in FIFA's upcoming presidency battle, and he is determined to go into the 2015 election campaign as a candidate. If he wins he will begin his fifth term in office as a 79 year old. "I still have work to do and if I continue or not depends on your votes", he said at the FIFA Congress, who responded with a thunderous ovation.

In the 64th FIFA congress, Blatter showed his muscle and reminded the footballing world that if anyone had done anything for the third world, it was him. Given FIFA has the principal of 'one country, one vote', Blatter was making sure Africa, Asia, Oceania and South America owed him a lot, and that Europe's objection to his mandate was a thing of snobbery.

No sooner than after entering the immense Trans América Expo Centre in Sao Paolo, delegates and journalists alike were given an envelope to choose from in either English, French, German or Spanish in which 'Project 1' was recalled, accompanied by a letter from the FIFA president in which Blatter said "I consider it fitting to give you the first ever FIFA document about development".

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'Project 1' was an initiative from the year 1975, which Blatter himself lead under the presidency of Joao Havelange, in which a programme of solidarity was installed to develop football in third world countries, including refereeing, coaching and director courses. This was all generously paid for by FIFA. The project was Blatter's first step on the way to becoming the president of world football.

Blatter affirmed in his letter that "I made this programme without knowing how much it would remain valid until this day". The Swiss also added that following the closing of FIFA's accounts for 2013, all member associations would be receiving a sum of $250,000. A quantity like this is nothing for the major footballing nations of Europe, but in the third world it is worth its weight in gold... and votes.

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