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Joseph S. Blatter
Country of Birth: Switzerland
Date of birth: 10 March 1936 
Mother tongue: German 
Other languages: French, English, Spanish, Italian 
Residence: Zurich, Switzerland
Member of the FIFA Executive Committee since 1998
Ø  FIFA President (since 1998)
Ø  General Secretary 1981-1998
Ø  Technical Director 1975-1981

JOSEPH S. (SEPP) BLATTER was born on 10 March 1936 in the Swiss town of Visp, near the famous Matterhorn. He graduated from the colleges of Sion and St Maurice with a school-leaving certificate and then gained a degree in Business Administration and Economics from the Faculty of Law at the University of Lausanne. He has one daughter.
Sports activities
·         Active footballer from 1948 to 1971 (played in the top Swiss amateur league)
·         Board member of Neuchâtel Xamax from 1970 to 1975
·         Member of the Panathlon Club (association of sports officials)
·         Member of the Swiss Association of Sportswriters since 1956
·         Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1999

On 8 June 1998, Joseph S. Blatter was elected in Paris at the 51st FIFA Congress as the eighth FIFA President and succeeded Dr João Havelange (Brazil). With this victory, the Swiss, who had already been at FIFA for 23 years in various roles, attained the highest position in international football.
Joseph S. Blatter began his professional career as Head of Public Relations of the Valaisan Tourist Board and then became General Secretary of the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation in 1964. He later pursued journalistic and public relations activities in sport and the private sector. As Director of Sports Timing and Public Relations of Longines, he was involved in the organisation of the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games and thus came into contact with the international sporting arena.
In mid-1975, as Director of FIFA Development Programmes, Joseph S. Blatter began to implement President João Havelange’s projects in this area. It was a time when ideas for competition and educational programmes were coming to the fore, and the foundations were being laid for World Cups in the U-20 and U-17 age groups as well as for women’s football and indoor football (futsal), all of which have since become an integral part of FIFA’s global activities.
In 1981, the multilingual Swiss was appointed General Secretary by the FIFA Executive Committee and he was later vested with the powers of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 1990. No fewer than five World Cups were held under his aegis (Spain 1982, Mexico 1986, Italy 1990, USA 1994 and France 1998). Together with João Havelange, he also played a leading role in negotiating the TV and marketing contracts for the commercial exploitation of the World Cup up to 2006.
At the end of March 1998, he decided to run for FIFA President on the back of the direct support and interest manifested by numerous associations from all confederations, and was elected at the 1998 Congress. On 29 May 2002, he was re-elected in Seoul and he secured a further four-year term by acclamation in Zurich on 31 May 2007. He was re-elected again on 1 June 2011.

Joseph S. Blatter is one of the most skilful exponents of international sports diplomacy, placing himself wholeheartedly at the service of football, FIFA and young people. His decades of work in various spheres of world football have given him the necessary experience, contacts and skills to lead football into the future and overcome the associated challenges.
He is committed to the fundamental democracy of FIFA and to permanent dialogue with the 209 member associations and the six confederations. His global mindset has resulted in World Cups being held for the first time in Asia (2002) and Africa (2010) during his period at the helm. Russia (2018) and the Arab world (2022) are also set to debut as hosts of the competition, which is the logical continuation of a development that he initiated.
In the decision-making process, he speaks to everyone involved – players, coaches and referees. He is also on the ball when it comes to the technical aspect of the game, and is open to rule modifications and changes aimed at making football more attractive and credible, of which the introduction of goal-line technology and vanishing spray are two of the most recent examples.
Promoting women’s football is an issue that is dear to Joseph S. Blatter’s heart, and the Women’s World Cup being held in Canada in 2015 will feature 24 teams for the first time, representing a further milestone. Women’s football has enjoyed significant growth at both elite and grassroots level under his watch, with the game now being played by over 30 million women and girls worldwide. In many countries, football is a key weapon in the fight for equal rights, and there remains much to be done in Africa and Asia in particular.
According to the FIFA President, football – the quintessential team sport – stands for “basic education, character formation and fighting spirit, allied with respect and discipline”. For him, it is “the best school of life”, a view borne out by FIFA’s education and training events, of which 579 were held in 2014 alone.
Joseph S. Blatter considers that the spirit of fair play inherent in the game should foster a better understanding among the peoples of the world. “Football is synonymous with theatre and entertainment and is hence an object of unequalled fascination for the media. It can even spark artistic creativity and, of course, creates many jobs. But it is above all an endless source of passion and joy. It is physical movement that simultaneously moves the emotions. It is the most popular and talked-about game in the world,” he says.
Football creates hope and social progress in economically deprived regions. FIFA programmes such as “Football for Hope” and “Football for Health” are laying important social groundwork in this respect. The “11 against Ebola” campaign launched in West Africa in 2014 helped significantly to educate people about the epidemic.
In 1994, Joseph S. Blatter was the driving force behind a partnership with SOS Children’s Villages, a children’s charity supported financially and materially by FIFA that operates in 132 countries and currently provides care in 449 villages. In total, FIFA has invested over USD 2 billion in development projects under his presidency, setting the benchmark for the future.
The FIFA President is also committed to providing direct aid in the form of football equipment for refugee camps and is involved in the fight against child labour, which is why FIFA, under his leadership, has signed a code of conduct with the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO). 
Thanks to his achievements, football is now the focal point of numerous business initiatives. At the same time, the FIFA President sees it as his duty to preserve the game’s integrity with all of its human aspects, and considers bringing football’s various stakeholders together as both an ongoing challenge and his greatest goal.

Since 1998, FIFA has developed into one of the most profitable organisations in the world, with financial reserves of some USD 1.5 billion at the end of the 2014 financial year. Seventy per cent of FIFA’s profits go back into football via the 209 FIFA member associations in the form of development funds. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, FIFA also set a benchmark for environmental protection, social development and sustainable event management, examples of which include offsetting all CO2 emissions of FIFA and the local organisers, 18% of tickets going to disabled and socially disadvantaged people and 445 tonnes of waste from the stadiums being recycled.
As an IOC member, Joseph S. Blatter is on the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency, where he is actively involved in the fight against doping.
His key messages and aspirations are credibility, transparency and fair play. Inspired by his “football for all, all for football” philosophy, a new FIFA motto came into being in 2007: 

“For the Game. For the World.”

[85] FOOTBALL - SOCCER: FIFA's ACTIVITY REPORT FOR 2014 - May 2015 - 65º Congress

[May 2015]
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The FIFA Activity Report is now available online on The Activity Report showcases FIFA’s work in global football development, the governance and administration of the game, organising international competitions, and sustainability and health projects.

Highlights [10] from the latest FIFA Activity Report [2014] include:
        I.            FIFA’s total football development spending breaking through the USD $2 billion barrier.
      II.            USD $900 million committed to football development in the 2015-2018 cycle .
    III.            USD $100 million FIFA World Cup™ Legacy Fund for football in BRAZIL.
    IV.            Record engagement on FIFA’s digital platforms during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
      V.            Record TV viewing figures for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in key markets.
   VI.            Ground-breaking sustainability programmes in BRAZIL.
  VII.            Support for social development through football with Football for Hope programmes.
VIII.            The 11 against EbolaHandshake for Peace and Say No To Racism campaigns 
    IX.            The doubling of investment in women’s football development for the 2015-2018 cycle.
      X.            The expansion of the Live Your Goals campaign to inspire more girls to play football.

Welcome to the FIFA Activity Report for 2014: the year of the FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil and the culmination of four years of intense preparations for our flagship event. The FIFA World Cup is the keystone of our mission to develop the game, touch the world and build a better future, and I am happy to say that the tournament delivered in all three areas. Once again, millions of people were thrilled by the spectacular action that unfolded in Brazil and many new fans were attracted to the game.
This success is vital to enable FIFA to further promote football as the number one sport in the world and to raise the funds needed to invest in football development everywhere. To mention just two of FIFA’s many activities to build a better future, FIFA renewed its global appeal for solidarity and fair play through the “Handshake for Peace” campaign with the Nobel Peace Center – a powerful symbol from the football pitch to the world that all of our member associations are encouraged to adopt in their competitions.
Football for Health was also – and always will be – a key part of our commitment to shaping a better world, sharing vital messages through football to promote healthy living in areas where it is most needed. As you will see in this Activity Report, FIFA has been working tirelessly over the past 12 months in pursuit of our mission.
While a great deal has been accomplished in all of our fields of activity, there is always more to be done, and we look forward to taking the game to even greater heights in 2015 – the year of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in Canada – and beyond as we set out on the road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia.
For the Game. For the World.
Joseph S. Blatter



[Projetos Sociodesportivos da FIFA na Dinamarca 2005-2011]
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FIFA's Goal Programme 2011 - DENMARK, Jutland Technical Center

Ø  Project approval date: 2011-10-18
Ø  Project location: JUTLAND
Ø  Project description: Construction of a regional technical centre. The project includes: administrative offices, conference rooms and accommodation
Ø  Goal project number: 3
Ø  Project status: Active
Ø  Objectives: 
The objectives of this project are:
- to create a modern facility 
- to develop regional football
- to organise courses and training sessions

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DBU - Dansk Boldspil-Union
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Ø  Project approval date: 2008-10-22
Ø  Project location: QAQORTOQ, GREENLAND
Ø  Project description: Installation of an artificial turf pitch in Greenland. The project is supported by the danish federation
Ø  Goal project number: 2
Ø  Project status: Active
Ø  Objectives:  The objective of this project is to develop football in remote regions

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Installation ATP Greenland by Edel Grass BV
E. Harrison
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Ø  Project approval date: 2005-02-17
Ø  Project location: COPENHAGEN
Ø  Project description: Installation of an artificial turf pitch at the national headquarters
Ø  Goal project number: 1
Ø  Project status: Active
Ø  Objectives: The objective of this project is to organise courses and educational activities in one venue

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FIFA's GREENLAND Development Project [Qaqortoq village]
Historic moment in Qaqortoq [Greenland, Denmark]

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1.       The enthusiasm which football manages to generate the world over is unparalleled. Its popularity seemingly knows no bounds, including in GREENLAND, where over ten per cent of the 56,000 inhabitants enjoy playing – this despite the fact that the islanders have various obstacles to overcome.
2.       The sheer size of the world’s largest island, which is 2,650 kilometres long and 1,000 kilometres at its widest, makes it almost impossible to organize a championship, since away matches would quite simply be a bridge too far for most teams in term of time and costs. The national league championship is held within the space of a few short weeks therefore and played in a modified format: five groups of eight teams take part in regional tournaments, with the best qualifying for two groups of four in the final tournament to vie for the title.
3.       The distances involved may be a real hurdle, but they are nothing compared with the problems posed by the weather. Greenland has a polar and a sub-polar climate, with milder weather on the west coast thanks to the West Greenland Current. Gigantic ice deposits mean that only 410,000 square kilometres, or 19% of the total surface area, are ice-free, and even they are subject to strong winds and snow fall.
4.       These extreme weather conditions mean that football can only be played outdoors in Greenland between the end of May and mid-September, on sand and ash pitches since it is impossible to grow grass. The good news is that a solution to one of these problems has been found. In September 2009 in the southern town of QAQORTOQ, the country’s first ever artificial grass pitch was laid, the result of an initiative launched by the Danish Football Association (DBU) and financed by the FIFA Goal programme.

6.       The construction of this ultra-modern pitch cost around USD 500,000, with USD 400,000 covered by the Goal programme. “This new pitch is historic,” said Nuka Kleemann, president of the Greenland Sports Federation (GIF), “and we are eternally grateful to FIFA and to the DBU for their generous support.”
7.       The inauguration of the venue, which is located in a picturesque rocky landscape, was also memorable, with FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, on his first ever trip to Greenland, and DBU president Allan Hansen officially handing over the artificial pitch to Lars Lundblad, president of the Greenland Football Association, on Monday 13 September 2010.
8.       “I am both proud and delighted to be here today to inaugurate this wonderful pitch,“ said Blatter, who had been given a rousing reception by the many locals who had come to see the inauguration and also the friendly match between two youth teams, which the FIFA President got under way. The local youngsters showcased their footballing skills, cheered on by the crowd which massed on the nearby rocks to enjoy an excellent view of the spectacular new facilities.
9.       Lundblad was an emotional spectator at the match, as he underlined just how important the day had been. “Our thanks go to FIFA and to the Danish Football Association,” he said. “This is just what I always dreamed of. This is a unique moment and hopefully the beginning of a successful future. Young and old will be able to play here every day, and this will play a decisive role in promoting the development of football in our country.”
10.   Allan Hansen, who had been in close contact with Lundblad for a number of years and had presented the project to FIFA along with his colleague Poul Gilling, head of the training and development department at the Danish FA, expressed similar hopes. “This fantastic artificial pitch will have a real say in how football in Greenland continues to develop,” the DBU president said. “This project is already a great success.”

11.   The effects will be felt not only in footballing but also in social terms, as the town’s mayor Kristine Raahauge explained. "This incredible gift from FIFA and the DBU has already been a great success for our municipality. Local residents can play sport at any time now, and this has already helped us to reduce the crime rate. I hope that we will see more artificial pitches laid down in Greenland in the future.”

Greenland visit thrills Blatter
( 14 Sep 2010

  1. Qaqortoq, a town with 3,500 inhabitants in the south of Greenland, is usually known for its peace and quiet, but on Monday 13 September 2010, the picturesque location was transformed into a veritable hive of activity. 
  2. The reason for this was the arrival of FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, who was paying his first-ever visit to the largest island in the world, which is politically self-governing and an autonomous part of the Kingdom of Denmark. Bright sunshine and hundreds of cheering locals were on hand to greet the head of world football's governing body.
  3. “I am overwhelmed by the warmth of this welcome. I had been intending to come to Greenland for a long time now, and I'm so pleased that I have finally made it. The country and the culture here are absolutely fascinating," said Blatter, who then met representatives of the municipality of Kujalleq in the local town hall.

  1. I had been intending to come to Greenland for a long time now, and I'm so pleased that I have finally made it. The country and the culture here are absolutely fascinating.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter

  1. "It is a great honour to be able to welcome you here,” said mayor Kristine Raahauge in her speech, which was also attended by Nuka Kleemann and Lars Lundblad, presidents of the Greenland Sports Federation (GIF) and Greenland Football Association (GBU) respectively.
  2. After a brief tour of Qaqortoq, it was time for the highlight of the visit. The FIFA President, along with Allan Hansen, president of the Danish Football Association (DBU), officially inaugurated Greenland’s first artificial pitch. The ultra-modern venue was built on the initiative of the DBU and financed by the FIFA Goal programme, and was handed over to a delighted Lars Lundblad.

Greenland gripped by football fever
( 15 Sep 2010

On the second day of his trip to Greenland, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter visited the capital Nuuk, the country's largest city with a population of around 15,000. He was received by Mimi Karlsen, who is Minister for Culture, Education, Research and Church Affairs, who expressed her thanks for the artificial pitch in Qaqortoq which had been officially unveiled the previous day and has been financed by the FIFA Goal programme.
"This incredible venue will motivate people and give them a wonderful opportunity to play football all year round," said Karlsen. "It will be invaluable for the education and training of our youngsters."
"Football is a good school of life. It promotes values such as discipline, respect and fair play which are applicable to society in general. Football brings people together and is an important part of our social co-existence," underlined Blatter, who then went on to have discussions with Deputy Prime minister Jens B. Frederiksen and Parliamentary President Josef Motzfeldt.
After seeing his name included in the honorary guest book of the city and having a tour around the impressive parliament building, the FIFA President then enjoyed a presentation by the city’s mayor, Asii Chemnitz Narup, on the municipal council's plans to build a covered football stadium in Nuuk in the next few years.
From the centre circle to the Arctic Circle
In the press conference which rounded off proceedings, Blatter fielded questions from the many media representatives in attendance and was effusive in his praise of the Greenlanders. "It is great to be here in this wonderful country,” he said. “The enthusiasm that people have here for football is fantastic, as is their hospitality. I have felt right at home here ever since the plane touched down."
The FIFA President then headed north from Nuuk to Ilulissat, the third-largest city in Greenland (population c. 4,500), which is 200 kilometres inside the Arctic Circle and known for its breath-taking landscapes. Football again was the centre of attention, with Blatter enjoying a match between two local teams and receiving a warm welcome from the players involved.
An eventful and football-filled day was then concluded by a meeting with representatives of the Qaasuitsup municipal council.


DEAR SIR [29may2015]
Greenland deserves the FIFA's gift and Qaqortoq chidren are to be very proud about the new soccer field. Congratulations for the Goal Programme directors and sponsors.

Ronald de A. Silva, architect and urban planner; stadium inspector at the Brazil CBF Stadia Comission.