Joseph (Sepp) Blatter: biography

name Joseph Blatter, for many years head of FIFA, in May-June 2015 learned even by people far removed from the sport.About him to speak the whole world and the reason for that, as usual, I was the scandal.What else, besides Figuring in the international demolition, notable personality of this man?

childhood and youth of the future president of FIFA

Joseph (Sepp) Blatter was born shortly before the Second World War, one of the most secure and prosperous Europe.Birthday mechanic's son and his wife from the Swiss town of Visp (who was at that time a commune) fell on March 10, 1936.

The boy's parents had no relation to the sport, and here at Blatter's love of football has appeared quite early.

Passion came into the life of Joseph even during his studies.Which, incidentally, first held in a local school, and then in schools Sion and St. Moritz.At the age of twelve, the boy became a member of one of the amateur football clubs and played for him for 23 years - until 1971.

But most of all, Joseph Sepp Blatter in his youth did not think football will be the basis of his career.Because after school, he chose the University of Lausanne, where mastered jurisprudence.The training was successful, and already in 1956 the young Sepp Blatter has become the happy owner of a diploma.That, however, fully used and it was not ...

first stage of a career in sports

Immediately after graduating from the University of Blatter took to the Association of Sports Journalists.But three years later he gets to the Board of Tourism Valais, where he heads the department of the public.In this role, Sepp Blatter has spent five years of his life (from 59 th to 64 th), and then plunged into the sport with the head and not "surfaced."

first serious step on the ladder to his sports career Blatter began his work in the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation, which started in the 64th year.Here he made his debut as manager, performing the duties of Secretary General.

From 1970 to 1975, the future president of FIFA was a member of the Board of Directors of the football club "Xamax" (Switzerland).

As an employee of a Swiss watch companies, Sepp Blatter took an active part in the preparation for the Olympic Games 1972 in Munich and 1976 in Montreal, which gave him invaluable experience and has become a springboard for the following achievements.

By the way, there is information that Blatter was judged scandalous match between the basketball teams of the USSR and the USA in 1972 (held in the framework of the Munich Summer Olympics).Sports lovers will recall that when the judge insisted on three nedoigrannyh seconds.And they determined the fate of the match, allowing the Soviet basketball victory.

Conquest tops FIFA

In 1975, Blatter was first "opened the doors" of the International Football Federation.And immediately he was appointed technical director of FIFA.And in 1981, "jumped" is even higher, becoming Secretary General of this prestigious organization.And he was so until 1998.

in 98th place the next (51th already account) FIFA Congress in Paris, during which Joseph Blatter was elected the new president of the federation.In this position he succeeded Brazilian Joao Havelange, beating in the election campaign Swede Lennart Yuhannsona, who heads the League at the time.

the presidency of FIFA Sepp Blatter has spent 17 years - until the summer of 2015.

historic decisions

Sepp Blatter, whose biography is inextricably linked with the International Football Federation, for almost 40 years it managed to do very much.And even he went down in history as the author of important innovations.

For example, even being in the position of technical director, Blatter has embarked on serious educational programs in the field of football, and laid the foundation for the world championships among players, whose age does not exceed twenty and seventeen.Also, with his light hand in the world championships were held on mini-football among women.

When he was president Joseph Blatter FIFA World Cup for the first time in the history of football took place simultaneously in two countries.It happened in 2002, and the hosts, host competitions were then South Korea and Japan.

Swiss have always been against major transformation rules football.In particular, he did not support the introduction of video replays.But this man has introduced a system of automatic fixing goals, which was tested during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.


FIFA president Sepp Blatter has repeatedly found himself at the center of scandals of a different nature.

example, near the beginning of Blatter's presidency - in 2001 - his name is embroiled in a scandal involving the bankruptcy of one of the companies that are partners of the federation.

In 2010, the head of FIFA's unfortunate joke about the World Cup in Qatar, and gay fans, which, they say, will have to give in this country to have sex.Once swept the world wave disturbances Blatter had to apologize and make excuses.He said he did not want to offend gays, and the authorities of Qatar with its taboo on homosexuality is going to require tolerance.

And after only a year - in 2011 - broke new scandal, now associated with money.Everything happened on the eve of the next presidential election FIFA, Sepp Blatter and rival Mohamed bin Hammam has accused him of involvement in corruption schemes.The plan did not load.The opponent was out of work, and the Swiss was re-elected for a new term.

But most, perhaps, a loud was the conflict of 2015, when a certain group of people are having doubts about the choice of Russia and Qatar in the role of host countries of the world championships in 2018 and 2022.respectively.The main proceedings were initiated by the Americans.

They accused the top of FIFA (in particular, the Vice Blatter) in long-term policy and dishonesty of corrupt schemes in the choice of venue for the championships.More than a dozen employees of the federation were arrested.And all this - again, on the eve of elections for the presidency of FIFA.

As a result, a special committee of the International Football Federation conducted an investigation and found the alleged violations with respect to Russia and Qatar.A 80-year-old Sepp Blatter still won the election - his rival Ali bin Al Hussein at the last moment suddenly withdrew his candidacy.

elections held on 29 May and 2 June has re-elected president resigned ... And two days later, the Americans have brought charges against him personally.

Sepp Blatter about the United States and claims to the person prefers not to speak too much.The only thing that allowed himself - to express bewilderment and shock over the allegations.

Awards Blatter

But not only the scandals "grown" on the labor field Blatter.In his piggy bank - numerous awards around the world, as well as international level.The main award - of course, the Olympic.And besides him - orders and crosses France, Venezuela, Djibouti, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, South Africa, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Ukraine and Catalonia.


In the privacy of Sepp Blatter was far not so constant, both in their work.He has three marriages and three divorces.From his first wife have a daughter.The second wife was younger than Joseph 41 a year!