Happy Birthday Sepp Blatter
We hope that all of you fair readers join World Cup Blog in raising your glasses in a toast to FIFA president Sepp Blatter who turns 70 today. Blatter has worked with FIFA for 31 years, helping to make the international organization into the wonderfully corrupt and adorable pet it is today. We tried to reach Mr. Blatter by phone today to get his thoughts on turning the big seven-o, but he was not in his office. Out golfing, perhaps?
Fortunately an enterprising reporter from FIFA magazine was able to hold herr Blatter (pun, get it?) and capture his words of wisdom.
Asked about FIFA’s finances, Blatter replied:
Having said that, our objective is not to maximise income, but to optimise it. 70 per cent of our income is reinvested in football at the grassroots level. Television and marketing income from the World Cup is income for football in general.
Translation: Me and my cronies get to keep the other 30 per cent. Want some more caviar, my dear?
Asked about how he has been able to maintain energy for this, the most grueling of jobs:
Mainly from the periods of rest and relaxation that I allow myself when I go home to the mountains in the Valais to visit family and friends and to replenish my energy levels.
Loyal readers by now know all about Blatter’s rest and relaxation. We can only hope that on this most special of days Sepp has a nice massage and a lovely meal. After all, football fans everywhere are paying for it.