FIFA president Sepp Blatter's best quotes from his reelection
Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA's president on Friday, defeating Prince Ali bin al-Hussein after the Jordanian withdrew following the first round of voting.
Blatter collected 133 votes to Prince Ali's 73 on the first ballot, not enough to secure a two-thirds majority. But Prince Ali conceded before the second ballot, which would have only required a simple majority.
After his reelection was complete, Blatter took the stage to address FIFA Congress and lay out his vision for the organization. He promised that he wouldn't run again in 2019—he has made similar promises in the past—and said that he wouldn't alter the World Cup, though he also said that Oceania deserved a full World Cup spot.
We compiled a few of Blatter's most notable quotes from his victory speech.
"I will be in command of this boat called FIFA, and we will bring it back. We will bring it back offshore and bring it back to the beach, bring it back to finally where football can be played—beach soccer. We can play everywhere. But we have to work on that."
Blatter: "I was a little nervous today. Now I am the president of everybody. President of everybody. President of the whole FIFA."— Matt Scott (@Matt5cott) May 29, 2015
"We need ladies."
Blatter: "I am not perfect"— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) May 29, 2015
"We do it. We do it. We do it. I'm convinced we can do it. I was not now in the room but I was thinking, it was in mediation. I am a faithful man and I said, now, God, Allah, or whoever, this extraordinary whatever-it-is spirit in the world we believe, they will help us to bring back this FIFA where we shall be, and I tell you and I promise you in the end of my term, I will give this FIFA to my successor in a very, very, strong, strong position.
Blatter: "It's important this game, but more important enjoy life"— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) May 29, 2015
Sepp Blatter refers to Oceania’s delegates as “Ocean’s 11.” Nothing like referencing a heist in the midst of an FBI investigation.— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) May 29, 2015
"I would just like to stay with you."
Blatter: "What is this notion of time? It is infinite .. the more one ages the more time flies by quickly"— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) May 29, 2015
Sepp Blatter shouts out to FIFA Congress: "Where is our lawyer?"— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) May 29, 2015
"You cannot ask everyone to behave ethically."
- Stanley Kay