Sepp Blatter: Wielding Power Through FIFA

  • Sandro Arcioni
  • Emmanuel Bayle
  • Hervé Rayner
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Abstract

Sepp Blatter’s four decades as a senior executive and then president of FIFA (1998–2015) left an enduring legacy for football, as the way in which he implemented and expanded the vision he shared with his predecessor, Joao Havelange, revolutionised FIFA’s management and finances. Nevertheless, his inability or unwillingness to introduce the reforms needed to stamp out the culture of corruption that permeated FIFA’s dealings, especially those involving its continental confederations. Despite his successes, the corrupt practices and clannish power system that permeated the highest levels of FIFA’s management eventually led to the collapse of the system he had instigated. In fact, the impact of FIFAgate (2015) was so great it shook the whole world of international sport.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandro Arcioni
    • 1
  • Emmanuel Bayle
    • 2
  • Hervé Rayner
    • 3
  1. 1.Mupex SàrlLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of Sports Studies (ISSUL), University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.University of Lausanne | UNIL, Institute of Sports ScienceLausanneSwitzerland

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