Meet FIFA president Sepp Blatter

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Nope, the worst thing about the best thing in soccer is the man running the show, the beautiful game's ugly face and its most senior and powerful administrator – FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

While 32 teams have spent this week preparing for action on the grandest stage of all, Blatter has also been getting down to work, indulging in the kind of political glad-handing and ego-massaging that made him the sport's ruler 16 years ago and has kept him there ever since.

On Wednesday, barring a last-minute change of heart, Blatter will formalize his candidacy to run for a fifth term as president. And, in the absence of another runner likely to get enough support among FIFA's members, he will almost certainly win.
Martin Rogers

FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures next to the World Cup trophy after a media conference in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. The 2014 World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 to July 13. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures next to the World Cup trophy after a media conference in Sao Paulo
FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures next to the World Cup trophy after a media conference in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. The 2014 World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 to July 13. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo June 11, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)
FIFA President Blatter delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo
FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo June 11, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)
FIFA President Sepp Blatter holds an official 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer ball during a media conference in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. The 2014 World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 to July 13. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)
FIFA President Blatter holds an official 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer ball during a media conference in Sao Paulo
FIFA President Sepp Blatter holds an official 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer ball during a media conference in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. The 2014 World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 to July 13. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)
FIFA President Sepp Blatter (C) speaks during a news conference in Jerusalem May 27, 2014. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
FIFA President Blatter speaks during a news conference in Jerusalem
FIFA President Sepp Blatter (C) speaks during a news conference in Jerusalem May 27, 2014. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
FIFA President Sepp Blatter (R) shakes hands with Palestinian coaches as he visits a football academy named after him, near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 27, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS SPORT)
FIFA President Blatter shakes hands with Palestinian coaches as he visits a football academy named after him, near the West Bank city of Ramallah
FIFA President Sepp Blatter (R) shakes hands with Palestinian coaches as he visits a football academy named after him, near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 27, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS SPORT)
FIFA President Sepp Blatter (C) smiles as he visits a football academy named after him, near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 27, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS SPORT)
FIFA President Sepp Blatter smiles as he visits a football academy named after him, near the West Bank city of Ramallah
FIFA President Sepp Blatter (C) smiles as he visits a football academy named after him, near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 27, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS SPORT)
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (R) receives a gift from FIFA President Sepp Blatter in the West Bank city of Ramallah May 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: SPORT SOCCER POLITICS)
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas receives a gift from FIFA President Sepp Blatter in the West Bank city of Ramallah
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (R) receives a gift from FIFA President Sepp Blatter in the West Bank city of Ramallah May 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: SPORT SOCCER POLITICS)
Actor Gerard Depardieu (R) and FIFA President Sepp Blatter pose on the red carpet for the screening of the film "United Passions" at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Yves Herman (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Gerard Depardieu and FIFA President Sepp Blatter pose on the red carpet for the screening of the film "United Passions" at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes
Actor Gerard Depardieu (R) and FIFA President Sepp Blatter pose on the red carpet for the screening of the film "United Passions" at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Yves Herman (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
FIFA President Sepp Blatter adjusts his glasses as he addresses a news conference after a meeting of the FIFA executive committee in Zurich March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SOCCER HEADSHOT)
FIFA President Blatter addresses a news conference in Zurich
FIFA President Sepp Blatter adjusts his glasses as he addresses a news conference after a meeting of the FIFA executive committee in Zurich March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SOCCER HEADSHOT)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, embraces Federal International Football Association President Sepp Blatter as International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, left, looks on at an event welcoming IOC members ahead of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics at the Rus Hotel, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, embraces Federal International Football Association President Sepp Blatter as International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, left, looks on at an event welcoming IOC members ahead of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics at the Rus Hotel, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Sochi, Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, embraces Federal International Football Association President Sepp Blatter as International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, left, looks on at an event welcoming IOC members ahead of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics at the Rus Hotel, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (L) greets FIFA President Sepp Blatter during a visit at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich January 23, 2014. The 2014 World Cup final tournament will be held in Brazil from June 12 through July 13. REUTERS/Thomas Hodel (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP POLITICS)
Brazil's President Rousseff greets FIFA President Blatter during a visit at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (L) greets FIFA President Sepp Blatter during a visit at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich January 23, 2014. The 2014 World Cup final tournament will be held in Brazil from June 12 through July 13. REUTERS/Thomas Hodel (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP POLITICS)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo poses with FIFA President Sepp Blatter (C) and 2014 World Cup mascot Fuleco after being awarded the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 in Zurich January 13, 2014. Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world's best footballer for the second time on Monday, preventing his great rival Lionel Messi from winning the award for a fifth year in a row. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo poses with FIFA President Sepp Blatter and 2014 World Cup mascot Fuleco after being awarded the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 in Zurich
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo poses with FIFA President Sepp Blatter (C) and 2014 World Cup mascot Fuleco after being awarded the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 in Zurich January 13, 2014. Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world's best footballer for the second time on Monday, preventing his great rival Lionel Messi from winning the award for a fifth year in a row. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Pele acknowledges the crowd after being awarded the FIFA honorary award beside FIFA President Sepp Blatter during the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 soccer awards ceremony in Zurich January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Pele acknowledges the crowd after being awarded the FIFA honorary award beside FIFA President Sepp Blatter during the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 soccer awards ceremony in Zurich
Pele acknowledges the crowd after being awarded the FIFA honorary award beside FIFA President Sepp Blatter during the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 soccer awards ceremony in Zurich January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo poses with FIFA President Sepp Blatter (C) and 2014 World Cup mascot Fuleco after being awarded the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 in Zurich January 13, 2014. Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world's best footballer for the second time on Monday, preventing his great rival Lionel Messi from winning the award for a fifth year in a row. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo poses with FIFA President Sepp Blatter and 2014 World Cup mascot Fuleco after being awarded the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 in Zurich
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo poses with FIFA President Sepp Blatter (C) and 2014 World Cup mascot Fuleco after being awarded the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 in Zurich January 13, 2014. Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world's best footballer for the second time on Monday, preventing his great rival Lionel Messi from winning the award for a fifth year in a row. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Pele acknowledges the crowd after being awarded the FIFA honorary award beside FIFA President Sepp Blatter during the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 soccer awards ceremony in Zurich January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Pele acknowledges the crowd after being awarded the FIFA honorary award beside FIFA President Sepp Blatter during the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 soccer awards ceremony in Zurich
Pele acknowledges the crowd after being awarded the FIFA honorary award beside FIFA President Sepp Blatter during the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 soccer awards ceremony in Zurich January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

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