Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 3/21/13

405945 08: Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) President Sepp Blatter, shown on a huge screen, speaks with FIFA members after winning a second four-year term as FIFA president during the 53rd Ordinary FIFA Congress at the Hilton May 29, 2002 in Seoul, South Korea. Blatter received 139 votes to beat African soccer chief Issa Hayatou who received 56 votes. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has revealed he will not stand for a fifth term as long as there is a suitable candidate to replace him. Blatter, whose current mandate ends in 2015, has a vision to expand the game further and should he decide to quit both Michel Platini and Angel Villar are thought to be best placed to take over his role. The 77-year-old was elected president of soccer's world governing body in 1998 and has until now consistently refused to rule out standing in two years as long as his health permits. "I will not carry on as long as there is at least one candidate prepared to continue my work," Blatter said. "The most important thing for me is that the person who takes over FIFA does so with the spirit of globalization of soccer that we have developed in recent years. "Michel Platini could be a possible successor as we started together in 1998. "On the other side is Angel Villar who has had a long career and has good contacts in America and Africa and who would al...
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