Sepp Blatter and the Longest Serving FIFA Presidents

Sepp Blatter (t.) Was FIFA President For17 Years, But Jules Rimet (b.) For Nearly Twice As Many

Sepp Blatter (t.) Was FIFA President For 17 Years, But Jules Rimet (b.) For Nearly Twice As Many

It looks like FIFA President Sepp Blatter will be stepping down after all in the wake of the football organization’s latestcorruption scandal.” He is also “reportedly under investigation in the US,” according to bbc.com.

The Swiss Blatter had held the helm since 1998, third longest tenure of all eight FIFA Presidents at 17 years.

His predecessor, João Havelange of Brazil – the only non-European President, is the second longest serving at 24 years.

Together, just Havelange and Blatter have presided over FIFA since 1974. Wow.

But at the top, it’s Frenchman Jules Rimet, from back in the day. The third FIFA President, Rimet served 33 years through the Great Depression and World War II and into the 1950’s. He is also the “man who kicked off the World Cup.”

FIFA PRESIDENT YEARS OF SERVICE FROM TO COUNTRY BORN
1. Jules Rimet 33 1921 1954 France
2. João Havelange 24 1974 1998 Brazil
3. Sepp Blatter 17 1998 2015 Switzerland
4. Stanley Rous 13 1961 1974 England
5. Daniel Burley Woolfall 12 1906 1918 England
6. Arthur Drewry 6 1955 1961 England
7. Robert Guérin 2 1904 1906 France
8. Rodolphe Seeldrayers 1 1954 1955 Belgium

Photos: fijione.tv / guiadoscuriosos.com.br

Posted on June 2, 2015, in World Football and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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