Applause for a re-elected President
At the 57th FIFA Congress in Zurich on 30 and 31 May 2007, President Joseph S. Blatter was re-elected by acclamation for a third term in office. The Football Association of Montenegro was also admitted, again by acclamation, as FIFA’s 208th member.
It was an emotional moment for the FIFA President. Even though his re-election was a mere formality, the applause from more than 1,000 delegates, guests and commercial partners must surely have been a source of immense satisfaction and pride as he received yet more confirmation that all of his work for FIFA is so greatly appreciated.
Blatter’s re-election and the admission of Montenegro were both confirmed by a round of applause. Retired football star Dejan Savicevic, who is now the President of the Montenegrin association, thanked the FIFA family. The Football Association of Montenegro, founded in 1931, was for many years part of the former Yugoslavia, but the association has now been admitted as a member in its own right in the wake of Montenegro’s independence.
Almost all of the members of FIFA’s supreme body were present to witness Blatter’s re-election for a third term until 2011. The only absentee was the Kuwait Football Association. Following the admission of Montenegro, there were 207 member associations in attendance, although the associations of the Cape Verde Islands and Guinea-Bissau were not entitled to vote as they had not met the statutory requirements regarding minimum participation in FIFA competitions. Consequently, 205 associations had the right to vote, leaving the simple majority at 103 votes, and the three-quarter majority required for amendments to the FIFA Statutes at 154 votes.
One of the main points on the congress agenda was a report from the Task Force “For the Good of the Game”. The congress approved various principles and gave the Executive Committee the mandate to implement them, and with 204 votes for and none against, the congress also gave the go-ahead for the newly formed Strategic Committee to continue with the task force’s work. This committee will ultimately grow into an international football forum with key figures from all sectors of the game, including representatives of the players and the clubs.