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Sepp Blatter calls himself the “godfather of women’s soccer”


Sepp Blatter believes he is the “godfather” of women’s soccer. What else did we really expect?

FIFA’s long-time president has been speaking to BBC World Service radio, in an interview which was broadcast on Thursday, about the upcoming Women’s World Cup in Canada this summer.

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In that interview Blatter admitted that the women’s game is still lagging behind the men’s game but that the 2015 World Cup could be a major turning point in its popularity.

“Women’s football must market itself. It’s a product and the product must have quality,” Blatter said. “Now it’s up to the ladies in this World Cup to show that it’s a great event because the television coverage will be done exactly like the FIFA World Cup.”

Blatter then went on to reminisce about his role in women’s soccer since he took charge of FIFA in 1998. It’s safe to say that Sepp believes he has been pretty influential in shaping the women’s game but admitted there is still plenty of work to do.

“I consider myself a little bit as a godfather of the organization of women’s football in FIFA,” Blatter said. “Women’s football is still limping a little bit behind. Men’s football should share with women’s football to get new partners for women’s football. It is not easy because the market is focused on men’s football.”

This kind of comment from Blatter, 79, may be used to remind everyone out there exactly what he has achieved during his 17 years in charge of world soccer’s governing body. In case you had forgotten, Blatter is the favorite to be re-elected for a fifth-term as FIFA’s president on May 29 during its presidential elections in Zurich.

Also, in case you had forgot, Blatter previously said things like “any ladies in this room? Say something ladies! You are always speaking at home. Now you can speak here,” during a FIFA congress in Mauritius in 2013 and was correctly lambasted for his sexist comments. Sure, Blatter and FIFA has done a lot to improve the women’s game and that will be evident this summer in Canada as the largest-ever Women’s World Cup will take place with 24 teams competing for the first time.

But should he walk around calling himself the “godfather” of women’s soccer at FIFA? Probably not. Then again, Sepp usually does what he wants...

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