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Stunning insight from FIFA president Sepp Blatter

Joseph Sepp Blatter

FIFA President Joseph Blatter speaks at the opening of the FIFA Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, May 24, 2012. (AP Photo/MTI, Laszlo Beliczay)

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Every time FIFA president Sepp Blatter says something that even borders on substantive, I think two things:

First, that the wheels of world soccer grind painfully slowly. We’ve been talking about goal line technology since … and we’re just now getting around to serious testing.

So anything Blatter or anyone else in a FIFA blazer might propose, no one should think it’s speeding down Implementation Street. Because it isn’t.

Second, I think: “Well, at least he’s not talking about improving women’s soccer through shorter shorts. Not again, anyway.”

So run it through the FIFA filter, but Blatter has noticed that penalty kick shootouts are a less-than-perfect method for deciding major championships. Good thing he told the rest of us; we’ll keep an eye out for that.

Blatter told the ongoing FIFA Congress in Budapest that “football can be a tragedy when you go to penalty kicks. Football should not go to one-to-one, when it goes to penalty kicks football loses its essence.

“Perhaps Franz Beckenbauer with his Football 2014 group can show us a solution perhaps not today but in the future,” Blatter said.

Oh, and how’s that Football 2014 initiative working out so far? Not so great, if we’re being honest.