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BLATTER SEPPS UP: NEW FIFA PRESIDENT TO STAY THE COURSE

          Sepp Blatter "became the most powerful man in
     international soccer Monday when he was named president of
     FIFA, succeeding the retiring Joao Havelange," according to
     Mike Penner of the L.A. TIMES.  Both Blatter and his
     opponent, European Soccer Union President Lennart Johansson,
     "failed to garner enough votes on the first ballot," but
     Blatter was elected after Johansson withdrew before the
     second ballot.  Penner writes that Blatter's victory is
     "seen as a triumph for Havelange, a longtime rival of
     Johansson," while the "bitter campaign" between the two was
     "expensive," with the candidates reportedly spending more
     than $1M combined.  Penner: "Blatter, like his predecessor,
     is a controversial figure in world soccer.  He has proposed
     sometimes radical changes in the sport."  But Penner adds
     that the victory "could benefit U.S. soccer."  Blatter was
     "very impressed" by the '94 World Cup and "one of his chief
     supporters" was U.S. Soccer Federation President Alan
     Rothenberg (L.A. TIMES, 6/9).  NEWSDAY's Jerry Trecker
     writes that Rothenberg is "expected to gain additional
     international power and prestige" with the vote (NEWSDAY,
     6/9).  In N.Y., Jere Longman writes that "some believe"
     Blatter's win could increase the chances of the U.S. hosting
     another Cup, "perhaps as early as 2010" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/9). 
     Blatter: "I believe in the U.S.  I believe the kids of the
     U.S. represent its true future" (USA TODAY, 6/9). 
          BLATTER'S CONTROL: Blatter said he would "not deviate
     much from the path that Havelange created in making the
     World Cup the world's most widely viewed sporting event." 
     Blatter: "I am for continuity."  Johansson called Blatter a
     "puppet of Havelange's" and he campaigned for a "more open,
     democratic and 'clean' federation."  In N.Y., Jere Longman
     reports that Johansson did "not receive as many votes as he
     had expected from Africa" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/9).  In DC, Anne
     Swardson reports that once the head of the African
     federation freed his members to "vote as they wished, the
     way was clear for Blatter" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/9). 
          THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE: Johansson had said earlier that
     FIFA officials had been distributing envelopes containing
     $50,000 in cash "to officials of some national federations,"
     but he refused to say that was a reason for his defeat
     (WASHINGTON POST, 6/9).  Blatter did not deny the
     distribution of $50,000 in envelopes, but said "they were
     cash pre-payments of previously agreed-to disbursements to
     national federations" (INT'L HERALD TRIBUNE, 6/9).

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