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World Cup: FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he's open to a fifth term in office

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He may be 77 years old, but there's no stopping FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

The controversial leader of the world governing body told Swiss outlet RTS on Friday that he'd run for election again in 2015 if he's asked to.

"I'm not announcing now that I'm going to be a candidate, but if the member associations asked me to be a candidate, I would not say no," Blatter told RTS in Sochi, Russia, where he attended an International Olympic Committee annual meeting. "If I am in health, and actually I am in good health, I don't see why now I should think to stop work."

The FIFA head honcho was first elected as president back in 1998 and has been re-elected three times (2002, 2007 and 2011), surviving scandals, controversies and p.r. missteps.

Frenchman Jerome Champagne indicated he'd be interested in running for FIFA president, but only if his former FIFA colleague Blatter was in the race. Champagne's campaign platform includes some radical proposals to the rules of the game.

UEFA president Michel Platini has also been rumored as a potential challenger for Blatter's post.