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Blatter to go for a fifth term

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has confirmed that he will stand for a fifth term in 2015.

The 78-year-old Swiss, who has held the position since 1998, had previously said he was unlikely to stand again due to health concerns.

But after a recent and rigorous medical check-up, he has been given the all-clear and will attempt to continue at the helm.

"I'm a candidate again. My mandate has ended but by mission is not finished," he told Swiss newspaper Blick.

Blatter retained his post for a fourth term in 2011 and the next election will be held in Zurich in June next year.

Despite a controversial reputation in Europe, Blatter has reportedly been assured of the support of the African, Asian and both American confederations, which would guarantee another election should those votes follow.

He previously told a Swiss radio station: "If the member associations asked me to be a candidate, I would not say no. I am in good health, I don't see why I should stop the work."

Current FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb and former deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne have both declared their interest in standing for the role, but have also said they will not stand in opposition to current incumbent Blatter.