(CNN)Meet Sepp Blatter. Still the most powerful man in the world’s most popular game, scandal be damned.
You could also call the 79-year-old Swiss national a survivor, after he clung to his job as FIFA’s president Friday. He won a fifth term despite a week marked by arrests, investigations in the United States and Switzerland and questions about whether he was the right man to rebuild the reputation of soccer’s governing body.
It wasn’t a slam dunk, and Blatter failed to get the required 140 votes in the first round of voting to prevail. (He got 133, compared to 73 for Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al-Hussein.) But with the writing on the wall — since Blatter would only need a simple majority of votes in the next round to win — Prince Ali conceded.
“I take the responsibility to bring back FIFA,” Blatter said, promising he would leave after his four-year term ends. “And I am convinced we can do it.”
Just how did Blatter survive?