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Warner has said his 35-member group will vote as a united bloc, and Blatter toured the region last week on official FIFA business.

Blatter’s letter opened with descriptions of a world affected by “natural and nuclear catastrophes,” financial turmoil and “political instability and revolution in many regions.”

“In these challenging times, FIFA needs first stability, continuity and reliability,” said Blatter, who was secretary general for 17 years before becoming president.

Shifting power to the six confederations, as bin Hammam proposes, would put “the football pyramid out of balance,” Blatter said.

“We do not need revolution within FIFA, but the continuous evolution and improvement of our game and our organization,” he added.

Blatter reminded voters that FIFA has organized 49 tournaments, including three World Cups, under his leadership and vastly increased revenues and spending, thanks to “the professionalism of FIFA’s administration.”

FIFA has distributed $1.6 billion in development payments since 1998 for a 57-fold increase in funding under Blatter.

Blatter said 194 countries have shared $262 million through the Goal project, which he created. The program has been administered by bin Hammam.

FIFA’s commercial income has risen 16-fold since 1998, and totaled $4.2 billion in the four-year financial cycle tied to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Blatter said.

In the past year he drove through extra payments of $550,000 to each member as a share of World Cup profits while also increasing FIFA’s reserves.

“As you will recall, FIFA did not have any reserves in 1998,” Blatter said.

Blatter pledged to intensify FIFA support for social, education and health programs, and promote the “universality of football across all countries and cultures.”

FIFA election rules require the winning candidate to get a two-thirds majority of votes cast in the first ballot, or a majority in the second. Suspended members, which currently includes Bosnia-Herzegovina and Brunei, can’t attend the congress in Zurich or vote.

Blatter closed by urging voters “let’s go for it _ together.”

“Football is my life, FIFA is my life,” he said.

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