Key appointments and decisions went his way, so no wonder Michel Platini was all smiles after the annual UEFA Congress.
For 2018, FIFA is looking to increase its World Cup allocation to 15 - up from 13 in Brazil.
The clubs will receive more money, but not everyone will be pleased with the deal between the European Clubs Association and FIFA.
Date chosen seen as another snub for European football.
Important for football that it does not stagnate.
FIFA president used to count on voting block, but members given free rein this time around.
Sepp Blatter is 70 today, the same age as Sir Stanley Rous was when he was voted out of office.
Sepp Blatter used to be able to count on the support of South America's old guard, but not any more.
Michel Platini is culpable, argues Theo Zwanziger, departing member of FIFA's executive committee.
FIFA president has nothing to gain and everything to lose from a televised debate.