Brazil have offered to back Sepp Blatter if the FIFA president decides to stand for re-election in 2007.

“The president of the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation), Ricardo Teixeira, has declared the organisation’s whole-hearted support for Joseph Blatter’s candidature,” said the CBF on its official website.

“Ricardo Teixeira has emphasised the excellence of Joseph Blatter’s administration at the head of soccer’s governing body. He is unquestionably the best candidate.”

Blatter was elected head of FIFA in 1998 succeeding Joao Havelange and he was elected to a second term in 2002 after a closely-fought contest.

In an interview published on the CBF website, Teixeira praised the efforts of Blatter.

“Amidst all the problems caused by the bankruptcy of the companies, in World Cup year, Joseph Blatter managed to lead the federation and consolidated it on the financial and administrative fronts,” said Teixeira.

“With one year to go until the cup, the job being done by FIFA gives us the complete certainty that the world’s biggest sporting event will again by a complete success.”