FIFA President Blatter made a return to Hong Kong on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 April 2014 in order to help celebrate the Hong Kong FA's Centennial and promote FIFA's primary mission: developing the game.
Speaking in Hong Kong, the President also recognised people’s anticipation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, saying: “Football, with more than 300 million active participants, more than one billion fans, they are now waiting for this World Cup. It is in Brazil, it is a country where football has been, let’s say the best footballers of the world are from.
“It will be a great tournament. Be optimistic as we are optimistic, football is optimistic. Football is giving emotions to the world today in this perturbed world we are living in.”
During his time in Asia, the FIFA President also inaugurated the renovation of the Hong Kong FA’s Headquarters as part of the country's second Goal project alongside AFC President and FIFA Executive Committee member Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.
The pair also opened a joint FIFA-AFC regional development seminar in Hong Kong which gathered nine member associations from Asia: China, Chinese Taipei, Guam, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Macau and Mongolia.
"The development of football around the world and at all levels is the primary mission entrusted to FIFA by its member associations," said FIFA President Blatter. "I’m glad to have witnessed, together with AFC President Sheikh Salman, this fruitful development seminar in Hong Kong and met the participants.
"I’m also very happy to have paid a tribute to the work done by the Hong Kong Football Association in the last 100 years by attending their wonderful Centennial ceremony. The inauguration of HKFA’s second Goal project was another highlight of my visit. I’m sure that this project will enable the HKFA to further promote football. My thanks and congratulations go to all involved in the organisation of these events.”