CNN sat down with FIFA president Sepp Blatter for an exclusive interview on January 11.
It's been a landmark year for FIFA, world football's governing body, and consequently a hectic twelve months for the organization's president Sepp Blatter.
In 2010 alone, the 74-year-old saw his long-held ambition for Africa to stage a World Cup come to fruition, while the decision over which countries would stage the 2018 and 2022 editions of the event were also settled.
A key tenet of Blatter's leadership has always been to move football into new territories, and by voting for Russia and Qatar to stage the event respectively, FIFA’s executive committee ensured new backdrops for the biggest show in world soccer for the coming years.
The Club World Cup - a FIFA-run competition for domestic sides - saw European champions Inter Milan defeat African hopefuls TP Mazembe to be crowned the planet's best by Blatter, marking a triumphant end to the year in Qatar for the Swiss administrator.
But though marked by success, 2010 was also a year of controversy for soccer's sentinel body. The question of goal line technology was raised once again at the 2010 World Cup. A legitimate goal scored by England's Frank Lampard was not recognized by the referee in a knockout game against Germany. This incident sparked calls for the introduction of a system that would finally help referees make the right decisions in goal line situations.
The voting process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids also proved highly controversial. Two reports from British-based media, The Times and the BBC, made allegations that two of the executive committee took bribes for their vote; both were subsequently suspended, fined and prevented from casting their ballot.
The England bid, despite gaining good feedback throughout the assessment process, garnered only two votes in the final count; a figure which further angered a bid team who felt their chances had been affected by the reporting of their domestic media.
The selection of Qatar as a World Cup host has also proved a talking point among football fans around the world. The country’s size and the June-July temperatures in the Middle East have seen the media and fans question the choice.
As a result Blatter himself says he now expects the 2022 tournament to occur in the months of November, December or January. A move that would be innovative - in as much as it would be the first World Cup to be played at this time - but that may well provoke opposition from the major domestic leagues of Europe, especially the English Premier League, who have a congested and lucrative fixture period during this time.
The job of presiding over the most popular game in the world is never going to be easy, but what do you think of Blatter's decisions in 2010? Add your vote and comment to the page before CNN's interview with FIFA's president on January 11.