Blatter arrived in Burma at the invitation of Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) Chairman Zaw Zaw. He arrived on Tuesday and participated in the opening of the Football Academy Training School in Mandalay. He also met with Mandalay Division regional military commander Brigadier General Ye Aung and Mandalay Mayor Brigadier General Phone Zaw Han.
Burmese football fell to the 161st position in the FIFA world football ranking in 2011, from 140th in 2009. The ranking is below other Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Cambodia.
Zaw Zaw, who became president of the MFF in 2009, is a business associate of key generals in the junta.
He a won contract for building international standard football fields and stadiums in Naypyidaw, which will be completed before 2013 for the South East Asia SEA Games. He also won the contract for building the football academy training centre in Mandalay.