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Brazilian Football Confederation elects new president

Rogério Caboclo has pledged to create new revenue streams for Brazilian football after being elected as the new president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).

Caboclo, seen to be an ally of deposed CBF leader Marco Polo del Nero, was the only candidate in the election and will serve a four-year term in office, from April 2019 to April 2023. In December, Del Nero was provisionally banned from all football activities for 90 days by the Ethics Committee of Fifa, the sport’s global governing body.

Del Nero is banned from all football activities at both national and international level, with the suspension having been extended for a further 45 days last month. The decision to ban Del Nero was taken upon the request from the chairperson of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee carrying out the formal investigation proceedings into the official.

Del Nero is a former member of Fifa’s Executive Committee. In August 2016, the organisation’s Ethics Committee confirmed that it was formally investigating Del Nero, who was among a host of officials and executives indicted in 2015 as part of the US investigation into football corruption.

Del Nero had returned to his position as head of the CBF in April 2016 after having stepped aside for three months following his indictment as part of the ongoing probe into widespread corruption across the sport. However, the remainder of his current term is now being filled by Antonio Carlos Nunes.

Caboclo already serves as chief executive of the local organising committee for the 2019 Copa America national team tournament, which will be hosted by Brazil next year. Prior to assuming the CBF presidency, he will be the head of the Brazilian delegation at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Commenting on his election, Caboclo said: “Our management will be marked by two pillars: efficiency and integrity. Brazilian football is the most competitive in the world and our challenge is to make it bigger and bigger. 

“We need more international visibility, create new revenue streams, and optimise existing ones. We have, and we will find, recipes that allow our clubs to overcome the exchange rate lag in relation to the clubs in Europe. 

“Investing so that our young players stay here longer, investing so that the administration is more and more qualified and give support for our clubs to make modern and sustainable management practices.”