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Less Than Two
Years to Rio
BRAZIL - SOCCER POLITICS
SEPTEMBER 2012
Brazil: Soccer Politics | September 2012
Introduction
When the king of Brazilian soccer politics, Ricardo Teixeira, stepped down from his
position as head of the Brazilian Soccer Federation in March 2012, he left a tremendous
power vacuum. In any given moment across his 23-year term, his removal from this
corner of the larger political ecosystem in Brazil would have caused significant
disruption. Yet Teixeira abdicated his throne just over two years before Brazil’s 2014
World Cup, leaving in his wake a complicated organization of moving political parts,
interests, influence, and power. In this report, Brazilian Soccer Politics, we present you
with a ground-sourced social map for understanding Brazilian soccer politics in this
critical time, less than two years from the 2014 World Cup.
Ricardo Teixeira’s departure was controversial, both publicly and privately. The media
had its way with his public profile, painting him as a corrupt, physically sick man.
Privately, the power strokes he made before leaving this position belied the moves of a
powerbroker assuring himself a sort of old politician’s retirement fund: one he will
collect over time in the form of political favors before his influence completely wanes.
His first move was to place his close confidant José Maria Marin as his replacement at
the head of the CBF – a man some sources argue was simply the next in line and not the
best man for the job. There were other actors inside the CBF who pushed to hold an
election, but Teixeira resisted. He assured his continued, albeit reduced, influence within
Brazilian soccer politics at the cost of a fundamental geographical shift in power from
Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo.
Under Teixeira’s leadership, Rio de Janeiro enjoyed the full benefit of housing Brazil’s
soccer federation in Brazil’s historically iconic city. Under the new leadership, Brazilian
soccer has aligned perfectly with São Paulo. CBF President, José Maria Marin, is from
Brazil’s economic engine, as is his deputy. So is the man running the Brazilian national
team. Naturally, with this geographic shift comes a shift in the politics of soccer, where
the men and women who run politics in São Paulo at the city, state, and federal level all
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have an increased interest, for a variety of reasons. These reasons and the men and
women behind them follow in the report below.
Finally, when introducing the politics of soccer in Brazil, we cannot forget the three
soccer players, heroes really, who play a public, vocal role in promoting Brazilian soccer
in general. As mouthpieces, these men sway public opinion. They are Ronaldo, Bebeto,
and Romario, who one source referred to as the “critic in chief” of Brazilian soccer. We
did not include them in our in-depth assessment, however, because our investigation team
agrees that their direct influence over the powerbrokers in Brazilian soccer politics is
limited.
In closing, we are confident that what follows is the only collection of ground-sourced
information available today on the men and women in Brazil who play a fundamental
role in the preparations for a major international sporting event. Their announcements,
meetings, appointments, and dismissals all provide an important baseline of information
for anyone monitoring 2014 World Cup preparations in Brazil.
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Soccer Politics: Influence Factors
After conducting our influence Powermap exercise Southern Pulse investigators in Brazil
have concluded that three loosely grouped sets of individuals influence the decision
making process at the highest levels of Brazilian soccer politics.
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The first set of individuals are those at the highest levels of the CBF itself as well
as those representing Brazil before FIFA, organized in the Local Organizing
Committee (LOC).
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Individuals who head state soccer federations and powerful soccer clubs, such as
the Paulista Futbol Federation (FPF), make up our second group of influential
individuals. These presidents are listed in a chart at the end of the report.
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The third and final set of individuals are politicians and appointed technocrats,
primarily connected to the ruling political coalition headed by the Workers' Party,
or Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT).
The focus of our investigation, José Maria Marin, is directly tied to the first set of
individuals as the current president of the CBF, having also served as the vice president
of the organization from 2008 until his recent appointment to the presidency in March
2012. Likewise, Marin has cultivated connections through his positions with the second
set of individuals, having been the president of the São Paulo Soccer Federation,
Federação Paulista de Futebol (FPF), from 1982 to 1988. Additionally, Marin maintains
historically close ties to the São Paulo Soccer Federation (SPFC).
Our Powermap target harbors connections with the third set of individuals as a long time
political figure in Brazil, serving in several political offices from the 1960s to the early
1980s. According to Southern Pulse investigators in Brazil, Marin still maintains
connections to leaders from that era, such as Paulo Salim Maluf, whom he replaced as
governor or São Paulo in 1982.
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Thought Marin has regained some respect in political circles since the early 1980s, we
assess that since 2007 his membership in the Workers Party (PT) is what most securely
ties him to the current political elite in Brasilia.
Southern Pulse investigators have determined that Marco Polo Del Nero is currently the
individual with the most influence over Marin. Del Nero has been a long time friend,
mentor and ally of Marin and has been identified as his most likely successor. Some
sources have even gone as far as to indicate that Marin has been temporarily heading the
CBF and setting up the right conditions for Del Nero to take over. As such, many believe
that Marin will step down shortly after the conclusion of the 2014 World Cup.
Recent shifts in alliances and changes in power in Brazilian soccer politics have been
attributed to the exit of Ricardo Teixeira from his position as president of the CBF and
LOC in March 2012, due to allegations of corruption and failing health. The power
vacuum left behind by Teixeira, who ruled Brazilian soccer politics for over two decades,
has created the opportunity for certain individuals such as Ricardo Avelino Trade to
suddenly have more influence over Marin and the decision making process. Southern
Pulse investigators have indicated that Trade, who with Teixeira’s daughter Joanna
Havelange replaced the old Soccer Politician as co-Director of the LOC, is known to be
an effective technocrat who may have Marin’s ear.
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Discussion: “Political Tells”
Southern Pulse takes a unique perspective on our Powermap exercise. We determine the
focus of the map, or the target, and then work through networks of sources on the ground
to determine first who is connected to the target and why. We then rate these individuals
based on their apparent ability to influence the target or, on a larger scale, influence the
subject of the Powermap itself, which in this case is the ecosystem of soccer politics in
Brazil.
These individuals, collectively, form a social group that we refer to as “political tells.” In
this case, a “tell” is someone who is in a position to use public statements or their social
network to influence actions made by decision makers at the highest levels.
For our Soccer Politics report, we chose to focus the current Brazilian Soccer Federation
(CBF) president José Maria Marin as we determined that within this ecosystem, he is at
the center of a wide spectrum of disparate groups of political leaders and technocratic
actors. The remaining individuals on the map are all in some position to serve as
indicators of decisions that Marin could make that affect the entire ecosystem of
Brazilian soccer politics:
Marco Polo Del Nero: Current President of the Paulista Futbol Federation (FPF), a
member the FIFA Executive Committee and a close friend, ally and mentor of José
Maria Marin. Del Nero is a likely candidate for the next president of the CBF. Any
announcements from Del Nero should be closely monitored as they could indicate
changes within the leadership of the CBF, particularly if and when Marin may decide to
step down.
Ricardo Avelino Trade: The current Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Operations
co-Director and a close advisor to José Maria Marin and Marco Polo Del Nero.
Although he is a co-Director of the LOC, Southern Pulse has reason to believe that he is
considerably more influential than Joana Havelange, also a LOC co-Director.
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José Aldo Rebelo: The current Minister of Sports, and a close advisor to the current
President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff. Announcements or decisions from Rebelo should be
monitored, as they present insight into the Federal Government’s participation in the
preparations for the 2014 World Cup.
Juvenal Juvêncio: The current President of São Paulo Soccer Club (FC), and a close
friend of José Maria Marin. Juvêncio was previously known to have a rocky
relationship with Marco Polo Del Nero, but now that they are on for the same team the
relationship has improved considerably. Any indication to the contrary could provide
insight into internal tensions within the CBF and between soccer clubs and state
federations and the higher levels of Brazilian soccer politics.
Andrés Sánchez: The current director of the Brazilian National Soccer Team. His
announcements could lend insight into the internal frictions between individuals in the
world of Brazilian soccer politics. Sánchez is known for his often acerbic and biting
commentary, as well as his long-standing friendship with the former president of Brazil,
Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva.
Ricardo Teixeira: Former president of the CBF who resigned in March 2012 amid
corruption allegations and ill health. Though not as influential as before, he still holds
power through his many connections and through his daughter Joana Havelange, one of
the co-Directors of the LOC.
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Soccer Politics: Powermap Core
José Maria Marin (Powermap Focus): Marin began his career as a striker for the São
Paulo FC in the early 1950s. He served in politics from the 1960s until the early 1980s.
From 1982 to 1983 Marin served as the governor for the state of São Paulo, taking over
for Paulo Salim Maluf who was seeking a congressional position at the time. With the
end of Military rule in Brazil, Marin left politics and returned to the world of soccer. He
served as president of the FPF from 1982 until 1988. More recently he served as the CBF
vice president for the southern region from 2008 until 2012 under Ricardo Teixeira and
his longtime ally and mentor Marco Polo Del Nero. Eventually, Marin succeeded
Teixeira with the support of Del Nero and other close associates in March 2012. There
are numerous rumors that Marin has been temporarily appointed as the president of the
CBF to clear the way for Del Nero. Additionally, there have been recent reports that his
health is failing, indicating the possibility that he may step down as CBF president soon
after the 2014 World Cup.
Marco Polo del Nero: Del Nero started his career as a criminal attorney, having studied
at the prestigious Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie. He became increasingly
involved in Brazilian soccer in 1972 when he became a board member for the Palmeiras
soccer club, Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras. In 1985 he was named to the FPF Sports
Justice Tribunal, and presided over that organism from 1988 to 2002. Furthermore, Del
Nero is the current President of the FPF, a position he has filled since 2003. However,
our investigators have indicated that he maintains a somewhat adversarial relationship
with the vice president of the FPF, Reinaldo Carnero Bastos. Del Nero was also the head
of the Brazilian delegation in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He has been a member of
the CONMENBOL Executive Committee since 2007, and was chosen to replace Ricardo
Teixeira as a member the FIFA Executive Committee in March of 2012. Del Nero, who
has close ties to José Maria Marin as a long time friend, ally and mentor, supported
Marin’s bid to replace Teixeira as the president of the CBF. Sources indicate that he is a
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likely candidate to replace Marin as the CBF president in the near future, and has
considerable influence in Brazilian soccer politics.
Ricardo Avelino Trade: Trade, a former handball athlete who has had ample experience
in administering sport events, has recently risen to prominence due to his involvement in
the organization of the 2013 Confederations Cup, the 2014 World Cup and the 2016
Olympic games. Trade worked under Ricardo Teixeira as the Executive Director of
Operations for the 2014 World Cup. He then became the LOC Operations Director,
taking over Teixeira when he resigned in March 2012. However, our investigators have
indicated that his loyalties may now lie closer to José Maria Marin and Marco Polo Del
Nero. According to our sources, Trade is a well-respected administrator who has
considerable influence over the decision making process, and may be closer to the center
of Brazilian soccer politics than his counterpart in the LOC, Joana Havelange.
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Soccer Politics: Most Influential
José Aldo Rebelo: As the Minister of Sports, Rebelo is the liaison between President
Dilma Rousseff and the CBF leadership. Rebelo has been described by our sources as a
skillful politician who is not afraid to rock the boat. Rebelo started out as a journalist, but
moved into politics as a member and São Paulo candidate for the Communist Party of
Brazil. He was the president of the Chamber of Deputies from 2005 to 2007, and is
known to be a close ally of the former president of Brazil Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva. As
a politician, Rebelo has been an advocate of populist policies including a revision of the
Forest Code. Reportedly he is a close friend of Katia Abreu, the influential conservative
senator for the State of Tocantins, whom he collaborated with on a Forest Code reform
project. It is worth noting, however, that Abreu and Rebelo are at opposite ends of the
political spectrum. President Dilma Rousseff appointed Rebelo as the Minister of Sports
in October 2011, to replace Orlando Silva, who stepped down amid accusations of having
received kickbacks. However, Rebelo’s political career has not been without controversy.
João Dias Ferreira, the member of the Military Police who brought the charges against
Silva, alleged that Rebelo’s brother, Apolinário Rebelo, had worked with Fredo Ebling in
the kickback scheme and had personally benefitted from corruption at the Ministry of
Sports. More recently, Rebelo was involved in a public spat with the FIFA Secretary
General Jerome Valcke after Valcke made negative comments on Brazil’s World Cup
preparations. In response to the comments, Rebelo called for Valcke’s removal, and
Valcke called Rebelo juvenile. Valcke later apologized. Southern Pulse sources assess
that Rebelo is close to Jesus Maria Marin and Marco Polo Del Nero.
Alexandre da Silveira: Silveira served as the personal secretary to the former president
of the CBF, Ricardo Teixeira, and is a known name in the world of Brazilian soccer
politics. He has continued in the same capacity as the personal secretary to José Maria
Marin at the CBF.
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Ricardo Teixeira: Teixeira is a name synonymous with high level soccer politics and
scandals in Brazil. He was born in a small town in Minas Gerais, and for 30 years was
married to Lucia Havelange. Much of Teixeira’s influence came from his former fatherin-law, João Havelange, the president of FIFA from 1974 to 1998. Teixeira was first
elected to be the president of the CBF in 1989 over the president of the Sao Paulo
Football Federation at the time, Nabi Abi Chedid. Teixeira was the leader of the CBF
during two World Cup victories, 1994 and 2002, and engineered the return of the World
Cup games to Brazil. Teixeira also created the Brazil Cup as well as the Champion Points
System. He remained as the president of the CBF, and as the most powerful individual in
Brazilian soccer politics, until March 2012 when he resigned due to ill health and amid
numerous corruption allegations. In the numerous corruption allegations and
investigations, including a Parliamentary Inquiry Commission, Comissão Parlamentar de
Inquérito (CPI), Teixeira was accused of laundering money through the CBF, of
receiving bribes and kickbacks, and illegally taking advantage of his position and
contracts the CBF had with major sponsors. Teixeira was also linked and tried in a
bribery scandal along with his former father-in-law, Havelange, for taking bribes from
the now defunct FIFA marketing firm ISL. Legal proceeding documents revealed in July
2012 that Havelange and Teixeira received as much as 41mn Swiss Francs from ISL
between 1992 to 2000. However all legal action taken against Havelange and Teixeira for
embezzlement stopped after they agreed to pay 500,000 and 2.5mn Swiss Francs,
respectively. Many of the corruption accusations against Havelange and Teixeira did not
reach adjudication due to a statute of limitations. Although Teixeira is no longer as
important or influential as he used to be, he is still well connected within Brazilian soccer
politics. His daughter, Joana Havelange, is currently the co-Director of the LOC, though
Teixeira’s fall has hampered her influence.
Juvenal Juvêncio: Juvêncio is the current President of São Paulo FC, and a close ally of
José Maria Marin. He has had disputes with, Ricardo Teixeira, Marco Polo Del Nero,
and Andres Sanchez, but his relationships with Del Nero and Sanchez have significantly
improved since Teixeira left the CBF. Juvêncio also has positive relations with the vice
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president of finance of the FPF, Rogério Caboclo. This relationship is important because
it has brought Juvêncio closer to the CBF leadership, since Marin recently appointed
Caboclo to the LOC.
Andrés Sánchez: Sánchez was the president of the São Paulo soccer club Sport Club
Corinthians Paulista from 2007 to 2012. Southern Pulse investigators have indicated that
Sánchez was the closest figure in Brazilian soccer politics to the former president of
Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Though José Maria Marin has referred to Sánchez as a
friend, there is evidence of recent friction between the two, possibly due to influence
from Marco Polo del Nero. In early 2012, Sánchez chose Mario Gobbi as the candidate
to succeed him as president of the Sport Club Corinthians Paulista. However, according
to our sources, Sánchez continued to play a role behind the scenes, and until June 2012
Gobbi opposed him over the naming of some directors. Since then, the relation between
Sánchez and Gobbi has weakened. Sánchez is now the director of the Brazilian National
Soccer Team, Seleção Brasileira. As such, Sánchez continues to be a very influential
individual in Brazilian soccer politics.
Paulo Salim Maluf: Maluf is a well-known São Paulo politician linked to the military
dictatorship era as well as numerous corruption scandals. Maluf was the appointed mayor
of São Paulo from 1969 to 1971; the appointed governor of São Paulo from 1979 to
1982—when José Maria Marin succeeded him; the elected mayor of São Paulo from
1993 to 1996; and, was elected as a Federal Deputy in 2006 and again in 2010. By all
accounts he is a controversial but well-connected politician within São Paulo. Though
Maluf is independently wealthy through his family’s companies, including the plywood
products giant Eucatex, he has been accused and linked to numerous corruption scandals
during his time in political offices. Most of these corruption scandals came to light after
investigators carefully examined Maluf’s record following his protégé’s financially
disastrous tenure as mayor of São Paulo. In 2003, a Parliamentary Inquiry Commission,
Comissão Parlamentar de Inquérito (CPI), looked into Maluf’s activities following
money-laundering allegations. In 2007, a New York City District Court indicted him for
money laundering, and in 2010, Interpol placed him and several of his family members
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on its Red Notice list, preventing them from traveling outside of Brazil where they could
be extradited to stand trial. Within Brazil, Maluf is not prosecutable for various
corruption scandals due to a Brazilian statute of limitations. According to Southern Pulse
investigators in São Paulo, Marin stands to loose from any additional public exposure to
his connections to Maluf, who by now could be completely irrelevant in Brazilian soccer
politics. For example, Maluf’s recent endorsement for Fernando Hadad, a PT candidate in
São Paulo, translated into a several point drop in the polls. Yet Marin has referred to
Maluf as a “good friend” in the past. If there remains any influence over Marin, it would
most likely happen behind closed doors, if at all.
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Soccer Politics: Influential
José Sarney: Sarney was the president of Brazil from 1985 to 1990, and has remained in
office in one capacity or another almost continuously since 1958. He is currently a
Senator for the state of Amapá for the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, Partido do
Movimento Democrático Brasileiro (PMDB). He is also the current president of the
Brazilian Senate. Sarney is one of the most politically influential individuals alive today
in Brazil, and owns several media outlets, a point our sources make when commenting on
how he can follow through on pressuring politics when he’s motivated to do so. His son,
Fernando Sarney, is currently a CBF Vice President, and seen as a possible alternative to
Marco Polo del Nero for the CBF presidency once José Maria Marin steps down.
Fernando Collor: Collor was the president of Brazil from 1990 to 1992. He resigned in
1992 to avoid impeachment due to influence-peddling charges. He began his political
career in 1976 as president of Brazilian football club Centro Sportivo Alagoano (CSA).
Collor has close ties to the media outlet Rede Globo, which heavily favored him during
the 1998 general elections.
According to Southern Pulse Investigators in São Paulo,
Collor, Paulo Salim Maluf, and José Sarney see in José Maria Marin an individual they
can use to earn money from the 2014 World Cup preparations. Our investigators have
indicated that Collor has been active towards moving closer to Marin. Though Collor
does not have any direct power over Marin, he has the capacity and motivation to seek
special favors behind closed doors.
Eurico Miranda: Miranda was the president of the Rio de Janeiro soccer club Vasco da
Gama FC from 2001 to 2008. Miranda is a well-connected individual within the world of
Brazilian Soccer politics and has worked in the administration of the soccer club Vasco
since the early 1980s. He also has connections in politics, having served as a Progressive
Party, Partido Progressista (PP), federal deputy for the state of Rio de Janeiro from 1995
to 2002. According to our sources, Aldo Rebelo disapproved of his successor, Roberto
Dinamite, having instead voiced his support for Pedro Valente. Miranda also voiced his
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support Joana Havelange when she was appointed to the LOC while her father was still
the president of the CBF.
Marco Polo Del Nero Filho: Del Nero Filho is the son of Marco Polo Del Nero. He is
currently a Marketing Director for the São Paulo soccer club Sociedade Esportiva
Palmeiras, under the direction of its current President Arnold Tirone. Though his father
has disavowed any involvement in current club politics, he is a heavy influence over Del
Nero Filho. Like his father, Del Nero Filho is a lawyer and was recently involved in a
recent legal scandal. According to our sources, the firm BWA was involved in a legal
dispute with the firm Galvão Engenharia over control of the redevelopment project for
the Plácido Aderaldo Castelo stadium, locally known as the Castelão, in Fortaleza. Del
Nero Filho, through his father’s law firm, represented BWA, which led to a conflict of
interest given his father’s position on the FIFA Executive Committee. Del Nero Filho
also has ties to the FPF, through his father and Rogério Caboclo, the FPF Vice President
of Finance and a member of the LOC. Having grown up in the world of Brazilian soccer
politics, he is closely linked to many of the big names such as Juvenal Juvêncio and
Andrés Sánchez.
Júlio César Avelleda: Avelleda is the current Secretary General of the CBF, who
replaced Marco Antônio Teixeira. According to our sources he has been appointed as a
temporary replacement, and is part of the “old regime” at the CBF. However, he has
remained in the organization despite the recent purge of Ricardo Teixera supporters, and
is reportedly someone who is focused on his job, regardless of the change in leadership.
Luis Fernandes: Fernandes is the Executive Secretary for the Ministry of Sports,
Secretário Executivo do Ministério do Esporte. Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo brought
Fernandes to the Ministry, as one of his closest advisors. Southern Pulse Investigators
have indicated that Fernandes is the individual behind the medium level decisions and
work at the Ministry—conducting the majority of important administrative work and
coordinating operations, as well as heading up talks with the state level federations and
with the CBF.
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Joana Havelange: Havelange is one of the daughters of Ricardo Teixeira. She is
currently a co-Director of the LOC for the 2014 World Cup, along with Ricardo Trade.
She was educated in business administration in the United States, and has worked in the
fashion industry as a handbag designer. She assisted in Beach Soccer World Cup events
prior to accepting position as LOC co-director. Southern Pulse investigators have
indicated that due to her father’s recent exit from the CBF, she is not has influential as
Trade despite being well connected and familiar with Brazilian Soccer Politics.
Havelange was appointed to the LOC before her father stepped down, which led to
numerous accusations of nepotism. While her influence is limited, José Maria Marin
has kept her in the LOC, despite pressure to remove her from the press.
Ariberto Pereira dos Santos: Pereira dos Santos is the current Treasurer for the CBF.
As the individual who signs the checks for the CBF, he is discrete and closely acquainted
with how the money flows within the organization. Southern Pulse investigators consider
him to be a strategically important individual for José Maria Marin and Marco Polo
Del Nero. He took part in the Soccer Parliamentary Inquiry Commission, Comissão
Parlamentar de Inquérito (CPI), in 2001, which investigated financial irregularities
within the CBF. Pereira dos Santos spoke out about the activities of the former president
of the CBF, Ricardo Teixeira.
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Soccer Politics: Less Influential
José Serra: Serra is São Paulo politician for the Brazilian Social Democracy Party,
Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira (PSDB)—the same party as the current
Governor of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin. He served as the mayor of São Paulo from
2005 to 2006, and as the governor of the State from 2007 to 2010. Previously he was the
minister of planning and minister of health under president Cardoso. He remains a well
connected and an influential PSDB politician—having been their presidential candidate
twice.
Gilberto Kassab: Kassab is the current Mayor of São Paulo. He has held the post since
2006, and he is currently in his second and final term. Though Kassab is an influential
individual, he will be effectively out of office on 1 January 2013. According to our
sources, he is a good friend of the Governor of the State of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin,
despite belonging to a different political party. Currently Celso Russomano, a
conservative candidate similar to Kassab, is leading the polls for the upcoming elections.
José Serra and Fernando Haddad are also candidates in the mayoral race for São Paulo.
Luís Paulino: Paulino is the current National Soccer Secretary for the Ministry of Sport,
Secretário Nacional de Futebol do Ministério do Esporte. According to our sources he is
in an influential position within the ministry. He holds a Ph.D in Political Science from
the State University of São Paulo, and is a member of the Confucius Institute for Chinese
language and cultural exchange.
Dilma Rousseff: Rousseff is the Current President of Brazil, and indirectly very
influential over Brazilian soccer politics. However, according to Southern Pulse
investigators, Rousseff does not deal directly with José Maria Marin, or the CBF.
Instead she uses her Minister of Sport, Aldo Rebelo, as a proxy to do so.
Wladimyr Camargos: Camargos is the Legal Counsel for the Ministry of Sport.
Previously, he was a professor at the Goiás Federal University, Universidade Federal de
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Goiás (UFG). As such, he is a close advisor to Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo on legal
issues. Camargos is also currently a member of the Executive Group on World Cup
Preparations for the Office of the Solicitor-General, Grupo Executivo da Copa do Mundo
FIFA 2014 do Advocacia-Geral da União (GECOPA/AGU); a member of the Working
Group of the Justice and Sports Ministry to Reform the Statue on Fans; and the
Coordinator on Brazilian Sports Justice Code (CBJD) reforms for the Ministry of Sport.
Katia Abreu: Abreu is a conservative Senator from the Social Democratic Party of
Brazil, Partido Social Democrático (PSD), for the state of Tocantins. Abreu is known to
be a friend of Aldo Rebelo, despite being on the opposite side of the political spectrum.
She collaborated with Rebelo on a Forest Code reform project, and is a politician willing
to negotiate. She is highly influential in the central and western states.
Sergio Aquino: Aquino is the current President of the Port Authority for the Port of
Santos is the State of São Paulo. Aquino has been pushing for investment in a
revitalization project for the port area for the 2014 World Cup.
Renato Rabelo: Rabelo has been the President of Communist Party of Brazil, Partido
Comunista do Brasil (PCdoB), since 2001. As the president of his party, our sources
indicate that he is close to Aldo Rebelo. They are often seen at events together. Rabelo is
a 70-year-old politician who has the respect of figures such as the current and former
presidents of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff and Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva.
João Zanforlim: Our investigators indentified Zanforlim as Marco Polo Del Nero’s
Attorney. According to some sources, he is Del Nero’s “errand boy.”
Jonas Donizette: Donizette is a currently a Deputy for the Brazilian Socialist Party,
Partido Socialista Brasileiro (PSB), in the Lower House of the National Congress of
Brazil for the prefecture of Campinas. Donizette is the leader of Sports Commission in
the Lower House, and directly involved in Brazilian soccer politics. However, he is
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currently running for the mayor of Campinas, so his current position will change in the
coming months.
Carlos Eugênio Lopes: Eugênio Lopes is a close advisor to the leadership of the CBF as
the Legal Counsel of the organization. Although Eugênio Lopes is not a mayor player in
Brazilian soccer politics, he is in a position of handling discreet activities for his boss.
Mário Gobbi: Gobbi is the current President of the São Paulo soccer club Sport Club
Corinthians Paulista. Gobbi became the president of the club with the support of his
predecessor Andrés Sánchez. Since June 2012 Gobbi has tried to become more
independent of Sánchez, whom according to our sources still had a lot of influence within
the Sport Club Corinthians Paulista. Gobbi has also sought to deal with large debts left
behind by his predecessor. Due to the importance of the soccer club and his position,
Gobbi has maintained strong relations with the government and the leadership of the
CFB.
Antônio Osório: Osório is the current Financial Director for the CBF. Our investigators
have identified him as a close advisor to the CBF leadership, but not a mayor player in
Brazilian soccer politics.
Geraldo Alckmin: Alckmin is the current governor of São Paulo, until the end of 2014.
He ran in 2006 as the presidential candidate for the Brazilian Social Democracy Party,
Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira (PSDB), but lost to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
He also served as the governor of São Paulo from 2001 to 2006. Alckmin, a devout
Catholic, has many connections within the Catholic Church in Brazil, particularly the
Brazilian National Bishop Conference, Conferencia Nacional Dos Bispos do Brasil
(CNBB). Alckmin is a close friend of the current Mayor of São Paulo, Gilberto Kassab,
despite belonging to a different political party. Alckmin is a powerful political force in
Brazil and has some indirect influence over Brazilian soccer politics due to his position as
a political powerbroker in São Paulo.
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Valdinho Jacinto Caetano: Jacinto Caetano is the current Extraordinary Secretary for
Major Event, Secretário Extraordinário para Grandes Eventos (SESGE), under the
Ministry of Justice. Previously, Jacinto Caetano was an investigator for the Directorship
of the Federal Police. According to our sources he is a well-connected individual with
close knowledge of all the security preparations for the 2014 World Cup.
Heitor Costa: Costa is the current President of the Rondônia State Soccer Federation.
Our investigators have identified him as a close supporter Ricardo Teixeira.
André Pitta: Pitta is the current President of Goiás State Soccer Federation. Our
investigators have identified him as a close supporter Ricardo Teixeira.
Vicente Cândido da Silva: Cândido da Silva is a friend and longtime ally of Marco
Polo Del Nero. Cândido da Silva is also Del Nero’s business partner in the law firm
Marco Polo del Nero & Vicente Cândido Advogados Associados. Cândido da Silva is
currently a PT Deputy in the Lower House of the National Congress of Brazil. He heads a
special committee, which produced the General Law of the 2014 World Cup (Lei
2330/11).
Delfim Peixoto: Peixoto is the current president of the Santa Catarina State Soccer
Federation. Our investigators have identified him as a close supporter Ricardo Teixeira
and José Maria Marin.
Sandro Rosell: Rosell is the President of Spanish football club FC Barcelona, and the
former President of Nike in Brazil. According to our sources he allegedly gave Ricardo
Teixeira’s youngest daughter Antonia a US$1 million “gift” when she was 11. Our
investigators have identified him as a close supporter Teixeira.
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