Any hopes the resignation of Ricardo Teixeira as the head of the Brazilian Football Confederation might lead to a wholescale change of the old guard in charge of South American football have been well and truly dashed this week.
First, Teixeira was replaced by 79-year old Jose Maria Marin, a one-time politician appointed by Brazil’s military dictators and who earlier this year was caught on camera pilfering a young lad’s medal at a football tournament.
Then, yesterday, Teixeira was replaced on FIFA’s executive committee by Marco Polo del Nero, the 71-year old head of the Paulista Football Federation. (See my Reuters story here.)
Del Nero will sit at FIFA’s top table alongside Nicolas Leoz, the 83-year old head of Conmebol, the South American Football Confederation, and Julio Grondona, 80, the man who has presided over Argentine football since 1979.
None of this bodes well for the future of South American football. The Jurassic age continues….