April 3 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said that “nobody knows” how football will have to change when it returns but that it is “going to be different”.
March 27 – Flamengo are chasing an upfront payment of the €1.6 million the Brazilians are entitled to for their participation in the group phase of the Copa Libertadores as they move to bolster their cash flow.
March 26 – Brazil’s union of professional football players (Fenapaf) has refused proposals by the clubs to reduce player salaries by 25% while the game is in lockdown in the country. Instead, the union and players are demanding 30 days of paid leave.
March 25 – Veteran full back and Sao Paulo captain Daniel Alves has criticised Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro over his handling of the coronavirus crisis.
March 23 – Acolfutpro, Colombia’s players union and an arm of FIFPro, has warned that local club presidents are using the outbreak of the coronavirus to pressure players into renegotiating their contracts.
March 20 – A number of Brazilian clubs have joined the fight against the corona pandemic by opening up their facilities to health services.
By Samindra Kunti
March 18 – The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has reported a record revenue of €174 million in 2019, in large part due to the FIFA World Cup payouts, TV rights income and sponsorship.
March 18 – Just like its European equivalent, South America’s flagship tournament, the Copa America, has been postponed from this year to 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
March 17 – The state federations of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo have suspended their state championships following the CBF’s decision on Sunday to postpone matches indefinitely.
March 16 – Following club protests, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has suspended all national football competitions for an indefinite period, but the state federations control the immediate future of state championships that dominate the domestic calendar until the end of April.
March 13 – FIFA has postponed this month’s South American World Cup qualifiers amid Coronavirus concerns. Conmebol had requested the postponement.
March 12 – South American governing body Conmebol has called on FIFA to postpone this month’s World Cup qualifiers on the continent due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
March 9 – Ronaldinho’s Paraguayan nightmare is not at an end yet. On Sunday, the local prosecutor said that the former player will remain in jail as the investigation widens to investigate potential other crimes.
March 6 – Flamengo, boosted by winning their national and continental crowns, are set to report a record revenue of 959 million reias ($208 million) in 2019, according to an internal club report that will be submitted to an auditor.