Brazil rejigs calendar to make space for 2018 qualifiers but not Rio Olympics

Rio 2016By Samindra Kunti
August 28 - The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) have released the calendar for the 2016 Brazilian domestic season: the top-flight Brasileirão will come to a halt for the national team's World Cup qualifiers, but not for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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Flamengo blaze money trail for Brazilian clubs with projected €22m profit

FlamengoBy Samindra Kunti
August 27 - Brazilian football has been in a grim state ever since Brazil's unforgiving 7-1 defeat to Germany at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but slowly leading club Flamengo is showing the way forward with its sound financial management under chairman Eduardo Bandeira de Mello, resulting in substantial pre-tax profits.

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Bolivia to face audit as CONMEBOL braces for 'absolute change'

Juan Angel NapoutAugust 27 - CONMEBOL and FIFA are to jointly audit the finances of the Bolivian Football Federation, whose leader was jailed for alleged corruption.

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Globo leaves Brazilian TV rights door open and in comes a hungry Fox

Brasil-FS1By Samindra Kunti
August 21 - In 2015 Brazilian broadcasting behemoth TV Globo invested about €335 million in football and TV-rights, but its vice-like grip over football in the country is for the first time being seriously challenged by competitors, with Rupert Murdoch's Fox Sports at the forefront.

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In Brazil it is transfer business as usual, despite TPO ban

Neymar3By Samindra Kunti
August 18 - In December the FIFA's Executive Committee's approval to ban third-party ownership of player's economic rights (TPO) sent shockwaves through Brazilian football due to the prevalence of third-party arrangements. The early effective date, January 2015, had investors and clubs taken aback, worried with the possible consequences of the new rule, but what effect has the ban had so far on the Brazilian market?

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Romario and the €2m Swiss account that never was

RomarioBy Ricardo Setyon
August 12 - In Brazil former footballers becoming politicians is not unusual - Bebeto, Vampeta, Tulio, Roberto Dinamite, and even Zico and Pelé had their time as members of governments - but none have reached the heights of Romário, one of the best goalscorers the country has ever produced.

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CAS orders Paraguay's Olimpia to pay Ariosa 'moral damages'

Sebastian AriosaAugust 12 - A Paraguayan club has been ordered to pay compensation to a footballer whose contract was suspended while he was being treated for cancer, according to world players' union FIFPro.

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Hawilla and Teixeira at war as lid lifts further on South America's murky world

Teixeira and HawillaBy Ricardo Setyon
August 7 - They were best of friends but they have become the worst of enemies. Known in Brazil as 'O Gordo e o Magro', (the fat and the slim), former FIFA vice president and CBF chief Ricardo Teixeira (pictured left), and Traffic principal José Hawilla (right) have fallen out, and spectacularly so.

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Brazilian proposes a 7-1 'Goal to Germany' pain day

Brazilian painAugust 5 - A Brazilian council official is proposing creating a 'Goal to Germany' day every July to make the national team remember their humiliating 7-1 World Cup defeat last year.

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