Brazil federation elects new chief for 2015 succession

April 17 - Brazilian football has elected a new president - but not until after the World Cup. Jose Maria Marin will be replaced in 2015 by current vice president and sole candidate for the job, Marco Polo Del Nero (pictured).

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Uruguayan politicos backtrack and will continue to police matches

Uruguayan policingApril 3 - Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has backtracked over his decision to withdraw policing at domestic matches, a move that led to the entire board of national football federation resigning.

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Uruguayan chaos as FA board resigns en masse after fan violence

Uruguayan policeBy Andrew Warshaw
April 2 - Uruguayan football is in chaos just two months before the World Cup after the entire board of its national association resigned over increasing fan violence. FIFA has yet to comment on the crisis which could potentially threaten Uruguay's World Cup participation if there is no leadership in place to take the country to Brazil.

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Rosell cleared of liability in Brazil over marketing of Seleção friendlies

Brazil shirtFebruary 19 - Sandro Rosell, who dramatically quit as Barcelona president partly over an investigation into last year's signing of star Brazilian forward Neymar, is reportedly no longer facing unconnected allegations that he benefitted illegally from a friendly match involving the Brazilian national team.

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Brazil authorities chase Rosell for €3m from Brazil friendlies rights deals

Brazil playerBy Andrew Warshaw
January 27 - Sandro Rosell, who dramatically quit as Barcelona president last week over an investigation into last year's signing of star Brazilian forward Neymar, is still facing unconnected allegations that he benefitted illegally from friendly matches involving the Brazilian national team.

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Chilean club opens the Israel/Palestine feud on a different continent

Palestino shirtBy Paul Nicholson
January 23 – A Chilean fist division club has opened up the Israel/Palestine football debate on a different continent, but with the same entrenched political positions coming to the fore.

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Laureus sports awards cancel March 'Oscars' in Rio

Laureus sports awardsBy Andrew Warshaw
January 16 - In another blow to the image of Brazil's status as World Cup and Olympic hosts, the prestigious annual Laureus sports awards - dubbed the Oscars of sport and due to have taken place in March in Rio de Janeiro - have suddenly been called off.

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Brazilian prosecutors demand $2m over Recife ticketing shambles

Recife stadiumBy Andrew Warshaw
December 30 - Brazilian prosecutors want FIFA and the organising committee of last summer's Confederations Cup to settle $2 million worth of claims for alleged ticketing irregularities during the World Cup warm-up tournament.

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Fluminense cling on to Serie A status after Portuguesa appeal turned down

FluminenseDecember 30 - Fluminense have been spared the embarrassment of being the first team in Brazilian Serie A history to be relegated the season after having won the championship.

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