Maradona recovering after major operation in Venezuela

Diego Maradona

November 16 – Diego Maradona, one of football’s greatest ever strikers whose career on and off the field has nevertheless been blighted by controversy, is recovering after undergoing a gastric bypass in the western Venezuelan city of Maracaibo over the weekend.

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CONMEBOL kill Datisa deal but promise the 2016 Copa America will go on

Conmebol HQ

By Ben Nicholson
October 20 – CONMEBOL has cut its links with Argentine sports marketing company Datisa, ending agreements that gave sponsorship and broadcast rights to Datisa for the Copa America tournaments, and in particular the Copa America Centenario scheduled to take place in the US next year, the first time the world’s oldest football tournament had been played outside the South American continent.

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2014 legacy: Corinthians battle to finish and fund Arena

Arena Corinthians

By Samindra Kunti
October 2 – Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht is planning to finally deliver the Arena Corinthians on October 16, but the stadium will not be complete. With a number of sectors and areas around the stadium unfinished, Corinthians have expressed concern, but have said they do not intend to open legal proceedings against the builders.

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