The president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Ednaldo Rodrigues, was removed from office on Thursday, following a court decision that invalidated an agreement that allowed his election. A new thunderbolt as the five-time world champions are going through a very complicated year, with Neymar's serious injury and three defeats in a row in the last qualifying matches for the 2026 World Cup.
"The body will have to hold new elections within 30 days, and, until then, the president of the Superior Court of Justice (STJD) will be responsible for the administration of the CBF," the 21st Private Law Chamber of the Court of Justice of Rio de Janeiro said in a statement. This court invalidated an agreement between the CBF and the Rio prosecutor's office, dating from March 2022, which allowed the election of Ednaldo Rodrigues as head of the confederation until 2026. The CBF, which did not immediately respond to AFP's requests for comment, will appeal the decision, according to Brazilian media.
In a letter sent to the Brazilian confederation on Thursday, Fifa warned that its members were "subject to sanctions" if their internal affairs were to be subjected to external interference. One of the consequences could be the exclusion of Brazil from international competitions, such as the Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia (12-22 December), in which Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of the European Champions League, Fluminense, is due to participate.
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The dismissal of Ednaldo Rodrigues, the first black president of the CBF, could also have an impact on Carlo Ancelotti's planned arrival as Brazil coach in June. Ednaldo Rodrigues was at the helm of the negotiations that the confederation said led to an agreement from the current Real Madrid coach to take charge of the Seleção at the end of the European season.
The Brazilian national team, whose next major event is the Copa America, played in the United States from June 20 to July 16, 2024, is currently coached by Fernando Diniz, who combines the duties of coach with his position as coach of Fluminense. Brazil have had a string of poor performances in the last two months in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, with a draw against Venezuela (1-1) and defeats against Uruguay (2-0), Colombia (2-1) and Argentina (1-0).