Thursday 11 April 2019, 14:32

Presidents of Brazil, CBF and FIFA agree on football as tool for development

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and new Brazilian Football Association (CBF) President Rogerio Caboclo were welcomed in Brasilia by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday 10 April. They both travelled from Rio de Janeiro following their participation in the CONMEBOL Congress. The main topics addressed were the events being held in Brazil later this year, namely the CONMEBOL Copa America and the FIFA U-17 World Cup, and how to incentivise grassroots development.

"We explained to President Bolsonaro our wish to develop Brazilian football and take it to the next level economically, growing its contribution to the country’s GDP," said Caboclo. "The clubs need to create more diverse revenue streams, reducing the gap to European clubs. By doing so, we will be able to keep our players here for longer."

"Bolsonaro is a football fan himself and gave us a very warm welcome," said Infantino. "Having the presidents of Brazil, the CBF and FIFA all together in the same room, agreeing that football is a tool for social and economic development, was a great achievement."