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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Brazil football chief Del Nero explains Zurich exit, denies wrongdoing

Newly elected Sepp Blatter addresses the FIFA congress after winning his fifth term as president.

The president of the Brazilian football confederation says he left before FIFA's elections in Switzerland because of the turmoil created at home by the corruption investigation unveiled this week.

CBF President Marco Polo Del Nero, who was not indicted in the U.S. Department of Justice's corruption case Wednesday, says he returned to Brazil before Friday's vote to give "any necessary explanations" to local authorities investigating the confederation.

"It's a difficult moment for CBF. A time that...

Brazil's Santos complain to FIFA seeking money from Neymar's transfer

Neymar say they are owed more money from the 2013 sale of Neymar to Barcelona.

Brazilian club Santos say they are filing a complaint to FIFA against Barcelona and Neymar seeking compensation for irregularities in the player's transfer to the Spanish club two years ago.

Santos president Modesto Roma said on Friday that the company owned by Neymar's father is also named in the complaint.

Santos officially received €17.1 million for the player's transfer in 2013, but it claims that investigations in Spain later showed that Barcelona spent nearly €83.3 million to acquire...

Flamengo sign Peru striker Paolo Guerrero to three-year contract

Paolo Guerrero has joined Flamengo after a stint at Corinthians

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Flamengo say they has signed Peru striker Paolo Guerrero on a three-year contract.

The popular Brazilian club picked up the 31-year-old striker after he failed to get a contract extension with Corinthians, where he thrived in recent years. Corinthians are struggling financially and could not afford to pay the salaries being demanded by Guerrero.

Financial details of the deal with Flamengo were not immediately released.

The striker is one of the top players in Peru's squad that...

Nike denies knowingly participating in bribery or kickback schemes

ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell explains how the RICO law charges could impact FIFA's sponsorship support.
ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell explains how the RICO law charges could impact FIFA's sponsorship support.
ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell explains how the RICO law charges could impact FIFA's sponsorship support.

Sports apparel company Nike issued a second statement in as many days on Thursday, hoping to separate itself from the others listed in the FIFA indictment brought by the U.S. Department of Justice a day before.

After stating that it was cooperating with the government, Nike officials issued another statement Thursday night saying that "the charging documents ... do not allege that Nike engaged in criminal conduct. There is no allegation in the charging documents that any Nike employee was aware...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Brazil president promises benefits from probe; CBF chief returns home

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti and Shaka Hislop discuss the repercussions of FIFA sponsorships if Sepp Blatter is to be reelected, but both agree their stance does not change as sponsors are interested more on numbers.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said football in her country "will only benefit" from the corruption investigation centering on FIFA and other top officials in the sport, while the head of the Brazilian confederation has returned home ahead of Friday's presidential vote.

Rousseff's comments on Thursday come after Brazilian football was hit hard by the announcement of the investigation a day earlier, with some of its top officials accused of wrongdoing and a major sponsorship deal involving the...