Brazil's cash-strapped clubs weigh up the creation of a breakaway league

3 October 2021

Vasco da Gama.
Photo: Alamy Vasco fans support their team during the Fluminense FC V CR Vasco da Gama Futebol Brasileirao League match at Maracana.

Previous attempts by the clubs to found their own professional league have failed. This time it might be different.

Three different consortiums have pitched proposals and prospective commercial partners to the clubs.

The majority of Brazilian clubs are struggling financially and desperately need professional owners.

The current generation of amateur directors could block fundamental changes that go against their own interests.

Samindra Kunti

From the concrete bleachers of the São Januário stadium, one can see Christ Redeemer and the sensual, Niemeyer-esque curves of the landscape that renders Rio de Janeiro a marvelous city.  

That splendor doesn’t apply to São Januário, once Brazil’s biggest stadium and backdrop to Getulio Vargas’ speeches. Today, it’s the home of struggling Vasco da Gama.

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