Football in Brazil has been going well in recent years, improved finances in the Brazilian leagues has meant the clubs have been able to keep hold of their star players and spend more money on transfer targets.
More and more players are deciding to at least prolong their stay in Brazil rather than moving to Europe.
Neymar is a good example of this, yes he may have left to Barcelona at the young age of 21 but this is much longer than a lot were expecting. He has been in the spotlight for many years and if Brazil had still been in the position it was ten years ago Neymar would have jumped ship and left when he first entered the spotlight. One of the major influences for him staying must have been the sponsorship deals he was receiving due to the new financial power of the league.
Football in Brazil is growing faster than some of Europe’s top leagues, however such a big growth is causing some concerning problems. Below we take a look at them.
This is becoming a real concern for some clubs in Brazil, a prime example is one of the most historic and well know clubs in Brazil, Flamengo.
The Rio based side agreed a deal to take CSKA Moscow’s Vagner Love back to Brazil but Flamengo’s inability to control their finances quickly shone through.
The deal was €9 million for Vagner Love to move to the Rio de Janeiro based club but his stay was cut short in January due to Flamengo being unable to keep up with the payments. Meaning the Brazilian had to return to his former club.
Flamengo is just one example of many, clubs are losing their best players to foreign clubs or more financially stable Brasileirao clubs. The league could become one where the more financially powerful dominate, a trend which has already set in Europe’s leagues.
This would take the magic away from the league, it is known for being one of the most competitive in world football. There have been six different winners of the Brasileirao in the past ten years, this unpredictability is hard to come across and makes football a much better sport.
If the debts were not enough, their schedule is one of the most criticized in football and they only have themselves to blame.
For those of you unaware a normal season in Brazil starts in January with the state championships which often last until mid May. The Brasileirao then starts at the end of May which runs all the way to December. The cycle starts again in January.
There is no significant break in Brazilian football, this will only be worsened this year ans the Brasileirao will have to be suspended for around five games in when the Confederations Cup takes place. Making the schedule even more demanding.
Next we have to take into account the domestic cups, the Copa Libertadores takes place in the first half of the year and the Copa Sudamericana in the second half.
It’s an issue that has often been criticized but the Brazilian Football Confederation seem content to ignore the situation
Logic would tell you that the state championships need to be removed, this will probably never happen though. As the Brazilian Football Confederation wants to keep its traditions.
Due to the debts of Brazilian football, clubs are now resorting to rising their ticket prices in order to raise funds.
Rising ticket prices are becoming a major problem in a lot of footballs leagues, but the problem is becoming serious in Brazil. Pushing the average worker away from watching the club he/she loves.
A ticket for a Brasileirao match can be anywhere between $23 and$186, the cheapest tickets at big games cost at least $70. Absolutely incredible when you consider the average working man brings in $600 a month.
This has lead to all time low attendance figures, an average of 13,000.
The Brazilian Football Confederation
With the Brasileirao facing such problems you would expect the Brazilian Football Confederation be extremely willing to help. But no.
Their president has been accused of being involved in Brazil’s infamous military junta regime. Also the Brazilian Football Confederation have been accused for many years of only helping Rio de Janeiro based clubs at the national side leaving the more rural clubs with little hope.
If the Brazilian Foottbal Confederation choose to help solve the problems of Brazilian football then the league could easily establish its self as one of the best. But that looks unlikely, and what shame that is.