José Maria Marin

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José Maria Marin

José Maria Marin (born May 6, 1932)[1] is a Brazilian politician, a former governor of São Paulo state, a former football player and the current president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) since March 12, 2012.


He was born in São Paulo.[1] His father was from Galicia and helped to popularize boxing in Brazil.[2]

Political career[edit]

José Maria Marin was city councilor in 1960, state deputy in 1970 and from 1979 to 1982 he was vice-governor of São Paulo.[1] He was governor of São Paulo from May 14, 1982 to March 15, 1983 as a replacement for Paulo Maluf.[3] Marin joined the Brazlian Labor Party in 2007.[1]

Brazilian Football Confederation[edit]

José Maria Marin was president of the Federação Paulista de Futebol from 1982 to 1988.[1] He was vice-president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, representing the Southeastern Region, from 2008 to 2012.[1]

Due to health issues, Ricardo Teixeira withdrew his position as the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, then Marin was appointed as caretaker president of the confederation on March 8, 2012.[1] After Ricardo Teixeira resigned on March 12, 2012, he was appointed as the new president of the Brazilian Football Confederation and of the 2014 FIFA World Cup committee.[4]

Football career[edit]

Marin was part of São Paulo squad between 1950 and 1952.[5] He was a striker, and scored five goals in the 20 games he played.[1]


On January 25, 2012, when Marin was vice president of CBF, during the medal ceremony of the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior, won by Corinthians, at Estádio do Pacaembu, he surreptitiously pocketed one of the medals, that would be handed to Corinthians player Mateus.[6] This act was broadcast live by Rede Bandeirantes.[7] The incident caused an uproar and was much talked about in social networks.[8] Two months later, when was enthroned as president of CBF, angry, Marin called the episode as "a real joke".[9]

On February 19, 2013, according to journalist Juca Kfouri, Marin would have stolen electricity from a neighbor that lives at the same building as Marin.[10]

On April 2, 2013, the son of murdered Brazilian journalist Vladimir Herzog petitioned for Marin's removal from the CBF and FIFA because of the speeches Marin delivered while a congressional representative in 1975 that praised Sérgio Fleury, who was head of the Department of Political and Social Order (Departamento de Ordem Politica e Social) during Brazil's military dictatorship, and for criticizing Herzog in speeches. Fleury has been accused of involvement in torture.[11] Herzog's 1975 death certificate was officially changed by court order from suicide to murder by torture in March 2013 after 37 years.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "José Maria Marin" (in Portuguese). Terceiro Tempo. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ Giancarlo Lepiani (March 15, 2012). "E a FIFA vai conhcer o novo velho rosto do futebol brasileiro" (in Portuguese). Veja. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Novo presidente da CBF já foi governador de São Paulo" (in Portuguese). RedeTV!. March 12, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "CBF tem novo presidente" (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. March 12, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ex-jogador e político, Marin foi acusado de embolsar medalha" (in Portuguese). Placar. March 12, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Vice-presidente da CBF é flagrado embolsando medalha" (in Portuguese). UOL. January 25, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Vice-presidente da CBF é flagrado pela Band embolsando medalha da Copa São Paulo" (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. January 25, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Dirigente da CBF embolsa medalha e rouba a cena na premiação da Copinha" (in Portuguese). Estadão. January 25, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Marin se irrita com polêmica da medalha: 'Uma verdadeira piada'" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. March 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Marin fez suposto 'gato' em casa que vale pelo menos R$ 3,2 mi" (in Portuguese). ESPN Estadão. February 19, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Son of journalist killed during Brazilian dictatorship asks for support to oust Marin from CBF". Folha de São Paulo. April 2, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Family receives new death certificate of journalist killed during Brazilian dictatorship". Folha de São Paulo. March 16, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Danny Jordaan with Irvin Khoza
FIFA World Cup Chief Organizer
Succeeded by