José Maria Marin

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José Maria Marin
José Maria Marin
President of the Brazilian Football Confederation
In office
March 12, 2012 – April 12, 2015
Preceded byRicardo Teixeira
Succeeded byMarco Polo Del Nero
26th Governor of São Paulo
In office
May 14, 1982 – March 15, 1983
Vice GovernorNone
Preceded byPaulo Maluf
Succeeded byFranco Montoro
Vice Governor of São Paulo
In office
March 15, 1979 – May 14, 1982
GovernorPaulo Maluf
Preceded byFerreira Filho
Succeeded byOrestes Quércia
State Deputy of São Paulo
In office
February 1, 1971 – February 1, 1979
Alderman of São Paulo
In office
January 1, 1964 – December 21, 1970
Personal details
Born (1932-05-06) May 6, 1932 (age 86)
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Political partyPRP (1963–1965)
ARENA (1965–1980)
PDS (1980–1985)
PFL (1985–2000)
PSC (2000–2007)
PTB (2007–present)

José Maria Marin (born May 6, 1932)[1] is a Brazilian politician and former sports administrator who was the President of the Brazilian Football Confederation (Portuguese: Confederação Brasileira de Futebol, CBF) from March 2012 until April 2015. He had previously served as vice-governor and governor of São Paulo state and is a former football player.

Marin was arrested as part of the 2015 FIFA corruption case and was subsequently jailed for four years.

Early life and football career[edit]

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

He was part of the São Paulo squad between 1950, and 1952[3] where as a striker he scored five goals in the 20 games he played.[1]

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.[4] Marin joined the Brazilian 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 from his position as president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, whereupon Marin was appointed as caretaker president of the confederation on March 8, 2012.[1] After Teixeira resigned on March 12, 2012, Marin was appointed as the new president of the Brazilian Football Confederation and of the 2014 FIFA World Cup committee.[5]


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 put in his pocket one of the gold medals that he was supposed to hand over Corinthians players, as a result of which, goalkeeper Matheus Caldeira was left without a medal.[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 he became president of CBF, Marin called the episode "a real joke".[9]

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.[10] Herzog's 1975 death certificate was officially changed by court order from suicide to murder by torture in March 2013 after 37 years.[11]

On May 27, 2015, Marin was arrested for corruption charges in connection with the 2015 FIFA corruption case. The indictment under which Marin was arrested names 14 people on charges including racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracy. In addition to senior soccer officials, the indictment also named sports-marketing executives from the United States and South America who are accused of paying more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for media deals associated with major soccer tournaments. Other soccer officials charged are Eduardo Li, Jeffrey Webb, Eugenio Figueredo, Jack Warner, Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas, Rafael Esquivel and Nicolás Leoz.[12] Marin was subsequently banned by the FIFA Ethics Committee.[13]

In August 2018, Marin was sentenced to prison for four years. He was also fined $1.2 m and ordered to forfeit $3.34 m.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "José Maria Marin" (in Portuguese). Terceiro Tempo. Retrieved March 12, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  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. ^ "Ex-jogador e político, Marin foi acusado de embolsar medalha" (in Portuguese). Placar. March 12, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  4. ^ "Novo presidente da CBF já foi governador de São Paulo" (in Portuguese). RedeTV!. March 12, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  5. ^ "CBF tem novo presidente" (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. March 12, 2012. Archived from the original on March 15, 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. ^ "Son of journalist killed during Brazilian dictatorship asks for support to oust Marin from CBF". Folha de S.Paulo. April 2, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  11. ^ "Family receives new death certificate of journalist killed during Brazilian dictatorship". Folha de S.Paulo. March 16, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
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  13. ^ "The FIFA Case: Questions, Answers and Updates". The New York Times. 2015-05-28. Retrieved 2016-08-30.
  14. ^ "Fifa corruption: Brazil's Jose Maria Marin jailed for four years". BBC Sport. 22 August 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Danny Jordaan with Irvin Khoza
FIFA World Cup Chief Organizer
Succeeded by
Marco Polo Del Nero