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Marco Polo Del Nero (born 22 February 1941) is a Brazilian lawyer and sports administrator. He was the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (Portuguese: Confederação Brasileira de Futebol, CBF), a former member of CONMEBOL's executive committee and of the FIFA Executive Committee.[1]

Marco Polo Del Nero
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President of CBF
In office
April 12, 2015 – December 3, 2015
Preceded byJosé Maria Marin
Succeeded byMarcus Vicente (interim)
In office
April 7, 2016 – December 15, 2017
Succeeded byAntonio Nunes (interim)
Personal details
Born (1941-02-22) February 22, 1941 (age 78)
São Paulo, Brazil



He is a Brazilian of Italian origins from Montazzoli, Abruzzo.

Del Nero was elected president of the Federação Paulista de Futebol in 2003 and re-elected for another term in 2010. On 22 March 2012, he replaced Ricardo Teixeira on the FIFA Executive Committee.[2]

On 16 April 2014, Del Nero was elected to replace José Maria Marin as president of the Brazilian Football Confederation in 2015.[3]

Involvement with FIFA ScandalEdit

In May 2015, Del Nero suddenly left Zurich for Brazil, in the wake of the arrests of several FIFA executives.[4] Del Nero resigned as a member of FIFA's Executive Committee in November 2015.[5] In December 2015, after being indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice, Del Nero left the presidency, leaving Brazilian Federal Deputy Marcus Vicente as interim president.[6] [7]

In April 2016, Del Nero returned as official president of the CBF.[8]

On December 15th, 2017, FIFA suspended Del Nero as the head of the Brazilian Football Confederation, as consequence of the FIFA corruption scandal. [9][10]

Del Nero has not left Brazil since May 2015, not even to follow matches of the Brazil national football team, nor to attend official obligations at FIFA or Conmebol. The appointed reason is the eminence of being arrested, just like his predecessor, because of the FIFA corruption scandal. However, he does not comment on the matter. [11]

On April 27th, 2018, FIFA handed a lifetime ban to Marco Polo Del Nero for taking bribes. He was also fined one million francs.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Marco Polo Del Nero - Brasil Archived 14 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine -
  2. ^ "Marco Polo Del Nero substitui Ricardo Teixeira no Comitê Executivo da Fifa". UOL. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
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  6. ^ "Del Nero pede licença e dá lugar a ex-presidente da Federação Capixaba". Globo Esporte (in Portuguese). Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Indiciado nos EUA, Del Nero pede licença da CBF e vice assume". Folha de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Del Nero volta ao comando da CBF após Fifa enfraquecer". Folha de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Football official Marco Polo Del Nero banned from all football activities for 90 days by independent Ethics Committee". 15 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  10. ^ "FIFA suspends Brazilian soccer president Marco Polo del Nero". Fox Sports. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  11. ^ "A lei do silêncio de Del Nero: confinado no Brasil por caso FIFA" [Del Nero's silence: locked in Brazil because of the Fifa case] (in Portuguese). El País. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Marco Polo del Nero: Fifa ban Brazilian FA president for life over taking bribes". BBC. Retrieved 28 April 2018.