The quest for absolute power in the upper echelons of Brazilian football has taken another twist, with Botafago confirming their intention to join the breakaway Liga Brasileira project.
The proposed renegade league would see the clubs take control of their own futures, as opposed to being governed by the Confederation of Brazilian Football (CBF), and that was something that appealed to Botafogo’s owner John Textor.
He told local media: “We are being asked: would you like to sit at the table with the biggest clubs in Brazil, the ones that are likely to continue to be leaders, the biggest brands in the country, when people think of Brazilian football? The decision is obvious.”
The likes of Flamengo, Palmeiras, Santos and Sao Paulo are also confirmed Libra partners, which will be financed by private equity sourced from companies like Codajas Sports Kapital. Now the question is how will Brasileiro Série A survive without them.