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Major Brazilian major clubs can't hire any stars. The reasons: incompetence and general bankruptcy.
Opinion by Cassiano Ricardo Gobbet.

Brazil isn’t capable of keeping it's stars any longer. Bad management, corruption and a complete abandonment of young teams promises to make this one of the most poor seasons of Brazilian football ever. All major Brazilian teams are selling their big names to pay debts and, in their places, are bringing unknown young promises from the interior of the country or hiring former national squad players who are near to the end of their careers.

Flamengo is the only Brazilian team which has announced major signings until now. Despite their debts of US$ 60 million, the club bought Paraguayan central defender Gamarra and Brazilian left winger Denílson. The Rio de Janeiro club paid US$ 5 million for Gamarra and had help from Nike to bring Denílson (his loan cost US$ 4 million for a year). The enterprise wouldn’t want to see one of their most valuable investments (Denílson is sponsored by Nike) hidden in the obscure 2nd division of Spain.

World Champions Corinthians sold one of its most promising players, the defensive midfielder Edu, to Arsenal, for a fee of US$ 9 million. The club is trying to sign players to rearrange the group, but the directors have already affirmed that the club won’t pay more than "US$ 2 or 3 million" for any players. The statement was made by the manager of Hicks Muse (Corinthians' financial partner) José Roberto Guimarães.

Behind the lack of investments, there are more causes than corruption and bad management. Brazilian clubs already know that the league of this year will probably cause deficits on club’s budgets. For them, signing an expensive player could be a short way to a deeper financial hole. The Brazilian league of this year, baptized "The João Havelange Cup", will have 111 clubs.

Brazil still have some of the best players in the world, but the arrogance of Wanderley Luxemburgo, the national squad’s coach, and a sea of mud in the Brazilian FA seems to be the grave of Pelé’s "beautiful game". By the way, Pelé always tries to keep distance between the directors of Brazilian football and himself. He didn’t lose the capacity to dribble adversaries.
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