Ricardo Teixeira stepped down from his posts as head of the Brazilian football federation and the 2014 World Cup organizing committee on Monday, ending a contentious 23-year stint in charge of Brazilian football.
Teixeira took a leave of absence for medical reasons last week, but the Brazilian federation announced he has left permanently to look after his health.
The announcement came in a letter of resignation read by new federation and organizing committee president, former Sao Paulo Governor Jose Maria Marin.
“I leave the presidency of the CBF (national federation) permanently with the sense of mission accomplished,” Teixeira wrote in the letter. “It’s not easy to preside passion. Football in our country is associated with two things: talent and disorganization. When we win, talent is praised. When we lose, it’s about disorganization. I did what was within my reach, sacrificing my health. I was criticized in the losses and undervalued in the victories.”
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