New chief but few changes at Brazilian federation

TALES AZZONI AP Sports Writer Published:

SAO PAULO (AP) -- The Brazilian soccer federation has elected a new president on Wednesday, although little is changing at the helm of the organization.

Jose Maria Marin will be replaced in 2015 by vice president Marco Polo Del Nero, the head of the Sao Paulo federation and one of his closest supporters.

The 81-year-old Marin will remain as one of the vice presidents and will keep his post ahead of the local World Cup organizing committee.

Both Marin and Del Nero were close to Ricardo Teixeira, the embattled chief who ruled the entity since 1989 before resigning two years ago under a cloud of allegations of corruption and irregularities in his administration.

A member of FIFA's executive committee since 2012, Del Nero will remain head of the federation until 2018 at the least.