Jose Maria Marin appointed new LOC Chairman
Friday, 16th March 2012 at 08:41am
Former Sao Paulo State Governor Jose Maria Marin has been named as the new chairman of the 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil Organising Committee (LOC) following the resignation of Ricardo Teixeira on Monday.
The 79-year-old former professional footballer and lawyer made the announcement himself at a press conference after he had read Teixeira's letter of resignation, giving up the role on grounds ofill health.
"We're going to work in partnership with two huge stars of the game, Ronaldo and Bebeto, so that Brazil continues its efforts towards hosting an unforgettable FIFA World Cup for our country and the world," Marin said.
Marin was a former right winger who played for Sao Paulo from 1950 until 1952 and was president of the Sao Paulo Football Federation for six years between 1982 and 1988.
He was the head of the Brazilian delegation during the 1986 Mexico World Cup and was also elected vice-president of the South Eastern Region of the Brazilian Football Federation in 2007.
Marin's appointment has been welcomed by Ronaldo and Bebeto, who join him on the board of LOC.
"I regret the departure of Ricardo Teixeira but we have to respect his decision to look after his health and family," said Ronaldo, the all-time leading goal scorer at World Cup finals.
"I've already spoken to the new chairman and we plan discuss all matters together and take decisions like in a collegiate body. I'm certain that this will be a smooth transition for all the LOC management team and for FIFA here in Brazil.
"The work of the LOC is progressing very well and all our tasks are being completed successfully.
"It's vital we keep our focus, as ahead of us we have the job of monitoring [the progress of] the stadiums, selecting National Team Training Centres and Official Training Pitches, as well as reaching important milestones like unveiling the Official Slogan and Mascot of the FIFA World Cup."
1994 World Cup winner Bebeto was pleased that someone with Marin's experience had been chosen for the role.
"I was pleased to hear the vastly experienced Jose Maria Marin say that he would consult with us [Ronaldo and I] in making decisions," said Bebeto.
"We cannot stall or slow the rate of progress. Brazil wants everything to turn out right. We're going to push on with our work and maintain unity within the LOC."