Ricardo Terra Teixeira, President of the Brazilian football association since 17 January 1989, is set to continue in his post until 2015. Teixeira was reelected for a new term (2008-2012) at the assembly on 16 July 2007, but had already stated that his presidential mandate would be extended until after the 2014 World Cup should Brazil be appointed host nation. And that was exactly what happened.
The Peruvian football association (FPF) continues to focus on its infrastructure. The restructured and expanded gym¬nasium for its national players was inaugurated at its base at VIDENA (Villa Deportiva Nacional) on 24 March. The gymnasium, which has been extended from 60m2 to 160m2, is equipped with 28 state-of-the-art machines from world-leading Italian manufacturers which will be used for weight training, rehabilitation and endurance training. President of the FPF Manuel Burga emphasised that the gymnasium’s doors are also open to the country’s clubs.
The Ecuador football association’s Institute of Football Technology, a long-held ambition of Ecuadorian football, began teaching on 1 April. The institute is the country’s first training centre targeted specifically at coaches. The new director of the training centre is the Argentinian coach, Roberto Domingo Rogel, who enjoyed a long career as a player for Boca Juniors and the Argentinian national team, among others, and as coach of Velez Sarsfield and San Lorenzo. The training institute for coaches has been approved by the National Council of Polytechnic Universities as a Higher Institute of Football Technology and has been authorised to award higher-level qualifications. It is housed in the association’s magnificent headquarters in Guayaquil.