pproved its balance: the important numbers that the 72nd Ordinary Congress threwEric MurphyPublished 30 mins agoon 2nd April 2020By Eric Murphy

The 72nd Ordinary Congress of Conmebol was held at noon on Thursday through a videoconference, taking all the precautions and complying with the sanitary measures imposed in each country by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The conference started at 11 in Argentina (10 in Paraguay, where the headquarters of Conmebol is located), through video calls with the 10 member associations, and the media interested in its coverage were able to follow the live broadcast on the channel Facebook Watch, of the Conmebol.

The president of the Argentine Super League, Marcelo Tinelli, was the one who represented the AFA online in the vote. Also in attendance were Freddy Téllez (Bolivia), André Dos Santos Megale (Brazil), Raúl Jélvez (Chile), Álvaro González Alzate (Colombia), Javier Estrada (Ecuador), Carlos Sosa (Paraguay), Oscar Chiri Gutiérrez (Peru), Jorge Casales (Uruguay) and Jesús Berardinelli (Venezuela). The presentation was also followed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.

Notably Claudio Tapia, president of the AFA and vice president of Conmebol, was also present in a virtual way at the meeting.

The agenda covered the presentation of the report and the balance sheet until December 31, 2019, the presentation of the annual budget for 2020, with the aim of being approved by Congress, and the representatives of Conmebol before FIFA present their corresponding reports.

As you could know Infobae, he finance report de la Conmebol threw a significant growth of 146% compared to 2015. In addition, there was a equity increase of 30 million of dollars.

Always compared to the balance of four years ago, there was a total revenue of $ 509 million (146% more), with a 93% reinvestment (81% had been in 2015). Without bank debts, the total net worth reached is 156 million USD, with a 30 million increase.

The remote meeting was supervised from the Paraguayan city of Luque by the president of Conmebol, Alejandro Domínguez. “We are experiencing an unprecedented situation. A pandemic that threatens not only our health, but also our economies. Faced with this threat, safeguarding life and health has always been and will be the first for this institution. That is why we have taken and will continue to take all necessary precautions. We had the Copa América in Brazil with the highest call and highest collection. There is much that we have built ”, warned the soccer leader in the region, who highlighted the decision to anticipate money for the clubs that participate in the Conmebol tournaments.

The Deputy Secretary and legal director of Conmebol, Monserrat Jiménez, gave a speech highlighting some points of the management: “The Swiss prosecutor’s office requested collaboration from Conmebol to continue with a money laundering process that had begun against several leaders. With the documents forwarded, the The prosecution determined that approximately the sum of 16 million dollars corresponded to Conmebol. Therefore, today we have recovered that amount for South American football. Regarding the FIFA Gate, we can proudly say that to date we have recovered 529 thousand dollars”But it is a process that is still going on and we are working hard to get more money back into the coffers of the confederation.”



Health first while thinking of the future

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has stressed that no football match is worth a life and health remains the top priority, but that football needs to take its own responsibility to ensure the sport “survives and moves forward” in his address to the 72nd Ordinary CONMEBOL Congress.

“Football is not the most important thing, health comes first and should remain our priority until this sickness has been defeated,” the FIFA President said in his address from Switzerland as the event was staged by video conference owing to the coronavirus pandemic. “The world is facing new challenges and we have to stay together and work as a team. This is the lesson that football can give: to work as a team.”

“Tomorrow we all would like to see football again, but we don’t know when we will be able to resume playing and no one around the world knows when we will be able to play like before,” Mr Infantino said. “It is very important that football follows the instructions of the health authorities and governments, and it is very important that football gives a good example, because it’s clear that no match is more important than a human life. This we need to clearly have in our minds, while at the same time…working with confidence and thinking positively towards the future.”

“We have to look ahead and can’t remain passive as (the coronavirus) will affect us,” he added. “Both our world and our sport will be different once we return to normality. It is our responsibility as football administrators, first of all to ensure football can survive and secondly move forward once again. This is not only our responsibility but also our obligation.”

Mentioning that FIFA was acted immediately both to postpone matches and to support the World Health Organisation in various messaging campaigns as the coronavirus broke, the FIFA President also outlined that extensive consultation is currently taking place in order that football be prepared for the key challenges that lie ahead.

“On the international match calendar we have to look for global solutions to tackle these global problems in a spirit of cooperation and solidarity,” Mr Infantino said. “Everyone has different interests, but we must talk and put on the table topics that we perhaps didn’t discuss in the past. I am convinced that we will find solutions for the international match calendar.”

“On the legal framework, how can we provide help on contractual matters?” he added. “We have a task force which is already working and will be making proposals very soon in order to protect the clubs and players.”

In relation to financial support, he thanked the Bureau of the FIFA Council for its work of the past four years that has allowed world football’s governing body to be in a solid financial position and ready to tackle issues as they arise.

“FIFA stands for credibility, something that we couldn’t say some years ago,” the FIFA President concluded. “This is the new FIFA that we have created that works for the benefit of football and faces the problems. This is why we are now working to see how we can help. We will assess the damages, we will talk about this topic in another working group with the confederations and we’ll consult all relevant stakeholders, and we’ll answer by supporting football. This is the FIFA we all want. A strong and precious FIFA that makes everyone proud, because everyone is FIFA.”