José Marin reveals CBF are not responsible for organising Seleção friendlies
President of the Brazilian Football Confederation José Marin has revealed that all of the Seleção’s friendlies are decided by Arab company ISE.
International Sports Events (ISE), who are a key media player in the Middle East, own the rights to the organisation of Brazil’s friendlies until 2022.
Marin told Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo that he wants the Seleção to face strong teams, but his opinion does not matter.
He said: "I am most interested in the Seleção facing strong teams. I want to play against big teams. But it does not depend only on me.
"If any country offers to play with the Brazilian team, I can talk until I want, but I have to go through the Arab company which defines the selection of games."
The former governor of São Paulo also stated that ISE are currently negotiating a friendly against Iraq in October, following the confirmation of two friendlies against Portugal.
"I talked to the Federation president personally and we will have a game here in Brazil and another there [Portugal] next year. Just like the games with England," he added.
It was confirmed recently that Brazil will visit Wembley on February 6 before hosting England in Rio, as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations.
International Sports Events are also a partner to FIFA and own Confederation of African Football (CAF) rights.