Teixeira, president of the Brazilian Football Confederation for 22 years, will be sitting at that head table while two federal-police investigations into possible embezzlement proceed in Brazil and while pressure mounts on Fifa to release the names of its executives who are accused of taking bribes in the 1990s, of whom Teixeira has been alleged to be one.
On Thursday, after Blatter painted a picture-book ideal of Brazil – “a country of joy and celebration where football is the beating heart” – Teixeira released details of the 2014 host cities, having said in advance he would take no questions. However, Rodrigo Paiva, head of communications for Brazil 2014, said Teixeira had been under investigation for 20 years in Brazil and that Teixeira denies all wrongdoing.
SALVADOR, Brazil — Jenilson Dos Santos Conceição, 20, lay face down on the rough concrete, his body twisted, sandals still on his feet, as the blood from his 14 bullet wounds stained the sloped alleyway.
A small crowd of residents watched dispassionately as a dozen police officers hovered around the young man’s lifeless body.
“He was followed until he was executed right here,” said Bruno Ferreira de Oliveira, a senior investigator. “They wanted to make sure he was dead.”
From a veranda at Candyall Ghetto Square, a recording studio and rehearsal space for his percussion band Timbalada, the musician Carlinhos Brown appraised the contrasting worlds that define the neighborhood where he grew up.
“Poverty is not an excuse for anything,” Mr. Brown, 46, said on a recent gray afternoon here, his eyes shielded by a pair of oversize sunglasses. “Poverty is an opportunity.”
Mr. Brown — a singer, songwriter and percussionist who is one of Brazil’s best-known artists — once made music banging on the water barrels that he used to carry home to his mother, who earned a living washing clothes. Back then, his neighborhood, Candeal Pequeno, or Little Candeal, had so many fruit trees that a kid would go hungry only if he could not climb.
But as Salvador grew, Candeal (pronounced KAHN-djee-AHL), developed on what used to be a belt of tropical forest in the middle of the city, became so big so fast that it could no longer sustain itself. …