Brazil Algeria Friendly In Algiers Falls Through Over TV Rights And Financial Requirements
The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) announced that the friendly football match between Algeria and Brazil scheduled for Nov. 14 "will not take place," according to Nadir Athmani of DNA-ALGERIE.com. The negotiations "hit an impasse" when it came to TV rights and financial requirements. The Brazilians had asked for €1.5M ($1.9M). The FAF released a statement that read, "The negotiations between the Algerian Football Federation and the English company that officially represents the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) have unfortunately failed. These negotiations failed notably due to the lack of an agreement when it came to TV rights, worldwide marketing and the exorbitant financial demands the company wanted" (DNA-ALGERIE, 9/29). Earlier in September, FAF President Mohammed Raouraoua had revealed the two sides were "currently negotiating" a deal and that he was confident the sponsors would guarantee the sum that had been asked by the CBF (SBD Global, 9/17).