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Ricardo Teixeira leaves as head of Brazilian soccer federation, 2014 WCup organizing committee
SAO PAULO (AP) ' Ricardo Teixeira resigned Monday as head of the Brazilian soccer federation and the 2014 World Cup organizing committee on Monday, ending a contentious 23-year stint in charge of the sport in the country.
Teixeira took a medical leave last week, but the Brazilian federation announced he was leaving for good to look after his health.
The announcement came in a letter of resignation read by the new federation and organizing committee president, former Sao Paulo Gov. Jose Maria Marin. Teixeira said he was leaving with the "sense of mission accomplished."
"It's not easy to preside passion. Football in our country is associated with two things: talent and disorganization," he wrote. "When we win, talent is praised. When we lose, it's about disorganization. I did what was within my reach, sacrificing my health. I was criticized in the losses and undervalued in the victories."