For fans of Cruzeiro, November 13, 2013 will be remembered as the night their team clinched this year’s Brasileirão title with a 3-1 victory over Vitoria. But the date may have greater long-term significance for Brazilian football as a whole, and maybe even the country itself.
The origins of Bom Senso FC (Common Sense Football Club), a group of leading players seeking better working conditions for footballers in Brazil, were discussed in an excellent Tim Vickery article for ESPN a few weeks ago.
The movement, which includes former Fenerbahce legend Alex, Juninho Pernambucano, Gilberto Silva, and influential Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, is demanding a reform of the overcrowded football calendar, which crams the semi-archaic state leagues, the national championship, the Copa do Brasil knock-out competition, and continental tournaments such as the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sul-Americana together in an awkward, unholy mess.
The players also want a form of “financial fair play” to be introduced - in short, that their wages be paid on time, an often infrequent occurrence in Brazilian football...
You can read the rest of this article on the ESPN site here.