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Have we seen the last of Concacaf?

So we all might need to come up with a new phrase for "Concacafed," that word used when something goes wrong at the Gold Cup or when your favorite team has been the victim of a bad call in a Concacaf match.

Canadian Victor Montagliani, in his first term as Concacaf president, says the regional organization is looking at everything -- including a name change -- as it tries to break from the past, which included federal indictments against Montagliani's three predecessors, Jack Warner, Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit, and executives representing eight Concacaf federations.

"We're going to go through an exhaustive process in terms of both brand, just the logo itself, and if you are going to look at the logo you might as well look at the name as well," Montagliani, who was speaking at the Leaders in Sport conference in London, told Reuters. "Is it [the name] conducive to the brand, do we need to change so it's a little bit more slick? Obviously there has been some toxic waste there. But it's more looking forward..."

Under pressure from Federal authorities after a second major shakeup at Concacaf in five years -- Warner quit in 2011 after organizing a meeting of Caribbean officials at which cash handouts were made in an attempt to sway votes in Mohamed bin Hammam's bid to unseat Sepp Blatter as FIFA president -- Concacaf instituted a series of reforms and checks and balances that include the hiring of a chief legal and compliance officer, former Yahoo executive Guilherme Carvalho.

“In terms of corporate culture," Montagliani said at the conference, "we are a significantly behind but we are catching up."

Soccer's governance problems aren't limited to Concacaf. Blatter was suspended and later banned (for six years) as the corruption scandal hit FIFA hard.

In an odd way, Montagliani says the 2010 FIFA executive committee decision to award Russia the 2018 World Cup and Qatar the 2022 World Cup might have been a blessing.

Under intense scrutiny, widespread corruption was uncovered in the FIFA ranks if not overwhelming evidence of corruption by Russian or Qatar bid officials that might have prompted FIFA to pull the World Cups from one or both countries.

"I think that was the tipping point for things to happen," said Montagliani. "If Russia and Qatar had not got these World Cups, would we be in this situation now with an opportunity to clean the game? If England and the U.S. had got the World Cup, maybe we would've had status quo. Maybe the best thing that happened in football was Russia and Qatar."
4 comments about "Have we seen the last of Concacaf?".
  1. Wooden Ships, October 6, 2016 at 7:15 a.m.

    Absurd to believe that Russia and Qatar are silver linings.

  2. Kenneth Cabral, October 6, 2016 at 10:21 a.m.

    Here is a suggestion for a nme to replace Concacaf: AmeriCab

  3. Kenneth Gough, October 6, 2016 at 11:15 a.m.

    This can't be serious. Nothing wrong here that a name change and a little rebranding won't take care of?

    Name change or no name change, nothing changes until the culture of corruption changes.

    If England and the U.S. had gotten the World Cups, it would have been shown that FIFA was honest and well-run, so the status quo would have been quite acceptable.

    If this is indicative of the quality of CONCACAF's leadership, then nothing will change.

    Utterly ridiculous, in the literal sense of the word.

  4. R2 Dad, October 6, 2016 at 11:42 a.m.

    Northern America's Football Federation (NAFF)?

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