As the president of Brazil's soccer federation, Marco Polo Del Nero should have been here on Tuesday, watching his country's national team play out a soporific 0-0 tie against England in an exhibition match at Wembley Stadium.

Yet instead of exchanging pleasantries with executives from the Football Association in a suite high above the field, Del Nero was almost 6,000 miles away, at home in Brazil.

Even there, though, it would have been understandable if his focus was not on the events unfolding under Wembley's brightly lit arch, but instead on proceedings inside a wood-paneled courtroom in Brooklyn, where three soccer executives — well known to the 76-year-old Del Nero — are standing trial on corruption charges.

The stakes of the trial are high for Del Nero, who continues to maintain his innocence, but they have apparently done little to diminish his influence over Brazilian soccer. According to a high-ranking soccer official there, Del Nero is quietly planning to retain his leadership role atop the Brazilian federation, known by its Portuguese initialism, the C.B.F., by calling an election in April, one year before the end of his current term and two months before Brazil embarks on its quest to win a record sixth World Cup.

In court this week, Marin's lawyer, Charles Stillman, argued that while his client was the titular head of Brazilian soccer, it was Del Nero who called the shots.

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