Brazilian league players protest World Cup schedule compression

Alexandre Pato is one of several high-profile Brazilian league players to protest 2014's schedule compression
Andre Penner/AP

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Seventy-five players from Brazil's top leagues have sent a letter to the Brazilian football federation complaining that next season's schedule - adjusted for the 2014 World Cup - requires them to play too many games in too few days.

The daily newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo said Tuesday that players usually play about seven matches per month, but the new schedule requires them to play eight or nine.

Among the top players signing the letter were Luis Fabiano of Sao Paulo, Alexandre Pato of Corinthians, and Dida of Gremio.

The Brazilian schedule is packed with state championships, the national league season and domestic cup, along with two major South American championships: Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.

League play in Brazil continues, even on dates set aside for international matches.

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