2008 in Brazilian football

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The following article presents a summary of the 2008 football (soccer) season in Brazil, which was the 107th season of competitive football in the country.

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A[edit]

The Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2008 began on May 10, 2008, and concluded on December 7, 2008.

Position Team Points Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1 São Paulo 75 38 21 12 5 66 36 30
2 Grêmio 72 38 21 9 8 59 35 24
3 Cruzeiro 67 38 21 4 13 59 44 15
4 Palmeiras 65 38 19 8 11 55 45 10
5 Flamengo 64 38 18 10 10 67 48 19
6 Internacional 54 38 15 9 14 48 47 1
7 Botafogo 53 38 15 8 15 51 44 7
8 Goiás 53 38 14 11 13 57 47 10
9 Coritiba 53 38 14 11 13 55 48 7
10 Vitória 52 38 15 7 16 48 44 4
11 Sport 52 38 14 10 14 48 45 3
12 Atlético Mineiro 48 38 12 12 14 50 61 -11
13 Atlético Paranaense 45 38 12 9 17 45 54 -9
14 Fluminense 45 38 11 12 15 49 48 1
15 Santos 45 38 11 12 15 44 53 -9
16 Náutico 44 38 11 11 16 44 54 -10
17 Figueirense 44 38 11 11 16 49 73 -24
18 Vasco da Gama 40 38 11 7 20 56 72 -16
19 Portuguesa 38 38 9 11 18 48 70 -22
20 Ipatinga 35 38 9 8 21 37 67 -30

São Paulo declared as the Campeonato Brasileiro champions.

Relegation[edit]

The four worst placed teams, which are Figueirense, Vasco da Gama, Portuguesa and Ipatinga, were relegated to the following year's second level.

Campeonato Brasileiro Série B[edit]

The Campeonato Brasileiro Série B 2008 began on May 9, 2008, and concluded on November 29, 2008.

Position Team Points Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1 Corinthians 85 38 25 10 3 79 29 50
2 Santo André 68 38 19 11 8 71 45 26
3 Avaí 67 38 18 13 7 71 40 31
4 Barueri 63 38 20 3 15 58 55 3
5 Ponte Preta 58 38 17 7 14 54 46 8
6 Vila Nova 58 38 17 7 14 57 55 2
7 Bragantino 57 38 16 9 13 47 41 6
8 Juventude 56 38 16 8 14 51 48 3
9 São Caetano 54 38 14 12 12 61 55 6
10 Bahia 52 38 14 10 14 47 65 -18
11 Paraná 49 38 14 7 17 49 54 -5
12 Ceará 49 38 12 13 12 52 50 2
13 ABC 48 38 12 12 14 55 57 -2
14 Brasiliense 47 38 13 8 17 56 64 -8
15 América de Natal 46 38 12 10 16 46 51 -5
16 Fortaleza 45 38 12 9 17 56 56 0
17 Marília 45 38 11 12 15 47 60 -13
18 Criciúma 41 38 11 8 19 40 54 -14
19 Gama 35 38 9 8 21 37 72 -35
20 CRB 24 38 5 9 24 35 72 -37

Corinthians declared as the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B champions.

Promotion[edit]

The four best placed teams, which are Corinthians, Santo André, Avaí and Barueri, were promoted to the following year's first level.

Relegation[edit]

The four worst placed teams, which are Marília, Criciúma, Gama and CRB, were relegated to the following year's third level.

Campeonato Brasileiro Série C[edit]

The Campeonato Brasileiro Série C 2008 began on July 6, 2008, and concluded on November 23, 2008.

Final Stage

Position Team Points Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1 Atlético Goianiense 29 14 9 2 3 35 10 25
2 Guarani 21 14 6 3 5 25 22 3
3 Campinense 21 14 5 6 3 19 20 -1
4 Duque de Caxias 18 14 5 3 6 27 31 -4
5 Águia de Marabá 18 14 5 3 6 20 24 -4
6 Brasil 17 14 5 2 7 17 21 -4
7 Confiança 17 14 5 2 7 23 33 -10
8 Rio Branco 16 14 5 1 8 25 30 -5

Atlético Goianiense declared as the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C champions.

Promotion[edit]

The four best placed teams in the final stage of the competition, which are Atlético Goianiense, Guarani, Campinense and Duque de Caxias, were promoted to the following year's second level.

Copa do Brasil[edit]

Main article: Copa do Brasil 2008

The Copa do Brasil 2008 began on February 14, 2008, and ended on June 11, 2008. The Copa do Brasil final was played between Corinthians and Sport.


June 4, 2008
Corinthians 3–1 Sport

June 11, 2008
Sport 2–0 Corinthians

Sport won on away goals after 3-3 in aggregate score.

State championship champions[edit]

State Champion
Acre (state) Acre Rio Branco
Alagoas Alagoas CSA
Amapá Amapá Cristal
Amazonas (Brazilian state) Amazonas Holanda
Bahia Bahia Vitória
Ceará Ceará Fortaleza
Federal District (Brazil) Distrito Federal Brasiliense
Espírito Santo Espírito Santo Serra
Goiás Goiás Itumbiara
Maranhão Maranhão Moto Club
Mato Grosso Mato Grosso Mixto
Mato Grosso do Sul Mato Grosso do Sul Ivinhema
Minas Gerais Minas Gerais Cruzeiro
Pará Pará Remo
Paraíba Paraíba Campinense
Paraná (state) Paraná Coritiba
Pernambuco Pernambuco Sport
Piauí Piauí Barras
Rio de Janeiro (state) Rio de Janeiro Flamengo
Rio Grande do Norte Rio Grande do Norte ABC
Rio Grande do Sul Rio Grande do Sul Internacional
Rondônia Rondônia Ulbra
Roraima Roraima Roraima
Santa Catarina (state) Santa Catarina Figueirense
São Paulo (state) São Paulo Palmeiras
Sergipe Sergipe Confiança
Tocantins Tocantins Tocantins

Youth competition champions[edit]

Competition Champion
Campeonato Brasileiro Sub-20 Grêmio
Copa 2 de Julho Internacional
Copa Brasil Sub-17 (Copa Nacional do Espírito Santo Sub-17)(1) Vasco
Copa Macaé de Juvenis Cruzeiro
Copa Santiago de Futebol Juvenil Grêmio
Copa São Paulo de Juniores Figueirense
Copa Sub-17 de Promissão Figueirense
Porto Seguro Cup Santos (June edition)
Internacional (November edition)
Taça Belo Horizonte de Juniores Grêmio
(1) The Copa Nacional do Espírito Santo Sub-17, between 2008 and 2012, was named Copa Brasil Sub-17. The similar named Copa do Brasil Sub-17 is organized by the Brazilian Football Confederation and it was first played in 2013.

Other competition champions[edit]

Competition Champion
Campeonato Paulista do Interior Grêmio Barueri
Copa Espírito Santo Rio Branco-ES
Copa Governador do Mato Grosso Araguaia
Copa Integração Icasa
Copa Lupi Martins Pelotas
Copa Paraná Londrina
Copa Paulista de Futebol Atlético Sorocaba
Copa Peregrino Botafogo
Copa Pernambuco Santa Cruz
Copa Rio Nova Iguaçu
Copa Santa Catarina Brusque
Recopa Sul-Brasileira Brusque
Taça Minas Gerais Tupi

Brazilian clubs in international competitions[edit]

Team Copa Libertadores 2008 Copa Sudamericana 2008
Atlético Mineiro Did not qualify First stage
eliminated by
Brazil Botafogo
Atlético Paranaense Did not qualify Round of 16
eliminated by
Mexico Guadalajara
Botafogo Did not qualify Quarterfinals
eliminated by
Argentina Estudiantes
Cruzeiro Round of 16
eliminated by
Argentina Boca Juniors
Did not qualify
Flamengo Round of 16
eliminated by
Mexico América
Did not qualify
Fluminense Runner-up
lost to
Ecuador LDU Quito
Did not qualify
Grêmio Did not qualify First stage
eliminated by
Brazil Internacional
Internacional Did not qualify Champions
defeated
Argentina Estudiantes
Palmeiras Did not qualify Quarterfinals
eliminated by
Argentina Argentinos Jrs.
Santos Quarterfinals
eliminated by
Mexico América
Did not qualify
São Paulo Quarterfinals
eliminated by
Brazil Fluminense
First stage
eliminated by
Brazil Atl. Paranaense
Vasco Did not qualify First stage
eliminated by
Brazil Palmeiras

Brazil national team[edit]

The following table lists all the games played by the Brazil national football team in official competitions and friendly matches during 2008.

Date City Opposition Result Score Brazil scorers Competition
February 6, 2008 Republic of Ireland Dublin  Republic of Ireland W 1-0 Robinho International Friendly
March 26, 2008 England London  Sweden W 1-0 Alexandre Pato International Friendly
May 31, 2008 United States Seattle  Canada W 3-2 Diego, Luís Fabiano, Robinho International Friendly
June 6, 2008 United States Boston  Venezuela L 0-2 - International Friendly
June 15, 2008 Paraguay Asunción  Paraguay L 0-2 - World Cup Qualifying
June 18, 2008 Brazil Belo Horizonte  Argentina D 0-0 - World Cup Qualifying
September 7, 2008 Chile Santiago  Chile W 3-0 Luís Fabiano (2), Robinho World Cup Qualifying
September 10, 2008 Brazil Rio de Janeiro  Bolivia D 0-0 - World Cup Qualifying
October 12, 2008 Venezuela San Cristóbal  Venezuela W 4-0 Kaká, Robinho (2), Adriano World Cup Qualifying
October 15, 2008 Brazil Rio de Janeiro  Colombia D 0-0 - World Cup Qualifying
November 19, 2008 Brazil Brasília  Portugal W 6-2 Luís Fabiano (3), Maicon, Elano, Adriano International Friendly

TBD = to be decided

Women's football[edit]

Brazil women's national football team[edit]

The following table lists all the games played by the Brazil women's national football team in official competitions and friendly matches during 2008.

Date Opposition Result Score Brazil scorers Competition
April 19, 2008  Ghana W 5–1 Marta, Cristiane Silva (2), Aline Pellegrino, Rosana Olympics Qualifying
June 15, 2008  Italy W 2–1 Érika, Maurine Peace Queen Cup
June 17, 2008  United States L 0–1 - Peace Queen Cup
June 19, 2008  Australia L 0–1 - Peace Queen Cup
July 10, 2008  Canada D 1–1 Raquel II International Friendly
July 13, 2008  United States L 0–1 - International Friendly
July 16, 2008  United States L 0–1 - International Friendly
July 24, 2008 Sweden Umeå W 2–0 Fabiana II, Cristiane Silva International Friendly (unofficial match)
July 27, 2008 Sweden Umeå/  Finland Combined Team W 4–0 Rosana, Marta, Pretinha, Cristiane Silva International Friendly (unofficial match)
August 6, 2008  Germany D 0–0 - Summer Olympics
August 9, 2008  South Korea W 2–1 Daniela Alves, Marta Summer Olympics
August 12, 2008  Nigeria W 3–1 Cristiane Silva (3) Summer Olympics
August 15, 2008  Norway W 2–1 Daniela Alves, Marta Summer Olympics
August 18, 2008  Germany W 4–1 Formiga, Cristiane Silva (2), Marta Summer Olympics
August 21, 2008  United States L 0–1 - Summer Olympics

The Brazil women's national football team competed in the following competitions in 2008:

Competition Performance
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Group stage
FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Quarter-finals
Peace Queen Cup Group stage
Summer Olympics Runner-up

Copa do Brasil de Futebol Feminino[edit]

The Copa do Brasil de Futebol Feminino 2008 began on November 1, 2008, and concluded on December 17, 2008. The Copa do Brasil de Futebol Feminino final was played between Santos and Sport.


December 14, 2008
Sport 1–3 Santos

December 17, 2008
Santos 3–0 Sport

Santos declared as the cup champions by aggregate score of 6–1.

Other domestic competition champions[edit]

Competition Champion
Campeonato Carioca Campo Grande
Campeonato Paulista Botucatu

References[edit]