1996 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

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Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Season 1996
Champions Grêmio (2nd title)
Relegated None
Copa Libertadores
de América
Grêmio
Cruzeiro (Copa do Brasil champions)
Matches played 290
Goals scored 787 (2.71 per match)
Top goalscorer Paulo Nunes
Renaldo
(16 goals each)
1995
1997

The 1996 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A was the 41st edition of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, was played between August 8 and December 15, 1996. It had 24 teams and divided into two stages. In the first one, every team played against each other once. After 23 rounds, top eight clubs qualified to next stage, and the bottom two were supposed to be relegated, but CBF decided to keep Fluminense and Bragantino in Série A after the season was over. Final stage was played in elimination system with home-and-away matches. The club with better record during first stage had the advantage to qualify in case of a draw. In the end, Grêmio won their second championship in history based on this rule. They were defeated by runners-up Portuguesa 2-0 at Morumbi Stadium, but came back on second leg, winning by the same score at their home ground, Olímpico Stadium in Porto Alegre.

Standings and Results[edit]

First stage[edit]

Team Pts G W D L GF GA GD
1 Cruzeiro 44 23 13 5 5 31 17 14
2 Guarani 43 23 13 4 6 23 14 9
3 Palmeiras 43 23 12 7 4 42 20 12
4 Atlético Paranaense 39 23 12 3 8 41 28 13
5 Atlético Mineiro 39 23 12 3 8 39 32 7
6 Grêmio 38 23 11 5 7 42 27 15
7 Goiás 37 23 11 4 8 37 27 10
8 Portuguesa 36 23 11 3 9 32 29 3
9 Internacional 35 23 10 5 8 31 27 4
10 Sport 35 23 10 5 8 32 31 1
11 São Paulo 35 23 9 8 6 39 32 7
12 Corinthians 32 23 7 11 5 20 19 1
13 Flamengo 30 23 9 3 11 24 31 -7
14 Coritiba 29 23 9 3 11 25 30 -5
15 Vitória 29 23 8 5 10 32 39 -7
16 Paraná 28 23 8 4 11 26 30 -4
17 Botafogo 28 23 7 7 9 33 35 -2
18 Vasco da Gama 27 23 8 3 12 37 43 -6
19 Juventude 27 23 8 3 12 31 37 -6
20 Santos 27 23 7 6 10 26 31 -5
21 Criciúma 23 23 6 5 12 31 39 -8
22 Bahia 23 23 5 8 10 25 35 -10
23 Fluminense 22 23 6 4 13 26 50 -24
24 Bragantino 19 23 5 4 14 26 48 -22
Pts – points earned; G – games played; W - wins; D - draws; L - losses;
GF – goals for; GA – goals against; GD – goal differential
Teams qualified for next stage
Teams relegated to Série B 1997

Final stage[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                             
1  Cruzeiro 0 1  
8  Portuguesa 3 0  
   Atlético (MG) 0 2  
   Portuguesa 1 2  
4  Atlético (PR) 1 1
5  Atlético (MG) 3 0  
   Portuguesa 2 0  
   Grêmio 0 2  
3  Palmeiras 1 1  
6  Grêmio 3 0  
   Grêmio 3 2
   Goiás 1 2  
2  Guarani 1 1
7  Goiás 3 0  


Grêmio won based on their better record during first stage.

Campeonato Brasileiro 1996 Champions
Grêmio
2nd Title
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Top scorers[edit]

# Player Team Goals
1 Brazil Paulo Nunes Grêmio 16
Brazil Renaldo Atlético Mineiro
3 Brazil Túlio Botafogo 13
Germany Paulo Rink Atlético Paranaense
5 Brazil Djalminha Palmeiras 12
Brazil Aílton Guarani
7 Brazil Oséas Atlético Paranaense 11
Brazil Müller São Paulo
Brazil Mabília Criciúma
Brazil Leandro Machado Internacional
Brazil Rodrigo Fabri Portuguesa