Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

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Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A logo.png
Country  Brazil
Confederation Brazilian Football Confederation
Founded August 23, 1959;[1]
56 years ago[2]
Number of teams 20 (from 2006)
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Série B
Domestic cup(s) Copa do Brasil
International cup(s) Copa Libertadores
Copa Sudamericana
Current champions Palmeiras (9th title)
(2016 season)
Most championships Palmeiras
(9 titles)
Most capped player Rogério Ceni (575)[3]
Top goalscorer Roberto Dinamite (190)
TV partners Globo & SporTV (live matches)
Premiere FC (matches in PPV)
Fox Sports (highlights and
tape-delayed matches)
Website Official website
2016 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

The Campeonato Brasileiro Série A (Brazilian Portuguese: [kãmpjoˈnatu braziˈlejɾu ˈsɛɾii ˈa]), commonly referred to as Campeonato Brasileiro and popularly as Brasileirão (Brazilian Portuguese: [brazilejˈɾãw]), is a Brazilian professional league for men's football clubs. At the top of the Brazilian football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. It is currently sponsored by Chevrolet and thus officially known as the Brasileirão Chevrolet.[4]

Due to historical peculiarities and the large geographical size of the country, Brazil has a relatively short history of nationwide football competitions. Only in 1959, with the advancements in civil aviation and air transport and the need to appoint a Brazilian representative to the first edition of the Copa Libertadores was a nationwide tournament created, Taça Brasil. In 1967, the Torneio Rio-São Paulo was expanded to include teams from other states, becoming the Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa, which was also considered a national tournament. The first Campeonato Brasileiro with that name was held in 1989. Priorly, only the editions held post-1971 were regarded as Campeonato Brasileiro. In 2010, the national tournaments from 1959 and 1970 – Taça Brasil and Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa – were unified by the Brazilian Football Confederation in the Brazilian championship history.[5]

The Campeonato Brasileiro is one of the strongest leagues in the world; it contains the most club world champions titles, with 10 championships won among six clubs, and the second-most Copa Libertadores titles, with 17 titles won among 10 clubs. The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) ranked the league fourth in strength for the 2001–12 period after the Premier League (England), La Liga (Spain), and Serie A (Italy).[6] The Campeonato Brasileiro is the most-watched football league in the Americas and one of the world's most exposed, broadcast in 155 nations. It is also one of the world's richest championships, ranked as the sixth most valuable with a worth of over US$1.43 billion, generating an annual turnover of over US$1.17 billion in 2012.

Since 1959, a total of 156 clubs have played in the Campeonato Brasileiro.[citation needed] 17 clubs have been crowned Brazilian football champions, 12 of which have won the title more than once. Palmeiras is the most successful club of the Campeonato Brasileiro, having won the competition nine times including the most recent edition (2016), followed by Santos with eight titles, São Paulo and Corinthians with six titles each. Santos' Os Santásticos, considered by some the best Brazilian club team of all times, won five consecutive titles between 1961 and 1965, a feat that remains unequaled until today. The State of São Paulo is the most successful state, amassing 28 titles among five clubs. The reigning Brazilian champions are Corinthians, who won their sixth title during the 2015 season.

History[edit]

Genesis[edit]

Palestra Itália's 1933 squad were the first winners of Torneio Rio-São Paulo.

As Brazilian football became more established in the 1920s, interest in interstate competition grew. The first of these competitions, the Campeonato Brasileiro de Seleções Estaduais, was first disputed in 1922 which brought together state football teams; the inaugural winner of the competition was São Paulo. Citing the difficulties in bringing together players from various clubs, clubs from the Rio de Janeiro Federal District and São Paulo opted to pit their best clubs against each other instead. The Torneio Rio-São Paulo, first disputed in 1933 and seeing further editions canceled due to low interest, became the optimal choice of interstate tournaments. This led the State Football team competition, a tournament that was disputed almost uninterrupted until 1950, lose much of its prestige. Five more editions later, the competition was scrapped with a celebratory one being disputed in 1987.[citation needed]

The Torneio Rio-São Paulo's, whose inaugural winners were Palestra Itália, kicked of again in 1950 with Corinthians winning the title. Five more Paulista sides won the competition afterwards until Fluminense broke São Paulo's streak in 1957. Vasco's Expresso da Vitória added a second title to Rio in 1958. That same year, the South American football confederation approved the creation of the Copa Libertadores, a competition for the national champions of each South American league. In light of this, the Brazilian Football Confederation created a competition that brought every Brazilian state champion to compete for a national tournament, being named Taça Brasil de Futebol.[citation needed]

Beginnings: Os Santásticos' legacy (1959–1970)[edit]

The Taça Brasil trophy.

The 1959 Taça Brasil, the first national club competition in the nation, had 16 participants. The final series between Santos and Bahia needed a tie-breaking playoff to decide the title with Bahia winning. The second edition of the competition saw Bahia dethroned by Fortaleza in the second stage. Fortaleza would go on to reach the final only to be defeated by Palmeiras.[citation needed]

Santos became the first club to retain the Brazilian national title in 1962, defeating Botafogo 5-0 in front of 70,324 spectators at the Maracanã Stadium.[citation needed] Os Santásticos managed to win their third, consecutive title after defeating Bahia, this time with an 8-0 aggregate with Pelé responsible for four of those goals. A hat-trick from Pelé helped Santos defeat Flamengo 4-1 in the first leg of the 1964 Taça Brasil final at the Pacaembu Stadium. Santos was able to grind out a 0-0 draw in Rio de Janeiro, retaining the trophy again. Santos' record Pentacampeonato was achieved in 1965. With a brace from Dorval and Toninho, Santos ran out the winners on both legs of the final against a talented Vasco squad composed of young prospects, winning 6-1 on aggregate. Santos reached their sixth consecutive final in 1966; however, they fell short as Cruzeiro thumped Santos 9-4 on aggregate.[citation needed]

The World Cup of which I have the most painful memories of was that of 1966, played in England, in which Pelé was savagely kicked out by the Portuguese players (which none of them, I suspect, didn't even get warned). Seeing him leave the field injured, I felt the competition had lost its appeal.

Enrique Meza, Mexico national football team's manager, 2000–2001, commenting on the violent method European teams eliminated Brazil and "stopped" Pelé at the 1966 FIFA World Cup; Nexos, January 6, 1998.[7]

As a result of the violence practiced often in the Copa Libertadores by Argentine and Uruguayan clubs,[8] disagreements with CONMEBOL, the lack of financial incentives and the violent, brutal and controversial way the Brazilian national team was treated in the 1966 FIFA World Cup by European teams, Brazilian football, including its clubs, declined to participate in international competition, including the Copa Libertadores and, ergo, the European/South American Cup, from 1966 to 1970; the 1966, 1969 and 1970 editions saw no Brazilian teams participating while Santos declined to participate in 1967.[9]

In order to take advantage of the exposure its clubs had, the Rio-São Paulo was expanded to include teams from the other states. The Rio-São Paulo started being called by its official name, Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa (after the late Roberto Gomes Pedrosa, former president of the São Paulo state football federation who was also goalkeeper of São Paulo FC), nicknamed 'Robertão', to showcase this expanded nature to a nationwide tournament in the 1967 edition. The following year, the delay in closing the 1968 Taça Brasil made CBD use the Robertão to determine the Libertadores representants. With the extinction of the Taça Brasil, the Robertão, officially named by CBD as "Taça de Prata" (Silver Cup) remained the top Brazilian championship the following two years.[10]

The Brasileirão's establishment (1971–1980)[edit]

Following Brazil's third world title at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, president Emílio Médici decided to organize the Brazilian football better. In a reunion with the CBD and the club presidents in October 1970, it was decided to create the following year a true Brazilian championship contested by twenty teams, inspired by the national tournaments in the European nations. The first edition of the Campeonato Brasileiro, named "Campeonato Nacional" ("National Championship"), was held in 1971.[11] The top division was named "Divisão Extra" (Extra Division), while a newly created second division earned the "Primeira Divisão" (First Division) name.[12]

In 1979, all big clubs from São Paulo, except Palmeiras, withdrew from the competition. They protested against the odd system of tier qualification, which made their rivals, Palmeiras and Guarani, enter only in the final phase (due to their being previous-year finalists) and also asked for the same privileges. Guarani finished in the top 12, while playing only 3 games, and Palmeiras finished third, despite playing only 5 games, in a tournament with 96 entrants.[citation needed]

A Tempestuous decade (1981–1990)[edit]

Illustration of Taça das Bolinhas, the CBF Brazilian Championship old trophy.

In 1984, Juventus, a small club from São Paulo, managed to qualify for the Série A. Participants during that year could be promoted from and relegated to Série B in the middle of the tournament. Juventus thus started the tournament in the premiership, was relegated in the middle of the tournament, but eventually managed to clinch the Série B title.[citation needed]

In 1987, the CBF announced it was not able to organize the Brazilian football championship, a mere few weeks before it was scheduled to begin. As a result, the thirteen most popular football clubs in Brazil created a league, The Clube dos 13, to organize a championship of their own. This tournament was called Copa União and was run by the 16 clubs that eventually took part in it (Santa Cruz, Coritiba and Goiás were invited to join). The CBF initially stood by the Club of the 13 decision. However, weeks later, with the competition already underway, and under pressure from football clubs excluded from the Copa União, the CBF adopted a new set of rules, which considered the Copa União part of a larger tournament, comprising another 16 teams. According to that new set of rules, the Copa União would be dubbed the Green Module of the CBF championship, whereas the other 16 teams would play the Yellow Module. In the end, the first two teams of each Module would play each other to define the national champions and the two teams that would represent Brazil in the Copa Libertadores in 1988. However, that new set of rules was never recognized by the Club of the 13 and largely ignored by most of the Brazilian media, who concentrated their attention in the independent league, eventually won by Clube de Regatas do Flamengo. The eventual final which was set to be Sport Club of Recife vs Flamengo never materialized, with Flamengo refusing to partake in the final. As a result, Sport won the Championship for 1987 and went on to represent Brazil in the Copa Libertadores in 1988. Although Flamengo has attempted to gain ownership of the championship multiple times through the justice system, Sport remains recognized by both CBF and FIFA as 1987 Champions.[citation needed]

In 1999, an average relegation system was adopted, similar to the one used in the Primera División Argentina. The two clubs with the worst point results in the first stage of the two previous seasons were to be relegated. However, this system only lasted for a single season.[citation needed]

An era of growth (2001–2010)[edit]

Since 2003, Série A has been contested in a double round-robin format, with the team with the most points champions.[citation needed] For the 2006 season, the number of contestants was reduced to 20, and the bottom four are relegated to Série B. In 2006, a limit on the number of foreign players was set, so no team can have more than three foreign players on the field or on the bench in a single match.[citation needed]

In 2010, CBF decided to recognize the champions of the defunct Taça Brasil and Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa as Brazilian Champions, creating some controversy as there was a two-year period when both tournaments were held, thus Palmeiras was awarded two times for winning both in 1967 and both Santos and Botafogo were recognized as champions in 1968 as each tournament was won by one of them.[5]

Competition format[edit]

Competition[edit]

There are 20 clubs in the Brasileirão. During the course of a season (from May to December) each club plays the others twice (a double round-robin system), once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 38 games. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, victories, goal difference, and goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned champion. If points are equal between two or more clubs, the rules are:[13]

  • If the tie is between more than two clubs not disputing the national title or relegation, then the tie is broken, using the games the clubs have played against each other:
    • a) most amount of games won
    • b) total goal difference
    • c) total goals scored
    • d) head-to-head record (with the away goals rule in effect if only two clubs are taken into account)
  • If the tie is still not broken, the winner will be determined by Fair Play scales.
  • If there is a tie for the championship, for relegation, or for qualification to other competitions, the Fair Play scales will not be taken into account; a play-off match at a neutral venue decides rank. Otherwise, a drawing of lots will determine the final positions.

A system of promotion and relegation exists between the Brasileirão and the Série B. The four lowest placed teams in the Brasileirão are relegated to Série B, and the top four teams from the Série B promoted to the Brasileirão.

Qualification for international competitions[edit]

Peñarol vs Santos in the Centenario Stadium of Montevideo during the 2011 Copa Libertadores Finals.

The top four teams in the Brasileirão qualify for the Copa Libertadores. The top three teams directly enter the group stage. The fourth-placed team enters the Copa Libertadores at the play-off round for non-champions and must win a two-legged knockout tie to enter the group stage. One Copa Libertadores place is reserved for the winner of the Copa do Brasil. If the winner of the Copa do Brasil finishes the Brasileirão season between first and fourth place, the next-best placed finisher in the Brasileirão takes the vacant slot, "replacing" the one given by the domestic cup.[citation needed]

In qualifying for the Copa Sudamericana, the clubs eliminated during the Copa do Brasil's fourth phase are ranked by their record in the Brasileirão, determining the participants for the Copa Sudamericana. If the Brasileirão contains the defending champion(s) of the Copa Libertadores and/or Copa Sudamericana and they finish the Brasileirão in an international qualification zone, that place goes to the next-best placed team in the league.[citation needed]

Brazilian clubs who win the forementioned competitions have the opportunity to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup, the premier club competition in the world, the Recopa Sudamericana, which pits the winners of the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana against each other, as well as the Suruga Bank Championship against the Japanese J. League Cup champion.[citation needed]

Champions[edit]

Seventeen clubs are officially recognized to have been the Brazilian football champions.

Club Won Runners-up Winning years Runners-up years
São Paulo (state) Palmeiras 9 3 1960, 1967, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1993, 1994, 2016 1970, 1978, 1997
São Paulo (state) Santos 8 6 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 2002, 2004 1959, 1966, 1983, 1995, 2003, 2007
São Paulo (state) São Paulo 6 6 1977, 1986, 1991, 2006, 2007, 2008 1971, 1973, 1981, 1989, 1990, 2014
São Paulo (state) Corinthians 6 3 1990, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2011, 2015 1976, 1994, 2002
Rio de Janeiro (state) Flamengo 5 1 1980, 1982, 1983, 1992, 2009 1964
Minas Gerais Cruzeiro 4 5 1966, 2003, 2013, 2014 1969, 1974, 1975, 1998, 2010
Rio de Janeiro (state) Vasco 4 4 1974, 1989, 1997, 2000 1965, 1979, 1984, 2011
Rio de Janeiro (state) Fluminense 4 0 1970, 1984, 2010, 2012
Rio Grande do Sul Internacional 3 6 1975, 1976, 1979 1967, 1968, 1988, 2005, 2006, 2009
Rio de Janeiro (state) Botafogo 2 3 1968, 1995 1962, 1972, 1992
Rio Grande do Sul Grêmio 2 3 1981, 1996 1982, 2008, 2013
Bahia Bahia 2 2 1959, 1988 1961, 1963
Minas Gerais Atlético Mineiro 1 5 1971 1977, 1980, 1999, 2012, 2015
São Paulo (state) Guarani 1 2 1978 1986, 1987
Paraná (state) Atlético Paranaense 1 1 2001 2004
Paraná (state) Coritiba 1 0 1985
Pernambuco Sport 1 0 1987

Nomenclature and sponsorship[edit]

The Campeonato Brasileiro had its official name changed often before settling on Campeonato Brasileiro in 1989.[14]

Identity English name Years Official Sponsor
Taça Brasil Brazil Bowl
1959–1968
1959–2000: No sponsor
Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa Roberto Gomes Pedrosa Tournament
1968–1970
Campeonato Nacional National Championship
1971–1973
Copa Brasil Brazil Cup
1974–1979, 1984, 1986
Taça de Ouro Golden Cup
1980–1983, 1985
"Copa União" Union Cup*
1987–88
Copa João Havelange
n/a
2000
Campeonato Brasileiro Brazilian Championship
1989–
2001: LATAM (Brasileirão TAM)

2002: Visa (Troféu VISA Electron)

2003-2004: No sponsor

2005: Nestlé (Taça Nestlé Brasileirão)[15]
2006–2008: No sponsor
2009–2012: Petrobrás (Brasileirão Petrobrás)[16][17]

2013: No sponsor
2014–present: Chevrolet (Brasileirão Chevrolet)[18][19]

  • The official name was Brazil Cup, but it became known as Union Cup.

Finances[edit]

The Brasileirão had total club revenues of US $1.17 billion in 2012. This makes the Brasileirão the highest revenue football league in the Americas, and the highest outside of Europe's "big five."[20]

The Brasileirão is also one of the world's most valuable football leagues, having a marketing value and worth over US $1.24 billion in 2013.[21] The total worth of every club in the 2013 Brasileirão is US $1.07 billion.[22]

The Brasileirão's television rights were worth over US $610 million in 2012; that accounts for over 57% of Latin America as a whole.[23]

Corinthians is the 16th most valuable club in the world in 2013, worth over US $358 million.[24]

Clubs[edit]

The following 20 clubs are competing in the Série A during the 2016 season.

Club Position
in 2015
First season in
top division
Seasons
in Taça Brasil
Seasons
in Robertão
Seasons
in Brasileirão
Top
division
titles
Last top
division title
América-MG 4th in Série B 1971 0 0 15 0 n/a
Atlético Mineiro 2nd 1959 4 4 45 1 1971
Atlético Paranaense 10th 1959 1 2 37 1 2001
Botafogo 1st in Série B 1962 4 4 44 2 1995
Chapecoensea 14th 1978 0 0 5 0 n/a
Corinthians 1st 1967 0 4 44 6 2015
Coritiba 15th 1960 2 1 35 1 1985
Cruzeiroa, b 8th 1960 6 4 46 4 2014
Figueirense 16th 1973 0 0 17 0 n/a
Flamengoa, b 12th 1964 1 4 46 6 2009
Fluminense 13th 1960 2 4 44 4 2012
Grêmio 3rd 1959 9 4 44 2 1996
Internacionala, b 5th 1962 1 4 46 3 1979
Palmeiras 9th 1960 6 4 44 9 2016
Ponte Preta 11th 1970 0 1 22 0 n/a
Santa Cruz 2nd in Série B 1960 1 2 21 0 n/a
Santosa, b 7th 1959 7 4 45 8 2004
São Pauloa, b 4th 1967 0 4 45 6 2008
Sport Recife 6th 1959 3 0 35 1 1987
Vitória 3rd in Série B 1965 2 0 35 0 n/a

a: Unrelegated clubs
b: Clubs that never played outside the top division

Media coverage[edit]

Value of television rights
Season(s) Price TV
1987–89 $3.4 million Globo
1990–94 not available Globo
1994–96 $31.4 million Globo
1997–99 $50 million Globo
2000–03 $50 million Globo
2003–05 $390 million Globo
2005–08 $900 million Globo
2009–11 R$1.9 billion Globo
2012–15 R$2.96 billion[25] Globo
2016–19 R$4.11 billion[26] Globo

Currently, the money of television represent a significant share in the finances of clubs in Brazil. The league broadcasting rights are total exclusivity of Grupo Globo, which distributes the live matches for its television stations: Rede Globo (terrestrial an satellite), SporTV (pay), and the Premiere FC (through the system pay-per-view), where subscribers have the privilege to follow all 380 annual league matches. Globo, first cited, displays the League first time in 1987, when was created the Clube dos 13, trading tool of clubs with the television. The first television contract was negotiated in 1987, with only conveying the Green Module of the Copa União, organized by the Clube dos 13, the television rights were sold for $3.4 million to Rede Globo.[27][28] And only with the conveying of the championship final, SBT broadcast the game instead,[29] a blow to the Rede Globo, who says today that the Green Module would be the league itself, and then was prevented from entering the Ilha do Retiro.[30][31][32] In 1990, only Rede Bandeirantes acquired the broadcast rights. This edition marked the first national title of Corinthians, second most popular team in the country. Both the final transmission, as the other games, attracted the attention of the public, causing the network to acquired an Ibope Rating of 53 points in the deciding game.[33] This led to the Rede Globo prioritize the League from the next edition, in 1991.[33]

In 1997, began to be restricted games live in cities where the matches are held (except finals). The Clube dos 13 closed the contract with Rede Globo's television rights as the holder of the Brasileirão for $50 million (including editions of 1998 and 1999), and resolves itself split the rights with Rede Bandeirantes during this period. It was the first edition to be shown on pay-per-view (via Premiere).[34] In addition, the first games shown on pay television were courtesy of SporTV, after a controversial signing contract of Clube dos 13 with Globosat. Previously, in 1993, the Club of the 13 an CBF had signed a contract with TVA, a company in which ESPN Brazil was part. However, that decision was declined.[35]

In 2000, the broadcasting rights of the Copa João Havelange, organized by the Clube dos 13, were sold to Rede Globo for $50 million. However, the final of this competition in 2001, was marked by an unusual situation. Vasco da Gama, a finalist against São Caetano, graced the logo of SBT, the second largest television station of Brazil, a direct rival to Globo. This situation was somewhat embarrassing for Globo, which transmitted the final exclusively, and which was seen by an estimated audience of 60 million people.[36] Despite the large number of spectators in the final match, this edition was marked by low ratings, what did the Rede Globo to cancel the broadcast of a few matches.[37]

In 2001, Clube dos 13 defines four divisions of transmission quota, with Corinthians, São Paulo, Palmeiras, Flamengo and Vasco in group 1, Santos in group 2, Fluminense, Botafogo, Atlético Mineiro, Cruzeiro, Internacional and Grêmio in group 3, and Bahia, Goiás, Sport Recife, Portuguesa, Coritiba, Atlético Paranaense, and Vitória in group 4.[38] In 2003, the value was expanded by a considerable amount, for the first time surpassing the three digits, after the adoption of the new format of accrued points. The contract of $130 million per year was signed again by TV Globo.[39] In 2005, C13 renews with Globo for the 2006–09 period in a deal worth $300 million.[40]

In 2009, for the first time, the sale of broadcasting rights of the Brazilian Championship were made via open bidding. Media organisations were invited to bid for TV packages open, closed, PPV, internet and broadcast abroad.[41] Rede Globo subsequently won the largest TV contract in the history of Brazilian football ;$1.4 billion for 2009–2011.[42]

In the early part of 2011, the majority of Clube dos 13 indicated they would be negotiating the 2012–2014 league rights independently.[43][44][45][46][47][48]

In 2012, the final league rights amounts are uncertain. However, I t is known that the clubs were divided into four groups: Group 1: Flamengo and Corinthians receiving 84 to 120 million reals; Group 2: São Paulo, Palmeiras, Santos and Vasco receiving 70 to 80 million reais; Group 3: Gremio, Cruzeiro, Atlético Mineiro, Fluminense and Botafogo (45 to 55 million reais); Group 4: other first division clubs (18 to 30 million reais).[49]

In 2013, SporTV made a deal with Fox Sports, giving up the rights of Campeonato Brasileiro in exchange for live coverage of the Copa Libertadores.[50]

In 2016, Bandeirantes ended the partnership with Globo and ceased showing league matches, leaving Globo with exclusive rights.[51] However, the channel of Turner group, Esporte Interativo made a deal with Atlético-PR, Bahia, Ceará, Coritiba, Internacional, Joinville, Paysandu, Sampaio Corrêa, Santos, Criciúma, Fortaleza, Paraná, Ponte Preta and Santa Cruz for the broadcasting rights on cable television between 2019 and 2024, opposing Globo's SporTV channel. A decision on whether Palmeiras will be joining these teams is awaited.[52]

Flamengo and Corinthians, the two most supported teams in Brazil, receive approximately 25% (1/4) of all revenue from television.[53] Flamengo has the biggest budget, (R$115.1 million), and Figueirense the smallest (R$18.5 million).[54]

Attendance[edit]

The audience of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A is low if put into consideration the popularity of football in the country. Since the first data record, in 1967, each year the average attendance has fluctuated, more down than up, having the season of 1983 as the largest, averaging 22,953, and 2004 as the smallest, with a very low average of 7,556.[55] The league is the second largest in attendance in South America, behind Argentina, with 18,817. In a most obtrusive comparison, with other leagues of football, the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A figure only in fourteenth position, being overcome by the lower divisions in England and Germany. The smallest attendance ever was a game between Juventude and Portuguesa in 1997 with 55 fans, the largest was Flamengo and Santos in 1983 with 155,523.[56]

The attendance of 2014 season was 16,337 with average occupation of 40%.[57] In this same year, the average price of the ticket was R$32.80, taking the games with an average income of R$524.081.[58]

The spectator figures for league for the last seven seasons:

Flamengo, which since 1950 play their home games at the Maracanã Stadium, the largest in the country, is the club with highest attendance during 12 seasons of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.
Season Overall Average Best supported club Average Highest attendance
2009 6,764,380 17,801 Flamengo 41,553[59] 78,639 (Flamengo 2-1 Grêmio)
2010 5,638,806 14,839 Corinthians 27,446 76,205 (Vasco da Gama 2–2 Fluminense)
2011 5,572,673 14,664 29,328 63,871 (São Paulo 1-2 Flamengo)
2012 4,928,827 13,148 25,222 62,207 (São Paulo 2-1 Náutico)
2013 5,681,551 14,951 Cruzeiro 28,911 63,501 (Santos 0-0 Flamengo)
2014 6,208,190 16,337 29,678 58,627 (São Paulo 2−0 Cruzeiro)
2015 6,376,693 17,050 Corinthians 34,150 67,011 (Flamengo 0−2 Coritiba)

Players[edit]

Player records[edit]

Notes:

  • All players are Brazilian unless otherwise noted,
  • Italics denotes players still playing professional football, and bold denotes players still playing in the Brazilian Série A.[61]
  • Sources: Placar magazine - Guia do Brasileirão 2010[62] and GloboEsporte.com Website.[63]

Awards and trophies[edit]

Prêmio Craque do Brasileirão is the league's official award. Placar magazine's Bola de Ouro is the oldest award, while the Troféu Osmar Santos and the Troféu João Saldanha are awards given by the newspaper Lance!.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seis jogos entre campeões iniciam esta tarde a disputa da Taça Brasil (page 2), Folha da Manhã (August 23, 1959).
  2. ^ Túnel do Tempo (globoesporte.com) - túnel do tempo
  3. ^ UOL - Danilo entre os dez que mais atuaram no Brasileirão desde 1971 2 (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ Chevrolet Brazil News - Chevrolet Patrocina Campeonato Brasileiro De Futebol
  5. ^ a b "Campeões brasileiros em cenário do tri" (in Portuguese). CBF. 2010-12-22. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  6. ^ "The strongest Leagues of the World of the 21st Century", IFFHS, retrieved 2013-08-12 Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Solamente Futbol". Nexos (in Spanish). Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ "História da Libertadores". Campeones do Futebol (in Portuguese). Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Copa Libertadores da América 1966". Quadro de medalhas (in Portuguese). Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  10. ^ "História dos 100 Anos". Placar (1094): 47, 60. October 1994. 
  11. ^ "Exclusivo: Vai Mudar Tudo em Nosso Futebol". Placar (1094): 47, 60. October 1994. 
  12. ^ Túnel do Tempo (Portuguese)
  13. ^ "Campeonato Brasileiro da Série A de 2013 - Regulamento Específico da Competicão" [2013 Serie A of Brazilian Championship - Specific Regulations of the Competition]. Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on July 9, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  14. ^ "30 Anos de Pura Confusão". Placar: 17. June 2000. 
  15. ^ Petrobrás Brasileirão 2009
  16. ^ Documentários Brasileirão Petrobras virarão filme
  17. ^ Lance!NET - Petrobrás pagará R$ 18 milhões ao ano até 2013 por Brasileirão
  18. ^ CBF divulga novo logotipo da Série A do Brasileirão com detalhes do troféu
  19. ^ CBF.com - CBF apresenta logomarca do Brasileirão 2015
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