Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

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Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Brasileirão Chevrolet
Country  Brazil
Confederation CONMEBOL
Founded August 23, 1959;[1]
56 years ago[2]
Number of teams 20
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Série B
Domestic cup(s) Copa do Brasil
International cup(s) Copa Libertadores
Copa Sudamericana
Current champions Corinthians (6th title)
(2015 season)
Most championships Santos
(8 titles each)
Most capped player Rogério Ceni (575)[3][4]
Top goalscorer Roberto Dinamite (190)
TV partners Globo, Band,
SporTV & Premiere
(live matches)
Fox Sports (highlights)
Website Official website
2015 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 association 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.

Organized by the Brazilian Football Confederation, the seasons are usually run from May to December, with teams playing 38 matches each (playing each team in the league twice, home and away) totalling 380 matches in the season. The league rounds are usually played in Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. It is currently sponsored by Chevrolet and thus officially known as the Brasileirão Chevrolet.

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 in 1960, was a nationwide tournament created, Taça Brasil. Before the establishment of a national league, the most prestigious football competitions in Brazil were the state leagues, notably the Campeonato Paulista and Campeonato Carioca, the premier leagues of the States of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro respectively, and a tournament between both states, the Torneio Rio-São Paulo. In 1967, the 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 1971. The three tournaments - Taça Brasil, Roberto Gomes Pedrosa, and Brasileirão - were unified by CBF in the Brazilian championship history in 2010.[5]

Since its inception, the Campeonato Brasileiro has grown in stature, being considered one of the strongest leagues in the world. The Campeonato Brasileiro contains the most club world champions titles, with 10 championships won among 6 clubs. The league is the second in containing the most clubs to have won the Copa Libertadores with 17 titles won among 10 clubs, only behind the Primera División Argentina, with 24 titles. The league is also one of the world's most powerful, ranked as the 6th most valuable with a worth of over $1.43 billion. It is also one of the world's richest championships, generating an annual turnover of over $1.169 billion in 2012. The Campeonato Brasileiro is the most-watched football league in the Americas and one of the world's most exposed, broadcast in 155 nations.

Since 1959, a total of 17 clubs have been crowned Brazilian football champions, 12 of which have won the title more than once with 6 having won the title in consecutive seasons. Santos and Palmeiras are the most successful clubs of the Campeonato Brasileiro, having won the competition 8 times each, followed by São Paulo and Corinthians with 6 titles each and Flamengo which has 5 titles. Santos' Os Santásticos, considered by some the best club team of all times, won 5 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 5 clubs. A total of 156 clubs have played in the Campeonato Brasileiro since the first edition in 1959.

The reigning Brazilian champions are Corinthians, who won their 6th title during the 2015 season.

The Brazilian championship was also ranked in the top 10 as one of the strongest leagues in the world (for the 2001-2012 period) by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). Campeonato Brasileiro Série A placed 4th after Premier League (England), La Liga (Spain) and Serie A (Italy).[6]



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.

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 de Campeones de America, later known as Copa Libertadores, a competition that was supposed to bring together 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.

Beginnings: Os Santásticos' legacy (1959-1970)

The Taça Brasil trophy.

The 1959 Taça Brasil, the first national club competition in the nation, counted with 16 participants: ABC, Atlético Mineiro, Atlético Paranaense, Auto Esporte, Bahia, Ceará, CSA, Ferroviário, Grêmio, Hercílio Luz, Manufatora, Rio Branco, Santos, Sport Recife, Tuna Luso and Vasco; Santos and Vasco, as Paulista and Carioca champions respectively, entered the competition at the semifinal stage whereas the other state champions were grouped geographically. The eventual winners of the northern and southern zones would go on to the semifinals of the national tournament. The final series between Santos and Bahia needed a tie-breaking playoff to decide the title with Bahia coming out on top of a highly contested match; however, overcrowdness of fixtures, due to the many tours Brazil's national football team partook as well as Santos', forced the match to be played three months after the second leg. 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 thoroughly defeated by Palmeiras' Academia de Futebol, a squad that contained world-class talent such as Ademir da Guia, Dudu, Djalma Santos and Émerson Leão, 11-3 on aggregate.

Santos' Os Santásticos starting line-up of 1962 that managed to become the first team in the world to win the Continental Treble, winning the Paulistão, the Brasileirão, and the Copa Libertadores. The squad are also the only side to win five consecutive Brasileirãos, a record that remains unmatched today.

However, this impressive performance by Palmeiras was eclipsed by a Santos team led by Pelé, Coutinho, Zito, Mauro Ramos, among others. Os Santásticos, in a rematch of the inaugural final, crushed Bahia to win the 1961 tournament as Pelé and Coutinho scored one hat-trick each on the final series. Pelé was that edition's top scorer with nine goals, the highest tally in that category up to that point. Santos became the first club to retain the Brazilian national title in 1962, defeating Botafogo's Os Gloriosos, which contained many of the game's best ever players such as Mario Zagallo, Garrincha, Nilton Santos, Amarildo, etc., 5-0 in front of 70,324 spectators at the Maracanã Stadium. Os Santásticos also became the first squad in the world to win the Continental Treble, winning the Paulistão, the Taça Brasil, and the Copa Libertadores in 1962.[7][8][9]

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.

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.[10]

As a result of the violence practiced often in the Copa Libertadores by Argentine and Uruguayan clubs,[11] 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.[12] Brazilian clubs instead prioritized tours around the world which were financially more lucrative than any official international competition at the time.

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.[13]

The Brasileirão's establishment (1971-1980)

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.[14] The top division was named "Divisão Extra" (Extra Division), while a newly created second division earned the "Primeira Divisão" (First Division) name.[15]

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. Oddly enough, 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.

A Tempestuous decade (1981-1990)

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. Despite this, the team was not promoted to Série A in the following year and failed to qualify to it from the state championship.

In 1987, the CBF announced it had no financial conditions 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, dubbed the Club of the 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), completely free from CBF authority (a move not unlike the creation of club-administered leagues in Europe). 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 other 16 smaller 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 league becomes fortified (1991-2000)

In 1999, an averaging 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. During the first stage, it was discovered that one player was registered with false documents. Due to this scandal, CBF decided to punish the player's team by annulling games in which this player took part. Due to this, the average points of some clubs were changed, so one club lost positions and was relegated. This club immediately sued CBF, which was prevented from organizing the 2000 Brasileirão. In light of this, Clube dos 13 organized the championship of that year, officially named Copa João Havelange in homage to the former CBD and FIFA president João Havelange.

An era of growth (2001-2010)

Brasileirão titles
(with double round-robin format, since 2003)
Club Titles
São Paulo

Before 2003, the format of Série A changed almost every year; for specifics, see Campeonato Brasileiro tournament scheduling. Since 2003, the Série A has been contested in a double round-robin format. The team with the most points is declared champion. There is no final match, which is a very controversial subject. Prior to 2003, the Brazilian championship had traditionally been decided via some type of playoff format (most commonly the "Octagonal", where the top 8 regular season teams comprise a single elimination tournament), rather than the European model of points accumulation over a season. Although some complain that this system lacks the drama of playoffs and finals, the competition has so far proven to be well balanced, without a small number of clubs dominating the league, a phenomenon often found in many European leagues.

Eleven matches of the 2005 competition were annulled due to a match-fixing scandal and had to be replayed.

For the 2006 season, the number of contestants was reduced to 20 and CBF claims it to be the "definitive" format, with the best three or four teams qualified for the Copa Libertadores (depending of the year) and the least four relegated to the Série B in the following year. In 2006, a limit on the number of foreign players was set, such that no team can have more than three foreign players on the field or on the bench in a single match, from the season 2014 onwards, teams will abe able to have five foreign players listed for a match and no limit on the squad. The seasons with the largest number of entrants of the competition were: 2000 (116 entrants), 1979 (94 entrants) and 1986 (80 entrants).

In 2010, CBF decided to recognize the champions of the defuncts 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]

In 2012, the current ranking of the IFFHS shows that the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A is the second best football league in the world, surpassed only by the Liga BBVA.

Competition format


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:[16]

  • 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

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

As of the 2012 season, the top four teams in the Brasileirão qualify for the Copa Libertadores, with the top three teams directly entering the group stage. Previously only the top two teams qualified automatically. The fourth-placed team enters the Copa Libertadores at the play-off round for non-champions and must win a two-legged knockout tie in order 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.

The teams placing fifth to twelfth in the Brasileirão no longer qualify for the Copa Sudamericana. Instead, the clubs eliminated during the Copa do Brasil's fourth phase will be 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.

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.


Barring the Taça Brasil and Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa, along with the format changes the Brazilian championship had its official name changed often before settling on Campeonato Brasileiro in 1989.[17]

Identity English name Years Official Sponsor
Campeonato Nacional National Championship
1970—2005: No sponsor
Copa Brasil Brazil Cup
1974—79, 1984, 1986
Taça de Ouro Golden Cup
1980—1983, 1985
Copa União Union Cup
Copa João Havelange
Campeonato Brasileiro Brazilian Championship
2005: Nestlé (Taça Nestlé Brasileirão)[18]
2006—2008: No sponsor
2009—2013: Petrobrás (Brasileirão Petrobrás)[19][20]
2014—present: Chevrolet (Brasileirão Chevrolet)[21][22]


The Brazilian League contains many giants of South American football: Palmeiras, Corinthians , São Paulo FC, Santos FC, Flamengo, Internacional, Grêmio, Cruzeiro, Atlético Mineiro, and Vasco.

Stadiums and locations

Locations of the 2015 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A teams
Team Home city Stadium Capacity
Atlético Mineiro Belo Horizonte Independência 23,018
Atlético Paranaense Curitiba Arena da Baixada 43,000
Chapecoense Chapecó Arena Condá 22,600
Avaí Florianópolis Ressacada 17,537
Corinthians São Paulo Arena Corinthians 49,205
Coritiba Curitiba Couto Pereira 40,310
Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte Mineirão 58,170
Figueirense Florianópolis Orlando Scarpelli 19,908
Flamengo Rio de Janeiro Maracanã 78,838
Fluminense Rio de Janeiro Maracanã 78,838
Goiás Goiânia Serra Dourada 50,049
Grêmio Porto Alegre Arena do Grêmio 60,540
Internacional Porto Alegre Beira-Rio 50,128
Joinville Joinville Arena Joinville 22,400
Palmeiras São Paulo Allianz Parque 43,600
Ponte Preta Campinas Moisés Lucarelli 19,722
Santos Santos Vila Belmiro 16,798
São Paulo São Paulo Morumbi 67,052
Sport Recife Ilha do Retiro 35,020
Vasco Rio de Janeiro São Januário 22,150


The league is the second largest in attendance in South America (behind Argentina). Despite the great popularity of football in the country, the league has a low average audience compared to major football leagues in the world, the championship doesn't even appear among the top 10 average attendance in football league, the smallest attendance was in 2004 season with 9,136, the largest was in 1983 season with 22,953.[23] the attendance of 2013 season was 14,951 with average occupation of 40%.[24]

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.[25]

Flamengo (left) and Corinthians (right), the two most supported teams in Brazil,[26] with 36,4 (18%) and 28,6 (14%) million of adepts, respectively, according to Datafolha, in a 2014 research.[27][28][29]
Season Overall Average Best supported club[30] Average[30]
2011 5,572,673 14,664 Corinthians 29,424
2012[31] 4,931,392 12,977 Corinthians 25,222
2013[32] 5,681,551 14,951 Cruzeiro 29,315
2014[33] 6,208,190 16,555 Cruzeiro 29,678

Attendance records

# Attendance Home Score Visitor Stadium Date
1 155.523 Flamengo 3–0 Santos Maracanã May 29, 1983
2 154.335 Flamengo 3–2 Atlético Mineiro Maracanã June 1, 1980
3 146.043 Fluminense 1–1 Corinthians Maracanã December 5, 1976
4 138.107 Flamengo 1–1 Grêmio Maracanã April 4, 1982
5 135.487 Botafogo 3–1 Flamengo Maracanã April 19, 1981
6 128.781 Fluminense 0–0 Vasco Maracanã May 27, 1984
7 122.001 Botafogo 2–2 Flamengo Maracanã July 19, 1992
8 121.353 Flamengo 1–1 Vasco Maracanã May 8, 1983
9 120.441 Flamengo 2–1 Guarani Maracanã April 11, 1982
10 118.777 Vasco 2–2 Internacional Maracanã July 28, 1974
11 118.370 Fluminense 0–0 Corinthians Maracanã May 20, 1984
12 118.162 Flamengo 1–0 Atlético Mineiro Maracanã November 29, 1987
13 117.353 Botafogo 0–0 Flamengo Maracanã April 16, 1981
14 115.002 Corinthians 4–1 Flamengo Morumbi May 6, 1984
15 114.481 Santos 2–1 Flamengo Morumbi May 12, 1983
16 113.479 Atlético Mineiro 0–0 Santos Mineirão May 15, 1983
17 113.286 Corinthians 2–1 Internacional Morumbi November 21, 1976
18 112.993 Vasco 2–1 Cruzeiro Maracanã August 1, 1974
19 112.403 Fluminense 1–1 Atlético Mineiro Maracanã December 20, 1970
20 112.047 Flamengo 1–4 Palmeiras Maracanã December 9, 1979
21 111.260 Flamengo 2–1 Vasco Maracanã May 5, 1983
22 111.111 Santos 3–2 Flamengo Morumbi February 27, 1983
23 110.877 Vasco 3–0 Grêmio Maracanã May 19, 1984
24 110.438 Bahia 2–1 Fluminense Fonte Nova February 12, 1989


Corinthians is, financially, one of the most powerful clubs in the world. With a worth of over $358 million, it is ranked as the 16th most valuable club in the world in 2013.

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."[34][35] The Brasileirão's gross revenue is regularly the fifth highest of any American sports league, behind the annual revenues of the four most popular North American major sports leagues (the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League).[36]

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.[37] The total worth of every club in the 2013 Brasileirão is US $1.07 billion.[38] The Brasileirão's television rights are the most valuable TV rights of any soccer league in the Western hemisphere, worth over US $610 million in 2012; that accounts for over 57% of Latin America as a whole.[39]

The Brasileirão clubs are some of the richest football clubs in the world. As of 2013, five Brazilian clubs have a brand value strong enough to break into the top-50 list worldwide according to Brand Finance.[40]

Corinthians is the 16th most valuable club in the world in 2013, worth over US $358 million.[41] In terms of revenue, Corinthians is the 31st biggest football club in the world, the largest outside of Europe, generating an annual turnover of over US $126 million in 2012. Corinthians' brand, ranked 19th, is worth US $103 million. The brands of Santos and São Paulo, ranked 38th and 39th, are worth US $65 million and US $62 million, respectively. Flamengo and Internacional are worth US $55 million each and ranked 45th and 46th.

Media coverage

Season Globo
2003 23.9[42]
2004 25.5[42]
2005 27.5[42]
2006 26.2[42]
2007 21.1[42]
2008 20.0[42]
2009 23.2[42]
2010 20.9[42]
2011 21.1[42]
2012 17.1[43][44]
2013 17.0[43]
2014 16.8[45][46]
2015 18.1[47]

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.[48][49] And only with the conveying of the championship final, SBT broadcast the game instead, 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.[50][51][52] In 1989 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, besides Rede Globo, Rede Bandeirantes and Rede Manchete also took the rights to broadcast the mactches. 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. In 2000, Globo's broadcast for Copa João Havelange was negotiated for $50 million. In 2001, the Clube dos 13 defines four divisions quota transmission. Group 1: Corinthians, São Paulo, Palmeiras, Flamengo and Vasco, Group 2: Santos, Group 3: Fluminense, Botafogo, Atlético Mineiro, Cruzeiro, Internacional and Grêmio; Group 4: Bahia, Goiás, Sport, Portuguesa, Coritiba, Atlético Paranaense, Bahia and Vitória. In 2002, Globo back to resell its broadcasting rights to another station. This time it was Globo's rival, Rede Record, broadcasting the 2006 edition. In 2005 the C13 renews with Globo for the triennium season (2005–2008) by $300 million per year. After teaming up with Rede Record, Rede Bandeirantes returns to transmit up to 2010 edition. In 2009, for the first time, the rights were open bidding for the sale of broadcasting rights of the Brazilian Championship. All the media were invited to bid for TV packages open, closed, PPV, internet and broadcast abroad. Rede Globo has signed the largest TV contract in history of Brazilian football for $1.4 billion in the editions of 2009, 2010 and 2011. On February 23, 2011, Corinthians required its disaffiliation of the Clube dos 13 for not agreeing with the way in which the entity was negotiating the rights to broadcast the League for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 with various media communication stakeholders.[53][54][55] The same goes to Botafogo on 25 March of the same year.[56] Previously, the club, along with Flamengo, Fluminense and Vasco, had already announced that it would negotiate their broadcast rights directly, without mediation of Clube dos 13, position then later also by Coritiba and Cruzeiro and then Vitória, Santos, Goiás, Bahia and Sport.

Awards and trophies

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!.

Records and statistics

List of Brazilian football champions

Seventeen clubs are officially recognized to have been the Brazilian football champions. Santos FC and Palmeiras lead the field with 8 titles each.

Club Winners Runners-up Winning years Runners-up years
São Paulo (state) Santos 8 6 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 2002, 2004 1959, 1966, 1983, 1995, 2003, 2007
São Paulo (state) Palmeiras 8 3 1960, 1967, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1993, 1994 1970, 1978, 1997
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 da Gama 4 4 1974, 1989, 1997, 2000 1965, 1979, 1984, 2011
Rio de Janeiro (state) Fluminense 4 0 1970, 1984, 2010, 2012
File:Bandeira do Rio Grande do Sul.svg Internacional 3 6 1975, 1976, 1979 1967, 1968, 1988, 2005, 2006, 2009
Rio de Janeiro (state) Botafogo 2 3 1968, 1995 1962, 1972, 1992
File:Bandeira do Rio Grande do Sul.svg 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
Pernambuco Sport 1 0 1987
Paraná (state) Coritiba 1 0 1985

Performance by State

State Won Runner-up
 São Paulo 29 24
 Rio de Janeiro 15 9
 Minas Gerais 5 10
File:Bandeira do Rio Grande do Sul.svg Rio Grande do Sul 5 9
 Bahia 2 3
 Paraná 2 1
 Pernambuco 1 1
 Ceará 0 2


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