How the Brazilian Soccer League works:
The Brazilian soccer league consists of four leagues in Brazil: Serie A, Serie B, Serie C and Serie D. The Serie A league is the highest division and consists of the best teams, followed by Serie B, Serie C and Serie D is the lowest.
The Serie A, Serie B and Serie C currently consist of 20 teams in each league, while the Serie D consists of 40 teams. The season typical runs from May to December for all leagues.
In Brazil, teams are transferred between leagues based on their performance that season. The best-ranked teams in each Serie are promoted to the next-highest division, and at the same time, the worst-ranked teams in the higher division are relegated to the lower division to play in the next season.
For example, it is possible for a minor club in Serie D to rise to Serie C, then to Serie B and then into Serie A. To achieve this, a club must qualify for Serie D through state competitions and then be one of the top ranked teams in that league to rise to the next higher league. It is also possible for a major club to decline from Serie A to Serie B and decline even further.
In Brazil, there is also state championship competition that is played in every state of Brazil to determine the best club in that particular state. Brazilian state games start in January and end in May and are followed by the national season. Clubs that are successful in their state leagues and don’t already play at the national levels can be promoted to the Serie D, and eventually to higher levels. Some state organize special competitions with the purpose of qualifying teams to the Serie D.
The Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A is the top league in Brazilian soccer league system. The league consists of 20 teams and the season is typically played from May until November.
The tournament is played in a double round-robin system, where each team plays every team twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 38 games. Teams receive three points for a win, one point for a draw, and zero for a loss. Teams are ranked by points and the team with the most points at the end of the season is crowned the national champion. If teams are tied in points, wins then goal difference determine the ranking.
The top four teams in rankings qualify for the following season’s Copa Libertadores. The four lowest ranked teams are relegated to the Serie B to play in the next season.
Serie A Teams – list of teams competing in Serie A as of 2011
|1||Corinthians (Sao Paulo)|
|2||Vasco da Gama (Rio de Janeiro)|
|3||Botafogo (Rio de Janeiro)|
|4||Flamengo (Rio de Janeiro)|
|5||Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro)|
|6||Sao Paulo FC (Sao Paulo)|
|7||Internacional (Porto Alegre)|
|9||Gremio (Porto Alegre)|
|10||Atletico Goianense (Goiania)|
|12||Palmeiras (Sao Paulo)|
|13||Santos FC (Santos)|
|14||Esporte Clube Bahia (Salvador)|
|16||Cruzeiro (Belo Horizonte)|
|17||Atletico Mineiro (Belo Horizonte)|
|18||Atletico Paranaense (Curitiba)|
|20||America Mineiro (Belo Horizonte)|
The Campeonato Brasileiro Serie B is the second division of the Brazilian soccer league that consists of 20 Brazil soccer teams.
The season is typically played from May until November. The tournament is played in a double round-robin system. The team with most number of points will be declared champions. The top four teams are promoted to Serie A, meanwhile the bottom four are relegated to Serie C to play in the next season.
Serie B Teams – list of teams competing in Serie B as of 2011
|Ranking||Team (city & state)||Wins||Draws||Losses||Points|
|1||Portuguesa (Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo)|
|2||Ponte Preta (Campinas, Sao Paulo)|
|3||Nautico (Recife, Pernambuco)|
|4||Americana (Americana, Sao Paulo)|
|5||Sport Recife (Recife, Pernambuco|
|6||Boa (Varginha, Minas Gerais)|
|7||Bragantino (Braganca Paulista, Sao Paulo)|
|8||Criciuma (Criciuma, Santa Catarina)|
|9||Vitoria (Salvador, Bahia)|
|10||Parana Clube (Curitiba, Parana)|
|11||Gremio Barueri (Presidente Prudente, Sao Paul)|
|12||ABC F.C. (Natal, Rio Grande do Norte)|
|13||ASA (Arapiraca, Alagoas)|
|14||Sao Caetano (Sao Caetano, Sao Paulo)|
|15||Icasa (Juazeiro do Norte, Ceara)|
|16||Goias (Goiania, Goias)|
|17||Guarani (Campinas, Sao Paulo)|
|18||Vila Nova (Goiania, Goias)|
|19||Salgueiro (Salgueiro, Pernambuco)|
|20||Duque de Caxias (Duque de Caxias, Rio)|
The Campeonato Brasileiro Serie C is the third division of the Brazilian soccer league.
Serie C consists of 20 Brazil soccer teams divided into four groups of 5. Each team plays every team in their group twice. The two top teams in each group advance to the playoff rounds. The last placed team in each group are relegated to Serie D for the next season.
The top four clubs, which make it to the semifinals, are promoted to Serie B to play the next season. Meanwhile, the bottom four clubs that finish in last place of each group, are relegated to Serie D.
2011 Clubs in Serie C
Aguia de Maraba
America de Natal
Brasil de Pelotas
The Campeonato Brasileiro Serie D is the fourth division of the Brazilian soccer league system.
Serie D consists of 40 teams that are divided in ten groups of 4, where each team plays every team in their group twice. The two top ranked teams in each group advance to the playoff rounds. The teams that make it to the semi-finals are promoted to Serie C to play the next season. Teams that are not promoted will have to re-qualify for Serie D through their state leagues.
2011 Clubs in Serie D
Bahia de Feira
Guarani de Juazeiro
Placido de Castro
Sao Raimundo (PA)
Vitoria da Conquista
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