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Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Brazilian Serie A
Country Brazil Brazil
Confederation CONMEBOL
Founded 23 August 1959
Number of teams 20 (from 2006)
Relegation to Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Copa do Brasil
CONMEBOL cup(s) Copa Libertadores
Copa Sudamericana
Current champions Corinthians (7th title) (2017)
Most successful club Santos F.C.
Palmeiras
(8 titles)
TV Globo & SporTV (live matches)
Premiere FC (matches in PPV)
Fox Sports (highlights and
tape-delayed matches)
Website Official website
Football current event 2018

The Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, commonly referred to as Campeonato Brasileiro and popularly as Brasileirão, 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.

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 1971. The three tournaments – Taça Brasil, Roberto Gomes Pedrosa, and Brasileirão – were unified by the Brazilian Football Confederation in the Brazilian championship history in 2010.

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). 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. 17 clubs have been crowned Brazilian football champions, 12 of which have won the title more than once. Santos and Palmeiras are the most successful clubs of the Campeonato Brasileiro, having won the competition eight times each, followed by 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.

Teams (2016)

Team Location State Stadium Capacity
América Mineiro Belo Horizonte Minas Gerais Independência 23,018
Atlético Mineiro Belo Horizonte Minas Gerais Independência 23,018
Atlético Paranaense Curitiba Paraná Arena da Baixada 42,372
Botafogo Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Luso Brasileiro 17,250
Chapecoense Chapecó Santa Catarina Arena Condá 22,600
Corinthians São Paulo São Paulo Arena Corinthians 49,205
Coritiba Curitiba Paraná Couto Pereira 40,502
Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte Minas Gerais Mineirão 61,846
Figueirense Florianópolis Santa Catarina Orlando Scarpelli 19,584
Flamengo Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Kléber Andrade 17,000
Fluminense Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Édson Passos 13,544
Grêmio Porto Alegre Rio Grande do Sul Arena do Grêmio 55,662
Internacional Porto Alegre Rio Grande do Sul Beira-Rio 50,128
Palmeiras São Paulo São Paulo Allianz Parque 43,713
Ponte Preta Campinas São Paulo Moisés Lucarelli 19,728
Santa Cruz Recife Pernambuco Arruda 60,044
Santos Santos São Paulo Vila Belmiro 16,068
São Paulo São Paulo São Paulo Morumbi 67,052
Sport Recife Recife Pernambuco Ilha do Retiro 32,983
Vitória Salvador Bahia Barradão 34,535

External links

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A seasons

2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019 ·

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2019

Athletico Paranaense · Atlético Mineiro · Avaí · Bahia · Botafogo · Ceará · Chapecoense · Corinthians · Cruzeiro · CSA · Flamengo · Fluminense · Fortaleza · Goiás · Grêmio · Internacional · Palmeiras · Santos · São Paulo · Vasco da Gama

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A stadiums 2016

Allianz Parque · Arena da Baixada · Arena Condá · Arena Corinthians · Arena do Grêmio · Arruda · Barradão · Beira-Rio · Couto Pereira · Édson Passos · Ilha do Retiro · Independência · Luso Brasileiro · Mané Garrincha · Mineirão · Moisés Lucarelli · Morumbi · Orlando Scarpelli · Vila Belmiro

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