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Brasileirão 2008

Brazil National Soccer League - List of Teams in Serie A

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The 2008 Brazil National League runs from May to December, with 20 teams in each of two categories - Série A and Série B. What Brazilians call the National Championship - Campeonato Brasileiro, or Brasileirão ("Big Brazilian") - enters the 2008 season with Ipatinga, from Minas Gerais, as a first-timer in the first division.

In the meantime, Corinthians, one of Brazil's major teams, starts the season in the B series and with a new campaign: Eu nunca vou te abandonar ("I'll never desert you"). The slogan is printed on purple T-shirts as in the Brazil slang for a passionate soccer fan - a "purple fan", or torcedor roxo.

One of the things worth watching for in the 2008 Brazil League will be São Paulo's attempt to be the first team to win three consecutive Brasileirão titles in a row. Other four teams have tried and failed:

  • Palmeiras in 1974 and 1995
  • Flamengo in 1984
  • Internacional in 1977
  • Corinthians in 2000

Serie A Standings and Game Schedule:

For standings, go to FIFA.

Brasileirão on UOL

In Brazil, one of the best coverages of the National Championship is on UOL Esporte - Futebol. To see how we keep up, go to:

UOL Navigation Tips:

  • The green tabs (Maio, Junho, Julho, Agosto, Setembro, Outubro, Novembro, Dezembro) are for May-December.
  • The date includes the day of the week.
  • Game times are Brazilian style (16h00=4pm)
  • Each line shows the game with home team first, the stadium and the city.

    Brasileirão Série A - List of Teams:

    Atlético – MG
    (Clube Atlético Mineiro)
    Belo Horizonte, MG
    Nickname: Galo (Rooster)
    Coach: Geninho
    Official Site

    Atlético – PR
    (Clube Atlético Paranaense)
    Curitiba, PR
    Nickname: Furacão (Hurricane)
    Coach: Ney Franco
    Official Site

    Botafogo
    (Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas)
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ
    Nickname: Fogão (Big Fire)
    Coach: Cuca
    Official Site

    Coritiba
    (Coritiba Foot Ball Club)
    Curitiba, PR
    Nickname: Coxa, pronounced COH-sha ("Thigh", from the insult "white thighs" aimed at a German Coritiba player by rival Atlético during two games at the time of World War II. Coritiba won both games and adopted the nickname.)
    Coach: Dorival Júnior
    www.coritiba.com.br

    Cruzeiro
    (Cruzeiro Esporte Club)
    Belo Horizonte, MG
    Nickname: Raposa ("Fox", from a former club president said to be cunning)
    Coach: Adilson Batista
    www.cruzeiro.com.br

    Figueirense
    (Figueirense Futebol Clube)
    Florianópolis, Santa Catarina
    Nickname: Figueira (for the tree symbol and mascot)
    Coach: Alexandre Gallo
    www.figueirense.com.br

    Flamengo
    (Clube de Regatas do Flamengo)
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ
    Nickname: Mengo, Urubu ("Black vulture" - a racist insult targeting poor, black fans turned into a proud nickname)
    Coach: Joel Natalino Santana
    www.flamengo.com.br

    Fluminense
    (Fluminense F.C.)
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ
    Nickname: Tricolor, Nense
    Coach: Renato Portaluppi
    www.fluminense.com.br

    Goiás
    (Goiás Esporte Clube)
    Goiânia, GO
    Nickname: Esmeraldino
    Coach: Oswaldo Alvarez (Vadão)
    www.goiasesporteclube.com.br

    Grêmio
    (Grêmio Foot-Ball Portoalegrense)
    Porto Alegre, RS
    Nickname: Imortal Tricolor, Tricolor Gaúcho
    Coach: Celso Roth
    http://www.gremio.net

    Internacional
    (Sport Club Internacional)
    Porto Alegre, RS
    Nickname: Colorado, Inter
    Coach: Abel Braga
    www.internacional.com.br

    Ipatinga
    (Ipatinga F.C.)
    Ipatinga , MG
    Nickname: Tigre (Tiger)
    Coach: Antonio Giba (Giba)
    Official Site

    Náutico
    (Clube Náutico Capibaribe)
    Recife, PE
    Nickname: Timbu (a kind of skunk), Alvirubro (White-Red)
    Coach: Roberto Fernandes
    www.nautico-pe.com.br

    Palmeiras
    Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras
    São Paulo, SP
    Nickname: Verdão (Big Green), Porco (Pig; embraced insult)
    Coach: Vanderlei Luxemburgo
    www.palmeiras.com.br

    Portuguesa
    (Associação Portuguesa de Desportos)
    São Paulo, SP
    Nickname: Lusa
    Coach: Vagner Benazzi
    Official Site

    Santos
    (Santos Futebol Clube)
    Santos, São Paulo
    Nickname: Peixe (Fish)
    Coach: Emerson Leão
    www.santosfc.com.br

    São Paulo
    (São Paulo F.C.)
    São Paulo, SP
    Nickname: Tricolor
    Coach: Muricy Ramalho
    www.saopaulofc.net

    Sport
    (Sport Club do Recife)
    Recife, PE
    Nickname: Leão da Ilha
    Coach: Nelsinho Batista
    www.sportrecife.com

    Vasco
    (Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama) Rio de Janeiro, RJ
    Nickname: Time da Virada ("The Turnaround Team")
    Coach: Antônio Lopes
    www.crvascodagama.com

    Vitória
    (Esporte Clube Vitória)
    Salvador, BA
    Nickname: Leão da Barra
    Coach: Vagner Mancini
    www.ecvitoria.com.br

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