The Brazilian soccer league kicked off last weekend to a great start, as 20 teams began their quest for the title.
Defending Champions Cruzeiro beat Bahia away 2-1. The winning side, from Minas Gerais, in the southeast of the country, had no trouble getting a victory in the excruciating warmth of Salvador, capital of Bahia state in Brazil’s sunny northeast.
Cruzeiro are one of the favourites to win the league again this year.
But they will have some serious competition from São Paulo and their impressive lineup: the likes of Luis Fabiano, Ganso and Pato showed they mean business last Sunday as the Paulista side easily beat Botafogo 3-0 in a packed Morumbi stadium.
It was a very tight performance from São Paulo, the top team in terms of Brazilian league wins – they hold a total of six trophies. Playing in Morumbi, the home side gave no chances to the visitors from Rio de Janeiro.
Before the first half was over, São Paulo already help a comfortable 2-0 lead with a Barcelona-like 67% ball possession.
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Rogério Ceni, São Paulo’s 41-year old goalkeeper, was awarded three incredible titles from the Guinness World Book of Records. He was recognised as the highest-scoring keeper in history with 114 goals from 1,136 appearances for São Paulo.
Ceni also got the Guinness book award for the soccer athlete with the highest number of caps for the same team: 866 matches.
Corinthians drew Ronaldinho Gaúcho’s Atlético Mineiro away 0-0 in what was considered a very positive result.
It is hard to think that this year’s title would go anywhere else than any of these four teams: São Paulo, Cruzeiro, Corinthians and Atlético Mineiro.
Next weekend will see another full round of matches.
The Brazilian league is by far one of the most competitive soccer leagues in the world – it is played by 20 teams from April to December. There will be a one-month break this June for FIFA’s World Cup.
Brazilian soccer players are usually sold to European team at a high price. The Premier League in England features Oscar, Lucas Leiva, Ramires, David Luiz and a few other top Brazilian players.
Neymar, Marcelo and Dani Alves play in Spain.
Keep an eye here on The Circular for updates on the Brazilian League.