São Paulo crowned kings of Brazil for third straight year

December 8, 2008 at 16:29 6 comments



Muricy Ramalho’s São Paulo made it a record three consecutive wins in the Brasileiro after beating a lacklustre Goiás 1-0 in the estádio Bezerrão in the Distrito Federal.

The final day saw the Morumbi side needing just a point to retain the trophy. But São Paulo came away with all three after the match officials failed to notice that Borges was offside for the game’s only goal. Had Wagner Tardelli been in charge, it may have been a different story. But the referee was withdrawn from the fixture because of rumours that he allegedly been sent Madonna tickets by São Paulo (Tardelli though was just one of many recipients that also included the São Paulo Football Federation). See the celebrations here

Down south, Grêmio were hoping for a São Paulo slip up but it never looked like coming against an insipid Goiás. Grêmio did their part by beating Atlético Mineiro 2-0 but had to content themselves with the runner’s up slot.

Cruzeiro and Palmeiras took the remaining Libertadores places. Cruzeiro had to come from behind to beat an already relegated Portuguesa 4-1 in the Mineirão. Palmeiras lost 1-0 at home to Botafogo but still qualified because Flamengo went down 5-3 away at relegation-threatened Atlético Paranaense. Atlético survived along with Náutico whose 0-0 draw at Santos kept them up on goal difference. Not so lucky were Figueirense who went down despite picking up their third straight win in the 3-1 victory over Internacional. But the biggest casualty of the day was Vasco da Gama who crashed into Série B for the first time in their history. The fall out has already begun with coach Renato Gaúcho resigning and the diminutive but highly-rated Madson signing a three-year contract with Santos.

See the goals here

See all the Campeonato Brasileiro round 38 results and the table here

Look out for my Brasileiro review, which should be up in the next couple of days


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Martin  |  December 8, 2008 at 18:08

    I am not sure if getting Madonna concert tickets is a prize or a punishment!

    3 straight titles for Sao Paulo, that is an impressive record in a league where parity usually exists. It is the fruit of Sao Paulo’s excellent organization both on the field and off.

  • 2. pitacodogringo  |  December 8, 2008 at 20:13

    haha Martin. careful! she may be reading this! ha

    there’s still a good deal of confusion about the incident. the source is the Paulista Football Federation who said that they received info that someone wanted to send an envelope to Tardelli –

  • 3. Pedro  |  December 15, 2008 at 15:24


    Everyone in Brazil is jealous because the successful of my team Sao Paulo.

  • 4. Alex  |  March 14, 2009 at 18:49

    Hey. looks impossible for me to find it on the internet. but do you know where the match against Peru is about to be played? I wondering cause i stay in Rio and really hope that the match gonna be played here.

  • 5. pitacodogringo  |  March 14, 2009 at 23:19

    Hi Alex

    the game’s in Internacional’s Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, which is about a 2-hour flight from Rio

  • 6. Alex  |  March 15, 2009 at 14:39

    thx, will see if i take that flight =)


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