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Old 06-18-2014, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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Since Brazil is currently hosting the World Cup, I would like to share with you this article from Wikipedia, that will help you to understand a very important feature of Brazilian football/soccer:


State football leagues in Brazil

State football leagues in Brazil are football leagues competed in each of the states of Brazil and in the Federal District. One such league, the Campeonato Paulista, which started in 1902, is the oldest football competition in Brazil.[1] Due to their long tradition, they are highly regarded, and are almost as important as the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.[2]

Historically, because of economical or geographical issues, the long distances between important cities of the country made the Brazilian people develop a strong competitive culture within the states.[3] So, each Brazilian state has its own state championship.[4] As of 2009, most of the state championships start in January and conclude in early May (23 dates assigned to matches).[5]

Due to these competitions, some matches between rival clubs of the same state or city have a similar or bigger importance than an interstate match between two important clubs.[3][6] These local matches are called clássicos (classics, or derbies). Some examples are Fla-Flu, in Rio de Janeiro, Corinthians-Palmeiras in São Paulo, Atlético-Cruzeiro in Minas Gerais, Naútico-Sport in Pernambuco, Gre–Nal in Rio Grande do Sul, Atle-Tiba, in Paraná etc.[3]

The state champions and, in some states, the runners-up, are automatically qualified to play in the following year's Copa do Brasil.[7] Also, the best placed clubs of each state which are not competing the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Série B or Série C qualify to the same year's Série D.

State football leagues in Brazil - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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All states in Brazil have state leagues, but not all state leagues are reallly popular among the football fans in that state.

The following states have leagues that are not very popular: Amazonas, Roraima, Amapa, Acre, Rondonia, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Tocantins, Distrito Federal, Piaui, Paraiba and Espirito Santo. In these states, the local teams are not very prestigious even among the local population, that often roots for teams from other states.

In the other states, the state leagues are more popular, and the local teams have more fans.
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Old 06-19-2014, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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Just to give you an idea of how popular the state leagues are in Brazil, I will show you an example from my home state, Ceará...

This is how the Castelao stadium, in Fortaleza, the same stadium that is now hosting World Cup matches, looked like at the final match of the "Campeonato Cearense" (Ceará state league) in 2013, between Ceara SC vs Guarany de Sobral:




(the pitch wasn't very good because of Paul McCartney's concert a few days before)



And that's just a state league match...
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Old 06-21-2014, 06:54 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Obviously that wouldn't work for too many states in the U.S., but it is an interesting thing in Brazil. I live in California, which has many teams, if you count MLS, USL Pro, PDL and NPSL (no NASL). Obviously such a league would be dominated by the LA Galaxy and maybe SJ Earthquakes, but it might be neat to see.
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:37 PM
 
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Obviously that wouldn't work for too many states in the U.S., but it is an interesting thing in Brazil. I live in California, which has many teams, if you count MLS, USL Pro, PDL and NPSL (no NASL). Obviously such a league would be dominated by the LA Galaxy and maybe SJ Earthquakes, but it might be neat to see.
It would be a tough sell culturally. Plus, the franchise model limits club growth. So, you wouldn't have enough statewide teams to fill a state league.
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Old 06-22-2014, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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Obviously that wouldn't work for too many states in the U.S., but it is an interesting thing in Brazil. I live in California, which has many teams, if you count MLS, USL Pro, PDL and NPSL (no NASL). Obviously such a league would be dominated by the LA Galaxy and maybe SJ Earthquakes, but it might be neat to see.
I'm really not sure if this state league model from Brazil would work in the USA...

The state leagues are so popular in Brazil because of their very long tradition. Most of the state leagues here are more than 80 years old.

The state leagues started way before we had a national league in Brazil. They started in a time when commercial airplane flights didn't exist, and it was almost impossible to have a national league in Brazil due to the big size of the country and the long distances between major cities.

The long tradition makes the state leagues to survive, and still be popular, even when we now have a national league in Brazil with 4 tiers/divisions (Series A, B, C and D)

Also, Brazil has over 200 professional soccer/football teams, spread all over the country.
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