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Brazil's Toughest Soccer Series Kicks Off
See why the Brazilian National Championship is so amazing
Gabriel Fuhrmann Tranquilli Barbosa (gabriel89)     Print Article 
Published 2009-05-15 15:22 (KST)   
The Brazilian National Championship, known as Brasileirao, has just begun. It is considered one of the hardest tournaments in the world.

That is because every team has a chance to be the champion. Of the 20 clubs that are competing, at least 11 are major clubs in Brazil. They are: Fluminense, Botafogo, Flamengo (Rio de Janeiro), Cruzeiro and Atletico-MG from (Minas Gerais), Gremio and Internacional (Rio Grande do Sul) and of course, the four major teams from Sao Paulo, which I guess you already know well.

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This year there is a great expectation based on a lot of things. Will Sao Paulo Futebol Clube keep its monopoly and win the fourth championship in a row? Or will Neymar and his fellows revive Robinho and Diego's campaign in 2002 and surprise everyone winning the trophy for Santos? Will Sport keep surprising us as it did in the Cup of Brazil last year? Internacional, Corinthians, Cruzeiro, all they won their state championships and two of them were unbeaten. How will they do in Brasileirao? No one can predict a champion; there are many possibilities.

And I haven't even talked about the greatest players and those who came back from Europe: Ronaldo playing for Corinthians, Adriano playing for Flamengo, Fred at Fluminense are the three attackers that made a better name in Europe, but also, there are other great players that did well at the state championships and everyone expects a lot from them.

Nilmar plays for Internacional and is much acclaimed to be in the national squad, Neymar is the great promise from Santos, Ramires and Wagner are the vital organs of Cruzeiro's success and Hernanes from Sao Paulo is considered one of the best midfielders in Brazil.

The first round has already been played. Fluminense beat Sao Paulo, the current champion. Internacional won against Corinthians 1-0 in away match, with a fantastic goal scored by Nilmar -- You will have the chance to watch the action at the link below -- Santo Andre, Barueri and Avai which were just promoted from second division this year, surprised everyone keeping a draw with Botafogo, Sport and Atletico-MG respectively. Cruzeiro kept it great campaign and beat Flamengo by 2 - 0.

Watch the highlights of the first round: 1st round of the Brasileirao.

You can also see a full list of the results of the first round in the description of the video.

What more could a soccer fan want? I guess it shows why the Brazilian National Championship is one of the most unpredictable soccer events played at the highest level in the world. Let's follow it until the end.

©2009 OhmyNews
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