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1996 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

The 1996 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A was the 40th edition of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, was played between August 8 and December 15, 1996. It had 24 teams and divided into two stages. In the first one, every team played against each other once. After 23 rounds, top eight clubs qualified to next stage, and the bottom two were supposed to be relegated, but CBF decided to keep Fluminense and Bragantino in Série A after the season was over. Final stage was played in elimination system with home-and-away matches. The club with better record during first stage had the advantage to qualify in case of a draw. In the end, Grêmio won their second championship in history based on this rule. They were defeated by runners-up Portuguesa 2-0 at Morumbi Stadium, but came back on second leg, winning by the same score at their home ground, Olímpico Stadium in Porto Alegre.

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Season1996
ChampionsGrêmio
2nd Campeonato Brasileiro title
2nd Brazilian title
RelegatedNone
Copa Libertadores
de América
Grêmio
Cruzeiro (Copa do Brasil champions)
Matches played290
Goals scored787 (2.71 per match)
Top goalscorerPaulo Nunes
Renaldo
(16 goals each)
1995
1997

Standings and resultsEdit

First stageEdit

Pos
Team
Pts
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
1 Cruzeiro 44 23 13 5 5 31 17 14
2 Guarani 43 23 13 4 6 23 14 9
3 Palmeiras 43 23 12 7 4 42 20 12
4 Atlético Paranaense 39 23 12 3 8 41 28 13
5 Atlético Mineiro 39 23 12 3 8 39 32 7
6 Grêmio 38 23 11 5 7 42 27 15
7 Goiás 37 23 11 4 8 37 27 10
8 Portuguesa 36 23 11 3 9 32 29 3
9 Internacional 35 23 10 5 8 31 27 4
10 Sport 35 23 10 5 8 32 31 1
11 São Paulo 35 23 9 8 6 39 32 7
12 Corinthians 32 23 7 11 5 20 19 1
13 Flamengo 30 23 9 3 11 24 31 -7
14 Coritiba 29 23 9 3 11 25 30 -5
15 Vitória 29 23 8 5 10 32 39 -7
16 Paraná 28 23 8 4 11 26 30 -4
17 Botafogo 28 23 7 7 9 33 35 -2
18 Vasco da Gama 27 23 8 3 12 37 43 -6
19 Juventude 27 23 8 3 12 31 37 -6
20 Santos 27 23 7 6 10 26 31 -5
21 Criciúma 23 23 6 5 12 31 39 -8
22 Bahia 23 23 5 8 10 25 35 -10
23 Fluminense 22 23 6 4 13 26 50 -24
24 Bragantino 19 23 5 4 14 26 48 -22
Teams qualified for next stage
Teams relegated to Série B 1997

Final stageEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                             
1 Cruzeiro 0 1  
8 Portuguesa 3 0  
  Atlético Mineiro 0 2  
  Portuguesa 1 2  
4 Atlético (PR) 1 1
5 Atlético Mineiro 3 0  
  Portuguesa 2 0  
  Grêmio 0 2  
3 Palmeiras 1 1  
6 Grêmio 3 0  
  Grêmio 3 2
  Goiás 1 2  
2 Guarani 1 1
7 Goiás 3 0  

Grêmio won based on their better record during first stage.


 Campeonato Brasileiro 1996 Champions 
Grêmio
2nd title

Top scorersEdit