2008 Campeonato Gaúcho

The 88th season of the Campeonato Gaúcho kicked off on January 19, 2008. The competition began with 16 clubs divided into two groups. Even before the end of first stage, Guarany and 15 de Novembro were already relegated. Holders Grêmio had an early exit after being defeated by Juventude at homeground. Once again, the two biggest clubs of Rio Grande do Sul would not meet at the final. Internacional set a new record: the highest score in a final match, after beating Juventude 8-1 at Beira-Rio Stadium. That was the 38th title in the history of the club.

Campeonato Gaúcho
Season2008
ChampionsInternacional
(38th title)
RelegatedGuarany
15 de Novembro
Copa do BrasilInternacional
Juventude
Grêmio
Caxias (Copa FGF 2007 winners)
Série CInternacional (SM)
Caxias
Brasil (Copa FGF 2007 runners-up)
Goals scored376
Average goals/game2.98
Top goalscorerAlex (Internacional) and
Mendes (Juventude) (13)
Biggest home winInternacional 8-1 Juventude
(Final, 2008 May 04)
Biggest away winGuarany 0–6 Internacional
(First Stage, 2008 March 02)
Highest scoringInternacional 8-1 Juventude
(Final, 2008 May 04)
Highest attendance46.472 - Internacional 2-0 Brasil
(First Stage, 2008 March 08)
2007
2009

The tournament qualified both finalists to the Copa do Brasil (Brazil Cup) - Grêmio is also qualified based on CBF ranking criteria. As Internacional will play Série A and Juventude, Série B this season, the semifinal losers, Internacional of Santa Maria and Caxias qualified for the Série C (3rd level of National championship).

TeamsEdit

Club City Position
in 2007
Number of titles
(until 2007)
Internacional Porto Alegre 7th 37
Grêmio Porto Alegre Champions 35
São José Porto Alegre 12th -
Caxias Caxias do Sul 6th 1
Juventude Caxias do Sul Runners-up 1
Brasil Pelotas 10th 1
Esportivo Bento Gonçalves 5th -
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz do Sul 13th -
Veranópolis Veranópolis 4th -
São Luiz Ijuí 14th -
Novo Hamburgo Novo Hamburgo 9th -
15 de Novembro Campo Bom 11th -
Guarany Bagé 8th 2
Ulbra Canoas 3rd -
Sapucaiense Sapucaia do Sul Champions
(2nd Division)
-
Internacional (SM) Santa Maria Runners-up
(2nd Division)
-

SystemEdit

  • Group Stage: The 16 teams were divided in 2 groups of 8 teams each. They played against each other inside their groups in home-and-away system. After 14 rounds, the top 4 teams qualified to the Quarterfinals and the bottom team from each group were relegated to play 2nd Division in 2009.
  • Quarterfinals: Considering Group Stage positions, the 8 qualified teams were placed in 4 groups of 2 teams each which played in home-and-away system.
  • Semifinals: Quarterfinals winners were divided in 2 groups of 2 teams each and they played in home-and-away system. Teams with best overall record played second leg at home
  • Finals: Semifinals winners played in home-and-away to define Champions. Team with best overall record played second leg at home.

Group stageEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Grêmio 14 11 3 0 28 8 +20 36 Advance to Quarterfinals
2 Caxias 14 6 6 2 18 9 +9 24
3 Sapucaiense 14 6 4 4 23 20 +3 22
4 Ulbra 14 6 3 5 20 24 −4 21
5 Esportivo 14 6 2 6 17 18 −1 20
6 Novo Hamburgo 14 5 2 7 23 24 −1 17
7 Santa Cruz 14 4 1 9 16 23 −7 13
8 15 de Novembro 14 1 1 12 11 30 −19 4 Second Division 2009

FixturesEdit

Date Match Venue
2008 Jan 19 Grêmio 3-0 15 de Novembro Porto Alegre
2008 Jan 19 Caxias 2-0 Santa Cruz Caxias do Sul
2008 Jan 20 Novo Hamburgo 1-2 Esportivo Novo Hamburgo
2008 Jan 20 Ulbra 3-2 Sapucaiense Canoas
2008 Jan 22 15 de Novembro 0-1 Caxias Campo Bom
2008 Jan 23 Sapucaiense 1-1 Grêmio São Leopoldo
2008 Jan 23 Santa Cruz 2-0 Novo Hamburgo Santa Cruz do Sul
2008 Jan 23 Esportivo 2-1 Ulbra Bento Gonçalves
2008 Jan 26 Grêmio 1-0 Santa Cruz Porto Alegre
2008 Jan 26 Novo Hamburgo 0-0 Caxias Novo Hamburgo
2008 Jan 26 Ulbra 3-2 15 de Novembro Canoas
2008 Jan 27 Sapucaiense 0-0 Esportivo São Leopoldo
2008 Jan 30 15 de Novembro 1-3 Esportivo Campo Bom
2008 Feb 1 Santa Cruz 2-2 Ulbra Santa Cruz do Sul
2008 Feb 2 Novo Hamburgo 1-3 Sapucaiense Novo Hamburgo
2008 Feb 2 Caxias 2-2 Grêmio Caxias do Sul
2008 Feb 6 Caxias 0-0 Ulbra Caxias do Sul
2008 Feb 9 Grêmio 2-0 Novo Hamburgo Porto Alegre
2008 Feb 10 Esportivo 1-0 Santa Cruz Bento Gonçalves
2008 Feb 10 Sapucaiense 1-0 15 de Novembro São Leopoldo
2008 Feb 13 15 de Novembro 0-3 Novo Hamburgo Campo Bom
2008 Jan 17 Ulbra 0-1 Grêmio Canoas
2008 Feb 17 Esportivo 0-1 Caxias Bento Gonçalves
2008 Feb 17 Sapucaiense 0-1 Santa Cruz São Leopoldo
2008 Feb 20 Caxias 2-2 Sapucaiense Caxias do Sul
2008 Feb 20 Novo Hamburgo 1-2 Ulbra Novo Hamburgo
2008 Feb 21 Santa Cruz 1-0 15 de Novembro Santa Cruz do Sul
2008 Feb 21 Grêmio 2-1 Esportivo Porto Alegre
Date Match Venue
2008 Feb 23 Sapucaiense 1-1 Caxias São Leopoldo
2008 Feb 24 Ulbra 2-5 Novo Hamburgo Canoas
2008 Feb 24 Esportivo 1-2 Grêmio Bento Gonçalves
2008 Feb 25 15 de Novembro 3-1 Santa Cruz Campo Bom
2008 Feb 25 Novo Hamburgo 1-1 15 de Novembro Novo Hamburgo
2008 Mar 1 Grêmio 4-0 Ulbra Porto Alegre
2008 Mar 1 Caxias 2-0 Esportivo Caxias do Sul
2008 Mar 3 Santa Cruz 2-5 Sapucaiense Santa Cruz do Sul
2008 Mar 6 15 de Novembro 1-2 Sapucaiense Campo Bom
2008 Mar 8 Santa Cruz 1-2 Esportivo Santa Cruz do Sul
2008 Mar 9 Ulbra 1-0 Caxias Canoas
2008 Mar 9 Novo Hamburgo 0-1 Grêmio Novo Hamburgo
2008 Mar 12 Ulbra 1-0 Santa Cruz Canoas
2008 Mar 12 Esportivo 1-0 15 de Novembro Bento Gonçalves
2008 Mar 12 Sapucaiense 1-4 Novo Hamburgo São Leopoldo
2008 Mar 13 Grêmio 0-0 Caxias Porto Alegre
2008 Mar 15 Esportivo 1-3 Sapucaiense Bento Gonçalves
2008 Mar 16 15 de Novembro 2-3 Ulbra Campo Bom
2008 Mar 16 Santa Cruz 2-3 Grêmio Santa Cruz do Sul
2008 Mar 16 Caxias 4-1 Novo Hamburgo Caxias do Sul
2008 Mar 20 Grêmio 2-0 Sapucaiense Porto Alegre
2008 Mar 22 Caxias 3-0 15 de Novembro Caxias do Sul
2008 Mar 22 Ulbra 1-1 Esportivo Canoas
2008 Mar 22 Novo Hamburgo 3-2 Santa Cruz Novo Hamburgo
2008 Mar 26 Sapucaiense 2-1 Ulbra São Leopoldo
2008 Mar 26 Santa Cruz 2-0 Caxias Santa Cruz do Sul
2008 Mar 26 Esportivo 2-3 Novo Hamburgo Bento Gonçalves
2008 Mar 26 15 de Novembro 1-4 Grêmio Campo Bom

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Internacional 14 10 2 2 34 9 +25 32 Advance to Quarterfinals
2 Internacional (SM) 14 7 5 2 25 20 +5 26
3 São José 14 6 4 4 19 20 −1 22
4 Juventude 14 6 2 6 17 15 +2 20
5 São Luiz 14 5 5 4 22 18 +4 20
6 Veranópolis 14 5 3 6 21 23 −2 18
7 Brasil 14 5 1 8 22 26 −4 16
8 Guarany 14 1 0 13 12 41 −29 3 Second Division 2009

FixturesEdit

Date Match Venue
2008 Jan 20 São Luiz 3-1 Brasil Ijuí
2008 Jan 20 São José 2-0 Juventude Porto Alegre
2008 Jan 20 Internacional (SM) 2-2 Internacional Santa Maria
2008 Jan 20 Veranópolis 4-1 Guarany Veranópolis
2008 Jan 23 Brasil 4-1 São José Pelotas
2008 Jan 24 Internacional 2-0 Veranópolis Porto Alegre
2008 Jan 24 Juventude 2-2 Internacional (SM) Caxias do Sul
2008 Jan 24 Guarany 1-3 São Luiz Bagé
2008 Jan 27 São José 1-4 Internacional Porto Alegre
2008 Jan 27 Internacional (SM) 3-2 Guarany Santa Maria
2008 Jan 27 Juventude 2-1 Brasil Caxias do Sul
2008 Jan 28 São Luiz 1-0 Veranópolis Ijuí
2008 Jan 30 Guarany 1-3 São José Bagé
2008 Feb 1 Veranópolis 2-1 Brasil Veranópolis
2008 Feb 1 Internacional (SM) 1-0 São Luiz Santa Maria
2008 Feb 1 Internacional 0-1 Juventude Porto Alegre
2008 Feb 8 Guarany 1-0 Juventude Bagé
2008 Feb 10 Brasil 0-5 Internacional Pelotas
2008 Feb 10 Veranópolis 2-3 Internacional (SM) Veranópolis
2008 Feb 11 São Luiz 0-0 São José Ijuí
2008 Feb 16 Internacional 2-0 Guarany Porto Alegre
2008 Feb 16 Juventude 2-0 São Luiz Caxias do Sul
2008 Feb 16 São José 1-1 Veranópolis Porto Alegre
2008 Feb 17 Brasil 2-3 Internacional (SM) Pelotas
2008 Feb 19 Veranópolis 2-1 Juventude Veranópolis
2008 Feb 20 Guarany 0-3 Brasil Bagé
2008 Feb 20 São Luiz 1-1 Internacional Ijuí
2008 Feb 21 Internacional (SM) 1-0 São José Santa Maria
Date Match Venue
2008 Feb 22 Juventude 2-0 Veranópolis Caxias do Sul
2008 Feb 23 Internacional 3-0 São Luiz Porto Alegre
2008 Feb 24 Brasil 2-0 Guarany Pelotas
2008 Feb 25 São José 1-0 Internacional (SM) Porto Alegre
2008 Feb 29 Internacional (SM) 3-2 Brasil Santa Maria
2008 Mar 2 Veranópolis 2-2 São José Veranópolis
2008 Mar 2 Guarany 0-6 Internacional Bagé
2008 Mar 2 São Luiz 4-0 Juventude Ijuí
2008 Mar 6 Internacional (SM) 1-1 Veranópolis Santa Maria
2008 Mar 8 Internacional 2-0 Brasil Veranópolis
2008 Mar 8 Juventude 2-0 Guarany Caxias do Sul
2008 Mar 8 São José 1-1 São Luiz Porto Alegre
2008 Mar 12 São Luiz 2-2 Internacional (SM) Ijuí
2008 Mar 12 São José 3-2 Guarany Porto Alegre
2008 Mar 12 Juventude 3-0 Internacional Caxias do Sul
2008 Mar 13 Brasil 2-1 Veranópolis Pelotas
2008 Mar 15 Internacional 2-0 São José Porto Alegre
2008 Mar 15 Guarany 1-3 Internacional (SM) Bagé
2008 Mar 16 Brasil 1-0 Juventude Pelotas
2008 Mar 18 Veranópolis 3-1 São Luiz Veranópolis
2008 Mar 21 São José 2-1 Brasil Porto Alegre
2008 Mar 22 Internacional (SM) 1-1 Juventude Santa Maria
2008 Mar 23 São Luiz 4-1 Guarany Ijuí
2008 Mar 23 Veranópolis 1-3 Internacional Veranópolis
2008 Mar 27 Guarany 2-3 Veranópolis Bagé
2008 Mar 27 Juventude 1-2 São José Caxias do Sul
2008 Mar 27 Brasil 2-2 São Luiz Pelotas
2008 Mar 27 Internacional 2-0 Internacional (SM) Porto Alegre

QuarterfinalsEdit

First Leg: 29 and 30 March
Second Leg: 5 and 6 April

Team 1 plays the second leg at home

Team 1 Total Team 2 First Second
Grêmio 5-5* Juventude 2-1 2-3
Internacional 7-3 Ulbra 4-1 3-2
Internacional (SM) 3-2 Sapucaiense 1-2 2-0
Caxias 2-1 São José 1-1 1-0

Juventude won on away goals rule.

SemifinalsEdit

First Leg: 13 and 15 April
Second Leg: 20 April

Team 1 plays the second leg at home

Team 1 Total Team 2 First Second
Internacional (SM) 3-4 Juventude 1-0 2-4
Internacional 3-1 Caxias 1-0 2-1

FinalEdit

First Leg: 27 April
Second Leg: 4 May

Team 1 plays the second leg at home

Team 1 Total Team 2 First Second
Internacional 8-2 Juventude 0-1 8-1

GoalsEdit

Top Goal scorersEdit

Scorer Goals Team
  Mendes 13 Juventude
  Alex 13 Internacional
  Ronaldo Capixaba 9 São Luiz
  Júnior Paulista 7 São José
  Iarley 7 Internacional