2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B

In 2009, the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, the second level of the Brazilian League, was contested by 20 clubs from May 8 to November 29, 2009. Top four teams in the table would eventually qualify to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A to be contested in 2010, meanwhile the bottom four would be relegated to Série C next season.

Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
Season2009
ChampionsVasco da Gama (1st title)
PromotedVasco da Gama
Guarani
Ceará
Atlético Goianiense
RelegatedJuventude
Fortaleza
Campinense
ABC
Goals scored1,056
Average goals/game2.78
Highest attendance78,609 − Vasco da Gama 2−1 Juventude, Round 34, Nov 7
Lowest attendance5 − Duque de Caxias 4−1 Ponte Preta, Round 38, Nov 27

Three former Brazilian champions played in this edition. Vasco da Gama was relegated for the first time in history, meanwhile Bahia and Guarani came back from Série C in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Also playing for the first time was Duque de Caxias, which was promoted along with Atlético Goianiense and Campinense. After spending a single season in Série A, Ipatinga and Portuguesa had returned to Série B along with Figueirense, which was playing top-level since 2002.

In the beginning of the tournament, Vasco was figuring in the middle of the table with 4 draws in 6 matches. Meanwhile, recently promoted Guarani had a promising start. However, another team which came from Séric C, Atlético Goianiense, managed to reach the top of the table. But when 4-time Brazilian champions woke up, no other team could stop them. Vasco took the lead in the end of the first half of the championship and never let it go. On round 34, after defeating Juventude 2−1 in a packed Maracanã Stadium, Vasco clinched their promotion. Two rounds later, in a crowded Maracanã Stadium again, the club from Rio de Janeiro reached the title after a 2−1 win against América de Natal. On round 37, Guarani and Atlético Goianiense also reached Série A along with Ceará, which did not start well but managed comeback and reach the top-four group.

In the other side of the table, teams from Northeastern Brazil struggled to avoid relegation. Campinense stayed in the bottom four group during all the championship and their relegation was confirmed on round 37. In the very same day, ABC and Fortaleza also booked their trip to Série C, meanwhile 1988 Brazilian champions Bahia avoided relegation after flirting with it in the last rounds. The last matchday decided who was the last relegated team. Brasiliense, Ipatinga and América de Natal good results sent Juventude to the third level of Brazilian football after spending 15 years in Séries A and B.

FormatEdit

For the fourth consecutive season, the tournament was played in a double round-robin system. The team with most points has been declared champions. Top four clubs ascended to Série A, meanwhile the bottom four were relegated to Série C.

Team informationEdit

Team City State Stadium Capacity 2008 season
ABC Natal   RN Frasqueirão 24,000 13th in Série B
América Natal   RN Machadão 35,000 15th in Série B
Atlético Goianiense Goiânia   GO Serra Dourada 60,000 Série C champions
Bahia Salvador   BA Jóia da Princesa 25,000 10 in Série B
Bragantino Bragança Paulista   SP Nabi Abi Chedid 21,209 7th in Série B
Brasiliense Brasília   DF Boca do Jacaré 32,000 14th in Série B
Ceará Fortaleza   CE Castelão 60,326 12th in Série B
Campinense Campina Grande   PB Amigão 40,000 3rd in Série C
Duque de Caxias Duque de Caxias   RJ Marrentão 10,000 4th in Série C
Figueirense Florianópolis   SC Orlando Scarpelli 29,808 17th in Série A
Fortaleza Fortaleza   CE Castelão 60,326 16th in Série B
Guarani Campinas   SP Brinco de Ouro 30,988 Série C runners-up
Ipatinga Ipatinga   MG Ipatingão 15,000 20th in Série A
Juventude Caxias do Sul   RS Alfredo Jaconi 30,519 8th in Série B
Paraná Curitiba   PR Vila Capanema 20,083 11th in Série B
Ponte Preta Campinas   SP Moisés Lucarelli 19,722 5th in Série B
Portuguesa São Paulo   SP Canindé 25,470 19th in Série A
São Caetano São Caetano do Sul   SP Anacleto Campanella 22,738 9th in Série B
Vasco Rio de Janeiro   RJ São Januário 25,000 18th in Série A
Vila Nova Goiânia   GO Serra Dourada 60,000 6th in Série B

Final standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Vasco da Gama (C, P) 38 22 10 6 58 29 +29 76 Promotion to Campeonato Brasileiro
2 Guarani (P) 38 21 6 11 55 51 +4 69
3 Ceará (P) 38 19 11 8 54 34 +20 68
4 Atlético Goianiense (P) 38 20 5 13 73 53 +20 65
5 Portuguesa 38 18 8 12 53 45 +8 62
6 Figueirense 38 19 3 16 64 51 +13 60
7 São Caetano 38 15 9 14 52 38 +14 54
8 Duque de Caxias 38 15 9 14 55 55 0 54
9 Bragantino 38 15 8 15 52 51 +1 53
10 Paraná 38 14 11 13 51 56 −5 53
11 Ponte Preta 38 14 10 14 62 55 +7 52
12 Bahia 38 14 9 15 52 53 −1 51
13 Vila Nova 38 14 7 17 42 59 −17 49
14 Brasiliense 38 14 6 18 45 56 −11 48
15 Ipatinga 38 12 12 14 43 50 −7 48
16 América-RN 38 13 7 18 49 61 −12 46
17 Juventude (R) 38 12 8 18 46 50 −4 44 Relegation to Série C
18 Fortaleza (R) 38 10 8 20 56 64 −8 38
19 Campinense (R) 38 11 4 23 54 79 −25 37
20 ABC (R) 38 10 5 23 40 66 −26 35
Source: CBF
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd wins; 3rd goal difference; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head results; 6th least red cards received; 7th least yellow cards received; 8th draw
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ABC ARN ACG BAH BRG BRS CEA CPN DUQ FIG FOR GUA IPA JUV PAR PON POR SCA VAS VIL
ABC 1–0 2–1 3–0 0–1 6–2 1–3 1–2 1–2 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–4 2–3 1–0
América-RN 1–0 1–2 4–1 1–4 2–1 1–5 4–4 0–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 0–2 3–1 1–2 4–0 0–0 2–2 2–0
Atlético Goianiense 2–0 4–1 0–3 3–1 5–1 4–1 1–0 3–0 3–2 3–1 4–1 2–2 2–1 5–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–2 2–1
Bahia 4–0 3–3 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 3–0 1–2 0–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–4 3–1 2–1 1–0
Bragantino 3–0 2–1 2–2 3–0 1–2 1–1 3–2 2–0 1–0 4–1 0–1 1–1 3–2 2–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 2–1
Brasiliense 1–1 0–0 0–1 3–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–4 1–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 0–1 3–0 3–2 2–2 0–1 2–1
Ceará 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–2 2–0
Campinense 3–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 1–3 1–2 4–2 2–4 1–2 5–1 1–0 2–2 2–3 3–3 2–1 0–1 2–3
Duque de Caxias 2–1 4–1 5–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–2 1–4 2–3 4–3 1–1 3–1 4–2 2–1 4–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 1–2
Figueirense 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 1–2 3–1 0–1 3–0 3–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 0–2 1–1 3–1
Fortaleza 3–3 3–0 0–1 3–2 1–2 2–3 0–0 3–0 1–1 3–1 2–4 1–0 3–2 4–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–2
Guarani 1–0 1–0 1–3 2–1 3–2 2–1 2–1 3–0 2–1 3–2 2–1 3–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 0–3 1–0 0–0 1–1
Ipatinga 2–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–0 5–2 0–0 5–1 1–0 2–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–3 0–2 2–0 4–0
Juventude 2–0 2–1 1–3 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–2 0–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 4–1 2–2 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–1
Paraná 1–3 2–1 2–1 1–2 4–1 0–2 3–3 3–0 1–1 0–4 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–2 1–0 3–1 3–0
Ponte Preta 2–0 4–0 3–1 1–3 2–1 2–0 1–2 3–0 4–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 3–0 3–3 5–2 1–3 1–1 3–1
Portuguesa 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 4–3 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–2
São Caetano 3–0 0–1 2–2 2–1 3–0 2–1 0–0 4–1 4–0 2–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–1 3–1
Vasco da Gama 3–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 3–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 4–0 2–1 2–1 3–0 0–1 0–0 4–1
Vila Nova 1–0 2–1 2–3 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 3–2 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–2 1–0 2–2 3–2 0–0 1–0 0–2
Source: CBF (in Portuguese)
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorersEdit

Pos Player Club Goals
1   Rafael Coelho Figueirense 17
  Marcelo Nicácio Fortaleza 17
  Élton Vasco da Gama 17
4   Lúcio América de Natal 15
  Edivaldo Duque de Caxias 15
6   Marcão Atlético Goianiense 14
  Edmundo Campinense 14
  Ricardo Xavier Guarani 14
  Mendes Juventude 14
10   Geraldo Ceará 13
  Fernandes Figueirense 13
  Luiz Carlos Fortaleza 13

ReferencesEdit