Campeonato Brasileiro Série C

The Campeonato Brasileiro Série C is the third tier of the Brazilian football league system.

Campeonato Brasileiro Série C
Brasileiro Série C logo.png
Founded1981; 41 years ago (1981)
CountryBrazil
Number of teams20
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toCampeonato Brasileiro Série B
Relegation toCampeonato Brasileiro Série D
Current championsMirassol (1st title)
(2022)
Most championshipsVila Nova
(3 titles)
TV partnersDAZN
TV NSports
TikTok (1 match per matchweek)
Band (2 matches per matchweek in selected areas)
TV Globo (selected EC Vitória home matches in selected areas)
WebsiteOfficial website
Current: 2022 Campeonato Brasileiro Série C

Unlike the first and second divisions, the Série C is not played in a double round robin system, arguably because many participating teams lack the financial conditions to travel long distances. Thus, the tournament is organized in regional groups and the table prevents teams from distant states from playing each other in the initial rounds.

Until 2008, any professional team could apply, but only 64 teams would take part in the tournament. The teams that had been relegated from the Série B in the previous year were joined by teams qualified for each federation state. Qualification rules varied, some federations used the state tournaments as qualification tournaments, others organized exclusive qualification tournaments to the Série C.

Beginning in 2009, the Série C was reduced from 64 teams to 20 and the new Campeonato Brasileiro Série D is the qualifier for Brazilian league football. In its current format the 20 teams are divided into two groups and each team plays all opponents from its own group on a home and away basis. The top four teams in each group qualify for a knock out stage and the four semi-finalists are promoted to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. The bottom two teams of each group are relegated to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série D.

History and past championsEdit

Official championsEdit

The Campeonato Brasileiro has existed since 1971. However, there have been many years when no third division tournament took place. In most cases it was because the two elite divisions had too many clubs (in 1989, for instance, 96 teams contested the second division[1]). The following table shows the winners and runners-up of the Série C tournaments played from 1981, according to the Brazilian Football Confederation:[2]

Ed. Season Champion Runner-up
1
1981   Olaria   Santo Amaro(1)
1982–1987 Not held
2
1988   União São João   Esportivo
1989 Not held
3
1990   Atlético Goianiense   América Mineiro
1991 Not held
4
1992   Tuna Luso   Fluminense de Feira
1993 Not held
5
1994   Novorizontino   Ferroviária
6
1995   XV de Piracicaba   Volta Redonda
7
1996   Vila Nova   Botafogo
8
1997   Sampaio Corrêa   Juventus
9
1998   Avaí   São Caetano
10
1999   Fluminense   São Raimundo
11
2000 Not held
See Copa João Havelange Group Green and White
12
2001   Etti Jundiaí(2)   Mogi Mirim
13
2002   Brasiliense   Marília
14
2003   Ituano   Santo André
15
2004   União Barbarense   Gama
16
2005   Remo   América (RN)
17
2006   Criciúma   Vitória
18
2007   Bragantino   Bahia
19
2008   Atlético Goianiense   Guarani
20
2009   América Mineiro   ASA
21
2010   ABC   Ituiutaba(3)
22
2011   Joinville   CRB
23
2012   Oeste   Icasa
24
2013   Santa Cruz   Sampaio Corrêa
25
2014   Macaé   Paysandu
26
2015   Vila Nova   Londrina
27
2016   Boa Esporte   Guarani
28
2017   CSA   Fortaleza
29
2018   Operário Ferroviário   Cuiabá
30
2019   Náutico   Sampaio Corrêa
31
2020   Vila Nova   Remo
32
2021   Ituano   Tombense
33
2022   Mirassol   ABC
1 Associação Atlética Santo Amaro is named presently named Manchete.
2 Etti Jundiaí was later renamed Paulista.
3 Ituiutaba was later renamed Boa Esporte Clube.

Unofficial championsEdit

The following season is not officially recognized by the CBF:[2][3]

Season Champion Runner-up Comments
2000   Malutrom   Uberlândia It was the Green and White modules of the Copa João Havelange.

Titles by teamEdit

Club State Titles
Vila Nova   Goiás 3
Atlético Goianiense   Goiás 2
Ituano   São Paulo 2
ABC   Rio Grande do Norte 1
América Mineiro   Minas Gerais 1
Avaí   Santa Catarina 1
Boa Esporte   Minas Gerais 1
Bragantino   São Paulo 1
Brasiliense   Distrito Federal 1
Criciúma   Santa Catarina 1
CSA   Alagoas 1
Etti Jundiaí (Paulista)   São Paulo 1
Fluminense   Rio de Janeiro 1
Joinville   Santa Catarina 1
Macaé   Rio de Janeiro 1
Náutico   Pernambuco 1
Novorizontino   São Paulo 1
Oeste   São Paulo 1
Olaria   Rio de Janeiro 1
Operário Ferroviário   Paraná 1
Remo   Pará 1
Sampaio Corrêa   Maranhão 1
Santa Cruz   Pernambuco 1
Tuna Luso   Pará 1
União Barbarense   São Paulo 1
União São João   São Paulo 1
XV de Piracicaba   São Paulo 1
Mirassol   São Paulo 1

Titles by stateEdit

State Nº of titles
  São Paulo 10
  Goiás 5
  Rio de Janeiro 3
  Santa Catarina 3
  Minas Gerais 2
  Pará 2
  Pernambuco 2
  Alagoas 1
  Distrito Federal 1
  Maranhão 1
  Paraná 1
  Rio Grande do Norte 1

ParticipationsEdit

Most appearancesEdit

As of 2022 season

Below is the list of clubs that have more appearances in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C.

Club App First Last
Confiança 21 1988 2022
Botafogo (PB) 19 1988 2022
Caxias 16 1990 2015
Ferroviário 16 1988 2022
Tupi 16 1988 2018
Brasil de Pelotas 15 1995 2022
Treze 15 1992 2020
Volta Redonda 15 1988 2022
Fortaleza 14 1990 2017
ASA 13 1992 2017
CSA 13 1990 2017
Madureira 13 1981 2015
ABC 12 1988 2022
Atlético Goianiense 12 1990 2008
Paysandu 12 1990 2022
Rio Branco (SP) 12 1994 2006
Sampaio Corrêa 12 1992 2019

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brazil 2nd Level 1989 Divisão Especial". Rssf.
  2. ^ a b "Campeões" (in Portuguese). CBF. Archived from the original on October 14, 2009. Retrieved October 29, 2009.
  3. ^ Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 2. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. p. 387. ISBN 85-88651-01-7.

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