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

Campeonato Brasileiro Série C
Founded1981; 38 years ago (1981)
CountryBrazil
Number of teams20
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toCampeonato Brasileiro Série B
Relegation toCampeonato Brasileiro Série D
Current championsOperário Ferroviário (1st title)
(2018)
Most championshipsAtlético Goianiense and Vila Nova
(2 titles)
TV partnersDAZN (Video streaming, 6 games per matchweek during regular season, 3 of them chosen by fan vote on Twitter; all knock out games live)
Rede Bandeirantes (Brazil's North and Northeast only)
WebsiteOfficial website
2019 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]

Year Winner Score Runner-up Comments
1981
Details
Olaria
  RJ
4 − 0
0 − 1
Santo Amaro
  PE(1)
1982–1987 Not held
1988
Details
União São João
  SP
1 − 1
2 − 2
Esportivo
  MG
União São João declared champions due to more points scored during the championship.
1989 Not held
1990
Details
Atlético Goianiense
  GO
0 − 0
0 − 0
América
  MG
Atlético Goianiense won 3-2 on penalties.
1991 Not held
1992
Details
Tuna Luso
  PA
0 − 2
3 − 1
Fluminense de Feira
  BA
Tuna Luso declared champions due to more points scored during the championship.
1993 Not held
1994
Details
Novorizontino
  SP
1 − 0
5 − 0
Ferroviária
  SP
1995
Details
XV de Piracicaba
  SP
2 − 0
1 − 0
Volta Redonda
  RJ
1996
Details
Vila Nova
  GO
2 − 1
1 − 0
Botafogo
  SP
1997
Details
Sampaio Corrêa
  MA
Juventus
  SP
From 1997 to 1999, the championship had no final match. The four best teams of the Fourth Round played against each other, and the team with most points were declared champions.
1998
Details
Avaí
  SC
São Caetano
  SP
1999
Details
Fluminense
  RJ
São Raimundo
  AM
2000 Not held See Copa João Havelange
2001
Details
Etti Jundiaí
  SP(2)
Mogi Mirim
  SP
From 2001 to 2005, the championship had no final match. The four best teams of the Fourth Round played against each other, and the team with most points were declared champions.Only two teams were promoted.
2002
Details
Brasiliense
  DF
Marília
  SP
2003
Details
Ituano
  SP
Santo André
  SP
2004
Details
União Barbarense
  SP
Gama
  DF
2005
Details
Remo
  PA
América
  RN
2006
Details
Criciúma
  SC
Vitória
  BA
From 2006 to 2008, the championship had no final match. The eight best teams of the Fourth Round played against each other, and the team with most points were declared champions. Top 4 teams ascend to Série B
2007
Details
Bragantino
  SP
Bahia
  BA
2008
Details
Atlético Goianiense
  GO
Guarani
  SP
2009
Details
América
  MG
3 − 1
1 − 0
ASA
  AL
From 2009 on, the championship is divided in four groups of five clubs each, playing against each other twice within their groups. The two best-placed teams of each group qualify to the knockout stage, played in two legs. The final is played in two legs. The quarterfinal winners ascend to Série B.[3]
2010
Details
ABC
  RN
1 − 0
0 − 0
Ituiutaba
  MG(3)
2011
Details
Joinville
  SC
3 − 1
4 − 0
CRB
  AL
2012
Details
Oeste
  SP
0 − 0
2 − 0
Icasa
  CE
2013
Details
Santa Cruz
  PE
0 − 0
2 − 1
Sampaio Corrêa
  MA
2014
Details
Macaé
  RJ
1 − 1
3 − 3
Paysandu
  PA
2015
Details
Vila Nova
  GO
0 − 1
4 − 1
Londrina
  PR
2016
Details
Boa Esporte
  MG
1 − 1
3 − 0
Guarani
  SP
2017
Details
CSA
  AL
2 − 1
0 − 0
Fortaleza
  CE
2018
Details
Operário Ferroviário
  PR
3 − 3
1 − 0
Cuiabá
  MT
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][4]

Year Winner Score Runner-up Comments
2000
Details
 
Malutrom
1 − 1
3 − 2
 
Uberlândia
It was the Green and White modules of the Copa João Havelange.

Titles by teamEdit

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

Titles by stateEdit

State Titles
  São Paulo 8 titles
  Goiás 4 titles
  Rio de Janeiro 3 titles
  Santa Catarina 3 titles
  Pará 2 titles
  Minas Gerais 2 titles
  Alagoas 1 title
  Distrito Federal 1 title
  Maranhão 1 title
  Paraná 1 title
  Pernambuco 1 title
  Rio Grande do Norte 1 title

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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 27, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ 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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