Primeira Liga (Brazil)

Primeira Liga (First League), also known as Liga Sul-Minas-Rio (South-Minas-Rio League) or Copa Sul-Minas-Rio (South-Minas-Rio Cup), was a Brazilian football competition contested between Brazil's South Region, Ceará, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro state teams.

Primeira Liga
Founded10 September 2015
First season2016
RegionBrazil's South Region, Ceará, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro state
TV partnersSporTV (live matches)
WebsiteOfficial site


The competition was founded in 2015 by clubs that were unhappy with the state championships and their low attendances and revenues.[1] The first edition was played in 2016. The tournament went on hiatus for 2018,[2] before being officially cancelled the following year.[3]

List of championsEdit

List of Primeira Liga finals
Year Winners Score Runners-up Venue Losing semi-finalists1
2016   Fluminense 1–0   Atlético Paranaense Juiz de Fora   Flamengo and   Internacional
2017   Londrina 0–0   Atlético Mineiro Londrina   Cruzeiro and  Paraná
Londrina won 4–2 in a penalty shoot-out.


  1. ^ "Aprovada pela CBF, Primeira Liga começa a ser disputada em 2016". Terra (in Portuguese). Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "Comunicado Oficial" [Official Announcement]. Primeira Liga. March 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Muratori, Matheus (June 25, 2019). "Primeira Liga anuncia fim de torneio e propõe criação de associação nacional de clubes" [Primeira Liga announces end of tournament and proposes creation of national club association]. Super Esportes (in Portuguese).

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