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Brazil, as a country, is huge but there's still only a handful of clubs who make it to the top echelon of Brazilian football; to be crowned Champions of Brazil.

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Associação Atlética Ponte Preta:
Founded on August 11th, 1900, Ponte Preta play in Campinas, São Paulo state. They're one of the is one of the oldest football teams established in Brazil still in activity; the oldest being Sport Club Rio Grande, of Porto Alegre.

Associação Desportiva São Caetano:
Founded in 1989, São Caetano is located in the metropolitan area of the city of São Paulo. São Caetano almost became the Champions of Brazil in the year 2000. Having finished runners-up in the second division, they went on to beat Fluminense, Palmeiras and Grêmio; to meet Vasco da Gama in the final. After São Caetano fans invaded the pitch in the replay, the game was suspended and Vasco da Gama went on to win the third game. To prove it wasn't a fluke, São Caetano reached the final of the Brazilian national championship again, the following year, but lost to Atlético Paranaense.

Atlético Paranaense:
Clube Atlético Paranaense, also called Atlético Paranaense or just Atlético, are from Curitiba in Paraná. Founded on March 26th, 1924, they won the Brazilian Championship in 2001.

Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas:
Originally from the Botafogo Beach area of Rio de Janeiro, Botafogo have played in the neighbouring city of Niterói but now play at Maracanã Stadium. After winning the Rio de Janeiro League in 1989, 1990, and 1997 and the Brazilian League in 1995, Botafogo were relegated to the Second Division in 2002; returning to the First Division the following year.

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo:
Founded on November 15th, 1895 (as a rowing club) Flamengo are now the most popular football clubs in Brazil (winning the Brazilian Championship in 1980, 1982, 1983, 1987 and 1992 helps). The illustrious history all started when a group of dissatisfied Fluminense players broke away from the football club, following a dispute about money, and went to Flamengo's beach; to eventually form their own football team on Christmas Eve, in 1911.

Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama:
Although the club was founded on August 21st, 1898, the football department was only born on November 5th, 1915; by Portuguese immigrants, in honour of the the famous Portuguese explorer of the same name. Vasco won the Brazilian National Championship in 1974, 1989, 1997 and 2000. They also lifted the Libertadores Cup in 1998 and Mercosur Cup in 2000.

Cruzeiro Esporte Clube:
Founded on January 2nd, 1921, Cruzeiro are from Belo Horizonte, in Minas Gerais, and are the only team to win the the triple crown: State Championships, Copa do Brasil and Campeonato Brasileiro Série A (in 2003).

Goiás Esporte Clube:
Founded on April 6th, 1943, in Goiânia, Goiás state, their greatest rivals are Vila Nova. Goiás have won the Campeonato Goiano pretty consistently since the 1970s and were Copa do Brasil runners up in 1990.

Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense:
Founded on September 15th, 1903, Grêmio FBPA are from Porto Alegre, in Rio Grande do Sul state. Grêmio have won the Copa Libertadores de América twice (1983 and 1995), two Brazilian Championships (1981 and 1996) and the Toyota Cup in 1983; beating Hamburg SV from Germany (2:1). Their great rivals are Internacional.

Esporte Clube Juventude:
Founded on June 29th, 1913, Juventude are from Caxias do Sul, in Rio Grande do Sul state. They turned professional in 1920; won the second division of Campeonato Brasileiro, in 1994; and the Copa do Brasil in 1999 - after winning the Campeonato Gaúcho (State Championship), without losing a single match, in 1998.

Figueirense Futebol Clube:
Founded on June 12th, 1921, Figueirense play in Florianópolis and became the first team from Santa Catarina state to enter the Campeonato Brasileiro, in 1973; eventually promoted to the First Division in 2001.

Founded on July 21st, 1902, Fluminese have been very successful in the Campeonato Carioca (together with their near and dear rivals, Flamengo) but had to wait until 1984 to be crowned Champions of Brazil.

Fortaleza Esporte Clube:
Founded on October 18th, 1918, Fortaleza EC is one of the most traditional clubs in the north-east Brazil; alongside Bahia, Santa Cruz, Sport, Vitória and Ceará SC (also from Fortaleza).

Paraná Clube;
Founded on December 19th, 1989, (after Esporte Clube Pinheiros and Colorado Esporte Clube merged) Paraná Clube play their football in Curitiba, Paraná state. Paraná won its first state championship two years later and went on towin five state championships in a row, from 1993 to 1997.

Santa Cruz Futebol Clube:
Founded on February 3rd, 1914, Santa Cruz was named after a church (on the street where the boys used to play football) in Recife, Pernambuco state. Santa Cruz made a name for themselves between 1969 and 1973, when they won the Campeonato Pernambucano five years on the trot. They are also the team that Pelé played his 1000th match against, in 1972.

Santos Futebol Clube:
Founded on April 14th, 1912, Santos (from São Paulo state) was the team Pelé started his career with, in 1956; at the age of 15. With Pelé, Santos won the Intercontinental Cup in 1962 and 1963. The end of the golden age coincides with the retirement of Pelé from professional football, in 1972; after a low-profile participation in the first Brazilian Championship. In 2002 Santos became national champions, for the first time since the Taça de Prata of 1968, and won the league again in 2004.

São Paulo Futebol Clube:
Initially founded on January 25th, 1930, São Paulo FC was re-founded on December 16th, 1935; due to early mistakes and mergers. São Paulo won the Brazilian Championship in 1977, 1986, and 1991 and the Libertadores Cup in 1992, 1993 and 2005.

Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras:
Founded on August 26th, 1914, as Societá Sportiva Palestra Italia, Palmeiras changed to the current name in September, 1942. As winners of the Campeonato Brasileiro in 1972, 1973, 1993 and 1994, Palmeiras are now one of the most supported clubs in Brazil. They also won the Copa do Brasil in 1998 and Libertadores Cup in 1999.

Sport Club Corinthians Paulista:
Corinthians, from São Paulo, are one of the most popular football teams in Brazil. Founded on September 1st, 1910, by a group of (mainly Italian and Spanish) labourers; in the Rua dos Imigrantes (Immigrants Street), in the neighbourhood of Bom Retiro. Corinthians won the Campeonato Brasileiro in 1990, 1998, 1999 and 2005; and the Copa do Brasil in 1995 and 2002.

Sport Club Internacional:
Founded on April 4th, 1909 Internacional play at Porto Alegre's Gigante da Beira-Rio stadium. In 1975, Internacional became the first club from Rio Grande do Sul to win the Brazilian Championship; winning the title again the following year and for a third time in 1979. They also won the Copa do Brasil in 1992 and, more recently, the Copa Libertadores de América in 2006.

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Brazil Football Derbies

Top Brazilian Derbies

Flamengo - Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro)
Fluminense - Botafogo (Rio de Janeiro)
Gremio - Internacional (Porto Alegre)
Palmeiras - Corinthians (São Paulo)
Sao Paulo - Palmeiras (São Paulo)
Vasco da Gama - Flamengo (Rio de Janeiro)

Regional Derbies in Brazil

Atletico Paranaense - Coritiba (Curitiba, Paraná state)
Bahia - Vitoria (San Salvador, Bahia state)
Atletico Mineiro - Cruzeiro (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state)

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