ABU DHABI, 4th May, 2023 (WAM) - For many decades, the various State football leagues in Brazil have obsessed the minds of football fans in Brazil.
The victory of the Brazilian national team in the 1970 World Cup, for the third time in its history, represented as an incentive for the Brazilian Football Confederation to launch a regular league tournament in the country.
Prior to this date, the various state championships such as "Paulista Football Federation (FPF) in Sao Paulo, "Carioca" in Rio de Janeiro and "Minas Gerais Football Federation were the most popular in light of the intense competition among football teams.
In 1971, the first official version of the Brazilian football league was launched after years of other attempts, although they qualified for the continental championships at the time.
The most prominent of these previous attempts was the "Taca Brasil'' championship, which was known as the Silver Cup, and was held from 1959 to 1968, and the "The Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa from 1967 to1970.
In 2010, the Brazilian Football Confederation recognised the versions that were held from these two tournaments as previous versions of the Brazilian League Championship, so that the Federation considered the year 1959 the beginning of the establishment of the Brazilian Football League.
Throughout its history, The Brazilian Football League started to gain notable popularity despite the continued overwhelming popularity of the State football leagues in Brazil.
One of the most important reasons behind the popularity of the tournament was the victory of more than one team in the championship, such as Clube Atletico Mineiro, who was clinched the title of the first official version in 1971, Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, which was crowned in the following two versions, and Sport Club Internacional, who won the title 3 times between 1975 and 1979.
On the other hand, Santos FC led by the late legend Pele, dominated the the Taca Brasil in the sixties and won the title in 5 consecutive editions from 1961 to 1965, and also won the title of Roberto Gomes Pedroza in 1968.
The eighties witnessed the golden generation of the Flamengo team, led by the legend Zico, and the team won the title in 1980, 1982 and 1983.
The history of the tournament witnessed many changes in its system and reached its final shape in 2003.
Among the most important matches in Brazil, the derby matches between Palmeiras vs Corinthians, Fluminense vsFlamengo, Flamengo with Botafogo, Cruzeiro vs Atletico Mineiro, Internacional with Gremio, and Santos with Corinthians are so popular that it may make Brazil the most country in which there are many derbies.
Brazilian talents have invaded the stadiums of the world, especially the European stadiums for many decades.
The Brazilian football stars toured the European stadiums, such as Ronaldo (The Phenomenon), Roberto Carlos, Cafu, Ronaldinho Gacho, Kaka, Robinho, Rivaldo, Romario and Zico.
Among these stars, Garrincha, Pele's teammate in the Brazilian national team won the 1958 and 1962 World Cups.
Pele scored 101 goals in the Brazilian League, while Carlos Roberto de Oliveira, known as Roberto Dinamite topped the list of the most prominent scorers in the history of the Brazilian League.