1996 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
2nd Campeonato Brasileiro title
2nd Brazilian title
Cruzeiro (Copa do Brasil champions)
|Goals scored||787 (2.71 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Paulo Nunes|
(16 goals each)
The 1996 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A was the 40th edition of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, was played between August 8 and December 15, 1996. It had 24 teams and divided into two stages. In the first one, every team played against each other once. After 23 rounds, top eight clubs qualified to next stage, and the bottom two were supposed to be relegated, but CBF decided to keep Fluminense and Bragantino in Série A after the season was over due to the leak of transcripts of recorded telephone conversations broadcast in the most popular Brazilian TV suggested that, during the 1996 season, Atlético-PR and Corinthians general managers Mario Celso Petraglia and Alberto Dualib had conversations with the head of officials of Brazilian football to influence referee appointments. The scandal resulted in a mild individual punishment only, not like similar scandal in Italy where Juventus was relegated and others important clubs were punished.
Final stage was played in elimination system with home-and-away matches. The club with better record during first stage had the advantage to qualify in case of a draw. In the end, Grêmio won their second championship in history based on this rule. They were defeated by runners-up Portuguesa 2–0 at Morumbi Stadium, but came back on second leg, winning by the same score at their home ground, Olímpico Stadium in Porto Alegre.
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Standings and results
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Cruzeiro||23||13||5||5||31||17||+14||44||Qualified for next stage|
|18||Vasco da Gama||23||8||3||12||37||43||−6||27|
|23||Fluminense||23||6||4||13||26||50||−24||22||Relegated to Série B 1997|
- ^ 1 point deducted?
Grêmio won based on their better record during first stage.
|Campeonato Brasileiro 1996 champions|
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Cruzeiro Esporte Clube
Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras
Clube Atlético Mineiro
Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense
Goiás Esporte Clube
Associação Portuguesa de Desportos
Sport Club Internacional
Sport Club Corinthians Paulista
Esporte Clube Vitória
Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas
Esporte Clube Juventude
|Paulo Rink||Atlético Paranaense|
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