All hail the state champions we've never heard of
Ladies and gentlemen, the first part of Brazilian football season is over. Most of the major State tournaments ended on Sunday Ã¢ÂÂ which means we already have 14 newly-crowned champions around the country.
Some of them you probably never heard of Ã¢ÂÂ for instance, Itumbiara, the new kings of GoiÃÂ¡s, or the CSA, which beat ASA in the battle of the letters to secure the Alagoas trophy.
But donÃ¢ÂÂt worry, youÃ¢ÂÂre not alone. Since only nine states are represented in the elite of the Brazilian championship, many of those teams are unknown even to the local fans.
So every year, when the champions are crowned, we have a surprise. This season, for instance, we happily discovered that Holanda, formerly known only as an European country, also is a football team from the Amazonas state.
And, less than a year after joining the professionals, they won their first title at the StateÃ¢ÂÂs elite, overcoming powerhouses Fast and SÃÂ£o Raimundo.
So here's the list of the champions so far. Kudos to them all!
SÃÂ£o Paulo: Palmeiras
Rio de Janeiro: Flamengo
Minas Gerais: Cruzeiro
Rio Grande do Sul: Internacional
Santa Catarina: Figueirense
Distrito Federal: Brasiliense
Mato Grosso: Mixto
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