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The top level of the Brazilian football league system is called the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, known mainly as just Brasileirão. It shares relegation and promotion with the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B.

Given the huge size of Brazil, it's not really any surprise that a national league wasn't actually started until 1959, with the Tara de Brazil. Up until that point Brazilian clubs competed solely in their respective state leagues. The state leagues still run today, and are still prestigious competitions in their own right.

BRAZILIAN CITIES AND THEIR FOOTBALL CLUBS

Brazilian football clubs based in Rio de Janeiro...

  • Botafogo
  • Flamengo
  • Fluminense
  • Vasco da Gama

Brazilian football clubs based in São Paulo...

  • Palmeiras
  • Corinthians
  • São Paulo FC

Brazilian football clubs based in Santos...

  • Santos

Brazilian football clubs based in Belo Horizonte...

  • América Mineiro
  • Atlético Mineiro
  • Cruzeiro

Brazilian football clubs based in Porto Alegre...

  • Grêmio
  • Internacional

Brazilian football clubs based in Salvador...

  • Bahia
  • Vitória

Brazilian football clubs based in Campinas...

  • Guarani
  • Ponte Preta

Brazilian football clubs based in Curitiba...

  • Clube Atlético Paranaense
  • Coritiba

Brazilian football clubs based in Recife...

  • Sport Recife

Brazilian football clubs based in Goiânia...

  • Atlético Clube Goianiense
  • Goiânia Esporte Clube
  • Goiás Esporte Clube
  • Monte Cristo Esporte Clube
  • Vila Nova Futebol Clube