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Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Season 2012
Champions Fluminense
3rd Campeonato Brasileiro title
4th Brazilian title
Relegated Figueirense
Atlético Goianiense
Sport Recife
Copa Libertadores de América Corinthians (title holder)
Palmeiras (cup winner)
Atlético Mineiro
São Paulo
Matches played 380
Goals scored 940 (2.47 per match)
Top goalscorer Fred (20)
Biggest home win Atlético Mineiro 6−0 Figueirense
Biggest away win Vasco 0−4 Bahia
Highest scoring Figueirense 3−4 Atlético Mineiro
Longest winning run 7 games
Atlético Mineiro
Longest unbeaten run 15 games
Longest winless run 14 games
Longest losing run 7 games
Atlético Goianiense
Highest attendance São Paulo 2−1 Náutico 62,207
Lowest attendance Atlético Goianiense 0−1 Sport 449
Average attendance 12,983

The 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A (known as the Brasileirão Petrobras 2012 for sponsorship reasons) was the 56th edition of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the top-level of professional football in Brazil. Corinthians come in as the defending champions having won the title in the 2011 season. On 11 November 2012, Fluminense won the title for the fourth time.[1]


For the tenth consecutive season, the tournament will be played in a double round-robin system. The team with most number of points at the end of the season will be declared champion. The bottom four teams will be relegated and will play in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B in the 2013 season.

International qualification[edit]

The Série A will serve as a qualifier to CONMEBOL's 2013 Copa Libertadores. The top-two teams in the standings will qualify to the Second Stage of the competition, while the third and fourth places in the standings will qualify to the First Stage.


Stadiums and locations[edit]

Locations of the 2012 Série A teams
Team Home city Stadium Capacity
Atlético Goianiense Goiânia Serra Dourada 50,049
Atlético Mineiro Belo Horizonte Independência 25,000
Bahia Salvador Pituaçu 32,179
Botafogo Rio de Janeiro Engenhão 46,931
Corinthians São Paulo Pacaembu 37,952
Coritiba Curitiba Couto Pereira 37,182
Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte Arena do Jacaré 25,000
Figueirense Florianópolis Orlando Scarpelli 19,808
Flamengo Rio de Janeiro Engenhão 46,931
Fluminense Rio de Janeiro Engenhão 46,931
Grêmio Porto Alegre Olímpico 45,000
Internacional Porto Alegre Beira-Rio 56,000
Náutico Recife Aflitos 19,800
Palmeiras São Paulo Pacaembu 37,952
Ponte Preta Campinas Moisés Lucarelli 19,722
Portuguesa São Paulo Canindé 21,004
Santos Santos Vila Belmiro 20,120
São Paulo São Paulo Morumbi 67,428
Sport Recife Ilha do Retiro 30,520
Vasco da Gama Rio de Janeiro São Januário 22,150

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Atlético Goianiense Brazil Arthur Neto Brazil Márcio Super Bolla Cimento Tocantins
Atlético Mineiro Brazil Cuca Brazil Réver Topper Banco BMG
Bahia Brazil Jorginho Brazil Titi Nike OAS Empreendimentos
Botafogo Brazil de Oliveira, OswaldoOswaldo de Oliveira Brazil Jefferson Puma Guaraviton
Corinthians Brazil Tite Brazil Alessandro Nike Caixa
Coritiba Brazil Marquinhos Santos Brazil Lincoln Nike Banco BMG
Cruzeiro Brazil Roth, CelsoCelso Roth Brazil Fábio Olympikus Banco BMG
Figueirense Brazil Adilson Batista Brazil Wilson Penalty Taschibra
Flamengo Brazil Júnior, DorivalDorival Júnior Brazil Leonardo Moura Olympikus
Fluminense Brazil Braga, AbelAbel Braga Brazil Fred adidas unimed
Grêmio Brazil Luxemburgo, VanderleiVanderlei Luxemburgo Brazil Silva, GilbertoGilberto Silva Topper Banrisul
Internacional Brazil Osmar Loss (caretaker) Argentina D'Alessandro, AndrésAndrés D'Alessandro Nike Banrisul
Náutico Brazil Gallo, AlexandreAlexandre Gallo Brazil Martinez Penalty
Palmeiras Brazil Kleina, GilsonGilson Kleina Brazil Assunção, MarcosMarcos Assunção adidas Kia Motors
Ponte Preta Brazil Ferreira, GutoGuto Ferreira Brazil Roger Pulse Hitachi
Portuguesa Brazil Geninho Brazil Cordeiro, MarceloMarcelo Cordeiro Lupo IRWIN
Santos Brazil Ramalho, MuricyMuricy Ramalho Brazil Neymar Nike Banco BMG
São Paulo Brazil Franco, NeyNey Franco Brazil Ceni, RogérioRogério Ceni Reebok Semp Toshiba
Sport Brazil Sérgio Guedes Brazil Magrão Lotto MRV Engenharia
Vasco da Gama Brazil Gaúcho Brazil Pernambucano, JuninhoJuninho Pernambucano Penalty Eletrobras

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
Date of
in table
Replaced by
Atlético/GO Brazil Adílson Batista Sacked 29 May 10th Brazil Hélio dos Anjos
São Paulo Brazil Emerson Leão Sacked 26 June 8th Brazil Ney Franco
Atlético/GO Brazil Hélio dos Anjos Resigned 9 July 20th Brazil Jairo Araújo
Bahia Brazil Paulo Roberto Falcão Sacked 20 July 19th Brazil Caio Júnior
Internacional Brazil Dorival Júnior Sacked 20 July 8th Brazil Fernandão
Figueirense Brazil Argel Fucks Sacked 20 July 17th Brazil Hélio dos Anjos
Flamengo Brazil Joel Santana Sacked 23 July 10th Brazil Dorival Júnior
Sport Brazil Vágner Mancini Resigned 11 August 16th Brazil Waldemar Lemos
Figueirense Brazil Hélio dos Anjos Sacked 24 August 20th Brazil Márcio Goiano
Bahia Brazil Caio Júnior Resigned 27 August 16th Brazil Jorginho
Coritiba Brazil Marcelo Oliveira Sacked 6 September 16th Brazil Marquinhos dos Santos
Vasco da Gama Brazil Cristóvão Borges Resigned 9 September 4th Brazil Marcelo Oliveira
Palmeiras Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari Mutual consent 13 September 19th Brazil Narciso
Atlético/GO Brazil Jairo Araújo Resigned 13 September 20th Brazil Arthur Neto
Palmeiras Brazil Narciso Replaced 19 September 19th Brazil Gilson Kleina
Ponte Preta Brazil Gilson Kleina Left to sign with Palmeiras 19 September 11th Brazil Guto Ferreira
Sport Brazil Waldemar Lemos Sacked 6 October 17th Brazil Sérgio Guedes
Vasco da Gama Brazil Marcelo Oliveira Sacked 5 November 7th Brazil Gaúcho
Figueirense Brazil Márcio Goiano Sacked 5 November 19th Brazil Adílson Batista
Internacional Brazil Fernandão Sacked 20 November 8th Brazil Osmar Loss (caretaker)

League table[edit]

Qualification or relegation
1 Fluminense (C) 38 22 11 5 61 33 +28 77 2013 Copa Libertadores Second Stage
2 Atlético Mineiro 38 20 12 6 64 37 +27 72
3 Grêmio 38 20 11 7 56 33 +23 71 2013 Copa Libertadores First Stage
4 São Paulo 38 20 6 12 59 37 +22 66
5 Vasco da Gama 38 16 10 12 45 44 +1 58
6 Corinthians 38 15 12 11 51 39 +12 57 2013 Copa Libertadores Second Stage 1
7 Botafogo 38 15 10 13 60 50 +10 55
8 Santos 38 13 14 11 50 44 +6 53
9 Cruzeiro 38 15 7 16 47 51 −4 52
10 Internacional 38 13 13 12 44 40 +4 52
11 Flamengo 38 12 14 12 38 45 −7 50
12 Náutico 38 14 7 17 44 51 −7 49
13 Coritiba 38 14 6 18 53 60 −7 48
14 Ponte Preta 38 12 12 14 37 44 −7 48
15 Bahia 38 11 14 13 37 41 −4 47
16 Portuguesa 38 10 15 13 39 41 −2 45
17 Sport do Recife 38 10 11 17 39 56 −17 41 Relegation to 2013 Série B
18 Palmeiras 38 9 7 22 39 54 −15 34 2013 Copa Libertadores Second Stage 2
Relegation to the 2013 Série B
19 Atlético Goianiense 38 7 9 22 37 67 −30 30 Relegation to 2013 Série B
20 Figueirense 38 7 9 22 39 72 −33 30

Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd wins; 3rd goal difference; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head results; 6th least red cards received; 7th least yellow cards received; 8th draw
1 Corinthians is qualified for the second stage of the 2013 Copa Libertadores as the 2012 Copa Libertadores champion.
2 Palmeiras is qualified for the second stage of the 2013 Copa Libertadores as the 2012 Copa do Brasil champion.

(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.



^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Club Goals
1 Fred  Brazilian Fluminense 20
2 Luís Fabiano  Brazilian São Paulo 17
3 Aloísio  Brazilian Figueirense 14
Hernán Barcos  Argentine Palmeiras 14
Bruno Mineiro  Brazilian Portuguesa 14
Neymar  Brazilian Santos 14
7 Kieza  Brazilian Náutico 13
Vágner Love  Brazilian Flamengo 13
9 Bernard  Brazilian Atlético Mineiro 11
Elkeson  Brazilian Botafogo 11



  1. ^ "Fluminense crowned champions". 12 November 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 

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