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2028 Season Review

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Squad by Appearances

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Best Eleven

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I think if I could summarize this season in two words they would be short and disappointing. We started off well in the State Championship but the disruption of the financial issues at the club really derailed the season. We lost half the starting XI and have to play a handful of teenagers in most games. I did sign a new contract with the club and hope that with a bit more stability we can build a more solid squad for next season.

Top Performers

Jacson

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Came in just before the Seletiva started, recommended by a Scout after our starting AP got injured long term. He was one of the few bright sparks in the team and I am happy he has already agreed to renew his contract for next year.

Jaílson Donschen

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Vital not only because he is by far one of our best players ability wise, but his versatility means I play him wherever I need him the most depending on injuries etc. He is best at the back, so am hoping to strengthen the midfield so I can play him further back more often next season.

Dwann Dionny

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By far our best striker, but his form also declined as the season progressed. I unfortunately dont have the wage budget to meet his demands so we will lose him for next season.

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Already not looking great again, lets just hope we dont enter administration next season.

Next up a 2028 Brazil Review before we get the State Championship in 2029 started!

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2028 Brazil Review

Série A: Corinthians (woohoo!) claim the title on the final day to lift their 8th overall, still 4 behind record holders Palmeiras with 12. Flamengo were ahead with a game to go but, could only draw at home to Palmeiras on the last day and Corinthians overtook them by beating Ponte Preta 2-0. That sent Ponte Preta down with Vasco, Cruzeiro and Chapecoense, the last two go straight back down. Bahia, Ceará, Vitória and Coritiba are promoted from Série B.

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State Championships (in Ranking order)

1. São Paulo: RB Bragantino continue to be a strong force recently to win their 4th title. Corinthians are still record holders at 30.

2. Rio de Janeiro: Vasco beat Flamengo to end their 4 year streak and claiming their 25th title. Flamengo are still record holders at 41.

3. Rio Grande do Sul: Grêmio keep going to make it 11 in a row with record title number 47.

4. Minas Gerais: América (MG) keep the surprise going by retaining the title and winning their 18th overall. Atlético Mineiro are record holders with 49.

5. Paraná: Athletico Paranaense win their 29th title by beating Operário (PR) in the final. Record holders Coritiba at 41 do not even make the final.

6. Santa Catarina: Criciúma beat Brusque to win their 11th title and first since 2013but are still behind record holders Figueirense who have 19.

7. Ceará: Fortaleza beat Ceará in the final for the sixth consecutive year to win their 50th title and go four ahead of their rivals for number of State Championships.

8. Goiás: Goiás win for a sixth time in a row to win a record extending 33rd title.

9. Bahia: Bahia beat Vitória in the final for the second year in a row and win record holding title number 54.

10. Pernambuco: Náutico win their second title in a row and 25th overall. Sport still the record holders at 46 titles.

11. Alagoas: CRB beat CSA to retain the title and win their 35th overall, going within 8 of CSAs record of 43. 

12. Mato Grosso: Cuiabá retain control of the title and win their 16th. Record holders are Mixto (MT) with 24.

13. Pará: Things go back to normal with another Remo vs Paysandu final, this one significant though as Paysandu's victory takes them ahead on number of titles with 51.

14. Maranhão: Sampaio Correa win their record holding 41st title and fifth in a row.

15. Rio Grande do Norte: ABC make it to in a row by winning title record number 60.

16. Paraíba: Campinense win their second in a row and 24th  overall, Botafogo (PB) are still record holders at 33.

17. Sergipe: Confiança (SE) get their second successive title and  27th overall. Sergipe are still way ahead on 37 titles.

18. Amazonas: Nacional (AM) win their record extending 47th title by beating Atlético Amazonense in the final.

19. Piauí: Altos (PI) win their 6th title, still way behind record holders River (PI) at 33.

20. Acre: Vasco (AC) win the title back to claim number 6 overall, Rio Branco (AC) are still comfortably the biggest winners with 32.

21. Distrito Federal: Brasiliense beat Formosa in the final to win their 14th title and go within one of Gama record of 15 titles

22. Espírito Santo: Estrela do Norte win their 4th title by beating Rio Branco (ES) in the final, who are still record holders on 39 titles.

23. Roraima: The fifth year in a row that Náutico (RR) and Atlético Roraima play in the final, this time the former win their 5th title, but the latter are still record holders at 21.

24. Tocantins: Interporto beat Palmas in the final for the second year in a row to win their 9th title and go within one of Palmas record of 10.

25. Mato Grosso do Sul: Operário (MS) win the title for the first time in 4 years and are still record holders with 15 now.

26. Rondônia: União Cacoalense win their 5th title by beating Genus in the final. Ferroviário (RO) the record holders at 17 despite not existing anymore.

27. Amapá: Santos (AP) claimed the title back from Ypiranga to win their 9th title, Macapá are still record holders with 17

Former Club Watch

Tapajós (AP): They managed to win the second tier in Amapá and get promoted to the top tier after a 2 year hiatus. In the Seletiva they finished a disappointing 4th out of 6, very far away from promotion.

Pimentense: A respectable year, getting to the Semi FInal in the State Championship and finishing 4th in the Seletiva.

Pontaporanense: Finished dead last in the second State tier, but were the surprise of the season in the Seletiva, finishing third and almost getting to the Semi Finals...

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You can call me a mercenary and that is OK :D. There were only two jobs I would have moved to and one of them came up offering over double the wage budget I have, so off we go to...

Associação Atlética Moreninhas

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Moreninhas is a club based in the south of the Mato Grosso do Sul capital Campo Grande, situated in the Vila Moreninhas neighborhood. They were founded in 1994, but only started competing in 1998 and have not achieved anything of note since, with their last participation IRL in the top State Tier being as far back as 2003. In FM they finished runners-up in the second tier in 2027 and have stayed in the top tier since. They play their games at the Estadio das Moreninhas, also knows as Estadio Jacques da Luz. It was built when the club started competing in 1998, but it was so poorly made home games were cancelled and they had to fix it up before being able to play there. It still doesnt look great, but certainly in line with the other stadiums we have been at :D

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They had a decent year last year, finishing 4th in their State Championship group and Seletiva Group, not missing out on qualification by too much on both occasions.

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We have a bunch of players contracts expiring in the next 9 days so we will have little time to figure out who is staying vs leaving, but hopefully we can keep the core and build the team up from there.

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2029 Campeonato Sul-Matogrossense Preview

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Of course we were drawn in the same group as União ABC...they will be our main rivals for that relegation spot so the games against them will be tense. I do feel we got the tougher group as Águia Negra and Operário (MS) have won titles recently and Comercial (MS) are typically in the top spots. To be honest I will be happy with 4th considering the little time I have had with the team.

There are a lot of players with high wages that have contracts this year still so I was limited in my ability to bring in players. I essentially sold some of the frnge players on high wages and replaced them with first teamers on the same wages, all in midfield where we were especially thin. The squad is small but strong so hopefully we can avoid too many injuries. I think I can still sell one or two players and bring replacements in so the wheeling and dealing isnt done yet.

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Top Players

Ricardo

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One of the new signings and a very decent AP for this level, am hoping he can be the creative force we need.

Aryson

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Solid full-back with good physicals, can also play the support wing back role well which is difficult to find at this level.

Lucas Alcântara

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The other midfielder I brought in, a bit older but will do the job for us this year.

Initial Fixtures

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The defending champions at home followed by my former club away? Not the start I wanted but we were not going to get an easy one in this group anyway. Let's hope the season starts well!

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January 2029

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An amazing start to life at Moreninhas that could have been so much more. We started off with a shock win against the reigning champions in an exciting game, We took an early lead before they equalized. Just before half time we went ahead again and that knocked them off in the second half where we dominated until 15 minutes to go they pulled one back. We somehow managed to hold on to a famous win! Only downside to the game was losing recent signing Lucas Alcatanta for 6 months with a broken angle...

Draws against União ABC and Comercial (MS) could have been wins. Against my former team we had almost 2xG but still didnt manage to find the net, whilst against Comercial (MS) a free kick in final minute of the game denied us a win. We then rounded off the month beating Águia Negra comfortably away to sit top of our group. I expect Operário (MS) and Comercial (MS) to catch up as we play them away but I think a place in the final stage should be ours.

Transfers

I did say I wasnt finished with my business and we managed to bring in a few players to get me comfortable squad depth and a solid first team. We sold a back-up defender and managed to bring in a versatile player and an offensive midfielder. The three loans are have no wage contribution and will help with squad depth.

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Rique

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Brought in for his versatility, but is also one of the best players in the squad. Will end up playing him at CD and DM the most.

Vitor Santos

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CM is where we were at our weakest and Vitor can play the Mezzala and Carrilero roles well that I use in the formation.

In February we play both Operário (MS) and Comercial (MS) away, sandwiched in between a home game against União ABC. I would be delighted with 5 points, but 3 will do nicely too.

 

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3 hours ago, Bitner said:

Mercenário *throws coins at you* hahahahaha

Good luck bud, and good to see our team winning the Brasileiro.

Cheers,
Bitner

:lol::lol::lol: In my defence I am earning R$6k less a month, so it is not for personal gains haha.

Yes I was relieved Corinthians are finally competing at the top again, Sylvinho almost dragged them to relegation at the beginning of the save and then they brought Carille back which didnt just not work...

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February 2029

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Three points was expected and other than the Comercial game I am actually pleased with our month. We really dug deep against Operário (MS) and were in the game the entire match, especially after they had a player sent off in the 75th minute and we turned up the pressure, it wasnt meant to be but I am proud of how we played. The game against União ABC was won in the first half and we probably should have scored more. Against Comercial (MS) we conceded two early goals that destabilized the team and then to add insult to injury conceded a penalty from a blatant dive late in the first half to kill of any chances of a comeback, We will have to do better next time.

Our last game will be against Águia Negra at home and a draw guarantees us a place in the second stage. Águia Negras game in hand is at home to Operário (MS) so if they lose that one we will already be qualified. União ABC finished rock bottom of the group, confirming that making the switch was the right thing to do - their squad just isnt at the same level of the better teams in the State and they dont have the money to get better players in.

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First time I have had this happen to me in FM - got to feel for him, scored a cracker 3 minutes into his debut and gets taken out 30 mins later...we have been able to cover for him at DM so will look to bring in a striker, feel this is our weak spot at the moment.

 

EDIT - Have to laugh at my tuned in staff making this comment 3 days after he announces his retirement :rolleyes:

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March 2029

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A very busy month! It started with the last group game against Águia Negra, who surprisingly beat Operário (MS) to within a point of us. We however dismantled them and were 4-0 up in the first half before seeing the game out in the second half at 5-2 and pip us ahead of Operário (MS).

You would think the reigning champs would struggle in the second phase, but they beat us at home and have not looked back since. We are clearly below the level of the teams here but I have to be proud of our performances. We lost three games narrowly and put a resilient performance against Comercial (MS) and managed to snatch a win.

I still think attack is our weakness so I brought Wenderson in place of the retired Lucas Alcântara. He isnt exactly the goalscorer we need put I just couldnt find anyone on the wages we were offering.

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In April we stop playing twice a week which I think will help us. At this point I dont have any ambitions for the title so just want to make sure we put out good performances against the top teams.

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"A little setback" - he can't walk anymore.

Well, it's hard to find quality to a low rep, kinda poor and almost non-competitive team. Isn't worth trying some Bolivians, Peruvians, Equatorians et al in trials?

Cheers,
Bitner 

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5 hours ago, Bitner said:

"A little setback" - he can't walk anymore.

Well, it's hard to find quality to a low rep, kinda poor and almost non-competitive team. Isn't worth trying some Bolivians, Peruvians, Equatorians et al in trials?

Cheers,
Bitner 

That is a good point actually - I usually just go with what my scouts bring up but this may be well worth a try to narrow the gap to the bigger sides in the State.

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2029 Campeonato Sul-Matogrossense Review

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A very respectable 4th place, especially considering that Operário (MS) and Costa Rica (MS) are 4th tier sides. We were narrowly losing out games at the beginning of April, when I started getting offers for players and decided to rebuild the squad ahead of the Seletiva, shipping off high earners and signing better players at half the wage cost. From then on we picked up our form and managed some impressive results that lifted us from last to 4th place on the final day.

I was very excited about the new squad until my wage budget was slashed by R$100k pm, from R$265k to R$160k.

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This means I am now way over budget and can hardly afford a decent team again...this has really knocked the wind out of me and has me debating on the approach I should take for the save. These smaller clubs in each state just leak money and the chances to get to a higher division and earn more are very limited. To put into perspective, the salary for a decent youth player is $3.25k pm, if you want a half decent player you are paying between $8k-$10k. This means I could afford 16-20 decent players, without any youth players. If my budget then went down further to the R$110k I had at the previous club it means you can realistically afford 4-5 decent players and the rest has to be covered by 16-17 year olds. I tried to see if I could get any foreign players cheaper thanks to Bitners suggestion but other than very poor Syrians no one would even come on trial to our team.

There is also no way to generate money - no one can afford a fee for a player, there is no prize money and attendances are terrible, which means no gate money. To highlight how poor this is, check the finances for the teams in the Seletiva in our State.

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4 clubs in administration, 2 in debt and the rest Insecure. The wage budgets offered range between R$60k until R$180k - which is just not enough to compete with top clubs that have R$600k upwards...

My game plan is to ignore the wage budget for the Seletiva. I think we have a shot at promotion especially considering that Operário (MS) and Costa Rica (MS) are in the tier above. Hopefully this improves the wage budget situation, if not I will see what happens with finances next year - if it doesnt improve I will abandon the idea of winning with a club that hasnt won the competition before. As much as I would have liked to keep to it there are still 25 States to go through and doing 10-15 seasons in each just is not going to work in the long term.

 

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May 2029

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The Seletiva started 2 weeks after the State Championship ended, we are fifth favorites for the title, with Águia Negra considered to heavy favorite for the tournament. We beat them in the State Championship home and away and have beaten the other favorites apart from Aquidanauense at some point, so we do have a shot at promotion.

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We started the tournament with an easy win over Novo, where we scored a couple at the beginning and cruised until the end of the game after that. The two favorites in our group are Águia Negra and Comercial (MS), so we have to beat one of them whilst not allowing complacency to set in for the other games. Our next game is against Águia Negra at home in what could already determine how our season will end.

I mentioned that I rebuilt the team before, I wont go into detail considering the uncertainties at the club, but I will highlight the main signings.

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Ayoub is the goalscorer I was looking for and whilst he has not been prolific yet I have faith he will do well for us. Kvacek and David Samuel will be our centre backs, replacing the outgoing Giovani for less wage cost. I also brought in Ricardo Silva that played for me at Pimentense, his style does not necessarily suit us but he is very versatile and can play as CB, DM or MC. Renan is the other stand out midfielder and will be our DLP. The rest of the signings make up a strong squad, amazingly I had been able to bring in 7 more players than we had before at R$10k less wage budget, leaving us with a healthy squad. With the revised budget I could cut a handful of players but dont think it would be enough to get us down to the original wage budget.

 

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June 2029

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Just when things started to go well we go and have a frustrating run of games. We started the month beating the favorites Aguia Negra and I thought we would cruise from there. We followed that up with a surprisingly tough game at my former club Pontaporanense. Despite playing better we were drawing 1-1. When we scored in the 80th minute I was relieved for a moment, but then they went and equalized from kick-off.

Then our luck really ran out, injuries to our GK and LB destabilized the team and we put a weak performance against Comercial (MS). At this point I thought we were still in the group but then somehow lost 3-0 to Maracaju despite having a higher xG than them, they were just clinical in front of goal and we were not. We ended the month with a win that still leaves us with an outside shot of qualification but it will be tough.

We play Três Lagoas away and then Operário de Dourados at home and we simply need six points to stand any chance of qualification.

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July 2029

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Such a frustrating end to the season, we were absolutely toothless. I have decided I will still try to win this with a side that hasnt won the title anymore. I cannot complaing about money when we have sides on a lower budget than us finishing ahead of us. I am going to have re-think on tactics and how to get a solid side with the money we have. Plenty of time to do that until the State Championship starts again in January...

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Quite the mammoth task you're going for here. Two leagues ticked off in eight years is a solid effort so far, keep going at this rate and you'll be done in 100 more years!

Let's hope you can get a couple of easy ones completed quickly, and hopefully land somewhere with a bit of cash.

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3 hours ago, DaneBramage said:

Quite the mammoth task you're going for here. Two leagues ticked off in eight years is a solid effort so far, keep going at this rate and you'll be done in 100 more years!

Let's hope you can get a couple of easy ones completed quickly, and hopefully land somewhere with a bit of cash.

Haha, it definitely feels like I should have thought this through more before I started it. The fact that the seasons are so short helps move it along - this season would be considered long compared to others and we played 26 times! Hopefully the fact that I get to move teams every few years and the competitions in each state are so different will keep me engaged and motivated. This is something I have always wanted to do so even if I have to go the "easy" route I want to finish it!

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2029 Season Review

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Squad by Appearances

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Best Eleven

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A season that started with a lot of promise and faded towards the end. I have to be proud of the 4th place in the State Championship where we put some excellent performances. In the Seletiva we were just not good enough, especially against teams weaker than us. I have tweaked my tactics and hopefully we can be more effective next season.

Top Performers

David Samuel

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He is a strong defender and even though we leaked a lot of goals when he joined I dont think a lot of it was down to him. Will look for him to lead the team next season.

Albino

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Really solid left-back - renewed his contract even with our financial difficulties as I would rather lose players in other positions.

Wenderson

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Played both as our DLF and AP and was a good provider of goals.

Finances

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Kneck deep in negative balance again, I would not be surprised if wage budgets are slashed again.

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Two good news a few days later, another loan gives us some short term liquidity and we actually get a R$30k wage budget increase. I may actually be able to keep the core of the squad and be within wage budget now!

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2029 Brazil Review

Série A: São Paulo win the title by the biggest margin since the start of the save to lift their 8th overall, still 4 behind record holders Palmeiras with 12. Ceará, Vitória and Coritiba go straight back down, with Goiás joining them. Big boys Cruzeiro and Vasco bounce straight up again and are joined by Náutico and the return of surprise package Mirassol.

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State Championships (in Ranking order)

1. São Paulo: São Paulo do the double by beating surprise package Mirassol in the final and winning title number 25. Corinthians are still record holders at 30.

2. Rio de Janeiro: Fluminense win their first title since 2023 and 33rd overall. Flamengo are still record holders at 41.

3. Rio Grande do Sul: Grêmio keep going to make it 12 in a row with record title number 48.

4. Minas Gerais: Cruzeiro win their first title in 3 years and go up to 42, 7 from Atlético Mineiro who are record holders with 49.

5. Paraná: Huge shock as 5th tier side Paranavaí beat Paraná in the final to win their 2nd title. Record holders Coritiba at 41 do not even make the final.

6. Santa Catarina: Avaí win their first title since 2021 and are now joint record holders alongside Figueirense at 19.

7. Ceará: Fortaleza beat Ceará in the final for the seventh consecutive year to win their 51st title and go five ahead of their rivals for number of State Championships.

8. Goiás: Goiás win for a seventh time in a row to win a record extending 34th title.

9. Bahia: Bahia beat Vitória in the final for the third year in a row and win record holding title number 55.

10. Pernambuco: Náutico win their third title in a row and 26th overall. Sport still the record holders at 46 titles.

11. Alagoas: CRB beat CSA for the third year running to win their 36th title, going within 7 of CSAs record of 43. 

12. Mato Grosso: Cuiabá win their second title in a row and 17th overall. Record holders are Mixto (MT) with 24.

13. Pará: Paysandu beat Caeté in final to win their second in a row and win record title number 52.

14. Maranhão: Sampaio Correa win their record holding 42nd title and sixth in a row.

15. Rio Grande do Norte: América (RN) win their first title in 3 years to win their 36th oversall. ABC are still record holders with 60.

16. Paraíba: Botafogo (PB) win the first title in 3 years and extend  the record to 34.

17. Sergipe: Confiança (SE) get their third successive title and  28th overall. Sergipe are still way ahead on 37 titles.

18. Amazonas: Fast Clube win their 8th title and first since 2016. Nacional (AM) are still record holders at 47..

19. Piauí: Altos (PI) win their 7th title, still way behind record holders River (PI) at 33.

20. Acre: Vasco (AC) win two titles on the bounce to claim number 7 overall, Rio Branco (AC) are still comfortably the biggest winners with 32.

21. Distrito Federal: Formosa beat Brasília to win their 1st title and become ineligible for the challenge. Gama are record holders with 15.

22. Espírito Santo: Estrela do Norte could not make it three in a row and are beaten in the final by Desportiva, who win their 21st title. Rio Branco (ES) are record holders on 39 titles.

23. Roraima: Náutico (RR) win back to back titles and their 6th overall, but Atlético Roraima are still record holders at 21.

24. Tocantins: Palmas beat Interporto in the final to extend their lead in number of title to 2 at 11.

25. Mato Grosso do Sul: Operário (MS) win the title for the second year running and are still record holders with 16.

26. Rondônia: União Cacoalense win their 6th title by beating Genus in the final. Ferroviário (RO) the record holders at 17 despite not existing anymore.

27. Amapá: Another Ypiranga (AP) and Santos (AP) final, with the former victors for the 14th time, Macapá are still record holders with 17

Former Club Watch

Tapajós (AP): Terrible year as they collected 4 points from 20 games in the season, finishing bottom of the State Championship and Seletiva.

Pimentense: Another tesam with a terrible year, lost all games and were relegated in the State Championship, whilst finishing 6th out of 10 in the Seletiva.

Pontaporanense: Had a good, year, finishing runners-up in the second tier of the State Championship which earned them promotion, they also finished ahead of me in the Seletiva...

União ABC: Not such a good year, relegated from the State Championship and 7th in their group in the Seletiva.

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We definitely got the tougher group and will need to do really well to qualify to the Second Stage. I am hoping we can perform as well as we did in the same stage last year! One thing to note and which makes things tougher is that Operário (MS) actually got promoted to the third tier, the first time a team from the State has done that in the save. Costa Rica (MS) stayed up in the fourth tier which means we have 3 teams competing in higher tiers. This might make the Seletiva easier to get through but I will not get ahead of myself.

Transfers

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We released a bunch of players, essentially anyone that wasnt going to be key to us and had a contract expiring. This leaves us with a total of 26 players at the club, 22 in the first team and 4 in the Reserves. We didnt sign a single player from the Youth Intake so the U20s dont have any players. We are still R$40k over the wage budget, but I will worry about that later in the season.

We only brought in one player on loan as a left-back cover, not good enough for me to show here :D

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Initial Fixtures

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A tough start which was to be expected, at least we dont have any weeks with two games. Beating Pontaporanense at home is simply a must and I would love to get a draw in the other two games.

 

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January 2030

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We have to be please with the start to the campaign, we absolutely blew Comercial (MS) away and should have really won by more. Pontaporanense did put up a good fight against us but we were always on top. Operário (MS) really are a level above everyone else at the moment so I expected us to get beaten, we were solid defensively though which was encouraging.

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February will be crunch time as we play Aquidanauense home and way with a game against Comercial (MS) sandwiched in the middle. If we are able to stay unbeaten I would fancy our chances of getting to the final stage.

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February 2030

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The month started strongly with us completely outplaying Aquidanauense at their place. From there it looked like qualification was in the bag but tweo disappointing results means we still have to work for it. We were winning against Comercial (MS) up until the 70th minute when they scored two in quick succession and we just couldnt respond. Against Aquidanauense at home I think we showed them too much respect and were 2-0 down at half time. In the second half I went more offensive and we dominated the game but could only pull one back.

We are still in a strong position to qualify and play Operário (MS) at home and Pontaporanense away to close out the First Stage. One win or two draws will be enough to get us through, Aquidanuense have two home games against Comercial (MS) and Pontaporanense so I have to assume they will get 6 points.

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March 2030

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In the end the win against Pontaporanense sealed our qualification, but it was not a convincing win. Against Operário (MS) I went in cautious again and lost 3-0 anyway without a single shot all game...on and off target. It was at that point that I decided we needed to be more adventurous again, I think more cautious tactics had the odd good result at my two previous clubs because the gap in quality was significant, but I have a much better team at Moreninhas, so decided to change things up a bit.

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I only changed a few roles and role mentality, the rest remained unchanged. One of the Wing-Backs is now on attack duty, along with the Mezzala. I also changed the Carrilero I had on my left midfield to a BBM as I felt the prior role was too passive. Up front I changed the Poacher to an Advanced Forward as they get more involved with play. The most effective change was changing my AP from support to attack. For some reason I had the impression that an Attack role would leave him too isolated from the CMs for my short passing to work, but I was very wrong about that. He still playing in the same spot but now runs with the ball creating havoc and opening up space for others. The difference was clear to see as we began the second stage.

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We started off by absolutely blowing away Naviraiense at home, before rescuing a late draw at Comercial (MS). Águia Negra then scored the first goal early on but we held our composure and turned the game around convincingly. We played really well against Operário (MS) in what was a completely different performance than the first stage, despite the result being almost the same. Our more attacking mindset did leave us more open, but we also were really close to scoring most of the game ourselves. They only broke the deadlock in the 86th, adding another one in stoppage time. Last game of the month saw me finally beating Costa Rica (MS) after a thriller that saw leads being exchanged three times.

I am definitely sticking with this formation from now. Operário are two divisions above us so will probably walk away with the title, but if we manage to hold on to second place we qualify to the Copa Verde, which is a regional cup for teams in the North and Midwest regions. It also gives me hope that we can finally put in a good performance in the Seletiva and get promoted. First I would like us to finish the State Championship strongly and heading into April we now go back to only playing once a week which will do our thin squad nicely.

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Ugh, not again...timing couldnt be worse, we have 3 games left in the State Championship and actually have a chance at winning it as we are only 3 point behind Operario (MS) and play them at home...not so sure now.

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April/May 2030

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The new tactics were working a treat and when we beat Comercial (MS) in a rollercoaster of a game and Operario (MS) drew to leave us just 3 points off the top I genuinely thought we had a chance at lifting the title. Then the administration new hit the club...despite that we beat Aguia Negra away quite convincly and Operario only drew again to close the gap to a point. Then we started selling players and suddenly didnt have our starting left back and back-up centre backs. We tried and tried but couldnt break Operario down, which left us with a mamoth task on the last day - beat Costa Rica (MS) and hope Naviraiense stole a draw against Operario (MS).

By that point I didnt have any recognized right backs in the team so played a midfielder there, who also received a bid and will probably leave soon. Despite that we managed to draw the last game which was obviously not enough. I had enough experience with Administration that I knew how things would go over the next couple of months:

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And with that I will officially change the rules of the challenge for myself - I no longer will try to win State Championships with clubs that have not won it before. A shame, but the right thing to do for the sake of longevity of this challenge. It seems like the lower league clubs are all broke, so unless I manage one of the bigger sides in the State the story of Uniao ABC and Moreninhas will just repeat itself.

My hope is that my work has done enough for me to land a job at one of the bigger clubs, think Operario (MS) may be out of reach but the others could look at me once they sack their managers.

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Costa Rica Esporte Clube

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Costa Rica (MS) is a club from the small, but growing city of Costa Rica in the northeast of Mato Grosso do Sul. It has only 20.000 inhabitants but is growing due to the increase in adventure tourism in the region. It was founded as recently as 2004 and is one of the youngest clubs in the State. It is known as one of the best run clubs in the State and are won their first and only State title in 2021. In-game they have followed that up with another State title in 2026, as well as winning the Seletiva twice in 2025 and 2029. They play their games at the Estádio Municipal Laerte Paes Coelho, also known as Laertão.

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They finished third in the State Championship this year and just got knocked out in the First Knockout Round of Série D after qualifying first in their group. Felt like a harsh sacking for keeping the club in the 4th tier but I am not going to complain.

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They have awage budget much larger than what I have managed in this State at R$325k per month, but they still have financial worries, with R$4M debt and a wage bill R$100k over budget. I have a good four months to make the necessary changes to the squad. Barring any further financial mess I do hope this is the last club I take over in this State, I managed to get close to Operário (MS) with a much lesser squad so hopefully I can bring go all the way with Costa Rica (MS).

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Good luck. 

It's too damn hard to deal with brazilian finances. (and Football Manager are way softer than real life hahaha)

Cheers,
Bitner 

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3 hours ago, Bitner said:

Good luck. 

It's too damn hard to deal with brazilian finances. (and Football Manager are way softer than real life hahaha)

Cheers,
Bitner 

Oh yeah there is no way FM could mirror tue crazy Brazilian leagues haha.

the decisions at some of these clubs don’t make it easier too, there is a guy on R$60k p/m with a 2 year contract…that’s almost 25% of our entire wage budget :idiot:

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2030 Brazil Review

Série A: Grêmio beat arch rivals Internacional to the title on the last day to record their 4th win. Both teams were equal on points before the final game and Internacional had an easier game in theory, but lost to Fortaleza at home, whilst Grêmio beat RB Bragantino away. Three teams go straight back down, with Cruzeiro, Náutico and Mirassol not making the cut. Somewhat surprisingly Atlético Mineiro also were relegated leaving the less traditional side América (MG) as the only Minas Gerais representative in Série A. We also have three teams going straight back up - Goiás, Ceará and Vitória. ABC joins them in what will be their first appearances in 45 years, having last played in Série A in 1985.

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State Championships (in Ranking order)

1. São Paulo: Palmeiras beat Santos to win title number 25. Corinthians are still record holders at 30.

2. Rio de Janeiro: Flamengo win their first title in 3 years and extend the record to 42.

3. Rio Grande do Sul: Grêmio keep going to make it 13 in a row with record title number 49.

4. Minas Gerais:  Atlético Mineiro beat América (MG) in the final to win record holding title number 50.

5. Paraná: Things go back to normal as Coritiba beat Athletico Paranaense to win record title number 42.

6. Santa Catarina: Chapecoense beat Figueirense on penalties to claim their 12th title. Avaí and Figueirense are joint record holders at 19.

7. Ceará: Fortaleza beat Ceará in the final for the eight consecutive year to win their 52nd title and go six ahead of their rivals for number of State Championships.

8. Goiás: Grêmio Anápolis pull off a shock win against Goiás to win their 2nd title. The beaten finalist are still record holders at 34.

9. Bahia: Bahia beat Vitória in the final for the fourth year in a row and win record holding title number 56.

10. Pernambuco: Record holders sport win their first title in 5 years and go up to 47.

11. Alagoas: CRB beat CSA for the fourth year running to win their 37th title, going within 6 of CSAs record of 43. 

12. Mato Grosso: Cuiabá win their third title in a row and 18th overall. Record holders are Mixto (MT) with 24.

13. Pará: Paysandu beat Caeté in final again to win their third in a row and win record title number 53.

14. Maranhão: Sampaio Correa win their record holding 43rd title and seventh in a row.

15. Rio Grande do Norte: ABC win the title back and extend their record to 61.

16. Paraíba: Campinenses beat Botafogo (PB) to win title number 25. The beaten finalist are still record holders with 34.

17. Sergipe: Confiança (SE) get their fourth successive title and  29th overall. Sergipe are still way ahead on 37 titles.

18. Amazonas: After fourth consecutive final losses Atlético Amazonense finally win their 1st title. Nacional (AM) are still record holders at 47..

19. Piauí: Piauí win their 7th title, still way behind record holders River (PI) at 33.

20. Acre: Vasco (AC) win three titles on the bounce to claim number 8 overall, they also won Série C and are by far the most successful team in the State at the moment. Rio Branco (AC) are still comfortably the biggest winners with 32.

21. Distrito Federal: Formosa win for the 2nd year in a row to claim title number 2. Gama are record holders with 15.

22. Espírito Santo: Desportiva win their second in a row and 22nd overall. Rio Branco (ES) are record holders on 39 titles.

23. Roraima: Atlético Roraima extend their record to 22 title wins.

24. Tocantins: Palmas beat Interporto in the final to extend their lead in number of titles to 3 at 12.

25. Mato Grosso do Sul: Operário (MS) win the title for the third year running and are still record holders with 17.

26. Rondônia: Somewhat of an upset as Barcelona (RO) beat Rondoniense to win their 1st title. Ferroviário (RO) the record holders at 17 despite not existing anymore.

27. Amapá: Another Ypiranga (AP) and Santos (AP) final, with the former victors for the 15th time, Macapá are still record holders with 17

Former Club Watch

Tapajós (AP): Promoted basck up to the first tier in Amapá, but then had a terrible Seletiva finishing rock bottom.

Pimentense: Were not able to get promoted straight back up the first tier, finishing second, three points behind the title winners. In the Seletiva they finished a solid 5th.

Pontaporanense: Terrible year, relegated from the State Championship and finished bottom of their group in the Seletiva.

União ABC: Average year, 7th in the second tier of the State Championship and 7th in their group in the Seletiva.

Moreninhas: After I guided them to second place in the State Championship they had an OK Seletiva, finishing 3rd in their group, but 6 points behind Semi Final qualification.

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I feel we got the easier group and am glad to be avoiding Operário (MS) in the first stage. I released a bunch of players at the turn of the year to get us under the wage budget and some also did not want to renew their contracts which left us with a very small squad of 16 players. I am working on bringing another two players in but the we will reach our wage budget again so it will have to either be loans or selling some of the high earners. Success this year will depend on how quickly I can do that, I am hoping to have a larger squad by the time we get to the Second Stage. The team is strong though compared to what I have managed before.

Top Players

Gleycon Rodrigo

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Great player on low wages, has been attracting interest from bigger teams so hopefully we manage to hold on to him.

Tuti

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Our best striker but unhappy due to the clubs finances and on a mammoth R$40k a month I might sell him so I can bring 2-3 players in his place.

Macula

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Another good midfielder on lower wages.

Flávio Henrique

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Hoping he can lead the line if we sell Tuti.

Anthoni

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Solid goalkeeper which is difficult to come by at this level.

Initial Fixtures

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We start with the most difficult fixture of the group and a Sun-Wed-Sun week, which will put our small squad to the test.

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January 2031

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An excellent start to the campaign, we are blowing teams away, especially early on during the game. The exception to this was my former club Moreninhas. We dominated the entire match but they somehow managed to hang on to the win. The only negative is that Tuti picked up an injury in the game against Naviraiense and will be out for 3-4 weeks. Hopefully he is back fully fit in the second stage.

I had mentioned the two players I was trying to bring and here they are.

Reinier

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Signed because he can play anywhere through the middle, but have used him as our DLP.

Manaus

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Gives us more options in midfield and is pretty solid.

In February we will look to keep up the good form and qualify for the Second Stage.

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February 2031

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We continue our impressive form and qualify for the Second Stage, Aquidanuaense proved stronger this time round and Moreninhas were stubborn too, but once we scored the first the others rolled in. I do feel it is going to be between us and Operário (MS) for the title and if we manage to avoid injuries we might just do it.

In March we close out the first stage against Naviraiense away before the Second Stage begins, with probably a couple of weeks of 2 games a week to really test our thin squad.

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March 2031

First Stage

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We finished off the first stage comfortably beating Naviraiense. I am showing both groups here for two reasons. First, it is surprising Naviraiense and Comercial (MS) both were relegated considering they are more traditional sides. Second, Operário (MS) had an equally impressive campaign and it really would be between one of us for the title. So when the Second Stage saw us start off hosting them I knew it had the potential to be a vital match.

Second Stage

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And so it has so far, in what was a thrilling match, with us blowing a 2-0 lead to win it with less than ten minutes to go. The rest of the games have been very straightforward and we have also built a healthy Goal Difference lead which could be crucial.

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Our next game is huge again, avoid defeat and I feel comfortable we will seal the title, lose and we will have to keep winning against the other teams. I will update at the end of the tournament!

 

 

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April/May 2031

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I did say I thought we would win the title if we avoided defeat against Operário (MS) and that is exactly what happened. A pretty boring 0-0 was good enough for us to maintain our 3 point lead and we never looked back after that, beating everyone in our way pretty easily. It was almost anti climatic how easy this was to win, but after the previous years and clubs in this State I could not care less. This was also good timing, because before our last game the board slashed the wage budget by R$100k again with the club R$9M in debt, so a massive rebuild would have been needed and the quality of the team would suffer.

Squad by Appearances

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Impressive numbers after 18 games with everyone performing well and our strikers scoring 28 goals between them. The top performers were those introduced in the Championship Preview.

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So after a short spell with Costa Rica (MS) we have ticked off State number 3 and can move onto the next one - Tocantins!

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3 hours ago, zethani said:

Congratulations on the third title.

Very weird shape, the Tocantins state. Will the state championship be as strange?

Good luck

Thanks! The shape was even weirder when it was still part of Goias to the South :D

Think we will go back to the more "traditional" State Championship format of league stage and playoffs - certainly looks like fewer games again!

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Chapter 4 - Tocantins

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Tocantins is the youngest State in Brazil, formed in 1988 after over a century of attempt at separating the State from what was Goiás. It is the 10th biggest State in area with 277 620 914 km2, but only the 24th in population with around 1.6M inhabitants. Its capital, Palmas, was contructed after independence was granted and is one of the fastest growing cities in Brazil, with just under 400 thousand inhabitants. Araguaina is the only other city in the State with more than 100 000 population. The State has its name from the river Tocantines which runs across the entire State. Tocantins means toucan's beak in the indigenous Tupi language. Most of the State finds itself in the Cerrado landscape, which is savannah like and has a mixture of dense forest and open fields. The economy is primarily moved by agro-exports, mainly soybean, as well as cattle ranching. The most famous tourist destination is Jalapão State Park, which exemplies the variety of the Cerrado landscape pretty well.

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Football in Tocantins

As with everything in this State the Championship is relatively new, with the first edition being played in 1993. Only 10 teams had won the State Championship until 2021, with Palmas the most successful side. On the national stage the teams in the State have not made much of an impression, with no side ever making it higher than the third tier.

Palmas and Interporto have alternated titles in-game with Tocantinópolis experts at finishing runners-up and no other side even making the final.

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In terms of national performance not much to shout about here in-game too. All sides bar one are in the State's Seletiva, with Força Jovem (TO) surprisingly winning it last year and playing in Série D. Palmas, Tocantinópolis and Interporto are clearly the best three sides so landing a job at one of those would be ideal, I will wait for one of those until the end of the year, if nothing happens then I will go for another club, preferably in the top State tier, as a lot of clubs let manager contracts expire on December 31st.

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2031 Brazil Review

Série A: In what has to be the biggest shock at the top flight in this save, Cuiabá win their 1st ever Série A title on the last day. They were two points behind Flamengo, who only managed to draw with Santos at home and Cuiabá took full advantage of it by coming from behind to beat Grêmio with a goal in the 85th minute! They are the first club from Mato Grosso and the Midwest Region to ever win the Série A. At the bottom of the table it was not good news from teams from the Northeast as ABC, Bahia, Vitória and Ceará all go down. Atlético Mineiro and Mirassol come straight back u and are joined by Ponte Preta and CRB.

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State Championships (in Ranking order)

1. São Paulo: São Paulo beat RB Brqagantino to win title number 26. Corinthians are still record holders at 30.

2. Rio de Janeiro: Flamengo win back to back titles and extend the record to 43.

3. Rio Grande do Sul: Grêmio keep going to make it 14 in a row with record title number 50.

4. Minas Gerais:  América (MG) get revenge on Atlético Mineiro to win their 19th title. The beaten finalist are still record holders at 50.

5. Paraná: Another upset as Operário (PR) beat Coritiba to win their 3rd to win rec title. The beaten finalist are still record holders at 42.

6. Santa Catarina: Criciúma beat Avaí to claim their 12th title. Avaí and Figueirense are joint record holders at 19.

7. Ceará: Fortaleza beat Ceará in the final for the ninth consecutive year to win their 53rd title and go seven ahead of their rivals for number of State Championships.

8. Goiás: Grêmio Anápolis repeat the shock with a win against Goiás to win their 3rd title. The beaten finalist are still record holders at 34.

9. Bahia: Vitória finally beat Bahia in the final after four years and win their 33rd title, still way behind their rivals at 56.

10. Pernambuco: Sport win back to back titles and go up to 48 in total.

11. Alagoas: CRB beat CSA for the fifth year running to win their 38th title, going within 5 of CSAs record of 43. 

12. Mato Grosso: Cuiabá win their fourth title in a row and 19th overall. Record holders are Mixto (MT) with 24.

13. Pará: Remo win their first title since 2026 to win their 51st title and go within 2 of their rivals Paysandu at 53.

14. Maranhão: Sampaio Correa win their record holding 44th title and eighth in a row.

15. Rio Grande do Norte: ABC win title again and extend their record to 62.

16. Paraíba: Campinense win back to back championships to claim title number 26. Botafogo (PB) are still record holders with 34.

17. Sergipe: Confiança (SE) get their fifth successive title and  30th overall. Sergipe are still ahead on 37 titles.

18. Amazonas: Atlético Amazonense make it two in a row and 2nd in total. Nacional (AM) are still record holders at 47..

19. Piauí: Record holders River (PI) win for the first time since 2027 and extend their lead with title number 34.

20. Acre: Surprise as Série B side Vasco (AC) dont make the final, with Atlético Acreano claiming their 12th title. Rio Branco (AC) are still comfortably the biggest winners with 32.

21. Distrito Federal: Formosa win for the 3rd year in a row to claim title number 3. Gama are record holders with 15.

22. Espírito Santo: Desportiva win their third in a row and 23rd overall in a year that also saw them promoted to Série B. Rio Branco (ES) are record holders on 39 titles.

23. Roraima: Atlético Roraima extend their record to 23 title wins.

24. Tocantins: Palmas beat Interporto in the final to extend their lead in number of titles to 4 at 13.

25. Mato Grosso do Sul: With State Hunter in charge Costa Rica (MS) break Operário (MS)s winning streak to win their 3rd title. Operário (MS) are still record holders with 17.

26. Rondônia: Genus beat União Cacoalense to win their 4th title. Ferroviário (RO) the record holders at 17 despite not existing anymore.

27. Amapá: Another Ypiranga (AP) and Santos (AP) final, with the former victors for the 16th, going within one of Macapá who are record holders with 17

Former Club Watch

Tapajós (AP): Managed to avoid relegation from the State Chasmpionship but finished second from bottom in the Seletiva.

Pimentense: Missed out on promotion to the top State tier again, this time by only a point. Finished 6th in the Seletiva.

Pontaporanense: An average performance in the second tier of the State Championship, but got all the way to the Semi-FInals in the Seletiva

União ABC: Terrible year, second from bottom in the second tier of the State Championship and bottom in their Seletiva group.

Moreninhas: Did well to get to the Second Stage of the State Championship were they finished bottom. In the Seletiva they went all the way to the Semi-Finals. They also participated in the Copa Verde, but lost in the Preliminary stage against Palmas, from Tocantins.

Costa RIca (MS): After I guided them to the title things didnt go too well and they were relegated from Série D. With the financial issues surrounding the club I would not be surprised if they took another step back next season.

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Palmas Futebol e Regatas

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Palmas is a club from the same named city Palmas, capital of Tocantins State. The club was founded in 1997 and was the first club in Palmas to become professional. They won their first Tocantinense title in 2000 and have not looked back since, winning 8 more until 2021. In-game they have continue that dominance, winning 5 more title, including the last three years in a row, to be the biggest winners in the State with 13 titles. Their best ever finish on the national stage was 7th in Série C in 2003, but their biggest achievement was getting to the Quarter Finals of the Copa do Brasil in 2004, being beaten by fellow minnows 15 de Novembro from Rio Grande do Sul. They play their games at the Estádio Nilton Santos, which was inaugurated in 2000 and is owned by the Palmas municipality and hosts a handful of other teams.

Nilton Santos: duas décadas de muitas histórias! - TO no Esporte

The club had an excellent 2031, beating Tocantinópolis to the State Championship and Seletiva, which means we will be playing in the Série D in 2032. They also participated in the Copa do Brasil and Copa Verde, where they did really well to get to the Semi-Finals.

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I have to say I got really lucky with this one, the club did so well that the manager moved to Ypiranga (RS), a club which much more infrastructure in Rio Grande do Sul. I applied for the job and it took a few months to get an interview, by which time all other managers in the State had their contracts renewed. Finances arent great as usual with R$4M negative balance, but I do have a R$400k pm wage budget out of which we are only using R$300k, so I can add players vs the usual squad trimming that I do.

We are probably heavy favorites for the title so this could either be a very short passage in this State or I fail miserably, get sacked and have a lot of work to do with a smaller club :D

 

 

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2032 Campeonato Tocantinense Preview

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We go back to similar formats we had in Amapá and Rondônia. Each team plays each other once and after 7 games the top 4 go into the semi finals and the bottom two are relegated. We have won the tournament three years running and are favorites alongside Interporto and Tocantinópolis. The squad I inherited is pretty decent and with the wage budget left I can make 4-5 signings to strengthen the first team. I will focus on a goalkeeper, a left back, a couple of midfielders and potentially a striker. I currently have a bunch of players on trial and should be able to sign a few of them in the next couple of weeks. From that I have already here are the best players.

Key Players

Lucas

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Very solid defender and a good BPD which is very difficult to find at this level.

Éverton

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Will be our DLP, he has decent attributes across the board.

Diego Batista

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Really solid striker and club captain, will have him leading our attack and have just offered a contract to DLF that will hopefully form a deadly partnership with him.

Initial Fixtures

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It is an OK start, Gurupi are historically a good team with 6 titles to their name, but narrowly avoidad relegation last season, Imagine qualified for the Semi-Finals and Tocantinópolis should be a tough game.

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January 2032

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The football definitely isnt as free flowing as it was at Costa Rica (MS) as I dont have or will have the midfield I had there. Still a very solid start with comfortable wins over Gurupi and Imagine. Tocantinópolis was always going to be a tough game and despite taking the lead in the second half we couldnt hold on to it as they scored on the 81st minute.

I did bring in 4 out of the 5 players I mentioned and can hopefully close out on the last one in the next two weeks.

Rafael Vinícius

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This one I regret but will still bring quality to our midfield. Our scouts rated him at A+ so I made the mistake of signing straight from Moto Club instead of going through the usual trial first method. Not as good as my scouts claimed plus I didnt realize he was injured for 5 weeks :rolleyes:

Elias Maluco

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Originally signed as DLF he will play as our AP as he is much better than the options we have there. Has had a solid first two games for the club and already scored one.

Pelé

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Goalkeeper is where we had the biggest gap and he is a vast improvement to what we had at the club.

Renan

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Another area where we were weak, Renan is not great but a lot better than what we had.

Next Fixtures

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We will wrap up the First Stage in February, with tough games against Interporto and surprise leaders Taquarassú, as well as games against the two promoted sides.

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February 2032

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We really started hitting our stride this month. The game against Interporto was close with a stalemate at half time, but we proved too strong for them in the second half. Games against Araguaína and surprise package Taquarassú were very straightforward and then we absolutely pummeled Atlético Cerrado in my biggest win of the save so far. You can tell the team is really started to gel and my last signing, Felipe Rabelo, has really made a difference in midfield and scored 4 in the last game.

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We draw Tocantinópolis in the Semi Finals, the only team that took points from us in the first Stage. We are clear favorites for the title, but you never know with knockouts. Before that we host Série B side Guarani in the Copa do Brasil, for which we qualified as State champions. We could pull off an upset but I am tempted to rotate the squad as winning the Tocantinense is the priority. I will update on a game by game basis until the end of the State Championship now.

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Copa do Brasil - First Round

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I made 5 changes to our starting XI, resting those that were tired from our game 3 days earlier and those were I felt putting a back up would not compromise the quality of the team too much. The way the Copa do Brasil works in the First Round is that the lower seeded team has home advantage, but the team playing away goes through with a draw.

This meant we kinda had to go for it and with no pressure to lose I went with our standard attack minded formation. It was a pretty even game until Vellaske managed to get himself sent off. From their I preserved some of the other regular first starters and sat back until the 80th minute, when started pushing for a win. Guarani hit us on a counter to seal the win but I am proud of the performance and hopefully we have a fresh team ready to face Tocantinópolis in 4 days time.

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