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2016/2017 Season

12 Chapecoense 10 12 10 42
13 Cruzeiro 11 8 13 41
14 Sport 11 7 15 40
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 By Tim Vickery

Traditional domestic giants caught up in Brazilian league relegation mire

Cruzeiro coach Mano Menezes
Mano Menezes has brought back some confidence to the Cruzeiro camp who are caught up in the relegation battle.

Going into the home straight -- 11 of the 38 rounds remain -- and the battle for the Brazilian league title is heating up nicely. Third-placed Atletico Mineiro are not out of the picture. But the focus is on the front two; Palmeiras of Sao Paulo won on Saturday to stretch their lead at the top to four points -- duly reduced to just one, 24 hours later when Rio de Janeiro giants Flamengo staged a late rally to overcome Cruzeiro.

In all the excitement, it is easy to forget that the state of play at...

Cruzeiro release former Brazil striker Leandro Damiao

Former Brazil international forward Leandro Damiao is leaving Cruzeiro.

Cruzeiro have not renewed the contracts of former Brazil international forwards Leandro Damiao and Julio Baptista, the club announced on Wednesday.

Damiao, 26, was a reported target of Tottenham in 2011-12 after featuring for the Selecao in its 2012 Olympics campaign. Julio Baptista, 34, made 48 appearances for the national team and spent time at Real Madrid, Arsenal, Sevilla and Sao Paulo among others.

In addition, the club announced the departure of midfielder Charles and right-back Ceara.

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Brazil clubs create Liga Sul-Minas-Rio, eye Premier League structure

Fans in five of Brazil's southern states will likely have a new league to watch in 2016.

A competition meant to be the precursor to a Brazilian Premier League has been officially formed after a meeting by member clubs in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

The statute for the "Liga Sul-Minas-Rio," a regional tournament consisting of clubs from five states in Brazil's south, was signed by its 13 founding members -- Flamengo and Fluminense of Rio, Internacional and Gremio of Rio Grande do Sul, Atletico-MG and Cruzeiro of Minas Gerais, Coritiba and Atletico-PR of Parana, and Joinville, Chapacoense,...

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Vanderlei Luxemburgo sacked by Cruzeiro after three months in charge

Former Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo was fired by Flamengo in May.

Former Real Madrid manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo has been sacked for the second time this season after Cruzeiro confirmed his dismissal on Monday afternoon.

The record five-time Brazilian champion was let-go a day after the Belo Horizonte club's disappointing 1-0 home loss to Santos, which dropped the two-time defending champs to 16th in the league table, one spot away from a relegation place.

Cruzeiro sack coach Marcelo Oliveira after titles, hire Vanderlei Luxemburgo

Marcelo Oliveira brought two straight titles to Cruzeiro but a slow start this season sealed his fate.

SAO PAULO -- Cruzeiro have fired Marcelo Oliveira, the coach who led the team to the Brazilian league titles for the last two seasons, and hired Vanderlei Luxemburgo to him.

Tuesday's announcement came two days after a 2-1 loss at Figueirense in the fourth round of the Brazilian league left the Belo Horizonte club in second-to-last place in the 20-team standings with only one point.

It also was eliminated by River Plate in the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores after a 3-0 loss at its Mineirao...