Sao Paulo set to win fourth Brazil title
RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Sao Paulo, who last year won the Libertadores Cup and World Club championship, are set to add the Brazilian championship to their collection on Sunday when they host Atletico Paranaense.
A win at the Morumbi stadium will be enough for the Tricolor to clinch their fourth Brazilian title with two matches to spare.
They could even lose and claim the trophy if second-placed Internacional lose at Parana and third-placed Gremio fail to beat Santa Cruz.
Rogerio Ceni, the team's captain, goalkeeper and free-kick specialist, is hopeful of recovering from a hamstring injury in time for the game.
Rogerio has played more than 700 games for Sao Paulo since joining them in 1991 and is the topscoring goalkeeper in soccer history.
'This is the most important week of our lives,' said defender Miranda. 'We worked all year for this moment.
'A player is only remembered for the trophies he wins. This squad is close to going down in the history of the club.'
Victory on Sunday would also end a frustrating run for coach Muricy Ramalho, who led Internacional to the runners-up spot last year and was in charge of Sao Paulo in August when they lost the Libertadores Cup final to his former club.
Sao Paulo have led the field for more than half the tournament, having fended off all their challengers.
In the second half of the competition, they have beaten Internacional 2-0, held Gremio 1-1 away and effectively ended the challenge of Vanderlei Luxemburgo's Santos by beating them 1-0 away.
At the other end of the table, the fight continues to see who will join Fortaleza and Santa Cruz, already relegated, in the second division next year.
Two more places have to be filled with Sao Caetano and Ponte Preta currently in the danger zone.
Ponte visit Fortaleza, where Daniel Frasson has become the seventh coach of the year, and Sao Caetano, where Roberval Davino is the sixth man to occupy the hot seat, host Vasco.
Fluminense, two points outside the danger zone after a miserable run, are away to Corinthians.