Category: Brazilian State Leagues

Maranhao State Championship (Brazil) 2000

1st Stage Group Tables


In the First Stage teams played each team from the other Group twice. The Top two in each Group Qualify for the 1st Stage Semi-Finals.

1st Stage Playoffs

DateEventTime/ResultsLeagueSeasonVenueArticleMatch Day

Moto Clube are 1st Stage Champions and Qualify for Championship Final.

2nd Stage Group Tables


In the 2nd Stage Teams played each team in their own group twice. Top two in each Group qualify for 2nd Stage semi-Finals.

2nd Stage Playoffs

DateEventTime/ResultsLeagueSeasonVenueArticleMatch Day

Sampaio Correa win 2nd Stage and Qualify for Championship Final.

Championship Final

DateEventTime/ResultsLeagueSeasonVenueArticleMatch Day

Moto Clube won Maranhao State Championship 5-4 on aggregate.

Note: Match Dates are a very rough estimate based on the Brazilian Football season being split into two halves: The first half from February to June is for the State Championships and the 2nd Half from June to December is for the National Championships. The Top teams in each state take part in both State Championships and National Championships.


Expressinho from Sao Luis played in the Brazilian Maranhao State Championship’s Top Division in 2000, finishing with 5 points from 12 games in the 1st Stage and 4 Points from 10 games in the 2nd stage, resulting in their relegation, along with last placed overall Tocantins. Expressinho are of interest to Irish readers as they were formed in Sao Luis on 17th March 1975, St. Patrick’s Day, and played in Green Shirts, White Shorts and Green Socks. Expressinho played in the 21,000 capacity Estadio Nuozinho Santos in Sao Luis.

The 1st Stage Championship was won 2-1 on aggregate by Moto Clube versus Sampaio Correa, who won the 2nd Stage Championship 2-0 versus Viana (the first leg in that tie finished 1-1 but was awarded to Sampaio Correa 1-0 as Viana had fielded an ineligible player). The Championship Final, played between the 1st Stage and 2nd Stage Champions was won by Moto Clube, who overturned a 2-4 deficit in the 1st Leg to take the 2nd Leg 3-0 and the tie 5-4 on aggregate.

Map of Maranhao, Brazil.

Map of Maranhao in Brazil

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[1] Serge Van Hoof et al (2001) “Maranhao (MA)” North and Latin American Football Guide 2001/2002. pg. 237-238. Heart Books, B-2820 Rijmenam, Belgium.


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