Saturday, July 30, 2011

Brazilian Championship - Super 10 Starts today!

The Brazilian championship, known as the Super 10, starts today with four matches taking place in Brazil. Reigning champions, São José will kick off the defence of their title against Farrapos from southern Brazil while traditional powerhouses SPAC and Rio Branco will go head to head in São Paulo, Brazil´s French side, Pasteur face off against the Curutiba team, UniBrasil also in São Paulo and the capital of Minas Gerais state will also see action with Belo Horizonte hosting Desterro of Santa Catarina. This years even makes history as it is the first time ever that the competition has involved ten teams. Previously it was the Super 8 and was dominated by São José Rugby, who have been Brazil´s biggest club since the turn of the century and have even produced professional players such as Fernando Portugal who played in Italy for two years and now plays in São Paulo for Bandeirantes.  

Of the ten teams in this years competition there are a total of six different states represented. the competition will take place from July through November and have a full set of play-off matches starting with Quarter Finals in September. Previously the competition was structured so that the team with the most points on the ladder was champion. São Paulo state is providing half of the tournaments teams with São José being accompanies by four teams from São Paulo city - SPAC, Pasteur, Bandeirantes and Rio Branco. They will be joined by Niterói from Rio de Janeiro state, Farrapos from Rio Grande do Sul, Desterro from Santa Catarina, UniBrasil/Curitiba from Paraná and Belo Horizonte from Minas Gerais. In other words Brazil's six southern most states are all represented with São Paulo being the epicentre.

The teams have been divided into two groups with the four best from each group to advance to the Quarter Finals. The groups have been named the Green and the Yellow groups to replicate Brazil´s official national colours. The Green Group will consist of Bandeirantes, Belo Horizonte, Desterro, Pasteur and UniBrasil/Curitiba. Bandeirantes will have a bye in the first round. The yellow group will have Farrapos, Niteroí, Rio Branco, São José and SPAC.

Match Schedule
July 30 Belo Horizonte vs Desterro
July 30 Pasteur vs UniBrasil/Curitiba
July 30 São José vs Farrapos
July 30 SPAC vs Rio Branco

August 13 Desterro vs Bandeirantes
August 13 UniBrasil/Curitiba vs Belo Horizonte
August 13 Niterói vs São José
August 13 Farrapos vs Rio Branco

August 20 Bandeirantes vs UniBrasil/Curitiba
August 20 Belo Horizonte vs Pasteur
August 20 Rio Branco vs Niterói
August 20 Farrapos vs SPAC

September 03 Desterro vs Pasteur
September 03 Bandeirantes vs Belo Horizonte
September 03 São José vs SPAC
September 03 Niterói vs Farrapos

September 10 UniBrasil/Curitiba vs Desterro
September 10 Pasteur vs Bandeirantes
September 10 São José vs Rio Branco
September 10 SPAC vs Niterói

September 24 Quarter Finals

November 05 Semi Finals
November 19 Final & Bronze Final

The Super 10 is sponsored by Topper, Heineken, Bradesco and Deloitte and also recieves support from the CCR group, Cremer and Gatorade.

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