Marcos Luis Rocha Aquino, or Marcos Rocha, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Palmeiras as a right back. Born in Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais, Marcos Rocha joined Atlético Mineiro's youth setup in 2005, from hometown's Bela Vista FC, he was promoted to the main squad in 2008, but made his senior debuts while on loan at Uberlândia EC. Marcos Rocha made his professional debuts late in the year, representing CRB in a temporary deal, he returned to Atlético in January 2009 as a backup to Sheslon. Marcos Rocha made his Série A debut on 16 May 2009, replacing Jonílson in the 82nd minute of a 2–1 home win against Grêmio, he appeared in ten matches during the campaign, scoring once. On 25 February 2010 Marcos Rocha was loaned to Ponte Preta. After appearing sparingly he moved to América Mineiro, featuring over the course of nearly two years. On 30 November 2011, it was confirmed, he was elected as first-choice, was among the squad which won the state league twice, the Copa Libertadores in 2013, the Recopa Sudamericana and Copa do Brasil in 2014.
As of 7 December 2018 Atlético Mineiro Campeonato Mineiro: 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 Copa Libertadores: 2013 Recopa Sudamericana: 2014 Copa do Brasil: 2014Palmeiras Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 2018 Bola de Prata: 2012, 2014 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Team of the Year: 2012, 2013, 2014 South American Team of the Year: 2013 Campeonato Paulista Team of the year: 2018 Atlético Mineiro official profile at the Wayback Machine Marcos Rocha at Soccerway
2018 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
The 2018 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A was the 62nd season of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the top level of professional football in Brazil, the 15th edition in a double round-robin since its establishment in 2003. The season began on 14 April 2018 and ended on 2 December 2018; the top six teams as well as the 2018 Copa do Brasil champions qualified to the Copa Libertadores. The next six best-placed teams not qualified for Copa Libertadores qualified for the Copa Sudamericana and the last four were relegated to Série B in 2019. Corinthians were the defending champions. Twenty teams competed in the league – the top sixteen teams from the previous season, as well as four teams promoted from the Série B. América Mineiro became the first club to be promoted after a 1–2 win against Figueirense on 11 November 2017. Internacional was promoted on 14 November 2017, Paraná and Ceará were promoted on 18 November 2017; the clubs can have a maximum of five foreign players in their Campeonato Brasileiro squads per match, but there is no limit of foreigners in the clubs' squads.
1 Players holding Brazilian dual nationality. As of 1 December 2018Ranked from highest to lowest average attendance. Source: FoxSports.com Source Globo Last updated: 3 December 2018
Atlético Clube Goianiense
Atlético Clube Goianiense known as Atlético Goianiense or just as Atlético, is a Brazilian football team from the city of Goiânia, Goiás state. Atlético Goianiense is the oldest Goiânia city football club; the club is the first team of its state to win a national competition, the Série C. Atlético Goianiense made a comeback to Brazil's top level Série A in 2010 after a 23-year absence. In 2016, Atlético Goianiense won the title of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B for the first time, they won the title with two rounds in advance, beating the relegated Tupi by 5 to 3. On April 2, 1937, Nicanor Gordo and Joaquim Veiga founded the club, starting football in the newly founded city of Goiânia. Nicanor Gordo and Joaquim Veiga left the newly founded club in 1938, joined Goiânia EC, another new club. In 1944, the club competed in the first Campeonato Goiano, the first official football championship in the state, was contested between five clubs from Goiânia; the other teams were Vila Nova, Goiás and Campinas.
Atlético Goianiense won the competition. In 1957, the club won the state championship without losing a match winning the Torneio dos Invictos, played in the same year. In 1971, the team won the Torneio da Integração Nacional. In 1990, after defeating América Mineiro in the penalty shootout, Atlético Goianiense won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C. In 2003, Atlético Goianiense finished in the state championship's last place, was relegated to the following year's second division. In 2005, the club won the Goiás State Championship Second Division, being promoted to the following year's First Division. In 2006, the club finished in second place in the Goiás State Championship First Level, they won the league in 2010 and in 2011; the club competed in the Copa Sudamericana in 2012. The club's greatest achievement was in 2016, when they won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. Série B: 12016Série C: 21990, 2008Campeonato Goiano: 131944, 1947, 1949, 1955, 1957, 1964, 1970, 1985, 1988, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014Torneio da Integração Nacional: 11971 The club plays its home matches at Estádio Antônio Accioly, which has a maximum capacity of 12,000 people.
Instead the club has plans to make his own modern arena for more than 15,000 to replace Antônio Accioly Stadium. Atlético Goianiense's training center is called CT Urias Magalhães. Atlético Goianiense has another training ground for youth players at the city of Aparecida de Goiânia; the club's colors are black. It is composed of a red and black horizontal striped shirt, white short and red and black horizontal striped socks. Atlético Goianiense's mascot is a red dragon symbolizing the club; the club is nicknamed meaning Dragon. The flag is similar to the club's home kit, with red and black horizontal stripes, the logo in the center. Atlético's official anthem was composed by Joaquim Jayme, there is another, non-official, anthem; as of 11 April 2019Note: Flags indicate national team. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 – Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001. Official website Arquivo de Clubes
The Campeonato Carioca known as Campeonato Estadual do Rio de Janeiro, is the annual football championship of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was first held in 1906, is these days organised by the Federação de Futebol do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, the state's football federation; the first season of the Campeonato Carioca was played in 1906 making it the third oldest league in Brazil, with only the Campeonato Paulista of São Paulo and the Campeonato Baiano of Bahia predating it. Rivalries amongst four of the most prestigious Brazilian teams have marked the history of the competition; the oldest clubs from Rio de Janeiro had inspired the creation of many clubs from other states. Fluminense is the team with the largest number of titles of the 20th century, with 28, being known as the "champion of the century". Flamengo leads the new century with the overall count with 34 titles. In the beginning of the 20th century, the number of football clubs in Rio de Janeiro and Niterói increased clubs such as Rio Cricket and Athletic Association in Niterói, Fluminense Football Club in 1902, Bangu Atlético Club, América Football Club, Botafogo Football Club in 1904 being founded.
Football became popular, a campaign was initiated to organize a football league bringing together clubs such as Rio Cricket and Athletic Association, Fluminense Football Club and Athletic Club, America Football Club, Bangu Atlético Club, Sport Club Petrópolis and Payssandu Cricket Club. On June 8, 1905, the Liga Metropolitana de Football was founded. LMF's first president was Bangu's José Villas Boas, soon replaced by Francis Walter in December of the same year. In 1906, the first Campeonato Carioca was contested by six clubs: Fluminense, Bangu and Athletic, Payssandu and Rio Cricket. America, despite being one of the league founders, did not contest the league's first edition. Fluminense became the first Rio de Janeiro state champion. In 1907, the championship ended with Fluminense sharing the first position; as there was no official tie-break criteria in the league rules, both clubs diverged about how to decide the title: Botafogo claimed an extra-match, Fluminense claimed that the league should adopt the goal-average criteria.
This crisis led the league to end its activities without declaring a champion. In 1996, after 89 years of argument, both clubs were declared champions. On February 29, 1908, Botafogo, Paysandu, Rio Cricket, Riachuelo founded Liga Metropolitana de Sports Athleticos, which organized the Campeonato Carioca of that year; this was won by Fluminense. In 1911, the first league split occurred, when Botafogo abandoned LMSA and founded Associação de Football do Rio de Janeiro; the league was nicknamed Liga Barbante, because Botafogo was the only significant club contesting the competition. AFRJ was incorporated by LMSA in 1913. In 1917, after several accusations of bribery, LMSA was replaced by Liga Metropolitana de Desportos Terrestres known as LMDT. Fluminense won the competition of that year. On March 1, 1924, a second league split occurred, with the Associação Metropolitana de Esportes Athleticos being founded. AMEA, founded by the aristocratic clubs Flamengo, Fluminense and America imposed discriminatory rules against blacks and lower class citizens to their members.
The Confederação Brasileira de Desportos itself stood on the racist league's side, declaring AMEA the official league of Rio de Janeiro from 1924 on, disaffiliating LMDT. AMEA's competition was won by Fluminense, LMDT's competition was won by Vasco da Gama, the only significant club that remained on the old league. In 1925, however, AMEA abandoned its racist conditions and Vasco joined the strongest league, while LMDT remained being disputed only by minor clubs. Years the LMDT championship of 1924 was considered official - but not the following LMDT championships, though. On January 23, 1933, Fluminense and America founded the Liga Carioca de Futebol known as LCF, the first professional league of Rio de Janeiro. At the time, the Confederação Brasileira de Desportos did not accept professionalism, stood on AMEA's side. For this reason, LCF was nicknamed "pirate league". On 1934 CBD accepted professionalism, but LCF and AMEA didn't merge for political reasons. On December 11, 1934, Vasco, Bangu, São Cristóvão, Andaraí, Olaria and Madureira founded the professional Federação Metropolitana de Desportos known as FMD, replacing AMEA as the official Rio de Janeiro league affiliated to CBD.
In 1937, the Brazilian football clubs became professional teams. On July 29, 1937, FMD and LCF merges, giving birth to the Liga de Football do Rio de Janeiro called LFRJ. In 1941, LFRJ changed its name to Federação Metropolitana de Futebol known as FMF. To celebrate the union, a friendly match between Vasco da Gama and America was played; because of this match, the matches played between Vasco and America are nicknamed Clássico da Paz, which means Peace Derby, in English. On April
Campeonato Brasileiro Série C
The Campeonato Brasileiro Série C is the third tier of the Brazilian football league system. Unlike the first and second divisions, the Série C is not played in a double round robin system, arguably because many participating teams lack the financial conditions to travel long distances. Thus, the tournament is organized in regional groups and the table prevents teams from distant states from playing each other in the initial rounds; until 2008, any professional team could apply. The teams, relegated from the Série B in the previous year were joined by teams qualified for each federation state. Qualification rules varied, some federations used the state tournaments as qualification tournaments, others organized exclusive qualification tournaments to the Série C. Beginning in 2009, the Série C was reduced from 64 teams to 20 and the new Campeonato Brasileiro Série D is the qualifier for Brazilian league football. In its current format the 20 teams are divided into two groups and each team plays all opponents from its own group on a home and away basis.
The top four teams in each group qualify for a knock out stage and the four semi-finalists are promoted to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. The bottom two teams of each group are relegated to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série D; the Campeonato Brasileiro has existed since 1971. However, there have been many years. In most cases it was; the following table shows the winners and runners-up of the Série C tournaments played from 1981, according to the Brazilian Football Confederation: The following season is not recognized by the CBF: CBF Confederação Brasileira de Futebol - Brazilian Football Confederation RSSSF Brazil links
Defender (association football)
In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield player whose primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals. There are four types of defenders: centre-back, full-back, wing-back; the centre-back and full-back positions are essential in most modern formations. The sweeper and wing-back roles are more specialised for certain formations. A centre-back defends in the area directly in front of the goal, tries to prevent opposing players centre-forwards, from scoring. Centre-backs accomplish this by blocking shots, intercepting passes, contesting headers and marking forwards to discourage the opposing team from passing to them. With the ball, centre-backs are expected to make long and pinpoint passes to their teammates, or to kick unaimed long balls down the field. For example, a clearance is a long unaimed kick intended to move the ball as far as possible from the defender's goal. Due to the many skills centre-backs are required to possess in the modern game, many successful contemporary central-defensive partnerships have involved pairing a more physical defender with a defender, quicker, more comfortable in possession and capable of playing the ball out from the back.
During normal play, centre-backs are unlikely to score goals. However, when their team takes a corner kick or other set pieces, centre-backs may move forward to the opponents' penalty area. In this case, other defenders or midfielders will temporarily move into the centre-back positions; some centre-backs have been known for their direct free kicks and powerful shots from distance. Brazilian defenders David Luiz and Naldo have been known for using the cannonball free kick method, which relies more on power than placement. In the modern game, most teams employ three centre-backs in front of the goalkeeper; the 4–2–3–1, 4–3–3, 4–4–2 formations all use two centre-backs. There are two main defensive strategies used by centre-backs: the zonal defence, where each centre-back covers a specific area of the pitch; the sweeper is a more versatile centre-back who "sweeps up" the ball if an opponent manages to breach the defensive line. This position is rather more fluid than that of other defenders who man-mark their designated opponents.
Because of this, it is sometimes referred to as libero. Though sweepers may be expected to build counter-attacking moves, as such require better ball control and passing ability than typical centre-backs, their talents are confined to the defensive realm. For example, the catenaccio system of play, used in Italian football in the 1960s, employed a purely defensive sweeper who only "roamed" around the back line; the more modern libero possesses the defensive qualities of the typical libero while being able to expose the opposition during counterattacks. The Fundell-libero has become more popular in recent time with the sweeper transitioning to the most advanced forward in an attack; this variation on the position requires great fitness. While seen in professional football, the position has been extensively used in lower leagues. Modern libero sit behind centre-backs as a sweeper before charging through the team to join in the attack; some sweepers move forward and distribute the ball up-field, while others intercept passes and get the ball off the opposition without needing to hurl themselves into tackles.
If the sweeper does move up the field to distribute the ball, they will need to make a speedy recovery and run back into their position. In modern football, its usage has been restricted, with few clubs in the biggest leagues using the position; the position is most believed to have been pioneered by Franz Beckenbauer, Gaetano Scirea, Elías Figueroa, although they were not the first players to play this position. Earlier proponents included Alexandru Apolzan, Ivano Blason, Velibor Vasović, Ján Popluhár. Other defenders who have been described as sweepers include Bobby Moore, Franco Baresi, Ronald Koeman, Fernando Hierro, Matthias Sammer, Aldair, due to their ball skills and long passing ability. Though it is used in modern football, it remains a respected and demanding position. A recent and successful use of the sweeper was made by Otto Rehhagel, Greece's manager, during UEFA Euro 2004. Rehhagel utilized Traianos Dellas as Greece's sweeper to great success, as Greece became European champions.
Although this position has become obsolete in modern football formations, due to the use of zonal marking and the offside trap, certain players such as Daniele De Rossi:, Leonardo Bonucci, Javi Martínez and David Luiz have played a similar role as a ball-playing central defender in a 3–5–2 or 3–4–3 formation. Some goalkeepers, who are comfortable leaving their goalmouth to intercept and clear through balls, who participate more in play, such as René Higuita, Manuel Neuer, Edwin van der Sar, Fabien Barthez, Hugo Lloris, among others, have been referred to as sweep