Football (Soccer)/The Leagues And Teams

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FIFA Divisions[edit]

The countries, teams and their leagues are divided into divisions authorized under FIFA. These regions are clearly shown in the following figure.

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CONCACAF: Mostly includes the North and Central Americas including Trinidad and Tobago from the South America.

CONMEBOL: All of the South America.

UEFA: The whole Europe, including some countries in Asia.

AFC: The whole Asia excluding those that moved into UEFA.

CAF: The whole Africa.

OFC: As of January 1, 2006 Australia is a member of the AFC. OFC now consist of Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and the rest of the Polynesian countries.

Confederations, Leagues And Teams[edit]

Each division has a confederation which manages a number of leagues lying under its territory. Let's start with the famous European UEFA.

UEFA[edit]

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UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) is the division where Europe's teams are placed. The most famous teams are especially from this region including Germany, Italy, England ,France, Spain and Netherlands. The teams that are most famous are from these countries especially. Here's a good sort of all kings of football according to countries and leagues from Europe.

FA Premier League[edit]

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In 1992 the top division of clubs in England formed a breakaway league, enabling them to take a larger share of income from media rights in comparison to the rest of the football league. The Premier League (originally Premiership) currently consists of 20 clubs.

The top four teams in the Premier League currently qualify for the UEFA Champions League (at various stages during the qualifying process). The fifth place club qualifies for the UEFA Cup, although extra clubs often qualify on the basis of league position depending on the winners of domestic cup competitions. The bottom 3 clubs are automatically relegated.

In terms of income, viewing figures and attendances the Premier League is the most successful domestic football competition in the world, and compares favorably across all sports. However many football fans within England are concerned with the vast sums of money involved, while clubs in the lower divisions struggle, with many entering administration and some going out of business. In addition the formation of the Premier League has lead to a generation of fans growing up with football as a TV only activity (as live games become more expensive to cater for corporate hospitality). This has lead to the slow death of the local football culture which developed over the last 150 years in England.

Manchester United[edit]

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Manchester United Football Club is an English premier league football club that plays at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. The club was formed in 1878, as the team Newton Heath F.C. It joined the Football League in 1892, and have only been relegated once since 1938. The mean attendances of the games are higher than any English football league team for all but six seasons starting in 1964. The team has won 22 major honours under Alex Ferguson. In 1968, Manchester United became the first European Cup champion from England, defeating Benfica 4-1. Their second European Cup came in 1999 as part of the club's famous Treble. Manchester United has been champions of England 20 times, and have won the FA Cup 11 times. Since the late 1990s, Manchester United has been one of the richest clubs in the world. Louis Van Gaal is the current manager, with Wayne Rooney being the captain. Manchester's colours are red (home), blue (away), and white (third colours). Manchester United has classic rivalries with Liverpool, Leeds United, and cross town rivals, Manchester City. The club have won 3 UEFA Champions League titles. Surprisingly,the only major honour Manchester United has not won is the UEFA Cup. Many famous players have featured for the club, such as Peter Schmeichel,Gary Neville, David Beckham, Eric Cantona, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Andy Cole, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Teddy Sheringham, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Wayne Rooney.

Arsenal[edit]

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Known by the nickname of The Gunners, Arsenal are old rivals of both, Manchester United and Chelsea. Arsenal are currently playing in the new Emirates Stadium. They're currently managed by Arsène Wenger.

Chelsea[edit]

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Known by the nickname of The Blues, they play at Stamford Bridge and are currently managed by Jose Mourinho. They are currently owned by Russian oil-baron Roman Abramovich. Chelsea have featured famous players such as Didier Drogba, Dennis Wise, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Nicholas Anelka, and Gianfranco Zola.

Liverpool[edit]

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Liverpool Football Club /ˈlɪvərpuːl/ is a Premier League football club based in Liverpool. Liverpool F.C. is one of the most successful clubs in England and has won more European trophies than any other English team with five European Cups, three UEFA Cups and three UEFA Super Cups. The club has also won eighteen League titles, seven FA Cups and a record eight League Cups. In spite of their successful history, Liverpool are yet to win a Premier League title since its inception in 1992.

Liverpool was founded in 1892 and joined the Football League the following year. The club has played at Anfield since its formation. The most successful period in Liverpool's history was the 1970s and '80s when Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley led the club to eleven league titles and seven European trophies.

The club's supporters have been involved in two major tragedies. The first was the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985, in which charging Liverpool fans caused a wall to collapse, killing 39 Juventus supporters and resulting in English clubs being banned from European competitions for five years. In the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, 96 Liverpool supporters lost their lives in a crush against perimeter fencing.Non of these tragedies were the fault of Liverpool supporters.

Liverpool has long-standing rivalries with neighbours Everton and with Manchester United. The team changed from red shirts and white shorts to an all-red home strip in 1964. The club's anthem is "You'll Never Walk Alone".

Ligue 1[edit]

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Let's look at some French ruling clubs.

Olympique Lyonnais[edit]

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Known sometimes as Les Gones or OL, Lyon are champions and ruling Ligue 1 for 4 years in streak. It has a strong lineup and is widely known throughout Europe which includes the great players such as Anderson and Sidney Gouvou. They play at Stade de Gerland and are managed by Claude Puel.

Olympique de Marseille[edit]

Known commonly as Marseille or OM, this team may not be known well these days but it had a great history. It even includes famous Spaniard Fernando Morientes. They play at Stade Vélodrome and are managed by José Anigo.

AS Monaco[edit]

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AS Monaco is one of the more prestigious football clubs in France. A major accomplishment was reaching the 2004 Champions League finals. They play at Stade Louis-II in Monaco.

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

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They play at Parc de Princes and are managed by Carlo Ancelotti.

Bundesliga[edit]

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The Germany had a great history including their players, morale, fan support and the main thing, glory. It is the most watched football league,in 2007 there were 40,775(stadium)

FC Bayern München[edit]

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Known sometimes as Die Bayern, they have won 20 league titles. They currently play their home games at the Allianz Arena in Munich and are managed by Pep Guardiola.

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

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They may now have been forgotten but this club has made the rise to the offensive Bayern Munich by selling the jewels Zé Roberto, Lúcio and Michael Ballack. Although their form has slipped in recent seasons(03,04) due to the loss of Ballack,Lúcio etc.,the team has played better in 05 and 06 . They play at BayArena in Leverkusen.

Schalke 04[edit]

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They play at Veltins-Arena.

SV Werder Bremen[edit]

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They have been raised now and are enjoying this new generation, the Werder Bremen has a variety of good players including Diego and Torsten Frings. They play at Weserstadion.

Serie A[edit]

The Italians do have a number of excellent teams and star players. These are some "Calcio" kings, "Calcio = Italian football" for here.

Juventus[edit]

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Juve are referred by many names and are the true Italian kings. They have a beautiful lineup of 5-star players with all offensive and defensive categories including Gianluigi Buffon, Pavel Nedvěd, Alessandro Del Piero, David Trézéguet and many more. They play at Delle Alpi in Turin and are managed by Didier Deschamps.

AC Milan[edit]

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One part of the Milan brothers (Inter & AC), the AC Milan definitely is out-of-question because of their good players, unbreakable morale and glory. Their lineup includes Abiatti, Antonini, Alessandro Nesta, Thiago Silva, Alexandre Pato, Zelatan Ibrahimovic, Cassano and many others. They play at Stadio San Silva.

Inter Milan[edit]

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The other part of Milan brothers, Inter is likely leveled with their arch-rivals, AC Milan. Playing in the same stadium, they also have good players like Luis Snijder, Julio Cesar, Diego Militto,Pazzini, Lucio and Javier Zanetti. They are managed by Ranieri.

La Liga[edit]

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Spanish La Liga is the second most-watched league because of its reputation among other leagues by including many great legends and current players. Here are some Kings, España style.

Real Madrid[edit]

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Known as Los Galacticos, Real Madrid is currently the 2nd the richest club in the world, behind that of Manchester United. It has a very well-known and excellent lineup including Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Íker Casillas, Pepe, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and many more. They have a good history and are still good. They hold a record of 9 UEFA Champions League. They play at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

FC Barcelona[edit]

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Known simply as Barça, they are one of the modern ruling generations of football today. With a strong lineup including Xavi, Carles Puyol, Neymar ,Lionel Messi and many more. They play at Camp Nou (sometimes referred as Nou Camp) and are managed by former player Luis Enrique.

(F.) Portuguese SuperLiga[edit]

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Although not known so much maybe, but Super Liga do consists of great honored teams. Here are some of them.

FC Porto[edit]

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FC Porto is the best club of Portugal. It has a good variety of players with a good morale. They play at Estádio do Dragão and are managed by André Villas-Boas. Some famous players are Jackson Martinez, Quaresma, Quintero and others. FC Porto is capable of upsetting some of the best teams.

Lisbon[edit]

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Sporting Lisbon is a good club with a good environment and players with a inspiring hope, not bad. They play at Estádio José Alvalade XXI and are managed by Leonardo Jardim.

Benfica[edit]

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Benfica is also one of the successive clubs of Portugal. It has a average lineup but superb morale.With players such as Luisão,Fábio Coentrão,Nuno Gomes and Rui Costa,it has done well in Europe(UEFA) and at home. They play at Estádio da Luz and are managed by Jorge Jesus. They were runners up in last 2 years of UEFA European League.

(G.) Dutch Eredivisie[edit]

They may have been forgotten but they are relived. Here are some Dutch teams which are ruling these days.

Traditionally, the big three of the Dutch soccer consists of Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV.

AFC Ajax Amsterdam[edit]

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Ajax is the biggest club of The Netherlands which has got a superior class lineup and good morale. They're managed by Henk ten Cate. In the Netherlands, Ajax is known to play the 'prettiest' football. The youth department of Ajax is considered to be the best of the world.

Ajax won the European Cup in 1971, 1972, 1973 and in 1995, the UEFA Cup in 1992 and the European Cupwinners Cup in 1987. (Former) famous players include Johan Cruijff, Johan Neeskens, Marco van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Jaap Stam and many more.

Feyenoord Rotterdam[edit]

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Feyenoord is a team that is known for its good morale and team-building, which makes them sometimes win over better skilled teams. Feyenoord won the European Cup and World Club Cup in 1970, and the UEFA Cup in 1974 and 2002.

(Former) famous players include Willem van Hanegem, Mario Been, Ruud Gullit, Ove Kindvall, Coen Moulijn and John de Wolf.

PSV Eindhoven[edit]

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PSV is a team from Eindhoven, founded by Philips, which is still the sponsor. The biggest successes were achieved in 1978 when the club won the UEFA cup, and in 1988, when the club wins the European Champions Cup.

Some (former) famous players of PSV are Romario, Ronaldo, Ruud Gullit, Luc Nilis, Ronald Koeman, Arjen Robben,Ruud van Nisterooy, Philip Cocu and Jaap Stam. The most successful coach is beyond any doubt Guus Hiddink, who worked for the team from 1983 to 1990 and from 2002 to 2006.

PSV's nickname is boeren, which means peasants. The fans use this to distinguish themselves from the big clubs from the big cities in the west of the Netherlands.

(H.) Other Great European Teams[edit]

Apart from the leagues, they're also some minor leagues with superb teams that are also known throughout Europe. Here are they.

Olympiacos - Greece[edit]

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Olympiacos is a well-known club of Greece. It's mainly rivaled with Panathinaikos. With a lineup including Rivaldo, they're managed by Trond Sollied.



Steaua Bucharest - Romania[edit]

Steaua has spent all its history in the country's top-flight league, and has finished below the sixth spot for only five times.Steaua made it to a European Cup final, which they won in front of FC Barcelona on penalties.Subsequently, the team never relegated and is currently one of the 2 teams to have only played inside the first league, along with Dinamo București.

Panathinaikos - Greece[edit]

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Panathinaikos is clearly a good club of Greece,with 19 Greek championships and 16 Greek cups. Currently it's managed by Jasmiko Velic.

Rangers - Scotland[edit]

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Rangers FC are by far the most successful club in the world when it comes to winning the national title. They have achieved this on 53 occasions in their history. Linfield FC (Northern Ireland) are the 2nd most successful with 49. Rangers are managed by Walter Smith, who is managing the club for the second time in his career. In his first term he led the club to 9 titles in a row 1989-1997. In his 2nd term he took the club to the UEFA Cup final in 2008 where Rangers took the largest ever support to an away game when 150,00 fans travelled to Manchester. He retired from Rangers at the end of 2010-11 season clinching his 3rd title in a row, leaving his position to assistant manager Ally McCoist who is looking to beat the record set by Smith in his previous term in charge.

Celtic - Scotland[edit]

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Celtic won the European Cup in 1967, the first British team to do so. They also made it to the UEFA Cup Final in 2003,about 80,000 Celtic supporters traveled to Seville for the final. In 1984 Celtic were ordered by Uefa to replay a game against Rapid Vienna after fans threw bottles at the Austrian players while leading 3-0, Rapid won the replay 1-0. During the match a Celtic fan attacked the Rapid goalkeeper, and was arrested by police. The club's traditional playing colours are green and white hooped shirts and white shorts with white socks.

Grasshopperclub Zurich - Switzerland[edit]

[1] Grasshopperclub Zurich is also very known in their Swiss region. They're the most successful team of the Swiss football with 27 Swiss super league titles and 18 Swiss cups.

Shakhtar Donetsk - Ukraine[edit]

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Shakhtar Donetsk is also a very good team especially because of their morale. They're managed by Mircea Lucescu.The team has done very well in recent years(they were very close to getting into the champions league second round,but lost to Benfica),having great eastern players such as Darijo Srna and Mariusz Lewandowski.

CSKA Moscow - Russia[edit]

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CSKA is a very-well known team from Russia,they became the first Russian team to win the UEFA cup(after the break-up of USSR. They're managed by Valeri Gazzaev.Well-known players currently playing at CSKA Moscow are Vágner Love and Sergei Ignashevich.

Club Brugge - Belgium[edit]

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Club Brugge is a well-known club of Belgium which is arch-rivaled with RSC Anderlecht. They're managed by Jacky Mathijssen.

RSC Anderlecht - Belgium[edit]

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RSC Anderlecht is the most successful team in Belgium with 29 league championships,5 European cups in all European cup competitions and 16 cups in Belgium competitions. They're managed by Franky Vercauteren.Well known players are(currently) Daniel Zitka,Olivier Deschacht.And former players are Nenad Jestrovic,Seol Ki-Hyeon and Vincent Kompany.

Dinamo Zagreb - Croatia[edit]

Dinamo is the most successful and famous team from Croatia. Their arch-rivals are Hajduk. The club has been most successful in the '60s, when they won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (that would later become the UEFA Cup). They were runners up in 1963 and won it in 1967. They were Yugoslavia champions 4 times, and Croatian champions 11 times. They are regular participants in large European competitions (both the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League). Former players include Zvonimir Boban, Davor Suker, Luka Modric and Eduardo da Silva.

CONCACAF[edit]

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CONCACAF (Confederation Of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) is the division where North America, Central America, Caribbean, and Surinam, Guyana, and French Guiana of South America are placed. The most famous teams are from the power house of Mexico.

(A.) Mexican Primera División[edit]

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Mexicans aren't very known but games like FIFA 06 are getting their reputation through others up. Here are some good Mexicanos (amigos).After FIFA 06,their ratings has increased and in 2007 they were the 4th highest football league to be wathced(stadiums)

Chivas de Guadalajara[edit]

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Chivas is very well-known. Chivas and América are commonly rivaled with each other. They have won many major titles in their history. They play at Estadio Jalisco and are managed by Jose Manuel "chepo" De la Torre. Chivas is the current Champion in the Mexicna 1st division.

Club América[edit]

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Club América is very well known in Mexico. It has a number of fans and have won most of the important titles in the league. They play at the famous Estadio Azteca and are managed by Alberto Daniel Brailovsky.

(B.) USA Major League Soccer[edit]

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The USA is an emerging soccer nation in the World thanks to the creation of MLS in 1996. In its 11th season it currently has 12 teams with the goal of having 16 teams in the future.

D.C. United[edit]

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The most successful team in the league, has the most number of trophies in the league. 1996 MLS Cup and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup; 1997 MLS Cup; 1998 CONCACAF Cup and Intra-American Cup; 1999 MLS Cup; 2004 MLS Cup. Currently the team is being coached by international Polish star Peter Nowak and consist of star player Jaime Moreno of Bolivia, Ben Olsen of USA, and Christian Gomez of Argentina.

Los Angeles Galaxy[edit]

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An early rival team of D.C. United, it currently holds the most number of wins in the league. During the early years of MLS it was always successful but was mostly stopped by D.C. United when it came to MLS finals. However, with patience its dividends paid off during the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Cup; 2002 MLS Cup; 2005 MLS Cup and Lamar U.S. Open Cup. Currently it is coached by former Chelsea F.C. and New Castle F.C. coach Ruud Gullit and consist of star player Landon Donovan of USA and David Beckham of England.


CONMEBOL[edit]

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CONMEBOL (CONfedración sudaMEricana de fútBOL) {in English: South American Football Confedration} is the confedration that rules the mighty South American region of football, some great emperors have been from this place. Lets explore them.

(A.) Argentine Primera División[edit]

Argentina has a very interesting league with many variable teams (i.e. any team beats the king anytime or sometime). It has actually two halves the Clausura and Apertura. Some Argentines are.

Atlético River Plate[edit]

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River Plate is a good team and has the record of winning most season titles. It has a very famous and strong rivalry with Boca Juniors called the "Superclásico" on the Observer it was voted top of 50 sporting thing to do before you die as 70% of Argentina support River Plate and Boca Juniors. They play at El Monumental in Nuñez and are managed by Daniel Passarella.

Boca Juniors[edit]

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Boca Juniors are very famous around the world and is very known because of their platinum legend Diego Armando Maradona know as D10S or "Pibe de Oro" and "el barrilete cósmico". They are highly respected throughout the world. They have won several cups and titles(23 division titles and 17 international titles). They play at La Bombonera and are managed by Miguel Angel Russo.

(B.) Brazilian Campeonato (1st Division)[edit]

Hola Brazil. The English although invented the football, the Brazilians perfected it. Brazil has many varible teams like Argentina. Here are the Kings.

Flamengo[edit]

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Flamengo was one of the best clubs in Brazil. These days they have gone down a little bit but now they're trying their best to improve. They have won many championships and titles. They are managed by Valdir Espinosa.

Corinthians[edit]

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Corinthians is the most popular club in São Paulo. They are rivaled with Palmeiras. They have a very good history in winning leagues and cups. They won the Brazilian championship in 2005. They're managed by Antônio Lopes.

Palmeiras[edit]

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Palmeiras is superior to Corinthians. They are always furious against each other. Marcos, the 2002 World Cup winning goalkeeper belongs to them. They are managed by Émerson Leão.

Santos[edit]

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Santos of Brazil have the same come-back story like Flamengo. They were famous because of the diamond legend, Pelé. They have been excellent at the era of the legend. They are now managed by the former Real Madrid coach, Vanderlei Luxemburgo.

São Paulo[edit]

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São Paulo is one of the major clubs in Brazil with winning a lot of championships, getting the fame and putting themselves in the South American map. They are managed by Muricy Ramalho.