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Brazil's national league is back and with a host of clubs vying for the prize, Goal.com takes a look at the goals of each team for the forthcoming season

ANALYSIS
By Tom Webber

Five months since the exhilarating climax of last season's Brasileirao, the teams are ready to compete for the national title after some grueling state championship campaigns. A host of new signings, new clubs and new managers will be desperate to test their mettle in search of success. Last year's champions Corinthians remain among the favourites, but Fluminense, Santos and Sao Paulo will all provide stern opposition.

Tite's side were applauded for their excellent work-ethic and team morale, and the trainer has been reluctant to make too many new additions as he seeks to preserve that. Midfield lynchpin Alex will need to be at his best Corinthians, who are looking to claim consecutive titles, but it will be no easy feat. This year's tournament will be made all the more interesting by the occurrence of the Olympic Games.

Some of the best players will be unavailable for long periods so their teams must perform on a high level without them. The European transfer window, other international call-ups, the Copa Libertadores final stages and the Copa do Brasil will all have an impact on the aims and achievements of each club.

Fluminense have enjoyed a great start to the year with Deco, Fred, Thiago Neves and Rafael Sobis making the side look like contenders, whilst Santos also seem in unstoppable form. The Peixe can call upon two of the nation's most exciting talents in Neymar and Ganso. Sao Paulo have spent huge sums of money in a bid to secure Copa Libertadores football but Internacional, Vasco da Gama, Flamengo and Botafogo will all have one eye on the top prize for next year.

Atletico Goianiense
Coach Adilson Batista
Stars: William, Elias
Last Season: 13th
Season Objective: Avoid relegation
Ins: Fernando Bob (Fluminense), Elias (Figueirense), William (Avai), Danilinho (CRAC-GO), Gustavo (Flamengo), Raylan (Bahia de Feira)
Outs: Anderson (Fluminense), Thiago Feltri (Vasco), Vitor Junior (Corinthians)
State success or state suffering? Reached the final but were unable to defeat Serie B side and rivals Goias in the final Defensive reinforcements needed


Atletico Mineiro
Coach Cuca
Stars: Andre, Guilherme, Rever
Last Season: 15th
Season Objective: Sudamericana qualification
Ins: Rafael Marques (Gremio), Danilinho (Tigres), Leandro Donizete (Coritiba)
Outs: Daniel Carvalho (Palmeiras), Toro (Figueirense), Magno Alves (Umm-Salal)
State success or state suffering? Crowned champions of the Campeonato Mineiro without being defeated throughout the whole tournament


Bahia
Coach Falcao
Stars: Lulinha, Souza
Last Season: 14th
Season Objective: Mid-table position
Ins: Ciro (Fluminense), Gerley (Palmeiras), Gutierrez (Oriente Petrolero), Morais (Corinthians)
Outs: Paulo Miranda (Sao Paulo), Tiago (Gremio Barueri)
State success or state suffering? Won the state championship against their Salvador rivals Bahia having kept a large number of the players that helped achieve safety last season


Botafogo
Coach Oswaldo de Oliveira
Stars: Renato, Elkeson, Sebastian Abreu (below)
Last Season: 9th
Season Objective: Libertadores qualification
Ins: Andrezinho (internacional), Fellype Gabriel (Kashima Antlers), Vitor Junior (Corinthians)
Outs: Bruno Cortez (Sao Paulo), Caio (Figueirense)
State success or state suffering? Marched to the Carioca final with a 23-game unbeaten streak but were well and truly beaten by Fluminense in the final


Corinthians
Coach Tite
Stars: Paulinho, Alex
Last Season: 1st
Season Objective: Title challenge
Ins: Elton (Vasco), Douglas (Gremio), Cassio (PSV)
Outs: Morais (Bahia), Adriano (Released), Vitor Junior (Botafogo)
State success or state suffering? Disappointingly knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Campeonato Paulista by Ponte Preta


Coritiba
Coach Marcelo Oliveira
Stars: Paulinho, Alex
Last Season: 1st
Season Objective: Title challenge
Ins: Elton (Vasco), Douglas (Gremio), Cassio (PSV)
Outs: Morais (Bahia), Adriano (Released), Vitor Junior (Botafogo)
State success or state suffering? Disappointingly knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Campeonato Paulista by Ponte Preta


Cruzeiro
Coach Celso Roth
Stars: Fabio, Wallyson, Walter Montillo (below)
Last Season: 16th
Season Objective: Mid-table finish
Ins: Walter (Porto), Amaral (America MG), Diego Arias (PAOK), Alex Silva (Flamengo), Tinga (Internacional)
Outs: Naldo (Gremio), Fabricio (Sao Paulo), Marquinhos (Sport Recife)
State success or state suffering? Last season's dreadful form continued into this year's state championship. They failed to reach the final and sacked Vagner Mancini


Figueirense
Coach Argelico Fucks
Stars: Julio Cesar
Last Season: 7th
Season Objective: Avoid relegation
Ins: Ignacio Canuto (Libertad), Caio (Botafogo), Franco Niell (Argentinos Jrs.)
Outs: Juninho (Palmeiras), Bruno, Wellington Nem (Fluminense), Maicon (Sao Paulo)
State success or state suffering? Defeated by Avai in the Catarinense final and Branco was therefore sacked


Flamengo
Coach Joel Santana
Stars: Ronaldinho, Renato Augusto, Vagner Love
Last Season: 4th
Season Objective: Libertadores qualification
Ins: Vagner Love (CSKA Moscow), Ibson (Santos), Jorge Luiz (Friburgense), Wellington (Resende)
Outs: Thiago Neves (Fluminense), Willians (Udinese), Alex Silva (Cruzeiro), Gustavo (Atletico-GO)
State success or state suffering? Hugely disappointing in the Carioca state championship and Libertadores


Fluminense
Coach Abel Braga
Stars: Deco, Thiago Neves, Wellington Nem, Fred
Last Season: 3rd
Season Objective: Title challenge
Ins: Thiago Neves (Fluminense), Wagner (Gaziantepspor), Bruno (Figueirense), Thiago Carleto (Sao Paulo), Anderson (Atletico GO)
Outs: Souza (Cruzeiro), Araujo, Marcio Rosario (Nautico), Mariano (Bordeaux), Marquinho (Roma)
State success or state suffering? Won their first Carioca state championship since 2005


Gremio
Coach: Vanderlei Luxemburgo
Stars: Victor, Marquinhos
Last Season: 12th
Season Objective: Sudamericana qualification
Ins: Kleber (Palmeiras), Marcelo Moreno (Shakhtar Donetsk), Souza (Porto), Ze Roberto (Al-Gharaffa), Para (Santos)
Outs: Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Fabio Rochemback (Dalian Aerbin), Brandao (Marseille), Douglas (Corinthians), Lucio (Nautico)
State success or state suffering? Failed to reach the final after losing to arch rivals Internacional in the second round


Internacional
Coach: Dorival Junior
Stars: Oscar, Andres D'Alessandro, Leandro Damiao
Last Season: 5th
Season Objective: Libertadores qualification
Ins: Marcos Aurelio (Coritiba), Dagoberto (Sao Paulo), Jesus Datolo (Espanyol), Jaja (Al-Ahli)
Outs: Glaydson (Nautico), Tinga (Cruzeiro), Lauro (Ponte Preta), Andrezinho (Botafogo)
State success or state suffering? Crowned as champions after winning in the second round and final


Nautico
Coach: Gallo
Stars: Elicarlos
Last Season: 2nd (Serie B)
Season Objective: Avoid relegation
Ins: Marcio Rosario (Fluminense), Glaydson (Internacional), Breitner (Santos), Cleverson (Avai), Lucio (Gremio), Martinez (Cerezo), Rodrigo Tiui (Terek)
Outs: 11 and Kieza (Al-Shabbab)
State success or state suffering? Fourth place earned a semi-final appearance but they were defeated by Sport Recife


Palmeiras
Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari
Stars: Marcos Assuncao, Jorge Valdivia
Last Season: 11th
Season Objective: Sudamericana qualification
Ins: Hernan Barcos (LDU Quito), Juninho (Figueirense), Wesley (Werder Bremen), Adalberto Roman (River Plate), Daniel Carvalho (Atletico MG), Henrqiue (Barcelona)
Outs: Pedro Carmona (Sao Caetano), Fernandao (Atletico PR), Gabriel Silva (Granada), Kleber (Gremio), Marcos (retired)
State success or state suffering? A bright start to the Paulistao soon faded away and despite securing a quarter-final berth they were defeated by Serie B side Guarani


Ponte Preta
Coach: Gilson Kleina
Stars: Caio, Roger
Last Season: 3rd (Serie B)
Season Objective: Avoid relegation
Ins: 12, including Marcinho (Atletico PR), Rene, Baraka (Mogi Mirim), Somalia (Botafogo)
Outs: Renato Caja (undecided), Guilherme (Corinthians), Agenor (America MG)
State success or state suffering? Will have been delighted to reach the Paulistao semi-final but need to continue strengthening the squad to have a realistic shot a salvation


Portuguesa
Coach: Geninho
Stars: Ananias, Ricardo Jesus, Guilherme
Last Season: 1st (Serie B)
Season Objective: Avoid relegation
Ins: Ricardo Jesus (CSKA Moscow), Gledson (Boa), Maylson (Gremio)
Outs: Edno (Tigres), Marco Antonio (Gremio), Weverton (Atletico PR)
State success or state suffering? Some excellent Serie B performances seemed a distant dream as the side were relegated to the Paulista second tier this year


Santos
Coach: Muricy Ramalho
Stars: Neymar, Ganso, Arouca
Last Season: 10th
Season Objective: Title challenge
Ins: Jorge Fucile (Porto), Juan (Sao Paulo), Bernardo (Vasco), Gerson Magrao (Dinamo Kiev)
Outs: Ibson (Flamengo), Rodrigo Possebon (Vicenza), Danilo (Porto), Breitner (Nautico)
State success or state suffering? Crowned Paulista champions for the third consecutive year and on the charge for more honours


Sao Paulo
Coach: Emerson Leao
Stars: Lucas, Jadson, Luis Fabiano
Last Season: 6th
Season Objective: Title challenge
Ins: Jadson (Shakhtar Donetsk), Bruno Cortez (Botafogo), Fabricio (Cruzeiro), Osvaldo (Ceara), Paulo Miranda (Bahia)
Outs: Dagoberto (Internacional), Henrique (Granada), Xandao (Sao Paulo)
State success or state suffering? Reached the semi-final of the Paulistao but were steamrolled by Neymar's Santos


Sport Recife
Coach: Vagner Mancini
Stars: Bruno Aguiar, Julinho, Felipe Azevedo
Last Season: 4th (Serie B)
Season Objective: Avoid relegation
Ins: Bruno Aguiar (Santos), Julinho (Vasco), Rivaldo (Palmeiras), Edcarlos (Gremio), Felipe Azevedo (Ceara)
Outs: Marquinhos Parana, Marcelinho Paraiba (Gremio Barueri), Robston (Atletico PR)
State success or state suffering? Only lost twice in 22 games during the Pernabucano league stage, but lost to Santa Cruz in the final.


Vasco da Gama
Coach: Cristovao Borges
Stars: Dede, Juninho Pernambucano, Diego Souza
Last Season: 2nd
Season Objective: Libertadores qualification
Ins: Rodolfo (Lokomotic Moscow), Thiago Feltri (Atletico GO), Carlos Tenorio (Al-Nasr), Matias Abelarais (free transfer)
Outs: Julinho (Sport Recife), Bernardo (Santos), Allan (Udinese)
State success or state suffering? Reached both the Taca Guanabara and Rio finals but lost on both occasions and may struggle to maintain another title challenge


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