Brazilian Campeonato set to introduce post-season playoffs

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Reports in Brazil suggest the top flight of the Brazilian football pyramid could soon introduce post-season playoffs.

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It is believed that the league and the Brazilian FA are looking into the possibility of introducing a semi-final and final at the end of the 38 game season.

Folha de Sao Paulo report that the proposals are supported by the vast majority of the club’s presidents, as well as television broadcaster O Globo. On the flip side, club managers are less supportive, with 14 of the 20 current bosses criticising the idea. The 14 includes both Vanderlei Luxemburgo and Oswaldo de Oliveira (managers of Flamengo and Palmeiras respectively), who are two of the most influential names in the Brazilian domestic game.

Any definitive proposal would need to be submitted before August and would be in place for the 2016 season. Play-offs have not been used since the 2003 season.

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