Brazil soccer giant Corinthians
Brazilian soccer giant Corinthians was demoted to the second division after drawing 1-1 with Porto Alegre team Gremio on Sunday: the last day of Brazil's domestic championship.
Corinthians, which had needed a win or for Goias to lose, is considered Brazil's number two team having won the World Cup for clubs in 2000 and the domestic championship in 2005. Corinthians ended just one point behind Goias, which totaled 45 league points after a 2-1 Sunday win over Internacional.
Gremio took the lead early with a goal from Jonas and it took until minute 75 for Corinthians to score the equalizer via Clodoaldo in Porto Alegre's Olimpico Stadium.
The demotion marked the end of a disastrous year during which the team lost 14 games and won only 10, ending 17th in Brazil's 20-team Serie A, and two former Corinthians directors were accused of money laundering and tax evasion relating to a 2004 deal between the club and United Kingdom-based investment group MSI.
However, Corinthians goalkeeper Felipe spoke optimistically to media.
"The world will not come to an end. Other big teams have been relegated. Gremio went through this. It restructured itself and came back stronger," Felipe said. "We have more than 30 million sad fans today, but we have to think about the future. I am disappointed but we are going to leave the pitch today like men".
Three other teams -- Juventude, Parana and America-Natal -- will also play in Serie B instead of Serie A next year.