The 2018 Brazilian Série A in numbers

An in-depth look at the numbers behind this year’s championship

The facts and figures that you need to know, might not know and didn’t know that you wanted to know.

A key feature of this website is that behind it sits a database that tracks of all of the Brasileirão Série A games. Here are some of the key stats from that database for the season just gone by:

2.2 – average goals per game

1.4 – average number of goals scored by the home side

0.8 – average number of goals scored by the away side

1-0 – most common result, the scoreline in 18% of all games (up from 14% in 2017)

4 goals – biggest margin of victory in any match, which happened on eleven occasions (seven 4-0s, two 0-4s and two 5-1s)

7 goals – highest scoring match, which happened five times (three 5-2s and two 3-4s)

3-3 – highest scoring draw

43 – number of matches that finished 0-0; that’s 11% of all games and the third most common result

80 – the number of points won by Champions Palmeiras

23 – number of points won by of bottom-placed Paraná

15 – the number of points difference between Libertadores qualifiers Atlético-PR, in 7th, and relegated Sport, in 17th (the difference between Champions League qualification and relegation was 42 points in the 2017/18 English Premier League)

64 – number of goals scored by the Champions Palmeiras, who had the best attack (that’s 1.7 goals per game)

18 – number of goals scored by Paraná, who had the worst attack (0.5 goals per match)

26 – number of goals conceded by Champions Palmeiras, who had the best defence (0.7 goals per game)

63 – number of goals conceded by Vitória, who had the worst defence (1.7 goals per match)

736 – the number of players that played in the Brazilian Série A in 2018 (average of 36.8 per team)

50 – the number of players used by Paraná in their 38 league matches, the most of any team in the league (coincidence that they finished last?)

29 – the number of players used by Palmeiras, the least of any team in the league (coincidence that they finished first?)

3 – the number of players to play every single league game for their club (goalkeepers Jandrei, Victor and Vanderlei)

37 – number of appearances by Igor Rabello (Botafogo) more than any other outfield player

22 – the number of substitute appearances by 18-year-old Bruno Silva (Chapecoense); more than any other player

16 – number of goals scored by Gabriel Barbosa, the league’s top scorer (0.46 goals per game)

0.75 – the strike rate of 22-year old Róger Guedes, who scored 9 goals in 12 games for Atlético-MG before moving to Shandong Luneng Taishan, the best in the league

16 years – the age of Kaio (Santos) and Alejandro (Cruzeiro), the youngest players in the league

17 years – the age of Real Madrid-bound Rodrygo, the youngest goalscorer, who notched 8 goals in 35 appearances

39 years – the current age of the oldest goalscorer, Renato, who also plays for Santos

9 – the number of players currently under the age of 20 that played more than 10 matches

41 years – the age of Magrão, the oldest player in the league, who played 24 times for Sport

2 – the number of outfield players currently aged 40+ who played league matches this year (take a bow Léo Moura and Emerson Sheikh)

26 – the number of times that full time managers were either sacked or resigned (most of them were sacked)

4 – number of games that Marcos Paquetá lasted before getting fired from Botafogo

4 – the number of full time managers Sport employed during their 38-game campaign that ended in relegation

11 – the number of games that Jorginho managed at Ceará and Vasco (he managed three at Ceará before quitting to join Vasco, where he was fired after eight games)

3 – teams that didn’t change their coach during the season (bravo Cruzeiro, Internacional and Grêmio, and the good work of Mano Menezes, Odair Hellmann and Renato Gaúcho)

2 – the number of coaches currently aged 70+, who managed in the league this year (Luiz Felipe Scolari and Givanildo Oliveira)

37 – the age of Maurício Barbieri, the youngest full time manager in the league

6 – the number of full time managers, aged under 40, that managed in the league this year

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