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 Рthe number of players that played in the Brazilian S̩rie 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 Рthe age of Magṛo, the oldest player in the league, who played 24 times for Sport

2 Рthe number of outfield players currently aged 40+ who played league matches this year (take a bow L̩o 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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