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Caxias, so close, and so far

S.E.R. Caxias, a Brazilian club with history, was hoping to make a come back in Serie C next year, if they would have reached the play-offs semi-finals. Unfortunately, the former club of Tite missed the last step...

Uberlândia versus S.E.R. Caxias

Photos : Luiz Erbes

Following a 1-1 draw in their Round 16 first leg against Uberlândia, S.E.R. Caxias needed a win at home in the 2nd leg on 25 June. After a disastrous start conceding a goal from Matheus Pimenta within 3 minutes, Luiz Carlos Winck men reacted well. They had numerous chances and finally Jean equalized at the 37th minute. Better again, the winger put his team upfront after 5 minutes in the second half.

The last 40 minutes were painful for Caxias, but they kept the score and qualified for the quarter finals. In the quarter finals, they are facing Treze (a club from Paraíba) to advance to the semi-finals. After losing the first leg 1-0 away, hopes were still present, but the second leg went the wrong way. Despite a first goal after 16 minutes, the team of Caxias do Sul could not hold the score : Treze equaized on a similar corner (33'), then went ahead after a lovely team effort (48', see goal below) and finishing the job on a counter attack (85').

Caxias has a strong history in Brazilian football, even if in the past 15 years the club has been struggling to remain to the top. In the past, they were particularly known for being almost unbeatable in the Centenario Stadium: between 1977 and 1991, they lost only one game in their den, against their archirival Juventude in the famous “Ca-Ju” derby… In the late 70s, the team had, among others, two players who would make their name later as coaches : Luiz Felipe Scolari and Tite.

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However the main title Caxias won, the Rio Grande do Sul title also known as Campeonato Gaúcho or Gauchão, came later in 2000. The final was epic, against Gremio Porto Alegre, one of the major club in Brazil which counted Ronaldinho Gaucho in its squad. Caxias, then coached by Tite, won the first leg 3-0 at home, and managed to keep a 0-0 draw in the second leg, including a penalty shot by Ronnie and saved by Gilmar…

With this amazing victory - since 1940, only two other teams than Gremio and Internacional had won this title (Renner and Juventude) -, Tite made his reputation and went to coach big Brazilian clubs such as Gremio, Corinthians or Internacional. In 2012, Caxias made it to the final again, this time against the other Ogre of the area, Internacional, but could not resist in the second leg despite an honourable 0-0 in the first leg.

Caxias was maybe not ready yet to reach again the summits of Brazilian football but hopes are there and surely next year in Serie D they will be again a tough side to beat. Check it out on mycujoo !