I think you've already said the essentials. I'll post some more tidbits via
> "Mark V." escreveu:
> >> Too funny! Isn't this too good a league for him?
> > Maybe one of the Brazilian posters can tell us a thing or two about this
> > club.
> EC Bahia are a traditional club, a regional powerhouse, League champions
> in 1988 and Cup champions in 1959.
Indeed. Their cup win made of them the first team to win a national
competition in Brasil, and they did that in style, beating none other than
Pel 's Santos in the final.
> Historically speaking,you could say that they belong to a class of clubs
> immediately below the Big 12 (which would also include Sport, Coritiba,
> Atl tico-PR and the likes).
Yes. Also, they are a very popular club (most popular in the nordeste, among
teams from the region? Maybe Santa Cruz runs them close, or vice-versa...).
In the old days I seem to remember Bahia always hovering near the top of the
average attendance table. Nowadays they don't have the Fonte Nova anymore,
abandoned by Bahia State and imploded for World Cup reasons, but the feeling
is that it still doesn't take a lot for them to fill their current ground.
However, as you say, they are a regional powerhouse (not a national one).
> In recent times, they have been through more lows than highs, including a
> couple of years in S rie C (around 2006 or so). They have been back to
> S rie A for the last two seasons now, fighting mostly to avoid the drop. I
> expect the same for them this year.