Picking a Brazilian Paulista Best XI

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Picking a Brazilian Paulista Best XI
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The Paulista (Sao Paulo state) championship is without doubt the strongest of all Brazil's famous state championships (Estaduais).

While long and drawn out, adding to the intense criticism that is handed to the Estaduais, the Paulista could hold its own among the national leagues of South America.

The state contributed six clubs in Brazil's top flight last season, although Palmeiras were ultimately relegated, while Sao Caetano narrowly missed out on replacing them at the top.

Beyond that, there were three other Paulista sides in the second tier, meaning that 10 of the state's teams were plying their trade in the top two tiers of Brazilian football last year. It is an impressive show of strength.

When it comes then to picking a Bext XI that the Paulista can throw together, it will not be easy.

With this year's championship barely half complete I should add that this team will be based on who I consider to be the best 11 players in the state, rather than being based on performances in 2013.

Let's then take a look at who makes the grade.

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