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Whereas Sao Paulo won the league championship yet again, local rivals Corinthians were relegated to the second division. The second most popular club after Flamengo (according to a survey) in the country of five-time world champions had won the league in 2005 under the leadership of Argentinians Javier Mascherano (now playing for Liverpool) and Carlos Tevez (now with Manchester United). They and other players had been sponsored by the MSI investment company, which only 30 months later lost interest in the four-time Brazilian league champions. As a result, the best players were sold off (including Carlos Alberto, currently with top German club Werder Bremen, in addition to Mascherano and Tevez), condemning them to meltdown. After relegation, Corinthians promptly dismissed coach Nelsinho Baptista.