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Copa do Brasil

Copa do Brasil
Founded 1989
Region 23x15px Brazil
Number of teams 86
Current champions Atlético Mineiro
(1st title)
Most successful club(s) Grêmio
(4 titles each)
Television broadcasters Rede Globo
ESPN Brasil
Fox Sports
33px 2015 Copa do Brasil

The Copa do Brasil (English: Brazil Cup) is a knockout football competition played by 86 teams, representing all 26 Brazilian states plus the Federal District. The Copa do Brasil is an opportunity for teams from smaller states to play against the big teams and episodes of giant-killing have happened at a regular rate throughout the competition history. It is currently sponsored by Sadia and is thus currently known as the Copa Sadia do Brasil for sponsorship reasons.

From 2001 to 2012, the Copa do Brasil was played in the first half of the year and in those seasons, due to the busy schedule in the first half of the year in Brazil, teams playing in the Copa Libertadores de América were not allowed to participate in the Copa do Brasil in the same year.

Since 2013, the tournament will run from March to November. Teams that will contest the Copa Libertadores de América will join the Copa do Brasil directly in Round of 16. Also, the best 8 teams of previous year's Campeonato Brasileiro Série A eliminated up to the third round will qualify for Copa Sudamericana.


The competition is a single elimination knockout tournament featuring two-legged ties. In the first two rounds, if the away team wins the first match by 2 or more goals, it progresses straight to the next round avoiding the second leg. The away goals rule is used in the Copa do Brasil, which is an unusual feature when compared to other South American competitions. For example, the Copa Libertadores did not adopt this rule until 2005. However, away goals rule is not applied if both teams are from the same city, like happened in 2006 Semi-Final (Fluminense and Vasco) and Final (Flamengo and Vasco) and in 2014 final (Cruzeiro and Atlético Mineiro).

The winner qualifies for the next year's Copa Libertadores de América.

Eligible teams

The eligible teams to compete in the Copa do Brasil are the 70 best-placed clubs in the state championships, in which the number of spots per state range from one to three clubs, plus ten clubs best placed in CBF's ranking.[1]

The 5 Brazilians teams in the Copa Libertadores da América plus the best placed in the previous year's Campeonato Brasileiro Série A will join the Copa do Brasil directly in Round of 16.


Because it is a knock-out competition, Copa do Brasil provides plenty of opportunities for dramatic matches to happen.

The Copa do Brasil was created in 1989 by CBF as a way of integration of all clubs throughout Brazil. Smaller clubs had the chance to play against the most famous teams in Brazil, but the big ones did not care about it. Even the prize – a spot in Libertadores – did not attract their attention in the early years.

In September 2014 Grêmio were banned from competing in the 2014 Copa do Brasil after some of their fans were seen racially abusing an opposition player.[2]

Records and statistics

Winning Clubs

Club Won Runner-up Years won Years runner-up
23x15px Grêmio 4 3 1989, 1994, 1997, 2001 1991, 1993, 1995
23x15px Cruzeiro 4 2 1993, 1996, 2000, 2003 1998, 2014
23x15px Flamengo 3 3 1990, 2006, 2013 1997, 2003, 2004
23x15px Corinthians 3 2 1995, 2002, 2009 2001, 2008
23x15px Palmeiras 2 1 1998, 2012 1996
23x15px Fluminense 1 2 2007 1992, 2005
23x15px Internacional 1 1 1992 2009
23x15px Sport 1 1 2008 1989
23x15px Vasco da Gama 1 1 2011 2006
23x15px Criciúma 1 0 1991
23x15px Juventude 1 0 1999
23x15px Santo André 1 0 2004
23x15px Paulista 1 0 2005
23x15px Santos 1 0 2010
23x15px Atlético Mineiro 1 0 2014

Performance by State

State Won Runner-up
23x15px São Paulo 8 4
23x15px Rio Grande do Sul 6 4
23x15px Rio de Janeiro 5 7
23x15px Minas Gerais 5 2
23x15px Pernambuco 1 1
23x15px Santa Catarina 1 1

Top scorers

Rank Nation Player Goals Games Goal Ratio
1 23x15px Romário 36 45 0.80
2 23x15px Viola 29 44 0.65
3 23x15px Fred 28 30 0.93
23x15px Oséas 53 0.52
23x15px Paulo Nunes 58 0.48
6 23x15px Dodô 26 48 0.54
7 23x15px Luis Fabiano 24 24 1.00
23x15px Deivid 34 0.70
23x15px Evair 36 0.66
10 23x15px Gérson 23 26 0.88
23x15px Marcelinho Carioca 56 0.41

See also


  1. ^ Invalid language code. "Copa do Brasil de 2013 – REC – Regulamento Específico da Competição" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Brazil football club Gremio banned over racism incident". BBC Sport. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 

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