Copa do Brasil

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Copa do Brasil
Founded 1989
Region Brasil
Number of teams 86
Current champions Palmeiras
(3rd title)
Most successful club(s) Grêmio
(4 titles each)
Television broadcasters Rede Globo
ESPN Brasil
Fox Sports
2016 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's history. It is currently sponsored by Continental AG and is thus currently known as the Copa Continental Pneus do Brasil for sponsorship reasons. It is the Brazilian domestic cup and the Brazilian equivalent of the FA Cup, Taça de Portugal, Copa del Rey, Coupe de France, Coppa Italia, DFB-Pokal, and Copa Argentina, among others.

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 has 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 from the 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


Club Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
File:Bandeira do Rio Grande do Sul.svg Grêmio 4 3 1989, 1994, 1997, 2001 1991, 1993, 1995
Minas Gerais Cruzeiro 4 2 1993, 1996, 2000, 2003 1998, 2014
Rio de Janeiro (state) Flamengo 3 3 1990, 2006, 2013 1997, 2003, 2004
São Paulo (state) Corinthians 3 2 1995, 2002, 2009 2001, 2008
São Paulo (state) Palmeiras 3 1 1998, 2012, 2015 1996
Rio de Janeiro (state) Fluminense 1 2 2007 1992, 2005
File:Bandeira do Rio Grande do Sul.svg Internacional 1 1 1992 2009
Pernambuco Sport 1 1 2008 1989
São Paulo (state) Santos 1 1 2010 2015
Rio de Janeiro (state) Vasco da Gama 1 1 2011 2006
Santa Catarina (state) Criciúma 1 0 1991
File:Bandeira do Rio Grande do Sul.svg Juventude 1 0 1999
São Paulo (state) Santo André 1 0 2004
São Paulo (state) Paulista 1 0 2005
Minas Gerais Atlético Mineiro 1 0 2014
Paraná (state) Coritiba 0 2 2011, 2012
Goiás Goiás 0 1 1990
Ceará Ceará 0 1 1994
Rio de Janeiro (state) Botafogo 0 1 1999
São Paulo (state) São Paulo 0 1 2000
Federal District (Brazil) Brasiliense 0 1 2002
Santa Catarina (state) Figueirense 0 1 2007
Bahia Vitória 0 1 2010
Paraná (state) Atlético Paranaense 0 1 2013

Performance by State

State Won Runner-up
 São Paulo 9 5
File:Bandeira do Rio Grande do Sul.svg Rio Grande do Sul 6 4
 Rio de Janeiro 5 7
 Minas Gerais 5 2
 Pernambuco 1 1
 Santa Catarina 1 1
 Paraná 0 3
 Bahia 0 1
 Ceará 0 1
 Distrito Federal 0 1
 Goiás 0 1

Top scorers

Rank Nation Player Goals Games Goal Ratio
1 Brazil Romário 36 45 0.80
2 Brazil Viola 29 44 0.65
3 Brazil Fred 28 30 0.93
Brazil Oséas 53 0.53
Brazil Paulo Nunes 58 0.48
6 Brazil Dodô 26 48 0.54
7 Brazil Luis Fabiano 24 24 1.00
Brazil Deivid 34 0.70
Brazil Evair 36 0.66
10 Brazil Gérson 23 26 0.88
Brazil Marcelinho Carioca 56 0.41

See also


  1. (Portuguese) "Copa do Brasil de 2013 – REC – Regulamento Específico da Competição" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. Retrieved October 30, 2013. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Brazil football club Gremio banned over racism incident". BBC Sport. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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