Copa Rio (state cup)

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The Copa Rio (English: Rio Cup), was created in 1991 by the Rio de Janeiro State Football Federation to decide one of the Rio de Janeiro's Copa do Brasil representatives of the following year (the other being the Campeonato Carioca champion). If the state champion had also won Copa Rio, the representative would have been the tournament runner-up.

However, in 1995 the Brazilian Football Confederation established the possibility of a club being invited to dispute Copa do Brasil, and, as a consequence of this, Copa Rio ended up not being interesting for the big teams, so it was discontinued.

In 1996 and 1997, the competition was replaced by a similar competition disputed only by Rio de Janeiro state countryside clubs, commonly known as Copa do Interior (Portuguese for Countryside Cup).

In 1998, there was an attempt to recreate Copa Rio, but without the qualification to Copa do Brasil. This attempt was a failure, and after three years, the competition was discontinued again.

In 2005 and in 2007, the competition was held again, but without the participation of the big clubs of the state, and again without qualification to Copa do Brasil.

In 2008, the third-placed team (Madureira) was eligible to play in Copa Rio-Espírito Santo.[1]

Champions[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1991 Flamengo 1 – 0
3 – 0
Americano
1992 Vasco da Gama 2 – 0
2 – 1
Fluminense
1993 Vasco da Gama 2 – 0
1 – 0
Flamengo
1994 Volta Redonda 1 – 4
1 – 0
(5 – 4 pen.)
Fluminense
1995 Volta Redonda 4 – 0
0 – 0
Barra
1998 Fluminense 4 – 0 São Cristóvão
1999 Volta Redonda 2 – 0
1 – 0
Madureira
2000 Portuguesa 4 – 1 Casimiro de Abreu
2005 Tigres do Brasil 1 – 0
2 – 0
Macaé
2007 Volta Redonda 3 – 1
0 – 2
(4 – 2 pen.)
Cabofriense
2008 Nova Iguaçu 1 – 0
3 – 2
Americano
2009 Tigres do Brasil 2 – 2
2 – 0
Madureira
2010 Sendas 1 – 0
1 – 2
(4 – 3 pen.)
Bangu
2011 Madureira 2 – 1
3 – 2
Friburguense
2012 Nova Iguaçu 0 – 0
1 – 0
Bangu
2013 Duque de Caxias 0 – 1
3 – 1
Boavista
2014 Resende 0 – 1
1 – 0
(3 – 1 pen.)
Madureira

Titles by team[edit]

Club Titles
Volta Redonda 4
Nova Iguaçu 2
Vasco da Gama
Tigres do Brasil
Flamengo 1
Fluminense
Madureira
Portuguesa
Sendas
Duque de Caxias
Resende

Copa do Interior[edit]

List of champions[edit]

Year Champion
1996 Rubro Social
1997 Duquecaxiense

Titles by team[edit]

Club Titles
Duquecaxiense 1 title
Rubro Social 1 title

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nova Iguaçu em festa". Lance! (Rio de Janeiro: Areté Editorial S/A) (3871): 12. 2008. 

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