Taça Brasil

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Not to be confused with Copa do Brasil.
Taça Brasil
Founded 1959
Abolished 1968
Region  Brazil
Number of teams 23 (in 1968)
Most successful club(s) Santos (5 titles)

The Taça Brasil (English: Brazil Cup) was the Brazilian national football championship contested from 1959 to 1968. It is considered by many historians as the most important football tournament in Brazil at the time.

Bahia, Cruzeiro and Botafogo were the only champions to have played all phases of the tournament, because until the 1968 edition teams from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo were already qualified to the semi-finals. Both Cruzeiro and Bahia, the only champions not from Rio or São Paulo, beat the great and world famous Santos of Pelé, Coutinho and Pepe.

In 1989 the Copa do Brasil was created, in the same cup-style and also qualifying to the Copa Libertadores.

Relationship with the Copa Libertadores[edit]

The Taça Brasil was founded to enable Brazil to provide contenders for the newly created Copa Libertadores de América.

From 1959 to 1964 the winner of Taça Brasil was selected to be the sole Brazilian competitor in the next year's Copa Libertadores. In 1965 and 1966, the two finalists of the Taça Brasil were both chosen to represent Brazil in the next year's Copa Libertadores, which was expanded in 1966. In 1967 and 1968, the winner of the Taça Brasil qualified for the next year's Copa Libertadores, along with the winner of the Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa (also known as the "Taça de Prata"). 1968 was the last year the Taça Brasil was contested; in 1969 and 1970 the top two teams in the Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa became the two Brazilian entrants in the following year's Copa Libertadores, before the formation of the Campeonato Brasileiro, a Brazilian national league championship, in 1971.

Champions[edit]

Year Final Semifinalists
Winner Score Runner-up
1959
Details
Bahia
Bahia
3 - 2
0 - 2
3 - 1
São Paulo (state)
Santos
Rio de Janeiro (state)
Vasco da Gama
Rio Grande do Sul
Grêmio
1960
Details
São Paulo (state)
Palmeiras
3 - 1
8 - 2
Ceará
Fortaleza
Rio de Janeiro (state)
Fluminense
Pernambuco
Santa Cruz
1961
Details
São Paulo (state)
Santos
1 - 1
5 - 1
Bahia
Bahia
Rio de Janeiro (state)
América
Pernambuco
Náutico
1962
Details
São Paulo (state)
Santos
4 - 3
1 - 3
5 - 0
Rio de Janeiro (state)
Botafogo
Pernambuco
Sport Recife
Rio Grande do Sul
Internacional
1963
Details
São Paulo (state)
Santos
6 - 0
2 - 0
Bahia
Bahia
Rio Grande do Sul
Grêmio
Rio de Janeiro (state)
Botafogo
1964
Details
São Paulo (state)
Santos
4 - 1
0 - 0
Rio de Janeiro (state)
Flamengo
São Paulo (state)
Palmeiras
Ceará
Ceará
1965
Details
São Paulo (state)
Santos
5 - 1
1 - 0
Rio de Janeiro (state)
Vasco da Gama
São Paulo (state)
Palmeiras
Pernambuco
Náutico
1966
Details
Minas Gerais
Cruzeiro
6 - 2
3 - 2
São Paulo (state)
Santos
Rio de Janeiro (state)
Fluminense
Pernambuco
Náutico
1967
Details
São Paulo (state)
Palmeiras
3 - 1
1 - 2
2 - 0
Pernambuco
Náutico
Rio Grande do Sul
Grêmio
Minas Gerais
Cruzeiro
1968
Details
Rio de Janeiro (state)
Botafogo
2 - 2
4 - 0
Ceará
Fortaleza
Minas Gerais
Cruzeiro
Pernambuco
Náutico

Titles by team[edit]

Top goal scorers[edit]

External links[edit]