Taça Brasil

The Taça Brasil (English: Brazil Cup) was the Brazilian national football championship contested from 1959 to 1968.

Taça Brasil
Founded1959
Abolished1968
Region Brazil
Number of teams23 (in 1968)
Most successful club(s)Santos (5 titles)

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 Santos Futebol Clube whose players included 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 LibertadoresEdit

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.

ChampionsEdit

Year Final Semifinalists
Winner Score Runner-up
1959
Details
 
Bahia
3 - 2
0 - 2
3 - 1
 
Santos
 
Vasco da Gama
 
Grêmio
1960
Details
 
Palmeiras
3 - 1
8 - 2
 
Fortaleza
 
Fluminense
 
Santa Cruz
1961
Details
 
Santos
1 - 1
5 - 1
 
Bahia
 
América
 
Náutico
1962
Details
 
Santos
4 - 3
1 - 3
5 - 0
 
Botafogo
 
Sport Recife
 
Internacional
1963
Details
 
Santos
6 - 0
2 - 0
 
Bahia
 
Grêmio
 
Botafogo
1964
Details
 
Santos
4 - 1
0 - 0
 
Flamengo
 
Palmeiras
 
Ceará
1965
Details
 
Santos
5 - 1
1 - 0
 
Vasco da Gama
 
Palmeiras
 
Náutico
1966
Details
 
Cruzeiro
6 - 2
3 - 2
 
Santos
 
Fluminense
 
Náutico
1967
Details
 
Palmeiras
3 - 1
1 - 2
2 - 0
 
Náutico
 
Grêmio
 
Cruzeiro
1968
Details
 
Botafogo
2 - 2
4 - 0
 
Fortaleza
 
Cruzeiro
 
Náutico

Titles by teamEdit

Top goal scorersEdit

External linksEdit