Torneio Rio – São Paulo

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The Torneio Rio – São Paulo (English: Rio – São Paulo Tournament) was a traditional Brazilian football competition contested between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro teams from 1933 to 1966, in 1993 and from 1997 to 2002.

Torneio Rio – São Paulo
Organising bodyFPF
Founded1933; 89 years ago (1933)
(reestablished in 1993)
Abolished2002; 20 years ago (2002)
RegionRio de Janeiro (state) and São Paulo (state), Brazil
Qualifier forCopa dos Campeões
Most successful club(s)São Paulo (state) Palmeiras (5)
São Paulo (state) Corinthians (5)
São Paulo (state) Santos (5)

Organized by the state football associations of the state of São Paulo and the city of Rio de Janeiro (after unification of the states of Guanabara and Rio de Janeiro), the official name of the tournament became the Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa in 1954, named after former goalkeeper of the Brazilian national team and president of the São Paulo Football Association who died in that year. This name was not broadly popularized used until 1967 when the tournament was first opened to teams from the states of Minas Gerais, Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul, and later also from Pernambuco and Bahia. The Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa, also often referred to as Taça Prata (Silver Cup) and contested until 1970, is generally considered the predecessor of the Brazilian Football Championship which started in 1971.

Due to its continental size and historical peculiarities, Brazil has a short history of national competitions, with the modern Campeonato Brasileiro starting in 1971 supported by the military regime and only made possible due to the improvements in civil aviation and air transport. The CBF does not officially recognize the Torneio Rio – São Paulo or Taça Brasil as national titles. In 2010, the CBF officially recognized the expanded Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa from 1967 to 1970 as a legitimate national championship. In the era prior to officially recognized national competition, given that the majority of Brazil's strongest teams were located in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, some historians consider that up until 1959, despite its schedule irregularity, the Torneio Rio – São Paulo was the most prestigious title for any team to claim outside of state championships.

From 2000 to 2002, the Torneio Rio – São Paulo champions were granted qualification to the Copa dos Campeões.

List of championsEdit

Round-robin formatEdit

Year Winner
1933   Palestra Itália
1934 not decided
1935-1939: not contested
1940   Flamengo &   Fluminense
1941-1949: not contested
1950   Corinthians
1951   Palmeiras
1952   Portuguesa
1953   Corinthians
1954   Corinthians
1955   Portuguesa
1956 contested only by São Paulo clubs
1957   Fluminense
1958   Vasco da Gama
1959   Santos
1960   Fluminense
1961   Flamengo
1962   Botafogo
1963   Santos
1964   Botafogo &   Santos
1965   Palmeiras
1966   Botafogo,   Corinthians,   Santos &   Vasco da Gama

Knockout formatEdit

Year Winner
1993   Palmeiras
1994-1996: not contested
1997   Santos
1998   Botafogo
1999   Vasco da Gama
2000   Palmeiras
2001   São Paulo
2002   Corinthians

Titles by teamEdit

Rank Team Wins
1   Palmeiras 5
  Corinthians 5 (1 shared)
  Santos 5 (2 shared)
4   Botafogo 4 (2 shared)
5   Vasco da Gama 3 (1 shared)
  Fluminense 3 (1 shared)
7   Flamengo 2 (1 shared)
  Portuguesa 2
9   São Paulo 1

Note: Although Flamengo and Fluminense considers itself champions of the Rio–São Paulo in 1940 (according to some sources, the other clubs that participated in this competition too considered Flamengo and Fluminense champions of this competition), officially this competition ended without an official champion. Making officially Flamengo have 1 Rio–São Paulo and Fluminense 2 Rio–São Paulo.

Titles by stateEdit

Rank State Wins
1   São Paulo 18
2   Rio de Janeiro 12

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