Torneio Rio – São Paulo

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
2000–2002
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 de 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. In 2010, the CBF officially recognized the expanded Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa from 1967 to 1970 as a legitimate national championship, although as of 2022, the CBF does not officially recognize the pre-1967 Torneio Rio – São Paulo as a 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

Season Champions Runners-up
1933   Palestra Itália (1)   São Paulo
1934 Not finished
1935–1939 Not held
1940   Flamengo (1)
  Fluminense (1)
1941–1949 Not held
1950   Corinthians (1)   Vasco da Gama
1951   Palmeiras (2)   Corinthians
1952   Portuguesa (1)   Vasco da Gama
1953   Corinthians (2)   Vasco da Gama
1954   Corinthians (3)   Fluminense
1955   Portuguesa (2)   Palmeiras
1956 Not held
1957   Fluminense (2)   Vasco da Gama
1958   Vasco da Gama (1)   Flamengo
1959   Santos (1)   Vasco da Gama
1960   Fluminense (3)   Botafogo
1961   Flamengo (2)   Botafogo
1962   Botafogo (1)   São Paulo
1963   Santos (2)   Corinthians
1964   Botafogo (2)
  Santos (3)
1965   Palmeiras (3)   Vasco da Gama
1966   Botafogo (3)
  Corinthians (4)
  Santos (4)
  Vasco da Gama (2)

Knockout formatEdit

Season Champions Runners-up
1993   Palmeiras (4)   Corinthians
1994–1996 Not held
1997   Santos (5)   Flamengo
1998   Botafogo (4)   São Paulo
1999   Vasco da Gama (3)   Santos
2000   Palmeiras (5)   Vasco da Gama
2001   São Paulo (1)   Botafogo
2002   Corinthians (5)   São Paulo

Titles by teamEdit

Rank Club Winners Winning years Runners-up Runners-up years
1   Corinthians 5 1950, 1953, 1954, 1966 (shared), 2002 3 1951, 1963, 1993
  Palmeiras 1933, 1951, 1965, 1993, 2000 1 1955
  Santos 1959, 1936, 1964 (shared), 1966 (shared), 1997 1999
4   Botafogo 4 1962, 1964 (shared), 1966 (shared), 1998 3 1960, 1961, 2001
5   Vasco da Gama 3 1958, 1966 (shared), 1999 7 1950, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1959, 1965, 2000
  Fluminense 1940 (shared), 1957, 1960 1 1954
7   Flamengo 2 1940 (shared), 1961 2 1958, 1997
  Portuguesa 1952, 1955 0
9   São Paulo 1 2001 4 1933, 1962, 1998, 2002

Titles by stateEdit

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

ParticipationsEdit

Club App
  Corinthians 26
  Palmeiras
  Vasco da Gama
  Fluminense 25
  Flamengo
  São Paulo
  Botafogo 24
  Santos 22
  Portuguesa 21
  America 14
  Bangu 8
  Bonsucesso 2
  AA São Bento 1
  Americano
  Guarani
  Olaria
  Paulista de Jundiaí
  Ponte Preta
  São Caetano
  São Cristóvão
  Ypiranga
  • Includes 1934 edition

Top ScorersEdit

Year Top Scorer Goals
1933 Waldemar de Brito (São Paulo) 33
1940 Leônidas (Flamengo) 13
1950 Baltazar (Corinthians) 9
1951 Ademir (Vasco da Gama)
Aquiles (Palmeiras)
Liminha (Palmeiras)
9
1952 Pinga (Portuguesa) 11
1953 Vasconcelos (Santos) 8
1954 Dino da Costa (Botafogo)
Simões (America-RJ)
7
1955 Edmur (Portuguesa) 11
1957 Waldo (Fluminense) 13
1958 Gino Orlando (São Paulo) 12
1959 Henrique Frade (Flamengo) 9
1960 Quarentinha (Botafogo)
Waldo (Fluminense)
11
1961 Coutinho (Santos)
Pelé (Santos)
9
1962 Amarildo (Botafogo) 8
1963 Pelé (Santos) 14
1964 Coutinho (Santos) 11
1965 Ademar Pantera (Palmeiras)
Flávio Minuano (Corinthians)
11
1966 Parada (Botafogo) 8
1993 Renato Gaúcho (Flamengo) 6
1997 Romário (Flamengo) 7
1998 Dodô (São Paulo) 5
1999 Alessandro Cambalhota (Santos)
Bebeto (Botafogo)
Guilherme (Vasco da Gama)
5
2000 Romário (Vasco da Gama) 12
2001 França (São Paulo) 6
2002 França (São Paulo) 19

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