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The Taça Brasil (or Brazil Trophy) was a Brazilian national football competition which was contested from 1959 to 1968. It is considered by many historians the most important football tournament in Brazil at the time and can be compared, in importance level, to the current Campeonato Brasileiro.

Bahia, Cruzeiromarker and Botafogo were the only champions to have played all phases of the tournament, because until the 1968 edition teams from Rio de Janeiromarker and São Paulomarker 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 FC 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

The Taça Brasil was founded to enable Brazil to provide contenders for the newly-created Copa Libertadores de América, an international club competition contested in South America and broadly equivalent to the European Champions Cup.

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

Year Final Semifinalists
Winner Score Runner-up
1959
Details

EC Bahia
3 - 2
0 - 2
3 - 1


Santos FC

Vasco da Gama

Grêmio
1960
Details

Palmeiras
3 - 1
8 - 2

Fortaleza EC

Fluminense

Santa Cruz
1961
Details

Santos FC
1 - 1
5 - 1

EC Bahia

América

Náutico
1962
Details

Santos FC
4 - 3
1 - 3
5 - 0


Botafogo

Sport Recife

Internacional
1963
Details

Santos FC
6 - 0
2 - 0

EC Bahia

Grêmio

Botafogo
1964
Details

Santos FC
4 - 1
0 - 0

Flamengo

Palmeiras

Ceará SC
1965
Details

Santos FC
5 - 1
1 - 0

Vasco da Gama

Palmeiras

Náutico
1966
Details

Cruzeiromarker
6 - 2
3 - 2

Santos FC

Fluminense

Náutico
1967
Details

Palmeiras
3 - 1
1 - 2
2 - 0


Náutico

Grêmio

Cruzeiromarker
1968
Details

Botafogo
2 - 2
4 - 0

Fortaleza EC

Cruzeiromarker

Náutico


Titles by Team



Top Goal Scorers



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