The Copa do Brasil is a yearly professional football tournament in Brazil. The tournament is a knockout football competition contested by 92 teams representing 26 Brazilian states and the Federal District.
The winner of the Copa Do Brasil automatically qualifies for the next edition of the Copa Libertadores de América, the most reputable and prestigious continental football tournament contested by the best clubs in South America organized by CONMEBOL.
The Copa do Brasil was formed in 1989 to appease the state football federations with fewer large and traditional teams on the national stage, whose representatives would scarcely have the opportunity to face big teams during the year.
This concern emerged after a decrease in the number of contestants in the 1987 Campeonato Brasileiro when 13 of the biggest teams in Brazil broke away to create the Copa União (Union Cup) in reaction to the CBF's financial problems.
The first campaign of the Copa Do Brasil took place in 1989. Alcindo Sartori scored the first goal in the cup's history in a 2–0 victory by Flamengo over Paysandu. Gremio became the first champion, defeating Sport (PE) by 2-1 in a two-legged final, and qualified to compete in the 1990 campaign of the Copa Libertadores.
The champion took the trophy home between 1989 to 1993, but it changed in 1994. The cup authority decided to permanently award the trophy to a team when the team won the championship three times. Grêmio is the first team that permanently got the trophy after winning Copa Do Brasil in 1994, 1997, and 2001.
The competition is a single-elimination knockout tournament featuring two-legged systems. In the first two rounds, if an away team wins by two or more goals in the first leg, that team qualifies to play in the next round directly except in the second leg.
The away goal's rule is unmatched by any other professional competition in South America, not even the Copa Libertadores before 2005. However, this away goal rule does not apply to two teams in the same area.
The number of contestant teams has changed several times during the competition's history, based on the number of participant teams that qualify through their state federation's league competition. From 1989 to 1994, 32 teams contested in the tournament. That number was increased in 1995 to 36 teams, in 1996 to 40 teams, and in 1997 to 45 teams. Forty-two teams participated in 1998, 65 teams in 1999, and 69 teams in 2000.
From 2001 to 2012, the format was reduced to 64 teams without teams. It played in the Copa Libertadores due to a conflict of dates. In 2016 the number of participating teams increased again to 86, in 2017 to 91, and in 2021 to 92.
A total of 16 teams have won the 33 edition of Copa Gi Brasil, and 24 teams have reached the final, of which eight teams failed to become champions. Although Grêmio won five more titles, including the first in 1989, Cruzeiro Copa do Brasil's most successful team in terms of trophy-winning numbers. They have won six trophies and have.
The legendary Brazilian player, Romário, holds the highest goalscoring record in Copa Do Brasil, with 36 goals in 45 appearances. Fred is in second place on this list with 35 goals in 39 matches.
Watching Copa Do Brasil on TV and Stream is very easy, along with the legal rights-holding television broadcaster and some streaming sites that provide live matches to viewers.
TV Globo, SporTV, and Premiere have contracted with the authority to provide the full media coverage of Copa Do Brasil in Brazil.
Arena Sport airs Copa Do Brasil in Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, North Macedonia, and Montenegro. Sportdigital will provide the same show in Spanish in Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland.
Watchers can watch Copa Do Brasil on Canal 11 in Portugal, Flow Sports in the Caribbean, Paramount+ in the United States, Cablenet Sports in Cyprus, PP Sports in China, and Sport 1 in Israel. Foreign viewers also can watch it on Star+ and ESPN (Latin America), and Q Sport (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan).
Fans can watch Copa Do Brasil on Stream Online. Some streaming sites can provide the media coverage of the tournament on stream. Premiere FC is the only pay-per-view channel of the event. HBO Max, Star+, DAZN, and Eleven Sports provide the subscription video streaming services of Copa Do Brasil.
The tournament receives additional digital exposure in Brazil through a tie-up with Twitter that allows the social media platform to stream pre-match, half-time, and post-match coverage. The live rights remain with commercial broadcaster Globo.
Copa Do Brasil is the Brazilian domestic cup and the Brazilian equivalent of the FA Cup, Copa del Rey, Taça de Portugal, Scottish Cup, and Copa Argentina. The cup competition is an excellent opportunity for clubs from smaller states to play against the famous giant cubs.
The Copa do Brasil has made football more popular in Brazil, bringing talented players from different states of Brazil to the spotlight and giving them a place in the world.