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Copa Paulista in essence
A foundation for the reuniting championship Recopa Sul-Brasileira. To make your next time watching the Copa Paulista become easier to understand, this article will enlighten you with the fundamentals about this competition.
Basic understanding of the Copa Paulista
Let’s grasp some knowledge about the Paulista Cup and see what has happened since the cup’s inception. This part will give you the most general view about the Copa Paulista.
What is it?
The Paulista Cup, or Copa Paulista is known under the official name as the Copa Paulista de Futebol. It is also called simply as Copa FPF, or São Paulo State Cup. It is a Brazilian football cup competition that is governed by Federação Paulista de Futebol.
Teams who qualify for the Copa Paulista must be from São Paulo state and currently not playing in the Brazilian League. On the other hand, they can be reserve teams of Paulista teams playing in the Brazilian League.
The Copa Paulista was founded in 1999 and has had several names due to sponsorship reasons during the existence of this tournament.
- In 2001, the cup was called Copa Coca-Cola (Coca-Cola Cup) because the Coca-Cola company sponsored this competition.
- In 2002, it was referred to as Copa Futebol Interior (São Paulo Countryside Football Cup).
- In the 2003 edition, the cup was named Copa Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo State Cup).
- In the 2004-2007 period, it was called Copa FPF.
- Since 2008, the cup has got this current name, as the Copa Paulista de Futebol.
During the history of the Copa Paulista, there were several similar competitions being held. For instance, the 1999 Copa Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo State Cup) and the 2002 Copa Mauro Ramos (Mauro Ramos Cup) were the two typical Brazilian football competitions that were operated similarly to the Copa Paulista.
The format of the Paulista Cup
There were some changes in the format of the Paulista Cup since its inception. In 2005, the tournament called for 28 Brazilian clubs, which were then divided into four groups of seven. In the first stage, each team competed with their opponents in the same group twice, following a true round-robin format. After that, the top four clubs from four groups advanced to the second round. From this round to the final, all the matches were played over two-legged ties.
In the next season, the number of participants were increased to 32 clubs. They were separated into four groups of eight. Except for the expansion of teams, the same format was applied in this period.
Since 2005, the winner of the Copa Paulista was eligible for the next season of the Copa do Brasil. Since 2007, they have qualified for the Recopa Sul-Brasileira, in which four winners from four domestic football competitions: the Copa FPF (Copa Paulista), the Copa Paraná, the Copa Santa Catarina, and the Copa FGF (Copa Gaucho).
Titles by clubs
The table above has shown us how the Copa Paulista’s teams played throughout the history of this competition. The four teams with the highest achievements are Santo André, Noroeste, Ferroviária, Paulista with two times winning the title.
Ferroviária won the Copa Paulista 2017