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What is Copa do Brasil?
The Copa Do Brasil is a yearly knockout football competition played every year in Brazil. It is comparable, if not equivalent to other tournaments of its type in other countries, such as England’s FA Cup and France’s Coup de France.
As of the time of writing there are 91 competing teams, representing all 26 states in Brazil, in addition to the Federal District. The tournament affords smaller clubs opportunities to compete against the teams in the top-flight division of Brazilian football, the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, which is significant given that throughout the history of the competition, many ‘giant killing’ cases have occurred, of smaller teams knocking out the stronger ones.
The tournament was founded in 1989, where it began with 32 competing teams, increasing gradually to the 91 at present. It is a long tournament, taking place over many months of the year, beginning usually in January/February and ending in September/October.
Copa do Brasil Competition
The format of the competition is single elimination knockout with two-legged ties. 80 of the 91 teams teams play the first stage, the 40 winners of the first stage play the second stage, the 20 winners of the second play the third stage, then finally 10 in the fourth which determines 5 to compete in the Round of 16.
The other 11 teams are composed of those who have already qualified for it, 8 from the Copa Libertadores, the Série B champions, Copa Verde champions and finally the Copa do Nordeste champion.
During the first two rounds, if the away team wins the first match by 2 or more goals, it progresses straight to the next round and the second leg isn’t played.
This is an unusual rule in the context of all South American competitions as very few other competitions feature it, although it is used by the Copa Libertadores, the group stage of which the winner of the Copa Do Brazil qualifies for. That being said, the away goals rule is not applied if both teams come from the same city.
Copa do Brasil Schedule
The 2018 Copa do Brasil ran from the 5th of February to the 17th of October. 2017 Copa do Brasil winners were the defending champions, and they managed to defend their title after a 3-1 aggregate victory against Corinthians, and therefore qualified for the Copa Libertadores 2019 as well as the Copa do Brasil 2019.
This was their sixth title of the competition, but even with 5 they were already the most successful club in the competition’s history. The final matches were played at Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, and Arena Corinthians in São Paulo.
The first game ended 1-0 in favour of Corinthians thanks to a headed in goal scored by Thiago Neves in the 4th minute, who went on the win man of the match.
The second match also started in favour of Cruziero due to a 27th minute goal scored by Robinho, however, it was evened up in the 54th minute by Corinthian’s Jádson, who scored a penalty. Cruziero made certain of their victory in the 81st minute thanks to a final goal by De Arrascaeta, ending the game 2-1 and giving them the championship.
How To Watch Copa do Brasil NZ
You can watch live and on demand coverage on the following platforms:
- FuboTV, Sling TV, Directv.
All platforms offer a free trial but you must be based in the USA. To get a US IP address you can use a premium VPN provider.
Step 1: Get A VPN Provider
To watch FuboTV, Sling or Directv live or on demand in New Zealand you can use a vpn provider.
To fool the website into thinking you’re in USA then you can buy a VPN and choose an US server.
There are many different VPN providers out there on the web, from our experience the cheapest and most affordable option is PureVPN.
It costs $10.95 per month or $2.88 on a subscription.
You’ll be able to buy a VPN using your New Zealand credit card/Paypal.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN Application
You’ll need to decide how you plan on accessing OVO. You could use your smart TV, Apple TV or just a computer web browser.
You’ll need to download the PureVPN Application to your device first, then their app or visit their website.
Login with the details you were provided via email during signup.
Step 3: Choose US Server
You’ll now need to connect through to a US based server. If you’re given an option of which city then I’d choose San Francisco.
You’ll be advised by the VPN app once your IP has changed and you’re routing your connection via USA.
You’ll now be able to go to your chosen website and watch the live stream/VOD instantly.
Step 4: Start Watching Copa do Brasil
Search for the games in the website search box, although it’s likely going to be on the homepage.
You’ll now be able to play any of the on demand content available too.
Keep your account and watch more geoblocked content from all over the world.
Aelwyn is based in the UK and has a masters in security. He’s studied further in the United States while working for companies such as Google and Cisco. He loves rugby and has played professionally too.