Cruzeiro won the 2017 and 2018 Brazilian Cups (called Copa do Brasil in Portuguese).
The competition started in January and pitted some of the country’s top sides against minnows from obscure places. Unlike the English FA Cup where the Premier League sides enter in the third round, in Brazil, all of the Serie A teams that are not involved in intercontinental competition enter in the first round.
Vitoria, Internacional, Sao Paulo, Atletico-MG, Coritiba, Atletico-PR, Fluminense navigated tricky early round ties – some by the skin of their teeth – but there were some notable scalps: Botafogo lost to little-heard-of Aparecidense in the first round, while Sport and Parana lost to Ferroviario and Sampaio Correa in the second round.
The teams involved in the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana (South America’s equivalent of the Champions League and Europa League respectively) got a free pass until the fifth round.
Last updated on 19 November 2018.