This Monday afternoon (28), the CBF defined the field teams for the 2023 Copa do Brasil final. For the first time that the competition will be decided over two weekends, the first leg will be at Maracanã, while the decision of the most important knockout tournament on the national scene will take place at Morumbi. The matches will take place on the 17th and 24th of September.
The draw made the most pessimistic Flamengo fans congratulate São Paulo for an alleged ‘early title’, as the club is experiencing a troubled situation this season, and will still have to overcome the injuries to Arrascaeta and Luiz Araújo.
But on the Tricolor side, the discourse is that ‘nothing is won’. The São-Paulinos move around trying not to count on the victory before facing the current champion of the competition.
the decision of the brazilian cup will be in morumbi
Congratulations São Paulo pic.twitter.com/CoqRExhtVU
— jpᶜʳᶠ (@wolfkickss) August 28, 2023
first home game
with an attack that doesn’t score a goal
congratulations São Paulo Futebol Clube for the first victory of the brazilian cup
— caioziN ᶜʳᶠ (@B16caio) August 28, 2023
Congratulations São Paulo, the final of the Copa do Brasil will be at Morumbi, we will decide at home, the impossible has happened pic.twitter.com/34L1ox7iR1
— Isnar Lima (@isnarlim) August 28, 2023
congratulations são paulo for the great cup of the brazil cup pic.twitter.com/Ic11uME3lC
— yohan ★ blue beetle !! (@yzitto_) August 26, 2023
congratulations são paulo for the brazil cup 2023
— jpᶜʳᶠ (@wolfkickss) August 26, 2023
Congratulations, São Paulo, on the Copa do Brasil.
Arrascaeta was carrying Sampaoli on his back… https://t.co/RcFzZFp6bj
— Lucas (@iLucasFla) August 28, 2023
Congratulations São Paulo pic.twitter.com/J3MzSQ95CO
— SAMENGO (@samengo_ofc) August 26, 2023
CONGRATULATIONS SÃO PAULO Arrascaeta and Luiz Araújo injured. Team doing a horrible presentation, and a coach who doesn’t know how to use his cast pic.twitter.com/334QhiHqcu
— Caio Souto (@Casvi0) August 26, 2023
CONGRATULATIONS SÃO PAULO, NEW BRAZILIAN CUP CHAMPION https://t.co/K0bIHGCFaZ
— fulecoᶜʳᶠ (@fulecage) August 28, 2023
São Paulo decides less at home in the Copa do Brasil
Historically, São Paulo is one of the most successful teams in Brazilian football. Including, appointed by many as one of the greatest on the national scene in terms of tradition in national and international competitions. However, the Copa do Brasil is one of the few competitions that the São Paulo team has not won in its 97 years.
The team from São Paulo decided only 33.3% of the games at home since 2015 in the competition, in decisions that depended on a draw. On the other hand, Flamengo, opponents in this final, held 61.5% of the matches playing with the support of their fans.
Homes of the return game in the Copa do Brasil since 2015, only in stages with a draw:
São Paulo (33.3% at home)
Flamengo (61.5% at home)
— Tricolor Notes, by Alexandre Giesbrecht (@jogosspfc) August 28, 2023
Flamengo and São Paulo’s campaign in the Copa do Brasil
Both Flamengo and São Paulo started their trajectory in the Copa do Brasil in the third phase of the competition. The team from Rio overcame Maringá (8-4 on aggregate), Fluminense (2-0), Athletico-PR (4-1) and Grêmio (3-0) to reach the final of the competition.
On the other hand, Dorival Jr’s team, current winner of the competition, precisely under Flamengo’s command, overcame Ituano (1 to 0), Sport Recife (3 to 3 on aggregate, 5 to 3 on penalties), Palmeiras (3 to 1 ) and Corinthians (3 to 2) to qualify as a finalist in 2023.
Botafogo x Flamengo – Brazilian Championship – Nilton Santos – Saturday (2/9), at 21h (Brasília time);
Flamengo x Athletico-PR – Brazilian Championship – Maracanã – Wednesday (9/13), at 21:30 (Brasília time);
Goiás x Flamengo – Brazilian Championship – Serrinha – Wednesday (9/20), at 7 pm (Brasília time).
São Paulo x LDU – Sul-Americana – Morumbi – Thursday (31), at 7 pm (Brasília time);
São Paulo x Coritiba – Brasileirão Série A – Morumbi – Sunday (03/09), at 20:30 (Brasília time);
Internacional x São Paulo – Brasileirão Série A – Beira-Rio – Wednesday (9/13), at 7 pm (Brasília time).