The national stage of the 2023 Taça das Favelas, the world’s largest competition between communities, concluded this Saturday (13) at the Canindé Stadium in São Paulo.
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In the men’s final, the Paraná state team claimed the title by defeating Espírito Santo 2-1. In the women’s final, Rio de Janeiro triumphed over the hosts in a penalty shootout with a 3-1 result, after a 1-1 draw during regular play (each half lasting 30 minutes).
The male team from Paraná was composed of standout players from the state phase, which included over 11,000 athletes (boys and girls) from 200 communities and was won by the Tanguá team from Almirante Tamandaré (PR). In the national tournament’s group stage, Paraná defeated Rio Grande do Sul, Paraíba, and Bahia. In the quarter-finals, they again bested the team from Bahia. In the semi-final, they eliminated Rio de Janeiro.
During the final against the team from Espírito Santo, forward Hiago eluded the defenders from the left and made a low cross to midfielder Nico, who opened the scoring for Paraná from the edge of the area, six minutes into the first half. In the second half, at the 15th minute, midfielder Wendel took a free-kick from the right, and defender Marcelinho equalized with a header. Five minutes later, midfielder Kayo secured Paraná’s victory with a penalty goal.
In the women’s competition, the Rio team gathered the top players from the state-level Taça das Favelas, which involved 34 communities in the top division, and was won by Corte Oito from Duque de Caxias (RJ). At the national stage, the team topped the group, which also featured Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná, and São Paulo teams, whom they met in the final. In the quarter-finals, the women from Rio faced and defeated the team from Paraná once again. In the following match, they overcame Rio Grande do Sul to reach the final against São Paulo.
The final reprised the 2022 national decision, won by Rio. São Paulo, looking to make history, took the lead. In the second half, at the ten-minute mark, Raíssa took advantage of a rebound from a free-kick that hit the crossbar and found the back of the net. Seven minutes before the end, forward Camila 2K was released in the area and took a shot that deflected off a defender and over the goalkeeper.
In the penalty shootout, the women from Rio outperformed their opponents. São Paulo’s defender Abacaxi was stopped by goalkeeper Marcela, securing Rio’s second consecutive Taça das Favelas title.
The Taça das Favelas is organized by the Central Única das Favelas (Cufa) and was launched in 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. The first national edition took place in 2022, with the finals at the Arena Barueri in the metropolitan region of São Paulo.