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The Projeto Tóquio (Tokyo Project) is a Portuguese language term traditionally used by Brazilian media and clubs' staff and supporters in the context of winning or attempting on winning the Copa Libertadores football (soccer) competition and then compete in the FIFA Club World Cup (or, previously in the Intercontinental Cup) in Japan.[1] Thus, when a club gets eliminated from the competition, it is said by the media that the team has postponed its Tokyo Project.[2] The term Projeto Tóquio was first used in 1986, during São Paulo's 1986 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A campaign, as a way to make the club more popular.[3]

The project normally starts after the club win the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A or the Copa do Brasil (which qualify their winner to compete in the following year's Copa Libertadores), and the clubs usually spend large sums of money to win the Copa Libertadores. In 1998, Vasco da Gama spent US$ 10 million to win the competition,[4] and in 1998, Palmeiras, managed by Luiz Felipe Scolari, brought Júnior Baiano among other players, and successfully won the Copa Libertadores 1999.[5] After winning the Copa Libertadores in 1997, Cruzeiro signed some players, such as Bebeto, Gonçalves and Donizete,[6 ] just to play the match in Japan.[7]

The name refers to the city where the Intercontinental Cup was contested from 1980 to 2001, which was played in Tokyo during that period.[8]

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  • Denardin, Pedro Ernesto; Claudio Dienstmann (1995). Grêmio 95 - Projeto Tóquio (2nd Edition ed.). Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul: Rio Grande do Sul Football Federation.  

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