Flamengo triumphant after 17 year wait

December 7, 2009 at 16:36 2 comments

Joy for Ronaldo Angelim and Flamengo

Brazil’s biggest club, Flamengo, picked up their first Campeonato Brasileiro since 1992 after they saw off Grêmio 2-1 in Rio on Sunday. 

Flamengo strode on to the pitch at the Maracanã to a marvellous atmosphere created by almost 85,000 fans confident that the Rubro Negros would end the day as champions.

Andrade’s team needed a simple win against a Grêmio side with nothing to play. But the situation was so tight at the top of the table that Internacional, São Paulo or Palmeiras could have ended the day with the league title.

Fla did not start well and were reduced to pumping long balls up to Adriano.

With 21 minutes on the clock, the stadium was stunned into silence when Grêmio’s rising star Roberson hit the ball home from close range.

As the Maracanã went into shock, news reached Rio that Internacional had gone ahead against Santo André and as things stood Inter were ahead in the championship.  

However, though the Porto Alegre side looked comfortable they were guilty of giving too many corners away. And Flamengo’s equalizer came on the 29th minute when centreback David pounced on a loose ball to hit a low shot that beat Marcelo Grohe.  

Flamengo began to apply the pressure in the second-period. But it wasn’t until the 69th minute that they got the vital goal.  Centreback Ronaldo Angelim rose majestically to beat the Grêmio defence and the Maracanã went into delirium.

Fla thought they had it in the bag but the danger was not yet over and Maylson came very, very close to making the home side pay.

Flamengo held on to claim their sixth title (though many argue it’s only their fifth because of the confusion surrounding the 1987 campaign) 17 years of hurt for the Red and Blacks came to an end.

Elsewhere, Internacional‘s win against Santo André left them as runners up but condemned the ABC side to the second division.

São Paulo finished in third after beating already relegated Sport Recife. Cruzeiro gate-crashed the top four after a win away at Santos. But after leading the championship for so long, Palmeiras missed out on the Libertadores places after losing at Botafogo.

Disgraceful scenes followed Coritiba’s 1-1 draw with Fluminense. The result left the Parana outfit in Série B and the estádio Couto Pereira was transformed into a battle ground as mindless fans invaded the pitch in an attempt to get at the referees. The pitifully low number of badly equipped police struggled to cope and there were a number of serious injuries. Coritiba now face serious consequences.    

See the Campeonato Brasileiro round 38 table and the rest of the results here

See the highlights of the Sunday games here



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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Martin  |  December 16, 2009 at 17:17

    I was wondering was this Flamengo’s first national championship without Junior being a part of the team? He of course was a fixture on those great Zico led teams which won 3 titles in 4 years in the early 80s, was on the team which won in 1987 in the breakaway championship the bigger clubs organzied that year and I also believe he was on their 1992 championship team in his final years as a player. If so then this year’s title would be Flamengo’s first “Junior free” championship!

    Well done to Flamengo by the way for finishing the season strong and winning one of the most enjoyable Brasileiraos that I can recall in years.

    • 2. pitacodogringo  |  December 17, 2009 at 20:31

      according to his own web site, junior was in Italy in 1987 – http://www.sitedojunior.com.br/site/bio_estatistica.php. so, it’s the second (if you count 1987 – the CBF has it down as Sport Recife officially – though i have also heard that the CBF now recognises both champions, which is rather absurd)


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