NEWS: Flamengo Just Declared Brazilian Champs!By: Junior | February 21st, 2011
After years of controversy, Flamengo will share, with Sport, the 1987 championship. CBF had said, not too long ago, that there was no way it would recognize the championship (lol). But now Flamengo, who had five championships, wakes up today with six! Brazilian magic!
Basically the story behind the 1987 championship goes as follows: CBF didn’t have money to create/manage a tournament. So, Brazil’s biggest teams got together and decided to form their own tournament (the Copa Uniao, which Flamengo won). CBF initially agreed to recognize the Copa Uniao champions as Brazilian champions, however CBF later felt that it might lose control of Brazilian football if it recognized the tournament. So another championship was created by smaller Brazilian teams (won by Sport Recife), which CBF did recognize.
Not too long ago CBF decided to merge the champions of the Taça Brasil (1959–1968), Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa (1967–1970), and Campeonato Brasileiro Série A (1971–present). This was extremely controversially because some of the Taca Brasil champions needed to play but four matches. Some felt that it was unfair to call a team who played four games “champions.” Others however saw it as the most important national championship of the time and those who won them (Pele, Tostao and Djalma Santos, among others) should be recognized for what they did.
Flamengo saw all of this as an opportunity to once again demand their 1987 title. After submitting a report last month to CBF, Flamengo was awarded the title today .
Congrats Flamengo fans!
Now who gets to keep the Campeonato Brasileiro trophy (which was supposed to be awarded to the first team to reach five championships) Flamengo or Sao Paulo?
How do you guys feel about all of these titles being recognized? Is it fair or not?
As for me, I agree with the Flamengo title being recognized, but I believe Sao Paulo should get to keep the trophy. As for the Taca Brasil…I’ll stay on the fence.