Derby days – The Samba derby

by Mystical Mike

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Flamengo v Fluminense, Brazil

Over the coming weeks we’ll be giving you the run down on the World’s most passionate and fiercest rivalry in football. We start our list with two Brazilian giants.

Known as ‘Fla-Flu’ this is Brazil’s most passionate rivalry, dating back to 1911 when 9 Fluminense players quit the club to form Flamengo, which at the time was just a rowing club, any one for Pimms old boy? The clubs have been rivals ever since.

Magic moments
In 1995 the two sides met knowing that victory for either side would land them the title. Former Flamengo player Renato Gaucho scored the winner for Fluminense with his pot belly wot wot.

Those Brazilians know how to party, they did exactly that at the Maracana in 1963 in front of a staggering 194,603 samba dancing spectators. The game finished 0-0 but the crowd partied the night away in true carnival spirit. Rumor has it national coach Dunga was conceived that day.

Any agro?
None what so ever, those nutty Brazilians are to busy dancing to worry about fighting on the terraces. If only our Derbies were like that.

Head to head
Flamengo have won 31 Rio State Championships to Fluminenses’ 30, they’ve also lifted the Copa Libertadores which definitely gives them bragging rights.

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  • Mike

    Can’t beat the Brazilian atmosphere! Always thought the River Plate vs Boca Juniors was more intense… but that’s just me 🙂

  • Tom

    River boca is the most intense derby in the world, I’m sure that will make an appearance at some stage!

    I quiet like the idea of having a mass kness up with 190,000 people, would b insane!

  • dexylongshot

    194,603 samba dancing spectators, mate, what a lash-up, and I thought it got a bit lively at The Boleyn on a Saturday night after a good win. I wonder if they have problems getting home like we do at Wembley?

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