A 1-0 victory against Sao Paulo side Guarani secured the title for Fluminense, much to the delight of the 40,000-plus fans who flocked to Rio de Janeiro’s Engenhão stadium to see the favorites take the title.
The win has ended decades of suffering for Fluminense, who had not won the Championship in some 26 years.
Hero of the game was goal-scorer Emerson (nicknamed ‘The Sheik’), but much credit must also go to manager Muricy Ramalho, whose previous three Championship wins with Sao Paulo show impressive past form.
For years, Fluminense have been considered the underdog of Rio’s football teams, with the more high profile Flamengo, Vasco and Botafogo making most of the headlines, and taking many a local and national title.
Fluminense faced stiff competition throughout the Championship from Sao Paulo side Corinthians, who took pole position in the early stages of the 38-match championship, and closely tailed Fluminense until the end. But with Corinthians managing only a draw against Goais today, Fluminense ultimately had the title in the bag.