Fla­mengo & Flu­mi­nense

Rio de Janeiro’s Fla-Flu clash at­tracts such large crowds that it is known in Brazil as the Clás­sico das Mul­tidões – the derby of the masses

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Ac­cord­ing to the fa­mous Brazil­ian writer Nel­son Ro­drigues: “Fla-Flu has no be­gin­ning. Fla-Flu has no end. Fla-Flu be­gan 40 min­utes be­fore time. And then the masses awoke.”

Flu­mi­nense were founded in 1902 by the sons of Rio’s elite and their crosstown ri­vals came into be­ing nine years later when most of Flu’s first team walked out af­ter a row with the club’s board and started a team at Fla­mengo, which un­til then was pri­mar­ily a row­ing club.

Since then Fla­mengo have won the na­tional ti­tle five times – to Flu’s four – and the Lib­er­ta­dores Cup once, in 1981.

Fla­mengo are also one of only five Brazil­ian sides never to have been rel­e­gated, while Flu were in Serie C as re­cently as 1999.

One of the most fa­mous meet­ings be­tween the pair was in 1941 and came to be known as “Fla-Flu da Lagoa” (FlaFlu of the Lake).

In the de­ci­sive match of the Rio state cham­pi­onship, Fla­mengo had six min­utes left in which to score and win the ti­tle.

With Flu­mi­nense’s keeper hav­ing bro­ken his col­lar­bone, his team-mates ran the clock down by kick­ing the ball into a nearby lake at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, re­quir­ing a mem­ber of Fla’s staff to re­trieve the ball by boat.

Those re­main­ing six min­utes took over half an hour to com­plete be­fore the ref­eree fi­nally blew for full time and Flu were crowned cham­pi­ons.

In­tense...An­der­son of Flu­mi­nense gets the bet­ter of Fla­mengo’s Wal­lace

Pas­sion...fans of Fla­mengo

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