Protagonists of a private dispute for titles in recent seasons, Flamengo and Palmeiras face off at the Centenário stadium, next Saturday, for a true historic fight between the two teams. So far, there have been six duels between Cariocas and São Paulo, with three triumphs for each.
Palmeiras prevailed in the final of the Rio-São Paulo State Champions Cup 1942, in the quarterfinals of the 1999 Copa do Brasil and in the semis of the 2000 Champions Cup. Flamengo beat Verdão in the semifinals of the 1997 Copa do Brasil , in the final of the Copa Mercosul in 1999 and in the decision of the Supercopa do Brasil in 2021.
Flamengo won the Brazilian Super Cup over Palmeiras — Photo: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters
In total, there were 10 games in these six knockout matches between the teams. There are five wins for Flamengo, three for Palmeiras and two draws. Each team scored 18 goals, which reinforces the balance of duels in history.
The ge report below provides an overview of the historical clashes between the finalists of the Libertadores in 2021, recalls curiosities of the decisive games between the teams and presents an analysis of the Libertadores finals. Check out:
In Montevideo, Flamengo and Palmeiras will make the 4th official final of history. So far, there are two rubro-negro titles and a trophy in the gallery of palmeira.
The most recent duel, for the Brazilian Super Cup this year, had emotion until the end, with the title decided on penalties. Flamengo took the cup to Rio de Janeiro after leaving behind, turning the game around, suffering a draw and defining the stoppage with a 6-5 victory in penalties.
The best moments of Flamengo 2 (6) x (5) 2 Palmeiras, for the Supercopa do Brasil 2021
In the 90 minutes, a game played, with good chances for both teams. Raphael Veiga scored both Verdão’s goals in the match. For Rubro-Negro, Gabigol and Arrascaeta took notes. In penalties, Palmeiras came to open 3-1, but saw Diego Alves shine and save Flamengo. Rodrigo Caio was the author of the decisive beat that guaranteed Flamengo the title.
Diego Alves defended 3 shots in the Super Cup penalty shootout — Photo: REUTERS/Adriano Machado
Another emotional decision until the end and full of goals was the Mercosur final in 1999. There were 13 goals in just two games. Currently, Globo commentators Caio (Flamengo) and Paulo Nunes (Palmeiras) were the top scorers in the finals with three and two goals, respectively.
The rubro-negro title tasted like a rematch after being eliminated by the same Palmeiras in the quarterfinals of the Copa do Brasil that year. Palmeiras de Marcos, Júnior Baiano, César Samapio, Alex, Zinho, Paulo Nunes and Asprilla came packed after conquering the Libertadores in the first half. Flamengo already had big names like Juan, Athirson, Leandro Ávila, Caio and Reinaldo.
Paulo Nunes and Zinho wearing the Palmeiras shirt — Photo: Agliberto Lima/Estadão Content
In the 1st game of the decision, Flamengo overcame Palmeiras, by 4-3, after being twice behind the scoreboard. Under the command of coach Carlinhos and the star of Caio, who entered the second stage, the cariocas came out victorious in the first leg at Maracanã.
In 1999, Flamengo defeats Palmeiras 4 x 3, in the Mercosul Cup final
In the return match, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari chose a more offensive team in order to reverse the result. The team even got ahead of the scoreboard with full-back Arce, but Flamengo managed to hold back Verdão’s momentum and, in another game with many goals, tied the game by 3 to 3. The title interrupted the 18-year period without international titles. of the club. The last was the 1981 Worlds.
Palmeiras 3 X 3 Flamengo’s goals in the 1999 Mercosul Cup final
The only title of Palmeiras over Flamengo, in an official knockout match, was 78 years ago. The conquest was for the 1942 State Champions Cup. The tournament was a competition, which was sometimes considered official and at other times friendly, and which confronted the state champions of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
Historical records show that Palmeiras beat Flamengo 3-0 on March 3, 1943. Former striker Peixe scored twice in addition to Lima.
Other knockout encounters
In addition to the three decisions, Flamengo and Palmeiras have already decided to vacate the next phase in three other opportunities, as mentioned earlier in the text: the semifinals of the 1997 Copa do Brasil, the quarterfinals of the 1999 Copa do Brasil and the semifinals of the 2000 Champions Cup.
Of these tournaments, the only one with the title of one of the two was the 2000 Champions Cup. Played in the Northeast, Palmeiras was champion over Sport, but had the test of fire against Flamengo in the previous phase. The São Paulo team were surpassed by the Cariocas in the semifinal match, 2-1, with goals from Petkovic and Reinaldo for Flamengo, and Taddei for Palmeiras.
In 2000, Flamengo beat Palmeiras 2-1 in the first leg of the Champions Cup semifinals
In the return match, midfielder Taddei scored again for Palmeiras and took the decision to the penalty shootout. In the last kick, top scorer Reinaldo saw goalkeeper Sérgio save his penalty to take Verdão to the finals. The 5-4 victory was the first penalty shootout between the teams.
In 2000, Palmeiras beat Flamengo on penalties in the return game and went to the Champions Cup final
Flamengo and Palmeiras finals in history
Two greats in the history of Brazilian and South American football, Flamengo and Palmeiras are used to playing in finals in their stories. Including shift finals in the account, the Rio de Janeiro club will make its 81st official final in history. The club from São Paulo will have its 52nd decision ahead.
- 80 Flamengo finals:
- 51 won by Flamengo
- 29 lost by Flamengo
In international tournaments, Flamengo has already disputed 12 decisions, with seven titles and five vices. Palmeiras, on the other hand, has the most negative record in the finals of international tournaments, with four trophies and eight vices.
- 51 Palmeiras Finals:
- 29 won by Palmeiras
- 22 lost by Palmeiras
RJ and SP clubs: presence in finals and % of titles
If we talk about the history of Libertadores finals only, São Paulo people are present more often than Rio residents. There were 17 decisions with at least one club in the state of São Paulo – and one of them, in 2020, with Palmeiras and Santos as representatives. In the 16 decisions between São Paulo and foreigners or Brazilians from another state, however, the retrospect is average: 8 titles and 8 vices.
The titles against clubs from outside the state and/or country were Corinthians (2012), Palmeiras (1999), Santos (1962, 1963 and 2011) and São Paulo (1992, 1993 and 2005), while the runners-up fit to Palmeiras (1961, 1968 and 2000), São Paulo (1974, 1994 and 2006), São Caetano (2002) and Santos (2003).
The cariocas, on the other hand, have played only four finals in history, with 75% success. Flamengo took the title in 1981 and 2019, and Vasco won the cup in 1998. Only Fluminense was defeated, in a penalty shootout against LDU, in 2008.
note: The research carried out for this article considered only the official knockout matches in history. Friendly tournaments or decisive matches in the running points were not counted.