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Champions of the past four years, Flamengo and Fluminense face another duel for the Guanabara Cup |  Carioca Championship

Champions of the past four years, Flamengo and Fluminense face another duel for the Guanabara Cup | Carioca Championship

The rivalry between the FlaFlu duo is historic, and has been on display in recent years since the start of the season in the state tournament. Since 2019, Flamingo Fluminense alternates as Carioca champions. The duel begins in the Guanabara Cup, the first round of the competition.

Fernando Diniz and Tite greet each other before the match between Flamengo and Fluminense – Photo: Andre Durau

There is a coincidence in the last four years that the title has been between the FlaFlu duo: whoever won the Guanabara Cup was the state champion. This happened in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. Fluminense won the last two titles, and Flamingo He won the previous two.

However, Rubro Negro was also Rio's champion in 2019, but on that occasion it was Vasco who won the Guanabara Cup. But in Carioca Vasco finished second.

“This must have driven Tite crazy,” Eric Faria says of the leaks at Flamengo.

Competition intensifies Flamingo Fluminense face each other on Sunday for the top spot in the Guanabara Cup. The pair are tied in the number of points (21), but Flamingo He has a wide advantage in goal difference (17 vs. 10). Both are already mathematically seeded for the semifinals.

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In other words, in addition to the symbolic victory in the Guanabara Cup, it is the struggle for leadership that will determine the competitor for the next stage. The first will face fourth place, and the second will face third place – with a draw advantage for the team with the best season. The final will be held in two matches, with no advantage for either team. The champion will qualify for the finals on March 31 and April 7.

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