1981 Clube de Regatas do Flamengo season

The 1981 football season is Clube de Regatas do Flamengo's 86th year of existence, their 70th football season, and their 69th season in the top division of the Campeonato Carioca, the Rio de Janeiro state football league. In addition, it is their 11th in the top division of the Brazilian national football league, having never been relegated from either. Internationally, Flamengo participated in the 1981 Copa Libertadores, qualifying through winning the 1980 Brazilian Série A Championship.

Flamengo
1981 season
PresidentAntônio Augusto D. de Abranches
Head coachModesto Bria
(until 5 April)
Dino Sani
(8 April - 19 July)
Paulo César Carpegiani
(from 24 July)
StadiumEstádio do Maracanã
Brazilian Série AQuarter-finals
Campeonato CariocaChampions
Copa LibertadoresChampions
Intercontinental CupChampions
Top goalscorerLeague: Nunes (16)
All: Nunes (45)
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The 1981 season is regarded as the most successful and iconic season in Flamengo's history, in which they captured their first ever Copa Libertadores championship and defeated European Cup champions Liverpool by a score of 3 – 0 in the Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo, Japan. The team accomplished the feat of winning three trophies (the Copa Libertadores final, the Campeonato Carioca final, and the Intercontinental Cup) in a span of 21 days. This made Zico's Flamengo only the second Brazilian club to win a Mundial (world championship), after Pelé's Santos.

FriendliesEdit

National friendlyEdit

Flamengo played one pre-season match against São Paulo before the start of the national league season.

14 January 1981 Friendly São Paulo 0 – 2 Flamengo Morumbi, São Paulo
Adílio  
Nunes  

Copa Punta del EsteEdit

The 1981 Copa Punta del Este was a friendly invitational tournament contested by Flamengo, Grêmio, Peñarol of Uruguay, and the Seleção of Maldonado, the state capital near Punta del Este, Uruguay. It was played in a single-elimination format with semi-finals and a final. Both Brazilian clubs eliminated the Uruguayan squads in the semi-finals in February 1981.[1][2]

Following that, heavy rain in Uruguay and diminished interest from the organizers in a final without Peñarol delayed the final between Grêmio and Flamengo for nearly three months. It was ultimately played outside of Uruguay, at the Estádio Olímpico, in Porto Alegre. Scheduled to be played at 21:00, The match was further delayed an hour and a half due to a power outage. At nearly 1:00 the following morning the match was decided by coin toss: president Dunshee de Abranches selected 'heads' and the tournament was awarded to Flamengo.[3][4]

26 February 1981 Semi-final Peñarol   0 – 3   Flamengo Estadio Domingo Burgueño, Maldonado
Anselmo  
Lico  
Peu  
21 May 1981 Final Grêmio   1 – 1
(7 – 7 p)
  Flamengo Estádio Olímpico Monumental, Porto Alegre
de León   29' Nunes   84'
Note: After the 7 – 7 draw in the penalty shootout, the match was decided in favor of Flamengo based on a coin toss by the referee.

Torneio João HavelangeEdit

The 1981 João Havelange Tournament was a three-team interstate friendly competition hosted by Democrata of Minas Gerais and named in honor of João Havelange, the Brazilian president of FIFA. Flamengo's state rivals Vasco da Gama won the tournament after defeating Democrata (3 - 2) and Flamengo (1 – 0).[5][6]

At this time, Zico and Júnior of Flamengo were at Wembley Stadium representing the Seleção against England, with Zico scoring the lone goal in a 1 – 0 win.

Torneio Internacional de NápolesEdit

In the middle of their Carioca campaign, Zico and Flamengo traveled to Italy for a pair of friendlies in the Naples International Tournament. Flamengo, Avellino, and Northern Irish club Linfield were hosted by Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo. In front of a crowd of 80,000 Zico impressed against Ruud Krol and third-place Serie A team Napoli, scoring a hat trick. It would be the first time many Italians saw the Brazilian, before the 1982 World Cup in Spain and his eventual move to Udinense in 1983.[7][8]

12 June 1981 Semi-final Flamengo   5 – 1   Avellino Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Baroninho   (2)
Adílio  
Zico  
Leandro  
14 June 1981 Final Flamengo   5 – 0   Napoli Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Zico   (3)
Nunes  
Adílio  

Paulo César Carpegiani testimonialEdit

During the Campeonato Carioca, and with one eye looking ahead to the Copa Libertadores semi-final stage in October, Flamengo scheduled a match with Argentine giants Boca Juniors and their rising superstar Diego Maradona. Both teams rested their starters in preceding matches before this friendly at the Maracanã in front of 65,000 and broadcast on live television.[9] The "Taça da Raça" match served as a farewell to Flamengo midfielder Paulo César Carpegiani, who had already retired from play and was serving as Flamengo's manager (eventually leading the club to a first Libertadores title and world championship in a matter of months).[10]

The two icons, Zico (28 years old) and Maradona (20), had not yet met on the field and fans were clamoring to watch the two face each other.[11] Zico scored both goals of the match, and Maradona had a scoring chance at the end of the first half. The two would meet again representing their nations in the 1982 World Cup, with Zico scoring and Maradona being sent off.

15 September 1981 Friendly Flamengo   2 – 0   Boca Juniors Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Zico   59', 74' Attendance: 64,330

Campeonato Brasileiro (Taça de Ouro)Edit

Flamengo qualified for the 1981 Brazilian Championship (officially the Taça de Ouro or "Gold Cup") through finishing 3rd in the 1980 Campeonato Carioca. Grêmio were ultimately champions of the league with Flamengo finishing 6th overall out of 44 total participating teams.

First phaseEdit

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Santos (A) 9 6 3 0 19 4 +15 15
2   Flamengo (A) 9 5 3 1 18 7 +11 13
3   Santa Cruz (A) 9 4 4 1 16 9 +7 12
4   Nacional-AM (A) 9 4 3 2 7 6 +1 11
5   Cruzeiro (A) 9 4 3 2 11 7 +4 11
6   Paysandu (A) 9 3 2 4 12 12 0 8
7   Fortaleza (A) 9 2 3 4 9 16 −7 7
8   CRB 9 2 2 5 11 16 −5 6
9   Sampaio Corrêa 9 1 3 5 4 15 −11 5
10   Itabaiana 9 1 0 8 4 19 −15 2
Source: FutebolNacional.com[12]
(A) Advanced to second phase
18 January 1981 Matchday 1 Flamengo 0 – 0 Santos Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
21 January 1981 Matchday 2 Nacional-AM 0 – 1 Flamengo Estádio Vivaldo Lima, Manaus
Nunes  
25 January 1981 Matchday 3 Paysandu 3 – 0 Flamengo Mangueirão, Belém
Evandro   (2)
Da Silva  
1 February 1981 Matchday 5 Itabaiana 0 – 2 Flamengo Estádio Lourival Baptista, Aracaju
Peu  
Nunes  
4 February 1981 Matchday 6 Flamengo 8 – 0 Fortaleza Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Nunes   (5)
Peu   (2)
Vítor  
7 February 1981 Matchday 7 Cruzeiro 0 – 0 Flamengo Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
15 February 1981 Matchday 8 CRB 2 – 3 Flamengo Rei Pelé, Maceió
Joãozinho Paulista  
Carlos Alberto   (o.g.)
Nunes   (2)
Peu  
21 February 1981 Matchday 9 Flamengo 2 – 2 Santa Cruz Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Nunes   (2) Joãozinho  
Adílio   (o.g.)

Second phaseEdit

Group L

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Flamengo (A) 6 3 2 1 9 9 0 8
2   Atlético Mineiro (A) 6 2 3 1 8 5 +3 7
3   Colorado 6 1 3 2 8 7 +1 5
4   Uberaba 6 0 4 2 5 9 −4 4
Source: FutebolNacional.com[13]
(A) Advanced to round of 16
11 March 1981 Matchday 2 Uberaba 1 – 1 Flamengo Estádio João Guido, Uberaba
Serginho   Nunes  
15 March 1981 Matchday 3 Colorado 4 – 0 Flamengo Estádio Couto Pereira, Curitiba
Jorge Nobre   (2)
Ditão  
1 April 1981 Matchday 5 Flamengo 4 – 2 Uberaba Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Tita   (2)
Nunes  
Marinho  
Paulo Luciano  
Serginho  
5 April 1981 Matchday 6 Flamengo 2 – 1 Colorado Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Zico   (2) Aladim  

Round of 16Edit

8 April 1981 First leg Bahia 0 – 0 Flamengo Estádio Fonte Nova, Salvador
11 April 1981 Second leg Flamengo 2 – 0
(2 – 0 agg.)
Bahia Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Nunes   (2)

QuarterfinalsEdit

16 April 1981 First leg Flamengo 0 – 0 Botafogo Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
19 April 1981 Second leg Botafogo 3 – 1
(3 – 1 agg.)
Flamengo Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Mendonça   (2)
Jérson  
Zico  

Campeonato CariocaEdit

The important Rio de Janeiro state league schedule coincided with Flamengo's Copa Libertadores matches of the same year. Paulo César Carpegiani was a player and occasional starter for Flamengo in the first round of the Carioca, also serving as Dino Sani's assistant and eventually taking over as manager for the Carioca second round.[14]

After finishing top in the first round Taça Guanabara and qualifying for the final, Flamengo turned their focus to the Libertadores group stage during the second round, which Vasco da Gama went on to win.[14] In the third round, Flamengo's 6 – 0 thrashing of rival Botafogo was historic, and avenged their match in 1972 with the reverse scoreline. Flamengo captured the third round with their most wins, and the most goals scored and best goal differential of the competition.

Flamengo entered the final against Vasco with two rounds won (compared to Vasco's one round) and the most overall points across the three rounds. At a single match final in the Maracanã, a draw would be sufficient for Flamengo to become state champions. If Flamengo lost, a rematch would be a played and a draw would again give the title to Flamengo. A loss would force a third and final match.[15]

Days before the final, tragedy struck Flamengo as former manager Cláudio Coutinho died while scuba diving the Ilhas Cagarras archipelago near Rio de Janeiro. Vasco were victorious in the match, 2 – 0, both goals scored by Roberto Dinamite. In the second match, Flamengo supporters cite rainy weather as the reason for their team's poor performance, losing again to Vasco by a final-minute goal from Dinamite.

On December 6, Flamengo won the decisive match with first half goals from Adílio and Nunes. Ticão scored for Vasco late in the second half, and as the team attempted to mount a comeback and force extra time, a Flamengo-supporter bricklayer invaded the pitch and started a confrontation with a Vasco player.[14] Play was stopped for eight minutes as Nunes separated the bricklayer. Flamengo held on to win and earn their 21st Rio de Janeiro state championship.

First round (Taça Guanabara)Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Flamengo 11 7 3 1 26 8 +18 17 Qualified to Final phase
2 América 11 6 4 1 12 4 +8 16
3 Botafogo 11 4 7 0 10 5 +5 15
4 Vasco da Gama 11 6 2 3 19 10 +9 14
5 Bangu 11 2 8 1 12 12 0 12
6 Campo Grande 11 4 3 4 16 17 −1 11
7 Americano 11 2 6 3 9 16 −7 10
8 Fluminense 11 2 5 4 12 18 −6 9
9 Volta Redonda 11 2 4 5 13 18 −5 8
10 Serrano 11 2 3 6 10 14 −4 7
11 Olaria 11 2 3 6 7 12 −5 7
12 Madureira 11 2 2 7 10 22 −12 6
Updated to match(es) played on July 12, 1981. Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) wins; 3) goal difference; 4) number of goals scored.
23 May 1981 Matchday 1 Serrano 0 – 2 Flamengo Estádio Atílio Marotti, Petrópolis
Zico   38' (pen.)
Júnior   83'
Attendance: 8,704
Referee: Wilson Carlos dos Santos
28 May 1981 Matchday 2 Flamengo 4 – 2 Madureira Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Baroninho   18'
Nunes   24', 58', 72'
Antônio Carlos   35'
Wilson   42'
Attendance: 3,489
Referee: Luis Carlos Felix
31 May 1981 Matchday 3 Flamengo 1 – 1 Bangu Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Nunes   29' Rubens Feijão   58' Attendance: 15,768
Referee: Aluisio Felisberto
3 June 1981 Matchday 4 Flamengo 7 – 0 Americano Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Nunes   39', 83', 85'
Chiquinho   48'
Baroninho   64'
Peu   67'
Andrade   74'
Attendance: 7,574
Referee: Mario Rui de Sousa
7 June 1981 Matchday 5 Flamengo 1 – 0 Vasco da Gama Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Zico   23' Attendance: 46,552
Referee: Valquir Pimentel
18 June 1981 Matchday 6 Flamengo 0 – 0 America Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 35,089
Referee: Luis Carlos Felix
21 June 1981 Matchday 7 Campo Grande 2 – 5 Flamengo Estádio Ítalo del Cima, Rio de Janeiro
Luisinho   51'
Pingo   89'
Zico   4', 9'
Nunes   13', 54'
Rondinelli   81'
Attendance: 10,339
Referee: Wilson Carlos dos Santos
24 June 1981 Matchday 8 Flamengo 2 – 1 Volta Redonda Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Nunes   38'
Zico   78'
Betinho   72' Attendance: 11,819
Referee: Luis Carlos Felix
28 June 1981 Matchday 9 Fluminense 2 – 1 Flamengo Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Zeze   23', 49' Zico   25' Attendance: 46,030
Referee: Valquir Pimentel
7 July 1981 Matchday 10 Olaria 0 – 3 Flamengo Estádio da Rua Bariri, Rio de Janeiro
Pino   Zico   24', 63'
Ronaldo   64'
Attendance: 10,314
Referee: Aluisio Felisberto da Silva
12 July 1981 Matchday 11 Flamengo 0 – 0 Botafogo Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Gaúcho Lima   88' Attendance: 45,909
Referee: Luis Carlos Felix

Second round (Taça Ney Cidade Palmeiro)Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Vasco da Gama 11 9 2 0 26 8 +18 20 Qualified to Final phase
2 Flamengo 11 7 3 1 21 6 +15 17
3 Botafogo 11 7 3 1 17 6 +11 17
4 Bangu 11 6 2 3 13 12 +1 14
5 Fluminense 11 6 1 4 18 15 +3 13
6 América 11 5 3 3 14 11 +3 13
7 Campo Grande 11 5 2 4 12 11 +1 12
8 Volta Redonda 11 1 5 5 12 19 −7 7
9 Serrano 11 1 4 6 7 13 −6 6
10 Olaria 11 1 3 7 6 18 −12 5
11 Americano 11 1 2 8 9 18 −9 4
12 Madureira 11 0 4 7 4 22 −18 4
Updated to match(es) played on September 27, 1981. Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) wins; 3) goal difference; 4) number of goals scored.
19 July 1981 Matchday 1 Flamengo 2 – 0 Serrano Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Zico   32'
Renato   65' (o.g.)
Attendance: 12,680
Referee: Élson Pessoa
2 August 1981 Matchday 2 Volta Redonda 1 – 1 Flamengo Raulino de Oliveira, Volta Redonda
Eli Mendes   66' Zico   78' Attendance: 15,235
Referee: Luis Carlos Felix
23 August 1981 Matchday 3 America 1 – 3 Flamengo Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Luisinho   87' (pen.) Zico   44' (pen.)
Júnior   67'
Tita   80'
Attendance: 26,579
Referee: Wilson Carlos dos Santos
30 August 1981 Matchday 4 Bangu 0 – 4 Flamengo Estádio Moça Bonita, Rio de Janeiro
Baroninho   15'
Zico   54'
Nunes   83'
Tita   85'
Attendance: 10,330
Referee: Valquir Pimentel
2 September 1981 Matchday 5 Flamengo 3 – 0 Campo Grande Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Zico   19', 69'
Tita   63'
Attendance: 10,912
Referee: Aluisio Felisberto
7 September 1981 Matchday 6 Fluminense 1 – 1 Flamengo Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Cláudio Adão   32' Nunes   8' Attendance: 76,024
Referee: Valquir Pimentel
10 September 1981 Matchday 7 Madureira 0 – 1 Flamengo Estádio Caio Martins, Niterói
Nunes   33' Attendance: 10,458
Referee: Giese do Couto
13 September 1981 Matchday 8 Americano 0 – 1 Flamengo Estádio Godofredo Cruz, Campos
Adílio   24' Attendance: 12,640
Referee: Valquir Pimentel
17 September 1981 Matchday 9 Flamengo 3 – 0 Olaria Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Mozer   15'
Adílio   57'
Nunes   89'
Attendance: 4,954
Referee: José Carlos Moura
20 September 1981 Matchday 10 Vasco da Gama 1 – 1 Flamengo Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Wilsinho   31' Zico   48' Attendance: 84,122
Referee: Wilson Carlos dos Santos
26 September 1981 Matchday 11 Botafogo 2 – 1 Flamengo Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Marcelo   4'
Ademir Lobo   69'
Nunes   54' Attendance: 25,390
Referee: Luis Carlos Felix

Third round (Taça Sylvio Corrêa Pacheco)Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Flamengo 10 8 2 0 34 5 +29 18[a] Qualified to Final phase
2 Vasco da Gama 10 6 3 1 20 10 +10 15[a]
3 Fluminense 11 6 2 3 23 15 +8 14
4 Botafogo 11 6 2 3 17 13 +4 14
5 Bangu 11 4 4 3 12 9 +3 12
6 Americano 11 5 1 5 11 19 −8 11
7 Madureira 11 4 3 4 9 16 −7 11
8 Volta Redonda 11 3 4 4 13 17 −4 10
9 Campo Grande 11 3 3 5 6 11 −5 9
10 Serrano 11 2 3 6 9 15 −6 7
11 América 11 2 3 6 8 18 −10 7
12 Olaria 11 1 0 10 5 18 −13 2
Updated to match(es) played on November 26, 1981. Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) wins; 3) goal difference; 4) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b The November 22 match between Vasco and Flamengo wasn't held
7 October 1981 Matchday 1 Flamengo 4 – 0 Olaria Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Zico   19'
Adílio   27'
Júnior   33'
Baroninho   84'
Attendance: 6,022
Referee: Cláudio Garcia
10 October 1981 Matchday 2 Madureira 0 – 3 Flamengo Estádio Caio Martins, Niterói
Zico   13', 34'
Mozer   41'
Attendance: 8,147
Referee: Valquir Pimentel
18 October 1981 Matchday 3 Flamengo 0 – 0 Bangu Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 25,620
Referee: Pedro Paulo Bregalda
25 October 1981 Matchday 4 Campo Grande 1 – 2 Flamengo Estádio Ítalo del Cima, Rio de Janeiro
Marinho   24' (o.g.) Tita   75'
Lico   86'
Attendance: 6,588
Referee: José Muniz Brandao
2 November 1981 Matchday 5 Flamengo 4 – 0 America Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Zico   10', 77', 88'
Zé Paulo   57' (o.g.)
Attendance: 29,530
Referee: Angelo Antônio Ferrari
5 November 1981 Matchday 6 Serrano 1 – 1 Flamengo Estádio Atílio Marotti, Petrópolis
Gilberto   11' Zico   54' Attendance: 9,545
Referee: Alvimar Gaspar dos Reis
8 November 1981 Matchday 7 Flamengo 6 – 0 Botafogo Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Nunes   7'
Zico   27', 75' (pen.)
Lico   33'
Adílio   40'
Andrade   87'
Attendance: 69,051
Referee: Ildson Alcantara Amorim
10 November 1981 Matchday 8 Flamengo 6 – 1 Americano Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Lico   6'
Adílio   26', 28'
Nunes   73', 79'
Tita   89'
  51' Attendance: 8,093
Referee: Osmar Camilo da Silva
15 November 1981 Matchday 9 Flamengo 3 – 1 Fluminense Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Nunes   19'
Lico   49'
Tita   82'
Edinho   73' Attendance: 109,514
Referee: Alvimar Gaspar dos Reis
25 November 1981 Matchday 10 Volta Redonda 1 – 5 Flamengo Raulino de Oliveira, Volta Redonda
Beto Rocha   65' Lico   19'
Nunes   38'
Adílio   43', 68'
Zico   64'
Attendance: 17,818
Referee: Edson Alcantara Amorim

FinalsEdit

29 November 1981 Final Flamengo 0 – 2 Vasco da Gama Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Nunes   Roberto Dinamite   64', 77'
Marquinho  
Attendance: 80,908
Referee: Alvimar Gaspar dos Reis
2 December 1981 Replay Vasco da Gama 1 – 0 Flamengo Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Roberto Dinamite   88'
João Luis  
Attendance: 45,704
Referee: Edson Alcantara do Amorim
6 December 1981 Replay Flamengo 2 – 1 Vasco da Gama Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Adílio   20'
Nunes   24'
Ticão   83' Attendance: 161,989
Referee: Alvimar Gaspar dos Reis

Copa LibertadoresEdit

The 1981 edition of the Copa Libertadores was Flamengo's debut season in the tournament.[16] Flamengo qualified as champion of 1980 Campeonato Brasileiro (Atlético Mineiro qualified as runners-up). Flamengo would go on to win the tournament, undefeated until the final against Chilean newcomers Cobreloa.

In the first group stage, the Brazilian entrants were paired with both Paraguayan clubs: Cerro Porteño and Olimpia. Flamengo had to travel away to Asunción for their last two matchdays and needed at least 3 points to catch Atlético Mineiro (only the top team in the group would advance). Former player and assistant Paulo César Carpegiani assumed the role of manager from Dino Sani after their second draw against Atlético on the 4th matchday. Flamengo were equal on points with the club from Belo Horizonte and forced a play-off at the neutral Estádio Serra Dourada in Goiânia. However the match was suspended after 37 minutes as Atlético were reduced to only six eligible players (Osmar, Chicao, Palinha, Reinaldo and Eder were sent off). Per regulation, victory was awarded to Flamengo.

Flamengo advanced through the semi-final group with a dominant performance: four victories in four matches.[17] In the final, they encountered another Libertadores debutante in Cobreloa, a club that had only been founded four years prior. In the first final at the Maracanã, Flamengo prevailed (2 – 1) with two goals from Zico. In the National Stadium in Santiago the following week (not in Cobreloa's home town of Calama), the Brazilians were pressured on the field and, according to Zico, injured by Cobreloa players hiding rocks in their hands, and disadvantaged by the Uruguayan referee Ramón Barreto.[18][19] Victor Merello scored the only goal of the match on a free kick.

Equal on goals, a third match was played at the neutral venue of the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo. If the third match ended in a draw, extra time would be played. If still tied, the trophy would be awarded to Cobreloa based on away goals.[19] Zico scored twice in the first half, sealing the game and the championship. With the match won, Anselmo of Flamengo entered on in the final minutes for the sole purpose of hurting Cobreloa captain Mario Soto in revenge.[18] Both were sent off. Flamengo were crowned Champions of America, and returned to Brazil to dispute the Rio de Janeiro state league final, with a match against Liverpool in Tokyo confirmed for December.

Group stageEdit

Group 3


Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Flamengo (A, O) 6 2 4 0 14 9 +5 8
  Atlético Mineiro (A) 6 2 4 0 8 6 +2 8
  Cerro Porteño 6 1 2 3 9 12 −3 4
  Olimpia 6 0 4 2 1 5 −4 4
Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advances to First-place playoff match; (O) Playoff winner; advances to semi-finals



3 July 1981 Matchday 1 Atletico Mineiro   2 – 2   Flamengo Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Éder   28', 63' Nunes   65'
Marinho   85'
Attendance: 63,153
Referee: José Roberto Wright (Brazil)
14 July 1981 Matchday 2 Flamengo   5 – 2   Cerro Porteño Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Zico   20', 27'
Baroninho   47'
Nunes   62', 62'
Jimenes   62'
Julio Dos Santos   90'
Attendance: 25,967
Referee: Carlos Montalvan (Brazil)
24 July 1981 Matchday 3 Flamengo   1 – 1   Olimpia Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Adilio   22' Solalinde   60' Attendance: 38,718
Referee: Abel Gnecco
7 August 1981 Matchday 4 Flamengo   2 – 2   Atletico Mineiro Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Nunes   67'
Tita   69'
Palhinha   62'
Reinaldo   69'
Attendance: 62,763
Referee: Carlos Rosa Martins
11 August 1981 Matchday 5 Cerro Porteño   2 – 4   Flamengo Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción
Acost   69'
Jimenes   72'
Baroninho   7'
Zico   58', 65', 70'
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Roque Cerullo
14 August 1981 Matchday 6 Olimpia   0 – 0   Flamengo Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: José Martizez Bazan
22 August 1981 Play-off Flamengo   0 – 0   Atletico Mineiro Serra Dourada, Goiânia
Referee: José Roberto Wright
Note: Match awarded to Flamengo at 37 minutes after Atlético only had 6 players available (five were sent off). Score of the match was 0–0 at the time of stoppage.

Semi-finalsEdit

Group A



Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Flamengo 4 4 0 0 10 2 +8 8
  Deportivo Cali 4 1 1 2 2 5 −3 3
  Jorge Wilstermann 4 0 1 3 3 8 −5 1


2 October 1981 Matchday 1 Deportivo Cali   0 – 1   Flamengo Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero, Cali
Nunes   1' Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Mário Lira
13 October 1981 Matchday 2 Jorge Wilstermann   1 – 2   Flamengo Estadio Félix Capriles, Cochabamba
Melgar   53' Baroninho   13'
Adilio   64'
Referee: Enrique Labo
23 October 1981 Matchday 3 Flamengo   3 – 0   Deportivo Cali Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Zico   9', 82'
Chiquinho   57'
Attendance: 28,847
Referee: Juan Cardelino
30 October 1981 Matchday 4 Flamengo   4 – 1  Jorge Wilstermann Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Nunes   9'
Adilio   39'
Anselmo   87'
Chiquinho   90'
Tarborga   2' Attendance: 7,520
Referee: Jorge Orellana

FinalsEdit

13 November 1981 First leg Flamengo   2 – 1   Cobreloa Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Zico   12', 30' (pen.) Report Merello   65' Attendance: 93,985
Referee: Esposito (Argentina)
20 November 1981 Second leg Cobreloa   1 – 0   Flamengo Estadio Nacional, Santiago
Merello   84' Report Attendance: 61,721
Referee: Ramón Barreto (Uruguay)
23 November 1981 Tie-break Flamengo   2 – 0   Cobreloa Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Zico   18', 84'
Andrade   35'
Anselmo   89'
Report Armando Alarcón   23'
Eduardo Jiménez   35'
Mario Soto   90'
Attendance: 30,200
Referee: Roque Cerullo (Uruguay)

Intercontinental CupEdit

A week after conquering the Campeonato Carioca against Vasco, Flamengo flew to Tokyo to contest the Intercontinental Cup (also branded as the Toyota Cup) against European Cup champions Liverpool. A number of the key players on both squads had shared the field with each other earlier in the year, in an international friendly at Wembley in May, including Zico and Júnior of Flamengo and Terry McDermott and Phil Neal of Liverpool.[20]

The 1981 edition was the second such championship to be played as a single neutral-venue match in Tokyo's National Stadium. Flamengo won 3 – 0 off two goals from Nunes and one from Adílio, officially being declared world champions by FIFA.[21][22] This marks Flamengo's first and only world championship (as of 2018).

13 December 1981 Liverpool   0 – 3   Flamengo National Stadium, Tokyo
12:00 JST Report Nunes   12', 42'
Adílio   34'
Attendance: 62,000
Referee: Rubio Vásquez (Mexico)

OverviewEdit

Competition First match Last match Starting round Final position Record
Pld W D L GF GA GD Win %
Campeonato Carioca 23 May 1981 6 December 1981 Matchday 1 Winners 35 23 8 4 83 22 +61 065.71
Copa Libertadores 3 July 1981 23 November 1981 Group stage Winners 14 8 5 1 28 13 +15 057.14
Campeonato Brasileiro 18 January 1981 11 April 1981 Matchday 1 Quarter-finals 19 9 7 3 30 19 +11 047.37
Intercontinental Cup 13 December 1981 Final Winners 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100.00
Total 69 41 20 8 144 54 +90 059.42

Source: Competitions

Goal scorersEdit

Rank Pos. No. Player Carioca Brasileiro Libertadores Intercontinental Total
1 FW 9   Nunes 21 16 6 2 45
2 MF 10   Zico 25 3 11 0 39
3 MF 8   Adílio 9 1 3 1 14
4 FW 7   Tita 6 2 1 0 9
5 FW 16   Baroninho 4 0 3 0 7
6 FW 11   Lico 5 0 0 0 5
FW 15   Peu 1 4 0 0 5
8 FW   Chiquinho 1 0 2 0 3
DF 5   Júnior 3 0 0 0 3
10 MF 6   Andrade 2 0 0 0 2
FW   Luiz Fumanchu 0 2 0 0 2
DF 4   Marinho 0 1 1 0 2
DF 14   Mozer 2 0 0 0 2
14 FW   Anselmo 0 0 1 0 1
DF   Rodinelli 1 0 0 0 1
FW   Ronaldo 1 0 0 0 1
MF   Vítor 0 1 0 0 1
Own Goals 2 0 0 0 2
Total 83 30 28 3 144

HonorsEdit

Name Award
  Zico World Footballer of the Year (ABC)[23]

South American Footballer of the Year (El Mundo)

Copa Libertadores Top Scorer

Copa Libertadores Best Player

Intercontinental Cup MVP Award[24]

  Nunes Copa Libertadores Best Striker

Campeonato Brasileiro Top Scorer

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