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Fla–Flu (truncation of Flamengo-Fluminense) is an association football match between cross-town rivals Flamengo and Fluminense. Matches take place in the 78,000-seat Maracanã Stadium, located near downtown Rio de Janeiro, in the city's Maracanã district. The world record football match attendance between clubs is a Fla 0–0 Flu with 194,603 in 1963.[1]

Flamengo's supporters.
Fluminense's supporters.
Flamengo's and Fluminense's supporters.
LocaleRio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
TeamsFlamengo, Fluminense
First meetingJuly 7, 1912
Latest meetingFluminense 1-0 Flamengo
Taça Guanabara (semi-finals)
Carioca Série A
(14 February 2019)
Next meetingFlamengo v Fluminense
Taça Rio (league match)
Carioca Série A
(23 March 2019)
Most winsFlamengo (150)

The moniker Fla–Flu was coined by the journalist Mário Filho during the professionalization of Rio de Janeiro's football.[2]

Flamengo is the most successful team in Carioca Championship. Flamengo has won it 34 times while Fluminense has won 31. Flamengo has won five Série A and three Brazilian Cups. Fluminense has won four Série A, one Brazilian Cup and one Série C. Fluminense has won the Copa Rio, which it claims to be equivalent to an world club tournament. Flamengo has won one Libertadores Cup and one Intercontinental Cup, both in 1981. Fluminense is the only soccer team in the world that holds the IOC's Olympic Cup ("Coupe Olympique" or "Taça Olímpica"), a non-competitive award for distinguished service in upholding the ideals of the Olympic Movement and to recognise the particular merits of institutions or associations and their services rendered to sport, conquered in 1949. It’s the highest and most coveted trophy in the world of soccer.[3]

The rivalry between these two clubs began in October 1911, when a group of dissatisfied players from Fluminense left the club, and went to Flamengo, which at the time had no football department.[4] The first Fla–Flu ever was played the following year, on July 7, 1912 at Laranjeiras stadium. Fluminense won this match 3–2, with 800 people in attendance.[5]

The Fla–Flu matches are mentioned in Lamartine Babo's unofficial, but very popular, Flamengo anthem[6] composed in 1942.[7]

Important matchesEdit

On November 23, 1941, Flamengo and Fluminense disputed the Campeonato Carioca final, at Gávea Stadium. As the stadium is located in Lagoa neighborhood, the match was nicknamed Lagoa's Fla-Flu. The first half of the match ended 2–1 to Fluminense. Flamengo's Pirillo scored a goal in the 39th minute of the second half of the match, but Fluminense only needed a draw in the match, and won the competition. 15,312 people watched the match.[8]

In 1991, the Campeonato Carioca final was again disputed between Flamengo and Fluminense. The first leg, played on December 13, ended in a 1–1 draw. In the second leg, played on December 19, Flamengo beat Fluminense 4–2. The Flamengo goals were scored by Uidemar, Gaúcho, Zinho and Júnior. Both Fluminense goals were scored by Ézio. Flamengo's Gaúcho was the top goalscorer of that competition.[9]

In the Campeonato Carioca history, Fluminense beat Flamengo to the title in 1919, 1936, 1941, 1969, 1973, 1983, 1984 and 1995. Flamengo beat Fluminense in 1963, 1972 and 1991. The Carioca had many formats over the years.[10]

One of the most famous matches[11] between the two clubs is the 1995 Campeonato Carioca final stage match, played on June 25 of that year at Maracanã stadium. In this match, Fluminense's Renato Gaúcho scored a belly goal, and his team won the match 3–2. Fluminense finished the stage with 33 points, winning the title, and Flamengo finished one point behind its rival, losing the championship in the year of its centenary.[12]

The 2004 Campeonato Carioca had two matches played between Flamengo and Fluminense. On February 1, Flamengo won by 4-3, after Fluminense scored 3-1 in the first half. On February 21, Flamengo defeated Fluminense 3-2, which gave Flamengo the Taça Guanabara title of that year.[13]

Highest attendances in Fla-FluEdit

  1. Flamengo - Fluminense 0–0, 194,603 (177.656 paid), December 12, 1963.
  2. Flamengo - Fluminense 2–3, 171,599, June 15, 1969.
  3. Flamengo - Fluminense 0–0, 155,116, May 16, 1976.
  4. Flamengo - Fluminense 0–1, 153,520, December 16, 1984.
  5. Flamengo - Fluminense 0–2, 138,599, August 2, 1970.
  6. Flamengo - Fluminense 1–1, 138,557, April 22, 1979.
  7. Flamengo - Fluminense 5–2, 137,002, April 23, 1972.
  8. Flamengo - Fluminense 2–1, 136,829, September 7, 1972.
  9. Flamengo - Fluminense 3–3, 136,606, October 18, 1964.
  10. Flamengo - Fluminense 1–0, 124,432, September 23, 1979.



As of July 2019:

Club P W D L
Flamengo 405 153 138 131
Fluminense 405 131 138 153

Latest match: Fluminense 0–0 Flamengo (played on June 9th 2019) (Brazilian Série A) [15]


  • Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
  1. ^ ´´Placar Magazine´´, 2005/May, The Big Classics, and Cheiro de 2004 no ar - AOL Esportes[permanent dead link] (March 29, 2005)
  2. ^ Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 2 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
  3. ^ A Taça Olímpica (1949) - Flumania Archived 2005-11-11 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ O Flamengo nasceu do Fluminense - Museu dos Esportes Archived 2008-04-12 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Passion, carnival and crazy goals - FIFA website (July 13, 2001)
  6. ^ O mais querido do Brasil!! - Flamengonet (November 13, 2004)
  7. ^ Coração de torcedor - No Olhar (January 10, 2004)
  8. ^ RSSSF Archived 2006-07-20 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ RSSSF Archived 2005-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Fla-Flu history at Grandes Clássicos Archived 2007-07-12 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Renato comemora 8 anos do gol de barriga Estadão Esportes[permanent dead link] (June 25, 2003)
  12. ^ RSSSF Archived August 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ RSSSF Archived 2008-02-22 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Best Attendances in Fla-Flu
  15. ^ [1]

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