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Brazilian Championship: Flamengo defend their league title

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Over to South America, Flamengo have won the Brazilian Championship once again and defended their league title from last season.

Another season, another year and another league title for Flamengo.

Rubro-Negro emerged winners in one of the most intense title races in the Brazilian Championship over the past decade.

Despite losing their concluding fixture 2-1 to Sao Paulo, fate was on their side and Flamengo were crowned champions regardless.

It was not a straightforward triumph by any chance. Finishing the season with 71 points, they beat Internacional to the title by a mere point.

After their defeat, Flamengo could not celebrate immediately as they had to wait for the outcome of the game between Internacional and Corinthians.

To their luck, Inter failed to win and the one-point gap was enough to see them through.

The latest win takes Flamengo up to eight league titles in their history. Having won the title last year as well, they become the third side to win successive titles since 2003.

It gets even better as Rubro-Negro have now managed the most successful campaign in their history. Asides the league title, Flamengo also won the Recopa Sul-Americana, Brazil Super Cup and the Carioca Championship.

Managed by legendary ex-goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, the Brazilian has now done even better than former manager Jorge Jesus’ ‘impressive’ stint last year.

Flamengo will earn R $ 31.3 million (€4.6m) in cash prize for their triumph. They were among the most affected Brazilian sides by the pandemic and the cash inject would come as a good boost for them.

However, they now face a tough battle to keep their top scorer, Gabriel Barbosa (Gabigol) ahead of next season.

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