America, between Flamengo or River

The most popular team in Brazil has not won the tournament for 38 years, while the Millionaire is the current champion and is looking for his fifth Cup.


Only Boca Juniors could sneak between River and Flamengo as the largest teams in South America, at least in terms of social mass. The first final to single match of the Copa Libertadores will meet today in Lima two of them, the Mengao and the Millionaire. Flamengo and River play a game for history, a colossal clash that promises a nice show (follow the live match on As.com) .

What of Brazilians is especially striking. A team with 20 million fans in social networks (more than Atlético de Madrid, for example) and with followers throughout Brazil and around the world, has only been able to win once the Libertadores. It was in 1981, with Zico in the lead. Before and after the hopes of the rubronegro group have evaporated for some things or others in the great competition of clubs of the Continent.

To make up for this alarming drought, a strong investment was made this year. Renowned players from Europe such as Filipe Luis, Rafinha or Gabigol arrived, and especially the Portuguese Jorge Jesus on the bench. The former Benfica and Sporting has given the key to make Flamengo a roller that has not lost an official game since August and that comes as a favorite in the final.

Full. Fla will have anxiety, but also the support of most of the stands. Of the 80,000 who enter the Monumental of Lima, more than half will wear red and black. Others have traveled without entry

River, meanwhile, awaits the final in an interesting background. He is the current champion, comes to eliminate, again, Boca Juniors in the semifinals, and yet not given enough prominence to the Gallardo team.

The Doll is undoubtedly the best technician in America. He can win his third Libertadores today in five years and that is why it is not surprising that Barcelona is following him closely. Lima and not Santiago, after the last-minute change of CONMEBOL headquarters due to social problems in Chilean territory, will issue a ruling. New crown or same king. More than a final



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