Ronaldinho free kick secures first trophy for Flamengo

First part of the Rio State Championship. Ronaldinho captained the team to victory

Ronaldinho and Flamengo win the Guanabara Cup (Maurício Val/VIPCOMM)

Flamengo beat Boavista 1-0 in the final of the Guanabara Cup – part one of the Rio State Championships. The match was an all-round uninspiring affair which was settled by a moment of magic from Ronaldinho. Continue reading

Flamengo through to final of Rio State Championship

Felipe was the hero for Flamengo after saving two penalties against Botafogo (Alexandre Loureiro/VIPCOMM)

A few days after my rant against Vanderlei Luxemburgo, Flamengo beat Botafogo on penalties to set up a final with Boavista next weekend in the Taça Guanabara. The Taça Guanabara is a fancy name to say part 1 of the Rio State Championship Continue reading

Flamengo paper over the cracks

Ronaldinho (Maurício Val/VIPCOMM)

Ronaldinho’s Flamengo ran out 3-0 winners against a well drilled and skilful northern team called Murici in the Brazilian cup on Wednesday night. This is the first time I’ve watched Flamengo this season (they don’t show Rio state Championship games on TV in São Paulo). Despite the glossy score line – which allows Flamengo to progress without a second leg – I was not impressed. Continue reading