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June 10, 2007
Brazilian Cup

In a file photo Paulo Assumpo of Palmeiras (green) and Roger of Fluminense (white/red) are in action during the match played at the Parque Antartica Stadium in Sao Paulo City, Brazil. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory credit: Pisco Del Gaiso/FOTOSITE Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK/Getty Images

By Vicente Dattoli,

RIO de JANEIRO, June 12, 2007 - It has taken more than 20 years, but finally Fluminense, one of the most traditional Brazilian football teams has won the Brazilian Cup Award, the second most important championship of Brazilian football.

Since 1984, the three-coloured-team, as Fluminense is known in Brazil, has not won a title in the First Division of Football. The first match between the team from Rio de Janeiro and Figueirense, from Santa Catarina, in Maracanã, ended in a draw (1 - 1) and, in the second match, Fluminense defeated Figueirense, in Santa Catarina, with a score of 1 - 0, the goal scored by backfield Roger, who achieved his fourth title in the Brazilian Cup.

With this result, Fluminense is the first Brazilian team to ensure a vacancy in the 2008 'Libertadores da América' Championship.

On Friday hundreds of fans took the streets of Rio de Janeiro with their green, red and white
t-shirts and flags to cheer and promoted a great party in the almost secular stadium
of the team, celebrating the title.

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