Fluminense won their fourth Brazilian league title on Sunday and this piece explains why.
In short, two men were outstanding. Fred finished the season as top goalscorer with 19 goals, and more than half of them ensured Flu took all three points. His goals were decisive in 10 games.
Goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri couldn’t establish himself as first choice at Palmeiras or Liverpool, where Marcos and Pepe Reina were No. 1, respectively. But he was fantastic for Fluminense, keeping 13 clean sheets over the season and making countless great saves.
A team wins the league, not individuals but they were two of the best performers over the season.
Congratulations to Fluminense who will now want to emulate Corinthians and win the Libertadores for the first time.
If players like Deco, Rafael Sobis and Thiago Neves turn it on like they’ve turned it on before then they are in with a real chance.
See O Globo’s photo essay on Flu’s triumph here.