Cruzeiro vs. Flu: The day Gallo’s fans parted ways at the stadium.

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In the first leg of the semi-finals of Taa Brasil, in Mineiro, Cruzeiro defeated Fluminense 1-0, with a goal from Evaldo.

November 9, 1966, 1966 to the date of the Brazil semi-final, which is today recognized as the Brazilian Championship. In one of the most important games between Cruzeiro and Fluminense, which will meet again this Thursday (23), for the Copa du Brazil, the Sky team had the support of many American fans and some Atletico fans, who Were divided.

The story was told by journalist and author Roberto Dermond in the journal Dos Sports in 1966, the year he was invited as a correspondent for the daily Rio de Janeiro in the capital of Minas Gerais. Coincidentally – or luckily – Drummond, a distinguished athlete, closely followed the golden age of Raposa, which included Tosto, Dersio Lopez, Prokpio, Piazza, Evaldo and Raلl.

In the text, “Charanga sends opponents to hell,” says Drummond Cruise “It’s already been a long time coming. United States And from the players, though most are still undecided. “
If Atlético Mineiro supported Fluminense, Cruzeiro’s fans promised to sing Roberto Carlos’ music “Everything else will go to hell”, according to Drummond’s story.

In the note, the journalist highlights that “the undecided athletes, while explaining their position, say they have nothing to do with the ‘war’. Others go further and explain that the minus gear against Rio de Janeiro Fight between two teams of rice bread “.

Missing note signed by Roberto Drummond, whose name was published
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Missing note signed by Roberto Drummond, whose name was published

Origin of rice powder

Although with a controversial origin, the best explanation for the term rice powder comes from Rio de Janeiro. In 1914, during a match against América-RJ, Colorado team fans began singing “Rice Bread” to provoke player Carlos Alberto, who had just left the club for Fluminense.

Carlos Alberto used talcum powder on his face. As it is known as an elite team, many fans linked Carlos Alberto’s action to the demand for flumen. Historically, the Rio de Janeiro club has always denied that it asked players to “whiten” their faces with talcum powder, claiming that Carlos was already doing so in the US-RJ. Was

Rio de Janeiro fans took the provocative title and began celebrating with talcum powder and rice powder during the Fluminense Games. For a time, Cruzeiro was also the subject of this title, but today it is not seen in the face of rival fans.

Duel between Cruzeiro and Fluminense for the 1966 Taa Brasil

Roberto Drummond

Roberto Drummond was born in Ferrous – 170 kilometers from Belo Horizonte – in the neighboring town of Santa Maria de Etabera, where the author who subscribed to this text lived. Drummond gained prominence in the sports press. The state of the earsSigning the column “Bola Na Marka”.

The journalist was declared an athlete. The famous phrase was coined by him: “If a white and black shirt hangs on a line of clothing during a storm, Atletico turns against the wind.”

At the same time, he had great respect for Cruzeiro, who earned the nickname “Blue China” for the tremendous growth of celestial fans in the state of Minas Gerais.

As an author, Drummond’s most successful book was the novel Hilda Furaco (1991), which was adapted for television in 1998.

Champion Cruise

With or without Atletico and American fans, Cruzeiro overtook the autonomy of Santos de Pel, then considered one of the best teams in the world, and won the 1966 Taa Brasil.

In the first game of the final, in Menero, Rapusa inflicted a crushing 6-2 defeat. In the return duel, at Pacaembu, they lost 2-0, but turned 3-2 and ended with Ta Brazil.

On the way to the decision, Cruzeiro eliminated Americano-RJ, Grmio and Fluminense in the knockout stage. Atletico Roberto Drummond followed everything closely.


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