In a reaffirmation of a long-contested subject in Brazilian football history, the Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF) has rejected Flamengo's appeal, maintaining the decision that recognizes Sport Recife as the sole champion of the 1987 Brazilian football championship. The case's rapporteur, Minister Dias Toffoli, referenced previous court decisions, asserting there were no grounds to proceed with the Extraordinary Appeal with Grievance presented by the Rio de Janeiro club.
Revisiting the 2017 Decision
Toffoli recalled the STF's 2017 decision, which had already determined Sport as the winner of that year's competition. He further stressed the legitimacy of sports regulations and the numerous judicial decisions in this regard. This ruling underscores the importance of respecting established legal and sports frameworks, and the decision-making power of the courts in such disputes.
São Paulo: The Holder of the Taça das Bolinhas
Besides, the STF's decision confirmed São Paulo as the holder of the Taça das Bolinhas, a trophy awarded to the first national pentachampion. São Paulo won its fifth title in 2007, while Flamengo had been claiming the same since 1992. The dispute over this trophy had been another point of contention between these Brazilian football giants, with this decision laying rest to this long-drawn battle.
Finalizing the Judgement
The decision was finalized by Minister Toffoli, who denied Flamengo's appeal in accordance with the Internal Regulations of the STF. This decision marks an end to a multi-year legal dispute and reaffirms Sport Recife as the sole champion of the 1987 Brazilian football championship, putting to rest a controversy that has stirred Brazilian football for decades.