Flamengo stripped of 1987 titleZico helped Flamengo to win the 1987 title, but it has now been revoked
In 1987, the CBF, the governing body of Brazilian football, announced shortly before the beginning of the Brasileirão season that it did not have the funds to organise the competition. As a result, the thirteen most popular clubs formed their own league, and also invited three other teams to bring the total up to sixteen.
The league was run by the clubs themselves and the CBF had no authority, but under pressure from smaller clubs, they announced that the remaining teams would compete in a second league. The top two teams in each league would then enter a four team play-off, and the winner would be crowned Brazilian champions.
However, the original thirteen teams rejected the idea, and said they would not take part in a play-off. Flamengo won the first league, and the second league, created by the CBF, was won by Sport Recife. Flamengo refused to take part in the play-offs, and Sport Recife were crowned champions.
Since then, there has been great debate among media and fans as to whether Flamengo should have been recognised as champions. Eventually, in February, the CBF bowed to the pressure and awarded the title jointly to both Flamengo and Sport Recife.
But on Wednesday, the governing body released and official notice signed by its president Ricardo Teixeira, which stated that Flamengo's title had been revoked and that the official 1987 champions were Sport Recife. After over two decades of arguments, it looks as if the controversy surrounding this issue is set to continue.