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Sport Recife awarded Brazilian title... 30 years after the event

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Sport Recife awarded Brazilian title... 30 years after the event

Sport Recife awarded Brazilian title... 30 years after the event

Anderson Freire/Sport Club do Recife

The Lions were declared winners of the 1987 Brasileiro championship by a court ruling after a three-decade tussle with Flamengo.

Brazil's Supreme Court has ruled that Sport Club do Recife were the rightful winners of the 1987 Brazilian league, bringing an end to a 30-year battle with rivals Flamengo.

A dispute at the time led to two leagues running concurrently, with Recife side Sport winning one and Rio giants Flamengo winning the other.

Flamengo rejected the chance to play off for the title and the two clubs have been arguing over who are the rightful champions since.

"Sport are still the champions"

Tuesday's ruling is the final say in the matter.

"Justice has decided once again that 1987 belongs only to the Leao," Sport said on their web site, referring to the team's nickname. "Sport are still the 1987 Brazilian champions, just as they were 30 years ago."

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