Brazil takes Guayaquil for the Copa Libertadores

A red and black tide was taken this Saturday October 29 the Guayaquil Monumental Stadium (Ecuador) for the Copa Libertadores final between Flamengo and Athletico Paranaenseformed in its great majority by the fans of the Rio de Janeiro team, who in the stands beat their rival by a landslide.

Although the two teams share the same colors, the ‘red and black nation‘ of flamingo was felt with a force much greater than that of Paranaense, despite the historical appointment that the ‘Furacao‘ has this Saturday in Guayaquil, where he can be crowned champion of the Libertadores for the first time.

Four hours before the start of the game, the first fans of the ‘Mengao‘, all with great respect for their opponent but confident that they will leave the stadium with their third Copa Libertadores in hand.

“I hope it will be a calm final and that we can win 2-0 or 3-0 with goals from Pedro, ‘Gabigol’ and De Arrascaeta, without much suffering, but it will be a tough final because they are two good teams”, said Rafael, a fan of flamingo that with his partner he had traveled for almost two days from Brazil to reach Guayaquil.

Rafael traveled by plane from Sao Paulo to Limaand from Lima to Guayaquil by bus for 28 hours on the road to be in the second final of the Libertadores of his life, after not being able to see Flamengo champion last year in the Montevideo final against Palmeiras (2-1).

FROM MADRID TO THE FINAL

Camouflaged by the same colors, the few Athletico Paranaense supporters who entered the stadium went unnoticed, including Vítor, a Brazilian resident in Madrid who had taken a direct flight to Ecuador to experience one of the most important moments in the history of ‘Furacao’.

“It’s going to be a great emotion. Let’s hope he wins,” Vítor, for whom “this moment is unique,” tells EFE, recalling that it is the second time in history that Paranaense has reached the final of the Liberators. The first was in 2005.

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Many Ecuadorians were also encouraged to go to the stadium, most of them Barcelona fans, the owner of the Monument Stadiuml, and among them the preference for Flamengo was also overwhelming, as in the case of the young Giampol, who opted for the Cariocas by “putting more tickets (money)” into the team.

However, the ‘Furacao’ also found support among the local public, and it is that even two Ecuadorian players like Carlos Orejuela and Bryan García are on coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s payroll for this final.

“We are not happy to see him triumphing, and even more so in football like the Brazilian,” Alfonso Estupiñán, cousin of Bryan Garciaof which he hopes that he can have minutes in the game.

IN LOVE WITH ‘FURACAO’

He also wore the jersey of the Jose Naranjo from Paranáan Ecuadorian staunch fan of Barcelona who had recently visited Curitiba and who had become a fan of ‘Furacao’ after going to his stadium to witness this year’s quarterfinals of the state championship.

“It was an experience that left a mark on me. I loved its stadium and its people. It was really a show. When I found out they were coming, I had no doubt that I was going to come and support them, since my team couldn’t make it,” says Naranjo.

“I would like Paranaense to win on penalties and the last penalty would be converted by Fernandinho. I think it would be his dream return to Paranaense“, he added.

COLOMBIANS AND BOLIVIANS ALSO IN THE FINAL

The fans also brought together fans from other countries, such as Colombians with the shirt of Atlético Nacional, Medellín, or the Bolivian Sebastian Arcewho wore the ‘La Verde’ shirt and who preferred to remain impartial in this final despite wearing a ‘Mengao’ hat.

This is the third consecutive final of the Libertadores Cup in which Brazilian teams are measured, and for Flamengo it will be their third final in four years, after winning in 2019 against River Plate and losing in 2021 against Palmeiras, while for Paranaense it is their first Libertadores final in 17 years.

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Brazil takes Guayaquil for the Copa Libertadores