Retro Football: Flamengo Play-Off Against Atletico Mineiro On Most Nauseating Pitch Markings Of All Time, 1981 (Video)

Chris Wright

13th, March 2019


After Flamengo and Atletico Mineiro finished level on points in the 1981 Copa Libertadores group stage, it went down to the head-to-head record between the two sides as to which would qualify for the next phase.

Unfortunately, the two teams had drawn 2-2 in both of their group ties, meaning that a play-off decider at a neutral venue was called for.

Even more unfortunately, CONMEBOL duly selected the Estadio Serra Dourada in Goias – neutral, but also home of the most disorientating, nausea-inducing playing surface in the whole of footballing history…

Perhaps hypnotised by the horribly bewildering turf, Atletico had no less than five players sent off in what was a fairly despicable match, with Flamengo declared the winners by default.

Horrendous scenes. When it comes to pitch markings, we’ll take perfectly-etched foxes’ heads any day of the week.

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  1. Nuno says:

    Just… why?!
    And BTW Pies, loving this random bits of “unknown history” you’ve been throwing last weeks!

  2. Tim says:

    The first red I saw was pretty harsh and the second – brushing the ref – looked inadvertent. Wish I knew enough Spanish to understand what’s going on.

    • Nuno says:

      Given these are 2 Brazilian teams, playing in Brazil (albeit being Copa Libertadores, it was in a neutral Brazilian stadium) with a Brazilian commentator… not sure how much useful would Spanish be ;)
      But the red card on 33 minutes seems a bit harsh, and the commentator says after a few seconds: “Ze Roberto (the ref) is more nervous than the players, when he should be the one on the pitch with more calm” (or tranquility/poise).
      And the 2nd red on 34 minutes is ridiculous, the ref completely lost it.

    • Ronei says:

      The referee (and his family) are declarable fans of Flamengo. This is what’s going on. Lolol

  3. Miike says:

    I need this field in FIFA

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