Raul, Leandro, Mozer, Figueiredo (sometimes the hardworking Marinho), Júnior, Andrade, Adílio, Zico, Lico, Nunes and Tita. This formation represents the best Flamengo team ever and is regarded by many as the best Brazilian team since the Santos of Pelé, Pepe and Coutinho. All of those players, except for Lico and Figueiredo (who died at only 23 years old in a plane crash and was considered a great prospect alongside the legendary Mozer), played for Brazil's national team, and Leandro, Mozer, Júnior, Zico and Tita were in a WC final squad at least once - Nunes was named to play in the 1978 WC but was cut off due to an injury. If Flamengo won this game, they would practically be in the 1981 Carioca Championship finals - the Mengão came to this match already in the finals of the 1981 Libertadores. Fluminense was the reigning champion of the Carioca Championship and had a solid defense consisting of Edinho (a 1978 WC starter, a 1982 WC member and Brazil's 1986 WC captain), one of the best players ever to wear a Fluzão jersey and also an Udinese legend, Paulo Vítor (a 1986 WC national team member), Edevaldo (Leandro's substitute in Spain 1982 WC) and the good Tadeu. It also had good players like Robertinho, Zezé, Delei and the ever dangerous Cláudio Adão. 109,000 fans were at the Maracanã to witness this match, which, alongside the decisive implications of this match on the 3rd stage of the championship, created an atmosphere of a title match surounding this "Fla-Flu". The date was also emblematic as it marked Flamengo's anniversary.