CHAMPION OF THE CHAMPIONS
To call Corinthians the champion of the champions isn't only a poetic
license permitted for Lauro D' Ávila, the author of the club hymn. In
fact, Corinthians started to be considered the champion of the champions
due to its own merits. In 1915 the club abandoned the Paulista League and
didn't dispute the championship that year, won by Germânia At the end of
the season, Corinthians challenged the champion and beat it 4-1.
Challenged to face Palmeiras, champion that year in Apea (the other league
that time), Corinthians accepted and didn't forgive the opponent,
defeating it 3-0. A detail: the winner in the two challenges had already
won the São Paulo Championship in 1914 and won after the state tournament
in 1916, both without being defeated.
There are Corinthians fans that
understand that the champion of the champions is a title given to the club
in 1930. At that time, there wasn't a national championship, but it was
normal to occur the challenge between the Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo
champions. In February, 16, 1930, in a dispute against Vasco da Gama, in
Rio de Janeiro, Corinthians won 4-2, with Filó (2), De Maria and Gambinha
goals, and brought to São Jorge Park the Champion of the Cup
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