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Brazilian Football and Rio de Janeiro Teams

The Brazilian League

The A Series or "Brazileirão" is the league for Brazilian major football clubs, 20 of them. The Serie A has each team playing one game home and one game away. There are two basic objectives (although big clubs usually only need to worry about the first): 1) win the Brazilian A Series title and 2) avoid the drop into B Series. After each season, 4 teams go down to the second tier, Serie B.

Since Brazil is huge and a flight to an away game can take some hours, home teams have an advantage, along with fan crowds and regional weather and altitude differences that contribute to home advantage. However, the teams that usually rule are the Rio and Sao Paulo football clubs.

The 2009 Serie A Brazil Football Championship teams are Sao Paulo, Santos, Flamengo, Fluminense, Cruzeiro, Gremio, Porto Alegre, Palmeiras, Botafogo, Goias, Avai, Internacional , Atletico Paranaense, Figueirense, Sport Club Recife, Nautico Capibaribe, Barueri, Vitória, Corinthians and Santo Andre.

Rio de Janeiro Teams in the league


There are four major football teams in Rio de Janeiro:
* Botafogo
* Flamengo
* Fluminense
* Vasco da Gama

They all play their games at the Maracanã stadium, with the exception of Vasco da Gama, which plays at São Januário stadium.


For a list of scheduled games you can check: (in Portuguese)
For a list of scheduled games in the Maracana Stadium you can check: (in Portuguese)Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas is a multi-sport club. It is also called "Fogo", "Bota" (abbreviations of Botafogo), but also "Fogão" ("Big Fire"), "Alvinegro" (White-black) and in many other ways.

The major teams

Botafogo FR


Botafogo FR is one of the biggest clubs in Brazil.

Botafogo´s most recent tournaments are the Rio de Janeiro Championship (1989, 1990, 1997, 2006), the Conmebol South American Cup in 1993, and the Brazilian League in 1995. Botafogo also won one World Club Championship in 1963.

The team plays in the João Havelange Olympic Stadium, or "Engenhão". The stadium was built for the Rio 2007 PanAm Games and has been rented by Botafogo FR for 20 years.

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo


Flamengo Yachting Club (Clube de Regatas do Flamengo) is also a multisport club.

However, "Flamengo" has become the term used by most to refer the football team as well the entire sporting association. Fans also refer to it as "Fla", "Mengo" and "Mengão" (Big Mengo).

Flamengo´s football team is said to be the Brazil´s most popular club boasting 35 million supporters.

Flamengo´s home stadium is the José Bastos Padilha Stadium (or Gávea Stadium) but lately it has being used only as the first team´s training ground. Most games are played in Maracanã Stadium, considered by the supporters as Flamengo´s actual home ground.




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