Flamengo: More Than Just a Sports Club

  • Flamengo is the current Champion of the Carioca Championship.
  • Flamengo, "O Mais Querido do Brasil", which means "The Most Beloved in Brazil," is a soccer club based in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Like Flamengo, Developing Our World wants to organize workshops to help children achieve their dream through soccer.

Rio football club Flamengo became 2019’s Campeão Carioca crowned team, winning against Vasco da Gama 2-0 on Sunday, April 21st. Flamengo won earlier against them 2-0, so the team could have lost 0-1 to Vasco and still been crowned. Yet, the team never slowed, bringing their overall total to 4-0 and dominantly grabbing their record 35th Campeonato Championship.

It was a solid comeback after last year when Vasco won the professional soccer championship final against Flamengo.

Know Why?

Flamengo and Vasco having millions of fans are known to have the greatest fanbase in Rio de Janeiro. In 1923, Vasco da Gama played the first match in the Rio de Janeiro Championship. It was the first club who allowed black members, and right after winning their match against the Flamengo, the rivalry between the Flamengo and Vasco began.

After Sunday, April 21st, Flamengo achieved another remarkable feat: the greatest unbeaten streak against the rival in all the history of the confrontation. Now, there are 12 straight games without losing to the cross-Malts – four wins and eight draws.

A Journey to the past: Flamengo became one of the best Brazilian Soccer clubs in the world

Flamengo (as it is known in non-Brazilian countries) or Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (as popularly known in Brazil) is a soccer club based in Rio de Janeiro. The operations of the club are not limited to soccer only, as it has teams for basketball, swimming, gymnastics, American football etc. too, but the club’s main popularity throughout the world has been due to its soccer team. Some of the most notable names in world soccer have played for the club’s soccer team, the most prominent of them being Ronaldinho. Initially established in 1895, the club first was referred as a rowing club. Flamengo’s initial authorized soccer match took place in 1912.  Being Brazil’s most successful sports club, Flamengo bloomed as one of the best soccer clubs in the world of the twentieth century. In Brazil, they became best amid of the time of state soccer groups when they caught a few Campeonato Carioca championship titles before the foundation of the main Brazilian countrywide soccer alliance in 1959.

Famous Nicknames of Flamengo

Flamengo has quite a few nicknames such as:

  • Rubro-Negro
  • Mengão
  • Fla

However, the most well-known name is O Mais Querido do Brasil, which means “The Most Beloved in Brazil.”

The Well-Known Stadiums

Rua Paysandu

Paysandu Street Stadium, locally know as Estádio da Rua Paysandu, is the initial endorsed home ground of Flamengo. In 1914, the ground was owned by Paissandu Atlético Clube, it was rented to Flamengo, and there the team started playing their matches from the year of 1915 to 1932. Also, in the years of 1918 and 1919, Flamengo played against Fluminense in this very ground in front of 15,000 soccer fans.

Estádio da Gávea

Having the capacity of around 4,000 people, Estádio da Gávea is Flamengo’s home stadium. Located at Flamengo’s Gávea Headquarters, the stadium is officially called by the name of Estádio José Bastos Padilha. It was a stadium which has been running from September 4, 1938. At the time of construction, the name, “Estádio José Bastos Padilha” was given to the stadium after Flamengo’s president namely José Bastos Padilha. Today, even though Flamengo don’t play their matches at Gávea, but the site still fills in as the club’s central station or headquarters. The amazing arena has been utilizing since the 1990s for the club’s women and youth team matches. Also, the stadium has been serving as the training ground for the senior team members.

Maracanã

It is the renowned and historic stadium of Rio de Janeiro where Zico (the famous football player of Brazil) made his unbroken record of goals, also scoring his final goal in the match played in 1989. Maracanã was initially constructed for the World Cup Match of 1950, and it was officially completed after 17 years in the year of 1965. The stadium made its mark after the match played between Fluminense and Flamengo, more than 194,000 people turned out for the match. Unfortunately, in the finals of 1992 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A on July 19, 1992, the upper stand in the stadium collapsed injuring almost 50 peoples from the crowd and leading the death of three spectators. It was a match between Botafogo and Flamengo. After the disaster, the stadium underwent into a major renovation and then in 2000 in the 50th anniversary of the stadium; it increased its full capacity making the stadium big enough for a crowd of 103,000.

The stadium’s latest rental understanding sorted out between Flamengo and Fluminense. They went to an agreement in April 2019, with the administrators of the Maracanã and the state to fill in as joint-directors of the scene for the accompanying a half year. It is an arrangement which leads the clubs to pay a fixed month to month charge and get a higher offer of matchday income than was conceded under the past arrangement. The following latest rental understanding was marked in 2018 and is substantial through the year 2020.

“The Golden Age” and Zico

From the year 1974 to 1983, the five years has been Flamengo’s most glorious years. Lead by the famous footballer Zico and other Brazilian stars such as Adílio, Júnior, Tita and Cláudio Adão, Flamengo became state champions three times in a row. They were the club’s third tri-championship years. In 1978, Flamengo was the winning team of the 18th Campeonato Carioca state championship. As the state champions, Flamengo got qualified to play, for the first time, in the South American mainland competition, the 1981 Copa Libertadores.

In Flamengo’s victorious history, the 1981 season is known as a benchmark year for the club. The following season Flamengo scoring four victories in four matches entered the semi-final phase of the Copa Libertadores. Leading on to the final, Flamengo came across two clubs, including Chilean club and debutante club. With two goals from Zico, Flamengo won the first final at the Maracanã.

Zico, Nunes, and Tita were the heroes in the field for most of the matches in the club’s history. On December 13, 1981, a splendid performance by Zico lead Flamengo won the title of first Brazilian World Champions. Also, in 1981, Flamengo won one more Rio de Janeiro State Championship and two Brazilian Championships in the years of 1982 and 1983 – making 1974 to 1983 “The Golden Age” for Flamengo.

About Rivalries

Vasco da Gama

Under Brazilian soccer, in fact, in soccer around the world, Vasco da Gama and Flamengo are viewed as one of the greatest contentions. In the late nineteenth century, the two clubs have been building up as regatta crew club or famously known as a rowing club. Vasco entering as the top division of the Carioca state class in 1923, the first match between the clubs took place. The matchup between the teams, from the year of1972 to 2001, was raised becoming the most momentous of Flamengo’s competitions. And soon it was known as the greatest contentions in all of Brazil. Flamengo and Vasco played in or won the last of every one of the periods of the state title consistently, as often as possible confronting each other.

Fluminense 

In October, the year 1911, the competition between Fluminense and Flamengo clubs started. It all began when some Fluminense disappointed players left their club and came joining Flamengo. These new players lead them in building up the football division at their new club. After this event, the next year on July 7, famously known as Fla– Flu, the first ever game was played. With 800 individuals as audience and with 3– 2 scoring, the match was won by Fluminense. However, in the end, Fluminense and Flamengo became one of the two best clubs in the Campeonato Carioca.

Botafogo 

in 1913, among Rio de Janeiro rivals Botafogo and Flamengo, the main encounter between the clubs happened, and during the 1960s, the match earned a famous name called as Rivalry Classic (Clássico da Rivaldade). The famous vulture (Urubu in Portuguese) mascot of Flamengo originated in June. The idea of making this mascot began when supporters of Flamengo released a vulture onto the field, during the match against Botafogo.

Brazilian Soccer club Flamengo

“Craque Flamengo do at home.” The famous phrase which made toward the start of the heavenly 1980s by writer Geraldo Mainenti. A writer who went with Flamengo and stayed very close to the team and saw the Most Beloved Pile Cups with a group loaded with headliners prepared in Gávea.

The years have passed, our players and athletes kept growing, being preparing at home, or rather training at the Nest. With “The Campeonato Carioca,” formally recognized as “Campeonato Estadual do Rio de Janeiro,” the once a year Rio de Janeiro, soccer championship by Brazil, Flamengo started to make their presence in Vargem Grande the Garotos do Ninho.

Flamengo, Vasco da Gama, Botafogo, and Fluminense became the rivalries. They are also the admired Brazilian teams. Even today they mark the history in the Campeonato Carioca tournament.

Flamengo, however, has been on the rise since 2009. The club has improved a lot with continuous practice and years of experience.

With two Cups won in 2016 and 2018, some Rio titles in different classes, extraordinary interest in the Brazilian and Brazilian Cup, Flamengo has crossed the Brazilian fringes and won nearly everything abroad this season. In the course of the recent four years, Fla has visited eight nations and played 15 worldwide competitions. Just in 2018 were eight rivalries and five titles.

Some interesting facts about Flamengo:

In spite of the overview, there are still some facts about Flamengo that you may not know; some of them are:

  1. In Rio de Janeiro, Flamengo is one of the four biggest soccer clubs including Botafogo, Vasco, and Fluminense. With an expected, 32.5 million individuals supporting the team Rubro-Negro, one of Flamengo’s famous nicknames, likewise has the biggest fanbase of Brazil’s soccer crews in the world.
  2. Flamengo, having groups in a few different games, started as a rowing club and soccer was not one of them. The official soccer team of Flamengo started in 1912 when individuals from the Fluminense group left their club after a question with the executives and chose to set up another group under Flamengo’s name.
  3. The first person to score the most times in Flamengo was Durval. He soon, scoring seven astounding goals against Campos in 1950, become one of the famous soccer players in the country as a Flamengo player.
  4. Brazilian soccer has been known as the most controversial game in the history of soccer and Flamengo has been the center of it. Why? Because when Flamengo and Atletico MG clashed in 1981 at the last of Copa Libertadores won the American championship. Official Jose Roberto Wright was later blamed for a predisposition towards Flamengo – he gave the red card to five of the Atletico MG players on the pitch. With a couple of players and zero chance of supplanting them, the game was naturally finished, and the title was given to Flamengo.
  5. Flamengo was the primary club which got sponsored in Brazil. It was the very first club in the country to have support. The association originated from an oil company namely Petrobras. The partnership started in 1984 and lasted for almost 25 years. Currently, Flamengo promotes around five unique sponsors on their shirt.

The matter of fact is that Flamengo has over 30,000.000 supporters around the world; the largest soccer team can have. According to the survey conducted in the year 2018, it was indicated that 23% of the Brazilian football fans are supporters of Flamengo. The supporters of Flamengo are widely known as “Red-Black Nation” or in the local language, Nação Rubro-Negra. The group of supporters initially started cheering from 1942. Now in the year of 2007 and the city of Rio de Janeiro, the Flamengo’s supporters commonly, recognized as the Red-Black Nation, is part of Brazilian cultural heritage.

Occurring each other week, Flamengo put on matches against groups from all over the world for fund-raise or charity. The club has remained dormant throughout the previous years; however, the soul of the club has lived on with ex-players currently playing for other, offering training and teaching sports skills. Developing our world would every once in a while, try to get back together with the team and under the Flamengo flag to raise money for the needy.

Soul of Soccer is found among many children, among young boys and girls, and so Developing Our World is offering soccer workshops for kids in Guatemala. Through workshops and training, we try to help kids!

There is a lot of rewards to instructing children to play your preferred game or to play with their hearts driven. Given this thought, our organization believes a standout point of teaching or training kids can be great experimentation. They are endeavoring to locate that ideal drill that would keep these 10 or multi-year-old kids moving, having a good time, engaged, challenged and focused.

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Miguel Torneire

Bachelor of Divinity, Bachelor of Theology, and Master of Arts in Outreach, is the founder and the Executive Director of Developing Our World, an organization that seeks to put holistic community development into action. He loves Jesus! And, he is a husband, a father, a Pastor, a Missionary, an Author, a flamenguista (a supporter of Clube de Regatas do Flamengo soccer team), and a BJJ practitioner. 


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