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Flamengo Flag, Macaraca Stadium
Today was a chance to tick of one of my "things to do in Rio". Football is the biggest sport in Brazil by far, the national team has won the world cup tournament a record five times and is the only team to succeed in qualifying for every World Cup competition ever held. I was really lucky to be in Rio as the Rio league was coming to an end and booked a tour through a hostel. I went along with a group of 20 or so tourists to the Maracana Stadium. The game was a semi final between Flamengo and Resende. Flamengo are huge here, and it showed as the majority of fans were supporting them. The stadium is the largest in South America and holds 95,000 at capacity, it was maybe a quarter full. drums were banging everywhere, people dancing, huge flags being passed around, the atmosphere can not be explained in words, so much passion it was incredible. Three red cards and 6 yellow card later the game finished and unexpectingly Flamengo got beat 3-1, the stadium was so quite on leaving which is a shame as it would have been good to see everyone celebrating outside. amazing experience thou, loveed it!
jenbuck says:
hi deb looks like ur having fun,glad to see you've joined the exclusive skol club well done!!! dads on his way with his trendy blue shorts and tiger trunks. have a good time with dad speak to you soon lots of love mum xxx
Posted on: Feb 27, 2009
deboraaah says:
The final is on Saturday dad so will just miss it!
Posted on: Feb 23, 2009
rigbydavid1 says:
Debs,
Why couldn't you wait for me to arrive before visiting the Maracana !!!!! oh forgot, you must be taking me to the final ?????
Sound like your having a good time, can't wait to be there Saturday, take care.
Love you, Dad xxx.
Posted on: Feb 23, 2009
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Flamengo Flag, Macaraca Stadium
Flamengo Flag, Macaraca Stadium
Samba Dancer
Samba Dancer
Macacana Stadium
Macacana Stadium