Futebol & Christ

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The Botafogo fanbase
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So we went to see the Botafogo - Flamengo match (2 rio clubs) in Maracana, South America´s biggest stadium. We couldn`t find a ticket booth anywhere so we bought our ticket on the street and ended up in the Botafogo fan section of the stadium. Football is a matter of the gravest importance overhere and a sedate looking daddy with his 8 year old son can suddenly turn in to a "filho da puta" shouting madman if the referee decides unfavourably for their team. Despite the 100.000 people capacity you could see the game really well and the fans put up a huge display with fireworks and massive flags. Botafogo bulldozed Flamengo by 2-1.
BO! TA! Foooooooooogo Foooooooogo! BO! TA! Foooooooooogo Foooooooogo!

On my last day in Rio I finally did a flash tour of all the important landmarks.
Christ Redeemer

Finally going up the mountain to see Christ (where you can see how close the forest actually is to Rio), took the `bonde` streetcar (called bonde because it was financed by bonds) up to the Santa Teresa neighbourhood and checked out the artsy shops and litle castle houses, saw the nice government buildings on Praca Lourencio (county hall and national library) and quickly bought some `Freefight` t-shirts at the Uruguaiana `Camelodromo` (street vendors are called camels).
Topped off a hectic day with a beer at the Urca waterfront. Speed and non stop background info courtesy of Eleen who can talk about Rio all day (and will).
tanasha84 says:
I went to the Vasco vs Fluminese game the week before - it was nuts! Flares, flags, drums, the singing - enough to make me a soccer fan!
Posted on: Feb 21, 2010
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The Botafogo fanbase
The Botafogo fanbase
Christ Redeemer
Christ Redeemer
Maracana stadium
Maracana stadium
Flamengo´s tank
Flamengo´s "tank"
The bonde up to Santa Teresa nei…
The "bonde" up to Santa Teresa ne…
Me & my bodyguard in fornt of Sobr…
Me & my bodyguard in fornt of Sob…
Mural in Santa Teresa
Mural in Santa Teresa
Rio County Hall
Rio County Hall
Train up to Christ Redeemer
Train up to Christ Redeemer
Urca waterfront. Christ watches ov…
Urca waterfront. Christ watches o…
The pyramid church
The pyramid church
Litle castle in Santa Teresa
Litle castle in Santa Teresa
Watching telenovela during work on…
Watching telenovela during work o…
Azulejos in the Portuguese Lyceum
Azulejos in the Portuguese Lyceum
National Library
National Library
Urca waterfront
Urca waterfront
The `Camelodromo` at Uruguiana
The `Camelodromo` at Uruguiana