Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas

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Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas
Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas logo.svg
Full nameBotafogo de Futebol e Regatas
Nickname(s)Fogão (The Big Fire)
A Estrela Solitária (The Lone Star)
O Glorioso (The Glorious One)
O Mais Tradicional (The Most Traditional)
FoundedJuly 1, 1894; 125 years ago (1894-07-01), as a rowing club
August 12, 1904; 115 years ago (1904-08-12), as a football club
GroundEstádio Nilton Santos
Capacity46,831[1]
Football ManagerAnderson Barros
Head coachAlberto Valentim
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Carioca
2015Série A, 9th
Carioca, 4th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas (Portuguese pronunciation: [bɔtaˈfoɡu dʒi futʃiˈbɔw i ʁeˈɡataʃ]; Botafogo Football and Rowing), also known as Botafogo, is a Brazilian sports club based in Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro. Although they compete in a number of different sports, Botafogo is mostly known for its association football team. It plays in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the first tier of the Brazilian football league system, and in the state of Rio de Janeiro's premier state league. In 2000, Botafogo finished 12th in a vote by subscribers of FIFA Magazine for the FIFA Club of the Century.[2][3]

In addition, the club has some of Brazilian football's most notable records, as the largest number of unbeaten matches: 52 games between 1977 and 1978; the most unbeaten matches record in the Brazilian Championship games: 42, also between 1977 and 1978; the largest number of player participations in total matches of the Brazil national football team (considering official and unofficial games): 1,094 participations and the largest number of players assigned to the Brazilian national team for World Cup. The club is still responsible for the greatest victory ever recorded in Brazilian football: 24-0 against Sport Club Mangueira in 1909.

History[edit]

Formation and merger[edit]

On July 1, 1894, Club de Regatas Botafogo was founded.[4]

The 1906 football team.

On August 12, 1904, another club was founded in the neighborhood: the Electro Club, the name first given to the Botafogo Football Club. The idea came during an algebra lesson at Alfredo Gomes College, when Flávio Ramos wrote to his friend Emmanuel Sodré: "Itamar has a football club in Martins Ferreira Street. Let's establish another one, in Largo dos Leões, what do you think? We can speak to the Wernecks, to Arthur César, Vicente and Jacques".[citation needed] The Electro Club was founded, but its name did not last. After a suggestion from Dona Chiquitota, Flávio's grandmother, the club finally became the Botafogo Football Club, on September 18 of the same year. The colors were black and white like those of Juventus FC, the team of Itamar Tavares, one of the club's founders. Its badge was drawn by Basílio Vianna Jr., in Swiss style with the BFC monogram. The Botafogo Football Club would soon become one of the strongest football teams in Rio de Janeiro, winning the championships of 1907, 1910, 1912 and more.[5]

With the same name, the same location, the same colours and most important the same supporters, it seemed inevitable that the clubs would merge. They did so on December 8, 1942 after a basketball match between both clubs, when Botafogo Football Club player Armando Albano died suddenly, that the idea of a merger began. On this tragic occasion, the president of Club de Regatas Botafogo, Augusto Frederico Schmidt [pt] (also a major Brazilian poet), spoke: "At this time, I declare to Albano that his last match ended with the victory of his team. We won't play the time left on the clock. We all want the young fighter to leave this great night as a winner. This is how we salute him." Eduardo Góis Trindade, Botafogo Football Club's president said: "Between the matches of our clubs, only one can be the winner: Botafogo!." And then Schmidt declared the fusion: "What else do we need to our clubs become one?." Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas finally came into being. The Football Club's badge became black, and the monogram substituted by Clube de Regatas' lone star.[6]

On the field[edit]

The team that won its first Campeonato Carioca in 1907
The team of 1910

The team won the Campeonato Carioca in 1907, 1910 and 1912. In 1909 the team beat Mangueira 24–0, which remains the highest score in Brazilian football.[7] They won further state titles in 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934 and 1935.[8]

In 1930 Botafogo won its 4th Carioca title.

In the 1940s, after the creation of Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, the team's best player was Heleno de Freitas. However, Heleno did not win a championship for Botafogo. He scored 204 goals in 233 matches, but went to the Boca Juniors in 1948, the year Botafogo won its 9th state championship.

They won the Campeonato Carioca in 1957, 1961 and 1962, and in 1968 they won Serie A, becoming the first carioca club to win the Brazilian league.[9]

1989 ended a period of 21 years without a title when the club won the state championship, retaining the trophy in 1990.[9]

In the 1990s, Botafogo won Copa Conmebol (the precursor of the current Copa Sudamericana).[10] And in 1995 they won the Brazilian League for the second time in club's history, after drawing 1–1 the second leg of the Final against Santos FC at São Paulo.

Botafogo would be relegated to the Second Division after ranking last in the Brazilian League of 2002. In 2003, Botafogo ranked second in Brazil's Second division (after Palmeiras) and returned to the First Division.

In 2006, the club won the Rio de Janeiro State Championship for the 18th time, and again in 2010 and 2013 with the iconic players Loco Abreu and Seedorf, respectively.

Nowadays, Botafogo is the only club to have won titles in three different centuries, including the state championship for rowing in 1899.

Stadium[edit]

Voluntários da Pátria Street Stadium (1909)
General Severiano entrance

The team's home ground is the Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos, named in honor of Nilton Santos, a former club player and two time world champion with the Brazilian national football team, and some feel the greatest left back of all time, .[11]

Other stadiums used by the club during its history are:

Estádio Nilton Santos, also known as Engenhão

Rivals[edit]

Its biggest rivals are the other most important Rio clubs: Fluminense, Flamengo, and Vasco da Gama.

The derby with Fluminense is known as the "Clássico Vovô" (Grandfather Derby) because it is the oldest derby in the whole country. Both teams faced each other for the first time in 1905.

The match with Vasco is known as the "Friendship Derby" because the supporters of both club have been friends historically. It is the only derby in the city that tends to be nonviolent.

The derby against Flamengo, "The Rivalry Derby", is the biggest one for the club, and one of the more important for the country. The clubs strongly dislike each other and the rivalry goes from the players on the pitch, to the fans, to both clubs' boardrooms. Players who participate in these matches usually become club idols. Some examples include: Garrincha, Manga, Jairzinho, Túlio Maravilha, and more recently Loco Abreu and Jefferson. Manga is known for a remarkable quote about this derby when he used to say that the player's prize money was already guaranteed because it was easy to beat Flamengo. Flamengo's biggest star Zico once said that at his childhood, Botafogo was the club he hated more because the Glorioso used to win all the derbies.

From outside the city, the club has had a historic rivalry with Santos FC and Atlético Mineiro since the 1960s..

Supporters[edit]

Botafogo is in the top 10 of Brazil's largest fanbases; it is the fourth-most popular club in the state of Rio de Janeiro, behind only Flamengo, Vasco, and Fluminense. However, most of the club's supporters are located outside the state of Rio de Janeiro; it has numerous fans in all parts of the country, especially in the state of Minas Gerais, on Espírito Santo, in the northeast region of Brazil, and in Brazil's capital city Brasília.

Symbols[edit]

Historical badges

Lone Star[edit]

The Lone Star (Estrela Solitária) is currently present in Botafogo's flag and crest. This star was the principal symbol of Club de Regatas Botafogo. After the two Botafogos merged, the Lone Star became one of the most important symbols of Botafogo's football team.

Flag[edit]

The old flag of Club de Regatas Botafogo was white with a small black square which contained the Lone Star. The Football Club had a flag with nine black and white stripes with the club's crest localized in the center. Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas then based its flag on that of the two old clubs. The flag has five black and four white stripes, with a black square at the upper left side with the Lone Star.

Uniform[edit]

Their primary uniform consists of a black jersey with vertical white stripes, black shorts and grey socks. Their secondary uniform is all white. An all black uniform may also be used. The socks, although traditionally grey, may also be black or even white on rare occasions.

Mascots[edit]

"Manequinho", the mascot of the club

In 1948 a stray dog named Biriba, known for urinating on the players, was the mascot that led them to the Campeonato Carioca.[12] For some time before the adoption of Manequinho as mascot, Donald Duck was Botafogo's mascot as he represented the fans' fiery temper (as well as, notoriously, 1940s idol Heleno de Freitas). Because of image rights problems with the Walt Disney Company, Donald did not become an official mascot.

Financial situation[edit]

In 2006 Botafogo had Supergasbras and Alê as sponsors, the arrangement during that year earned the team $3.2 million (R$7.2 million).[13] The next year, Botafogo managed to sign the sixth highest sponsorship deal in Brazil[14] the new sponsor Liquigás, a Petrobrás subsidiary paid the club $3.9 million (R$7.8 million) under the terms of the one-year contract.[13] In 2008 not only was the agreement with Liquigás renewed for another year, but it also became more lucrative since the sponsorship was raised to around $5 million (R$10.2 million).[15]

In 2007, Botafogo generated the 12th largest amount of revenue for all Brazilian Football clubs— a total $20.8 million (or R$41.1 million) but Botafogo had a net loss of $1.9 million (or R$3.7 million).[16][17] Also at the end of 2007 Botafogo had total debts of $106.1 million (or R$209.7 million).[18]

Honours[edit]

Trophy of 1995's Brazilian championship

The club has some of Brazilian football's top records, as the largest number of unbeaten matches: 52 games between 1977 and 1978;[19] the matches unbeaten record in the Brazilian Championship games: 42, also between 1977 and 1978;[20] the largest number of player participations in total matches of the Brazil national football team (considering official and unofficial games): 1,094 participations[21] and the largest number of players assigned to the Brazilian national team for World Cup.[22]

International[edit]

Winners: 1993
Runners-up: 1994
Semifinalist: 1963, 1973

National[edit]

Winners: 1968,[23]1995
Runners-up: 1962, 1972, 1992
3rd Place: 1963, 1971
4th place: 1969, 1981, 1989, 2013
Winners: 2015
Runners-up: 2003

Regional[edit]

Winners: 1962, 1964, 1966, 1998
Winners: 1968
Runners-up: 1962
Winners: 1907, 1910, 1912, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935*, 1948, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1968, 1989, 1990, 1997, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2018
Winners: 1967, 1968, 1997, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015
Winners: 1975, 1976, 1989, 1997, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013

(*)The only to win, besides Fluminense 1906-9, four times in a row, although 1934 and 1935 played almolst lonely tournaments, since the big teams Fluminense, Flamengo and Vasco were in another league. In 1936, only Vasco joined Botafogo.

International Tournaments[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 30 May 2019[24]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Paraguay GK Roberto Junior Fernández (captain)
2 Brazil DF Gabriel (on loan from Atlético Mineiro)
3 Argentina DF Joel Carli (vice captain)
4 Brazil DF Marcinho
5 Brazil MF João Paulo
6 Brazil DF Gilson
7 Brazil FW Diego Souza (on loan from São Paulo)
8 Brazil MF Cícero
9 Brazil FW Luiz Fernando
10 Brazil MF Alex Santana
11 Brazil MF Gustavo Bochecha
12 Brazil GK Diego Cavalieri
13 Brazil DF Fernando
14 Brazil DF Marcelo
15 Brazil MF Jean (on loan from Corinthians)
17 Brazil FW Rodrigo Pimpão
No. Position Player
18 Brazil FW Igor Cássio
19 Brazil MF Alan Santos (on loan from Tigres UANL)
20 Chile MF Leo Valencia
21 Brazil FW Lucas Campos
22 Brazil GK Saulo
23 Brazil DF Kanu
25 Brazil MF Wenderson
26 Brazil DF Lucas Barros
27 Brazil MF Rickson
28 Brazil FW Rhuan
29 Brazil FW Victor Rangel
30 Brazil FW Vinicius Tanque
31 Brazil MF Yuri
33 Brazil MF Marcos Vinícius
34 Brazil FW Pachu
Brazil GK Diego Loureiro

Reserve team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Brazil GK Lucas Alves

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Brazil DF Arnaldo (to Ponte Preta until 31 December 2019)
Brazil DF Helerson (to Estoril until 30 June 2020)
Brazil DF Victor Lindenberg (to Santa Cruz until 31 December 2019)
Brazil MF Fernandes (to São Bento until 31 December 2019)
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Leandrinho (to Sport until 31 December 2019)
Brazil FW Ezequiel (to Sport until 31 December 2019)
Brazil FW Kieza (to Fortaleza until 31 December 2019)
Brazil FW Renan Gorne (to Confiança until 31 December 2019)

First-team staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Brazil Eduardo Barroca
Assistant coach Brazil Fernando Miranda
Fitness coach Brazil Felipe Capella
Goalkeeping coach Brazil Jorcey Anisio
Medical staff Brazil João Grangeiro

Records[edit]

World Cup Golden Ball winners:

Carvalho Leite, one of the greatest players of the 1930s and the 2nd. topscorer in club's history with 261 goals.
Most appearances
# Name Matches Goals Year
1. Brazil Nílton Santos 723 11 1948–64
2. Brazil Garrincha 612 243 1953–65
3. Brazil Jefferson 459 * 2003–2005 and 2009–2018
4. Brazil Waltencir 453 6 1967–76
5. Brazil Quarentinha 444 306 1954–64
6. Brazil Manga 442 394* 1959–68
7. Brazil Carlos Roberto 442 15 1967–76
8. Brazil Geninho 422 115 1940–54
9. Brazil Jairzinho 413 186 1962–74, 1981
10. Brazil Wágner 412 503* 1993–02
11. Brazil Osmar 387 4 1970–79
12. Brazil Juvenal 384 12 1946–57
13. Brazil Gérson dos Santos 371 2 1945–56
14. Brazil Wilson Gottardo 354 13 1987–90, 1994–96
15. Brazil Roberto Miranda 352 154 1962–73
16. Brazil Pampolini 347 27 1955–62
17. Brazil Mendonça 340 116 1975–82
* goalkeeper.
Most goals
# Name Goals Matches G/M
1. Brazil Quarentinha 306 444 0,68
2. Brazil Carvalho Leite 261 303 0,86
3. Brazil Garrincha 243 612 0,39
4. Brazil Heleno de Freitas 209 235 0,88
5. Brazil Nilo 190 201 0,94
6. Brazil Jairzinho 186 413 0,45
7. Brazil Octávio Moraes 171 200 0,85
8. Brazil Túlio Maravilha 159 223 0,71
9. Brazil Roberto Miranda 154 352 0,43
10. Italy Brazil Dino da Costa 144 176 0,81
11. Brazil Amarildo 136 231 0,58
12. Brazil Paulinho Valentim 135 206 0,65
13. Brazil Nílson Dias 127 301 0,42
14. Brazil Mendonça 116 340 0,34
15. Brazil Geninho 115 422 0,27
16. Brazil Didi 114 313 0,36
17. Brazil Zezinho 110 174 0,63
18. Brazil Pascoal 105 158 0,66
19. Poland Brazil Patesko 102 242 0,42
20. Brazil Gérson 96 248 0,39

Managers[edit]

[citation needed]

Notes[edit]

They also play Bob Marleys song catch a fire before every home game.

Other Sports[edit]

Basketball[edit]

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