Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas (basketball)
|Arena||Ginásio Oscar Zelaya |
Carioca Arena 1
|Location||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Team colors||Black, Silver and White |
|President||Carlos Eduardo Pereira|
|Head coach||Márcio Soares de Andrade|
Basketball plays a major important role in the club's history. It was on a basketball game in 1942 between the rowing and the football club of the Botafogo neighbourhood (Club de Regatas Botafogo and Botafogo Football Club, respectively) when, during the match just after halftime, Armando Albano, a player from the football side, died on the court after suffering a heart attack. In his honor, the president of each side decided to merge their clubs to become the Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, with a new flag and a new crest, mixing both club's originals. After that, Botafogo won many titles of the state championship, including the three-peat in 1943, 1944 and 1945.
At the beginning of the 2000s, clubs' basketball department became amateur, only backing to professional ways in 2015. At the 2017 season, Botafogo played at Liga Ouro, the second tier of Brazilian basketball. The club finished the regular season at the first position and went to win the title after beating Blumenau Basketball at the playoffs and then, winning the finals after beating Joinville at the 5th and decisive game at home by 90-68. The team's main star Jamaal Smith was elected the Finals MVP after a great performance during the series.
At women's basketball, Botafogo is the biggest winner of the state's championship with seven titles: 1955, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1995 and 2006.
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
|Botafogo Basketball roster|
Updated: 10 September 2017
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2|
|C||Átila||Rodrigo Bahia||Erike Guapi|
|PG||Jamaal Smith||Guga Ceccato||Rafinha|
- Brazilian League (First Tier): 1967
- Liga Ouro (Second Tier): 2017
- Rio de Janeiro State Basketball League (10): 1939, 1942 (as Botafogo Football Club), 1943, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1991 (as Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas)
Liga Ouro Most Valuable Player
Liga Ouro Finals MVP
- "Basquete". Botafogo FR. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
- "Alerta e Alivio". Liga Nacional de Basquete. 2 June 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
- "Botafogo Campeão". Liga Nacional de Basquete. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
- "The Best!". Liga Nacional de Basquete. 3 June 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
- "O cara das finais". Liga Nacional de Basquete. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
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