Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas (basketball)

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Botafogo Basketball
Botafogo Basketball logo
Nickname
  • Fogão (The Great Fire)
  • A Estrela Solitária (The Lone Star)
  • O Glorioso (The Glorious One)
  • O Mais Tradicional (The Most Traditional)
Leagues NBB
Founded 1904
History Botafogo Basketball
(1933–present)
Arena Ginásio Oscar Zelaya
Arena Capacity 1,500
(fan seating)
Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Team colors Black and white
President Carlos Eduardo Pereira
Head coach Márcio Soares de Andrade
Website botafogo.com.br
Uniforms

Botafogo Basketball, is the men's professional basketball team of the major Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas that is based in Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

History[edit]

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.[1] After that, Botafogo won many titles of the state championship, including the three-peat in 1943, 1944 and 1945.

Botafogo won the Brazilian League championship in 1967, becoming the first and only club from Rio to do it until 2000. They also competed at the 1968 edition of the Intercontinental Cup.

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[2] 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[3]. 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.

Players[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Feliz Rodrigo Bahia Fabricio
PF Abner Roberto Dias Erik Guapi
SF Douglas Phillip Flowers David Brito
SG Wesley Russell Arnaldinho Guga Ceccato
PG Jamaal Smith Rafinha Daniel Lorio

Honours[edit]

Individual Records[edit]

Individual Awards[edit]

Liga Ouro Most Valuable Player

Liga Ouro Finals MVP

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Basquete". Botafogo FR. Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Alerta e Alivio". Liga Nacional de Basquete. 2 June 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Botafogo Campeão". Liga Nacional de Basquete. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Best!". Liga Nacional de Basquete. 3 June 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "O cara das finais". Liga Nacional de Basquete. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 

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