Hey, guys! Today we’re going to learn about the Botafogo Soccer Club, one of the biggest football teams in Rio de Janeiro.
Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas is a Brazilian sports club based in the neighborhood of the same name (Botafogo) in Rio de Janeiro. Although they compete in a number of different sports, Botafogo is mostly known for its association football team. It’s one of the most famous and has a rich history full of important players.
History of Botafogo Football Club
Founded in August 12th 1904, it was born through the merger of two teams, Botafogo Football Club and Clube de Regatas Botafogo. It happened after a basketball match between the teams that ended with the sudden death of Armando Albano. That tragic night, the president of the Clube de Regatas Botafogo said: 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. Botafogo Futebol Clube’s president finished by saying: Between the matches of our clubs, only one can be the winner: Botafogo!
And that’s how Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas came to be what it is today!
Most Famous Players
The biggest player to ever play for Botafogo. Garrincha is well known by any Football lover.
In his eight years in Botafogo, Garrincha played 621 games and scored 243 times. His main accomplishments were helping his team win the Rio de Janeiro state championships in 1957, 1961 and 1962. Also, he helped his team win two championships in tournaments between Rio and São Paulo in 1962 and 1964.
Nilton played his entire carreer for Botafogo. One of its best players, Botafogo’s stadium Nilton Santos, or Engenhão, was named after him.
Nicknamed Prince Cursed, he was one of the best players in Botafogo, with 204 goals in 244 games! But Heleno was also something of a “bad boy”, suffering from alcohol-related issues, among others, that ended his career after 11 years. There’s also a movie about his life starring Rodrigo Santoro.
Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos
Botafogo’s home stadium, informally called Engenhão, is well known for great games. It was also the stage for the athletics competitions in Rio 2016 Olympics.
And that’s it, guys! Hope you enjoyed learning about the Botafogo Soccer Club!
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