Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas

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Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas logo.svg
Full nameBotafogo de Futebol e Regatas
Nickname(s)Fogão (Great Fire)
Estrela Solitária (The Lone Star)
O Glorioso (The Glorious One)
FoundedJuly 1, 1894; 119 years ago (1894-07-01), as a rowing club
August 12, 1904; 109 years ago (1904-08-12), as a football club
StadiumEstádio do Maracanã and Estádio Olímpico, Rio de Janeiro
Ground Capacity78,838 and 46,931
PresidentMaurício Assumpção
Head coachEduardo Hungaro
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série A
WebsiteClub home page
Home colors
Away colors
Third colors
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Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas logo.svg
Full nameBotafogo de Futebol e Regatas
Nickname(s)Fogão (Great Fire)
Estrela Solitária (The Lone Star)
O Glorioso (The Glorious One)
FoundedJuly 1, 1894; 119 years ago (1894-07-01), as a rowing club
August 12, 1904; 109 years ago (1904-08-12), as a football club
StadiumEstádio do Maracanã and Estádio Olímpico, Rio de Janeiro
Ground Capacity78,838 and 46,931
PresidentMaurício Assumpção
Head coachEduardo Hungaro
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série A
WebsiteClub home page
Home colors
Away colors
Third colors

Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas (Portuguese pronunciation: [bɔtaˈfoɡu dʒi futʃiˈbɔw i xeˈɡatas], Botafogo Football and Regatta), also known as Botafogo and familiarly as Estrela Solitária (the Lone Star), is a Brazilian sports club based in Botafogo, neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, best known for its football team. They play in the Campeonato Carioca, Rio de Janeiro's state league, and the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the Brazilian national soccer league. Botafogo was a founding member of the Clube dos 13 (English: Club of 13), a group of Brazil's leading football clubs.


Formation and merger[edit]

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

The 1906 football team.

On August 12, 1904, another club was founded in the neighbourhood: 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". And so the Electro Club was founded. But this name wouldn't 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 colours? Black and white., just like Juventus FC, the team of Itamar Tavares, one of the club's founders. And the badge, 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.[2]

The same name, the same location, the same colours and the most important thing: the same supporters. It seemed that the destiny of both clubs was to become one. And so it happened: on December 8, 1942 they finally merged. It was after a basketball match between both clubs, when Botafogo Football Club player Armando Albano died suddenly, that the idea began to become truth. At the tragic occasion, the president of Club de Regatas Botafogo, Augusto Frederico Schmidt (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 no longer 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?". And so they did: Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas finally became true. The Football Club's badge became black, and the monogram substituted by Clube de Regatas' lone star.[3]

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 Sport Club Mangueira 24–0, which remains the highest score in Brazilian football. They won further state titles in 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934 and 1935.[4]

In 1930 Botafogo won its 4th. Carioca title.

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

In the 1950 and 1960, Botafogo had its best moments. With a generation of legendary and unforgettable superstars: Garrincha, Nilton Santos, Didi, Amarildo, Mario Zagallo, Manga and Quarentinha, the club won the Campeonato Carioca in 1957, 1961 and 1962. Botafogo could garner further honors winning the Torneio Rio-São Paulo for the first time in 1962. In 1964 and 1966 the club appeared again in the winners' list of the tournament, albeit in 1964 jointly with Santos FC and in 1966 it hat to share the title with three more clubs.

In 1968 Botafogo won the Taça Brasil.

1989 ended a period of 21 years without title when the club won the state championship over Flamengo. One year later, the team defended the title, this time defetating Vasco da Gama. In the 1990s, Botafogo won Copa Conmebol (the precursor of the current Copa Sudamericana)[5][6][7][8][9] in 1993, Brazilian Championship in 1995, Teresa Herrera Trophy and Municipal Tournament in 1996, Rio de Janeiro State Championship in 1997 and Rio-São Paulo Tournament in 1998. The team also lost the final of Brazil Cup in 1999 for Juventude.

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 for the 18th time the Rio de Janeiro State Championship. Nowadays, Botafogo is the only club to win titles in three different centuries, including the state championship of rowing in 1899.


Voluntários da Pátria Street Stadium (1909).

The first stadium used by Botafogo was located in Voluntários da Pátria street and was in use between 1908 and 1911. The following year, the club had to play the matches in a field in the São Clemente street. Also in the neighborhood of Botafogo, Fogão finally found his own place. Named General Severiano because of the street which accessed the stadium, Botafogo started to use this stadium in 1913. Some other improvements were to build a social area in 1928 and expand the stadium space with cement material in 1938.

In 1950, for World Cup in Brazil, Maracanã was raised. The one-time biggest stadium in the world was the home of Botafogo in many important games in Rio de Janeiro since then.

However, the club lost ownership of General Severiano in 1977 due to a large amount of debts. The stadium was sold to Companhia Vale do Rio Doce and demolished. In 1978 Botafogo moved to the suburb of Marechal Hermes and there built a new stadium, Mané Garrincha, to play casual games.

General Severiano entrance.

Their current home ground is Estádio Olímpico João Havelange.[10]

Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, also known as Engenhão.


Its biggest rivals are from the same city: Fluminense, Flamengo and Vasco da Gama.


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.


Botafogo's crest comprises the famous lone star in white on a black background. It was designed in 1942, the year of the merger. However, Club de Regatas Botafogo and Botafogo Football Club also had their own crests. Regatas had the lone star in the left, one pair of crokers at the right side and, below, the letters of the club's name, C. R. B. Football's badge had the clubs initials too, B. F. C. written in black colour in a white space. The shape of Botafogo Football Club's crest would be the basis for the new Futebol e Regatas crest.


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 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.


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.


"Manequinho", the mascot of the club.

The first mascot was Donald Duck, abandoned due to royalties issues. Nowadays, the club's mascot is the Manequinho, a replica of the Manneken-Pis, situated in front of the club.


Botafogo fans with the Garrincha flag at Engenhão stadium (2007).

Today, Botafogo has approximately 4 million fans in Brazil, the 9th largest overall fanbase in Brazilian football. In the 1960s, Botafogo was the number two club preferred by Brazilian football fans. This fact explains why Botafogo has a large amount of fans over 60 years old.

Organized torcida


Trophy of 1995's Brazilian championship.






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

(*)Shared with Fluminense


CR Botafogo[edit]

Botafogo FC[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of February 2014 [12]

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

1BrazilGKJefferson (captain)
5BrazilMFMarcelo Mattos
6BrazilDFJúlio César
9ArgentinaFWJuan Carlos Ferreyra
10BrazilMFJorge Wagner
12BrazilGKHelton Leite
13BrazilDFAndré Bahia
14UruguayMFNicolás Lodeiro
17BrazilMFRodrigo Souto
18BrazilDFAnderson (on loan from Vitesse)
23ArgentinaMFMario Bolatti (on loan from Internacional)
25BrazilFWElias (on loan from Resende)
28BrazilMFAirton (on loan from Benfica)
30BrazilDFJúnior César

Out on loan[edit]

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

BrazilDFGilberto (loan to Internacional)
BrazilDFAlex Lopes (loan to Bangu)
BrazilMFLucas Zen (loan to Vitória)
BrazilMFBruno Tiago (loan to Madureira)
BrazilMFFelipe Lima (loan to Tupi)
BrazilFWWellington Júnior (loan to Bangu)
BrazilFWJóbson (loan to Avaí)
BrazilFWJúnior (loan to Bangu)

First-team staff[edit]

CoachEduardo Hungaro Brazilian


Carvalho Leite, one of the greatest players of the 1930s and the 2nd. topscorer in club's history with 261 goals.
Most appearances
1.Brazil Nílton Santos723111948–64
2.Brazil Garrincha6122431953–65
3.Brazil Waltencir45361967–76
4.Brazil Quarentinha4443061954–64
5.Brazil Manga442394*1959–68
6.Brazil Carlos Roberto442151967–76
7.Brazil Geninho4221151940–54
8.Brazil Jairzinho4131861962–74, 1981
9.Brazil Wágner412503*1993-02
10.Brazil Osmar38741970–79
12.Brazil Gérson dos Santos37121945–56
13.Brazil Wilson Gottardo354131987–90, 1994–96
14.Brazil Roberto Miranda3521541962–73
15.Brazil Pampolini347271955–62
16.Brazil Mendonça3401161975–82
* goalkeeper.
Most goals
1.Brazil Quarentinha3064440,68
2.Brazil Carvalho Leite2613030,86
3.Brazil Garrincha2436120,39
4.Brazil Heleno de Freitas2092350,88
5.Brazil Nilo1902010,94
6.Brazil Jairzinho1864130,45
7.Brazil Octávio Moraes1712000,85
8.Brazil Túlio Maravilha1592230,71
9.Brazil Roberto Miranda1543520,43
10.Italy Brazil Dino da Costa1441760,81
11.Brazil Amarildo1362310,58
12.Brazil Paulinho Valentim1352060,65
13.Brazil Nílson Dias1273010,42
14.Brazil Mendonça1163400,34
15.Brazil Geninho1154220,27
16.Brazil Didi1143130,36
18.Brazil Pascoal1051580,66
19.Poland Brazil Patesko1022420,42
20.Brazil Gérson962480,39


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 1 year contract.[13] In 2008 not only the agreement with Liquigás was renewed for another year but it also became more lucrative since the sponsorship was raised to around $5 million (R$10.2 million).[15]

Botafogo generated in 2007 the 12th biggest revenue for all Brazilian Football clubs, that year's revenues totalled $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]


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