Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas

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Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas logo.svg
Full name Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas
Nickname(s) Fogão (The Great Fire)
A Estrela Solitária (The Lone Star)
O Glorioso (The Glorious One)
Founded July 1, 1894; 124 years ago (1894-07-01), as a rowing club
August 12, 1904; 114 years ago (1904-08-12), as a football club
Stadium Estádio Nilton Santos
Ground Capacity 46,931
President Carlos Eduardo Pereira
Head coach Ricardo Gomes
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
2015 Série B, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page

Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas (Portuguese pronunciation: [bɔtaˈfoɡu dʒi futʃiˈbɔw i ʁeˈɡataʃ]; Botafogo Football and Regatta), also known as Botafogo and familiarly as A Estrela Solitária (The Lone Star), 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 Carioca,[nb 1] the state of Rio de Janeiro's premier state league and the Brasileirão Série A.


Formation and merger

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

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.

They won the Campeonato Carioca in 1957, 1961 and 1962, and in 1968 they won Serie A.[5]

1989 ended a period of 21 years without a title when the club won the state championship, retaining the trophy in 1990.[5]

In the 1990s, Botafogo won Copa Conmebol (the precursor of the current Copa Sudamericana)[6]

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).
General Severiano entrance.

Their home ground is the Estádio Nilton Santos.[7]

Estádio Nilton Santos, also known as Engenhão.


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


File:Bota badges.jpg
Historical badges.

Lone Star

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.


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.[citation needed]


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.

In 1948 a stray dog named Biriba, known for urinating on the players, was the mascot that led them to the Campeonato Cariocala.[8]

Financial situation

In 2006 Botafogo had Supergasbras and Alê as sponsors, the arrangement during that year earned the team $3.2 million (R$7.2 million).[9] The next year, Botafogo managed to sign the sixth highest sponsorship deal in Brazil[10] 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.[9] 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).[11]

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).[12][13] Also at the end of 2007 Botafogo had total debts of $106.1 million (or R$209.7 million).[14]


Trophy of 1995's Brazilian championship.


Runners-up: 1994
Semifinalist: 1963, 1973


Runners-up: 1962, 1972, 1992
3rd Place: 1963, 1971
4th place: 1969, 1981, 1989, 2013
Runners-up: 2003


1962, 1964, 1966, 1998
1907, 1910, 1912, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935*, 1948, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1968, 1989, 1990, 1996, 1997, 2006, 2010, 2013
1967, 1968, 1997, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015
1975, 1976, 1989, 1997, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013

(*)The only to win four times in a row

Current squad

As of 10 September 2015[16]

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

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Jefferson (Captain)
2 Brazil DF Roger Carvalho (on loan from Tombense)
3 Brazil DF Renan Fonseca
4 Brazil DF Gilberto
5 Brazil DF Diego Giaretta
6 Brazil DF Carleto (on loan from São Paulo)
7 Brazil MF Diego Jardel (on loan from Avai)
9 Brazil FW Luis Henrique
10 Bolivia MF Damián Lizio
11 Brazil MF Elvis
12 Brazil GK Helton Leite
13 Brazil DF Alisson (on loan from Paraná)
15 Brazil MF Fernandes
16 Brazil MF Tomas (on loan from J. Malucelli)
No. Position Player
17 Brazil MF Lulinha
18 Brazil FW Sassá
19 Brazil FW Henrique
21 Brazil MF Gegê
22 Brazil GK Renan
23 Brazil DF Pedro Rosa
25 Brazil DF Igor Rabello
25 Brazil MF Lucas Zen
27 Brazil MF Cidinho
29 Brazil FW André
Brazil DF Jean
Brazil MF Andreazzi
Brazil MF Airton
Brazil FW Henrique Almeida

Out of team

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 Lennon
Brazil DF Guilherme
Brazil DF Renan Lemos
Brazil MF Andrade
Brazil MF Dedé
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Dill
Brazil MF Fabiano
Brazil MF Sidney
Brazil FW Tássio
Brazil FW Murilo

Out on loan

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 Luís Guilherme (to Bonsucesso)
Brazil GK Milton Raphael (to Sampaio Corrêa)
Brazil DF Dankler (to Joinville)
No. Position Player
Brazil DF Matheus Menezes (to América)
Brazil MF Jeferson Paulista (to Rio Claro-SP)
Brazil MF Octávio (to Italy Fiorentina)

First-team staff

Position Name Nationality
Coach Ricardo Gomes  Brazilian


Best world player 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 Waltencir 453 6 1967–76
4. Brazil Quarentinha 444 306 1954–64
5. Brazil Manga 442 394* 1959–68
6. Brazil Carlos Roberto 442 15 1967–76
7. Brazil Geninho 422 115 1940–54
8. Brazil Jairzinho 413 186 1962–74, 1981
9. Brazil Wágner 412 503* 1993–02
10. Brazil Osmar 387 4 1970–79
11. Brazil Juvenal 384 12 1946–57
12. Brazil Gérson dos Santos 371 2 1945–56
13. Brazil Wilson Gottardo 354 13 1987–90, 1994–96
14. Brazil Roberto Miranda 352 154 1962–73
15. Brazil Pampolini 347 27 1955–62
16. 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


[citation needed]


  1. Also known by its nickname Cariocão.


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