Clube de Regatas do Flamengo

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈklubi dʒi ʁeˈɡataʒ du flaˈmẽɡu]; English: Flamengo Rowing Club), more commonly referred to as simply Flamengo, is a Brazilian sports club based in Rio de Janeiro, in the neighbourhood of Gávea, best known for their professional football team.

Full nameClube de Regatas do Flamengo
Nickname(s)Rubro-Negro (Scarlet-Black)
Mengão (Big 'Mengo)
Urubu (Vulture)
FoundedNovember 15, 1895; 126 years ago (November 15, 1895)
Coordinates22°54′43.80″S 43°13′48.59″W
PresidentRodolfo Landim
Head coachPaulo Sousa[2][3][4]
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Carioca
Série A, 2nd of 20
Carioca, 1st of 16 (champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club was first established in 1895 specifically as a rowing club and did not play their first official football match until 1912. Flamengo's traditional uniform features red and black striped shirts with white shorts, and red and black striped socks. Flamengo has typically played their home matches in the Maracanã, the national stadium of Brazil, since its completion in 1950, with some exceptions in recent years. Since 1969, the vulture (Portuguese: urubu) has been the most recognized mascot of Flamengo.[5]

Flamengo established themselves as one of Brazil's most successful sports clubs in the 20th century during the era of state leagues in Brazil when they captured several Campeonato Carioca (Rio de Janeiro state league) titles prior to the establishment of the first Brazilian national football championship in 1959. Since then, they have remained successful in Brazilian football, having won 8 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, including the 1987 Copa União, 3 Copa do Brasil, and a record 37 Campeonato Carioca. They are one of three clubs to have never been relegated from the Brazilian Serie A. In South American and worldwide competitions, the club's highest achievements are their conquests of the 1981 and 2019 Copa Libertadores, and 1981 Intercontinental Cup against Liverpool, led by the club's most iconic player Zico. Flamengo's fiercest and longest-standing rivalries are with the other "Big Four" of Rio de Janeiro: Fluminense, Botafogo and Vasco da Gama.

Flamengo is the most popular club in Brazil, with over 40.2 million supporters as of 2020.[6] It is also Brazil's richest and most valuable football club with an annual revenue of R$950.0 million (163.04 million)[7] and a valuation of over R$2.9 billion (469.21 million).[8]

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