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Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas


Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas

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 (1894-07-01), as a rowing club
August 12, 1904 (1904-08-12), as a football club
Stadium Engenhão, Rio de Janeiro, 46,931 capacity
President Carlos Eduardo Pereira
Head coach Ricardo Gomes
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
Campeonato Carioca
Brasileirão, 19th (relegated)
Cariocão, 9th
Website Club home page

Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas (Portuguese pronunciation: ; 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 in 2015 will play the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B for the second time ever, after their relegation in the Brasileirão Série A in 2014.


  • History 1
    • Formation and merger 1.1
    • On the field 1.2
  • Stadium 2
  • Rivals 3
  • Symbols 4
    • Lone Star 4.1
    • Flag 4.2
    • Uniform 4.3
  • Mascots 5
  • Financial situation 6
  • Honors 7
    • International 7.1
    • Domestic 7.2
    • Regional 7.3
  • Current squad 8
    • Out of team 8.1
    • Out on loan 8.2
    • First-team staff 8.3
  • Records 9
  • Managers 10
  • Notes 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13


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.


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.


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

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

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

First-team staff

Position Name Nationality
Coach René Simões  Brazilian


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. Nílton Santos 723 11 1948–64
2. Garrincha 612 243 1953–65
3. Waltencir 453 6 1967–76
4. Quarentinha 444 306 1954–64
5. Manga 442 394* 1959–68
6. Carlos Roberto 442 15 1967–76
7. Geninho 422 115 1940–54
8. Jairzinho 413 186 1962–74, 1981
9. Wágner 412 503* 1993–02
10. Osmar 387 4 1970–79
11. Juvenal 384 12 1946–57
12. Gérson dos Santos 371 2 1945–56
13. Wilson Gottardo 354 13 1987–90, 1994–96
14. Roberto Miranda 352 154 1962–73
15. Pampolini 347 27 1955–62
16. Mendonça 340 116 1975–82
* goalkeeper.
Most goals
# Name Goals Matches G/M
1. Quarentinha 306 444 0,68
2. Carvalho Leite 261 303 0,86
3. Garrincha 243 612 0,39
4. Heleno de Freitas 209 235 0,88
5. Nilo 190 201 0,94
6. Jairzinho 186 413 0,45
7. Octávio Moraes 171 200 0,85
8. Túlio Maravilha 159 223 0,71
9. Roberto Miranda 154 352 0,43
10. Dino da Costa 144 176 0,81
11. Amarildo 136 231 0,58
12. Paulinho Valentim 135 206 0,65
13. Nílson Dias 127 301 0,42
14. Mendonça 116 340 0,34
15. Geninho 115 422 0,27
16. Didi 114 313 0,36
17. Zezinho 110 174 0,63
18. Pascoal 105 158 0,66
19. Patesko 102 242 0,42
20. Gérson 96 248 0,39
  • Note: numbers don't count matches played in Torneio Início.
  • Source: RSSSF Brasil – Botafogo



  1. ^ Also known by its nickname Cariocão.


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External links

  • Official Website
  • Canal Botafogo
  • Vestiario Alvinegro
  • Grupo Mais Botafogo
  • Botafogo page at Globo
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