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Football game in Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro

Video from my visit to Maracana Stadium:

For football fans across the world, the name "Maracana" is synonym with some of the best football in the world. It is Rio de Janeiro's main stadium and hosts games by the four Rio teams: Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafogo and Vasco da Gama. The stadium was built in 1950 for the World Cup and is absolutely enourmous - it currently seats 95,000, but during the 1950 World Cup final, there were 199,500 paying spectators!


On my first day in Rio, we went to see a game with Fluminense, playing Arsenal de Argentina in an early round of the Copa Libertadores. It was FUN! There were flares and general crazyiness all around, especially since Fluminense won 6-0. We sat in a skybox, but I think it is pretty crazy in the stands. Lots of flags, everybody standing up, drums, songs, rowdiness. But I am sure it is even crazier when there are two Rio teams playing - since Fluminense was playing an Argentinian team, the entire stadium was pretty much Fluminense fans.


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