Domestic football in Brazil is amongst the highest standards in the world, and one of the most famous clubs in the country is Botafogo, a club based in the Botafogo Bairro area of the Rio. The club is one of the oldest in the country having been founded at the end of the 19th century and has had some of the most famous players in the history of football on its books over the years.
Botafogo play in the top league of Brazilian football and regularly finish towards the top end of the leagye, although it is often surprising to people that the club have only won the league twice in its history. Botafogo have though won various other trophies throughout the years with the help of the various cup competitions. The club is the only one in Brazilian history to win titles in three different centuries, and this, together with the entertaining style of football which the club have always played, particularly in their early days, ensures that the club has millions of fans around the country.
Traditionally, Botafogo played in the General Severiano stadium, but over the years the club were forced to move to various different stadiums in the area, largely due to financial reasons. In 2007 the club moved into the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, which was built for Pan American games and has an athletics track around the pitch. The stadium holds around 45,000 people and has an electric atmosphere. The club still play in their traditional black and white striped kit, although the club adopt an all white look for their away games.
Official Website: Botafogo Football Club, Brazil.