Soccer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Strange but true, the history of soccer in Rio is said to have its origin in rowing clubs. The rowing headquarters of Brazil’s top soccer clubs, Flamengo and Botafogo, are in Lagoa. However, the rivalry shifts to Maracanã, the world’s biggest stadium, in Rio. If you want to experience a transcendently riotous outing then a trip to Maracanã to be amongst two hundred thousand Cariocas is a must — if not only because the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics taking place at Maracanã Stadium.
Soccer in Rio, is the lifeline of all Cariocas, whose physical creativity is a marvel to behold. Beaches, street corners and every alley have an intense game of soccer going on any time of the day or night. The artistic brilliance of beach kids dribbling and dancing with the ball can be witnessed on any beach. Every local kid’s dream is to become a Pele of sorts.
Maracanã Stadium – A Cauldron For Football Lovers
The resounding roars from the spectators at the Maracanã Stadium are sure to remain with you for a long time. It takes just one match at the stadium which is home to local and international soccer matches to realize the passion that Brazilians have for the game. Flamengo, Fluminense and Botafogo play several matches at the stadium in their quest to become Rio de Janeiro’s champion team. If you are indeed a football fan then you can have the time of your life.
Beach Soccer – Experts in the Sand
Join in for a game of beach football in Ipanema or Copacabana, where you will find a few guys get together for a game. There are less people on weekdays so all you need to do on your vacation is hang around and ask the locals if you can join in. Beach soccer is different since the sand makes it almost impossible to pass the ball on the ground, so be prepared. Many competitions are held at the beach, so if you are happy being a spectator, you can enjoy one from the sidelines.
Futsal – Feet Magic
This is a popular indoor sport also called Futebol de salão. You will need to join a club and then learn to play on a concrete floor. The game is very technical with plenty of footwork involved. But, on vacation, anything goes.