On the way to the Maracanã.
Almost every building in the area is covered in graffiti in the whole area.
Flamengo Fans, the largest Soccer Fan club in Brazil, waving their flags.
We went in to the Maracanã through the Flamengo side, but sat with the
On the way in, all you could hear was a massive chorus of "O.... Tomar
no cu, Vasco"
We were with a large group of tourists from Finland, they kept asking what they
It means "Oh... take it up the ass, Vasco"... They had to ask.
Vasco in Black and White, and Flamengo in Red and Black.
If you walk into the Flamengo side wearing a Vasco shirt,
they will kill you, not just beat you up, they will kill you.
Hundreds of Flamengo Fans would be fighting over your body like wolves.
The drums were really intense. I loved it.
Flag boy took his job seriously, if people got in his way, he would bash them
in the head.
Vasco da Gama fans.
You can't see it in this picture, but one of their mascots is "Eddie",
the living dead guy on the cover of Iron Maiden's albums.
His image is on the nearest flag, it was too dark and the flag was moving too
for me to get a picture of it. But I got some video...
A player from Flamengo needed medical attention. While he was laying unconscious,
the fans of Vasco were chanting to God to make the Flamengo player die. They
The Maracanã is the largest stadium on this side of the planet. It can
fit almost 190,000 fans.
When it's a packed house, the concrete shakes.
People were shooting flares all over the place.
This was one of the most emotional games I've ever attended, the fans acted
like their lives depended on it.
Flamengo made the first goal, and everyone on the Vasco side gasped like they
just watched their mother die,
and then became solemn and quiet. Soon after, the drummers broke the silence
chanting that they won't be intimidated.
Just before the break, Vasco scored their first goal, and the crowd erupted
jumping up and down and hugging each other like they had won the lottery.
FYI, Vasco won 3-1
Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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