Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

On the way to the Maracanã.
Almost every building in the area is covered in graffiti in the whole area.



Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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 Vasco Fans.
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 were saying.
It means "Oh... take it up the ass, Vasco"... They had to ask.



Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Vasco in Black and White, and Flamengo in Red and Black.



Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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.



Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The drums were really intense. I loved it.



Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Flag boy took his job seriously, if people got in his way, he would bash them in the head.








Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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 fast
for me to get a picture of it. But I got some video...



Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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 weren't kidding.



Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro

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.



Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

People were shooting flares all over the place.



Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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 into mayhem,
jumping up and down and hugging each other like they had won the lottery.



Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

FYI, Vasco won 3-1









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