Botafogo Profile: The Lone Star

By Robbie Blakeley, Contributing Sports Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -  This week, we continue our series profiling Rio de Janeiro’s biggest football (soccer) clubs with the short story behind the founding of Botafogo. Known as Estrela Solitaria (‘The Lone Star’), they were once Brazil’s most famous and successful club, with plenty of stars donning the renowned black and white stripes.

Botafogo were founded in just about the most unconventional way you could imagine. Fourteen year old Flavio Ramos, a school student, was day dreaming of starting his own football club to represent his street. He passed . . .

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