The log of one man's quest for wind and sunshine

Maracanã

This post is a slight flashback in time to May 15th when I went to Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro with some folks from the hostel to watch Flamengo take on Universidad de Chile.  Maracanã is one of the most famous Brazilian soccer stadiums with room for about 82,000 (officially).  I was surprised to find out that this is the largest soccer stadium in South America at this capacity, as, for example, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida(aka The Swamp) holds close to 90,000 spectators.

The game was great with lots of chanting and cursing when things weren’t going well for Flamengo.  Unfortunately Flamengo lost 3-2, but we had a good time all the same.

Here’s a video I put together (with iMovie — I broke Final Cut somehow…).  The chant you hear is:

Dá-lhe, dá-lhe, ô (3x)
Mengão do meu coração
Dá-lhe, dá-lhe, ô (3x)
Mengão do meu coração

which means something like:

Let’s go, Let’s go

Flamengo of my heart

(more or less…Dá-lhe is one of those expressions you can use for many things….)

These jerseys got us a free Caipirinha from Nino, and lots of approving looks on the street

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2 responses

  1. Trace

    Looks like your having fun. when will you be back in CA for a beach cruise

    July 13, 2010 at 4:32 pm

  2. I’m managing to squeeze in some fun for sure. Right now SoCal is not on the travel plan. Maybe by this late fall it will be…take care Trace!

    July 17, 2010 at 12:47 am

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