Brazil is the unsung football mecca of the world and high up on the bucket list for so many of us, and for a good reason. It’s a country that embraces both tradition and incredible passion for the beautiful game at the same time. Describing the experience in Ultimate Brazil trips can be difficult, so we’ve broken it down into a week-in-the-life on our Ultimate Brazil trips.
We have dreamt up, brought to life, then periodically redefined the kind of football trips you may never have dreamt possible in the best countries across the globe. The result is so much more than a football trip, and brings together football fans and travelers from all over the globe for a journey of adventure and exploration, with a generous overdose of football thrown in.
DAY 1 – Welcome to São Paulo
The thing with Brazil is, it has much more passion for football than any other country in the world. This means the smallest clubs can be as passionate as you can possibly imagine. Everyone got picked up at the airport with the brand new Homefans car, with tons of beers in the truck and we headed to Corinthians Stadium, home of Pedro’s beloved club.
They experienced an amazing pre-match with drinks and local food with the Ultras, where they concentrate before every game. After that, we went to the stadium for the game between Corinthians v Flamengo, packed with more than 41,000 crazy fans and an unbelievable atmosphere. Welcome to the ultimate football trip, it doesn’t get better than this.
DAY 2 – A true football overdose
Morning: Early in the morning after breakfast, the group went to the home of Palmeiras, called Allianz Parque. The Cultural Director of the club brought the group to a private and exclusive tour at the headquarters of Palmeiras.
The club was founded on August 26, 1914, as Palestra Italia, but changed to the current name on September 14, 1942. It is a popular and successful Brazilian club, with around 18 million supporters and 126,000 season ticket holders. Despite being primarily an association football team, Palmeiras competes in a number of different sports, most notably basketball.
The group got a look behind the scenes at the president’s room, social areas, and got an even more deep insight into what Palmeiras is truly about. A good start of the day with a true football overdose!
Afternoon: It was time to exchange sides and begin the mood for the big derby in São Paulo: São Paulo v Palmeiras! We started with lunch in a very traditional Brazilian place, where caipirinhas were all over the table! Then, we met up with Rafael, a local São Paulo fan, who was showed what a local pre-match at São Paulo is like. We filled the car’s truck with beers and headed to Morumbi Stadium, home of Sao Paulo.
We joined other friends and had an amazing pre-match experience with drinks and food and welcomed Sao Paulo players to the main gate. Pyros and party everywhere. We experienced the game as a true local: sitting in the concrete over the stands! After the match, we went to a traditional samba party.
DAY 3: Corinthians Stadium Tour and Portuguesa Headquarters
Morning: After an early breakfast, we headed to the home of Corinthians for a private tour in the area. A nice curiosity is that Pedro was the one responsible for designing it and he has a picture of himself in the club’s wall. The stadium is gigantic, and it is nice to see the contrast between all the clubs.
Founded in 1910 by five railway workers, Corinthians was inspired by the London-based club Corinthian Football Club. Since 1910, Corinthians has become one of the most successful Brazilian clubs, having won the national title seven times, in addition to three Copa do Brasil trophies. Corinthians has a record 29 state championships.
Afternoon: Then, we took the car and drove to where? Churrasco! We had an amazing lunch at a steakhouse, where everybody was so full afterwards. Caipirinhas, beers, and steaks! Doesn’t get better than that gents. Later on, we had a surprise for the group. We went to Leoes da Fabulosa Headquarters, the Ultras from Portuguesa, one of the biggest clubs in the state. The group got to see who the Ultras operate in Brazil, play with the big flags and got to know their history. It was brilliant.
DAY 4: São Paulo Stadium Tour and Sightseeing
Mondays are always difficult to arrange things for football. But guess what? At Homefans it’s not! After an early breakfast, we headed to São Paulo for a private stadium tour at Morumbi Stadium to learn more about the history of the clubs, their main idols and an exclusive look behind the scenes.
Founded in 1930, São Paulo was an inaugural member of the Clube dos 13 group of Brazil’s leading football clubs. The club’s most consistent spell of success came in the 1990s, under coach Telê Santana, when it won three state titles, one national championship, two Copa Libertadores, two Recopa Sudamericanas, two Intercontinental Cups, one Supercopa Sudamericana, one Copa CONMEBOL, one Copa Masters CONMEBOL. São Paulo is also the third best-supported club in Brazil, with over 16 million supporters. (!)
In the afternoon, we had a traditional lunch and headed to Batman’s alley, one of the nicest places to be in Sao Paulo, in a true bohemian neighborhood. Graffiti and colorful houses everywhere. Beco do Batman is an area near Vila Madalena in São Paulo where three alleys meet. Every inch of a wall at the dense urban crossroads is covered with graffiti and the pieces even extend down onto the sidewalks. Well known street artists from not only Brazil but also other parts of the world are attracted by this sanctuary of graffiti and come to make their marks, however transient they may be. Very impressive!
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