Brazil has always been a nation that breathes football. Although people often point to the success of the national team as the greatest indication for the country’s undying love for the sport, it also boasts a magnificent domestic league complete with several local derbies that rage with passion and intensity.
The city’s many favelas underline large social problems in Brazil, but they form fertile ground for excellent players. No wonder then, that this city has many football venues. A game at the Maracanã stadium of Flamengo x Fluminense, the well-known Fla x Flu Derby is something that has to be on your wishlist if you are going to travel such a distance.
The Fla x Flu match is considered by Four Four Two Magazine one of the most intense in the world! Both clubs play at the iconic Maracanã and in the game, they are separated in 50-50. Our local host is a Flamengo’s fan, so he knows everything about his club and will be able to share some amazing stories. Before the match, he will take you to a bar called Chico’s and have some beers with Flamengo supporters. They always play a lot of music before the match starts! Flamengo over the past years is fighting for the 1st place in the league whereas Fluminense is trying to stay out of the relegation zone. However, the Fla Flu derby is magical, and anything can happen in a thrilling Maracanã.
And guess what? There is more! Botafogo and Vasco da Gama are just two other teams within the city limits, both playing at stadiums where the atmosphere can really flourish on a good day.
Expect days spent in stadiums, playing footvolley with locals at the Copacabana and sunbathing beneath swaying palms, sipping caipirinhas or beers at sunset and embracing the rhythms of samba. Looking for an incredible football adventure in paradise? This is it. With a plethora of open-air cafes, samba beats that float through the streets, scenic outlooks, beaches hugged by tropical fruit stands and stadiums are adorned with oceans of colourful shirts, with thousands of fans screaming for their beloved heroes and the goals are flowing, the stunning game is the most beautiful in Rio.
Most people will only visit South America once in their lives, therefore we make sure it will be your best football experience ever. We bring together fans from all around the world who seek to experience football off the beaten path. You will share the experience of a lifetime in Rio de Janeiro alongside a group of like-minded fans who hold a wealth of experience far deeper than just watching their local team.
Welcome to the most epic football experience of your life – Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, one of the best football capitals around the world for watching football! Vamos.
Rio de Janeiro is eagerly waiting for you! The city is by far the most touristic and beautiful in the country. And here the journey begins! Our van will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel at Copacabana Beach, which is around 6 minutes walking distance from the beach. Easy check if you arrive in the afternoon. You can also stay in the hotel and recover from the long flight. If you arrived in the morning and your bed is not ready, drop off your luggage and go for something to eat at the beach. At night, you meet will Mateus, Homefans local host who will be responsible for our group during the whole trip. And why not begin the experience with some Brazilian steaks and some caipirinhas? Enjoy the most out of your first day and feel the heat!
Today, we meet in the afternoon. In the morning, you can do some sightseeing around Christ The Redeemer, Sugarloaf or get to know other amazing beaches close to Copacabana. The best ones are Ipanema and Leblon. Mateus will be at your disposal for anything. After that, in the afternoon, we will go to the most old school and authentic stadium in Brazil, São Januário, from Vasco da Gama. We will get a tour at the stadium that is located in the middle of the favelas. Vasco da Gama was a Portuguese explorer and the first European to reach India by sea. We can also have lunch in their headquarters and taste some beautiful codfish. The ground has a capacity of around 15,000 supporters and the Ultras are one of the most intense in Brazil. A nice curiosity to know about: The club raised through their youth academy names such as Romário, Juninho and Phillipe Coutinho. So there’s plenty of history to learn about!
It is time for Maracanã Stadium Tour! Officially called Estádio Mário Filho, was built to serve as the flagship venue for the 1950 World Cup. It was meant to become the biggest football stadium in the world. Construction began in August 1948 and was completed almost two years later. Eight days later, Maracanã hosted the opening match of the 1950 World Cup between Brazil and Mexico (4-0). It would go on to host four more matches in the first round group stage and a further three in the second round stage, among which the deciding final match between Uruguay and Brazil (2-1). The official attendance of the final was about 173,000 paying spectators, but it is estimated that more than 200,000 witnessed the game live from the stands. When Brazil got awarded the 2014 World Cup in 2007, it was clear that Maracanã was destined to host the final and would, therefore, need a massive redevelopment.
The stadium can be easily accessed by metro and train. Maracanã station is a stop on metro line 2, which can be boarded in downtown Rio or the Flamengo and Botafogo areas. It can also be reached with a transfer from line 1, which runs from the Copacabana and Ipanema areas.
Our local host will meet you in the hotel and head by subway to the stadium. We've been many times with groups over there and we can't get enough of this! Every time you step on the field, magical things can happen!
After the tour, Mateus will take you guys to a samba party in the Lapa neighbourhood!
Get yourself ready for one of the biggest football Derbies in Brazil between Flamengo and Fluminense. The Fla x Flu match is known everywhere and considered by Four Four Two Magazine one of the most intense in the world! Both clubs play at the iconic Maracanã and in the game, they are separated in 50-50. Our local host is a Flamengo's fan, so he knows everything about his club and will be able to share some amazing stories. Before the match, he will take you to a bar called Chico's and have some beers with Flamengo supporters. They always play a lot of music before the match starts! Flamengo over the past years is fighting for the 1st place in the league whereas Fluminense is trying to stay out of the relegation zone. However, the Fla Flu derby is magical, and anything can happen in a thrilling Maracanã.
Vasco! Clube de Regatas Vasco da Gama and was founded originally as a rowing club before later building its football team. It has an impressive success rate with 22 wins at the state championship and four wins at Brazilian National League. The team’s colours are black and white, as with Botafogo, but the mascot of Vasco – a red and white admiral ship that represents the Portuguese helmsman Vasco da Gama – clearly distinguishes it from rivals. In terms of fans, Vasco is the second largest team in Rio de Janeiro.
In the morning, Mateus will offer you a range of activities to do in the good Brazilian weather. Why not do a Homefans Favela Tour and get to know the life inside the slums and try different local food? Or hike the "Two Brothers" hill and have the view of the city? In the afternoon, after experiencing the behind the scenes of this beautiful Olympic stadium, today is the first matchday experience! Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos will pack with black and white fans. You will meet our local host around 4 hours before the match, take the subway and go to the pre-match, where you will have some beers with Botafogo supporters. Around 1 hour before the match starts, Mateus will escort you to your seats. Then, sit down and watch 90 minutes of football! One tip: In Rio de Janeiro, cold beer is allowed in the stadium and it costs 1,5 euros. Enjoy!
End of the journey! It is time to say goodbye, pack your stuff and go back home! Our van will pick you up in the hotel and take you to the airport, called Galeão. Please be ready around 4 hours before your flight, because of traffic and possible delays. Our Operations Team will send you the exact times when we receive your flight information. Safe travels to everybody!