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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 the country has many football venues. A game at the Maracanã stadium of Flamengo or Fluminense is something that has to be on your wishlist if you are going to travel such a distance, but 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.
São Paulo, the biggest and most important city in Brazil, has an intense rivalry between Corinthians and Palmeiras, São Paulo and of course, the birthplace of Pelé and Neymar, Santos FC. Split into well-defined neighbourhoods, the city is immense. In the east zone, you will find Corinthians, with more than 30 million supporters. Then, in the west part, Palmeiras, a club with Italian traditions who plays in the modern Allianz Parque. In the south of the city, São Paulo FC already won three Copa Libertadores and World Cup of Clubs. Then, located 50 km from São Paulo on a beach area, there is Santos FC, the best youth academy in the country!
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 both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
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 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 Brazil, one of the best football capitals around the world for watching football! Vamos.
São Pauli is eagerly waiting for you! The city is by far the most important city in the country. And here the journey begins! Our van will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel in the city center, close to all the bars and restaurants. 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 night, you meet will our 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!
Let’s wake up early because we have got a busy day ahead! After a delicious breakfast, you will meet our local host and together, make our way to the stadium of Corinthians, Neo Química Arena. We will get to know more about the Arena, who just agreed on a sponsored deal of around 30 million reais per year and the history of the "people's club". In the afternoon, we will go to the South Zone and do a stadium tour at São Paulo FC, the most successful club in the country!
Today is all about green and white! We will have our first matchday experience! 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 Palmeiras supporters. Around 1 hour before the match starts, he will escort you to your seats. Then, sit down and watch 90 minutes of football! Enjoy!
Get yourself ready to watch Corinthians! The local host is a Corinthians 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 and have some beers with Corinthians supporters. They always play a lot of music before the match starts! Corinthians over the past years is fighting for the 1st place in the league and any match is magical, and anything can happen in a thrilling Arena Corinthians!
At night, we will embark on a bus towards Rio de Janeiro!
Rio de Janeiro is eagerly waiting for you! The city is by far the most touristic and beautiful in the country. And here the second part of the journey begins! After arriving, we will check-in to our hotel at Copacabana Beach, which is around 6 minutes walking distance from the beach. In the afternoon, you can stay in the hotel and recover from the long flight. If 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 go for some of the best steaks and traditional beers!
It is time for the 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!
Today will be dedicated to some quality group time at the beach in the morning and football in the afternoon/night! We will meet up around 9:00, book a nice place at Copacabana and get some sun while drinking beers and caipirinhas, wrapping up the weekend. After that, we can have lunch and go to the last game of this amazing trip!
You've been to Flamengo before and why not going for the second time?
The team’s colours are red and black with a vulture as a mascot and the boastful slogan of O Mais Querido do Brasil (the most beloved in Brazil). You will go together with your local host by subway to Flamengo's supporters pre-match, with tons of beers, steaks and samba! Enjoy the atmosphere, take photos and make sure you will remember this experience forever! After the match, Mateus will book a table in a nice restaurant for a final group dinner!
In the morning, Mateus will take you to the Homefans Favela Tour and get to know the life inside the slums and try different local food! We will hike the "Two Brothers" hill and have the best view of the city!
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!
The second matchday experience! You will meet our local host in your hotel and go together in taxis (far away from Copacabana) to Vasco da Gama area, located in a rough part of Rio. Expect a lot of noise, barbecue with amazing steaks all over the place, samba and a lot of party in the pre-match! A place where Vasco da Gama supporters meet before the match. There we will listen to their stories about their club whilst enjoying a beer or two! Once we soaked up this pre-match atmosphere, we will make our way to the stadium. We are sure you will hear a lot of chants, flags and an atmosphere you have never seen before in your life.
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!