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Engenhão (AIR-RIO-1925)

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ESTADIO OLIMPICO JOAO HAVELANGE

AIR-RIO-1925

Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, also known by its nickname Engenhão, is a multi-use stadium located in the Engenho de Dentro neighborhood (hence its nickname) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is used mostly for football matches and athletics and is the home field of the football club Botafogo. Its name honors João Havelange, president of FIFA from 1974 to 1998.

The stadium will host the athletics competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2016 Summer Paralympics. The stadium's capacity will be increased to 60,000 for the Games.

The stadium opened on June 30, 2007. The first match held was a Campeonato Brasileiro Série A game between Botafogo and Fluminense. 40,000 tickets were available for the match and were exchanged for donations of powdered milk. In all, 43,810 people were at the stadium to watch the inaugurating match, where Botafogo beat Fluminense 2-1. The first goal of the match was scored by Fluminense's Alex Dias. As Dias scored the first goal in the stadium's history, he was awarded the Valdir Pereira Trophy (Taça Valdir Pereira), which was named after retired footballer Didi. Because Botafogo won the stadium's inaugural match, the club was awarded the João Havelange Trophy (Taça João Havelange).

On August 3, 2007, Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas signed a deal with the City of Rio de Janeiro to rent the stadium for 20 years. Botafogo was the only organization to present a bid; the club agreed to pay $18.200 (or R$ 36.000) a month to rent Engenhão, plus maintenance costs which run at $2 million (or R$4 million) annually.

Unused 4" x 6" continental size chrome.

Dist. by Gustavo Ramirez

 

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