Rio de Janeiro... Fluminense v Gremio Football Game
Fluminense versus Gremio. I'm really not that much of a football fan, but I felt that I would never be able to understand Brazilians until I went to one of their football matches. Brazilians are fanatical about football. Jordan just happened to be a big Fluminense fan.
Once we arrived at the stadium we waited in a long line to get tickets. Luckily the line moved quickly.
Inside the stadium they do not sell alcoholic beverages, thus there are some entrepranuers selling just about any type of beverage one might want outside the stadium in the street.
There were other vendors selling shirts, caps and banners for Fluminense. Known as the Tricolor Carioca due to the nickname of the city's population and their maroon, green and white colors, Fluminense is the oldest-surviving club founded specifically for football in the state of Rio de Janeiro. There were thousands of fans wearing the jerseys of their team.
We then made our way to the entrance of the stadium. Once again, there was no line, there was just a mass of humanity. The game was about to start, so everyone was excited and they were rushing to enter the stadium.
The golden ticket! Fluminense versus Gremio.
We found our seats just as the game was starting.
It was a good match. First Gremio scored, to the dislike of the local fans. Then Fluminense scored to even the match. Then Fluminense scored again to go ahead.
The crowd went crazy. Check out the video.
In the last few minutes of the game, Gremio scored once again. The game ended in a tie. This was the second time that I had attended a football match in South America that ended in a tie. The first time was a Boca Juniors game. What's the deal with football?
We exited the stadium with the other thousands of fans. People were in a subdued mood due to the game ending in a tie. However, it was probably a more chaotic experience leaving the stadium than entering the stadium due to the size of the crowd and lack of crowd control.
Never-the-less, seeing a football game in Rio... in Brazil... was a priceless experience.