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Football in Brazil - national passion

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Flamengo supporters Rio de Janeiro favela_rd0033.jpg
Flamego fans watch soccer game on TV in a Favela da Mare alley, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Flamengo is the most popular team in Brazil and one of the most popular teams in the world. Surveys show that there are over 33 million Flamengo supporters across Brazil. As such, Flamengo supporters are known as "Nação Rubro-Negra" (Scarlet-Black Nation), since there are more supporters of Flamengo than the population of many countries. Flamengo supporters are also known for their fanaticism. They hold several records in the Brazilian league like having the best average attendance, or the match with the greatest numbers of attendants between two football clubs.