On Sunday I’m going to Maracanã/ Gonna cheer for the team that I love/Gonna take fire rockets and a flag/ ‘Cause it won’t be no joke/We’ll be champions/I won’t get a numbered chair/I’ll be in the bleachers/To feel the excitement/Because my team do it for real/And it’s name is you who’s going to say!!!
It is at the mythical Maracanã that the first edition of the Rolé Visita takes place. For many people “the carioca temple of football”, it remains as the biggest, even though it has lost this post. The construction were designed during the New State, intending to show both Brazil and it’s “better football on the planet” greatness. A true colossus admitting 200 thousand spectators, the stadium would occupy circa of the old Derby Club landsite.
The stadium was inaugurated in 1949, unfinished, to receive the 1950 Football World Cup, the occasion where Brazil were defeated by the Uruguayans Ghiggia, Schiaffino and more, marking a dramatic 2 x 1. However, the commotion became a characteristic element of the “Maraca” final games. This field were crossed by the greatest players of it’s time: Pelé, Zico, Garrincha, Rivelino, Roberto Dinamite, Romário, Ronaldo e Neymar. Beyond the sportive vocation, this place had received many music shows and even the Pope masses.
Maracanã is originally named after Jornal dos Sports founder and Nelson Rodrigues brother, Mário Filho. Although, it never stopped being called Maracanã as the river that flows from the mountains in Tijuca and runs close to the stadium. This name also ended up baptizing the neighborhood around – an university and bohemian characteristic area - despite it’s non official existence.